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devius

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#1 15 years ago

i wouldnt say this is the greatest game ive ever played but it is pretty entertaining especially for being free.(infact if it wasnt free, i would never touch it with a ten foot pole) but theres a few things about it that i really dont care for and some of these things WILL deter a lot of people from continuing to play it or even downloading it in the first place...

first off...in what way is this supposed to be a recruiting tool? did they honestly think some dumb ass average american kid was gonna play this and become so enamored by it that he'd find himself at the nearest recruiting station? or are they monitoring peoples activities to see how people think and play? just doesnt make sense to me. me and my cousin had a joke when we first heard of AA: "theyre monitoring all the scores and if you do good, you'll wake up in Iraq with a headache and an M-16 the next morning" lol.

secondly, enough with the 'youre always an american soldier bit'. for a game that strives to be so realistic, that is pretty darn unrealistic....not to mention iritating to say the least. the maps should be specific to the 2 forces and each force should be playable along with thier respective weapons. not 'they see me as a terrorist and i see them as a terrorist'.....rediculus, the models are there, the skins are there, make it happen. perhaps even have it rotate every round. one round youre opfor, the next AA.....(note: the ak47 is far easier to aim with because the reticle is less obstructed and the only way to get it is from a dead enemy...lol) and the funny thing is the guy you get it from was seeing it as an M-16...LOL!

netcode is a nightmare....my god! the lowest pings i see are 80 at best. meanwhile every other game i play online i can run no problem lag free.....because A: the netcode is far superior and B: there are far more servers to choose from..... ....which brings me to my next point, the fact that they are controling this game so much. there seems to be from what i understand, only official servers running this game....which means hardly any servers to play on. some times ill see like 5 servers in the list running a certain map....5!!! and theyre all full...and 150 ping!! haha unreal.

lack of support for future community additions to the game. ala mods, maps and the like. one thing to say about that....no maps=bored of this game in a real hurry. period.

the so called 'honor system' blows my mind. i still have yet to see any documentation fully explaining how this works and why its neccessary. it is unjust and unbalanced. i could care less about my score, most others probably dont either. we just play because its fun times. BUT..when this scoring system affects what team you get to be on and what weapons you get to choose and when...that really sucks. i find it really hard to beleive that no more than one guy can carry a grenade launcher m203 or whatever its called. or why some weapons are only available on some maps. i mean think about it, youre a seasoned fighting machine....and youre not gonna get to choose what weapon youre most proficient with in a real battle.

one thing that stands out though, that i do like about this game is the anti-tk system in place. i absolutly love it. 2 tk's and in jail for you. now if only they could implement such good ideas in other aspects of the game.

and thats just it, its what it boils down to. America's Army is JUST a video game. thats all it is to us nothing more. and beleive me theres plenty of better games out there in my opinion. so if its not just a video game to them, then what is it? certainly not an effective recruiting tool, certainly not the best way to whip your youth into a nationalistic frenzy over war and patriotism.

so please, stop treating this project like some military operation and let private servers run it, let people mod and map etc....and please dont smash through my window in the middle of the night with a task force and drag me off to Iraq because i got a high score....

***personal side request/beef: fix the aiming scheme, please! it is so inconsistent. and its most noticable in the firing range....one shot will register as a hit and the next will not. and its funny too...youre dead center on the target and yet it misses(and yes the breathing is taken into account) but seriously even with the recoil factored in, whered the shot go? i personnaly think it stinks and needs some fixing.***




-SOS_MiSFiT-

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#2 15 years ago

Nice! LoL I like your joke you and your cousin had! You are right people think of this as a game and they play it like a game! No one is going to feel any more incouraged to join the Military because of this game but the fack that it's free makes all the difference! And to tell you the truth I HOPE that if I get a high score I wake up in Iraq with an m16 so I can kill some TOWEL HEADS!!!




ianp5

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#3 15 years ago

Overall I've enjoyed the game and it's attempt at as much realism as a game can have and still be fun. As for its use as a recruiting tool I can't see it myself but maybe we should shut up or they'll stop funding it! If they're using it to look for human responses and how tactics develop, good luck to them, what a good idea. But surely this'll be warped by the lack of feeling of responsibility for team mates in just a game and the lack of proper voice comms? Also the low stress levels cos you can't get hurt results in reckless moves - which you need unless you want to spend several hours per game! I like the honor system, I assume it is rewarding more realistic play instead of just running into a barrage of fire straight after spawn.

The always being American is a bit silly and I don't see why your accuracy should go off when you use a different weapon to the one you start with. The randomness of accuracy is acceptable over long distance with wind and slight shakes having an effect but not close up. Similarly losing accuracy when wounded I don't like - maybe just add more breathing movement etc but if a sight is on target when you pull the trigger close up you should hit it. Just make it harder to get the sight on target.

I'd like to know from anyone having used a SAW if it is as useless as in the game - it's hopelessly inaccurate, you can miss close up when I'm sure the opponent would've been cut in half. I've fired the old Brit Bren gun and hit something a similar size to a man standing upright reliably from 800 yards in still conditions. Does a real SAW really jump so randomly? It also draws so much attention in the game you're better off without it unless you're firing blind. The only way it could be of real use is if you're out of view in the mist and an observer is directing fire and that's nearly impossible without voice comms.

I think there's too much sniping in some games for enjoyment maybe a sniper weapon should only appear every 3 rounds of a game?

The main improvements I'd like are:

1) Ability to shoot through things like tents and thin wood. 2) Lights go out when you shoot them or switches instead of buzzing! 3) Accuracy improved at close range or maybe its lag making you think you shot first?

Ian.




FHC-solidsnake

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#4 15 years ago

DEVIOUS I JUST HAVE ONE THING TO SAY TO YOU..... YOU SUCK! I beleive it was Martin Luther King who said "A man that wont die for something isn't fit to live." Well buddy if you dont like the game, then just dont play it, and it is the most realistic game ive seen, and its the best game i think, so pls stop annoying us all by posting your gay comments ok man, noone wants to hear it. And the game does work as a recruiting tool, I recently wanted to join the Navy, but the jobs ive looked up in the army are better, and the game inspires young kids, trust me it works as a recruiting tool, because i know tons of teens, including myself, that admire the US Army, so stop acting like a DUMB***, and stop posting gay ****, on this forum, if you dont like the server.




Ozzy1272

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#5 15 years ago

The hell with the headache Lets go now it would be just as playing the game we can use the point system as well.But if you shoot one of us we just kill you on the spot no jail.But first lets send all these p*$%y protesters that say peace not war first.Lets just get it over with.LMAO:rock:




FHC-solidsnake

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#6 15 years ago

stop protesting or "FIGIT FOR THE BEST, OR DIE LIKE THE REST" www.unit-foxhound.tk, my whole clan will destroy the protesters




mEkImIrMe

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#7 15 years ago

BLA BLA BLA WE HAVE TO MUCH TIME ON OUR HANDS BLA BLA BLA




Duece78

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#8 15 years ago

I have a few things to comment on your post. 1."lack of support for future community additions to the game. ala mods, maps and the like. one thing to say about that....no maps=bored of this game in a real hurry. period." 2."secondly, enough with the 'youre always an american soldier bit'. for a game that strives to be so realistic, that is pretty darn unrealistic....not to mention iritating to say the least." 3."i mean think about it, youre a seasoned fighting machine....and youre not gonna get to choose what weapon youre most proficient with in a real battle."

Ok first one Mods and maps why do you think they come out with new maps every month.I dont no about the rest of you but im glad you can mod this game,then it will turn into a cheating nightmare like CS.

Your always american yes but its americas army.I mean who really cares about this.Personally i enjoy killing terrorist looking guys,dont no about everyone else.

The chosing of weaponssucks sometimes i know cause i dont always get what i want either even if i have highest honor in the server but there are only so many of one weapon in the game cause if you could pick whatever weapon you wanted in this game then it would ruin it.Think about going on a server like that and playing nothing but people with 203's and snipers...stupid.That is unrealistic so i like it the way they have it.Im sure when this new interface comes out that there talking about that alot of things will change.Thats the good thing about this game it just keeps being updated. Anyway your entitled to your opinion but i totaly disagree with you.




DoggerCDN

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#9 15 years ago

AA is a great game, but it has a few minor things needed. It would be nice if they could add a voice communication feature with next update. It works great in CS, and DoD. Also weapon accuracy is spotty to say the least. A little more realistic accuracy would be nice. I think adding a voice-com system would make game 100% better (remember it is a cooperative effort game, and instant communication is essential to teamwork) for we typing-challenged people. I've been killed probably 33% of the time because I'm busy typing in important info that is more detailed than the menus allow.




PhantomSniper

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#10 15 years ago

Can someone sum the first post up for me? I got to the rant about AA being a recruiting tool and kinda lost interest in reading the rest.

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