The only difference I see, is that Instead of loading Q3A from disk I now have to log on in browser. The only "addition" is the skill match. While that does indeed stand undisputed as a new and extra feature, even if it actualy worked it is positively not worth $25.
You may call it an opinion, but take any game on the market, and ask people who have already bought it would they pay another $25 for a tiering system for online play. Any game that has an active ladder (check out RTS games if you are unfamiliar with the concept) does not charge for this, nor do they modify a decade old game and charge for it again with the ladder being the selling point.
Premium content you say - thats the selling point?
Well, that would be a valid point except that Q3Live is an inferior game to Q3A. You cant add user content, you cant mod it, you can't do anything other than play exactly and only what ID decides you should. You even have to go through hoops just to re-handle self. It has less maps, less game mods and still looks exactly as the original did. Call me crazy but having a game with the samedecade old graphics, virtualy same gameplay, but limited in terms of what else it can do and then charging for it after promising it will be free is plain and simple double dip and going back on ones word.
Do I have to reinstall Q3A and load everything to take side by side pics for you to understand? Its the same game period. Skillmatch is not working let alone the fact it wouldnt be worth $25 even if it were.
Facts: shining forces, industrial accident and japanese castles are all premium maps. While they are changed slightly from originals I have played those so many tims in Q3A OSP mod that you will play another 3 years to catch up to half the time I logged. I never paid a penny beyond the price of Q3A and my cable.
I say this with the aassumption you didn't know this and havent been around for Q3A. I have, and therefore I have a somewhat different perspective.
Everything you are considering "new" is so old news to Q3A owners that any debate on the subject is pointless.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, as are you on yours. I have simply voiced mine and backed it up with facts.