Best way to learn?
Hi, i'm new at the game (20 ish hours) and I'm finding I am not improving much at this stage in comparison to the first hours, of course, it is about learning what everything does (very confusing and embarrassing, getting told off so much!) I went to the official webstie but the forum looks dead and they only have a few videos. I watched them all but it was a bit lacking. I would like some more tactics tutorials now that I know how the classes generally work, I'm allways told off about where I'm located, so I need to know where to be?
Ideally I want to find a mentor to play with in game, I think playing with bots and running around in the map on empty servers is very boring (yet I still need to learn the maps).
On the topic of retaining new players, I think making a "go to" rookie server for each continent that only plays ONE MAP might help, learning the maps has been the hardest part for me so far, a new one is played before I learn even one. The "not dying" is musch easier to learn, I just don't rush into battle, I learned that at 5hours in (thoug hsometimes i'm criticesd for being too cautious and scared of "ONE MARINE", i disagree, they will kill me.). Anyway, having one map on rookie default server, would also deter pro players from going on rookie servers, as they would get bored, hopefully. Rookies like me are just constatnly overwhelmed by all the structures, the weird hud, weird terminology and the people shouting at us to understand the map. A nice picture with all the structure models and what they do could speed up learning them too, I still don't know what all the plantlike things in hive is, but my priority is really learning to bite. It's HARD. I will try lowering my mouse speed. I never had a better aim rate than 80% on any shooter, so liekly I can never get good with a mouse anyway.
Another suggestion for player retention: better tutorials and better practice maps. I'd like a "learn the map" tutorial game, it could be a simple "go to x, do y" mini game. Having to shoot and chase harmless targets around or something. Or even a Skulk race. Target practice as skulks learning to bite marines would be useful. I had to learn this by running at them in the commander selection time, as the graphics still show you, but a target practice mode would be handy. Throw achievements in the mix and suddenly learning might be fun...
Belly slide race... simple little mini games.
My last suggestion for rookies is reverse handicap... Make them stronger. A tiny bit more health, or a little magnetism on the bite would go a long way, it could dissipate over time as their hit ratio goes up, and it must be very clearly pointed out that it exists. I tried to get 7 friends with me on this game when I started, they play fighters, shooters, dota, but NS2 was too frustrating/steep for them to have bothered joining me since :__:
I stick around because I just want to be an alien.