Alright, so I've been away for a while. Some of you might remember me as that guy from such classic threads such as **** this ****, This **** ******* ***** and **** ****** **** ****** your mother. Also, Derpside: I was away for the last 6 months. I didn't quit. I just had very limited internet so it was a forced break essentially. Anyway, I have some questions and some observations. Here we go. Dumb Questions: 1. Excuse my French, but who the **** thought it would be a good idea to enable teamkilling in the warpgate? I mean...was it breaking the game to not have idiots in my own faction killing me in the warpgate? 1. Why the hell do explosives, e.g. proximity mines automatically explode on jump-pads now? This is a sandbox game, right? How in the hell was this an exploit or in need of being nerfed in any way, shape or form? I have literally never heard a complaint about that on Forumside. 2. The ever present graphic settings/Infiltrator cloak problems. At one point during the Closed Beta, it actually worked perfectly. There were no white or black shadows, floating heads, etc. Margaret acknowledged this was a problem that they were actively working on, over a year ago. 3. I'm sure people have already thoroughly complained about this but where's mah orbital strike? Is it on the roadmap, was it scrapped or is it still just a dream within a dream? 4. I moved recently. I'm substantially closer to the servers I play on now and I also have a substantially faster internet connection but I seem to have sporadic connection issues much more often. What gives? Has anyone else experienced this? 5. What's the deal with this change to nanite costs for items? Can someone provide a breakdown or a link that explains it? Will we still be able to stock up, like the current system? It sounds to me like they're going to be screwing over everyone who isn't a premium member. And rhetorically, how many damn times are they gonna change the item/vehicle cost system? 6. I realize there's a thing called "Google" and it exists but could someone link me to a really good guide for the new implants and the implant system? 7. Did they scrap the melee weapon customization that was scheduled for March on the roadmap? Because...I don't see it. Observations: -I am sorely disappointed about the ever present lack of cosmetic options, primarily mustache, beard and hair related ones. -Free shotguns. Well, I had shotguns already but that's still cool. -I noticed that SOE made camos universal, so any previous purchased camos are available for infantry, vehicles and weapons now. It doesn't look like they refunded certs for previous purchases of the same camos but whatever. Free stuff...sorta. -Hossin seems to be a lot more imaginative compared to the other continents. Also, it's an absolute LA and sniper's paradise. So...many...cliffs. However, I could really do without the glowing wisps everywhere. -I haven't played enough to see the full benefits/drawbacks of Continent Locking but it seems like it helps keep gameplay from stagnating. I can see where it could be abused too, though. -I hear people complaining about vehicle nerfs yet I still see 50 of them spawncamping spawnrooms like legendary heroes, so it seems like they still work fine to me. -Vehicles have also gotten some nice new weapon options from what I can see that seem to be have been balanced between function and damage. -I see they messed around with refunding certs, taking some away, giving away some free certs, adding additional loadout slots. Whatevs. While I appreciate free stuff, they messed up my previous loadouts and my loadout order. -Soundpacks for voice seem completely pointless. I don't have a problem with optional options but I want to hear "HUMILIATION" when I knife someone or "MONSTER KILL!" when I go on a killing spree and "C-C-COMBO BREAKER!" when I kill an enemy on a spree. -I haven't used implants yet but they seem like they add a little extra to gameplay without breaking it. Of all the implants I've looked out, Counterintelligence sounds especially useful for those who prefer Infiltrating. -I heard about the whole Angry Joe debacle. I heard there were a lot of hurt feelings but personally it sounds hilarious to me. Who knew a bunch of kids flooding the server (locking out the people who know how to play) who had never played before would get roflstomped? No, seriously...who could have predicted this? -I hear Planetside 2 is dying, all the factions are dying, everyone zergs and spawncamps, the devs are playing favorites and vehicles are useless now...so no changes since last year then? -I see a bunch of new, new, NEW weapons that are amazingly slightly different than the arsenal of weapons I already have and see no reason to purchase any of them. I don't know how anyone could ever need this ever-growing armory of guns, all nearly identical to each other but by golly that doesn't appear to be slowing anyone down. I'm not saying more options are bad but...just saying. -While it looks like SOE has recently punked out a large number of little kids from a certain popular PS2 hacking site which needs no naming, I still see some "infamous" hackers in-game, including players who were previously banned before but totally promised they weren't hacking as well as some who admitted to hacking but promised they wouldn't do it again and got a free get out of jail card...who still have that tell-tale constant 360 degrees of ESP with the ability to spin around and insta-gib anyone who gets close to them. Apart from a few "celebrities" who are still gaming the system, it does seem like SOE has cleaned the game up quite a bit though.