Well after a long time this game is finally released. Looking at the number of servers ingame, launch was far from success and I doubt that this game will even earn for itself if things will stay as they are now.
Sadly I must say that game with every patch since version 849 of PB is getting worse and less enjoyable, and it's not only my opinion. Here is my last feedback for Acony that shows what in my opinion sucks, and what should be improved in order to make game more enjoyable and successful.
- Comcenter funcionality needs to be improved, just look at any other multiplayer game to find things that BR comcenter lacks. There is also a bug - adding person to buddy list while they're offline not always working.
- New breathtaking feature - funny circles animation on hitspots, it looks bad for me and I don't see any point of it, there should be an option to disable it.
- Right now style is decreasing by 1 daily, that was ok in Hedone because gear there was adding a lot more style (like +6, +10), now most things add +1, max +3 style points, so in order to keep this bonus up you need to buy few things every day. It's just idiotic and makes this whole additional bonus system pointless. This is first (but not last) thing in Bullet Run which says to me that Acony don't rly know where to go with further development of BR.
- Cheats are beginning to show their presence in-game - they ruined a lot of games and needs to be treated with proped attention.
- BR needs more interesting game modes. It's supposed to be an AAA title after all, only 2 modes and 6 maps don't looks very AAA to me.
- Team switching and leaving in the middle of match - right now a lot of ppl are switching to a winner team, others like to leave middle match when they're losing, both behaviors making sytuations when there are team balance like 2/5 or 5/9, and of course no one, even from experienced players, bother to balance game.
So team switching should be disabled when teams are balanced, if not it should be alloved only to weaker team. Leaving in middle of the game should have much more penalty than now.
But the real problem of this game right now is let's say: "empty gameplay", I mean by it that there is nothing to earn, no real objective for this game. Some ppl are playing for lvl, but after reaching 50 even they have nothing else to do. And ppl will simply stop to play.
People that pays for game, will stop doing so after very short period because they bought/earn everything they wanted. Success of F2P games is that some ppl pays constatly, much more than in normal paymant methods, and in my opinion Acony by this "empty gameplay" resigned of this money.
In my opinion only thing that still can be done to fix that with relatively low amount of work is to go with this whole "TV Show" concept to the place where it should be since the beggining. That includes:
- Official clan system.
- Tournament system - this is first thing that I thought after seeing this TV Show concept, something that should be main feature and strenght of such game isn't even in developer plans. That's main reason why I think that Acony lost direction, or I simply totally don't get it. In this feature is the biggest potential of this game, and it maybe key to success if will be done good enough for "worldwide TV show".
- Advanced statistics/ranking/achevements - that also one of things that "most popular TV show in the world" would surely have. About Acony stats and K/D raio comments: If you wanna do game in which kills don't count, MMOFPS is worst possible choice, beleive me. You making game with concept that denies one of most important things is MMOFPS gender - competition, being orginal is not always good.
- lvl 100 - right now ppl can reach max lvl in less than a week, and what's next??? To complete previous points and keep ppl paying for boosters etc. next 50 lvl should be added, and earning it should take no one week but few years.
Above features can still make this game very popular because people will have some objective and reason to regularly play the game, and pay for it, of course SOE also needs to do their work with promotion, but in my opinion without this new features this game will die sooner than you think, and you can forget that this game will earn for itself. Real money will come if you'll make this game popular and as good a possible, making it pay to win is very shortsighed plan in my opinion.
That's all, sorry for mistakes and bad english, I don't have patience to read it for correction, hope you do