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Why I barely play this game anymore

feanor70118feanor70118 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 1,154 Arc User
Neverwinter has been on a downward spiral since mod 6 Mod 16 seems to have at least made a sincere step toward balancing the classes in pve and expanding play style options for a few classes, but it also took away play style options from others, broke a lot of synergy between gear, feats and daily abilities, made the awful decision to expand scaling throughout the game and rewrote some old content in such a way as to make it unplayable or barely playable (10 person Tiamat, idiotic perma stun ice in FBI, even VT is difficult without an endgame level player since newer players won't know the final boss mechanics, which by the way don't work anymore since even I can barely scratch a soul casket or whatever they're called).

PVP has been pointless for years. There has never been a sincere attempt at class balance in pvp and all we seem to get is overpowered control, boring one-shot and one-rotation kills, and from a ranger's point of view eternal neglect of basic problems with our class (slow movement, long animations, animations that break stealth abilities, the ever-irritating small dodge combined with lack of stamina regeneration, endless nerfing of control and escape abilities, and so on).

Loot tables for old content reward pointless, useless old items.
Loot tables for newer content aren't much better.

Professions were redone in mod 15 then made completely irrelevant one mod later. It's hugely tedious to log in with all of one's characters just to make RP. I'm tired of having the rug pulled out from under me after redoing my build, obtaining new gear, or in that case retooling for professions and getting up to MW III in all professions just in time to have them made pointless. I'm glad at least that I didn't invest, i.e. waste - the time and resources to go farther than that.

The random queues have been poisoned with content that newer players simply cannot understand and/or cannot handle. Entry gates are too low or difficulty is too high. This means increasing reliance on custom channels to form a group even for random queues, since the queues no longer serve their basic purpose of providing easy AD and loot for everyone who gets in line.

The RAQ should not include CR and CODG. They need to be moved back to REQ.

Endgame level player population is a small fraction of what it was before mod 16, making it yet more difficult to do higher-end content. No one likes sitting around spamming chat channels for 45 minutes just to put a group together. I'd rather go without that part of my AD for the day than waste that much of my life doing nothing in a video game.

The do-an-expedition-and-hope-for-the-best-from-Zok model is boring. I've thought for a long time that the game should just let us set a goal, be it a certain piece of gear, epic insignia, mount, artifact, or companion, and earn it by playing content. No one likes the RNG and it certainly doesn't like us.

Having to grind a few runic corruptions a day to maintain my supply of runes is boring.

Having to sort through all the loot I picked up to sell it or refine it piece by piece because refining equipment is now broken is boring.

Constantly discovering new bugs or new bad design ideas in old content just makes me not want to bother.

Tales of Old is full of bad ideas and bugs, and I don't even bother with it.

All the new environment designs are terrific. Unfortunately the game hasn't gotten much else right these last few years.
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  • micheal1979micheal1979 Member Posts: 103 Arc User
    I have not seen 45 minutes to get a group in channels, unless its trying to fill for ToMM. Many end game players are still around and many guilds run all, except for ToMM, in guild or alliance. I often run 1-3 req runs in the hour I play each morning. Maybe find a new guild or add some friends to your list =]
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  • akemnosakemnos Member Posts: 597 Arc User
    You have some valid points but i am curious about this point

    "even VT is difficult without an endgame level player since newer players won't know the final boss mechanics, which by the way don't work anymore since even I can barely scratch a soul casket or whatever they're called). "

    Are you talking about the things that "hatch" the large skeletons that appear during the Valindra battle? Unless something changed at some point you dont actually attack those. all you have do is activate (default f key) them and they will get destroyed.
  • feanor70118feanor70118 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 1,154 Arc User
    akemnos said:

    You have some valid points but i am curious about this point

    "even VT is difficult without an endgame level player since newer players won't know the final boss mechanics, which by the way don't work anymore since even I can barely scratch a soul casket or whatever they're called). "

    Are you talking about the things that "hatch" the large skeletons that appear during the Valindra battle? Unless something changed at some point you dont actually attack those. all you have do is activate (default f key) them and they will get destroyed.

    Ah. I guess it's been so long since VT popped in a queue and I actually had to worry about them (rather than nuking Valindra too fast for it to be an issue) that I forgot that.
  • mebengalsfan#9264 mebengalsfan Member Posts: 3,169 Arc User
    edited September 2019
    Mod 16 hurt the game as player who enjoyed playing a support buff/debuff role on their character now have to pick between a damage dealer, healer or tank and loss the ability to properly buff/debuff in the game. Quite a few of these players quit and that left a big dent in how long it takes now to form an end game group.

    I also seen a decline in players with mod 17 coming on console and I'm sure it will impact Q time for end game even more than mod 16 has. There are some players coming up through the ranks but they lack mechanical knowledge of content and typically I spend more time doing pick ups than I do actually being a damage dealer.

    I do agree with your points and it is why I'm mostly excited about Greedfall coming out next week. It will give me a much needed break from NWO and if that game provides a few play through, I think I might not come back.
  • hustin1hustin1 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 3,318 Arc User
    edited September 2019

    Mod 16 hurt the game as player who enjoyed playing a support buff/debuff role on their character now have to pick between a damage dealer, healer or tank and loss the ability to properly buff/debuff in the game. Quite a few of these players quit and that left a big dent in how long it takes now to form an end game group.

    I also seen a decline in players with mod 17 coming on console and I'm sure it will impact Q time for end game even more than mod 16 has. There are some players coming up through the ranks but they lack mechanical knowledge of content and typically I spend more time doing pick ups than I do actually being a damage dealer.

    I do agree with your points and it is why I'm mostly excited about Greedfall coming out next week. It will give me a much needed break from NWO and if that game provides a few play through, I think I might not come back.

    You can add CC players to the list. The cooldown on Icy Terrain alone has made CW-based CC dead as a doornail. It's totally non-viable.

    Devs, I'm going to be blunt. Between removing the Foundry, removing the old dungeons, and inflicting Mod 16 upon us, you've burned up just about every last bit of goodwill I've had for this game. You took a game that was fun and turned it into a bland, unrewarding struggle. There are exactly two things keeping me here: the people in my alliance and the lack of a Foundry-like alternative MMO. That's it. I'm that close to jumping ship.

    Wow. I just checked out Greedfall. Decided to preorder it.
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  • namelesshero347namelesshero347 Member Posts: 2,090 Arc User
    Well, people leave games for one reason or another. Don't think you can put all the blame on changes that happened. While I miss the buffing days of pre-mod16, I am fine with the changes. It certainly is a different game. While the game lost some players, it probably gained some new players. There will always be turnover.

    I too have been playing less. Mod 17 does not have much for me. As a guild-less player, it is nearly impossible to get the 24K iLvl to get into ToMM. And I am not interested in the Zok slot machine because of my aversion to purely RNG-gated rewards. I spend most days just invoking, doing RLQ/RIQ (at least while I still get only skirmishes), and checking REQ with my OP to see if it pops immediately.
  • thekfdcase#5416 thekfdcase Member Posts: 31 Arc User
    > @namelesshero347 said:
    > Well, people leave games for one reason or another. Don't think you can put all the blame on changes that happened. While I miss the buffing days of pre-mod16, I am fine with the changes. It certainly is a different game. While the game lost some players, it probably gained some new players. There will always be turnover.
    >
    > I too have been playing less. Mod 17 does not have much for me. As a guild-less player, it is nearly impossible to get the 24K iLvl to get into ToMM. And I am not interested in the Zok slot machine because of my aversion to purely RNG-gated rewards. I spend most days just invoking, doing RLQ/RIQ (at least while I still get only skirmishes), and checking REQ with my OP to see if it pops immediately.

    Given the statistically significant figures from Neverwinter Steam charts, even after accounting for the the recent 10-11% uptick, this game appears to have lost at least 20 (31+% left before the uptick,) of its population since the details surrounding Mod 16 began to leak out from preview.

    Bear in mind that this is in addition to the loss of around 1/3rd of the player base back when Cryptic screwed its player base with Mod 6. It may be a different team this time, yet history repeated itself. They come across as tone-deaf, stubborn, and incompetent. Sometimes truth hurts.
  • rotatorkufrotatorkuf Member Posts: 537 Arc User
    edited September 2019
    +1 to most of OP's content....

    right now, the must crushing thing for me is pugging RAQ (and to some extent REQ)...

    notes about RAQ
    - it sucks, REALLY SUCKS, to sit in RAQueue for 10-30 minutes (or longer), only to get CR/CODG and no one knows what to do, rarely if ever is anyone geared correctly for it, and there is nothing "exciting" to look forward to for completing this painful dungeon
    - please move on from relying on IL as an entry requirement for random queues, IL is not at all a valuable indicator of a character's ability to finish content...you yourselves know this, especially with how gear and stats are designed, you yourselves know the offensive caps (arp, acc, crit etc.) and that power stacking is the name of endgame...so, why rely on IL? when you know how easy it is to get 18K IL and still have terrible stats (where players will provide almost no value to dungeons like TONG/CR, where DPS is very important)
    - for TONG/CR/CODG, you should implement some kind of POWER, off stat requirement (min 90k out of instance power, capped off stats)
    - look at your stats, i'm sure you'll see how often players drop or fail instances in RAQ because someone is geared well and the other players are just there trying to get carried, managed to "cheat" their IL to be able to queue for it

    notes about REQ
    - although it has been fairly easier to get a quick group to finish REQ, queing for it with a pug brings me back to the IL dilemma again, ppl can easily reach the IL with badly optimized stats, you honestly shouldn't be able to queue for this with less than 100-110K power (and other off stats capped)

    honestly though, a lot of the times, to complete some of these dungeons, you need to spend quite a bit of AD/grind to get up to speed, stats-wise

    tl:dr - please rework how you let players into RAQ/REQ, and please retire CR already, no one likes it, everyone always leaves when this pops up...
  • mebengalsfan#9264 mebengalsfan Member Posts: 3,169 Arc User

    > @namelesshero347 said:

    > Well, people leave games for one reason or another. Don't think you can put all the blame on changes that happened. While I miss the buffing days of pre-mod16, I am fine with the changes. It certainly is a different game. While the game lost some players, it probably gained some new players. There will always be turnover.

    >

    > I too have been playing less. Mod 17 does not have much for me. As a guild-less player, it is nearly impossible to get the 24K iLvl to get into ToMM. And I am not interested in the Zok slot machine because of my aversion to purely RNG-gated rewards. I spend most days just invoking, doing RLQ/RIQ (at least while I still get only skirmishes), and checking REQ with my OP to see if it pops immediately.



    Given the statistically significant figures from Neverwinter Steam charts, even after accounting for the the recent 10-11% uptick, this game appears to have lost at least 20 (31+% left before the uptick,) of its population since the details surrounding Mod 16 began to leak out from preview.



    Bear in mind that this is in addition to the loss of around 1/3rd of the player base back when Cryptic screwed its player base with Mod 6. It may be a different team this time, yet history repeated itself. They come across as tone-deaf, stubborn, and incompetent. Sometimes truth hurts.

    Yeah but they picked up XBox and PSN players with this game since mod 5 days.
  • plasticbatplasticbat Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 9,657 Arc User
    edited September 2019

    > @namelesshero347 said:

    > Well, people leave games for one reason or another. Don't think you can put all the blame on changes that happened. While I miss the buffing days of pre-mod16, I am fine with the changes. It certainly is a different game. While the game lost some players, it probably gained some new players. There will always be turnover.

    >

    > I too have been playing less. Mod 17 does not have much for me. As a guild-less player, it is nearly impossible to get the 24K iLvl to get into ToMM. And I am not interested in the Zok slot machine because of my aversion to purely RNG-gated rewards. I spend most days just invoking, doing RLQ/RIQ (at least while I still get only skirmishes), and checking REQ with my OP to see if it pops immediately.



    Given the statistically significant figures from Neverwinter Steam charts, even after accounting for the the recent 10-11% uptick, this game appears to have lost at least 20 (31+% left before the uptick,) of its population since the details surrounding Mod 16 began to leak out from preview.



    Bear in mind that this is in addition to the loss of around 1/3rd of the player base back when Cryptic screwed its player base with Mod 6. It may be a different team this time, yet history repeated itself. They come across as tone-deaf, stubborn, and incompetent. Sometimes truth hurts.

    Yeah but they picked up XBox and PSN players with this game since mod 5 days.
    Mod 5? Xbox/psn players never experienced mod 6 change. Their first version was probably mod 8.
  • ecrana#2080 ecrana Member Posts: 1,654 Arc User

    Mod 5? Xbox/psn players never experienced mod 6 change. Their first version was probably mod 8.

    100% wrong. The first version for XB was at least Mod 5. My wife started during Mod 5. I remember when Mod 6 dropped shortly after she started and she had to replace all her gear.

    I started playing during Mod 6. And here I still am...
  • strathkinstrathkin Member Posts: 1,247 Arc User
    FYI Mod 6 was back in early 2015; and Mod 8-9 sounds more around the time. :o

    It was certainly after the Elemental Evil initial release, and it only later was made into an actual Campaign around Mod 7-8. Elemental Evil was revamped slightly after Strongholds release in 7, I think was revamped into a Campaign between UnderDark and Maze in 8 or 9, when the two consoles editions were released.

    https://neverwinter.gamepedia.com/Module

    "Xbox One in 2015, and PlayStation 4 in 2016."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neverwinter_(video_game)
  • plasticbatplasticbat Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 9,657 Arc User
    I was wrong. Xbox1 version was launched with mod 4, Tyranny of Dragons.

    https://www.arcgames.com/en/games/neverwinter/news/detail/9076493
  • zerappuszerappus Member Posts: 138 Arc User
    Neverwinter is suffering from severe vertical upgrade fatigue.

    Between new gears, new weapons, new enchantment caps, new artifacts, new companion, new mounts, new level cap and wasted investments on crafting that is easily obsoleted, it is far unsustainable to keep players on the boat.

    What Neverwinter needs is stop wasting resources on for example, PvP ( there are a ton of PvP MMos out there that is 100% all-in on PvP aspect and people flock to them by the millions ) and come up with new horizontal progression.

    As it is, players aren't sticking around to keep up with endless reupgrades.
  • wylonuswylonus Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 2,367 Arc User
    "re-upgrades" isnt healthy, it destroys "basic to play", now we see numbers.
  • hughpuppies#4539 hughpuppies Member Posts: 57 Arc User
    Why I hardly play anymore is because they took away our boons, I can not advance in 3 different quest because they require me to pick boons for me to advance. The Maze Engine quest I can not get to chapter 4 It wants me to finish repel the demons by picking boons, the one where you have to confront 3 wizards or are they warlocks in River District, and the one where they have the new area under ground. Also when they took away our boons, my character dies every time you turn around. I am level 80 I go to say Fire Pitts I know you fight as level 68, I get my behind kicked in so bad there it isn't funny and before they took the boons away I had no problem with that area. Almost every area I go to bam you are dead, What? Ever since they took the booms away I bet I set the record for the most deaths on this game ever. Another reason I don't play much anymore, I did take a 8 moth leave and came back 3 months ago, Is that most areas are geared towards high level people, they need a few more areas for people just starting out or lower level people. Also they made some of the higher level areas stronger, like the Stronghold, that Moven the Sloth, When did they make it so he chases you all over the Stronghold map? When did they make it so that when he is below a certain amount of health he runs back to his safe place and gets full health? Since when did they make it so that if he is no where in site, he still can whack you a good one and take a good bit of health from you? I know this is just a game, but how can a monster or something you are fighting be almost dead with almost no health able to reach up slap you silly and kill you? If I was that hurt no way would I be able to slap someone silly? Also the NPCS seem to have perfect aim when they are running after you, they can swing an ax hit you perfect run stop shot with a bow, run stop cast a spell on you all the while you are running? Them ghosts in Spinward Rise How ever it is spelled, the blue out lined ghosts with bows you can never out run they they get you every time. I know the last 3 I said is just part of the game, lol.
  • pakatapoespakatapoes Member Posts: 72 Arc User
    Waited 30+ minutes for RIQ , just exit because it is taking too long .
  • hustin1hustin1 Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 3,318 Arc User
    My Gripe of the Day: the sadistic item level cap in the AI quest Temple Intrusion. It takes an *eternity* to kill anything.
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  • balufunkebalufunke Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 65 Arc User
    I play since release 2015, big D&D fan, but I don´t play often anymore. I am not interested in endgame like TOMM, I don´t enjoy figuring out for hours fancy boss mechanics with premade groups, I prefer interesting storylines, discover open world like things, I am more of a solo player I guess....The Random Q takes too long, waiting time is awful for my Rogue and Ranger, yes I have a tank and cleric ready to play but I don´t enjoy them anymore since mod 16. I will try new Baldurs Gate, and maybe Magic the gathering, return to DDO, don´t know if I will come back....sorry Neverwinter team.
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  • mynaammynaam Member, NW M9 Playtest Posts: 892 Arc User
    edited September 2019
    You can add BIS only content like TOMM that rarely have more than 2 groups running it at any given time.

    A BIS only mod means Non Bis Players have nothing to do and is not wanted till next mod
    There are more than BIS players in this game
    It has been 5 YEARS since last new class this is getting ridiculous
    FORCING the majority of your player base to play 4 mod old dungeons and trial will have a bad result on player base
    Please do master/normal version of dungeons. This way content for all MOD 19 have nothing new for vast majority of player base. Giving an EVENT is not same thing as permanent content for non BIS. As we suggested in CDP
    Changes are getting so bad i would rather prefer no new changes (RIP ICE FISHING in winter fest)



  • tom#6998 tom Member Posts: 952 Arc User
    mynaam said:

    You can add BIS only content like TOMM that rarely have more than 2 groups running it at any given time.

    A BIS only mod means Non Bis Players have nothing to do and is not wanted till next mod

    what about all the content that is in the Game besides ToMM?
  • giz#2086 giz Member Posts: 190 Arc User
    tom#6998 said:

    mynaam said:

    You can add BIS only content like TOMM that rarely have more than 2 groups running it at any given time.

    A BIS only mod means Non Bis Players have nothing to do and is not wanted till next mod

    what about all the content that is in the Game besides ToMM?
    Like what? Daily MEs, WEs? that's ok...Broken CR? Broken Tales of Old? content like events like outdated CTA? Running the same till next mod because the last content isn't for everyone? That's ok with ToMM for BIS, but it's hard for them to release a dungeon or something more beside ToMM? Mod 17 is empty.
  • tom#6998 tom Member Posts: 952 Arc User
    giz#2086 said:

    tom#6998 said:

    mynaam said:

    You can add BIS only content like TOMM that rarely have more than 2 groups running it at any given time.

    A BIS only mod means Non Bis Players have nothing to do and is not wanted till next mod

    what about all the content that is in the Game besides ToMM?
    Like what? Daily MEs, WEs? that's ok...Broken CR? Broken Tales of Old? content like events like outdated CTA? Running the same till next mod because the last content isn't for everyone? That's ok with ToMM for BIS, but it's hard for them to release a dungeon or something more beside ToMM? Mod 17 is empty.
    id love if they would realease multiple dungeons each module, but there is still FBI/MSP/TONG/CR/LOMM/CODG for example, and if those are all easy and boring to u, go and start training ToMM.
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