Truth of the matter is that there are "issues" with every game. WoW, one of, if not thee biggest, game success story in history will always have issues. The last time I played was in 2009, and the game still had plenty of "issues". It boils down to if you're having enough fun to continue playing. That goes for any game... as a game is supposed to be a "fun" distraction to reality. I agree with many of your points regarding usability and the way the simulation functions on the whole."Since the festive month of December is soon upon us, we are preparing a special holiday update for you! This free content update will be like an early Christmas present for our beloved community. It's going to be filled with a variety of goodies...."
This is a quote from the Christmas update announcement you linked above.
If this doesn't sound like the company acts like it is doing us a favor by adding new rides, while completely ignoring every technical and design issue raised since release, I don't know what does. They're not fixing anything. or even promising to fix anything. Just what we need, a third ferris wheel. Seriously, do they really think this is something people want? We're trying to make theme parks here, not county fairs. Have you seen a ferris wheel in any Disney park, or Universal or Six Flags, never mind 3 different kinds.
You want to give us a treat, how about letting us create our own filters in My Blueprints...or letting us build tracks on paths. Or letting paths cross over each other? Give us a linear transportation system like the skyway thing in RCT3 or at least a turnaround for transport rides so we don't have to circle the entire park perimeter. That, to me, would be a decent update. Make a pathing system that doesn't act like a drunk snake every time I want to connect two paths. Let us put down shops and facilities anywhere, including paths and get rid of the autopathing to shops. It's irritating and restricting.
They are acting just like Blizzard does with World of Warcraft. The blow smoke up our exhaust convincing us they're giving us something really cool while totally ignoring issues that were raised all the way back in beta. After 12 years, there are issues in that game that have never been resolved. I know many people who have stopped playing WoW because of it, myself included.
PC may be a game I shelve until I start to see some major improvements to the simulation. I love theme park games, and the graphical base is fantastic... the simulation is really lacking in many aspects.