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This is why I've stopped playing...

RawrUK

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I was just four hours shy of racking up 2,500 hours in KF2, so I'm happy to say that I think the game has represented fantastic value for money and provided plenty of entertainment over the last 5 years. I've now uninstalled the game, sold my inventory and decommissioned my servers.

The last year of the game has, by my perception, represented a significant decline in quality, which doesn't tally with the message that things would be improving due to the income from the controversial DLC weapons. Had I purchased the DLC weapons, I would be even more annoyed at the lack of meaningful updates since they were introduced but I've always felt they were overpriced for what they were so elected not to make that investment.

Before it was announced, I decided that this summer's update would be the last chance I'd give the game to see some sign of positive development but the Perilous Plunder update has fallen very short of my already low expectations. The days of themed updates appear to be long gone, to the point where the seasonal updates are just plain confusing; a pirate-themed update with circus zeds, set in a jungle? For summer? At its absolute best, it just comes across as cynical and lazy; a loosely cobbled together package of unrelated content. I'm confident a similar result could be achieved by blind-folding a monkey and getting it to click on things in the Steam Workshop for twenty minutes.

I have enormous respect for those in the community who take the time to produce incredible maps like Desolation, Biolapse, Sanitarium et al but you must realise that a lot of heavily-invested players will have already been playing these maps for a long time before they were made into official maps, which significantly reduces the novelty value - if not the replayability - of them by the time they're official. It would've been nice to have seen a themed map for this update, continuing on from the Airship and Steam Fortress maps. It almost feels like there should have been a continuation of this theme but it was abandoned due to... reasons?

I won't talk about the HRG weapons, except to say they're a briefly fun sideshow achieved by taking a weapon model and making it behave like a different weapon is not a game-changer. They feel like a mod, not like a development.

Disappointing updates aside, I'm not sure why so many development paths became seemingly dead-ended. The weekly outbreaks were a novel idea but they haven't been taken anywhere, years after their introduction. The upgrade system was an unnecessary idea that was poorly implemented and then abandoned. PvP? Endless modes? There's very little going on apart from the occasional balance tweak every now and again, which appears to be designed to make every perk feel that little bit more generic and seemingly actively dissuade people from realising there's a need for co-operative play.

Maybe I'm a little jaded after 2,500 hours but the game really feels like Old Yeller now and perhaps the kindest thing to do would be to take it into the barn on KF-Farmhouse with a Boomstick and do the necessary.
 

Aleflippy

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>I've personally grown tired of the themed used for Killing Floor. Yes, Summer Sideshow or Twisted Christmas are a staple of the franchise, but after a while... It gets old. Simply put. And kinda random too. Let's just say I don't expect the steampunk shenanigans to be canon. Yes, this new update feels "cobbled together", but does anyone truly care? I feel they need to drop the themes altogether.

>Yes, us KF fans have probably played the best community maps. But think about two things : first, some casual players may never delve into the Steam Workshop. As such, they probably only play the official maps released for the game. Thus, making community-made maps fully official would allow them to discover maps they never played...Even though they were available for months.

In addition, the best modders are actually getting money for their work. So if you couldn't care less...I'm sure they're more than happy to see their map getting recognized by the developers itself.

>HRG weapons actually surprised me a lot. Yes, their appearance is awful. But most weapons are actually pretty good, and often fairly daring. The Buckshot or Kaboomstick are stupidly efficient, while the Incisor is a game-changer for the medic. At that point, I don't really know what you're expecting in terms of weaponry. A bazooka shaped like a bettle that launches chainsaws which heals before exploding into a caustic cloud?

>The last point is the only one I can truly agree with. Yes, a lot of ideas are half-assed. Still waiting for a fully-fledged upgrade system. Haven't played weekly in ages. And even the inclusion of the survivalist still leaves a sour taste, years after its inclusion. I honestly feel the past 2-3 years have been very lacking in terms of audacity.

Otherwise, bottom-line... Playing 2500 hours of a game seems mighty fine. How many games you know that would allow for such a long lifetime? That you don't like it anymore is okay. That you wish to play something else is fine too. But complaining about it, even though you clearly took the decision that it was over, really feels unfair. Childish even.
 
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