I just wanted to start this thread to tell everyone on my thoughts about this game and it’s development. I joined this BETA back in January of 2013, my first impressions of this game were " hey this game is really fun, it reminds me of Counter-strike"(the first online pvp game I liked), the que times were horrible, and there aren’t that many people on.
Back then queue times for PVP was anywhere between 8 to 20 minutes during my primetime in North America and mixed tiers were the norm. 250 pilots online was the average, so me and my buddies would do some PVE and breeze through the ranks of all our factions. It was a piece of cake to level up back then. Then the Steam release came and OMG the population has increased by over 1000% and hey que times are awesome. " Let’s go do PVP!", but along with it came a new breed of pilot. The one’s that will never be happy and always find something they don’t like.
Over the past 10 months that I have been playing this game I have seen a lot of changes and I mean A LOT of changes. Did I think they were good changes at the time? NO hell no I didn’t, still don’t agree with how the lower tier ships don’t have all the weapons and modules that the upper tier ships do. I see this as the the dumbing down effect and it hampers the new players progression into higher tiers. Let them have everything so they know what and how everything works before they get into T3. Yes engineers that don’t have your buffs turned on I’m looking at you and those people that are brought into the harsh reality of Stasis generators.
Do I think the game is worse than it was before all the changes? NO hell no I don’t, it’s still fun as hell! The hard part is the population again and this is where all the negatives are coming from in my honest opinion. All the stuff about balancing this ship or that ship or this modules or that module is just blah to me because I’ll figure it out and know how to use it to my advantage. There are so many different play styles and niches that there is always going to be those that disagree. The question is can you respect that.
Hey we are almost to the release of this game so things should start calming down change wise and then the game might get back or retain more pilots. Once the population gets bigger I think a lot of the fun will come back into this game. This is just my point of view.
P.S. Yes it’s a beta still I don’t buy the " If you’re paying for something then it’s not a beta" BS, because I will point you towards Star Citizen accepting donations or whatever you want to call them. It’s the same thing as putting money into this game! Except that’s not even a beta yet.