I have often contemplated this thought with many games I have played, call of duty, battlefield, transformers earth wars, and now jwa. Particularly the free phone games with paid in app purchases, and anything with head to head competition is where I have thought it most. Is it truly possible to have a 100% balanced game? I’m not so sure. And before you hurry up to say yes it is or it used to be, I want to provide some thoughts.
I think many games start out fair and relatively balanced. However what happens are a couple things: 1: the player base has a constant craving and need for new content. Anytime you add content it’s never a certain thing it will go as planned like bugs or even players finding a way to exploit an addition the company didn’t intend. Every new addition adds more and more variables making it ever harder to balance.
2: at the end of the day, a free game is work. It comes from a real company full of real people. And that means profit has to come somewhere. That’s where in app purchases come in. Anytime purchases are added it’s going to likely give some players some sort of advantage even before boosts, it provided dna cash coin etc which means stronger dinos faster.
3: I believe if we fix one thing, something else will be the new “meta killer”. Fix that then something else pops up. I haven’t played since the beginning but almost 6 months now and in my time playing and being on here I’ve noticed, first Thor’s were an issue along with draco since the boost additions. Then boosts were changed thus nerfing Thor to a more manageable level. Then rat became the main issue until her swap in was changed. That has shifted focus to Now indo g2/cs/evasion tactics. We fix that and something else will most definitely be exploited and overused by players.
Can developers change these things? Sure. But if they do then what comes to the forefront? At the end of the day I’m confident there will always be that “top dog” mechanic or Dino. There will always be something that is the best. You see it even in paid games like call of duty. There’s always one gun that’s the best one or most “op” and inevitably it will be overused like it or not.
I am not taking any sides but more making observations. Have we as player community come to expect something unrealistic? I myself am guilty of complaining and demanding things on here so I’m very much a part of this. But I’m curious what others have to say.
What are people’s thoughts?