I am beginning to experience why console players can become frustrated, even if that frustration becomes unhinged and is released as a personal attack.
I bought this game launch day and played it on console for months until I was finally able to buy a GTX 1080 for my rig. When I switched to PC, the game looked great and felt better to play, for the most part. Sponging and questionable shot registration was still a thing but it didn’t happen nearly as often as it did when I was playing on console.
Sunday I downloaded the game and switched back to console for the first time in probably seven or eight months for reasons undisclosed. I have to say, after only playing about fifteen or so games, I can see why console players can be disgruntled about crossplay.
I’m all for an even playing field, but it is quite obvious that playing this game on console is not the definitive experience. With an extremely low ping of ~5-14, I’m able to play a lot more aggressively than I can on console where my ping is higher but consistently floating in the mid to low 30’s.
Playing against other console players at this ping level makes kill trades a common occurrence. More common than they need to be. I’m certain it’s because of the allotted time window for a trade to occur, which I still think is very high, if it needs to exist at all. This simply does not happen as often on PC. Against PC players, I’m lucky to see my shot fire off on screen before it simply doesn’t register and the PC opponent runs off unscathed.
I don’t know where the discrepancy is, but I know that I cannot continue to play this game on console with such a mediocre network infrastructure.
What’s worse, my game crashes more often than it used to on PC, when it really shouldn’t crash at all. It crashes my computer so hard that the only way to bring myself back online is to force shutdown my PC using the power button and turning it back on. It doesn’t take a computer engineer to figure out that this is not good for the PC in the long run. Not to boast, but I have a pretty robust setup, and I refuse to let the issues of one rather unsatisfying game and the experience it brings be the cause of an eventual system wipe, or worse.
I implore the powers that be at The Coalition to please make Gears 5 a much more stable and consistent experience across both platforms.
Feel free to discuss and comment. I really needed to get this off my chest.