Core experiences of NS1 missing in NS2
These are the things that got me hooked on NS1, and kept me playing.
-Dropping a ninja phase gate, beaconing all marines to base, and shotgun rushing a hive.
-Moving as a squad to a siege point, holding off aliens while advanced turret factory was researching, then dropping siege turrets and pushing in.
-Rushing into marine start taking out a key structure (advanced armory) setting up a push on a marine controlled hive.
-Protecting the GL'er while he targeted the hive/structures.
-Retaking a hive after marines have "locked it down" with a phase gate/turret factory/turrets/sieges/obs.
-The gorge rush.
-Relocating to "random" points in levels not always in a hive.
-Re-taking a 3rd hive from the marines and preparing for their counter-attack which decides victory or defeat.
-Welding through a door to take down a hive (was fun for both teams attacking and defending)
I have yet to experience any of my favorite things about NS1 in NS2 and it bothers me. It isn't the same game and I get that, but when I hear NS, I think of the above. I've taken at look at how things are implemented in both games and can't help but feel the new implementation of multiple features may have a "cool factor" about them in NS2, but the impact on game play seems to be a let down imo.
I'll use turrets and sieges as an example. Sure its cool to have a mobile siege turret, but the aliens can see it coming and attack it long before it ever reaches it's destination. You have very little chance of ever sneaking into position like in NS1. As turrets go, again it's cool you can drop and aim and re-position them, but the limited attack radius of them makes them much less cost efficient. My point here I guess is I feel too much emphasis is being put on making things more complicated and cool looking but not enough consideration is on the result of those things.
I'm gonna keep this short and sweet, I just wanted to make my point. I did not make this post to troll or say NS1 was a better game or want to come across as telling UWE what they should do, I just want to get my thoughts out there in case others feel the same way. I want NS2 to succeed like everyone, but the real magic that made me an NS addict just isn't there for me in NS2.