Before I begin this, I want to emphasize that this is not a rage thread. I just want to point out some things that I feel really hurt this game, because I really enjoy it and I really want to see it do well. I am no master player. My NC character is BR 44, I lead platoons and squads from time to time, and I participate in most alerts I'm online for. If you don't want to read this whole thing I understand, but don't turn around and criticize me and call me 'salty' when you haven't even heard me out. Developers are busy people. Especially trying to keep this game fresh after 3 years. I understand that. However, I feel that power discrepancies between the NC and the other two factions need to be addressed. Going off of the description of the NC and what sets them apart from the other two factions, it is my understanding that the NC are supposed to have the dominant infantry weapons at close range and heavy hitting rounds. However, currently, the TR and the VS seem to outperform NC at every range. I go for and hit headshots regularly, I get plenty of kills. The problem that I have with the NC and why this seems to be a major problem in my opinion is that the NC HAVE to go for headshots just to be competitive with the other two factions. There's no option. I've created TR and VS accounts and played on them long enough to get a feel for their weaponry. I'm not speaking on this subject with just the one perspective. The TR are capable of dumping 200 rounds downrange with a blistering rate of fire, in addition to having even better shotguns than the NC, which was supposed to be our thing. The VS have weaponry with no bullet drop whatsoever, and their weapons outperform ours. We have...what? We can't outperform the VS at long range, and we can't outperform the TR at close to medium range. Our MAX units are the only thing we have that outperforms the other two factions, and even then we get people shouting, "Nerf the Ravens!" The vehicles are the same way. The Vanguard, for example, has a shield and stronger frontal armor than the other two factions, designed to soak up more damage than the other ESTs. What does a shield and stronger frontal armor matter against a tank that deals crazy amounts of damage anyways and a hover-tank that has no problem getting around your frontal armor anyways? The ESF is actually capable of using its afterburners effectively to outrun a tail. Our ESF isn't as effective at groundpounding as the Scythe and it's not as effective at dogfighting as the mosquito. The only thing the reaver does better than the other two is afterburning, which is only helpful for running away from the other ESFs, and even that only works if you have the fuel tanks equipped. I'm not saying we need to nerf the other two factions. The only nerf to the TR needs to be in the form of finding a way to bring down the power of zergs so AOD doesn't break the game with 96+ pop on every base they hit. Nerfing anything but that just causes the whole player base to become annoyed, not just a third. That being said, the NC need to have some niche. Something that makes us unique. Some situation we actually have an advantage in. Currently, I can't find it. People are going to reply claiming that I don't go for headshots. I'd like to reiterate that I do, I hit them, and I kill the other faction. But new-time NC players won't know this. They'll still shoot the other factions in the chest because the other factions get away with it. Headshots should be a tactical choice to down your opponent quicker with the risk that you miss them more often, not a necessity for the NC to dig themselves out of the disadvantage they're put in constantly. It's not some small issue for me. I've invested money into this faction because I actually enjoy playing them, but that's solely due to my outfit. I'd have hopped on the TR sprayfest long ago if not for it. I want this faction to be good. I want us to have a distinction, but currently the only one we have is the fact that we're disadvantaged in every situation possible. There's a reason that NC hardly ever wins an alert, even when we have majority control on a continent due to disregard from the other factions.