After 2 days of playing (and getting my first win yesterday wooo) i honestly havent been this excited about a shooter since Overwatch and Titanfall 2.
I'm 34 and i really thought Battleroyal games just wasnt for me. I played a handful of hours of PUBG and BO4's BR mode, but both of them just ended with me getting sniped from unknown location and dying in 95% of the games. It just never seemed that fun to me, maybe because i just never got any good. Fortnite building stick confused me even more.
But this game, holy hell. Sure, theres still a decent amount of games where we loot and die, but everything around it is just so much fun. The shooting and movement is (as expected from Respawn) close to perfect, no weird lag or feeling of low tickrate. All the different legend abilities feel useful and fun in their own way. The loot is fun without being super confusing, and all the quality of life stuff just means im not running around like a confused chicken, even though i'm not a "young and dedicated gamer teen" anymore. I dont have to figure out where someone is getting shot from, because theres a handy red ping i just need to locate. Dont need to worry about attachment because the game does 99% of the job for me. Different types of ammo and armor is easy to distinguish.
I'm just overall having a lot more fun with this damn battleroyal game that i have with BF5/CoD BO4/Overwatch which was my normal goto shooters atm. Well fucking done Respawn.
This is how i see it: Math sucks, just until you get it, then its easy and you feel smart as fuck for a brief second. As i got older, that really became one of my core values, instead of fearing all the shit that i will never get to understand, i instead appreciate how much cool shit theres out there for me to still discover and learn about. Growing that way both makes me feel good, but it also helps me make others around me feel good, and in the end, thats one of the few constants the infinitesimal small me can influence.
I also like how The Street put it in the chorus of "The Edge of a Cliff":
"For billions of years since the outset of time
Every single one of your ancestors has survived
Every single person on your mum and dad's side
Successfully looked after and passed on to you life
What are the chances of that like?
It comes to me once in a while
And everywhere I tell folk it gets the best smile"
You will probably never really understand why you are here, but you are, so you might as well try to enjoy it.
Edit: Didnt realize this topic was old as hell, but i guess that doesnt change my statement :D.
Good read! Most of it seems straight forwarded and common sense, but i cant help but feel like you missed the mark on the "culture" argument.
Let me try and get it down to the basic since my english isnt perfect: If you lived your whole life in a country with 0 white or black people, and you played a game where everyone had the same skincolor as you, you wouldnt call it a flaw. How could you? Thats all you know.
So when you ("you" in general) claim that a game is flawed because of lag of racial diversity, you only make that claim because your reality is racial diverse. It can quickly come across as ignorant if you claim "this is how i know life, why is your representation different? Must be flawed!". It's not a fear of losing your own culture, but more watching someone argue with a narrow field of view.
Now i havent read any of your blog posts or really followed this debate in any depths so maybe you covered this elsewhere, just my 2 cent regarding this fine piece.
Oh and this "narrow field of view" that i mention of cause mostly goes the other way. A lot of the racism in Denmark comes because most danes are white, and when Denmark suddenly became much more racial diverse, people get scared and try to hold on to "the old ways" where everyone looked alike. Hopefully its something that goes away as generations come and go.
My setup: i5 2500k, nvidia 970 and 8gb ram, all running stock. With default settings (most on high/very high, tessalation high, txaa on, msaa x 2, anistropic x 16, 2.3gb vram used) i get about 90fps stable just running around the starting point. I tried to max the "standard gfx settings" (didnt touch the few advanced options) and it quickly dumped to ~30 fps.
Ive only played like an hour but i have no complaints, although with a new 970 i didnt expect to. Looks great too and run smooth both with and without vsync (surprisingly smooth on vsync, actually my prefered setup). Seems like it takes something insane to max it out tho, dunno if thats bad optimisation or great scalability.
Edit: Oh i did actually run into a few bugs, namely the benchmark tool that triggers mission state and launches the singleplayer campaign every time :S. Also, the keybinding seems a bit iffy, it uses the same key for several things but its not always i get to bind a new key to the same two things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it complaints.
Not a bugfree release but performance seems good as long as you dont expect to max it out.