I want to say that I am very happy that Evolve was made free 2 play, and it needed something to bring in some players. Turtle Rock has done an amazing job with this game from the start, and what I’m going to say is pretty nitpicky.
Many of the changes made in Stage 2 give the game a more “arcade” feel, similar to Unreal Tournament or some Moba games. The announcer, ui prompts, and some changes to art and effects all have reduced how immersive and unique Evolve is.
Left 4 Dead (especially the first one) and Evolve both had a very cinematic and immersive feel. This is common in single player games, but rare for an online shooter, and is one of biggest strengths of both games I think. L4d really feels like you are in a zombie movie, and is genuinely scary the first time you play it. Evolve made you feel like you were on Shear hunting and being hunted, but feels much more like Rocket League or Unreal Tournament now.
I know these changes were made knowingly and on purpose to increase the approachability of the game. Perhaps just having the option to turn the announcer or some other things off, or perhaps there can be more of a balance between accessible gameplay and immersive feel.