Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball MAX’D
gives you all of the options you would expect to see in a standard shooter – the only difference is that your bullets are non-lethal and the only splatter you’re likely to see is from the paint. Career mode is where most of your off-line time is spent and where you can earn money to purchase items or experience points. There’s also a quick match option, where you can take part in a standard match, and an online mode.
Career mode isn’t very deep, which is where the distinction between fan and non-fan will come into play. There isn’t much to do in the game aside from take part in paintball tournaments. Fans will like this because they’re fans; non-fans will likely find the pacing slow and not all that interesting. You begin by creating a character and slowly move up the tournament ladders. You begin in singles matches, then recruit a player and take on a new set of matches eventually leading up to full-blown matches.
Tournaments are made up of a set of matches. The idea is to climb up the tournament ladder and earn money to spend on new gear. Along the way, you’ll also snag real-life paintball players (a total of 53 are included) to fill out your ranks, eventually giving you a team of precision paintball players.
Online matches don’t tread too far from offline matches. The only real differences are that you’re playing with smarter players (all right, so you do run into some dullards) and you have the option of creating your own maps.