Likes increase your Bridge Link level, raising that level basically increases the amount of player items that appear in your world. But the likes you receive from NPCs for finishing their deliveries increase their star rating and every time you get a star from them you get a reward, some of them offer new customization colors and others give you new tools or upgrades to existing tools.
Lol so I want to dislike stuff :) I guess I'm playing it wrong since I just drop the tools or recycle them so I can carry more delivery stuff, which is still littered around in offline mode.
I'm on my second playthrough and i can tell you this is in your head, It's nothing like darksouls, they have a limiter on what is going on in the world so everyones experience is the same but varied and it all shows up in this algorithmic way. You're in your head, lad. If you're not feeling it, put it down but I urge ya to retry it cause it is so fucking worth it.
The limiter was set way too high in that case. I'm liking it a lot better now without random player signs and post boxes along the way. There's still stuff from Igor and Nick Easton, I guess for tutorial purposes, yet otherwise the world is pristine :) They should have made it less obtrusive, not litter the fov whenever you press R1 or open the map to see a bunch of icons all over.
I was only as far as making the return trip from the wind farm, restarted halfway back as the random signs only annoyed me. I'm not quite back there yet, go to get the printer from the mule camp again before heading back to the wind farm. That should be better now without piss mushrooms with player names attached or silly signs along the way spoiling where any danger is.
Love the setting, story so far, music, sound, animations, handling the load out, balancing etc. However the online features are so far out of tune with the feelings the game conjures that it's better without. No more don't piss here signs littering my world :)