It has been so nice being part of this journey! Who would have thought this to be possible? I certainly didn’t, yet here we are Monster efforts from all participants and just to think- some of the toughest hives were completed even by the weakest of classes!
I think my favorite moments of this challenge were when The Surge got conquered, then, The Split and Gatekeepers (the latter two in the same day too!). And Melee Brawl, what a hive that turned out to be Thanks for putting this together @CommanderCH2863 , hopefully TC pick up the momentum and resurrect the Escape mode going forward!
The one thing that I would respect the most is people even having the patience to put up with all the restarts and stupidity that regularly happens through no fault of your own, as well as wonky game mechanics. Even if I didn’t contribute anything myself(no Discord and I don’t exactly have a recording/editing setup for the Xbox anyway). Every time I try now after my initial solos of all the hives with various classes, of which the only record is me noting which class I did what hive with, I just get annoyed by stupid nonsense to the point where I stop again after 30 minutes to an hour of things just not working. Especially when it’s from dumb stuff like a certain Swarmak deciding to not take frontal damage any further, or just standing on a piece of cover with its toe while I’m using Blademaster and everything else in the run works perfectly fine yet I can’t pass the final section because the game is being stupid. Makes me stop very quickly when there’s no visible way to get around it by manipulating the AI or doing anything differently.
So it’s not like I have no idea what goes into it. But I can’t stand it much anymore when you fail not because of you screwing up but the game pulling dumb BS. Hence why I’d find some of the runs I preferred most being those where you can work pretty much every aspect of it down to a ‘routine’, like idk, doing the Split run as a Marksman solo where you know it’s possible so long as you get everything right and there’s little room for the game to screw you over through random nonsense.
I did watch some of the runs, but mainly those on Surge, Gatekeepers(stop not getting flashed when it blows up at your feet, Swarmak) and Split. Just thought those of were of most interest to me.
Anyway, virtual cookies as reward for the completion anyone? I forgot if there was anything else I wanted to add.
Glad to have participated in this challenge! It was fun hanging with everyone, and I got a chance to do things I never thought I would do!
Watching this whole challenge progress was interesting to watch, and everyone did their part in some way shape or form. Some people just routinely grinded out completions of some of the easier hives, others went straight to the tough ones, and some simply did what they could. Not to mention those that had some of the oldest solos simply linking their old vids and inspiring the rest of us!
If I’m being honest, I have to give a big shout out to @TC_MichaelAOS for his continued work on PvE to rebalance various things, many of which are what even made this community Escape challenge possible. The OP4 enemy/player health and damage rebalance (for example making it possible to 1-shot all helmetless drone types with Active Longshots), the OP5 rework of the Ironman modifier to prevent being perpetually reverted back to the lobby, and the OP7 buff to the Promo Classes! Thank you Michael Shannon!
I personally would not have even bothered if not for the PvE support from TC above, especially not if Ironman hadn’t been changed. NO WAY would I have had the patience to go back to lobby after every single death. And I feel like the Promo buffs were what made this challenge even feasible to 100% complete in the first place.
I didn’t contribute many hives like some of the big names already mentioned, but I tried my best at the very beginning to brainstorm and see if it was even possible to beat the intimidating Surge. I only personally did Inflitrator, Nomad, and Protector, but @Siul_S249 did his part too by helping me with Inflitrator as well along with doing the Mechanic and Veteran runs. @CommanderCH2863 gets some of the really big credit however for figuring out a semi-routine way to finish the rest of the weakest classes on that hive! Once I saw the Surge beaten, I knew that this challenge was totally possible!
Thanks to everyone for the support and community interaction, and big thanks to @CommanderCH2863 for the inspiration to complete this challenge! I don’t blame you for not wanting to keep updating the list with rebalanced classes/fixed hive completions. But at this point with what was shown to be possible, it probably wouldn’t matter in the end anyway.