If you're having trouble connecting to others or having lag issues, try some of the following solutions;1) Open ports
Try to open the following ports in your router:
500052) Are you on a wireless net?
Try cable, FORCED (still) isn't very fond of wireless :(3) Use Hamachi
Go to hamachi.en.softonic.com
Everyone needs to connect via the same network, so either all get Hamachi and set it as top priority, alternatively the one who uses Hamachi must put the Ethernet above Hamachi.
Note that using hamachi is for ESTABLISHING a connection if nothing else works, as it might introduce more lag if you can already connect and start using it.4) Use Tunngle
Go to tunngle.net
and download Tunggle.
After installing Tunngle, login (You find the login form at the bottom left corner). When you have logged in successfully you and your friends can join each others game if you are in the same "room".5) Match download regions
Go to Steam -> Settings then the Downloads tab. Change your region to match whoever you are trying to connect too.6) Known spyware that interferes with FORCED:
Some users have found that the program "Pando Media Booster" causes network issues for them when playing FORCED.
Look for "PMB.exe" in your processes, and if you find it, kill it (and my personal recommendation is to uninstall it as well)
There might be other programs that interfere, we would like to know if you find any clues!
Thanks to user alclarity for helping with this; http://steamcommunity.com/app/249990/discussions/0/792924952834113373/7) Have host play on Fast settings
We've had reports that having the host play on Fast helps relieve the lag on clients, because if the hosts runs at below 60 FPS it can create problems in the information flow.8) If your connection lamp is green, host games instead of joining
If you've improved connectivity it's most likely it has helped people connect to you. For you to connect to them they need to improve their connectivity.
That's why, if you've opened ports and tried other things, hosting is more likely to succeed.
Also, if you are looking to play with random people, chances are you're more likely to find them if you host, because you won't run into people waiting for friends.9) Help us help you!
Try to ping this address; 126.96.36.199
-Open command window by writing cmd in your windows search field and pressing enter
-Write "ping 188.8.131.52
-The results should be a number of responses from the server, preferably with 0% loss and ~100 ms round time.
Please send these results to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with an exact description of your issue, your system specs, the locations of people involved and what your attempted solutions yielded.
Try also to write /ping in the game and see if the ping spikes during play or if it stays stable. We would very much like to know how it varies.