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I often hear multiple arguments about PVP balance, Some people hate PVP and think it detracts from the game, others enjoy it.... and so on, but one argument I hear most then any other is how PVP would be so much better if it was done right, if everything was "balanced"
So that got me thinking about the few PVP MMO's I have played and how they are balanced, biggest one that comes to mind would be WoW, now I havn't played in around 2 years, so some of this information is probably dated, But at the time one of the largest PVP complaints was melee classes such as warriors and rogues where very over powered to cloth classes, So i'm using all of this as an example of how people think that just about every MMO PVP game out there is not balanced correctly.
Which brings me full circle on my thoughts that we possibly have lost sight of true combat balance in games.
So I was going to take a trip down memory lane for a second and talk about one of the greatest PVP games of all time. Age of Empires 2.
Now I still activly play that game, just about every weekend I have 3-6 people over and we play a 4-5hr game of AOE... but I digress. In this example each civilization would be compairable to a MMO class.
So in Age of Empires one of the things that makes it so awesome with ever changing tactics is the fact that is is almost perfectly balanced, how do I mean? Well any Civ you play can be countered pretty effectivly with another civ, you play British, I play Goths, I play Gotchs you play Byzantines, you play byzantines I play sarcans (sp?)....and so on. There is no domanant team that just owns. But at the same time every team has a weakness.
So coming back to the MMO side of this, Possibly when people are complaining that there mage just got owned by a warrior they need to see the flip side that the warrior just got owned by a archer. Or something to that effect.
I think to often developers try to make every class counter every class. "mage needs feign death" warrior needs "resist flame" and so on.. When in reality it would be more fun/balanced if there where classes you lost to most of the time, Sometimes the best tactic is deciding which battle you can win.
all in all it was a fairly legnthy post, I apoligize for the bad spelling, and if it didnt' make much sence.
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