I’d been logging on about once a day since they released to give them a go, with mixed results. I managed to get a bronze for a Hotel solo, wiped a bunch of other times, retuned and retuned my build, and had some very bad luck with pugs. You just need too much communication with scenarios to rely on the chat window, especially with TSW’s wonky chat.
So I’ve been a little down in the dumps — I want to like scenarios, I just maintained that they are too difficult, especially on solo mode when you have two or three camps being attacked simultaneously. I don’t care how good your gear or build is, it’s impossible for one person to be in more than one place.
Apparently Joel Bylos agrees, as he popped in the forums to respond to criticism about the scenarios, saying fun things like:
“A part of the problem is that people are used to the progression of difficulty being that solo is easier than group because that is how things work in most games. However, I would argue that solo scenarios are the most difficult and indeed nightmare solo is the hardest of the content we have released with Issue #8.”
The former I call BS on, and the latter just makes me cross-eyed. Solo is supposed to be the most difficult? Why is this a good design decision? Is this now The Bizarro World?
Anyway, our cabal broke up into two groups of five and decided to run all three scenarios on normal difficulty, duo mode. I think this was a good decision, since all six runs completed (ours got two silver and one gold). The duo setting felt adequate for a group — challenging but not overwhelmingly so. I only then realized that you do get a token or two per boss kill, so that made me feel better about failing a scenario, since you could still walk away with a couple tokens and the AP/SP earned.
We had fun getting a feel for the maps, often splitting up into two groups and keeping our baby birds alive. I really would love to see a different scenario type in the near future, as protecting mostly helpless NPCs is right up there with “escort missions” as potentially frustrating content.
So I’m feeling a little better about it all, although there’s no way I’m going to subject myself to more soloing. I’d love to be going back to running standard missions, to be honest, but scenario rewards — augments, the Tokyo certification, cosmetics, purple gear — are too good to ignore.