Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mechwarrior Online and Third Person View (3PV)

So, PGI finally added 3PV to MWO, and it's causing part of the internet to burst into flames:

I made the comic in reaction to the, well, vocal reaction to 3PV. It's a bit rough as I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it. But if there is some interest, I could flesh out the characters and add a bit more polish for a full series. To include a full cast of characters and a Mechwarrior Online theme, to be sure (probably even a deeper battletech theme).

Honestly, I'm not overly surprised. I'd rather not have it included (my personal preference) but it is pretty vital as a learning instrument for new players. Certain games, such as War Thunder, have an entire play mode dedicated to new players who don't want to learn hardcore mechanics. Hopefully MWO will be at a point in the future where they can segregate new players for a number of matches (or even permanently if they so choose) in a boiled down environment that's much more forgiving.

That said, the game is still fun, and new players shouldn't have too difficult a time learning if they hop onto a teamspeak server and pair up with veterans. It's definitely for the thinking gamer and relies heavily on teamwork.

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