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30 July 2012, 17:54

Warsow 1.0: free fast-paced comic-style shooter

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As with many first-person shooters, speed is the most important virtue in Warsow
Source: Warsow project

After a seven-year beta phase, the Warsow developers have released version 1.0 of their colourful open source shooter for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Players of this fast-paced shooter, which is reminiscent of the classic Quake, jump and run through a comic-style futuristic world, using weapons like rocket launchers and laser pistols to hunt other brightly coloured comic figures. Playing modes include capture the flag, team death match, instagib, and bomb & defuse. Version 1.0 features new maps, performance improvements and new team play options.

The game now includes octagon hitboxes, which provide consistent shooting from all angles, and an updated weapon and ammunition system. Four new maps have been added and other maps were optimised and given new textures, while another four were completely removed. Sean Holler, who goes by the nickname jihnsius, contributed a new song.

Warsow is bright and very colourful

The new version also promises new community features. Members of the player's own team are easier to recognise, and support for the Mumble voice chat software has been improved. In addition to voice chat, Warsow includes an IRC client for text chat, as well as in-game news and a friends list. A ranking system was implemented but has not yet shown up.

The game engine now supports Ogg Theora videos and PNG graphics. For skeletal animation, Warsow uses the Inter Quake Model (IQM) format. The developers are also promising improvements to the game's performance. More details on the new features in this release is available in the change log. Warsow 1.0 is available to download for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X from the project's web site, which also provides a collection of community maps.


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