I can hardly find games in the server browser, so I'm guessing people have concluded that it simply doesn't work out?
Have you played any decent Public games yet?
I've tried to find games today with good latency, only encounter the players where people don't stick with each other, and don't make an attempt at sharing ammo or weapons... I don't even get why they make their games Public.
And yes, though I've seen some use the writtenchat, I've never encountered someone responding on voice chat.
I've had some good ones. I never use the mic, but most people generally do. I think a lot of the people online are like me, and aren't really out to accomplish any specific goal, and if one person sets a plan in motion we're all happy to follow along. I find sidequests get completely neglected, but that's why I have another character I play with the woman.
The fact that one person can run around taking every decent gun that drops really turns me off of random games. I don't know why they didn't do some sort of individual drop system, or something better than the borderlands 1 loot system in multiplayer.
If you are playing on the ps3 add your name to the list of ps3 players or better yet send requests to those already on the list. I find it great that when you start the game up it shows what level and mission everyone else is doing. I found 3-4 duders to play with and it has been working out great. As far as random public games, it gets difficult some times cause one person can stop you from moving forward if they sit in a menu. Also watch out for people who spend long amounts of time in sanctuary.
I usually just open up the server browser and find people no problem.
As far as the quality, they go as you'd expect. Someone will start shooting someone else for no reason/ramming their car. Someone will start taking all of the weapons without letting everyone have a look. Or someone will just run past enemies and just turn in the quest, when it's plainly obvious that the rest of the team is killing the bad guys.
Random public matches are the worst.
I've had a couple of OK public games. It really is hit or miss though because sometimes you'll find yourself in a game where you're doing missions and people are generally not being dicks to each other in terms of loo and in other games you'll just get people driving like morons, running to loot all the chests and never bothering to try to complete any mission objectives. That second is a perfectly OK way to play the game (it is a fun game to just screw around in) but when I go online I'm usually trying to find people that actually want to play cooperatively.
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