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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Porphyrogenitus » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:01 pm

I've been away from the forums for quite a few months now, and this game is largely responsible.

Got in the Closed Beta in July, and haven't looked back.

It's Open Beta now, though, and I heartily encourage everyone to download and join the fun. It's an amazing game, despite its flaws in its current incarnation.

Also, if you can get a group together and have some kind of voice chat running, you will dominate the opposition. Few things are more fun than being able to fight as an actual unit.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby 501stCadians » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:37 pm

Hurm. This seems like fun. I've got a teamspeak we can use. I'll update and ready my Catapult!
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Keldoclock » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:35 am

I really wish they hadn't allowed custom mechs... not only does it go against MechWarrior lore, it also destroys any attempt at game balancing by the developers.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Porphyrogenitus » Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:57 pm

Keldoclock wrote:I really wish they hadn't allowed custom mechs... not only does it go against MechWarrior lore, it also destroys any attempt at game balancing by the developers.


Eh, custom mechs are not unheard of in lore, and they're a huge part of pretty much every past game in the mechwarrior franchise.

Plus, their implementation of hardpoint limitations overlayed on the critical space/tonnage system of the tabletop makes for a good bit of variety among the mechs, and allows the variants within a specific chassis each to have their own place.

Plus plus, balance is not all that much harder to do with limited customization. As things currently stand, the only real issue is heat (since double heat sinks are not working right just yet, and heat generally seems a bit borked, plus the current intended implementation is about three times as hot as it would be on the tabletop). This of course makes the Gauss strong, as well as low-heat weapons like missiles and small autocannons. Smaller lasers can work since they're so light, so you can fit plenty of heat sinks to deal with them. That means large lasers and ppcs (and the ac20) are the odd weapons out, and they are working on improvements to each of those things.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Porphyrogenitus » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:02 am

Figured I'd do a quick state-of-the-game update.

Nov 6 PGI pushed a patch that broke LRMs. They added Artemis IV, which tightened weapon groupings, and they managed to bug the flight trajectories, making LRMs essentially ignore cover and preferentially hit the head and center torso of targets. They immediately recognized the problems this caused (basically, it was go LRM or go home in a body bag). They rushed a hotfix on the 8th that made the LRM flight paths pretty much exactly how they need to be, plus they reduced missile damage and widened spread.

The next major patch is scheduled for the 20th, where they will add the Cataphract mech, DX11 support, and possibly some other goodies (like weapon tweaks, another few new maps or map variations, etc.).

Current weapon balance favors the Gauss Rifle. Small laser weapons work nicely too, since they and the GR are the things least crippled by the heat system. Larger lasers are seeing more use with the current implementation of Double Heat Sinks, but PPCs and ER weapons are still a rare sight. The very light autocannons see a good bit of use due to very high sustained dps and constant screen shake from rapid, repeated projectile impacts, but the larger ones (AC10 and AC20) are very rare, since the smaller ones have more range, better sustained dps, and more efficient damage for the tonnage, while the Gauss supplies a long range, very low heat, very high damage alternative. LRMs are a bit weak right now, but they can still do plenty of work and garner kills. Their biggest problem is that they require teamwork to be truly effective. SRMs are in a good place (and have been for several months now). Streaks are broken, but a fix is coming. Machine guns and flamers are dead weight.

Projected weapon balance tweaks include accelerating bigger ballistic projectiles to make them easier to aim, adding significant screen shake to the AC20 when it hits you, and making the GR a very fragile gun that has a good chance to blow up catastrophically when it gets hit. LRMs are also supposed to be getting a slight damage buff. MGs and flamers are eventually going to get a bit of a rework/buff to make them more useful. Finally, PPCs are planned to have a bit of a heat reduction and an added emp-like effect on targets (one would guess that it'd screw with the HUD and targeting capabilities).

All in all, c-bills come in steadily, and since individual matches are so short it doesn't take much actual time to earn enough cash to buy a mech and kit it out however you want. The game still has occasional stability issues and the netcode is not ideal, but if you have a low ping you don't tend to suffer for it (the effects are amplified significantly for high-ping players, or so I've heard; my ping is always super low).

Light mechs are very popular now, in part since people flock to whatever they were last killed by, in part because collisions and falling down are temporarily removed while PGI tries to fix some nasty rubber-banding issues that were making knock-downs really dumb, and in part because of netcode and high-ping lag-shielding.

It is probably in the most balanced state weapon-wise since I've been playing, and it looks to be getting even better with each subsequent patch at this point. Plus, the modified Forest Colony and the added Forest Colony Snow maps are quite fun. A Desert map should be on the way soonish, and night versions of the other maps are likely as well. The 20th is the next scheduled patch time, but in the mean time it is eminently playable.

The game is still free, and is quite fun. Currently, group queues are limited to 4 or fewer players, and teams are 8v8. Solo queue is viable, but can be painful. The game gets more and more fun the more people you queue with, especially if you have a voice chat system that you are all using. If you do sign up and want to play, the best thing to do is bring a friend or three along.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Keldoclock » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:21 am

Porphyrogenitus wrote:Image


This is the wrong place to post serious things
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby stubby » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:06 am

Actually I think sperging out over imaginary weapons loadouts is pretty close to exactly why this place exists
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby The Shadowscythe » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:22 pm

stubby wrote:Actually I think sperging out over imaginary weapons loadouts is pretty close to exactly why this place exists


>Implying this place isn't anything but sperg
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby IVhorseman » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:40 pm

Actually I just got a new compy, so this is relevant to my interests.

Also, sperg.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Silverdream » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:03 pm

The Shadowscythe wrote:
stubby wrote:Actually I think sperging out over imaginary weapons loadouts is pretty close to exactly why this place exists


>Implying this place isn't anything but sperg


Greentexting outside of 4chan is faggotry.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Keldoclock » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:45 am

Silverdream wrote:
The Shadowscythe wrote:
stubby wrote:Actually I think sperging out over imaginary weapons loadouts is pretty close to exactly why this place exists


>Implying this place isn't anything but sperg


Greentexting outside of 4chan is faggotry.


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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Tzan » Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:02 pm

Keldoclock wrote://SOME PEOPLE REMEMBER A TIME WHEN ONE DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE FONTS OR COLORS



Hitlerr ?
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Nitewatchman » Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:27 pm

Tzan wrote:
Keldoclock wrote://SOME PEOPLE REMEMBER A TIME WHEN ONE DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE FONTS OR COLORS



Hitlerr ?

Piltogg created choice in colors.
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby The Shadowscythe » Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:12 am

Silverdream wrote:
The Shadowscythe wrote:
stubby wrote:Actually I think sperging out over imaginary weapons loadouts is pretty close to exactly why this place exists


>Implying this place isn't anything but sperg


Greentexting outside of 4chan is faggotry.


Says the faggort who goatse anus'd it. :troll:
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Re: Mechwarrior Online

Postby Porphyrogenitus » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:54 pm

New update today.

Streak SRMs are now a little bit OP again. The preponderance of light Mechs and the fixing of Streaks has led to a huge surge in the number of Streakapults that are appearing on the battlefield (Catapults with 6x SSRM2s).

The Cataphract is now available as well. Its head is a bit easy to shoot, but they supposedly hotfixed it to be a bit less of a free kill (I did stop dying from every random shot that came my way). The 4x is the most popular variant so far, since it has a pair of ballistic hardpoints on each arm. The three main builds you tend to see are variations on AC2 spam, UAC5 spam, and dual Gauss Rifles (the AC2 spam build is probably most annoying, since the rounds have way more impulse [screen shake on impact] than they should, and they can hit you pretty much non-stop).

Speaking of the Ultra Autocannon 5, the developers have fixed it, and made it broken. Word on the official forums is that they put out way more damage than they used to, even taking into account jamming. I've seen reports that they fire faster than they should, which would explain it. Also, jamming now no longer relies on your skill at programming macros and is now a lengthened cooldown between shots (basically, unjamming is automatic now). This makes the UAC5 much more useable while gimping those who had a nice, convenient macro set up. Of course, if their dps is indeed higher than it should be, then they're pretty much the go-to ballistic weapon now, though of course the AC2 and the Gauss are both still high-performing outliers.

The Direct X 11 update was delayed for some reason.

Tomorrow several of the developers are going to be playing (between 9 and 11 EST IIRC), and have invited the community to try to hunt them down and kill them (in game only). I asked about team-killing and got no response, so consider it on the table.
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