Category Archives: MWO
So the beleaguered Mechwarrior Online has announced that they will be commencing the Clan Invasion. This came as a moderate surprise to most Battletech folks as, well, it’s a bit early for the full on invasion. Sure there were fights in 3049, most notably on The Rock, but most of the planets taken simply had no meaningful presence by Inner Sphere folks. But it’s certainly permissible by the timeline, if a bit of a stretch so –
Operation Revival is a Go!
Yeah. The Clans threw bloggers a bone here. Because lemme tell you MWO can really use a revival. There isn’t much in the way of numbers coming from the company, but Massively has had 1 story in the last two months. TheMittani.com has had 2 this month, and a handful in October. That’s it. Press coverage has fallen off a cliff because people who want to write about games want to write about good games, and MWO ain’t a good game. In fact it is a rather bad game. The community wanted it to be very good and when it landed with a bit of a splat they revolted, sending Piranha into a bit of a panic of balance patches that ended up introducing them to the Law of Unintended Consequences, with patches meant to balance things actually unbalancing them (poptarts? Gunboats?) and some fixes have taken excessively long to show up, like the UI fix. LRMs, SRMs,
Oh and the price. MY GOD. $240 to get a Masakari, $210 for a Mad Cat. (The two easiest to gunboat/poptart) You can get a Loki or a Daishi for “Only” $90 or $120. Be still my heart.
This comes just under 2 months after the last big addition, Project Phoenix, and it’s FAR more unbalancing. Clan tech is a very dangerous addition. For the uninitiated, clan ‘mechs have more firepower, more cooling, better speed, and better protection. In other words something like a Puma is going to win a lot of fights against a Centurion. A Daishi has the capability to laugh at an Atlas, and a Masakari will do terrible things to an Awesome. Heck a Mad Cat will tear apart an Atlas most of the time, and the Mad Cat isn’t even the best designed Clan ‘mech.
So we have a money grab, and one that will completely destroy the current game meta. Seriously these ‘mechs will make obsolete everything else out there on patch day. This is looting the place as it burns down. MWO was very promising, but ultimately flawed and the current state of the game all but a death sentence for it. Without a serious attempt to make a fun and engaging game out of the current product Piranha is running out of suckers to give them more money.
Maybe they can find an Operation: Necromancy to name the next pack after.
So I’ve been fiddling with MWO because I need instant pew pews and you can fight three matches in the time it takes a fleet to get started and put on fleet finder in EvE. I’ve done what I do, which is fiddle with ‘mechs and I’ve noticed something. Legs tend to be the first thing I strip of armor because, well, I never get legged. Unlike every other MW game in the history of mankind, I never ever get legged. Part of this is tactics. People tend to keep at a distance at first, and legs are naturally the last piece of a ‘mech to drift into sight, but also because people aim for the head, or center torso, or barely aim at all. I’m looking at you guy who panicked and failed to finish off a legged commando, losing us the last match I was in!
I have been fiddling with the twin gauss Jagermech, because: why the fuck not. I’ve also noticed that every time I hit something over 50 tons in the legs the armor goes bright red. Sometimes the structure starts to change color. It’s pretty amazing to see it when an Atlas is showing internal damage from one shot. I rarely think to actually go for the legs when I’m trying to fight off an Atlas but I’m trying to be more disciplined. I’m trying to go for the easiest kill, and let me tell you I’m pretty sure the easiest kill is to “Sweep the Leg.”
For those unfamiliar with the line, in the old movie “Karate Kid” the bad guy tells his student to “Sweep the Leg” of the hero, who is already limping more than an under-engined Atlas missing a leg. The intent is to cripple him and get the tourney over with so he can rejoice in his dojo’s domination, and his students can sneak off to smoke and drink and feel good about their victory. Of course the good guy wins, the bad guy’s student is the one to hand him his trophy, and everyone is happy except bad guy Sensei.
It isn’t a perfect parallel. Daniel-san didn’t exactly choose to get himself crippled for the tourney. In fact I’m pretty sure it was somewhere up there with “running over Mister Miyagi in the parking lot” on his list of things to do. Someone running an Atlas with 20 armor between the legs is begging to get legged. In a ‘mech like my Jager, you have to keep calm and pick your shots, take the extra couple seconds and… SWEEP THE LEG