The overall feel of the game has been feeling “off” to me lately. I don’t have the words exactly, but me and a large discord community of V2 players have been discussing it for the last few weeks. The best way I can put it is this:
You’re sitting in your living room and you start to smell smoke. “It can’t be that the kitchen is on fire, it’s just someone keeping warm with the fireplace in their house.” You continue to sit and eventually the air starts getting hazy. “It can’t be smoke because the kitchen isn’t on fire. Must be dusty, I should clean.” You continue to sit and the lighting in your living room starts flickering orange. “It can’t be that the kitchen is on fire… it’s just the sun setting at 2:30 pm… I’m gonna go check something.” And you get up and you round the corner to your kitchen and is on fire.
I’ve been ignoring little glitches and bugs here and there, playing them off as “Charming” such as slave rats running through the air, or “One-time experiences” such as being in a room and all of the sudden the whole wave spawns on top of you (this has happened multiple times). I’m starting to recognize that all the little red flags that we as a community have put off seem to have given way to a sea of red and now it’s all I and some of us in the community can see.
Enemies spawning in mid-attack to hit you with a downward cleave, double-spawning specials (sometimes kind of cool but not EVERY time), blightstormers now being far worse than they used to be despite being tweaked in the last few weeks and stuttering as though you’re lagging even though you have green ping; more often than not I find myself lately respawning due to the game saying “No, screw you, you’re not allowed to have fun, here’s two gas rats, two firerats and two blightstormers behind walls all at the same time and they’re only interested in you.” This is on Legend by the way. And don’t get me started on the current state of Bot teammates…
The last week has been nothing but what could be considered “Bad” games. I’m used to Vermintide shitting on your dreams every now and again and maybe having a bad gaming “day” but not a full week of loss after loss after loss and not even playing Cataclysm.
I just wanted to vent my thoughts and frustrations for a game that I have poured a lot of my time into (coming up on 1000 hours). I hope this sparks a discussion about whether or not people have noticed this.