So borrowed the game from a friend and played two missions of the story campaign.
I am confused. Am i playing with other online players, or are these just bots? Because when i see my team's names, they are 'normal' game character names, not of other online players (usually having weird names).
I choose my Rank as 'equal' and Difficulty as 'normal'. But i don't think i am connecting to actual players. What gives?
Also, Freeplay is like setting up custom online matches correct? I cannot join an online game?
And Challenges is just solo maps to unlock better weapons and abilities. Right?
_decitron Posted 6/18/2011 12:57:05 AM
The game fills empty spots with bots until real players come in, but the matchmaking is too restrictive so most games never get full of humans
Super-Pangolin Posted 6/18/2011 2:46:35 PM
^ Correction: hardly get full.
Anyway, Campaign just plays out the missions in chronological order. Freeplay just plays the maps in any order, determined by player votes.
Private play means that only you are playing and anybody you personally invite, but you can also select to allow friends to join.
Public play means that anybody can play, and people will come and go as the matchmaking connects them and they leave. Setting "Visibility" to "Everyone" also has this effect.
Real players are the ones that have a bar next to their name on the scoreboard. If the bar is bright green that means they don't have a high ping... ie, they won't be lagging. If it's dull green then they'll be experiencing noticeable lag, if it's dull yellow they'll be experiencing heavy lag, and if it's red then they're probably experiencing severe lag and may get disconnected (living in NZ with a lot of US friends, I've had all).
The matchmaking tends to be quite harsh, I personally never seem to get connected to anybody who will give me less than a 95% full bar. If there are no humans just wait it out, some may appear a match or two in... but you'll have better luck with friends, or adding friends in-game or on forums/boards like these. --- "ur beastly" kamikaze_01 IDs: Super-Pangolin / Dedashi / Ghost-Pangolin