I have noticed that there are quite a few threads referring to something being Over-powered (OP). Aircraft are op, anti-aircraft guns are op, a shotgun is op, tanks are op; the list goes on and on. OP has become the ADHD of Battlefield, as in, that is the go-to diagnosis of players who get upset over getting killed by something. Many of the arguments that I have read supporting the concept of something being op seem more to do with the way that particular vehicle or weapon are used as opposed to a problem with the actual mechanics of the game. With that in mind, I’m putting forth an alternate term to be used, “highly effective” rather than “over powered”.
Perhaps it is just me, but I see a distinct difference between something being over powered and being highly effective. To me, for something to be over powered, it has to involve the actual mechanics of the game that the player has no control over. These are things like damage output and weapon range, armor, area of effect (splash damage), duration (smoke and gas, cool down timers); mechanics of the game that can only be affected by the developers. All other aspects of the game, which can be affected by the player, would fall into the highly effective category. Below are some examples of the arguments that I have read on these forums and how they would fall into the respective category.
The popular discussion right now seems to be that planes are over powered. There seems to be a group dislike for pilots and aircraft, similar to the dislike towards scouts. I’ve seen arguments range from how powerful the ordinance is on an aircraft, to their speed and armor. I’ve also read about players getting upset because a pilot can go an entire match without getting shot down and that they are useless to the team because they can’t PTFO. I will admit that many of the arguments that I have read against pilots are valid (this coming from a dedicated pilot) but all of the arguments call for the planes to be nerfed because they are over powered. This is where the arguments are invalid. Most of the arguments are about how the plane is used during combat. Pilots rack up kills because they know where to drop their ordinance; they know how to avoid AA flak and how to shoot down other planes. These are all aspects affected by the player NOT the game’s programming. If an AA gun can’t shoot down a plane, it’s because the gunner isn’t hitting the plane. I’ve shot down plenty of planes with AA guns and I’ve been shot down by them. A fighter plane can rack up kills with the trench darts because of how many enemies are grouped together. This is especially true during Operations. Many of the kills that I acquire are multi-kills because I look for enemies who are grouped. This doesn’t mean that the plane is over powered; it just means that I’m using the plane effectively.
I’ve seen similar arguments against tanks. Players get upset over tanks lasting the whole match and racking up kills. The tank operator avoids driving head long into a cluster of enemies who could take it out with grenades; he/she takes out targets from a distance before moving in; the operator will back out of a fight in order to repair. All of these are tactics that I have seen while playing and are indicative of a player who knows how to use the vehicle effectively.
Some arguments are clearly valid when it comes to something being over powered. For example, the range on some of the weapons; the duration and area of effect for gas grenades and explosives are all things outside of a player’s control and thus can fall into the category of over powered (or under powered). Arguments calling for the nerfing or buffing for such mechanics are valid. However, calling for a nerf to aircraft or other vehicles because you get killed by them constantly is not. That has to do more with how a player utilizes that vehicle to their advantage, which is inherent to this type of game.
What do you all think? Does the term “highly effective” offer a valid alternative phrase for discussion over the often used (or rather, often misused) term “over powered”. Or is this just something that appeals to me and no one else really cares?