Thread title says it all, it’s about thoughts and impressions towards TCs newest hive. Beware of spoilers if you have not played yet.
Current impressions are preliminary and views may change as I further test this hive with a group, providing I ever touch it again.
Boy, where do I start on this one… it’s a mess alright.
Team composition on first attempt was Paduk, Cole and Kait but quickly switched Paduk out for Fahz so it was Fahz, Cole and Kait for every following attempt.
The first act starts off alright and your turrets are useful, with decent weaponry to fight off the enemies after the initial encounter. Spawns are either Shock Popper, DR-1 Protector and Oppressor, Hammerburst Drone and Sniper, or Frag Popper, Salvo Scion, Grenadier, Hammerburst Drone and Sniper. It’s mostly easy to handle.
But it all goes down when you get to the second act. Spawns are Salvo Scion, Bastion, Drone and Grenadier Elite, Frag Popper, or DR-1 Protector and Oppressor, Drone Elite, Bastion, Shock Popper. Other edit : A Warden also shows up at the final encounter before the exit.
There is a ridiculous number of enemies spawned, like, so many you can’t even count them and it’s practically impossible to clear them out before the venom covers the area unless you have a Fahz… and even then it’s still cutting it close. You can barely use the turrets either because the area is quickly flooded by Poppers.
But that’s not the worst of it, it’s when Bastions get stuck somewhere and are still shielding enemies without the shield being visible, or if they are hiding behind a wall somewhere when you fall back to the only really defensible location, the supply rooms, and when the framerate tanks really badly(on consoles, mind you) because of the Shock Popper fields and all the enemies all over the place.
I just beat the hive on Master prior to creating this thread and am interested in hearing other’s opinions about this, but after that attempt - where our Fahz was mainly hiding away in the back with Patience simply so he could snipe the obnoxious number of enemies down to something more handleable for both players and the system - I’m not intending to run this dumpster fire of a hive again unless absolutely necessary. Only Cole made it out because Fahz screwed up the time where and when he used his ult for the last time so he got killed by the venom in the supply room and I died to it because of a dumb DR-1 just standing in it and then blowing up next to me when Cole tried to get me out. That reminds me, why is venom damage tied to our character’s health rather than something separate? It’s stupid to die to it only because some random thing blows up next to you or you got shot by something.
We beat the hive with the spawn sets that had DR-1s in it in both acts. Could’ve all made it out of Fahz had used his ult in a better spot but he didn’t. Not that it would matter as it seems we got a decent time out of it anyway but it would’ve been better if everyone got out to give the hive a good kick in the nuts that it deserves.
The Line, Ice Queen and The Blight may once have held the top contender spots for worst and most obnoxious hive but this one takes the title by a country mile.
Rant over. Please don’t make another one like this TC, because it really is terrible.
(Edit : If it’s any use I’ll tag @TC_MichaelAOS even if just to have the thread be looked at.)