Man that's a confidence booster :D
Was playing some Peach Beach Splash last night and got into a ranked match. I'm not that great, hell, I still haven't tried out all of the weapons nor know what many of the skill cards do. And with the weapon I was using, Dual Pistols, I lose most skirmishes I get into since I'm not particularly great with incorporating the movement options I have into my fighting. But anyway, the gametype was randomly decided to be Capture the Bra, and the random stage chosen was a sort of indoor bathouse. Well, Dual Pistols have the best Jet Dash in the game (both speed and fuel efficiency) and, as it turns out, it can cross from our flag (bra) to the enemy flag in a full tank. Reloading only takes a second too, so I quickly discovered that it was stupidly effective for this gametype on this map. I'd dash out from our base over to theirs in a matter of seconds, reload while I'm capturing the flag, and then dash it back over to our base equally fast to score and be ready to fight off anyone coming after ours. Thanks to that, we absolutely demolished that game, winning 9-0 with most of the captures being by me. Someone even dropped out mid-game, though I've done that too via connection error so perhaps it wasn't a quitter.
But anyway, that match was enough for me to rank up, so I dropped out to go spend my reward in the shop when I got a message, presumably from one of the other players in that game. It read simply, "Name of hack?" I was grinning ear to ear at that. I replied back citing the DPs jet dash power and getting lucky with the small map, and there hasn't been a reply since.
Boy, that felt great. I really am not that good at this yet, it was just a nice coincidence that I was using that particular weapon, got that particular gametype, and that particular map. So now it taught me that weapon choice is important for more than just combat. Thing is, in ranked the game and stage are both random, so it's not like you can prepare your loadout accordingly... Sigh.
One reason I'm having some difficulty with the game is the way things feel really clunky when transitioning between actions. Like, if I'm doing a jet dash and I want to activate one of my skill cards, I can't activate it while moving or even buffer it. I have to actually come to a full stop before I can use it, which limits the usefulness of some offensive ones like a close-range bubble wave. Same deal with reloading - you can't cancel a dash into a reload (jet dash and jump boost both take water, which is also your ammo). The only things you can do right out of a dash are a melee attack or a jump. Really makes you feel less agile than you could be. Even when shooting you more or less have to come to a stop to reload, though there is a slow walk you can do while reloading. I just mean that you can't be holding RT to fire and press Square (reload), then let go of RT and start reloading. That'll just make you stand there doing nothing. You have to stop firing before pressing the reload button, there's no buffering actions. Everything else is so fast-paced (well duh, they're ninjas), so being blueballed by the controls like that is kinda annoying.
But anyway, I'm enjoying the game overall so far. I've seen people do some pretty cool and pretty silly stuff with the accessory placement. One person I played with had their girl in a mask and had a cat tail affixed to the front of their swimsuit, so it was like a really long flaccid dong. With a doll riding on top of it. Got a laugh out of me. I need to experiment more. Might even look at some of the DLC.
Hopefully tonight I'll be giving DS3 a try. As long as I don't spend too much time in the character creator.