Yeah, I'm thinking about resubscribing and even bringing some of my squad back with me. Does this mean I support CRS? Absolutely not. I think what they have done to this once magnificent game is a crime. They have abused their customers and removed game features only to charge more for what's left. I took my ball and went home three years ago because of exactly that. Not only was I burnt out but, my favorite things to do in game were effectively removed with the most hamfisted solutions you could possibly imagine. In addition, their all consuming desire to attract players that will never enjoy or appreciate what WWIIOL is, has allowed them to alienate the majority of their player base.Sure, they've added things along the way, most that should have been there from the start, but they've taken an open sandbox and crammed it into a large shoebox.
So why am I even considering a return when all of these negatives are present? Simply put, WWIIOL is the greatest game I have ever played and like a dear friend who is close to expiring, I want to sit by her side until the end finally comes. It is heartbreaking to be sure.
You see,it wasn't just a game to me; It was my hobby, my passion. I could happily spend hours planning an operation for my squad, designing target packages, studying map movements and player habits. It was nothing for me to sit in bush in the middle of nowhere for several hours waiting for the 30 seconds of combat that would result from my careful planning. I loved examining the capabilities of the aircraft and vehicles and the intricacies of the game mechanics. Despite economic hardships and hardware failures I struggled to continue playing. I made real friends and valued aquaintances that I never would have known otherwise.From holding a gap when the front has collapsed to my CO blowing an ambush when he was "peeking to see if anyone is coming", I've got fond memories.
I'm not trying to convince anyone else by saying this. If anything I might be trying to convince myself.I haven't found any other game that has inspired my creativity and excitement like this one has.Rose colored glasses? Maybe.
Do I want the game to die? Absolutely not. I want it to get better.I want it to recover from its long illness and thrive. I just don't have faith anymore that it will happen. So that leaves me thinking; Should I just walk away, or should I try to milk every last drop of enjoyment out of it that I can? I haven't found the answer yet.I've never been one to turn my back on a friend. On the other hand, I've not been one to let the poor life choices of my friends affect my own life to any serious degree. If someone chooses to go down in flames, I don't want them taking me down with them.
As you can see, I keep flip flopping on the issue. It isn't an easy decision. On one hand, they are asking the highest price ever for a subscription fee in a world where free to play and micro payments is becoming the standard. On the other, free to play often means free to be disappointed.
At any rate, I just thought I'd share with you my thoughts on the subject, for all that's worth. S!