Well, I’m back to ranting about APB already. Tried it a couple more times and have 2 major, and I mean major, gripes with the game.
The Artificer’s MMO Laws: an MMO should give players in PvP a balanced yet challenging experience with players of approximate equal skill or stats.
The Artificer’s MMO Laws: An MMO’s interface should be simple to use & understand, and/or have some kind of easy to follow instruction somewhere (whether in-game, on the forums, or in a game manual/player’s guide) on how to find/utilize all it’s features and functions
First, it’s the PvP combat. Or, more specifically, who gets to face who in PvP combat. From a thread on the APB Reloaded forums:
*CurlyQu learning APB through the tutorial*“Omg this is freaking awesome… wait WHAT?! It gets even BETTER with player vs player missions?! NO WAY!!! Wow I can’t wait to get out into the real action servers and have one of the best MMO experiences ever!!”*CurlyQu, and others, surrounded by scrubs who are carried by overpowered weapons*“Ah… and it was so promising.”New players, you have been warned. You are going to be killed over and over and over by people who use sniper rifles at short range and pistols from a mile away. I haven’t checked, but I’m sure you could just pay some real money and get carried but then you’d just be one of these scrubs I’m talking about… and we don’t want that, do we? D:
The tutorial was without a doubt the better part of the game for that simple fact… no one can afford any other weapons so you have people battling with skill instead of the pewpew firin mah lazer BLARRRRGGGHHH. Needless to say I was disappointed when I tried to join the tutorial instance after logging out for the first time, only to realize I would never again see the, dare I say, perfection, that was the tutorial.
Here ya go devs, I’ll make it simple.
1. Balance/remove weapons. Easy.
2. Create a system that will not have the low level, inexperienced players trying to do objectives in which the opposing force is able to stay at a distance and pewpew lazor @ players with their EYES, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, they all get within melee range and sniper rifle/smg spray (Whats the firing rate on those… 10 bullets a second?) you till you feel actual physical pain in the real world.
Now… DO THE ELEPHANT DANCE!
Shame on me… I misspelled Bieber. Please have mercy!!
Yup, I had this happen in the first 2 missions I did. That’s not what I call a fun game. I call a fun game being pitted against other players of equal skill and a having roughly equal abilities. This was just a bunch of scrubs who paid cash for the right to be overpowered & pwn the n00bz.
Reeeeeal impressive. </sarcasm>
So much for F2P – it’s more like “free to get your ice handed to you every 3 seconds by guys with body armor & rocket launchers while all you get is a pistol and sweats.” Given enough time and patience, one could probably get slaughtered enough to go up a level, but I really am not clear on the death penalties of this game, if any. This is one of the only MMO games still on the market that I’ve seen that does not have level restrictions on who can fight who. This issue should have been addressed in closed beta, IMO. It’s not a matter of balancing the equipment; that’s all well balanced. It’s balancing the player-matching and the PvP matching. It’s who’s thrown against who that is f’ed up and pissing new players off.
Oh, and here’s my second major bitch about APB Reloaded: can ANYONE point me to something that tells me how to just f’ing change clothes? I’ve been trying for 3 days and nothing I click on or open does jack sh*t for actually changing my outfit. The lack of any kind of directions in how to use the interface for things that should be simple to do is royally pissing me off. There’s also little to know explanation as to what half the panels are for or how they work. I’ve found nothing. This is ridiculous; how can they tote such massive amounts of customization, but not tell new players how to even use it? I’ve already bought a t-shirt & jeans, but can’t frikkin put them on!
The PvP issues I could plow through; it’s this lack of any instructions on how to even use the game that is loosing me as a player.