What. S Next For The Finals. We Need To Talk


Look, I know you've seen a lot of articles like this saying what the finals need to fix or whatever. I just got out of a rank tournament, so I'm not going to be as nice as those other guys. The finals are fine. The finals don't need to fix anything about the gameplay, me included. Stop whining about Invis, stop whining about the stun gun, stop whining about whatever you think needs tweaked because Embark will get to that; they see the clips; they see what's working; they see the pick rate; we can deal with that later.

Right now, if this game doesn't get its anti together, it's going to die. That is the only thing we need to worry about now. I know you guys have seen me on different platforms talking about Invis and how it's cheese, but I don't think it's hard to outplay. It's easy to hear, and it's easy to counter now that there are different things here and there, but I'm still hopping on at the end of the day with my boys in the group chat, excited to play this game.

Now what will take that feeling away is playing against three cheating teams. Now what's unique about the finals, man? I came from Cod. I know i know don't make fun of me too much over there. I'm rehabilitated i'm playing a different game now. If there's one thing I learned from playing that game, it's what it feels like when a game is getting ruined by a lot of cheaters.

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You know, that's going on over there every other month, even if you don't play the game. You see it on the timeline, and I think tonight is the night that I started to feel exactly how Cod felt. I can spend an entire night dying to invis, and at the end of the day, I know it's because I could have played something different.

The finals is one of the only games where if there's a cheater team sprinkled in here and there, it's okay because the top two teams advance, so you don't really have to deal with them until the final round, and if you're making it to the final round, you're most likely to move forward still, even though we have no idea how the rank system works right now.

That's something they actually do have to fix. But that aside, until now I've had fun hopping on ranked every single night, but tonight, I think four out of five games there was more than one cheating team in every round of every game. That being said, I know what you're thinking. Some of those were probably skill issues; some of them are probably not cheating, and you're just coping.

I'm very forgiving when I'm calling a cheater out. I'd like to think so, so we probably all like to think so, but even if that's the case, how can you fault me for assuming they're cheating when the anti-che is performing so badly? Give me a good reason to think that he's not cheating. If you can tell me why you think the cheating issue is not bad, then I'll stop accusing.

But until then, I'm going to have this reflex that this guy has to be cheating because I'm seeing it so often, and that's what kills a game. Everyone who progresses in skill, be it good or through the cheating route, defeats the purpose of progression.

I don't know if you agree with me or not, but I don't think it is. I don't think it's their fault if you're logging on to your PS4, your PS5, or whatever you're playing on at the end of your 9 to 5 day and you're playing with your boys on this new game called the finals, and you know that they're cheating in four out of five games.

I am not going to expect Dave, who's 42, to play with his Marine Corps buddies. To say anything other than everyone's cheating, because who is he to think that anyone else isn't? Yeah, if I see it on the timeline and him saying that. I'm going to roll my eyes and I'm going to say skill issue, but at the end of the day, he's right; he has a right to call everyone a cheater until Embar gets their together, excuse my language, and gets a good anti-che.

I will die to Enis and stun all day long and still get on the next day and go all right. I'll adjust my play style to it, but cheaters are a different story. Embark is in a unique position here because cheating doesn't need to be squeaked and cleaned like it does in other games. We're in a unique position to say that even if the anti-che is struggling at the end of each season or the end of each update, you can still progress and roll your eyes a little bit because you don't really have to deal with them if you're good enough until the end of the round, but if you let it slip and it gets to this point where three out of every four teams in every match is a cheater, this game is going to die.

It's going to die because it lacks a progression system, like in these other games, because what else am I working towards other than my rank? I mean, and that's another thing, the rank system is a mess, but if I'm a casual and I'm playing things like power shift or quick cash, that's going to get old.

We need something to progress towards, but that's something we can touch on in content added in future seasons. Keep in mind that this is a new studio, and they've got two projects, Arc Raiders, in the finals. And that's more than they've been able to handle, and other things they're starting Studio I can be patient with that stuff, but you got to get on top of your AI, and if you do not, this game will die and people will go back to the game they were addicted to, no matter how stale it's gotten, because other than the finals, tell me about an FPS competitive shooter out there right now that doesn't feel like it's 12 years old.

You've got Destiny 2, you've got Cod War Zone, you've got Apex, and you've got what valerant and csgo. If you didn't play that. I mean, near the start, you're joining a player base that has been playing for years, and if I'm Dave working my 9 to 5, hell no. I'm not picking up my Xbox controller to learn a new game where everyone else has been playing for 6 years.

The FPS genre is stale, and people feel that, which is why a game like this is so good, and which is why we're talking about a mobile-looking game like Exify. Don't get me wrong. I love Exify and think it's great, but part of the reason why I do it is because this genre is so stale right now and I don't see anything else on the horizon, so if this game has an anti-che that's pushing us to the games that we were playing that are stale like that, then we have a way bigger problem on our hands than just the finals having some things to tweak now other than the anti-che.

A few things I would like to see A lot of people I'm seeing are complaining about how light is useless right now because of the Nerf. I disagree, but I would like to see the grapple have a two-use cool-down timer. I think that would be a unique way to buff another one in the build and bring it in line with Dash.

I really have a lot of hope still for this game and the studio and Im not going anywhere mostly because theres nowhere left to go.
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