This isn’t a vent thread, but a ‘I need to know if I really want to continue playing this game for the sake of my own happiness’ thread.
I don’t even know where I want to begin. I started this game on Day 1. I really loved it and I loved playing the Monster; I bought the game with the express purpose of playing Monster and getting decently good at it. Recommended it to all my friends. I’d practice Monster, especially Goliath and Behemoth, for hours. Time went on, I dropped xbox, moved to pc, got a little bored and took a break. Came back, playing a lot and felt pretty strong until today.
Yesterday I took a break from Monster. I had a very bad day beforehand and i thought it would just be better if i didn’t deal with the stress of it. And saying that made me think, ‘Man, that’s not something you want to say about a game.’ I’ve always thought that at my very best I was a decent Goliath, and an ok Behemoth. When I got back into stage 2 it was a little awkward at first but I managed to adapt and slipped right into the new meta, easy as pie. Today I got right back into it. Took what felt like a decent game. still felt ‘natural,’ as someone would put it. #feelsgoodman.
And then I got on tonight. Got into a game, immediately get setup against a premade. Back out, I’m not ready to head straight into that. Get matched with them again, I ask if they’re premade, they say no, but I don’t believe it.
Go in, Goliath, decent first dome. Then I get a really shitty second dome. I get out of there best I can, and i was starving for traversals. i couldn’t even catch a strider. so close to stage 2, and these striders were just dancing out of my hands, because i was so starved of being able to move. they dome me again at the beach, where there are very tall pillars for them to kite around. A tinkerbell Jack makes it literally impossible to kill anyone, including himself, no matter how hard i commit, no matter how many abilities i land, or traversal-heavies i whack him with. and do you know what they say after i finally give up and let them kill me?
What’s even better is that after such a humiliating, disheartening loss, I went on to have two more humiliating, disheartening losses where I wound up being, in the words of a good friend, ‘a trapped rat…I feel like my main goal is to give the hunters something better to fight than the AI…’. It doesn’t matter how much i practice against bots, doesn’t matter how many perk routes i take. my jukes are all i have, but against a competent team they only delay the inevitable.
its easy to say ‘get good, study the pros, practice.’ i do all of those things. i abandoned Kraken, Kelder, Wraith and Gorgon so i could just play the two monsters i liked most. and for the most part i thought i had gotten pretty good with them. I’ve even won a few times at Stage 1 with Goliath.
i don’t see balance in a game where i can be untouched until stage 2, lose almost half of my health getting two strikes, get to stage 3. About 60% of my health at Stage 3. And still lose. no matter how hard i focused quantum caira, no matter how many times i cornered her, it was never enough. i focused on her during the whole fight. i died getting her down. i did it, but i died. at stage 3.
grounder felt like it never helped in any of the fights. i run the same perk setup on goliath. hunger-DR-grounder.
sure. maybe i’m just straight up bad; i can accept that. maybe i’m a sore loser. i can accept that, too. honestly, i’ve got no footage of my plays, so i’m sure that will prevent some of you from giving any advice whatsoever. i dont see this thread getting a lot of love, but i need to put it out there because i’m really not sure if i want to continue playing monster if all i get is a repeated feeling of learned helplessness.
talk to me community.