I used to main Astoria. I remember thinking that there were some serious balance issues with other characters/weapons/abilities being OP...
I now use all characters. Mostly Astoria, Oliver, Graham and Tillman (occasionally Riggs and Wil).
There are no balance issues.. (with the exception of newbies vs seasoned players [pros] and not being able to afford to use the same weapons or not getting the "good" augments from chests. But the is a completely different type of balancing "issue" that is present, and necessary, in every single competitive online FPS/TPS game on the market)
I can see NOW (since I started using all characters frequently) that all of my balance complaints were entirely biased to my main character (Astoria).
I fully believe, without a single inkling of a doubt, that anyone that complains about any aspect of the game being unbalanced is completely biased in favor of their main character. Most people that have balance complaints are players that only use 1 or maybe 2 characters. Ask anyone that uses 3+ frequently, I have no doubt that they will agree with me.
Some people try to say that there are no character "classes" in BBO... haha so untrue. Every character has their specialty. Every character has unique abilities and weapons. (bear with me here, this is still balance related lol) So what if some weapons are shared with another character?? I mean honestly, think about real-life combat. Just because someone has a specialty in their military, doesn't mean they don't use the same weapons as others in combat. The classes in BBO are reflected in each characters abilities and stats (health, regen, speed). The worst part is that people still COMPLAIN about these abilities and stats being unbalanced! You guys want character classes, but you don't want other players to use the things, that define their class, to their advantage??
Again, I admit that I used to be someone that had SERIOUS complaints regarding certain weapons/characters/abilities being OP. Complaints that I often voiced in BBO chat and various group chats on kik. I can definitely understand WHY people THINK that certain weapons/characters/abilities are in need of nerfs or buffs. But if these players would just start using (and practicing with) these other weapons and characters, they too would see that everything they thought needed a nerf or buff before... definitely doesn't need it.
For those that have tried what I suggested (using and practicing with other characters) and are still biased in favor of their main character, consider this:
Lets say you main Astoria, k? You are constantly getting rekt by Graham. His turrets kill you. You keep getting trapped in his thunderdome. His SMG or shotgun invokes that pesky respawn screen all too often. So you say "OMG SHOTGUN AND GRAHAM'S TURRET ARE WAY TOO OP!! UNFAIR MAAAAAAN!!". Then you take my advice. You start using Graham! Good choice!! You play a match with him and you get TONS of kills. You get back to BBO chat "YEP, Told you graham was OP!! I just went 25-0 with him!"...
Perhaps the issue isn't that graham is OP... maybe you just suck with Astoria... maybe you've been using Astoria the way you should play with Graham... is it possible that you are actually destined to main Graham?
In this hypothetical (which isn't actually all that "hypothetical" as I've seen this complaint about Graham coming from many Astoria players), Astoria is complaining about Grahams turret/shotgun/SMG. If this is an issue, you are obviously using Astoria wrong... remember those character classes you said don't exist (but actually do exist...)? Astoria is a sniper. What the heck are you doing standing close to Graham, that it makes his shotgun/SMG an issue?? YOU ARE A SNIPER. YOU ARE FAST. You have more speed than any other character in the game! Run out of range and put a bullet between his eyes like a sniper should! Oh no, you say he's following you??? Well, he can't catch up to you, but if you're really that worried about it, why not try dropping one of those ice traps??
In short, if you are complaining about balance issue, try using other characters. If you still think those same balance issues exist (or believe even more so that "blah blah" is OP because you used them and did so well with them), you suck with your main, learn how to use them properly or main a different character (perhaps the character that you think is OP?)
Well.... this post is about 8 paragraphs longer than I originally intended... lol
That's all I got...
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