Infinite Crisis Got an Overhaul

I’ve been keeping watch on Turbine, Inc. ever since they announced that they would be teaming up with WB to bring us a superhero-themed MOBA.  When I discovered that Infinite Crisis would be a reality, I signed up for the closed beta and sure enough, I was sent an access key the second week they went public with the closed beta (I refer to us players by week, thus I am a Second Wave-er).

Earlier this summer, they announced that they would cease producing more content until this month’s update, a wait of roughly three months.  Understandably, it put off a lot of players, common and professional alike (as I mentioned in my first post).  As of last week, the September update has gone live and the overhaul the game has received has been well worth the wait.  Not only has Turbine improved the game optimization for lower-spec computers (including a graphic update), but they’ve also vastly improved the game’s tutorial and given players a great incentive to play through the tutorial in its entirety.  The basic tutorial is divided into three parts, along with the addition of a new 1v1 practice map (Crime Alley, where Batman’s parents were gunned down by Joe Chill) and co-op games versus bots on Gotham Heights (League of Legends‘ counterpart for the Dominion game mode) and Gotham Divided (the classic three-lane map, but horizontally oriented instead of diagonally).  Finishing the entire tutorial, along with playing every co-op map once will let new players unlock six champions for free.  In my opinion, that’s a better deal than just throwing you into the game until you can permanently unlock one’s first champion with in-game currency (ring a bell, League players?).

I still have some issues with balancing (I don’t care what anyone says, Atomic Poison Ivy is vastly overpowered), but otherwise, the game has come a long way since closed beta, especially since this update came with two new champions from alternate universes, Nightmare Robin (Assassin) and Atomic Joker (Marksman).  The game plays similar to League of Legends, but this is with heroes and villains from DC Comics.  Sign up and play for free with my referral and feel free to add me as a friend in-game.

Most Popular Game…At What Cost?

League of Legends is arguably the most popular online game in the world, and a lot of you would be right about that.  A DotA-like strategy game that’s been made as simple as possible would be something that people everywhere would love.  Every game, though, has its share of problems.

Most recently, I got hit with a Leaver status after they apparently decided to run live maintenance while tens hundreds of thousands of players are in live matches.  This morning at approximately 10:05 and 11:05 AM, respectively, their very poorly timed live maintenance dropped me from both matches that I was in at both times of the day.  I got disconnected entirely from the match, as the dreaded “Attempting to Reconnect” window lingered on my screen.  At the time, I thought it was my wi-fi connection, so I manually reset my connection to the network.  Both times, I tried returning to the match and both times, I got informed that the match was over.  What was even worse was that the second time, I manually pressed “Reconnect to chat” on the main lobby window only to fail to reconnect again and again and again.

And then it kicked me out the client entirely.

I understand that sometimes Riot Games and other developers of MMOs need to run maintenance on the servers, but at least for Riot, they ought to have regularly scheduled downtime on their servers for that instead of leaving their Leaver Buster system in place while they screw a lot of players over for interrupted service.  It would annoy a lot of players but at least nobody would suffer in a similar manner that I did by getting kicked off of a match!  I already responded with a support ticket explaining the situation and how their live maintenance was the cause of my supposed “leaving,” but I’m not really expecting much to come from this.  I’ve been annoyed with them before, but this is inexcusable.  I’ve almost had it with the Rioters and unless I get my Leaver status removed, I will be utterly dissatisfied with their “service” and will begin leaving bad rating across the sites I review on (Metacritic and MMORPG, to name a couple).  You done goofed, Riot, and you goofed really bad.