Firstly, on joining games in progress as monster. What do I do in that case? I let them kill me, because I’m not partial to 1:1:1 builds and some perk that I don’t want. Why force monsters into games already in progress? I don’t mind killing a bot monster. It’s a nice break from the intensity that comes fighting against a player. However, it really detracts from my experience to be dropped into a monster I didn’t pick, with a perk I didn’t pick, with a build that I didn’t pick. And sometimes it even happens when I’d rather be playing Medic, Trapper, Support, or Assault instead. It doesn’t happen like that often, but it happens enough that it completely destroys my enjoyment of the game.
Secondly, it is extremely irritating to have monster sitting last in my preferences and having to play it. The monster is an intense play experience. When I’m in a team mindset and have just played a match with a group of hunters that I’m looking forward to hunting with again, it is psychologically jarring to be forced into the monster role. I have been in games where all 5 people have monster last in their preference, which makes the other problems even more frustrating. It was especially annoying when the monster role cycled between 2 players instead of all 5 players.
Thirdly, more needs to be done in order to start a game with a full set of players. Players join a game in progress and then quit regardless of how early it is in the match. This happens multiple times and the cycling completely ruins the match. Do not start a PvP match without all the P’s, seriously! Especially if hunters are missing. It’s the worst thing about this game.
And finally, bodies sometimes fall into or through the terrain when they die and become inaccessible to Lazarus. I just had a survivor body do this on Rescue mode.
If this posts sounds angry, it’s because I’m actually angry over the state of the matchmaking. It manages to really make me mad at least once a day so far.
Please, start reporting recent players to the steam client. Considering how Steam doesn’t require unique user names, I have a hard time befriending people I just played with. I go under “View / Players”, and all I see are recent players from games other than Evolve.
TLDR: The matchmaking system as it stands, in my opinion, is really frustrating. Starting a game with players missing is unacceptable.