Meditations: Fire At Will
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Join Date: Dec 2007
08-30-2011, 06:30 PM
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I remember NGE all too well, it was the reason I canceled my subscription there the first time... I would periodically go back, just to see if things had turned around, but was sadly disappointed...
The difference between there and here is that SWG
a 'mostly' balanced system, the complaints in the forums there were mostly for minor tweaks and additions to an existing, healthy system... Rather than move in small increments, however, SOE decided that rather than listen to the heart of the matter (which was that players were, in fact, generally happy with what they had, but thought that it could be better), they simply looked at the 'volume' of feedback and criticism, and someone in their infinite wisdom decided, "Well, if there's this much criticism, we must be doinitwrong... Thus, we are going back to the drawing board, and starting from scratch!"...
STO, on the other hand, has never really had that sweet spot, which, to be fair, since the game was developed to cater to an entirely different subset of the 'traditional' MMO players (in fact, much of the game is marketed at
-MMO players), appropriate balance was neglected, from a PvP perspective, from the beginning. There have been steps forward, but there have been just as many steps back; whether it has been newly-introduced items, abilities, or ships (remember the -Refit proposals with dual Commander BOffs?), or tweaks to existing items, abilities, or ships, there has rarely been any forward development for the PvP side of the game.
Are some of the old "iWin" combos gone (VM/SNB, PSW chain-stunning, etc.)? Sure... Replaced by New FAW3.0, Cloaking Tractor Mines, Scorpion Fighters (a symptom of the spam disease), etc.... The treadmill that PvP is on, grew stagnant after the Season 2 revival (the Golden Age of STO PvP)... Since then, it seems the never-ending quest for balance has become utterly quixotic in nature, and even changes like FAW4.0 just seem to put another pellet in front of the hamster...
Do I want to see an NGE debacle here? Of course not... But we would have to be at a point where things are mostly balanced and functional first, and things, sadly, still seem far from that...
In any case, I reiterate to the topic at hand, if the Community believes that FAW4.0 is now fine, I am more than happy to abide by that consensus (and, frankly, there are so many other issues that are more pressing and are doing more to harm the long-term health and viability of the game, perhaps it is simply easier to call the matter resolved...)
I differ a bit with your conclusion that we're far off from "balance" altho I find your statments to be right on track (as usual). For me, personaly, balance seems pretty decent at this point. However, in any game, devs must continue to add things (tier 6 ships and more skillpoints) for instance, that will cause some problems as we go along. If they don't add these things, the game can get stale and players see nothing to progress in. (SWG, post NGE)
Some "tweaks" here and there may be warrented. Maybe a second or 2 more cooldown or less on some powers. But, from what testing I'm able to do, 1 v 1 seems to be quite balanced atm. It is when you get a 5 man team spamming just about any power in the game that causes problems. FaW is not the only 1 of these cases, just one of the more voiced ones The counter for this has been profession "balanced" teams with a couple of escorts, maybe a couple of crusiers, and or a couple of Sci. so your alittle more ready for any situation that some1 or some team basicly trys to exploit for their advantage.
I somewhat agree that Cryptic seems to go off of the "cool" factor a bit in development. "Looks "cool", our playerbase will like it" without fleshing out what will happen to the PVP part of the community. But, in their defense, I have yet to see a dev for any company, not go on this type of deal at 1 time or another. The double ck for this is tribble, and the resultant feedback which I would agree they need to pay a little more attention to at times. FaW 3 would be an IE; of exactly that.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for all these guides you've been doing. I use them, myself, in builds now and have sent many a player over to them as well.
Lets try to give Cryptic a bit of a break here, now and then, not a pass by any means, but a bit of a break to see how something turns out in totalilty before we start the NERF calls, is pretty much all I'm asking. I've (and you have as well) seen NERFs on steroids and it wasn't pretty and basicly killed a once really fun to play game. I very much do not want to see a repeat over here.