I played AOE2 for long time, and I kind of became addicted to the game back in the days. This includes playing, studying and following tournments. And obviously I was super excited for the release of DE. But after playing for quite some time the ranked matches, I was noticing that I was no longer enjoying the game as much as before. And the reason became clear recently.
I was not having fun playing maps like hill fort, bog islands and mega random, even if I was having victories. I was only enjoying playing/watching arabia and arabia-type maps, like serengeti. At first I thought it was only my taste and that it was not a general community opnion.
But after watching some streams from other players, I was noticing that they were doing something that never thought about. When the ranked pool drafted one of thouse “bad” maps that I have mencioned, they instantly alt+F4 the game, so that they do not have to play them.
I after that, I started doing that as well 11, like a protest for having these type of maps. (Edit: this is a somehow polemic point, so to make it more clear I will repeat something that I’ve said in the replied: “And the alt f4 option I dont think is a sign of immaturity, but more a sign of dissatisfaction, cause many players are doing it and they are not happy doing it, they are not trying to take advantage of anything, they just want to have a good time, I don’t blame them.” And also this statement: “About the alt + F4, I agree is not health for the game, but if even the most respected aoe players are using this resource, maybe something is wrong with the game, not with the players.”)
So, the point I am trying to make is, AOE is being played for more than 20 years, and althought it is only one game, there are hundreds of “games” inside this single game. Each map is, in my opinion, one type of game and you have a different experience in each of thouse maps. But the game that really have survived all thouse years is ARABIA.
If you have played a lot of AOE, you probably have notice ocassionally there are some “boring” games, and when this happens is because of two reasons: the game is too messy or the game is stuck in a never ending battle, some people call it stale-mated game.
But I’ve never see this happens in Arabia. Other maps are or too messy or too stale-mated, but Arabia has the perfect balance that makes the game enjoable and interesting everytime.
I know is interresing for publicity to sell a game that has loads of map types and you can play in either land or islands. But in practice, when you play in a multiplayers level, you actually do not have that much fun with all this complexity.
Players want a game that they know what is going on and at the same time there is room for creative strategy and styles. And Arabia suits this very well, Arabia is the core that makes Age of Empires 2 a fun multiplayer game, And from the people that I have talked with, this is the general community opnion, but I will post it here, so I know the others opinion…
I wouldn’t mind if the ranked queue was only Arabia, in fact, I would be very prouded 11. (Edit: guys, although I would not mind, I don’t think that’s the best solution 11, some people are getting me wrong. But maybe the simplest way to make it workout for everybody is to give unlimited bans option).
Hope I can get some feedback from you guys and that this get to the devs.