I was telling some stories about the last Beta weekend with some friends and realized that I’d deliberately let the Hunters win quite a few matches. Not because I couldn’t win, but because it seemed “more fun” to let them win.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it probably sounds REALLY strange. At first, whenever I found myself in a bad match up against a Hunter team that I could VERY easily kill as the Monster, I’d just squash them at Stage 1 or 2 and move on to the next game. But after a handful of those, I started getting bored. It wasn’t a lot of fun to just stomp them, and they certainly weren’t having any fun getting their balls crushed.
So, I’d start making mistakes to give them a chance and make the match more exciting. Like deliberately missing a rock throw, or intentionally letting a harpoon delay me, or just making bad tactical decisions to retreat or pressure. In every single one of these matches, it came down to the 20 minute match timer at the Power Relay with a half-dead Stage 3 Monster and half-dead Hunter team making a final stand.
No matter who won or lost, at this point, everyone had a blast. I got to be the “Director”, pushing the Hunters to the brink of their abilities. The Hunters had an epic struggle against a gargantuan beast that they either just barely survived or died by the skin of their teeth. I believe I played five or six rounds against the same 4 guys one night goofing around like that.
Anyone else found themselves doing that from time to time?