Lets Discuss : The Darkness Among Us Chapter
Part 1 - Introduction/Warnings
Before I start I would like to point out that at no point this will be a post advocating for buffing or nerfing anything but instead why the chapter itself harms the health of the game and feedback for future updates. I also respect the work the developers and other members of the team have done for the game which is why I think a post like this is important which is why I want this post to only exclusively be about why this update is poor for the health of the game without bashing the team as they do good work and this should not become an excuse to bash either side (killer or survivor). Throughout this post I will specifically be going over my opinion of the update and my dissatisfaction with it while also trying my best to go over why.
Unfortunately, I have only seen red flags with this update and have had nothing but issues with it constantly which is why I've decided to put together this post to explain to the best of my abilities the issues with this patch and my opinion on what should be done rather than just have my frustration with this update build up. More importantly, I think it's ideal to have a proper discussion regarding this chapter.
Past 2 - Release of The Legion
I have seen lots of discussion around the legion often making the call that they are either too strong, too weak or just fine when the reality is that the situation is that it doesn't matter how strong the killer is if they just completely ignore every mechanic in the game while also completely removing any level of skill from the game and still be underwhelming yet also a complete annoyance. With the legion being in the game we now have a killer who can ignore pallets and windows which makes legion unable to be looped with their power and can even ensure a survivor will go down within 20 seconds by cheesing chase mechanics by moonwalking in which case there is no level of skill that a survivor can have that will ever allow them to actually outplay the legion while the killer itself also requires absolutely no skill at all.
Now, perhaps you might be thinking that looping isn't ideal against legion however the other issue is that the power also reveals the location of nearby survivors which has two problems ;
A - This partially removes stealth while another addon completely removes it.
B - The power doesn't even last long enough to actually chain your hits in the first place.
Meaning that now you have a killer with no skill behind it at all with a gameplay that's as bland as a howto guide on optimal survivor play. This means that not only does legion have no counters and requires no skill, it also creates an unhealthy environment for both the killer and survivor as the games will end fast in the current state of legion if the survivors do not heal yet it also creates a boring game for the survivors because there is no amount of skill any survivor could ever have to actually stand a chance against the legion and with the buff the devs have proposed to make injured survivors bleed out faster this will create gameplay that's incredibly boring and irritating for the survivors which will cause the games to extend for far beyond what any game should ever last, keep in mind that this is still while legion has one of the most broken addons in the game (Frank's Mixtape).
The truth is, no amount of nerfing or buffing will ever fix the legion as nerfing legion means allowing them to stay in this fundamentally broken state while also being the weakest killer yet buffing them means we've allowed legion to be the most broken killer in the game and allowing for what could end up being the least desirable gameplay ever where your skill doesn't matter and that neither the killer or the survivor are playing a game anymore but instead are playing a broken record set to repeat. Instead of putting efforts into buffing or nerfing the legion a better focus would be to scrap the entire power and redo it from scratch as it's simply not healthy for the game.
Part 3 - A Rushed Update
I can understand that this is a very tight update schedule, but seeing this update roll out was painful and has been by far the worst experience I've ever had with this game of which I considered to be very fun to play alone or with friends but this update completely took it away from me and here's why ;
When this update rolled out it felt as if none of the bugs on the PTB were fixed for the live release, so far I've also noticed a number of issues which has made either playing as or against these specific killers absolutely miserable.
Spirit - After her release, spirit quickly became my favorite killer in the game and ended up becoming my main as a nearly perfect addition to the game along with what in my opinion was a great update which is why it annoyed me so much to find out that sounds were totally broken. I'm shocked that this patch went through purely because of the sound issues alone as sound was what made the delayed scratchmarks bearable when using her but yet for some reason it feels as if sound got completely overlooked even though the spirit had been released in the previous update, because of these issues it's nearly impossible to play spirit in comparison to the previous updates.
Hillbilly - Once again with sounds, they're completely broken and at times the chainsaw has been totally silent unless hillbilly is directly behind me.
Leatherface - This is yet another sound issue, except I have yet to have a case where leatherface's chainsaw has made any sound whatsoever as of this patch, it's completely silent.
Huntress - Hitboxes are beyond bad for huntress on the Mount Ormond Resort map as they get completely blocked off at certain parts of the main structure and to my memory this issue generally happened at dropoffs and windows.
Nurse - Deadzones have resurfaced for the nurse making it impossible to use her power on certain maps such as both of the swamp maps, though I'm not aware of all of the deadzones at the time of this post.
Perhaps for a moment if we were to go beyond specific issues and onto more general ones, the Ormond Resort map still has performance issues which for certain PC's makes the game almost unplayable while every other map provides no issues at all, with the new lighting update it's possible for Claudette to turn completely invisible on every map with the exception of the game and hitboxes in general feel worse as in many cases I've ended up hitting directly through survivors and nothing happens. With sounds being completely broken it's also completely impossible to hear firecrackers being dropped causing free blinds without even knowing they've been dropped making the winter event a living hell to play.
With all that being said, this update feels rushed and while I understand the developers are on a tight schedule I would much rather have seen this update delayed if it meant that we would end up with a cleaner result as updating the game engine is a big deal and because of this I think the devs should hold off from updating the game as fast as possible to instead ensure a cleaner update that's more enjoyable for both sides.
For now though, this is really all I want to say as of this moment and would like to see where this post goes from here before typing anything else up. Really all I have to say is that Legion is simply not healthy for the game and that the devs should not try to make another killer like them while also holding off updates if necessary to ensure more enjoyable content.