Originally posted by Naeddyr:
As we know, AC:B has a lot of hidden content in the multiplayer: the whispers, undocumented powers that certain abilities have, etc.
This might be just an ***-covering strategy by the developers so that if we actually find any real game-changing glitches or the like, we'll just attribute them to the developers themselves (also, if there are several layers of non-glitch developer created tricks, there's less of an incentive to actively hunt game-breaking glitches).
Thus, there's one trick that I feel is one that feels genuinely like a glitch: the one where you can tell if a persona standing in a crowd is an NPC or PC by whether they immediately drop the animation they are doing when someone locks on to them.
A few reasons:
1) This is a nearly game-breaking trick that makes it impossible for anyone to hide in a morphed group, negating Morph, Blender, and naturally found clones. Come to think of it, it might work against disguise, too!
2) The way that the glitch manifests itself is not in any way polished, because instead of the persona doing a smooth animated transition from "animated" to "dead puppet on a string", what happens is that the animation stops immediately, and the NPC persona is morphed straight to a neutral hands-down position. This does not seem like a deliberate thing to happen.
3) With other "features", like the fact that the gun can be used to scare NPCs, or how you can use the decoy-try trick on a suspected PC, the effect is tied to a specific skill, and is logically dependent on that skill (the Decoy trick works because there is no other logical alternative: you can't decoy a PC. Well, you could possibly get around this trick by restricting the use of Decoy so that you can't use it on a group that contains your target... But that would just signal "your target is in this group", etc.). The lock-on glitch is available to everyone at all times, which means you can counter morph and blender at all times without any abilities geared to that, effectively for free.
What do you think? Is the lock-on trick a genuine glitch or something that is put in the game on purpose?
And should it be fixed?
Personally, I feel that it should be fixed. Otherwise you might as well give all the people reading the forums ESP.