Jedi Outcast is the first FPS I have devotedly played online since I got bored of Jedi Knight in 1999. When I first went into FFA games, I tried to get most of my kills with the lightsaber, because it's what makes this game unique from other FPSs. It was really fun. Gradually, I discovered the many fun ways you can get kills with the other weapons. For example, when I first learned that you can vapourize an enemy with the secondary-fire of the sniper rifle, I thought, "Whoa!" Another example is making a guy follow you around a corner then do a DFA so that you land it right when he turns the corner. That was back in 1.02a, though, so it was easier to time.
My gun-game was pretty slow back then. That was the point when I started to see these "gun experts" whose style I call "cheap-fighting." They could rack-up 25 kills in a matter of minutes (this was still before the backstab/swipe was exploited). I began to dislike FFA games, because well...for me, it wasn't fun to die every 20 seconds.
Everytime I joined an FFA game, I felt this fear of going around the next corner and facing a barrage of secondary-fire from the repeater and flechette. That's when my style changed. I guess you can say I was infected by the cheap-fighter virus. Everytime I spawned I would rush to arm myself with the repeater or flechette, and make sure I had 300 ammo for each confrontation.
I started dominating the FFA games I joined. My friend stopped playing with me, because he described my methods as cheap and disgusting.It got even worse when I read on these forums about the backstab/swipe method that ensured easy kills. I added it to my cheap-fighting arsenal. "Now no one can ever keep me from the top part of that list at the end of matches," I thought to myself.
I quickly got bored of the cheap-fighting style. People would drop-out of the servers I played in after one match with me, much like the way I used to disconnect during my first encounters with cheap-fighters. I spent a lot of time on these forums reading the complaints. I realized that I had become what many who play Jedi Outcast hate.
I searched for answers to make my games enjoyable, again. In my case, the solution was hosting games where the flechette and repeater aren't available. That removes the fear of those weapons that had led me to abuse others with them. To make the chances of a kill using the backstab/swipe less, I activated the Ghoul2 collision system, as recommended by some threads here. Also, to increase the value of Force Heal for those who actually invest in it (I'm not one of these people, though), I disabled bacta tanks. The results have been amazing so far. At first, people wonder and complain that the repeater and flechette are gone. Howerver, I think they too realize how "evil" those weapons had made them. They start enjoying the new pace of the game, revelling in "more skillful" kills. Because it IS, a slower-paced game than the run-n-gun of old, I keep the fraglimit under 20.
These settings solved my qualms with the game. They seem to please the people who join my games, because none of them leave abruptly or say bad things about the settings. I don't think this will work for the majority of you, but I just thought I'd "put my ten cents in, because my two cents is free."