The fatal flaw of NS2: The Community
I want to first say that this is a fairly enjoyable game that I really would like to sink time into learning and playing. Unfortunately, "would" is the key word here, because my experiences in the amount of time I've played have been very offputting. The reason? The playerbase itself, and let me explain.
I bought NS2 around a week ago. I sat for a few hours, half my total playtime, in explore mode, learning the mechanics and maps of the game, which I usually do in most games I play. The other half of playtime, aroud 2 more hours, have been frustating and very hard to enjoy. It's when nearly every match I've joined ends up being a thorough pubstomp on your end, and your teammates just sit and blame the others for the loss everytime. It's when they deliberately insult you for being inexperienced, even when I am shown as a Rookie in a supposedly Rookie-friendly server, when in actuality the only Rookie in these servers is myself. It's when people votekick you out of the Comm position within the first couple of minutes for being a little slow, even though you already said to your team you're a newbie and want to learn. Even worse on that last point, after "Kick this noob out" on a "Rookie-friendly" server, no one actually takes your place, and you sit with no Comm all game long and get spawn-killed and crushed.
Now imagine this on a constant basis, in a game with a very small community and even smaller amounts of servers that both are populated and good on ping, and occasionly throw in a blatant cheater or two with identifiable wallhacks and scripts and whatnot, and you have my experience with Natural Selection 2 in a nutshell. It's really, really disappointing to see this, because there is nothing wrong with the game itself, only the elitists, hackers and generally awful people that inhabit the community. I'm sure not every person is like this, but after of week of this nonsense, they are obviously the vast minority.
And so NS2 just sits in my library, waiting for me to try it again, but it's difficult to convince myself to. I will likely just suffer through the same things over again, get bored and discouraged, and simply quit shortly after. I had to say something about this, because it really is a shame, and I hope someday the community will improve and I can actually enjoy the game, but for now, I have no choice but to shelf it.