It's 2009, you wake up, go to school, (or work, you know, whatever age you were at the time), come back home. "Hey I feel like playing some AVP2 for a little bit." Click on that "www.RaptorElite.com INSANITY" server in the list. The game transitions into the picturesque 'Human Predator Alien" loading screen. You're then immersed inside A Lesser Fate, with a bleak, industrial, muted landscape. You hear the whirring of the machinery in the background to greet you (or not, someone may be playing with the lights...) Blue, twilight sky with planets scattered about above you. You equip your Pulse Rifle, claws, plasma blaster, or what have you.
"Time 2 give these fuccin NOOBS the ol Heave' ho!"
Tom might be in the game, under some obscure pseudonym of course. You're not sure, but there's this dude spinning frantically, firing at basically nothing in particular but hey that's probably him because he did that sort of thing. You don't see any SG-2 players because fuck them right?. (Whatever you do, don't tell them another server exists and people like to play on it because you'll get weeb-rage'd at Seal Team Six style). Frenzy fucked off somewhere with his RCM squad complaining about some happy horse shit.
Yep, it's AVP2 in 2009.
But anyway, enough of that. I just felt like making a 'last post ever' on here, but I don't expect many if not anyone to see it. I was just remembering the good old days of AVP2, and all of the many fine (and not so fine) people I've met, played with, conversed with over that time. The game is still alive somehow (barely, think of a deer laying on the side of the road right after being hit by a Mack truck)
TBBCBase hosted the Master Server Patch for a little while, and I have to say, that patch put the game in the best shape of its life functionality-wise (The gameplay is the same, but just made improvements in many technical aspects like compatibility and net-code). How ironic it is though, for that to happen around the end of the road. Lately some shitlords that opposed him have been DDOS'ing his site, so he got fed up and pulled his support. Rommie runs the MS patch now. That's just the way it goes I guess, nothing lasts forever.
I want to say that, it's sad to see a game and a community like AVP2 and Raptor come to an end. The game was made in the early days of the internet, video games and the internet were a lot different back then. It's like a living relic. And in my opinion a hidden gem as well. You know the other day me and my buddies were reminiscing about old games we used to play. You know, first few Call of Duty games, Goldeneye 007 for N64, Legend of Zelda, DOOM, Wolfenstein, the classics right? No ones ever heard of AVP2. I never see it mentioned anywhere on the internet either. It really is a relatively unknown game yet It had such a community where tons of people played it, community made content out the wazoo, and most of all it wasn't as massive enough that you didn't get to know people and make your own little groups. There will never be a multiplayer like this again and I feel grateful to have been a part of it. I'd trade 10 thousand player-coddling, skill-assisted, 'casual' Call of Duty games for just one more game like this one. AVP2 has a bit of a steep learning curve, whereas many multiplayer games nowadays try to mitigate this sort of thing in the name of 'fairness'. It was all skill-based baby. Maybe there were a few imbalances between classes but that's just the nature of the game. It's how the game is and how I will always remember it and I wouldn't want it any other way.
I think it's fitting that this forum remains running for as long as the host allows. There's no reason for it to be locked or deleted into oblivion so I'm not going to. And if I remember right, I was the forum creator and thus the only 1st tier admin, so I think I only have the power to do such a thing.
But anyway, to all of the people in the past that I've played with, talked with, became friends with, people I've seen in passing, I hope wherever you are, you're happy and life is working out to be just how you planned it to be. You all made this experience what it is and I'll remember it forever.