Over the last few weeks I have been in a serious downward spiral in the world of online gaming. The games I use to love have been making me want to whip my controller across the room and it has been getting worse daily. Of course competition sometimes gets the best of us but usually I will go into a small slump and then pop back out for a period of time where I am on top of my game. However like I stated before that is not how the last few weeks have been. In every single competitive game I play, Rocket League, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, I can not for the life of me gain any ground. I feel like I have been forever hexed and a part of me wants to just say forget it and give up these types of games completely.
Holy crap ladies and gentleman I can not believe what happened yesterday to my teammate and I while playing Overwatch. If you remember, I posted an article about Overwatch asking the question “Is It Worth The Pain?” which went into detail about all the issues that are making me want to step away from Overwatch because people are ruining the game and in turn wasting my time (click on the link if you want to read more about it). So yesterday my teammate sends me a message that said “Want to have another shot at Overwatch?”, so I accepted the challenge and we had a rough start….
Like a shotgun to the face, Overwatch has been painful to keep playing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Overwatch BUT there are only so many times you can touch a hot stove before you learn not to touch it again. Simply put, the people playing Overwatch are ruining the game for so many including myself.
This is going to be a first for me because I have never had an article to complain about anything before today, especially about Rocket League (as you all know I love Rocket League and everything Psyonix has done). But I have had this idea for this particular article in my head for a couple weeks now and I finally feel bothered enough to make it happen.
When the news broke about Season 2 of Rocket League I was jumping for joy about almost everything! We were getting crowns for our highest rank, the old ranking system was being replaced by this NEW and AWESOME system that would take the focus off winning every game and more on your individual performance, there was going to be a bunch of items you could unlock by playing the game and I ate it all up. Sadly I don’t think it has worked out in the way that Psyonix had hoped.
Let me start out with the biggest of issues, the ranking system. I play enough Rocket League to know how well or how bad I am doing over a period of time and I know the new ranking system is not favored by individual performance. There has been NUMEROUS times where I have been on the winning side of the ball with the least amount of points on my team and been promoted at one point or another. Even more so there has been MORE times where I have killed it on the field with 700, 800 or even 1000 points and lost in multiple games and been demoted TWICE AS FAST!
The ranking system STILL is heavily influenced by WINS and LOSSES no matter your individual performance and that is disappointing. It also is frustrating when myself and my teammates win our first 7 of 10 games and maybe go up from Division II to Division IV but after those last 3 losses we are literally hanging on to our rank at Division I. It seems like the penalty of losing is 2 or 3 times heavier than the reward for winning and that is pretty annoying.
Another topic I wanted to cover is the Unlockables. Maybe it is just me, but every time I get a new unlockable item that is something I have already unlocked it annoys the hell out of me, simply for the fact that next to that item it has a number telling you how many of that particular item you have. But you cant do ANYTHING with those extra items!! What is the point?! Will we be able to trade the extras in for new stuff when Season 3 comes along?? If not then this was a pretty weird and illogical move by Psyonix.
Finally, MOST Rocket League players continue to be nothing but scumbags. There is plenty of these types of players in every game but the NEW “Report” system doesn’t seem to do anything besides give the reporting player a sense of false hope that the TOXIC player they are reporting will be brought to justice. All the while they are off spreading their TOXIC fumes to the other good people in the Rocket League community. I know that Psyonix has more important things to do than babysit, but there has to be a way to get rid of, or even SEPERATE the TOXIC players so they don’t ruin the game for the good guys around the world.
How has your experience been with Season 2? Are you okay with how things are? What would you like changed or added on for Season 3?