First off, I have to say the performance gains have been quite high on my end. Went on the London 1 server, and even in highly built up areas I’m getting between 30-40 FPS. This is in contrast to the 15-20 FPS I was getting before. The new weather system is beautiful, really adds to the atmospherics.
I’d been worried that the introduction of HQM only being available from quarries would stifle solo play, but nothing of the sort happened. All you need to do is find an abandoned quarry that spits them out and use it. Had to dispatch a few investigative people who were drawn by the noise of it with my revolver (thankfully can still build that with the old frags) but no big deal. Took over an old raided base and was pretty much set up with armour and a tommy gun within an hour. Not too long after that I had an AK. I expected there to have been a BP wipe with all the new content, but it seems there wasn’t so I still had lots of cool stuff on that server.
The PvP seems a lot crisper, far less bullet spam lag. The new armours (wood, bone etc) are great, especially glad they are a default BP too. Certainly evens out the starting game a bit more.
I know it’s an official server, and caveat emptor, but it seems like the presence of cheaters is being felt a lot more. Chat was constantly filled with people decrying boxes being looted through walls, and it of course happened to me. I had a few suspect shots at me that could have been aimbotters too, but I can’t really be sure about that so I’ll let it slide. Point is: I’ve always played on official servers, probably for over 95% of my time playing Rust. I can deal with aimbotters etc (I’ve seen some of the AA youtube videos - you know who I’m talking about - and while they are a bitch you can still kill them) but the box looting thing is too much even for me. Which is a shame, because the game plays and looks the best I’ve ever seen it.
Oh, another new thing I love, the alt freelook - I’ve often said to the mrs Rust would be great for a system like the Occulus Rift because then I could run in one direction and swing my head around to check everything while running. Well the new freelook system lets me do exactly that, without any clunky VR headset. Inspired choice.
But yes…when I had my meltdown last week and bumped umpteen threads about the state of the linux build (and to everyone who said to me “Just take a break from the game” after I’d already taken a 3 week forced break - fuck you, seriously fuck you) I didn’t realise the state of cheating was so bad currently. This makes it really quite easy to walk away from the game for now. If this game had no issues with cheaters, it would be undoubtably, for me, the best game there is out there. As it is, it’s like a beautiful chick riddled with AIDS. I chose AIDS instead of something like thrush because I’m not sure exactly how it can be cured, without everything being checked serverside. I know Ark does this…but the PvP on Ark is nowhere near as crisp as it is with Rust. Hopefully there will be some medical breakthrough to cure this.
So I’ll continue to check whether Rust has magically started to work again on Linux, and when/if it does, I’ll give it another shot. Other than that, sad to say, it just isn’t worth booting into windows for currently. Perhaps to play Battle Royale, but that’s it. Anything involving progression is horribly horribly broken currently.
Good luck and godspeed to the dev team, I really hope there is some solution out there for you that doesn’t involve letting hackers play for even a day before they are banned. I’ve seen those AA videos…it takes one asshole a sum total of half an hour to wreck everything for everyone on the server. It makes the game unplayable.