CyGames Goes Full-On Retard With Rage Of Bahamut
Posted by Yogizilla on October 1, 2013
It’s time for a classic Yogizilla rant!
The latest update released for the uber popular Rage of Bahamut game on Mobage proves that CyGames has no clue what they are doing.. and they have possibly gone retarded on us (no offense to those that have actual mental challenges and aren’t just plain stupid). For me, a guy that happens to love this game in spite of it’s growing pains, it almost seems like they are purposely trying to chase away gamers and lose money – it’s utter madness!
Rage of Bahamut got a significant update that gave the UI (graphical interface) a face-lift and forced annoying features on us while neglecting game mechanics and glaring issues the community has been very vocal about. On my Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet, I am unable to exit the game easily and the background music comes back no matter how many times I turn it off. The foremost issue would be all right if I were able to jump right into the game any time but, instead, it times out and tells me pages are no available. Enter the force close.
These issues alone have been enough for me to quit other Mobage games but it gets better, I mean, worse. In an effort to monetize further, Cygames introduced a new currency system in Rage of Bahamut. This system is overly-complicated and provides real benefit to the users. The system involves tokens, souls, virtue points, card sacrifices, and some other crap.
Thanks but I’ll pass.
These terribad updates follow a trend that’s been going on for over six months. Cygames has been relentless in hosting back-to-back events with a mere few hours of rest in between. This has left legit players starved for resources, while grinding hard to make trades and finish card builds.
I suppose the idea here is to force players to spend more money to up their chances at virtual prizes but it has only made the black market stronger and has left the rest of us feeling mostly unmotivated. Take Castle Crushers, for example, where now it’s a mere matter of popping tons od HP to spam battle cry early to become invincible. The event rewards are so skimpy that you would be lucky to break even. I do like that CC levels the playing field by randomizing your decks to an extent, which means those focusing on a few awesome cards rather than several solid cards will theoretically be at a disadvantage.. if they don’t have HP to spam.
Holy Wars have been improved a bit and stamina/quest events are still fun but, more and more, this little gem is becoming a grindfest. It feels more like work than fun to me now. As someone with game design and development background, I wonder how sustainable their current model is. I reckon they will soon be pushing neverending ads like Zynga does. I also believe they overestimate how many people actually play the game since most abandon Rage out of frustration or run ten alt accounts or more to even the score. I would venture to say less than half of the millions of Rage players are actually active mains.
OMG.. Rage of Bahamut is turning into Facebook!
To be honest, I am even finding Bad Blood more enjoyable now. Sure, there’s no clan system or built-in community features but the game play is more fun and you’re not forced to pay to win (Fantasica). Bad Blood is a CCG on rails yet you feel more in control there than on Rage of Bahamut lately. Of course, Cygames ignores my friendly suggestions and assessments. I would love for them to hire me to make their game fun and profitable at the same time but they are clearly too stubborn and short-sighted for that.
Wanna see free-to-play deckbuilding games done right? Try out the SolForge open beta on Steam… You’re welcome.
For the next few updates, I hope to see order/clan features improved, not just dressed up, and something done with battle rankings. Perhaps we could see non-intrusive events to buffer these demanding ones. I’m thinking something where resources do not trump skills. I see also see a massive opportunity here for CyGames to support free trade with an auction house. Alas, I think they are blinded by their success and all the dollar signs they see in the air.
Rage of Bahamut has become the Facebook or EA of mobile games.. Corporate greed at it’s best, folks!
I suppose the one thing that keeps the game tolerable outside of playing with friends is the Summertime series. The artwork is tantalizing, fun, and bright.. There’s also T&A, which never hurts. Still, you can tell this is just another attempt to get people to buy stuff.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a good gimmick but the core experience needs some fixing first. Summertime is over and they can only milk this so long. I see Halloween and Christmas cards next.
Back when they used to space events and releases out more, I felt more compelled to spend real money in the game and make trades but the current system essentially renders old carde obsolete quickly. If you want a deal, you gotta go for the older stuff when the bazaar prices inevitably drop down. I remember when I finally got my first Winter Succubus. It was a big deal to me, even if she was not an SSR or Legend evo.
Nowadays, if you want to collect lot a of virtual cards, you are covered, but the skill gap continues to widen. X-Legend was a bit much. I guess it was a move to help those running all Legends but I think Castle Crushers addressed that with the random decks. To me, all these changes really benefit the black market and game modders/exploiters… Ironic.
I will give CyGames and Mobage points for doing the daily random Mobage Coins giveaway. Cyg was also smart with their one year anniversary promotion, giving away a Mega card pack of 30 cards, tons of HP, and other goodies. They just need to give back more to the community. Not all of us can afford to spend hundreds or thousands on this game to get the cards we want. That’s silly!
Again, because of these issues, Scrolls and SolForge are my choice games. Of course, Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! are mainstays.. Shadow Era is still fun in small doses, too! Rage of Bamahut, not so much.
Sorry, CyGames, but you have major issues to deal with.