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I'm pretty new to the AFPS scene. I started playing Overwatch (not AFPS I know) at it's launch and have since moved on to better things with Quake Live and now Reflex. Before that I played mostly Dota 2 and other MOBAs. With that in mind most of my perceptions on balance come from a Quake Live perspective where I have 50 hours of gameplay in a mix of Duels and FFA. I might not have much time played and may not be the best player but I've gotten advice from many veteran QL players and watched some pro play for both QL and Reflex as well and I've gotten a basic understanding of the mechanics of AFPS games like map control, timings, weapon choice, and movement for example. As I said though I am new so I appreciate any constructive input to counter my newly formed opinions, but please let me know why don't just flame (I say this because of my experience on many other game forums/communities). Anyway I think Reflex is an AMAZING game with a boatload of potential, however I think a couple of the weapons struggle to keep up, and I have reason to believe that the netcode may need work in situations where ping gets extreme, I'll have an example of that later in my post. First I'd like to talk about 3 weapons: Rocket Launcher, Plasma Gun, and Grenade Launcher. Rocket Launcher: To me this weapon feels just a little too strong. It seems like it hits for the max damage (100) or close most of the time, and this means often RL is the best weapon choice. The self damage (like when rocket jumping) is also pretty low which makes risk vs reward with the weapon low as well. If the damage isn't tuned down I think it could benefit from increased self damage. Plasma Gun: The damage feels too low though consistent. I believe it's 12 per hit for direct hits. I've been trying to use it to block chokes like I use the PG in Quake, maybe this isn't the best use for it? Anyway I feel like maybe a jump up to 14-15 damage for direct hits could make it more viable. Grenade Launcher: Something feels off about this weapons functionality. It seems like the grenades sometimes explode on impact and sometimes don't. It just seems very inconsistent. Onto a quick note about playing vs high latency players. I've had a couple matches now where I went into a 1v1 server and waited and my opponent that joined had 150-200+ ping. This is never desirable but I played the matches out. It seemed to me like the lagging player was favored in the matches. I would have shots go through him and have shots hitting me where they appeared to miss. I realize netcode in these situations isn't an easy task and will probably never be perfect and maybe it's just because of my low skill but it really seemed like the latency of these players was helping them out more than it was hurting them. Those are my thoughts! Overall the game seems great and even the weapons I mentioned don't seem overly strong or weak, just a little bit. Thanks for reading see you in game!
Retrofraction posted a topic in Mapping forumSo I spent the last few weeks rebuilding one of my favorite maps from Nexuiz 2012: Strength. https://www.dropbox.com/s/6jbm1ppbylsks06/Strength.map?dl=0 Nexuiz was a community game before the devs took everything and joined up with THQ and made the version that I played. I still have no clue who orginally made the map and who to even contact, cause of all the limbo. So instead of waiting for them to get back to their FPS IP, I though why not remake the map I like the best? It is not quite a 1:1 remake and I am sure I have messed up the scale, spawns, and some of the jumps. But I am slowly getting there, as this is the first time I have made a map using this editor. The mainthing is I wanted to graduate most of the edges I can find into not a flat object. Which is why for such a small map there are lots and lots of extra polygons that have almost no signifigance except to kill edges. I am going to make it look much better than its current state but that would require a major overhaul and I am going to take a break for a bit... Might do that map challange on the fourms But If I have been able to get this onto someone's server mix I would be excited because I have had a hard time hosting any matches because I use public internet... So I tend to drop out too much. But I really like use of 3D space in this map as it is small enough to be a great 1v1 and still be very playable at 3v3. Though my favorite thing about it is the windows all over the map that can be used to jump through the top and with all the split paths already in side of the main structure it can get reall chaotic fast. I was surprised when remaking it the weapons were almost 1:1 thought I do miss having a racket launcher that would hoam and explode on command. I got everything pretty much finished except for the lights and texturing as it has been anounced that they will all be changing I might as well wait a little bit before putting a lot of time into the smaller details. Already tried to do a little balancing towards how Nexuiz plays, so there is a lot of health items as Nexuiz treated armor like a second health bar. Ammo drops would be nice but that is another thing I ahve to wait to get. So anyway, it would be amazing if I could get a few people to download it and play test the map to see how the ballancing is and report back to me so I can fix it when I do the next major overhaul