Off-Week Update (10-12-2013)

This is going to be another one of those updates where I forget to talk about something I would have wanted to go on about, so let’s get to forgetting.

The continued descent of FireFail:
I hate liking games so seemingly content on destroying themselves. Red 5 continues to toss out baffling decision after baffling decision, the current “bwuh” of the month being their decision to completely remove… REMOVE PvP from the game until they decide it’s time to focus on it.
One of my favorite quotes in the post is this:
“Our last big attempt was a pure PvP eSports mode, Jetball. While very fun, its a high skill game and doesn’t attract many of our players (less than 3% PvP in Firefall).”
So yes, rather than let their players warm up to the mode, or listen to player feedback about what they’d do to improve it, they decided to take their Jetball and go home. Considering, as I said in the video, the game was originally designed to be PvP ONLY, and this idea of an open-world co-op shooter was tacked on later, this is one of the most confusing decisions I’ve seen out of a developer yet.
Yet, of course, my initial mention of the instanced PvP got a small flood of comments telling me I was “wrong” because the game is “going to be” a purely open-world PvP system, which, mind you, would be the worst idea ever for this game. These comments also made sure to repeatedly insist on this fact, providing no links, references, or sources, but claiming they, of course, KNEW the truth. (Said comments were on Youtube mostly, because… you know.. where else?”)
Speaking of, there are a lot of people claiming I was off about the community, and they’ve never seen that side of people in the game. Maybe your server bracket is really lax, or perhaps you just don’t pay as much attention to it, but that doesn’t mean it’s NOT happening. I’m not the only one who felt this way about the people playing this. Would you rather I relay my most recent story about a player trolling the chat in Copacabana, claiming his frame/class to be better than another, then refusing to use the stock arsenal of that frame when dueling people, because he didn’t want to play on an even field? My theory is thus, if you don’t think there’s a problem with the general community, it’s because you don’t notice, don’t care, are extremely lucky, or… you are that side of the community. Do you honestly think that bullies realize they’re bullies? They’ve already made up dozens of excuses in their heads to justify their behavior, and they don’t see what they’re doing as “wrong.” You’d be surprised how often that same principle applies.
If Red 5 wanted to actively KILL their game, they’d make it an open world PvP shooter. There’s no factions, mind you, so this means that ANY person on the map could turn their gun on you can kill you, and when you consider that Snipers will almost always one-shot a player, and the sheer amount of immediately unreachable places you could hide, it’d be a griefer’s paradise, and no one would be able to play normally. Said people who insist they know the truth have recently switched to saying that it will have specific map areas where players would compete over rarer resources… ok… That’s still not “open-world” PvP, ya know.
Whatever the hell is going on over there, I hope they figure it out before I really feel like that Founder’s Pack was a complete waste of money. I guess what I’m really trying to say here is- Did you see that?… on SIN. Some kind of weather effect?

War Thunder (Episode 48):
Out of the frying pan and into the… “that was an episode?” I can’t wait until the inevitable “Why don’t you review War Thunder” comments I usually get with low fan-fare eps. Not too much was really said about this one across the board, which to be honest does NOT surprise me when I get one of those “bubbles” of MMO fervor. People burn themselves out of these games way too easily… it’s all “OMG OMG PLAY THIS IT’S THE BEST GAME YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!” and two weeks later its, “Oh, that game. I don’t play that anymore… BUT HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS OTHER GAME OMG BEST GAME I EVER PLAYED YOU HAVE TO TRY IT”. This is pretty much why I’ve stopped looking at the Suggested MMO List, and I’m still debating the validity of the thing. Let’s just say I seriously had NO idea how vast this market was when I asked people for these suggestions…. Still had a general idea of how psychotic, though…
As for War Thunder itself? Solid title. Use my referral link so I can get me some more Golden Eagles if you want to sign up. Whether you’ll see me in it is another story… mostly because…

Dragon’s Prophet (Episode 49):
God I love broken games. There’s a charm about any title that does something wholly idiotic to amusing effect that makes you want to pat it on the head and say, “There, there, Wushu. At least you tried.” Even when it does something less cute, I can’t get overly enraged at it. “No, Dragon’s Prophet. No! Don’t crash on me… stop locking up my inventory slots! Look what you did! …aww, I can’t stay mad at you.” The key being in the last sentence, for the first puppy/child analogy, “At least you tried.” I stand by the fact that I can wholly respect a game that’s at least trying to be different. People look at DP at face value and immediately go, “Oh, such a WoW clone. Oh, they took that from TERA.” and while I honestly CAN’T figure out where these people are coming from, I at least GET it. DP has a pretty generic setting overall. It’s fantasy. It has dragons, wizards, goblins… zombies? Well, undead is a common staple. It what it’s doing with all of these that brings it to a more interesting light.
Yeah, it’s a fantasy setting, but you can ride, train, battle with, and collect dragons of various “dragon-ness” throughout the land. Half the fun of exploring is discovering what dragons are available and what skills they possess. Any game that grants you a flying mount nearly out of the gate is something worth notice at the least.
Yeah, it’s an action combat system, but it combines the systems of TERA, DCUO, Vindictus and others to create an experience all it’s own. It’s a game that makes you go, “Holy crap, I didn’t know I could do THAT” at nearly every step of the journey, and just when you feel you have a “rotation” down, the game tosses new enemies and new skills that make you rethink how you’re going to approach the fight.
Yeah, it’s full of impractical/shameless outfits and Escher-women you can create with the aid of 5-7 breast focused sliders, but again, just because you can make a woman with gravity defying, torpedo-shaped 44H cups wearing a leather battle bikini doesn’t mean you HAVE to. With the right tweaking you can make your female Guardian a lithe, muscular warrior, or your Sorcerer a waifish, petite spellcaster…. or vice versa, It’s entirely your call. Outfits aren’t all horribly impractical, and even if you’ll find more than a fair share of “Long Pants” that are anything but, you can convert your favorite pieces to costume outfits, and have up to ten switchable sets of them. It’s not nearly as deep as Aion, but whether you want to make your character, male or female, a model or a monstrosity, it’s entirely your prerogative.
Yeah, it’s a buggy mess, and it’s got issues that are still in need of repair, but it’s a fun title, I’ve actively playing and thoroughly enjoy.
We have a guild… it’s a … FEW people from the Wushu guild, and at least far more active than Wushu is currently at the moment. The game is far more casual. If you want to join, keep an eye out, for Grindstone on the Lysaia server. We are already Guild level three, and getting more points every day. Main rule of Grindstone, “Don’t be a dick.”

Upcoming Events:
I’ll be getting episode 50 done fairly soon, but I’m expecting a serious backlash, considering it’s one of those “barely scratched the surface” titles, that’s going to have me missing a lot of detail. I’ll have to invoke the “newbie show/guide” clause again that everyone seems to miss/ignore. After that is the Halloween ep, which will be an official episode this year (like Hellgate was the first year). That’s all I’m saying about that. Hopefully I’ll have the time to finish before/on Halloween.
Following that, I have nothing slated, but I’ll probably taking a bit of a break with what I’m calling the “Backtrack Block” where I’ll try to toss out a BUNCH of Backtrack videos with a week or two. While I have a few slated to look at, suggestions on what you’d like to see wouldn’t be entirely unwelcome. Just don’t… you know… do that thing.

Finally, if you haven’t checked it out yet, I HIGHLY encourage you to take a look at the “Phoenix Project” on Kickstarter for their fan-made spiritual sequel/remake of City of Heroes titled, “City of Titans”. They’ve already hit goal, and have a bunch of plans for the future, so take a look if you’re interested, and I’ll probably write up a full blown post about it sometime before the project finishes its KS run. Stay tuned.

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Posted on October 12, 2013, in News and Updates and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Where unfortunately Red5 is failing with Firefall, is simply how mismanaged / misorganized the team is / prooved accordingly what community magagers & the today producer(s) have been saying.
    One such thing is the mention that they don’t have time to “comment” each of the changes they do within game, which as has been numerous times causes numrous confusing situations for not only the players but especially the studio itself (because most of the times they have explanation for this, surprise surprise).
    For more details regarding to this comment of mine, I recomment reading more comprehencive post I made after the (frankly quite disparaging) PvP-closure annoucement:
    http://forums.firefallthegame.com/community/threads/a-letter-to-the-community.2302121/page-2#post-35705721
    Also, in before “only 3%”-meme…

    I apologize just in case for my writing on the Firefall-overview-video itself, if my comments came out rude; I only wanted to point out how some of systems in-game work just in case.

  2. So Jon, I was going to try Dragon’s Prophet, but I hated my graphics card, so I rewatched some of your reiews & decided to try Vindictus for a week. Apparently a few changes have been made since your review.

    I’ve got a new but pretty basic computer with a low-end graphics card…Game runs beautifully on it, maxed out with no lag. The multiple breast sliders have been removed from character creation; you can only get A, B, & C cup. Still can’t make the men as skinny as I’d like though.

  3. Dragon’s Prophet doesn’t seem to play friendly with AMD graphics cards. It crashes immediately with some message about veretex shaders.

  4. The backtrack suggestions are actually kind of hard looking through to like page 4/page 5 of the episode list.

    I honestly have zero idea if a LOT of the games are even around anymore, a few of them have changed companies (SMT:Imagine is on it’s like 3rd or 4th one), and a lot of them like Aion which make you wonder if there’s been any updates to them.

    You also have a few like Lord of The Rings which might work, but are honestly supposed to be a ghost town and the like.

  5. Go, CoT, gogogo!
    Always felt so bad that by the time I was finally ready to set aside time to try CoH, it was already set to be executed.

  6. The Youtube Comments Section; where unfounded opinions are thrust down our throats & facts go to die, where no one can hold a conversation that doesn’t break down into childish trolling & everyone has the entitled pissy attitude of a 13 year old boy who hasn’t slept in 3 days…I rarely see full pages of compliments & happy comments there, unless it’s on a show about game corruptions & glitches, eating food that makes your writhe in agony or barf, cute baby animals, or confirmed & speculated content updates for games.

    You could always replace the suggested MMO list with a long term popularity poll or monthly fad poll.

    Yukileska’s voice reminds me of MarzGurl.

  7. I’m interested in seeing what the Halloween episode will be! And curiosity has also been piqued with your comments about episode 50.

    It’s good to see CoT getting the funding it deserves and that whatever behind-the-scenes drama mentioned on Massively (I tried looking for a link, but the article seems to have been edited from when I first read it: http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/10/07/city-of-titans-reaches-its-kickstarter-goal-after-five-days/) doesn’t seem to be slowing it down. I’ll be contributing as soon as I get my next paycheck.

  8. Firefall seem to lack direction. Maybe they’re trying to bite more than they can chew. Maybe they realized that there is already a ton on PvP shooters already but not too many PvE open world shooters. I was really looking forward to that game but my interest is fading.

  9. Backtrack suggestion: Guild Wars 2. Specifically because of the Living Story, and the updates/releases they do EVERY TWO WEEKS. Admittedly there’s a fair bit of stuff they did that is no longer available (A couple temporary dungeons, a region, some big events, etc.) but it’s still fun and interesting to see and do, and there’s also been some permanent changes and the like.

  10. Hmm, sad to see firefall failing for you. But they said they wanted to put all resources on the PvE side of things.

    From what I gathered as well, PvP just wasn’t done as much as PvE. Better rewards and less frustration from getting stomped on… I think those were the 2 worst problems it had. Sad to see it go, but I don’t mind it. I played PvP before, and I just got horribly murdered. Whenever the scoreboard would come up, one person was doing all the killing while the rest were just sitting either dying or at least breaking even.

    And dragon’s prophet… Alright, I’ll give it a shot. I’ll just make the only sane woman around that, most likely.

    As for city of titans… Thanks for sharing. Like to see a world that’s quite unknown to me without any DC characters running around. Have to read more about the kickstarter what it might be, though.

  11. Oh I thought you just meant any suggestion. Well, you could backtrack Defiance. It has a new DLC out. There’s also MechWarrior Online, which since then has “released”, and to mostly horrible reviews, as PGI seemed to want(?) judging from how they handled the game and their community. http://www.gamefront.com/mechwarrior-online-forum-ragesplosion/comment-page-3/#comment-397753
    I don’t know what else to suggest. GW2 has new content since you reviewed it too. What about DC Universe on Steam? It’s been a long time and probably has changes too, although I never played it.

  12. Don’t be a dick in Grindstone?

    I’m a dick and I made Hall Leader in the Wushu branch.

  13. Glad to say that I’m not in the burn out category of fans for WT. I burn myself out on games pretty fast. I can play an MMO for a week, two at the very most, and I would force myself for a month if I subbed. That said, I’ve been playing WT for a few good months now with zero monetary investment and still have a kickass time whenever I log in. And the amount of players online at any given time shows that this game is far from being a fad-of-the-week and has a strong and steady playerbase.

    And now that tank combat is right around the corner, it just might grab a few people from the WoT community as well. Wonder if you’d consider making a Backtrack for it when the ground combat gets fleshed out.

    • I know that story. If I can make it a full month on an MMO, I’ll always come back to it for at least 2 weeks every year, but most MMOs can only hold me attention span for about 3-6 days.

  14. I vote for Runes of Magic. I’m evil like that. And we all know how much you like WoW clones and WoW fanboys.

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