(Somewhat of a ramble so I apologise in advanced)
First off, I’m a Zane player who knows what weapons I enjoy weapons…though I will admit, they aren’t always the strongest weapons I can have. I have caved in and gotten some of the more meta weapons - such as the light show, monarch and reflux. I have a shock backburner which I’ve always loved using.
I went into this raid when it first came out with my friend. He is an Amara sure. And for the most part, we could handle the enemies. While we - mostly me - has difficulty with the platforming, today we finally achieved it. We beat the takedown on Mayhem 10.
What felt like a victory was really quickly quashed.
The first boss - my friend died. I ran out of ammo on the weapons I had and took a good 40 minutes using weapons lying around before I beat it. There was so much excitement, I was tense and so was he…when I finally beat him - I legit cried out in happiness. But my reward? 9 world drops. None of which are useful at all. The same for my friend. Legitimately nothing.
Okay, that’s fine - that’s just rng. Let’s go on. We struggle through to the end - I switch my build so I use clone instead of shield so he can be the bait and we can unlock the crystals - and we finally get to the final boss.
Fighting him wasn’t an issue. But the nova? Where you have to hide behind a pillar? Only then to have the kamikaze dudes follow you behind there and knock you back from it.
That’s fine, I went down and my friend came to revive me…for a game that encourages multiplayer in order to beat it, the lag was so bad I couldn’t shoot anything.
No lag issues with the Maliwan takedown at all and we took a while to do that when it first came out. And we were rewarded for it - at least one item.
Anyway, I go down and I apologise. And the only reason my friend came in clutch was because they had guardian angel which I kept a mental note of for them. And it was always the kamikaze enemies that would force it out.
You could run with boosted speed all the way to the other end of the room and they’ll still find you. You might be able to stop one but when there’s 6 of them, you just die.
I can’t imagine how users who don’t use an extra life build - guardian angel, pet reviving you, clone takes your place etc.
Anyway, thank the Lord - he did it! He actually did it! Thank god, we’ve been at this since it first came out and we finally did it.
That feeling of satisfaction? Short lived. I got 7 legendaries and my friend got 10. None of them new.
I wouldn’t have even minded if we just got a special head unlock for completing it - just some kind of badge of honour for managing to complete it.
But after all that grinding, all that panicking…there is nothing to show for it. Not even a room decoration for completing it.
There wasn’t anything like that for the Maliwan Takedown But I felt like the new items dropped more often for it. This newest guardian takedown is incredibly tedious. Some what challenging but there were times the modifiers just completely screwed over and I couldn’t prevent it.
This is by far the most difficult takedown/raid I’ve done. And I’m glad for that - I’m glad to be challenged. But there was no reward for all of that effort.
Not even a cosmetic for our room or for us to wear so that we have some pride.
I actually do like this takedown - it’s challenging and you have to be more careful of what you do, what you use etc. I changed my build in the middle of the takedown for survivability - Zane clone incase I get bopped.
But the modifiers - the majority of them - are more frustrating than challenging. And when you finally do achieve that end goal, there’s no reward. And while this is great to do with friends, it is so incredibly laggy that it almost punishes you for playing it with friends. Me and my friend have gone through game crashes, massive lag spikes to where we don’t realise where we are until and too late and the lack of control during platforming just ended in my death a lot. Though that may just be a me thing…I much prefer the zero gravity from the pre sequel. Couldn’t we have just had Rhys chime in and say : “Hey! Atlas found old oz kit technology. Maybe this can help you guys?”
Give Rhys some use and give us control. It would have helped a lot but that’s just a nitpick really.
I’ve watched the videos of what we could find in these raids. But with how tedious, punishing and draining it was with little to no reward - I can’t help but feel like it’s just not worth it.
“But farming is a part of it.”. I understand that and love farming for loot. But the payoff didn’t outweigh the effort for me and my friend. There is the satisfaction of having done it but the goal of this game is to loot and shoot. With a lack of loot, is it worth it?
A little late to the party, I know, but I wanted to beat it myself properly before I gave a true opinion. And I really encourage other people to try and beat it at least once. And just some sort of guaranteed reward would be nice - such as gaining a new cosmetic for defeating it perhaps. Even if it’s purple, I still have some kind of ‘badge of honour’. Or reward a token of some sort - similar to forgive tokens and serif crystals - that we can trade in to some machine for takedown exclusive rewards.
Long story short : I love that it’s challenging. But the modifiers make it a lot more tedious than it should be and the reward isn’t worth it. We did it but I do not want to do it again.
Did any of you guys manage to defeat the takedown? And if so - who did you use? And what are your opinions on it as a whole?