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I can honestly say i've never been this confused by an MMO. And i don't mean actually confused, im not a bumpkin, i mean confused by design decisions, etc. Too many things just felt like they were change for the sake of change, and not because they actually came up with a better method.
For example. The whole "we got rid of trinity" thing. OK, we've well established lots of people hate Trinity, and i'm fine with getting rid of it IF you have something better to replace it with. Or at least equal. In this case, the replacement is far FAR FAR FAR FAR stupider. The whole grouping dynamic in this game is just quirky and retarded and doesn't work for shit. Its like replacing a steering wheel with an acceleration/brake lever and a joystick for steering. Can it work? yes, is it better than a steering wheel and brake/gas pedals. Not by a long shot. I did story mode Arah with a surprisingly competent pug last night, and i was ready to start punching kittens by the time i was halfway through it.
Second thing. I'm tired of being constantly on the verge of being broke. This game has been a lesson in frustration on the aspect of money. Everything in the game is designed to nickle and dime you to hell and back, and frankly its bullshit. Repair costs, especially once you hit 80 and have rare or better armor, are through the friggin roof. Transport costs are even more bullshit. Let me give a point of reference. Doing a level 80 event in one of the high end zones nets you something on the order of 1.75s. In my current setup 1 death costs me 1s34c. One port in the very same zone, if im super close to the node is about 1.5s but sometimes close to 2s. Lets say i wanna go back to a city for some reason. 3s24c.
Now, you say, "oh well sell your blues and loot and crafting mats and you'll be fine!" Well, thats partially true except the botters which are utterly rampant now, have saturated the market so much that things which you rarely see, like say orichalcum nodes, are basically worthless now. 2 weeks ago you would have netted 7-10s, now, its more like 1-2s for 3 orichalcum ores. The game literally punishes you, or at least makes you feel like your being punished for trying to push harder and try more difficult stuff. IMO its actually worse than a heavy XP penalty (and im an EQ vet so i know full well what im saying right now). I would rather lose 1/5 of a level's worth of XP every death than have to spend 4-5s per death.
Other things. I'm actually a fairly intelligent guy, and i have mucho experience in MMO's as i've been playing them extensively for the last 13 years. I've never had an MMO that had so much random stupid shit that you pretty much can't figure out without extensive googling. Mystic Forge recipes for weapons, etc? Ha. I'm guessing the only reason people even had a slight idea what to do with it is because of GW1 players? Anyways.
Whats by FAR the most frustrating thing about the whole game is the fact that they did so much of it SO BRILLIANTLY. The world is fucking AMAZING. One of the coolest places i've ever set foot into as far as MMOs go. The combat is smooth and fluid (although i could go for a bit more complexity). The number of different armor sets once you hit 80 is awesome. The character models are great. Etc. I love that there are multiple massive cities instead of one major city where everyone congregates. I love that you have pretty much seperate leveling paths for every race. The heart system is pretty cool, makes things feel less restrictive than the whole questing hub thing. I love that crafting actually rewards you with a non-trivial amount of XP, though again i could go for a much longer leveling time.
Anyways, i just can't bring myself to give a shit anymore. I log and i don't actually feel like im progressing anything, and to me, thats what the point of an MMO is. I've hit max level, so i cant progress levels. Dungeon gear is the same stats as what im wearing so i just get some cool looking armor from it. And i can't go make money because there is no viable way to do it. Whether thats by design or just a result of botters fucking the game up, i dont know.
Either way all i can be is happy as hell that storm legion is coming out soon.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
- Friedrich Nietzsche