I feel like the monsters should be more powerful than the hunters because of one specific reason the timer. The timer that the monster has to race against provides a huge advantage to the hunter’s and in turn justifies the monsters being overpowered. The clock forces the monsters into locations that do not favor the monster and if the clock runs out the hunters win.
If the hunters and monsters are more closely balanced then there is nothing to counter the time clock in the monster’s favor. I feel like the time clock should be done away with in order to force the hunters to look for the monster instead of immediately retreating to the power relay every time a monster hits level 3. The time clock is an advantage for the hunters and nerfing the monsters blows this advantage up immensely.
No time clock would also give the monster an opportunity to set traps of their own and make the hunters choose between protecting the power relay or to continue hunting. If the developers are set on making the hunters and monsters more evenly matched then the advantage that the clock gives the hunters should be addressed.
Also if the hunters do not kill the monster before the time runs out why should the hunter win? The monster is still alive and a threat. Giving the hunters a win for not doing their job doesn’t seem right either.
How would you feel if there was no time clock?