MWO: State of Play

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"Left mouse will fire your currently selected group (indicated by the vertical line in the weapon group display, controlled by the left/right arrows)"And right mouse fires the group to the right of the selected group."W/S throttles up/down, A/D turns left/right"And X brings you to a complete stop. Be careful if you use it, it can leave you a sitting duck if you're out in the open.
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Which light mech are you saying is useless? I pilot a Streak Commando and I do EXTREMELY well in it. The only thing I fear are Cicadas. (which are super Jenners with easier to hit legs) and god forbid you are in a lone Atlas as you will die a slow death as a pick your rear center torso apart. You must be talking about Ravens? They arent that good.
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The P2W arguments about the YLW are about the hardpoints being exclusive to it instead of having another variant without the bonuses. If they hadn't removed the cent-AH the YLW wouldn't even be mentioned as "pay 2 win"I haven't seen anyone running around shouting that 2 medium lasers and an AC20 is overpowered.
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There is still firing delay, and the hit detection is.... suspect at best most nights, they're slowly working it out but the firing delay is still there and very evident when trying to hit fast moving targets with a weapon that takes some travel time before hitting. They still fire to the point you were aiming where you pulled the trigger after the firing delay as well, making it even more apparent and difficult to deal with when it happens.
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Especially when they're all arm-mounted and thus the first thing targeted the second Goons see one in game. The number of Yens I've seen running around helplessly without arms while we pick off the rest of their group is legion.
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This is a group of fantastic tips. Thank you. I noodled around a bit with it a few weeks ago and the lack of any kind of documentation rather killed it for me ( like the bit about you cannot customize your trial mechs so don't bother trying, very helpful. I'm one of those guys that likes to sacrifice a few weapons for heatsinks so I can get better alpha strikes and then hide ) The grouping information also very good.
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I've actually seen Ravens do more than Commandos most times. There's a model that can fir a Gauss and having one of those pot shot you from across the map can be interesting for all involved. Commandos usually just result in chants of "DEAD BABBY DEAD BABBY DEAD BABBY" in Mumble.
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I suffer from a condition common to many goons known as "Metal Babby Hatred". I think the Commando is terrible since they capped it's speed as I'd always, always rather take the Jenner so I'm not armoured with papier macher. Streak/SRM focused Commandos have decent damage output but they die to a stiff breeze, and if I can only go 140kph anyway, I'll take the Jenner.
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It's not so much that it's not canon, it was more just a comment around how copying the tabletop heat values and throwing them into a real time game makes some of the mechs less viable than they should be. I mean, the Awesome 8Q in tabletop can fire all it's PPCs most turns and has to sometimes fire just two in order to avoid overheat penalties. Here, the stock 8Q overheats in a couple of volleys if you fire as fast as they can cycle. I wasn't suggesting it wasn't canon or wasn't manageable just why the stock builds aren't as effective as custom ones heat wise.
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Yeah,fair point, there's probably another entire article in the P2W argument - I really don't think that they're looking to go down that route but people are taking the hardpoints and the slightly tweaked turn rates as a sign of impending doom.
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I had a sneaking feeling that the reason Word of Lowtax fielded as many teams as they did in RHOD was because, as you mentioned, the horrible horrible truth of it was that MWO was a game actually worth playing. :)Looking forward to dropping against you again, perhaps after they've added a non-base rush mode.However, worth mentioning I think is the disclaimer that Phase 1 of their matchmaking is coming soon, which WILL, for a short while, limit group size to 4. So while it still won't really boost how effective pugs are against premades, it should hopefully at least slightly curb the current state of 'stomp on ALL the randoms'.
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we've actually been having more issue with being capped, because once a Wang loses the arm, we don't even see him any more. He's free to walk onto the cap :P
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But stomping randoms is so FUN :smith:
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It's kinda boring though. I mean yay, hooray, I got my cbills, but I actually prefer the times when we drop against other full teams. We even had two goon premades accidentally drop against each other on open beta launch, and it was the most fun game of the night for me despite losing.
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8-0 (or 7-0 with cap) does get tiresome and runs the risk of people getting sloppy given lack of effective competition unless you luck out and hit another premade. I just hope my own unit doesn't tire out its key players before the real game shows up with CW.
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Unless they've changed it, right mouse actually fires group 2, always, not the "next door" group.
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Quote on Quote, MWO could of been a good game but the developers have NO passion therefor the game sucks really bad...true story
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There are a lot of criticisms you can level at PGI, but claiming they have no passion for this game is utterly absurd.
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I just started playing the beta a few days ago, and I was having a lot of trouble with applying consistent damage in fights, but after I bought a Centurion and equipped a few streak SRMs I sorted that and am now loving the combat. Just got a gauss rifle last night and that thing kicks ass! The author is correct they really have nailed the feel of piloting a 60 ton walking death machine into combat.
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please describe the business model
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For those redditors who saw stuff about an SA clan and been sad, there is also a reddit clan. Found here: http://www.credditmwo.com/ and the reddit thread is here: http://ts.reddit.com/r/creddit...
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Looks like i have some goons to play this game with, sweet. But i am having alot of fun with this game the trial mechs have shitty heat sinks to the point you cant fire your guns for long cycles and the weapons for them are halc assed throw together. But other then that pretty fun.
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yes! cReddit is the group I run with. never pug again!
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Dreddit/TESTies look here .... cReddit Merc, Best Mercs. /r/credditmwo
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Ah the Yen Lo Wang isn't all bad if you fit a bigger engine on it and put some serious armor in it (And I don't know what your talking about with the arm not moving, maybe they fixed it because mine moves fine). Don't drive it stock though, it is terrible, like all centurions, as a stock mech. And cReddit mercs are best merchs.
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It moves up and down but it doesn't swing side to side - try going into freelook mode and looking around the cockpit. In any other mech with arm mounts the reticle follows your viewpoint around. The YLW will only go up and down, just like the Catapult.

Now that MechWarrior Online has moved into open beta, the terrible truth can finally be told. The truth that some of us beta testers have been sitting on since we got accepted back in May. The terrible, horrible truth that caused PGI to keep the NDA shutters slammed shut for so long.

MWO is a good game.

No, really, it is. You might assume that they kept the lid on the drum because there were glaring flaws, or that the mechanics were unsatisfying, or that it was fundamentally broken in some way. But it's not. It's a MechWarrior game in look and feel as well as in name. It's got the "I'm driving a stompy thirty foot deathbot" thing down pat; it's difficult to express neatly, but there's something in the weight and momentum of the mechs that just feels right. The sound design is great too, from the obvious stuff like the weapons (the clearly dubstep-inspired pulse lasers are great, as is the solid thump of an autocannon firing) to the more subtle stuff like the ratcheting of gears when you twist your mech's cockpit around. If there's anything more satisfying in a game than the feeling that accompanies triggering off an ammo explosion in your target and watching their limbs fly off as they crash to the ground, I would like to be pointed in its direction.

Is it perfect? No, not even vaguely close. A good chunk of the technology that BattleTech fans will be familiar with (stuff like ECM, command consoles and the like) isn't in the game as I write this. Double heat sinks are in but bugged, there are only ten mechs to choose from, people wanting to play completely for free get stuck in horribly configured "trial mechs" for upwards of 30 games until they can save up enough space bucks for their own ride, there's only a single game mode and there are only four maps. Also, the netcode has issues that have caused PGI to limit the engines so that you can't go above 140kph as it was making light mechs warp space and time (which has rendered one of the three light mechs a useless mess). And sometimes the mech lab loses your components. And having members of your party randomly drop out isn't uncommon. Oh, and we won't get community warfare features until something like six months after we hit open beta. And if you want a tutorial you need to watch a bunch of videos that PGI made, because the game itself is not especially newbie friendly right now.

Yet despite all that (which is frankly a lot to forgive now that I type it all out), I'm putting in a couple of hours pretty much every night - not for the grind, but because I'm having fun with it. Getting on Mumble with a bunch of Goons and driving space robots is the most fun I've had playing videogames in years  So yes, it's a shame that we didn't get the single player MechWarrior 5 that most of us probably wanted, although Bryan Ekman's recent impromptu Q&A on the forums suggests that PvE content is something he’d love to introduce. MWO really does have the potential to be a great MechWarrior game.

So, assuming that this has somehow enticed you into signing up, here are few useful things to know:

1. Are you a member of the Something Awful forums? If so, visit this thread and follow the instructions to sign up for Word of Lowtax. If you’re not an SA Goon, find people to play with. There are many clans you can join and there is an unofficial TeamSpeak server (details are in the MWO Beta forums) that you can log into to find people to drop with. You can play alone, but I do not recommend it. This is designed as a team-based game, and if you’re trying to communicate with your team using the in-game text chat you will find yourself trying to call out targets while under fire, getting killed in the process.

Unless you are playing with a premade group, assume that your teammates are drooling idiots. You may be lucky and have a decent group but chances are that you've got people whose response to "What's our plan?" Is "Win lol" or even better "Shoot." Not only is the notion of any sort of organised fight alien to these people, they seem to find the very notion absurd. They will scatter in all directions, get killed one at a time and then complain that premades are overpowered and that you didn't back them up. Your instinct will be to try to help these people. Do not give in to that instinct. They do not want your help and are incapable of accepting it.  You may feel that I am being harsh about this, but I am not. I have run in pickup groups and seen these people at work, and the experience has made me vow to never play in pickup games again.

2. Get logged in and pick a mech. Go pick a trial mech (even if you’ve bought some MC - do not spend your in game currency until you’ve driven a robot or two). At this point, whatever you’re driving is going to be a stock build from the tabletop game (because even with a Founder's Pack you have no C-Bills to customise your mech) and therefore generally bad. Everything in tabletop BattleTech games is balanced around weapons taking 10 seconds to cycle and the heat dissipation mechanic is designed around that. Here, you can fire most weapons at least twice in ten seconds, and many of them more often than that. This means that stock mechs can often fire about twice before shutting down to overheating. This is not fun, but as long as you’re not determined to fire everything all the time you can manage it.

3. Hit that launch button (or if you’re in a group, then wait for your group lead to do it) and go shoot robots. There’s guides to all this in the MWO Beta forums, but the basics are:

  • Hit R to target things
  • Use the arrow keys and right-ctrl to assign weapons to different groups
  • Left mouse will fire your currently selected group (indicated by the vertical line in the weapon group display, controlled by the left/right arrows)
  • Number keys fire the remaining groups
  • W/S throttles up/down, A/D turns left/right
  • The mouse aims your arms and torso - the circular reticle indicates where your arm mounted weapons will hit and the crosshair indicates where your torso weapons will hit.
  • Space will fire your jumpjets (if you have them) and launch you skyward. Remember to save some juice for when you’re trying to land or you’ll shatter a robofemur.

4. Earn money from matches and customise your space robot. Again, if you’re a goon, there’s a wiki full of information and a Jabber server full of people to help you. Some parts are objectively better than others, some weapons are situationally useful, and some are worthless.

5. The Yen Lo Wang is bad. No, shut up, it's bad. It's the worst Centurion variant with a terrible paint job. The cannon arm doesn't even move left and right, so it might as well be a torso weapon. It has slightly boosted turn stats (which PGI have announced are a testbed for some changes they have planned to give all the mechs customised stats) and a 30% boost to cbill earnings. Which you will need because you will constantly be shot to pieces in your terrible anime robot. Do not buy the Yen Lo Wang. People who complain that this thing is an indication that PGI intend to move to a "pay-to-win" model need to drive this thing for a couple of matches and rethink their view.

There’s a lot more to it than that, but this should be enough to get you up and playing.

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I've been writing words on the internet for years at www.tatp.org, but until I came to themittani.com, no one bothered to read them. I like robots, space and the internet and am therefore perfect for the MWO desk.