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Solo Surviving Vs. S.W.F.
So... It came to this point...
solo surviving is now very hard compared to survive with friends. i'm a survivor main and 90% of my playtime is survivor gameplays. (more than 1k hours)
let's point everything.
1- The " Emotes ". basically they're now Useless. the only thing you can get use out of them is ( follow me - Telling the killer someone is in the locker - Repair. ). solo survivors have a very very limited way of communicating with their teammates. while in the other side. Survive With Friends Can Make The Survivors Communicate In every way they want. (voice chat. probably discord)
2- Perks (Aura Reading). in solo, if someone got hit or chased by the killer. you have to be lucky in order to find him OR use aura perks. (empathy. bond. aftercare). while in the other hand. Survive with friend can simply communicate and tell each other where they are. that's what can even make some killer perks (knock out. the third seal. etc) useless.
3- also perks (not aura perks). in solo. you won't know if your teammates are just farming you or getting you off hook with borrowed time. you will be forced to beg for them in order to make them take borrowed time for you. same goes with perks like deliverance. and some other perks.
4- basically random expert survivors are worst than noob survive with friend survivors. the reason for it is basically because you don't know what that expert survivor will do. you won't know where he is. what he's doing. if he's wasting his time or not. in the other hand. you can talk with your noob teammate and tell him that he should repair generators. he should come and save you. he should bla bla bla and make him stop wasting his time.
5- random survivors can all come to rescue you giving the killer a lot of free hits. and waste their entire time self-caring. or just leave you dying " thinking " someone else will come and save you. also i should point the survivors that just leave you and wait for your death to take your item. these things never happen in swf groups.
6- survive with friends give survivors a free kindred. the hooked swf member can simply tell his teammates that the killer is camping him. or he's out going to [insert survivor name] warning him and making him hide. so by playing solo you are wasting a perk slot.
7- disconnects? i won't talk about rage quits.... you already know how it F**ks up the game for other survivors.
8- the random " flashlight savers " who hide behind a bush waiting for you to get down to get their flashlight saves. they can sometimes sandbag you at loops causing you to go down quickly and warns the killer about them. and you know just a 180 spin can stop the survivor from flashlight saving. while in the other hand. you can tell your SWF teammates that you're about to get down. etc.
9- 40% of killers dodge SWF teams. and search for easy wins.
solo surviving needs a buff. what i think can balance it is adding text chat (or voice chat within 16 meters of each survivor). that would balance this.