Hear me out guys.
Build 201 is very fast-paced. You can't deny that.
Because of this, the following is happening:
* The game has become more of a fast-paced FPS
* Comms are mostly worried about very QUICKLY gathering res nodes, instead of picking a strategy on where to expand on the map. The team with the most early resources will surely win.
* If you'll notice, most comms won't even chat anymore or give any kind of direction. Before this build, I saw comms get ejected for not having a microphone! Now all you need is someone half-decent at researching and quickly dropping structures to win.
To me, a fundamental aspect of the game has been lost. If you ask me what the essence of this game was (and NS1 too!), it wasn't the aliens or the marines or even the RTS aspect. It was the way it encouraged you to connect with other players and actually come up with a strategy. That strategy might not even require you to shoot. You could just be a builder/welder. Everyone had their role. Now? you HAVE to run and shoot. I feel like I don't even have time to build a res node anymore.
Why waste 10 or 15 seconds destroying a cyst? that's 15 seconds of exposure you are giving the other team.
What kept pulling me back to this game was that warm feeling of accomplishment when you and your team were successful in organizing a winning strategy. That feeling is completely gone.
I don't want to sound bitter but this game has become more of a run-and-shoot FPS where you don't have to talk to anyone and just play a few rounds. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game if that's the direction it's going, but it won't be a GREAT game. Not to me at least.