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I want to start out by saying that I love the original idea of this game. It was one of the most fun games I've ever played.
The flip side is that in it's current state it is barely a shadow of what it once was. Things have boiled down to 80% of the players begging for "farms" constantly. Teams are a joke because most toons you find to group with have been "farmed" to their current level and aren't even equipped properly with enhancers. Most teams last a mission or 2 then people get tired of the slow XP progress and the team disintegrates. Poof. The game has degenerated into farm--> clothing change -->farm. Period.
PvP in COH is a joke. Advancement is based on who has the shiniest "purple" which has either been farmed by running the battle maiden mission 100's of times or was bought off the market for several hundred million credits which has also been farmed.
So basically nothing in COH moves without farming endlessly the same few farms over and over and over and over. It's a joke. You will get the same enjoyment from playing any of the several great desktop defense games. The level of interaction and "upgrade" choices are relatively close.
The developers have seen fit to allow several top heavy powers to exist to perpetuate farming such as the fire controllers and the Sheild scrappers. Each of these builds can easily solo a +3 x 8 farm mission easily. So you have most of the server filled with players that have one of each or aspiring to build one of each.
I don't know why they would release an "expansion" when most players of the game find the game to be totally broken. There is enough of a unique experience left to keep people paying the subs but just barely. They would be better off spending time to kill the farms and redesign the economy system so that players who put in the time and effort can gain the prestige and items. AKA special missions and Task forces. Purple recipe drops by percentages have destroyed the game along with the 2 obviously overpowered farming builds.
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