Proposed Problem: Groundside communications is a feature where Marines must repair a comms tower on the ground/operations zone in order to be able to use their comms.
The issue thus is this feature is an extreme penalty towards the Marines, and is difficult to work around. The problems are as follows.
- The towers are usually located in isolated or far away zones, long past the reach of any FOB and usually very far out of the way of regular Marine travel paths.
- Defending comms is an extremely unattractive job that demands the attention of multiple people, requiring them to defend a location for over an hour, even up to three, just to maintain a basic necessity. Thus its difficult to get people to do this defensive job.
- Its extreme isolations makes it very easy for Xenos to cut comms. A token or non-exsistant defence means a modest force of xenos can overrun and destroy the comms, derailing the Marines and causing a major setback.
Furthermore, all of these issues are massivly exacerbated as the server population decreases. On low pop the Marines simply do not have the man power to repair and fortify comms when their Marine force of <40 people is also split between the other realities of the game.
It becomes unfortunately common that Marines are forced to make do without ground comms, which further penalizes the Marines.
Frankly, I think its a terrible feature.
Proposed Solution: Either remove the Marine requirement to need ground side comms, or make the comms tower spawn INSIDE the primary landing zone, so its loss will only occur when the Marines are being overrun.
I WOULD ARGUE: That making the comms spawn inside the FOB would make balance out the feature to be comparable to the Xenos. Xenos lose comms when the Queen dies, which usually occurs when the Xenos are losing or are careless. As such the Marines losing comms should only occur either when they are losing or are careless.
I have talked with countless people and I have yet to see anyone express anything but opposition to this feature, I think I can genuinely claim the feature is simply disliked by a absolute majority of the playerbase, and I don’t see a reason why its a needed feature. I feel its removal would be a net positive for the game.
I may also be influenced by me playing low pop a lot and thus feeling the negative brunt of this feature.