I could be wrong here, because I've not tested it yet. But it seems like smokes are rendered client-side rather than server-side, meaning that the smoke plumes look different to each player looking at them. This essentially makes throwing smokes a gamble--can they see me? Will I see them? Will both of us be totally blind?
Again, maybe they are rendered server-side, but it seems like different players are experiencing wildly varying degrees of visibility in smoke.
@planetcanada You're talking about push, right? Not skirmish?
Either way, you aren't really addressing what I'm saying. I'm saying that if we assume equal average skill level between offense and defense on the push game mode, the defending team almost always wins. The defending team won 37/40 rounds just today in my games (20 games, 2 rounds per game). I find that one team either gets steamrolled both rounds because it's significantly worse or both teams successfully defend. Very seldom is there a competitive, measured push game that eats up almost every wave of both sides and comes down to the last few kills in the round. I would think the goal of balancing the game mode would be that each side has an equal chance of winning, not that one side will almost always win.
@planetcanada I have to assume you either aren't attempting to accurately record your gameplay, or you're extremely lucky. I played about 20 push games today and all but 3 were a tie (the ones that weren't the obviously worse team lost, with a few waves to spare).
When teams are of equal skill, the game almost invariably favors defenders.
You all are making good points, and I am sure NWI will make tweaks over the coming years to balance out the maps and offense/defense.
A couple of additional thoughts:
- The attacking and defending team have the same number of waves, just not to start. The attacking team earns their waves as they take an objective, similar to the Day of Infamy Invasion mode
I was going to say this--beat me to it! It's a common misconception (differing wave numbers) that I can only assume comes from lack of experience. They're obviously the same amount; it's even explained in the opening text of the load screen lol.
- Tweaking aside, this was also a reality in Insurgency 2014 and DOI. There is something to be said for learning tactical approaches for dealing with campers, for clearing out rooms, for using smoke & explosives correctly, and for moving in a coordinated way as a team.
So, I've heard this argument before, and I agree with it to a point. In DOI and Ins2, it was very different, however. The maps in SS are so much larger that there are literally hundreds of corners where someone could camp and it be an effective position. It's simply not feasible to nade/RPG every corner where a defender might be camping. I regularly see people nade/RPG the common camping spots, but then there's one or two people in weird, seemingly random corners that clean up 2-3 attackers before they're shut down.
The community in pubs seems to be adapting to smoke use pretty well--I see them thrown rather liberally and it makes for a much more interesting push. But defense simply has too much of an advantage with the current map designs.
- I rarely see a game where no attacking team member reaches their objective and holds it for some period -- and often I do see that the rest of the attacking team hangs back or otherwise does not take tactical advantage to use smoke or move up and keep the pressure up.
I agree that one man shouldn't be able to just storm in and single handedly take the point, which is why I would propose only minor tweaks that don't drastically alter the gameplay. The issue isn't reaching the point, that's pretty simple. But once on it, it can be challenging to feel like your efforts matter. For example, I often get to an objective and kill 3-4 people (shotgun in CQB). But because I missed a corner, or didn't have time to check it, I get shot, and within 15 seconds, the fresh defender wave is back and all or most of our progress gets negated.
I'd be willing to bet money that the defending team wins 85% or more of all push rounds where the teams are of somewhat equal skill. That's definitely been my experience. This would seem logical, since defending is generally easier than attacking, but for the sake of gameplay, it makes playing offense a little less fun when the expectation is that you're probably going to lose unless you make some crazy plays or the other team sucks.
One balance change that could make a difference (maybe) is to increase the spawn time for defenders, so they reinforce less often. What the actual times should be, I don't know, but maybe adding 5-10 seconds could give offense the edge it needs to have an equal chance.
Just some thoughts ^_^
try verifying your files on steam. if that does not work. un-install and re-install.
That's all well and good, but it doesn't really solve the problem; it alleviates a symptom. More importantly, it doesn't really help me rejoin the game I just got wrongfully kicked from.
I don't play Sandstorm with an Xbox Controller, but there are some games where I prefer it (Dark Souls and Assassin's Creed games, typically). So, I have my spare controller permanently plugged into my desktop to keep it charged and also have easy access to it.
Here's the problem: Sandstorm will sometimes randomly switch to preferring my controller, despite my mouse and keyboard being the only active controllers at the time. Today, when I unplugged my controller in an attempt to fix the issue, my game completely locked me out--keyboard did nothing, mouse did nothing, and plugging the controller back in did nothing. The game just went on around me and I had to alt+F4 and start over.
I can't figure out what is triggering it, because it seems to happen randomly without any interference on my end, but it's an issue I thought worth mentioning.
For me, that's always been one of those neat novelties in this game... but it gets old. It just becomes a tedious "switch to all my weapons to make sure they're ready" thing. And when you consider how often attachments bug out on your weapons while switching quickly, I saw animation bugs almost every game.
I'd be okay with it only happening on the first spawn, or maybe an option to enable/disable this animation as the player sees fit, but one of the cardinal rules of game development is keep the player in control of their character. Anything that happens outside of their control leaves room for something bad to happen while the character is out of their control. That kills fun in a heartbeat.