So I just watched the latest stream from a few days ago on youtube and I had watched the previous one on youtube as well.
A big thing I notice is a LOT of “HUNTERS ARE SO OP!” or “THE MONSTER NEVER WINS”, etc. Now obviously some of this will be cleared up when these people get to play the game. But I’m starting to think 2K is hurting themselves a little because people see a new idea and already biased into thinking it will be hard to balance and then they see these lopsided games and come to very wrong conclusions.
For example in the first game of the latest stream, Goliath gets caught at stage 1 in an arena but he has full armor. He actually plays it very well, not letting himself get pinned down and losing a tiny piece of his first health bar by the time arena goes down. So far, so good.
As he’s running the trapper leads the charge and the Goliath sees she’s not full health and goes on the attack, dealing some good damage. He clearly senses a strike and leaps in but some good play from support and medic prevent it and he loses focus of the trapper. Now he still has little to no armor and is still stage 1. It was a nice try but instead of cutting his losses…he presses an already failing attack. He proceeds to take what is essentially a WIN (losing little to no HP at stage 1 dome fight, that’s a victory for the monster even with no downs) and throws it ALL away by overextending in this fight. After he fails to get the trapper he doubles down and charges Hyde when Hank AND Val are still up. Hyde is basically invincible and just chewing through his health with the flamethrower and the Goliath is down to 2 bars of health.
While we here on the forums understand what went wrong and why, most of these people don’t and this game is quickly gaining a reputation for being poorly balanced, even pre-release. I want Evolve to do well, I want it to still be easy to find a game years after it releases. I don’t want it to get an undeserved reputation.
So does anybody else agree with this? Not saying it’s 100% perfectly balanced just that hunters are not crazily, insta-win level OP. Or do you perhaps agree that the game is not remotely balanced at the moment?
Again, it just worries me that the top comments for the streams have both been about how OP the hunters are and I see this echoed in comment sections in articles and anywhere that’s not these forums. Evolve is pretty complex and there’s a LOT of misinformation out there.
So, what do you guys think? Or if any TRS devs care to respond (understand if you can’t though) what do you guys think? Do you think the more general gaming public understands Evolve’s rules?
Sorry for the essay!