It doesn't seem to have different armors as far as I can tell, so the customization isn't there
The maps are a whee bit small though and the terrain isn't terribly conducive to skiing. It's also irritating that there are force fields around the battlefield
Skiing is in, but you hold the right mouse button to use it.
battle it out with up to 16 players
So how exactly is this better than Tribes Vengeance?
I personally didn't mind Tribes Vengeance as a multiplayer game if a few bugs had been fixed and the mod tools had worked right, but based upon these descriptions I don't see why all of the Tribes 1 and 2 fanatics wouldn't hate this game like they did Tribes Vengeance.