So, the problem with MW2 is this little thing they call IWNet. Having no dedicated servers isn't usually such a big issue, but this game makes it out to be. I'll go into it more at the end.
If i manage to find a Domination game, it's one or more of the following;
- Clans rolling Pubs
- Laggy as Hell
- Hosted by someone who's actually not got internet access
However, i find the biggest problem is the players. Yes, the players. You see, if you're using any sort of unlock, you're a noob. For example, i tend to go ACR ACOG on long range maps since it allows me to have the precision of a sniper rifle, but the damage of an assault rifle. Combined with the scope and it's quite deadly. However, beating someone using a dedicated Sniper Rifle (i personally hate the sway you get on them) and you're instantly called a noob.
In one of my other loadouts, i have an ACR Grenade Launcher. However, even if i pull off those 100+ yard kills with it, i'm instantly called a noob for killing someone using tactics and logic (i.e. launching one in their direction and strafing away rather than staying in full view of everyone). On the odd ocassion, i've done close range kills with it, but usually, it's only used for long range kills where recoil would majorly screw me over.
I've been called a noob for putting down a claymore as i'm running away from someone pursuing me. I've been called a noob for calling in an AC130. I've even been called a noob for knifing someone.
I've just been in a Domination match on Quarry. It was against a clan who basically came to roll pub players. Every time one of them died (i was personally using ACR-Heartbeat with Marathon, Lightweight and Ninja Pro and just going around knifing), they'd spout out "noob". At the end of the match, despite us losing, i see that all of them had more deaths than kills, while us, the pub players, were doing decently, yet didn't feel the need to even speak in chat to them.
Is it me, or is the FPS community these days more caught up what they hate, than whether people actually use tactics and logic? I can appreciate there's some big no-no's when it comes to FPS', but really, if you use anything but a stick to kill someone with, you're called a noob by the person you killed.
Moving on; Hackers. The bane of every gamer out there. I have seen so many "bullshit shots" in MW2 that it's getting to be the new CS. I've seen people randomly aiming at walls, getting kills, people randomly turning a full 180, and getting a headshot on the guy who's 50 yards away. I've personally seen one who's just got a headshot on the guy in front of him, and as i'm about to go in for the knife kill, he spins 180 to face me, and gets instant headshot, followed by killing another that was over 200 yards away less than 3 seconds later. I realise, there are people that have some major skill and know where their enemies will go based on patterns, but on something like Wasteland, there's no real patters out in the field between A and C.
I do know there's a lot of places you can climb to in the game too and as such, haven't seen any noclipping (yet). However, the amount of people who are in prestige, and clearly wallhacking and aimbotting is beyond a joke. Because of this, i'm refusing to prestige, since without having something i feel comfortable with like the ACR, it'll just feel frustrating to do it again. I'm seeing people at rank 10 prestige level 70 (that's the coin with a "skull" over the top as the icon), who clearly didn't legitimately earn it. They're kinda unable to aim, and will even resort to "noobtubing". They've got these weapons, but don't know how to use them or what unlocks to use. I've even seen one camping the bunker near B on Afghan map, and just one-shotting anyone that comes round the corner, even resorting to 20 yard Nade kills and noobtubing. Rank 10 prestige and still using explosives at close range. I realise this is a little ironic in comparison to my post, but someone with that rank shouldn't be struggling that much that they need to resort to that. Even i have my standards.
Now, i'm not great at FPS games. I will be open about that. But i don't feel the need to call people noobs for using valid, and often funny, tactics, or even resort to hacking and exploiting. I guess i use the logic of "If you call someone a noob, you're basically admitting you failed". Tha's basically what it is. They've basically said "i just got beaten by someone using a tactic i wasn't ready for". When it's a hacker, people tend to call it out as such, and i honestly don't try to say they're just really skilled because i know that there's a good portion of hackers in the game.
Last point, IWNet. Oh boy. Lately, it's been taking me 7+ attempts to get into a game, because either "Could not migrate host", it's laggy as hell and times out while connecting, or it's basically clan rolling pub. It was fine for the first few months, but now i'm feeling more nad more time wasting away say waiting for a lobby or a game.
What's everyone's thoughts on this? Am i imagining things, or are there so many non-MW2-in-game problems (e.g. IWNet, The Players, etc) that it's making the game go downhill fast?