Played one game and messed around in the training room thing. This will also voice some general suggestions and concerns.
So I won my first ranked game and gained 16 mmr, which is nice I guess. After 5 minutes of fighting my opponent and I killed each other a total of 11 times, and I felt like I was just running around a bunch while my opponent did the same thing and there were lots of downtimes, something I think arena shooters should avoid. The maps are also a bit large for just 2 players, not to mention the art style is confusing (I’m sure it’ll get better the more you play), I mean, is it a jump pad? Is it some alien plant? Oh well I guess I’ll step on it to find out (the more sci-fi looking map makes clearer distinctions between what’s interact-able and what isn’t). The shotgun and rocket launcher feel meh, not having to reload makes the game easier (who needs accuracy when you have infinite ammo?). The whole game overall just feels “meh” to me. Yes 1v1 is in the name but I feel like these maps would be better with a few more people.
This is closed alpha I guess so more features will be added but it would be nice to see better settings and options, like being able to input a value for mouse sensitivity rather than a slider with an arbitrary scale, I mean, 100% sensitivity of what? Same goes with graphics, resolution shouldn’t be a slider. Crosshair customization would be nice (for the shotgun since I feel like its’ spread is the whole screen). The fps counter doesn’t seem to update very often which kinda defeats the purpose of having an fps counter. Also training room should also have some form of AI test dummy for the player to test weapons and skills.
I think Gearbox’ intention is to make it into a competitive e-sport type of deal and I don’t know if an rng-based card system is good for that. Competitive shooters, for the most part, have been about mechanical skill (ie how well you can move your mouse) and adding a luck based thing in to the mix might not be the best idea. Granted it’s not the first competitive shooter to have a loot/custom load-out aspect and during tournaments they’d just lock the load-out to the basic stuff but that just means that casual lobbies will have some super lucky guy who has the best gear. Usually I’m ok with that because I can pick up other people’s weapons but I can’t (as far as I know) in P1v1.