Played an absolute flipton of Hunt against Gorgon tonight! She was interesting and fun and a pain in the ass to fight. My friend, what is new at the game and loves Evolve, hates its guts and believes it to be extremely overpowered. It reminds me of early Wraith, which is a bad association to be making, but I am not convinced it’s numbers are too high yet even though it wrecked us.
The only thing that felt absolutely terrible about him was how much health his spiders had and how long they stunned - that level of CC and damage together is just phenomenal, even if it can be mitigated sometimes. A spider hitting someone and then choosing to run around a corner randomly in the next two steps is almost instantaneous death for your party, and they require at least two people to take down. And whether or not it does that is dependent on the AI - seriously what. We had spiders at our drop point in every game, and even though we called them out, occasionally both me (Slim) and Parnell would be shooting it and it would still survive for long enough to grab someone. Val can’t kill the things at all - she needs three shots and they’re too fast.
I felt like its damage mitigation was very high (it’s got very, very long traversals at high speed with full 360 degree mobility, and two decoy-like mitigation abilities, one of which is AI controlled. All of this feels a little grumpy considering how many lessons were supposedly learned from Wraith). Bronzies had a real hard time catching it, I felt like it was able to create way too much distance after a dome when I was trapper. But then, my friend was our Assault, he was new, and we were playing with a lot of Bronzes. Further testing is needed.
Please unlock Rogue Val at least. The Monster slot is incredibly heavy with people wanting to try Gorgon so someone needs to balance it out, and she sounds like a perfect counter - AoE heals, a sniper rifle that can actually kill spider traps, a little extra DoT in the dome. Regular Val feels absolute tripe against it, especially with nerfs, and even though I am a long time “only Val” player I switched to Slim because that Monsters AoE damage is horrendous. That worked much, much better, and mollified my general irritation with the monster completely while serving as a small balm to my friend. I’m willing to give it more of a chance but I feel like it’s got a lot of griefing built into it. It was pretty fun whenever we got it into a dome and I’m really looking forward to trying it myself when I don’t have people to hunt with.
The advertisement for it sucks and has extremely irritated both me and everyone I’ve showed it to. I can’t link that anywhere within my own social circles. Please ditch the bitch rhetoric in stream and advertisement, DB. It’s dumb and frustrating and you’re better than that.