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Good Online FPS Games/Servers For Beginners?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the aimbots-and-crackshots dept.

First Person Shooters (Games) 804

An anonymous reader writes "I have been playing videogames for years, but only recently got a DSL line in my house and so have never played any online games before now, as dial up was always too slow. Now that I have a fast connection, I want to get into online gaming, FPS gaming in particular. My problem is that Unreal Tournament, Counter-Strike, Quake and all the other popular games seem to be dominated by people using cheats, and by established clans of players who are a lot better than me. Are there any online FPS games or servers whose barriers to entry are not too high for the average player? I am looking for something that I can just connect to for a half an hour now and then when I am bored and can have fun with."

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CmdrTaco gayness quiz. (-1)

(TK)Max (668795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229181)

Where are all the stupid people from and how did they get to be so dumb?

50 points to the motherfucker who can name the title of the song and how much of a homo taco is.

PS: A word from the Trollkore child care society. "If you have retard children, whack their heads with lead pipes until they are fixed."


CmdrTaco (troll) (578383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229245)


Don't forget... (-1)

SCO$699FeeTroll (695565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229182) pay your $699 licensing fee you cock-smoking teabaggers.

From the King of First Posts... (-1, Offtopic)

Chess_the_cat (653159) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229184)

A -1 is a small price to pay.


I VOMIT ON FAILURES! (652124) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229216)



Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229239)

I bow before my First Post masters. But check the timestamps. I was right in there.


Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229305)

First post is everything, second post is nothing. Second posters are worth less than the dogshit I stepped on today.

America's Army (5, Interesting)

servicepack158 (678320) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229186)

America's Army is free i just downloaded it :) it's pretty sweet. go check it out. It's more realistic too, ie no missle super guns and cheats that I know of.

Re:America's Army (2, Interesting)

Atroxodisse (307053) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229253)

America's Army is a grenade fest. The only thing to do is launch nades. Also, it restricts what maps you can play based on your current honor, which goes up and down depending on your actions. For instance, if you launch a grenade into a room and your idiot team mates all run in and die you lose honor and can't play the better maps.

Website (4, Informative)

TheAngryMob (49125) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229370)

Someone forgot to put a URL... []

Re:America's Army (1)

Psycho77 (695148) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229406)

I would recommand AA too, its very realistic, you have to do tranning to start and there is beginner servers for the training. Its not easy thought. But easy FPS dont really exist because peoples that play FPS online, play them a lots usually.

Savage (5, Interesting)

SuperQ (431) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229209)

I've been playing Savage a bunch recently, it's a great combo FPS, and RTS.. I saw it at Best Buy for $20, and after playing the demo.. what a deal. (the demo is a bit bugy, but fun, the retail version update 2.0 fixes all the previous bugs)


Re:Savage (4, Informative)

SuperQ (431) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229262)

I forgot to mention, it's got Windows and Linux binaries.

Re:Savage (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229391)

And if anyone knows about a working keygen, You can download the iso and install.

Sure you won't be able to play on the net, but from the sounds of things, you'd just get pwned anyways. Play lan games with your buddies instead.

--- Post valid keys here ---

RtCWeT (5, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229211)

Return to Castle Wolfenstine Enemy Territory...

excellent game that REQUIRES team play and has lots of friendly people if you are interested in actually being a team member...

I'ts one of the very few I play on a regular basis..

Re:RtCWeT (0)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229348)

Umm... he's a newbie to FPS.

Enemy Territory would be waaay too much for him. He needs to learn the basics of a standard fps before you add the complexities of teamplay and working on attacking/defending checkpoints.

Re:RtCWeT (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229352)

There is a heirarchy of difficulty for a given game.

1) The hardest servers will be fully patched to the newest version.

2) Much easier servers are servers that were never patched. Many noobs here, young kids, etc that didn't play enough to want to patch, or don't know that a patch exists.

3) Easier still is the demo version. Almost entirely newbs here, everyone at all serious layed out the $40 long ago.

So, using Return to Castle Wolfenstien as an example,

- The 1.4 servers are tough. Clans live here.
- The 1.33 servers are much easier
- The Wolf MP test beta is easier still.

BTW Wolf has punkbuster. Just because someone gets constant headshots does not mean they are cheating. I can regularly dominate a match, but I also routinely get owned by peole who are simply phenominal.

Re:RtCWeT (4, Insightful)

Chip7 (587423) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229375)

Also, RTCW:ET uses punkbuster. It doesn't catch all cheats but does a decent job keeping the game fair.

Re:RtCWeT (3, Insightful)

JuliusRV (742529) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229402)

Yes! It's fun, it's free (as in beer) and you can play it under Linux!
But be prepared to get addicted... after a few days, your vocabulary will be reduced to the messages of the quickchat, as happened to the people in the video on this page (hilarious, a must see!):

LORD! (5, Funny)

coronaride (222264) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229214)

Legend of the Red Dragon on someone's telnet BBS. Oh wait..he said FPS! oops!

Re:LORD! (2, Insightful)

Valegor (693552) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229287)

Lord may not be a first person shooter, but I rank it up there as one of the greatest games of all time.

Re:LORD! (1)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229360)

Holy cow, how did your post end up right ahead of mine and saying the same thing basically? Talk about coincidence.

Re:LORD! (1)

coronaride (222264) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229397) I know you? did you attack me in my sleep while i was with the barmaid??

1st (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229220)


I recommend (1)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229221)

Try Legend of the Red Dragon. Very easy to get into.

Re:I recommend (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229424)

Wow..the guy above you just used that exact same game.


In Soviet Russia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229225)

In Soviet Russia, FPS games YOU!!!

bzflag (3, Informative)

pherris (314792) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229226)

bzflag [] is great. Easy to start, easy on the eyes and it's OSS.

Well (4, Informative)

doomy (7461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229231)

Most online FPS use punkbuster or something similar now, and cheats are almost non-existant. You might wanna try out America's Army, it's a free download and free online FSP shooter (pretty detailed and fun).

Re:Well (5, Insightful)

CompWerks (684874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229296)

If you think there aren't any cheats that circumvent PunkBuster/Steam then you are't looking very hard.

LAN with Friends (4, Insightful)

DreadSpoon (653424) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229234)

Honestly, just get some friends together on a LAN and play. It's more entertaining than playing with a mass of immature idiots online anyhow. ;-)

It'll also give you the opportunity to build up those skills to get good enough to compete with the losers^wpros who spend all their time playing FPS games.

Re:LAN with Friends (5, Funny)

blanks (108019) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229380)

"Honestly, just get some friends together on a LAN and play. It's more entertaining than playing with a mass of immature idiots online anyhow. ;-)"

Compared to what? playing with a mass of immature idiots in your living room?

Practicing with Bots (5, Insightful)

Meridun (120516) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229235)

Why don't you try playing single player, or perhaps set up a LAN game filled with some bots while you bring yourself up to speed with the games?

I know that the question specified "online", but if you consider yourself a beginner, then you probably need to practice some before you get online and swim with the sharks. Many of the current FPS games allow for single-player with bots, and the bots are often good enough to mimic real players, with the useful difference that you can adjust their difficulty. I know that my officemates and I practiced with Tribes 2 that way for several hours when we bought the game before we logged into the online servers, and it made a world of difference in our enjoyment.

Halo isn't too bad (5, Interesting)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229237)

I've found Halo to be pretty fun for what your describing...log on play for 15-20 minutes and quit. The vehicles make it interesting, although the game is not without its problems. But if your just playing casually on line it isn't going to be too big of a deal.

Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229240)

It's free, it's fun, and there's a linux version. Plus, plenty of public servers dedicated to new players.

gunbound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229241)

it's not an fps, but it's still quite some fun... gunbound []

's a scorched earth like game. really fun, and nice and easy to play.

Team Fortress 2! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229242)

Keep your eyes peeled for Team Fortress 2! You will love it.

Re:Team Fortress 2! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229378)

Yeah, it's coming out right after Duke Nukem Forever.

TexanGirlz Servers (3, Interesting)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229249)

I've been playing on the Texangirlz Counter-Strike servers for almost a year now. It's a great recreational place to have fun. Generally the servers are filled with all levels of players too.

Check them out: Texangirlz []

Enemy Territory (4, Informative)

S. Bolle (631631) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229251)

Enemy Territory [] is an incredibly fun team-based game and completely free. Most people are migrating from the (dead) RTCW now, so if you want to join teams and grow along, this is the time.

Jedi Knight/2/Academy (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229252)

Pick up one of the Jedi Knight games. It seems that the vast majority of JK players are kids, and the learning curve from "beginner" to "I'm pretty good" is fairly shallow. Some of the stuff takes a while to master, but it definitely isn't "dominated" by guys that have been playing it since 1999 or anything.

duke nukem 3d (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229254)

only noobies will be playing duke3D, all the experienced players will be jamming up the duke nukem forever servers.

Try Wolfenstein: (2, Redundant)

big_groo (237634) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229257)

Enemy Territory [] . It's free. It's fun. Runs on Windows or Linux.

Did I mention free?

Are there any? (0, Troll)

FractusMan (711004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229258)


Great games (0)

JAJ5818_X (714923) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229259)

I would recomend downloading Steam from Valve. It hooks you up with all the Half-Life mods you'd ever want. You'll soon forget about CS... Day of Defeat and Natural Selection are where you want to be.

Urban Terror (2, Informative)

mindstormpt (728974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229260)

Urban Terror (a quake3 mod) used to be quite fun.. Not too hard to learn up to a medium skill, but of course you can't expect to be level with guys who've been playing for 4 years... But then the community (or part of it) was very lame and rough on new players... Haven't played in a while though.. this might have changed :)

If you want that.... (0)

geek4ever (525253) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229261)

look for the next big release that comes out, and get it opening day. If you do that, most players will be as inexperienced as you. However, some may have skills that transfer from game to game. Still, it's the best shot I can think of.

BF1942 (4, Informative)

scumbucket (680352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229264)

Get Battlefield 1942 [] . It's really fun!

Once you get the hang of it, get the Desert Combat [] mod. Updates the weapons, vehicles, and maps to present day.

Re:BF1942 (5, Informative)

Tophorn (65492) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229416)

I would agree with this statement. I've played Counter-Strike for about 4 years now and recently started playing BattleField's Desert Combat mod. Mostly the maps allow for beginners to "run-around" somewhere that will allow them to stay out of the action and work on whatever skill you feel you need to improve. Also it's got pretty graphics.

IHOC Quake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229269)

IHOC [] runs the best of Quake 1 mods ever released (Orange Mods) and their server admins take cheating seriously. Q1 is still the One Quake that rules them all.

Re:IHOC Quake (1)

mrvis (462390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229323)

I'm going to have to agree on Quake 1. Team Fortress and Threewave Capture the Flag are great. TF especially. The team nature of both of them really help introduce you, I think. Learn offense, learn defense, be a sniper, be a demoman. It's grand.

And the first time I ever played 16v16 on TF it was just impressive.

The Specialists (2, Informative)

Raptor-DP (729253) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229273)

Personally, I'm a fan of half-life and its resulting mods, but when it comes to cheating, the best of them are the sorta popular ones, but not too popular. My favorite being The Specialists. A matrix like game, designed for players to be just as effective at killing their opponents with dual SOCOMS as with an AK...Black trench coat not included.

Small and Simple (2, Insightful)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229274)

Give BZFlag a try. (Multiplayer CTF Battlezone)

Its small, simple, and a helluvalot of fun to play.

Re:Small and Simple (1)

CompWerks (684874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229338)

I second the recommendation on BZ.

I can't play it myself for any length of time because it makes me physically ill and dizzy for some reason.

rtcw:enemy territory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229276)

rtcw: enemy territory [] is free and has a ton of servers to choose from. also has linux servers/clients. it's pretty fun for a game now and then, and the system requirements aren't that insane that you need a high-end machine to play. i highly recommend it.

BZFlag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229277)

BZFlag is fun and free. It's at [] .

ArmageTRON (3, Insightful)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229279)

FP Light Cycle Game (open source, multiplatform) just like the movie.

Multiplayer Games (1)

Null_Void (149097) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229280)

I know a number of people who enjoy a game called BZFlag in that manner... (kind of a 3rd person/tank shooter game).

Re:Multiplayer Games (1)

Null_Void (149097) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229407)

Er... first person, I mean. Oops.

BZFlag (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229282)

BZFlag is great, check it out.

Single Player (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229286)

Play single player games first, most FPS games have bots you can play agains with variable skill levels. You can also try finding some friends (yeah, slashdot, i know) that have the same skill level as you and host your own server.

Delta Force Series (2, Informative)

Knacklappen (526643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229288)

The Delta Force [] series from Novalogic [] has some rooms servers especially for newbies.

It realy depends (1)

outofpaper (189404) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229290)

It realy depend on what you are looking for. If you want just to have a good time you must use punk buster and might be best off acepting the fact that your going to get you ass wooped any untill you get better. You other option is to start your own clan

Single Player (1)

ivan37 (149147) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229295)

Play single player against bots that you can select difficulty. You can keep bumping up the difficulty until you are good enough to play online.

Tribes (3, Insightful)

AstrumPreliator (708436) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229297)

Try Starsiege: Tribes. It's an old game but people still play it. It's actually a pretty easy game to pick up, but damn hard to master. You will lose the first couple games, but thats going to happen in any FPS you pick up. Tribes takes advantage of the third dimension (jet pack) so it teaches you to lead properly and it gives you a good feel for hitting someone with a projectile. Once you get good at Tribes you're almost garunteed to be good at another FPS.

UT2k3 (3, Informative)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229298)

If your machine can handle Unreal Tournament 2003 it's good against cheaters and you can usually find public servers with enough other n00bz to have a good time... also if you can find an invasion server that isn't using the RPG mod then you don't play against other players, it's human players v. computer aliens.

The newest on the market (4, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229300)

Find the newest game on the market. Most are all pretty much the same now-a-days, and if you want to get on a game that has no established game gurus, and no cheats, you need to get the bleeding edge game that no one has had a chance to master and/or crack.

Honestly, any game someone mentions thats a bit older (like Enemy Territory) is a bit too complex for a 'fps newbie'. A fps newbie should get used to playing a standard deathmatch, and learning things like circle strafing... THEN get into a game that requires complex strategies and team play.... that's when things get really fun :-)

Medal Of Honor (2, Informative)

Krafty Koder (697396) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229301)

Medal of Honor is still a firm multiplayer favourite with me. The "team match" mode is probably the best is you are starting off, as no matter how many times you get shot, you immediately respawn (kinda like Quake Arena in that respect). But, if you feel you're not up to the skill levels of the other players, you can always just pick a sniper rifle as your weapon and sit in a bush or up a church tower, hiding , and occassionally sniping the opposing side. I've not tried Call Of Duty multiplayer yet, so i cant comment on it - but for pure thrills , Medal Of Honor multiplayer is awesome.

FPS? (1)

WwWonka (545303) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229306)

Man, tough weekend when I look at the subject and see "A Good Online FDS?"

Talk about an online innovation for not only women but mankind in general!

Your best bet... (4, Interesting)

Jacer (574383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229307)

Your best bet is a LAN party with your friends. Your real friends, who, if you catch cheat, you can nail tacks through their, well, ya know. Online gaming is dominated by cheaters and fourteen year old kids who threaten to hax0r your computer when you're doing better than them. Though they rarely know what an IP address is, let alone a port. If I sound a bit bitter, it's because I play a lot of Warcraft, and the maturity level is insane. I don't talk to people when I play, and all I can stand to lay is team games with my room mate. I played a lot of C-strike in the day, but it just lost its appeal after having played Aztec for the hundred-thousandth time. Not to mention all of the kids who use aim bot. I have it a bit easy, where lan games can be arranged by walking down the dorm hallway and yelling at the kids on my floor. It's really hard, and a lot of people ruin the fun. Though, I guess your other option is to just get insanely good and hop around all the servers screaming "3a7 my r0ck37 biz0tch" as you let loose your fury in such an unholy manner everyone just assumes you ARE cheating, and ban you.

America's Army (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229312)

Hmmm, First Post?

Anyway, try Armerica's Army []

It is free. It has several levels of online training allowing you to practice your skills, meet other players, and form your own 'clan' before venturing on to where all the real bad asses play. Not sure how well it protects against cheating though.

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Depends on what you like (1)

Explodo (743412) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229316)

I've always found Return to Castle Wolfenstein to be pretty boring as far as multiplayer goes, but lots of people love it. I prefer Soldier of Fortune 2's multiplayer. I don't really like the Quake or Unreal multiplayer/"death lasers and bombs in space" sort of stuff. Vietcong doesn't have much support, but the multiplayer is pretty fun. It looks like Far Cry(coming soon) is going to have some good multiplayer, but you never know until it comes out.

Just gotta take you licks.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8229318)

Unfortunatly for you, you have entered the age of online FPS in what is kind of a dead-zone....Usually I would say you HAVE to just go and take your lumps and put up with with being called a "newb" in CS games until you get better. This is because CS (Counter-Strike) WAS the best online game hands down EVER. BUT, with the very shaky introduction of STEAM the CS comunity has become highly fractured and many have quit CS and are awaitning the next best thing. That next best thing will most likely come out after Half-Life-2 or perhaps with a new Tribes game. Either way, this is a very poor time to enter online FPS gaming for the first time, you are kinda both too late for the original CS and too early for the new replacement :(

Return to Castle Wolfenstine. (1)

Rhys (96510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229322)

Download the MP demo and go to town. You'll take a while to learn not to shoot friendlies (ff=on) but it's pretty easy to pickup. Stick to the axis first, then go allies later once you understand it.

I'd start as a lt so you can drop ammo. You'll use a lot till ya get better. Medic is good cause you have more health and thus in an even fight with a non-medic will usually win. Eng are almost useless for axis, and newb soldiers usually get kicked due to friendly-fire damage.

xbox live (1)

drjenk (696304) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229324)

I would recommend xbox live, and Unreal Championship or any of the many online FPS games (RTCW, Rainbow6 3, Ghost recon are all excellent). You don't have to worry about cheating (to my knowledge, at least I haven't noticed any), and it seems like you are usually on with a couple other novices. And if you like racing I highly recommend Project Gotham Racing 2, which is xbox live enabled.

Quake 2 and Quake 3. (1)

blanks (108019) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229330)

I was playing these games for years, and never once played a game with cheats enabled (if they were I guess I was to good).

With most FPS online games you can sort your sever list and remove the servers that allow cheats.

Tribes 2 is the same way.

BF1942 (5, Insightful)

dfj225 (587560) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229331)

I would suggest battlefield 1942. You can hop in to a game quickly, and it uses punkbuster, so there is little to no cheating. BF1942 is not one of those games where people get insanely good and know every little inch of the map. Plus, if WW2 isn't your bag, you can always download destert combat for some modern action. I personaly like DC better than the original, but thats just me.

How about... (1)

GrendelT (252901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229335)

looking for free games? or retail games($)?
Me, personally, I've been playing Battlefield 1942 [] , which just got Punkbuster added to it. Then there's the free Desert Combat [] mod for it. Also been playing Call of Duty [] . And Battlefield : Vietnam [] should be out within the next month or so.

As for free... How about America's Army [] ? I haven't played it in a long time, but I loved it when i did play it. There's also Wolfenstein : Enemy Territory [] .

Desert Combat (2, Informative)

bbk (33798) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229336)

Check out []

It's a mod on Battlefield 1942, and offers modern weapons and vehicles. It also has a fairly gentle learning curve - you can start off just play infantry, move up to Humvees and Tanks, and then work on the planes and helicopters. The gameplay is the best I've seen in any FPS that includes vehicles.

It's also a teamwork game - nothing like flying a blackhawk full of guys through a city, having two guys on the chainguns mowing people down, and the rest paratrooping in to take a base.

I've been playing it for a few months now, and it keeps getting better with every new release.

Battlefield 1942... (1)

puppetman (131489) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229342)

As simple or complex as you want to make it.

Also has punk-busters integrated in it as of the 1.6 patch, so no cheating, and you can kick annoying players. DiCE/EA seem to be interested in patching and adding new maps/content as well.

Won game of the year a year or two ago, and is perfect for that 30-minutes worth of entertainment

Problem with Game Balance (4, Interesting)

Prien715 (251944) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229349)

I've played quite a bit of CS, and one of the biggest problems is lack of balance between servers and players. It doesn't matter if a player's cheating or not, but if the player's 30-3 someone should kick them. They're either playing against people who are much worse than them in which case they should join a server with better players or else they need to stop cheating. I'd like to see more servers with kick votes to help with this kind of stuff.

BzFlag (1)

ScottG (30650) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229354)

Try BZflag (

Its open source and available for Linux/Windows/Mac and probably others.

Its conceptually simple, and therefore pretty quick to get started, but there are always new tactics/counter-tactics to learn.

Being open source, there are cheaters. But I've found this to be a minor problem. Most players seem to be honest and when you do encounter someone that appears to be cheating, just switch to a different server.

Its very sensitive to latency, so you will likely find that some servers work better for you than others. Each server has its own combination of rules/options, so you should try out several servers anyway, just to see what you like.

Its Free! Give it a try.

Day of Defeat (3, Informative)

michtu (541114) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229355)

Day of Defeat is a great WWII mod for half-life. It's easy enough grasp the game play and to pop on for a while and servers are starting use cheating death or other software to crack down on cheaters. I also like Americas Army, but it requires you to pass some training and sign up before you can get online. However because of that and the experience point system it uses, there is a lot less morons team killing for the fun of it like you see in DOD or counter strike.

Windows or Linux? (1)

msimm (580077) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229358)

I've been playing online games under Linux for a few years now. First 'serious' game was Tribes 2 which is a hell of a lot of fun, but teaming with clanners (not much trouble with cheats though). Now I play Postal 2 exclusively. It might fit the bill if you don't mind toilet humor mixed in with the game. The online extention is still fairly new I don't know about clans in the retail (because Linux retail version hasn't been released yet). Anyhow, its fun and fast paces so you could easily log in for a half hour and get a good game in. I only know of one cheat, but it only effects the demo servers (retail servers have been patched for it) its a 'health cloning' bug, so its only nominally annoying (pick-up health, spawn extra health, easily fixed with a well placed shotgun blast to offending users face). Anyhow, thats my suggestion. Its good fun and you get to play Gary Colmen!

The only number you need. (1)

MEGAGatchaman (749780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229361)

The only number you need is:

The only game you need is Enemy Territory from It's free and you can't beat the fun. The [MEGA] Server is a great place for beginners and pros alike. Come on in. We run the latest in anti-cheat with active admins as well. BOOYAH!


bzflag (3, Insightful)

BadBlood (134525) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229362)

The game is like the old Battlezone game where tanks move around trying to simply kill each other. The flag part is where you run over flags and get different "power-ups" depending on the type of flag.

It's cross-platform, simple, and the graphics are scalable such that it can be run on a variety of machines varying horsepower.

Not FPS, but... (1)

mangledspine (172332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229363)

These are not FPS, but they are good games to get into, since there aren't many players to begin with. That was *one* of your requirements, at least.


12.95/Month/USD to play IIRC. Very Babylon 5/Star Control/Trade Wars 2002 type feel with lots of group and individual play options Excellent graphics! Nice tutorial, will get you up and running in about 30 minutes. View the user-created video section branched off the main page.

Look me up - "Lochlann"

PristonTale - Free online fantasy MMORPG. Excellent graphics. I don't play this much, but it's definitely got something to it!

Stick with the staples (1)

Atroxodisse (307053) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229366)

I think your impression of UT, CS and Quake are unfounded. There are definitely people who cheat in these games but the vast majority do not. Most of the time people who are accused of cheating are just really good at the game and the noobs don't know whats going on so they accuse them of hacking, aimbotting etc. UT2003 is only $19.99 at and its pretty fun(you could probably pick it up for less at a second hand game store). UT you can probably pick up for $5. CS is free if you have half life. You don't need to be good at the games to have fun. I can't speak for Quake because I never played them that much.

Steam/VAC (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229369)

Counter-strike 1.6 is delivered via Steam. It authenticates users via the net and if you're playing on a "secure" server, you'll be protected from cheaters by their Valve Anti-Cheat System, or VAC. It detects cheaters/hackers and bans their ID (and cd-key, consequently) from the system for five years. I've never seen a hack/cheat in a secure server on Counter-strike or Day of Defeat.

Enemy Territory (4, Informative)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229372)

It's free and so far I have been pleased with it.

Team play is crucial and the overall maturity seems higher(relatively) than some games like warcraft and counter-strike.

Also, the different classes allow the not-so-quick trigger-finger-player to still play a vital role.

Folks seem friendly, but that may not last.

Some good places to start (5, Insightful)

HappyFunnyFoo (586089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229381)

If you are referring to UT2003, try port 2206 or 2225 for the more "skilled" players, or just connect to one of the countless deathmatch servers. Cheaters are rarely a problem; I encounter a cheater once in every twenty matches on UT2003. With Quake 3 your best bet is to only join servers with punkbuster enabled (this should have been obvious already) as it seems to stop cheating to some degree.

Some inexperienced FPS players automatically assume that someone's cheating when they get smacked down, often repeatedly. 99% of the time it's just skill, in my experience. I often thought the same way when people would have 20 frags and no deaths. However, I now realize that it's just talent. I am not in any way saying that you are one of these people, it's just that cheating is a lot rarer on online FPS games than one might expect from reading this post.

I have no experience with Half-Life: Counterstrike. This only applies to Q3 and UT2003.

Play UT on CSHP servers (2, Interesting)

j-turkey (187775) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229382)

(I haven't played UT in a few years, so I don't know what's what with the UT community as of late)

When I played UT, all of the best servers ran CSHP [] . There's a little more info here [] . (Sorry, I didn't have time to find better links -- the CSHP home page seems to have gone away.) CSHP stands for Client Side Hack Protection. This is a aimbot/cheat protection mod that makes sure that everybody is playing on a level field. All of the servers running is, advertised it.

I just don't get it. What's the point of playing an online game if you have to cheat to win? What a way to ruin a game for everyone. (eyeroll)

Tribes 2 (1)

j_sp_r (656354) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229396)

Tribes 2 is cool (and cheap nowdays). There is a linux version but that isn't availble anymore in stores(try P2P and buy a windowze cd for the key). There are some decent crazy players (trying new tactics 26/7), but the KATA servers are fun. By using DefenseTurret( servers ensure there are no lamers/cheaters.

Move up through the ranks (3, Insightful)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229408)

Beginners should play single player first. Get yourself a copy of doom. Beat the game on at least hurt me plenty mode. Then beat doom 2 the same way. It doesn't take long. Then beat quake 2 single player on normal. Forget quake 1. Then beat half-life single player on normal. After that you should have amassed enough fps skill to rock the house.

Play some good old team fortress classic. It isn't that popular anymore, but people still play. It will train you to apply your already existing fps skills against real players. Once you've got the multiplayer fps groove and the skills to avoid being called a n00b pick your game of choice. You can go for a slower paced lower skilled game like america's army, BF1942. A middle of the road game like UT. Or the high skill fierce competition games like CS and natural selection.

There are lots of fpses out there, and one of them is right for you. But don't jump right into the online world like you're in the polar bears club. Remember, you're going up against guys like me who've been fpsing since wolf3d on dos and the game wont be fun for you if I frag you in two seconds every time. Go through the same skill building process we did. You have the luxury of not having to wait years for new games to come out, so take advantage of it.

As for me lately the only fps I'm into is NS.

Tactical Ops (1)

Nocta (743140) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229411)

Tactical Ops is now a retail game based on the Unreal Tournament engine. It's a small community, I guess it's starting to die off (Unreal Tournament IS getting pretty old). Some are turning to Frag Ops, its UT2k3 counterpart. The game is your basic swat vs. terrorist round-based FPS (similar to Counterstrike, only better).

The REAL basics (2, Informative)

CompressedAir (682597) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229413)

It depends on how new to the genre you are... I say this as someone who has recently tried to teach his girlfriend to play Natural Selection.

I mean, it never would have occured to me that mouselook would be a major stumbing block. Having started playing games without it (ala Doom), mouselook was such an improvement that I don't remember a learning curve at all.

She spent a while running around staring at her shoes, or the ceiling. So if you're really new to it, pick a game that lets to play offline to learn the little basics.

So, I'd say learn on Half-Life, and then play Natural Selection once you've got the basics down. So long as you are not intentionally a jerk, the NS community tends to be pretty open to newbies.

Check out Tribes2 (5, Informative)

marklyon (251926) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229414)

I'd suggest you check out Tribes. Not only can you play different roles in the game, but lots of the servers are pretty evenly balanced between newbies and "game gods".

I play on the T2War server

Server name: -2004 TRIBESWAR.COM
IP Address:
Daily restart time: Approx. 5 AM PST

For more information about the game, and how great being able to play different roles than just "deathmatcher" or "flag grabber" check out:

Rubberband health (1)

edwilli (197728) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229422)

Have any games/mods considered rubberbanding health like many race games do with speed? Seems something like this would make it more interesting for experts and less frustrating for beginners.

Play Against the Clans/Difficult Players (1)

nordaim (162919) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229423)

It will force you to become better quickly. Only a few hours is needed to really push your learning curve through the roof when you play against this calibre of players.

Spend an evening or a weekend on one of these servers; it won't put you on their level by any means, but when you do pop on to kill some boredom, you can enjoy the experience more than asking Slashdot for a newbie server.


Any new game (1)

onelin (116589) | more than 10 years ago | (#8229425)

You could have fun with any new game of your choice. The key thing is that games with 5, even 7 years of a playerbase, everyone who still plays is going to be DAMN GOOD. There isn't much you can do to get around that, unless you purposely seek out servers with no skill level or improve your level of skill to the point you can have some good fun with the hardcore players.

More recent games are: Call of Duty, MoH games, etc? I play Battlefield 1942 and after a few weeks I got to around the top 10 on a popular server. (granted, I played for more than 30 minutes at a time)

Playing with people you know is the best way to have fun; things are usually more lighthearted that way.
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