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Mechwarrior Online: Free To Play MMO announced.:

Jonah Falcon
Open beta next week.

Considering this is a free to play game, that basically means "soft launch".
Jonah Falcon
 102 RL Nice, Wed, 10th Oct '12 3:57:33 PM from a computer
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I already got into the BETA (it's cool, I'm allowed to say that since the NDA has been lifted), but I still can't play it because my computer is a four-year old MacBook Pro with Boot Camp installed on it.

edited 20th Oct '12 12:41:35 PM by RLNice

A fistful of me.
 103 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 12:28:38 AM from Southeast Asia
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Just watched some videos of this thing. I don't care if they've ruined any part of the series (though I've yet to see any major problems besides the small-ish maps) because it's absolutely awesome to see proper damage visuals for energy weapons. Even Living Legends didn't let you etch glowy trails on your target like the novels so often describe.

I also thought that missile visuals would be underwhelming. I thought wrong. This installment has the most breathtaking LRM barrages yet.

Also lovely to hear the original computer voice (or at least a flawless impersonation thereof).

edited 20th Oct '12 12:30:23 AM by Recon5

Gunpla is amazing!
Is the economy still messed up beyond belief?

I got into the beta and found I'd have to play with this horrible starter mech like 40 times before I could afford a normal mech.

I uninstalled right there.

 105 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 12:56:37 AM from Southeast Asia
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[up] To be fair, that's sort of how it goes in the campaign of the earlier games (though the games probably allowed much faster progress). At least you can use everything up to Assaults from the get-go in this game.

Free Atlas is a really questionable option though.

edited 20th Oct '12 12:57:33 AM by Recon5

Gunpla is amazing!
Its not that you get a low quality mech that still works. I don't care about that.

The problem is you get a normal mech that is completely gimped with weapons that tickle a normal mech.

Providing an "incentive" to buy the mechs of course.

God I fucking hate F 2 P >_<

 107 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 1:14:03 AM from Southeast Asia
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The problem is you get a normal mech that is completely gimped with weapons that tickle a normal mech.

The Trial mechs have the standard issue Inner Sphere configurations, the same configurations they have as default in most earlier MW games (and I presume the tabletop game as well). For example, the AC/20 and handful of M Ls are iconic for the Hunchback, twin LRM 15 and quad M Ls are iconic for the Cat, etc.

Gunpla is amazing!
Maybe its changed but when I played it was a proven fact that the weapons did much less damage AND overheated much quicker than if you took the same normal mech and loadout and weapons.

 109 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 1:22:36 AM from Southeast Asia
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This is some recent footage of the default (trial) Atlas variant. Does it look any different from when you played?

EDIT: Just realized that the match was being played on one of the maps with high ambient heat levels.

edited 20th Oct '12 1:23:25 AM by Recon5

Gunpla is amazing!
Its not so much the load out.

That didn't bother me.

Its that it was a FACT that the weapons did less damage and overheated much quicker.

They should just let you start with the first smaller unit, and let you work your way up.

As it stands, you gotta play an ass ton of games with the shitty trial mechs, THEN get your first starter shitty unit and work your way up.

Or pay money of course.

God dammit why couldn't we have just gotten MechWarrior 5 instead?!

edited 20th Oct '12 1:26:25 AM by Thorn14

 111 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 1:27:04 AM from Southeast Asia
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[up] I meant does the video show the weapons being underpowered compared to what you'd expect (aside from the fact that MW combat is all about attrition anyway). They might have changed or removed the damage scaling since you stopped.

Gunpla is amazing!
I wouldn't know.

I uninstalled.

I was furious about who obvious they wanted you to use the cash shop.

Hero units were running the show.

edited 20th Oct '12 1:33:55 AM by Thorn14

 113 Rocket Dude, Sat, 20th Oct '12 3:12:51 AM from AZ, United States
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Thorn, I can tell you right now that they have made things less painful 2-3 weeks ago when they boosted earnings and re-tuned them so that they actually reflect what you do in a match.

edited 20th Oct '12 3:13:01 AM by RocketDude

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 114 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 4:23:01 AM from Southeast Asia
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So I've finally gotten round to downloading the game just to see what Thorn is so riled up about.

I agree with everything he says regarding the cash shop. Piranha is really shoving their Founder's Packages in players' faces.

What I utterly disagree with is the statement that the business model wrecks the game or makes the game un-fun. It certainly does not except for those who are nauseated by the very principle of the thing. Pipping a haughty Founder's Atlas with the trial Awesome's twin Large Lasers is extremely satisfying

Incidentally I feel the Awesome is a much more reasonable choice for the starter Assault than the Atlas, which deserves to be a premium option. I also noticed that the trial variants do actually use their full tonnage but are maxed out on armor over firepower and seem to carry more ammo than experienced players tend to pack - which are both logical build choices for beginner machines.

 115 Night, Sat, 20th Oct '12 8:49:23 AM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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If you're a beginner I highly recommend that rather than beat your head against the wall in a heavy or assault you hop down to a light 'Mech. I got in with a Founder's Catapult, but I've found that the ones I really enjoy are the Raven and the Commando. The extra mobility does a lot more to help you survive unless you're really on top of the ball and know how to move your torso around to spread hits while still actively firing...which is a lot less fun or easy than it sounds.

edited 20th Oct '12 9:12:28 AM by Night

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 116 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 12:36:40 PM from Southeast Asia
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I'm not new to the MW series but 3 and 4 have spoiled me with their functional 3rd person cameras so I need something that can survive multiple Gauss hits while I readjust to cockpit view. Never had an easy time fighting with a tonnage disadvantage either although I must say that human-controlled Ravens and Commandos are much deadlier than AI-controlled ones.

Thanks for the tip though.

 117 Rocket Dude, Sat, 20th Oct '12 2:09:09 PM from AZ, United States
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I'm getting used to using Catapults, I think.
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 118 Recon 5, Sat, 20th Oct '12 2:25:35 PM from Southeast Asia
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Choice of trial units is a bit strange right now. It's nice having a Heavy that can make 81 kph but it makes the trial Raven redundant as the trial Dragon has a better brawling kit and better armor to boot. Not that there was ever any reason to use a Raven apart from the NARC beacon IMO and that variant isn't exactly for newbies.

 119 Rocket Dude, Sat, 20th Oct '12 2:35:08 PM from AZ, United States
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Yeah, the Dragon's more of a speedy Heavy mech. I've seen variants designed to ram into other mechs.
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Hmm... I'm kinda interested in playing this game but, was wondering about your opinions on its recent launch into open beta. Also, how strong are the items in the Cash Shop?
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 121 Night, Sun, 21st Oct '12 2:23:26 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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There aren't any. Or more correctly, you can buy cash currency to substitute ingame currency and cut some of the grind out of getting an Atlas and tricking it out. (Or to get more space in your garage for different 'Mechs; I think that's literally the only thing MC does that C-Bills don't currently.) The Founders stuff is the closet thing to cash items, and it's quite literally just slightly-differently modeled stock versions of the existing 'Mechs.

edited 21st Oct '12 2:23:46 PM by Night

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 122 Veni Vidi Pony, Sun, 21st Oct '12 2:52:41 PM from Celestia's auto-lot
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'Free play' essentially translates into 'bare bones unless you want the real shit - then it'll cost you twenty dollars'
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 123 Night, Sun, 21st Oct '12 3:00:59 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
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Yeah, you didn't listen to a word.
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 124 Rocket Dude, Sun, 21st Oct '12 3:15:52 PM from AZ, United States
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@Delvarian: It's not in open beta yet, I'm pretty sure. They've pushed it back.

^^Not really. Grinding is less painful now for F2P people.

edited 21st Oct '12 3:18:27 PM by RocketDude

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 125 Veni Vidi Pony, Sun, 21st Oct '12 3:28:23 PM from Celestia's auto-lot
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Wow. That was rude. Too many of this kind of thump will bring a suspension. Please keep it civil.Thumped.
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