I'd like to jump in on what Orisolve said. +1 btw
Coco992 said it best, "I do love IW, I just felt IW didn't love me anymore."
I feel the same way.
Those that know me, know that in february this year I came out of nowhere and immediately bombed the forum with extreme optimism, walls of text about how to improve the Quality of communication and suggestions on improving the game. I have been working on a huge rift run Tier list and been actively supporting and helping with different projects simultaneously.
Later on I have, alongside Largenuggets, been starting to stream the game on twitch to entertain some IW fans and myself, but also been trying to advertise the game to the public, so random People that joined the stream, saw how much fun it can be (if I wasn't salty at that time), even doing a 24-hour stream.
Not only did I get little to no support from the devs/cm in all my projects, nor did any of them actually listen to suggestions made. Idc if my suggestions sucked and couldn't be implemented, but post-Launch the devs/cm just have completely abandoned their playerbase. Ofcourse this may happen, but the way it happened and how they still tried to "sell" us their dlcs amongst other puffy with false dlc promises (talking about the xp/ip boosting typo) and not having the Courage to apologize publicly without having us push and beg for an apology, just showed me how horrible they have been in communication.
That accompanied by a CM who has completely lost his mind and insulted vets (although I think he apologized) and even told some players to go play a different game, was just too much.
They didn't only puffy up once or twice. I don't have enough fingers to count their major puffyups along the way, excluding all the minor puffyups.
I have gone from sunshine, rainbows and unicorns to eternal saltmine digging.
Golden Rule: Treat someone the way you want to be treated back. (if they hadn't abandoned us, then maybe we wouldn't abandon them now)
The people leaving the poor reviews are either truthful new players, or players who have once loved the game but have been disrespected by the actions of its developers and feel they are providing a service to society by preventing new players from investing emotionally or even financially into a game that will break their heart. You can't simply ask these players or non-players to just leave and shut up, they are doing something they believe is morally right.
This is a very truthful Statement.
I have convinced a friend to buy the martyr dlc a while back and even kept trying to get my other friends to try the campaign and tell them how IW is finally getting puffy done after all that time.
That was before they puffyed up.
Now I am sincerely telling all my friends to not try this game. I also want to write my review on steam finally and it's gonna be a very negative one, but I havn't found the time to do so yet. This is not me trying to get the game back on track, I feel that ship sailed off a long time ago (a few weeks after relaunch).
This is my trying to warn people to save their money and time when playing the game.
I have done that too with World of Warcraft a few months after played Warlords of Draenor, cause that Expansion was extremely horrible and very harmful to the social aspects of the game.
Now with WoW Legion I actively recommend the game to friends again, as they have fixed a lot of bad stuff and made it great again.
You players who are defending the actions of the developers and telling negative reviewers to shut up are worse than the ones leaving the negative review. You are intentionally trying to deceive new players into investing in the game.
It sounds very harsh, but again, this is true. You guys are trying to start a propaganda. Silencing disappointed people is generally a cowardish and harmful thing to do, especially if word spreads.
Those that played Roller Coaster Tycoon, know that if you threw unhappy customers into the water and let them drown, you would get rid of the unhappy customer problem quickly, but the reputation of your park sank faster than you could press pause.