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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 9:50PM (Unverified) said

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Sounded good until they took away three item slots.

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 10:05PM (Unverified) said

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The increased stats on the new gear and the increased power you get from the specializations more than makes up for the loss of those 3 slots. It's a good thing because it means less gear for you to grind.
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Posted: Mar 13th 2012 10:38PM Figure said

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Part of the reason why I think removing the 3 slots of additional secondaries was the item scaling issues they were encountering. When they added the difficulty slider, content took arbitrarily longer to complete, but the rewards were immense. They can't exactly stuff that back into Pandora's box, but they can use this opportunity to slice a little bit off the power creep of Difficulty Slider adjusted items. However, this specialization stuff seems like it will increase power creep to an extent and try to make it so that freeforms cannot dominate at every task simultaneously and that there will be a difference between the freeform who specced and geared and skilled specifically to be uber at everything and the tanking archetypes they release.

Posted: Mar 13th 2012 11:42PM gandales said

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Specialization and stat changes will give more styles of customization especially for Freeform. For ATs they will have another thing to customize

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 12:04AM Yellowdancer said

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I don't understand adding specializations to a game where you can solo every mob and dungeon. This puzzles me.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 11:20AM gandales said

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Hopefully, the new stats bonuses depending on role will avoid high damage tanks which are the ones soloing those dungeons. Besides, general mobs are going to get buff so Cryptic has a nice chance to make right some wrongs.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 1:55AM ComputermasterDMC said

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This looks EXACTLY like RIFT's Soul System.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:43AM pcgneurotic said

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...and all the other 20 billion games that have talent trees and assignable skill points. Which is no bad thing.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:41AM pcgneurotic said

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I can't wait for Patrick to get his teeth into this juicy steak!

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 3:28AM (Unverified) said

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@pcgneurotic We're what a month out since the last Behind the mask, you sure that's going to happen?
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 5:18AM pcgneurotic said

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Heh, I do hope so. Maybe he's on holiday, or went off to shoot guns somewhere or practise killing people with paper-clips and bananas? :D
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 2:29PM TacoBrain said

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@pcgneurotic Nah he is writing the League of Legends column now. But Massively doesn't care about Behind the mask (till now at least) as it hasn't even done something like the Guild Wars1/2 Column.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:35AM Zuljundwumn said

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I would have been psyched about this a year ago, but today...
maybe if they stop revemping the SAME low levels zones again and again to attract new customers who becomes bored within a week because there's bo endgame, or If they include meaningfull content, then maybe... MAYBe, i'll be interested in this new system.
right now it's just giving a baseball bat to a kid but no ball.

and I now alerts are coming, but i'm waiting to see the final product. King of the hill was so successful that no one even step a foot over there anymore.
I logged in last night, to see only around two hundred people logged on. I wonder how they still manage to find money.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 9:45AM Chiren said

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My impression is that everything "new" added to CO costs additional Cryptic or Atari points to buy. So what is the cost of these new features? This just seems to be the latest "monetization scheme" they have cooked up.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 10:59AM Stormwalker said

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@Chiren The specialization feature is free for everyone.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 10:53AM sorbon said

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They really ought to have just called this "ancillary power pools," that would have gotten the message across much more succinctly. Seriously, this whole "city of heroes is still stomping us, so let's just add their features over here" bit is getting old.

Posted: Mar 14th 2012 11:00AM Stormwalker said

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@sorbon Um, this thing is nothing like CoH's APPs.
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Posted: Mar 14th 2012 11:22AM gandales said

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@sorbon

The specialization is more in the line of talent trees from wow and so many other fantasy mmos.
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