Get ready to blow some cowboy hats away in Fistful of Frags, Clint Eastwood style.
Fistful of Frags was originally a mod for Half-Life 2 way back in the year 2007 until the developers released it as a standalone multiplayer game for PC in early 2014. Now before you all release a horned bull on us for talking about a game so “old”, let us give you the reason why we’re doing so. Firstly, when this shooter was released as an independent game more than a year ago, it had immense potential but this was plagued by very less number of online players which as you all know doesn’t go well with making any game successful. But time passed and here we are when not only the number of players and servers for this game have gone up, but they’ve refined the gameplay and everything works out quite well.
Your very own Mexican standoff
For starters, Fistful of Frags is a multiplayer FPS that is set in the wild west of old as the maps are all in towns replete with saloons, rail yards, farms, stables and the likes. The characters themselves are cowboys and the weapon selection is uniquely refreshing too. Apart from revolvers, shotguns, rifles, bow & arrow and throwing knives, you have the option of bringing your fists to a gunfight and even your lethal kick loving feet. One of the nice things about using weapons in this game is that you can select which hand you want to hold weapons in. It also allows you to hold two different kinds weapons in each hand. We exploited this by holding a sawed-off shotgun in one hand and a Colt Navy revolver in the other. But doing so decreases the accuracy of your shots. In fact, accuracy using any weapon in Fistful of Frags is a tough thing to deal with which actually makes the game all the more challenging.
You forgot your hatchet, son!
There were times in initial deathmatches when we were running around with a revolver trying to shoot enemy players from a medium distance but could only manage to hit the broadside of a barn. It is then we realised that running doesn’t help your case at all in Fistful of Frags. Shooting on the go hampers your accuracy severely and punishes you for it. The developers have added an accuracy percentage indicator right below the crosshair which is a really helpful thing. You have to stop, duck, cleverly dodge bullets and then shoot if you really want to do some damage.
Dude, don’t stand behind that horse
Now, before you discount Fistful of Frags as just another mindless shooter, you should know that this game is far complex than what it seems to be. In deathmatches for instance, you score more points from how you kill an enemy instead of just killing one. This has been taken into account by something called as notoriety. You gain more notoriety points if you kill enemies the hard way instead of the easy way, like using melee, knives and the likes. Shooting at the head and dropping enemy cowboy hats also adds to your points. There is no health regeneration here but drinking whisky restores some health but drinking a lot would make your characters vision disoriented in a match thus making you an easy target. This is why health restoration has to be done thoughtfully. Fistful of Frags is fast, edgy, weirdly funny and quite engaging. But above all, it’s completely free. Yes, FREE! Add it on Steam to wreak havoc on bandits from the west and show them who’s the real Billy the Kid.
Siddhant "BallisticAnt" Sharma
Often referred to as our lord and savior (forgive us Gabe), this tall lad is known for his wide unblinking gaze while playing Quake III with streaming eyes. And when he isn't pounding people by rockets, you can find him jumping around in Super Meat Boy. He is the elusive Ant and he isn't afraid of boots. Mind you!