New Player Impressions
So I downloaded the game a few days ago because I was looking for a multiplaer third person shooter.
Upon starting the game for the first time and getting into the single player missions, I was impressed by the controls. Aiming and moving feel very fluid. The time to kill wasn't too short or too long and there is a nice selection of weapons. Then I jumped into multiplayer and quickly started not enjoying the game.
The matchmaking is horrible. Pairing new players with people who I assume have prestiged, they have multiple gold stars and high level gear. It seems like the meta of the game is too equip as many high agility items as you can with a 1 shot kill weapon and just zoom around the map 1 shotting everyone you run by untill someone 1 shots you back.
Anyway I persevered thinking i'm just low level, if i level up abit then it might not be so bad.So I got to level 26, where I can get some better agility items, and a better weapon. After buying nearly all the weapons I have access too, there is only one weapon a low level scrub can use to be competitive, and its the 85 gold blunderbuss which at least allows me to 1/2 shot kill. Everything I could use just takes too long to kill in that brutal environment.
I'm not opposed to a 1 or 2 shot kill meta, but what is a problem is that is renders most of the games weapons useless. I want to use a variety of weapons, that offer different playstyles. As I get higher up in levels more viable weapons will unlock for me, but I see even high level players using the blunderbluss, so whats the point in buying any other weapons if the best weapons in the game are all really similar.
I also keep seeing weapons which are not avaliable to buy anywhere in the game, I assuming these are old weapons from events or they are just no longer avaliable in the shop. I am assuming this is the same for armor and other gear. This is also dissappointing. I don't understand how someone can make a competitive shooter without all weapons and all gear being avaliable to everyone. If one weapon or certain weapons are OP or top tier and you remove them from the game so others can't get them, then the game is doomed from a competitive stand point.
I'm under no illusion that most freemium multiplayer games you can play on mobile are Pay 2 Win, I'm fine with it, as long as every item/weapon in the game can be earned by a free 2 play player. So putting certain weapons and items in the game with just a flat out pricetag (as in cannot even be bought with gold, but money only) is super shady. The only way to get this stuff is to outright buy it. Once again if one or more of these pay only items is top tier/OP then it's even more Pay 2 Win.
One thing that has annoyed me is the Tapjoy free gold offers. I've completed about 10 of them and not a single one has paid out. I've queried every single one through their support and nothing has been done about it, it feels like i got scammed into downloading and playing a bunch of games for nothing.
So my questions are, is this the full extent of the game I have to look forward to by carrying on, Can a Free 2 Play player be competitive enough? Is the high mobility 1 shot kill meta the entire extent of the meta? Do weapons/items which are no longer avaliable come back into the game every now and again, or is it just gone forever?