So I’ve been playing a bit now (level 10) and I have some thought that all lead to Hank.
Thusfar in my experience, a decent support with the super-long-range-beam-of-invincibility-monster-F-U, tends to win the game for every mode involving the hunters having to kill the monster, or Hunters have to defend an objective. Monster cannot kill a downed hunter with hank around, period. Which makes Rescue, Hunt, Defend all very one-sided. That and Defend hunters get multiple lives making the 5th day (evacuation mode) all but impossible for monsters without a big handicap.
I find it doesn’t matter how far monsters launch Val away from the group. Hank can bubble her for waaay to far away. And battery life is way to good,e especially with the +25% perk.
Hank can immortalize all players, and if he’s talented player who only uses it as attacks would hit, he make the hunters/rescuees literally immortal.
If the batteries were a good chunk smaller, Hunters would be an even match for a decent monster. But as it stands, without a handicap, the monster has a big challenge winning. I speak mostly from Goliath.
As it stands, monster can only win in “Hunt” if he gets to rank 2 fast. if he hit’s 3, he loses 'cause Defending an objective is a joke for hunters.
Rescue is very hard for monster to win. I generally can only win a rescue if I won the previous match.
Nest is the only mode a monster can consistantly win at. Funny how the defending objectives team has an edge. and most all modes in the hunter’s court.
Day 5 Defend is largely impossible with a good hank. and even if you kill him, he magically appears again. Defend the monster can actually get a kill early. but as hunters respawn, the monster lost Health int he process, so nothing accomplished. Focusing an objective is suicide, and there’s not enough wildlife for alpha to keep armor up.
All in all I’m surprised at how well balanced Evolve is for an asymmetrical game. but hanks shield gun has a bit too much range and too much battery to make the fair. assuming all players are equally very good. A good hank counters a good monster. and if the monster prioritizes hank, a good Val counters that. and Mr. monster can’t counter Val and Hank at the same time. Make it short range, then the support gun is fair with it’s battery. if it’s supposed to be such long range, it needs a smaller battery. It’s uberness is only exaggerated by the energy perk.
So while I can’t say he OP, as if hank is alone he dies, noone runs around alone. if talented hunters stick together, the monster can’t beat them.