Hello, some of you may remember me, some may not, and that’s okay, because it’s not what matters here. I haven’t been very active in this game much in the past year or so, but whenever I do come back to visit or give it a shot again, there’s a recurring issue I’ve noticed that not much people seem to talk about.
No, it’s not events. I’m not saying those aren’t an issue, but I see lots of discussions about those and I won’t be the umpteenth person to do so.
This is what I would like to call “The Stun Problem”, because the biggest example of it has to do with the stun mechanic. Ahhh, stuns. With the introduction of pets, stun was quickly shown to be the most overpowered ability in the game. Almost nothing was immune to it, and as long as you had a good pet or group of knights, you could zerg down any boss without them even being able to blink. This was noticed as an issue though, and now more often than not you find things that are stun immune.
But this doesn’t really solve the problem, does it? In fact, I’d like to think that it causes even more. With the introduction of almost every new boss being stun immune or old bosses being made stun immune, the ability is practically useless now at most parts of the game. It’s just a statstick for defense and some damage upon use. However, for the other fields of the game where things aren’t stun immune, it’s still overpowered.
Essentially, the issue is that shields are useless for half of the game, and overpowered for the other half. Now do you see why I consider this to be a problem?
It’s not just with stuns either. The same could be said for other debuffs such as Paralyze and Slows. The fact that the solution to an overpowered mechanic is to simply make it useless for new and old content, while keeping it overpowered for the parts that haven’t been changed, is not a healthy way to approach balance issues in my opinion.
Now, I’d love to give my thoughts on what the balanced mechanic should be, but I don’t think that needs to be in this post. I am not a game developer, I am in no ways qualified to give a proper solution, I haven’t even been prominent in this game anymore, but I still feel like this is a problem worth talking about.
I don’t believe there are other posts that address this kind of issue, but if there are, I apologize for the redundant repost. If you believe I am wrong, then feel free to convince me otherwise. I’d like to see some constructive replies if possible. I’ll do my best to offer additional feedback and clarification afterwards!