Please read all the way if you feel that your heart and mind needs to find some peace. I will do my best help with that!
As the title says it, people are getting too angry or sad about BB right now. And I can understand that. Holy cow if you ask me, I can come up with a hundred things that is wrong with BB right now and I can direct you to the many people who share the same sentiments. But can I say the same when it comes to GBX’s effort in making the game right? No. I am sure they doing the best they can with the resources they have to make this game the game we dreamt it to be.
Let me just tell you first, I have bought this game about 2 weeks ago and I sold it after playing it for only a day! Why? I wasn’t enjoying the game somehow and I thought it was because the game felt boring. But the real reason was because the comments about BB being too grindy, repetitive and etc, kept flashing in my mind. And the killer reason was because BB’s player base is dwindling. That was my biggest issue like many of us, because what’s the use of having a PVP when there is barely any players? And that’s why I threw the game without hesitation.
Then why are you still here you ask me. Well I bought the game again (I made a post about it actually). I didn’t know why I bought it again. But after a lot of reflection and basically scanning the forums 24/7, I now know that I abandoned BB because I made a poor comparison of BB to failed games in the past. I am talking about L4D2 and Evolve.
L4D2 vs BB
If you played L4D1, you will know how awesome L4D was and so we expected L4D2 to be awesome. But its player base died so quickly. And it can be accounted to the game developers having abandoned the game and not listening to their fans.
Sounds similar to BB? Yes, but, when I threw BB away, I didn’t put GBX’s commitment to the game into the equation. To me, that might overshadow all the problems that BB have one day. But it will not be today, tomorrow, next week or even next month. It might be 2-3 months from now. Be prepared and I will tell you how below.
Evolve vs BB
Evolve (which is also published by 2k but developed by Turtle Rock Studios), a 1v4 PVP game, created a lot of hype at the start. It really looked freaking cool and IGN even eventually gave it a 9/10. It looks like it had a lot of potential. They decided to milk players before the game even came out by forcing us to pre-order. It cost me around US$60 and others way more. But that was just the beginning. To me, it felt like we were getting ■■■■■ by them.
The game was released with a lot of bugs. And the game was unplayable. The idea of hunting a player-controlled monster was not as good as we imagined. The game was incredibly flawed and Turtle Rock Studios and 2K knew it. They decided to charge people money on ugly weapon skins (which was about US$2 if I am not wrong) and new characters. That’s right, you couldn’t unlock new characters in-game and you had to buy them for US$7.49. So can you see, they knew the game was gonna die and they quickly milk players as much as they can before the game completely collapses. I spent US$60 and only played it for a total of 2 hours. It was painful.
Sound similar to BB? It seemed like BB is just milking us right now especially with the weapon skins and taunts right? No. I initially thought platinum will make me hate BB but after looking at the skins, they are just skins. I don’t feel like I am forced to buy them. They are not that good, it is basically just a recolor with no big changes in the structure of the character. If there is any reason to buy platinum, it would be to support GBX, full stop. But you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
And again I shall repeat. GBX is not going to abandon us.
What You, As a Player, Can Do Right Now?
I was about to post telling people to just play other games while GBX work more on BB but then @Ganjamira beat me to it in one of his/her replies (still not sure of this guy’s gender haha) to a recent post. I never thought about it before today. A game is not like having a girlfriend in this aspect where you have to stick to one. You can have multiple games people! Haha I know right, mind blown haha. I played multiple games before in the past but recently with little time, I decided to devote myself to just one. But you shouldn’t restrain yourself like that. You might be thinking, I want to just play this one game so I can be pro at it. Honestly ask yourself, is gaming (even for competitive games) all about being godly at it? Somehow we all strive to be godly but actually most of us won’t be godly in the game. And most of the time, all we need to be is decent to have a great game. Think about that. If winning is all you care about, then I hope you are really pro at the game and you have morning till night to practise. If not, then I can say most of us just want to have fun, win or lose.
The problem with BB now is that people are running out of things to do, PVP is not optimally balanced yet, and challenges for lores is tedious and some near impossible to do. But you know what, GBX will make it better. Trust me. Eventhough it has been said a thousand times that ‘it will take time’, i will say it again, it will take time. If you are going to visit this forum everyday hoping for a huge change, you will be disappointed I guarantee you. But hey, who knows, @JoeKGBX could suddenly one day pop out saying ‘We got an update for you guys, and you will ■■■■ your pants’.
Till then, we just have to distract ourselves with another game (if you have to) while staying on this forum and share constructive thoughts and suggestions. Console players, if you can, hold on to your BB and not sell it. Just like having a boy/girlfriend, the relationship is much more rewarding if there is trust and faith. I will still play the game for now cause I just started haha. But those of you who really need to take a break from BB, play that game that you really wanted to play but BB got in the way (damn you BB for looking awesome) or you can get Battlefield hardline which is on sale for USD$5 on PS4. Not sure about xbox and pc. Anyway, have faith in GBX. They are working on the game everyday. They will deliver. Again, go try out that game you always wanted to try and there is nothing wrong with doing that.