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Bot & Soul - Called it.

Posted by Ozzallos Monday February 1 2016 at 2:06AM
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I so want to like Blade and Soul.

Really I do. The attention to detail is a rare treat and the combat mechanics are second to none in this humble reviewers opinion. The F2P economy is just this side of hostile to free to play gamers, but you can live with the pain and I would say that the game does a good enough job nearly everywhere else that it might actually deserve your money.

Well, that is if NCSoft can get the bots under control.

Which they won't.

As of this moment, the chat channels are wall to wall gold spam. You can ignore them, but NCSoft thoughtfully allows its players a fifty name limit on the ignore list. If you guessed there might be a hair more than fifty bots, congratulations! You have common sense. In other words, if you value the social experience of world chat, you're shit out of luck.

Worse yet, it appears that farming bots are running just as rampant as they do in Archeage. If the linked page should be removed, the relevant videos appear here and here, as well as my initial concerns on the matter and those links posted here.

I really do wish there would be some sort of consequence for this behavior. No, not the botters... The publisher who decides its okay to import a game with known problems- a game who has already had a three year head start in other markets to fix these issues -then have the balls to ask top dollar for it. Sadly, I don't see that happening with this title, but I don't think it will have the life span NCSOft is expecting it will. When you combine these botting problems with the advesarial F2P element (almost no money drops for F2P players, TERA-like key schemes, inability to mail items unless you spent real money, etc), I believe it will negatively impact the game long term. It won't kill it, but it won't engender player loyalty either.

It's a fun game... but I don't like the feeling that you'll be tossing your money into a pit if you spend it here. Don't say I didn't warn you.