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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:19PM DarthCheese said

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Too little too late.

RTW actually contacted my clan (on that's been around since early beta) to sum up our major issues with the game.

Most of them were pointed out during the beta, ages ago.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:52PM ultimateq said

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I don't think it's too late at all. The game's been open for 2 weeks now. They have time.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:37PM Dranaerys said

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Until they find some other way to fund their game, some way that doesnt involve me to ahve to play for bloody Game Hours, I wont be touching this game.

I have a feeling they will be pulling a Global Agenda sooner than we think.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:54PM ultimateq said

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You can get unlimited time per monthly basis just like any other mmo. I don't see anything wrong with it. Paying for hours is just an alternative.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 6:04PM Dudgeon said

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How about the lower than most games monthly subscription fee for unlimited time that they have. That was/is a draw for me. Also, they cheap pay buy the hour model when I am busy and don't want to pay monthly fee when I don't plan to play much.

Honestly APB has the best payment options out there other than GW. WTF is wrong with people that it is a bone of contention. Seriously, did they stop teaching math along with grammar in schools now?
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 8:22PM alucard3000 said

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Cheapest that is a joke it is not a mmo it is a shooter with some perks and excellant customization features.If you are comparing its pricing to other mmo's you need to compare what is offered with it too so in actuallity it is not the cheapest.And the cheap pay buy hour lol another joke, somehow go over your 20 hours and want to play a bit more and you have paid $14 a month not $7.
I actually think most of you people who get on mmo sites defending their payment model work for them.
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Posted: Jul 8th 2010 3:47PM Dudgeon said

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Whether you think that the game is worth money is up to you, the price itself compared to the price of other games is what it is. A lower than average monthly fee, OR a pay buy the hour option which is a new thing for western mmos, as far as I am aware of. I could stretch that 20 hours out for weeks myself. This is why it is good for me, why do I want to pay 14.99 or some such amount for a few hours of gaming a month.

It is simple to me. The current lower amount of content is ok for me too, as I only play a few hours a month.

And I work for myself, probably why I don't have a lot of time to play games. Take off the tinfoil.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:53PM ultimateq said

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Just got an email from the APB PTW. Looks like they're making changes to the match making system.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 9:52PM (Unverified) said

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I've just read on VG247 that RTW has actually cut some jobs. What to believe?

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 10:00PM karnisov said

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i actually like the pay by the hour thing, its more flexible than most pricing plans mmos offer. now whether the game is worth paying any kind of sub fee for is another matter.

i think they probably put the ads in game from the start so if they have to drop the sub/hourly fee to get players then the ads will have already been in place and less headache than trying to play catchup.

very few games can get away with charging a full sub now. and i don't think this is one of them.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 10:03PM blix2006 said

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they arent pulling resources because of a successful launch...they are pulling them to try to fix this game before it totally sinks..this did not have a successful launch and anyone believing that excuse is kidding themselves...they KNOW that this game is going to die out shortly after launch.and now they are pulling more sources to try to add content and fix things as fast as possible because they have alot invested here.it would take years to add enough content to make this game worth buying let alone subbing..good luck though

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 11:54PM chum said

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Totally agree. This seems to me to be a last ditch effort to save the game and the subscription model they are banking on. I see very little reason to keep playing and paying unless the content and updates roll out at ludicrous speed. Picked up Global Agenda during the Steam sale and while it's far from perfect itself, it is fun, the devs are actively working on it, and it was well worth the one-time $27 price I paid for it. RTW needs to suck it up and do the same.
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Posted: Jul 8th 2010 12:31AM (Unverified) said

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I for one am glad I didn't buy this game. Such fail.
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Posted: Jul 8th 2010 4:32AM kasapina said

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They did not have a successful launch you say..compared to most mmo launches, this one had almost no lag, crashes, server down for X amount of time, etc. How can it be more successful than that, I ask?

Fail troll is fail troll.
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Posted: Jul 8th 2010 6:10AM (Unverified) said

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no lag, crashes, server down for X amount of time, etc. is the best indicator that less people bought the game than anticipated imo
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Posted: Jul 8th 2010 9:22AM Damn Dirty Ape said

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I don't own the game and really don't know that much about it, but Steam has had it listed as a 'top seller' since release so it may be doing better than people think.

As for me, I can't justify spending 50 bucks + a subscription for APB. I considered it, but I can't logically see why I should buy APB instead of.... say... Bad Company 2 (50 bucks, no sub fee) if I wanted to scratch a 'shooter' itch.

Now I would pay 50 bucks + a sub for a new Planetside in a heartbeat. In fact, Planetside is STILL a ton of fun (just with crappy old graphics) it just doesn't have the population to be what it was.
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Posted: Jul 8th 2010 2:27AM Unverfied B said

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I, for one, prefer the current (cheap!) subscription to having an item mall or whatever other crap they would come up to get money.

That being said, I'm having a lot of fun with the game, more than i had in "real" MMO's for years. Sooner or later it'll start to get boring and they will have to add some new content to keep the players, but i'm giving them a month or two untill they reach that point. (better have the content ready by then RTW!)

Posted: Jul 8th 2010 5:04AM (Unverified) said

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Real mmos are a snoozefest compared to APB. RTW would be stupid not to expand on this jewel. Too late to get cold feet now!

Posted: Jul 8th 2010 8:29AM lizardbones said

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Seems like they skipped the first month or two that most MMOs start with where there's technical glitches, people can't log in, etc.

So all they need to do now is come up with more content. I'd like to see improved game play (head shots and better vehicle control).

But if you compare the APB launch with its mediocre reviews to the launch of most other recent MMOs, yes, it was successful.

Posted: Jul 8th 2010 8:39AM (Unverified) said

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I don't know why there is so much hate for this game. For peat sake people if it isn't your cup of tea, just avoid it and keep your mouth shut! I'm continuing to have a blast in the game and I'm finding it a great value for the money they ask. Currently, there is no other game that does what APB does...Global Agenda is similar but is totally different. I'm finding a lot of people who bash the game do not even state WHY it is "bad" or not to their taste. The only issue that I am aware of is that the game isn't well optimized and requires some tweaking from both RTW and the player, depending on his or her machine.

There are many pro's to this game:
- Instant action
- Non-traditional leveling process
- Highly skill-based compared to other MMO's
- Unbeatable customization
- Lots of weapons and items to keep things interesting
- A social/buy/customize area that is F2P
- High Graphics

For a game that has only been out for such a short amount of time, it can only get better.

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