After coming back from a two week break, I decided to think about what I wanted to achieve in S4. What did I want? There’s obviously the enjoyment you get out of playing a game but that is the primary objective for playing any games for most people. What I’m thinking about are the secondary objectives.
Since I played this game before the infamous Patch 10 came, I have quite a lot of +0 permanents weapons and skills so I never really had any kind of trouble with having too little PEN. Seeing some new players (like my friend) and some of the comments on the forum, I can tell that they are not very satisfied with playing only with rentals. My friend seemed like he was about to cry when I told him that players were able to buy permanent weapons and skills from the PEN shop long long ago. He rarely buys I-Caps or gambles on the Fumbi either due to the lack of PEN (mind you, he still got more permanents from the fumbi than me) or that he was scared that he was going to have too little PEN afterwards.
So, I came up with a couple of reasons why people would play S4. You may even have your own crazy reason completely unknown to me but that’s fine. I can’t cover everything afterall but I’m sure some of the reasons listed below will be one of your reasons.
1. “I wanna be the very best~”
Since this is a PvP game, it’s only natural for you to gain the desire of wanting to crush others. The longer you play the game, your aim will get better, your reflex, your sense of judgement in difficult situations and, most importantly, your knowledge of the game itself. You will find out that weapon X destroys weapon Y but it is weak against weapon Z or (in S4’s case) that weapon W is the most powerful weapon in its category and you would be fool to not have it in a match. Everyday you play, you hone your skills and tactics find out which is the most effective. You yearn for more powerful opponents to be even better and to gain the satisfaction of defeating the enemy you once deemed him/her to be better than yourself. You may have even bought AP to fight on even grounds with the other ‘pro’ players who bought AP or maybe you just want to kill the weaklings with less effort. Your choice.
2. The collector
The amount of different weapons and clothes in this game is huge. And wouldn’t it be nice to see all of them in your inventory? Being able to truly customise your character to look how YOU want him/her to look can be surprisingly fun for you, especially since you use that character of yours to meet other players.
But of course, it isn’t a simple task. Getting even one item in the right colour permanent is difficult since S4 has turned into a massive casino. Still, you gamble away your PEN and/or AP in the hopes of getting what you want eventually. And when you get what you wanted, you show it off in front of everyone for them to see.
3. The ‘troller’
You are sick and tired of all the bitching in S4. Everywhere you go, whichever room you enter, all you can see are complaints and QQs from other people saying lame excuses like “spam”, “zzz, I’m not even trying” and “fake pro”. Now, it’s their turn to feel miserable as you troll the living crap out of them with whatever they hate the most. You have grown to enjoy the ‘delicious tears’ created by yourself and you just want to annoy people as much as possible. Who cares if you get banned when you can make a new account in couple of minutes?
But then, maybe you should look at yourself and ask: ‘Am I really enjoying this?’ Do you really enjoy making other people suffer mentally or making kids cry? But hey: who cares?
4. Social call
You probably don’t play the game as often as you used to but the wonderful people you have met in the game (trust me, they exist) just pulls you back into the game. In the end, this IS an online game and what would an online game be like without players interacting with each other? You probably would have quit the game completely a long time ago if it weren’t for them. Playing with friends is a lot more enjoyable than playing with people who can only type ‘noop’ and you can chill out, type all you want and laugh off everything at the end.
5. Pure F
All of the above things really don’t matter to you much. You just play the game purely because you like the gameplay. Even after going through dozens wonderful/horrible patches, this is still the same game you found long long ago. It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. You’ll just suck it up like a man (girls can still do this). It doesn’t matter if there is a hacker in your room. You’ll just live that one and try again. Collecting EXP and PEN has absolutely no meaning to you since neither of them affects your gameplay directly. If you run out of PEN, you could just make a new account. Maybe you are known, maybe you are not but in short, you don’t really have a secondary objective.
How many of these (made-in-3 minutes) categories apply to you? Or maybe, you just have your own reason to play S4. Share, discuss, talk. That’s all I really want from writing this.