Gears of War 2 matchmaking sucks

Posted in opinion on November 24th, 2008 by Flo
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I guess the title can’t be much clearer than it is: The matchmaking system of Gears of War 2 sucks. Not because the idea behind it is bad, in some points it’s really better than Halo’s matchmaking system (hooray for the players choice options), but it is so incredibly slow that you can forget really playing the game online.

Well, how slow is it… It’s really so slow that it can take longer to find a game than it takes to be defeated in that game, which is quite irritating. My average connection time is 5-10 minutes (this is contrast to the 2 minutes to find a game in CoD4 or Halo3), but there are cases where it just took me more than 15 minutes. I’ve even found some people on fora who claim it took more than 20 minutes to find a game. Just imagine how much you can play if you only have to play an hour a day… But even if you can play a little bit longer, it’s just screwing up your time waiting.

So, WHY ON EARTH IS IT SO SLOW!? Of course, it’s only guessing for the reasons, but the most likely case is that Epic has made an epic fail matchmaking system. At least, the claims that it would depend on your router/network configuration are falsified by people who report that it doesn’t matter if you enable DMZ (that’s opening all ports, and that should rule out any router influence) for your xbox360 or not. I’ve even tried it myself, and there’s no difference.

What did Epic do wrong? There are a few things that are unique to the GoW2 matchmaking system and could, in my opinion, slow down the matchmaking process. The first thing is that finding a match is splitted in two different phases: finding your own team and finding a team that would be a fair match for your team. This method can slow you down because of two reasons. First of all because it takes a while before you have a team because a lot of people leave before the process is finished, and this system starts over when someone leaves the team before the match starts. The second reason is that you need to search twice, and the second time you have a harder search because you need to find a match that suits the collection of matchmaking ranks of the teams, and not only that of individual players. In this view the system of Halo3 is much faster. You search 8 people, you split them into teams, and if somebody leaves the process isn’t stopped.

The second thing is the Trueskill ranking system. A lot of people get stuck with in the first rank, so there are a lot of teams with the same average Trueskill, but the are all a little bit different. So if you want to find the BEST match for your team, you need to compare all the Trueskill ranks of all different teams. If this is a large number, it can take a while.

There are a lot of other reasons that you can come up with, but I guess that we will never know (although someone came up with the plausible idea that someone is matching teams by hand… that would tell us why it is so slow). The only thing we can hope for is that they will find the mistake they’ve made (Epic seems to have noticed it according to this post), and will solve it, otherwise this good game is doomed, and we are forced to play GoW till GoW3 appears.

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4 Responses to “Gears of War 2 matchmaking sucks”

  1. a big apple Says:

    Gay but true

  2. Philmypenis Says:

    I hate how we cant host matches its gay cause how i wanna play a certain game type and i have to end playin that game. Plus Horde it sucks how you cant start at a level that you reached up to not starting all over cause once i got to level 30 my connection lagged and kicked me out so i had to start all over 4 times which really PISSED ME OFF or other terms “OMGWTFBBQ?!?!?!?!!?1/1!!?!/1” >:(

  3. Mike Says:

    It’s so annoying, at my house I can find matches fine, but at my grandparents it takes forever to find a match then I lose connection. What the hell?!

  4. Ike Says:

    I have the worst connection ever I can’t ever load matches most people have to invte me just so I can’t play a game and a lot of the times I can’t even join a friends game so Wat the heck I’ve tried opening my ports and I try to clear my caches like they say to do I’ve tried hard wireing and if just tried my wireless connection nothing worked for me epic sucks I want my money back

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