I think you can take the same exact concepts of events and RS and apply them to offline play vs. the CPU. Each new season or event would be added through updates and you would play against CPU teams built to meet those specific requirements and you would have a reward ladder to work through. Heck, you could even make each reward ladder a combination of online and offline achievements such as wins, stats, etc. I think adding these modes would add a ton of lasting gameplay and let those who are tired of online play step away from it without missing out on anything. It also would let you play online occasionally if you felt like it too. I think this setup would please the majority of players and reduce the amounts of complaints about the game.
When being late slightly jammed is more productive than being perfect perfect or good good, there is something terribly wrong. I also have noticed that when you play a team of all silvers that perfect perfect and good good are never hits. Meanwhile the silver team's continually bad input is rewarded with several early ok and late slightly jammed hits. I think that at this point the worse team you have and the worse you play, the better you'll do, because they've programmed it to favor "new" players.
Wins do not equal enjoyment. I guess the instant gratification society does not understand that. I'd rather enjoy a game and lose than play somebody that is either trying to cheese or pretty much boost prestige player stats. I enjoy real competition -- I guess I'm in the minority there.
I personally think if you dashboard quit you should be banned from all online play for 2 days. That'll stop rage quit dashboarding real quick. No penalty needed for properly done pause menu quits.
Tonight in particular the game seemed very glitchy. I had a guy dashboard on me and it went to the queue so I won't get the win or those stats. Extremely laggy. Frame rates dropping. Pitches having a mind of their own going nowhere near where they are aimed with 99 rated pitchers. Fielders running away from the ball when trying to run towards it. Swing timing way off for both me and my opponents. Fielders running through balls. Just horrendous. Total dumpster fire. I still win a good amount of online games, but this is terrible. SDS has really dropped the ball with online play this year. It's no fun because this stuff happens so often. It's almost unplayable right now.
With no money spent and without wasting time flipping or investing, I was able to get 99 Trout within minutes. I started with a bankroll of 420k stubs before the collection reward was released. I needed to buy 3 prospect cards, 2 postseason cards, and 1 award card to get 99 Trout. I now have over 620k stubs. I also have every single inning boss from this year. I share this only because so many people spend so much time flipping and investing. I did that last year and it was miserable. So, I decided I wouldn't do that at all this year. While I don't have many headliners, BR rewards, WS rewards, or TA2 or TA3 cards (I will not buy these -- I like earning them and don't do exchanges except for the non-sellable cards from the team specific TA packs. Plus this gives me something to continue working towards throughout the year and a sense of accomplishment when I unlock the reward cards and move up TA levels. Plus it gives me a reason to use different cards from each team) I do have a complete live Series collection and Trout collection with many other fun cards too. Needless to say, I'm very happy and content with my card collecting strategy this year. And if they release another collection later, I'll still be in great shape.
Just played a guy with WS banner, Prestige Level 49 who just played the most desperate way possible -- all lefty pitchers, quick pitching, slide stepping, running at every opportunity -- all for an event win. Of course he won thanks to a pitch aimed out of the zone with perfect release to Reggie that magically gravitated dead center and me not getting rewarded on anything despite the ball being right in the middle of the PCI (including Ellsbury with the bases loaded)... but, seriously dude, you needed to win that bad? Obviously he's a guy who can't handle losing at all by the way he plays. So sweaty. And he still needed SDS magic to win. Was it worth all the effort? I just don't see how playing like that is enjoyable at all. If you need to win an event game that bad, may the lord have mercy on your soul, because you must be one pent up and frustrated individual. I'm fine. I'll probably win my next game and my blood pressure didn't raise like yours did from pure desperation.
80% of games I played today in BR, RS, and Event have been on the road and in the rain. It is pathetic that people do this to intentionally cause lag because they know that's the only way they might win. I can't believe that SDS knows this and yet still allows it during online play. It totally ruins the spirit of the game. The number of players doing this also reveals that most of people that play this game online look for every cheat and exploit possible. I'm glad that I win more than I lose and NEVER resort to these tactics. I win with dignity -- a concept totally lost on most people who play online. Try it -- it feels better winning knowing you didn't try cheating the game.
No one likes arrogant internet pricks who think they're cool and like to be forum bullies either...
Just had 2 consecutive routine inning ending double play grounders directly at gold fielding infielders and both were booted leading to 3 runs. Also had a lightly hit chopper that went right through my first baseman who made no attempt to field it to start the same inning. I understand errors happen, but it seems to me that stuff like this comes in bunches way too often. Combine that with the awful pitching that makes perfect release irrelevant and it's easy to understand why people hate this game. Offline play is quirky at times too, but nowhere near as bad as online. I still manage to win 60-65% of my games online, but it's not very enjoyable. Especially when you play try hards and cheesers all the time. It's rare to actually have an enjoyable online experience with all this garbage. I only play online so I can get the reward cards. I get them every single time, but right now, I can't wait to get 1 more win for Bohm and then go offline to actually enjoy playing for awhile.
Also only use buy and sell orders. Never use buy now or sell now options.
I completed live series a couple months ago by selling my duplicates and saving up for expensive diamonds if I didn't get lucky enough to pack them. The game gives out tons of packs. I've probably opened thousands of free packs this year through just playing the game. I probably opened 50+ today alone from various rewards. I don't buy any packs with my stubs. I did pull Belli twice in 3 days when I needed him as 1 of about 4 or 5 players left as I was closing in on completing the collection. I remember pulling Sale and Lindor early on which helped when they were fairly expensive. I've pulled a good amount of diamonds but nothing I would consider crazy luck other than 2 Bellis in 3 days. I've opened up a ton of packs and the ratio seems about right. I completed teams one at a time and divisions one at a time for the most part so I could receive the stub rewards quicker and help offset the market cost of the next team. You don't have to rush through anything -- I just kept my process efficient by sequencing my collection rewards properly.
And Rivera hadn't given up a run in about 20 online innings to that point. I don't think any pitchers are reliable online. The outcomes are totally random. And who made you king of the forum, Mr. Perfect? Get off your high horse kid.
It's not about one game genius
The only way I might be able to enjoy online play at all anymore is to go in with the mindset of only caring about racking up innings and stats. I cannot begin to think about wins or losses or expecting even a decent representation of the game of baseball. The way they have programmed this year's game is atrocious. It basically just generates totally random outcomes for hitting, pitching, and fielding no matter what you do and the game usually feels like the outcome is predetermined.
Where I go wrong is expecting baseball outcomes to happen in this baseball game and when they don't happen, I get extremely frustrated. Events are better than RS, but no online play mode shines. The play on All-Star online is the worst offender by far of totally random happenings. Unfortunately, the majority of online play you are stuck playing on All-Star.
I believe you can make a great baseball simulation even with a card collecting mode featuring players from different eras. SDS has not accomplished this at all with online DD play. While the amount of content and quality of it has been great, they have totally failed with how the game performs online. The worst part is that they force online play on you to prestige players, earn program stars from daily challenges, and earn unique rewards. If online wasn't required for all this, I'd rarely play online due to the state of online play. I only try to stomach online play to get rewards. However, I'd be much happier if online play was just an option, and you could do everything else vs. CPU. If this was the case, I'd immediately stop playing online to not have to deal with it's bugs and total inconsistency.
This happened to me and I emailed SDS today with proof of it happening and 2 HRs I hit with Ortiz online yesterday. I had about 15 XB hits with Ortiz and it was reset to zero at some point. They responded to me within a couple hours. They couldn't fix the lost stats, but they were able to make it track properly again. They also dropped a bunch of packs in my inventory for the inconvenience. Things happen. I appreciated the timely response and thought they handled it the best they could. I also wrote a nice email, didn't demand anything, and just politely asked them to look into it. If you do those things, chances are most companies will respond positively to you. If you make rash accusations, complain, and make ridiculous demands, no one will take you seriously anywhere. People complain about SDS customer service all the time, but I found my experience to be excellent. Of course, I also approached the situation like an adult and not an unruly child like others have, which probably helped my cause.
Ok you all can keep riding on your high horses -- I don't need help and really appreciate all the insults from our finest and classiest members on here. Keep inflating your own egos.
I am fine with losing unlike so many on here that do anything to try to win -- including using exploits and glitches -- so don't tell me I can't accept losses.
I don't think it's ridiculous to question how perfect pitching input results in every pitch missing the strike zone only against these players with ridiculous errors happening immediately after against these guys when it rarely happens versus others. And I never said they weren't good at the game... but apparently I've offended so many people by making an observation. Sheesh.