I’m still on my first char currently going through AoM. I played the base game on Normal Veteran but am having a tough time of it here. I don’t feel I’m too awful and my death count is currently 12 (with death frequency increasing recently). Have since read Veteran has been given a shot in the arm via the latest patch. All good and I actually enjoy the Veteran challenge - mostly. So I’m currently stuck in Desolate Wastes and Void’s Edge. I’ve actually been through Desolate Wastes a few times as I’ve had to quit my session due to real life which means having to traverse it again. I would dearly love some more Riftgates or a checkpoint system but I suspect that topic has been done to death. Last night though I resolved to sit and get it done. My level 56 Witch Hunter has around 8.2k of health and 50% resistances. My work and parenting commitments leave me with casual gaming hours at best. Therefore I’ve not looked at farming better gear. The one time I did hit up some bounties I found progress too slow anyway. I’ve yet to come across gear that exceeds weapons and armour I’ve been running around in since level 35. No worries, I’ll just enjoy the campaign then.
So last night I carefully and meticulously cleared the Desolate Wastes and had fun doing so. I enjoyed a nice sense of accomplishment as I saw the exit before me. I entered Void’s Edge, took a few steps and was completely swamped by mobs emerging from the floor. I couldn’t see my character, could not move and was dead in literally a couple of seconds. So before I file that as the cheapest moment I’ve had in videogames, is there anything I could’ve done in that moment to win that situation? I tried moving out of the group but couldn’t. I fired off a couple of heals which I estimate kept me alive for and extra half second. FWIW the end was so comically harsh I saw the funny side of it. Less funny is the prospect of going through Desolate Wastes again.
The point – I enjoy playing Veteran but is my char (or its operator) just not up to it given I die in seconds when suddenly surrounded or don’t have room to kite? Must I drop back to Normal where the majority of the game will be less engaging in order to stand a chance when rushed?
Or is a busy parent just kidding himself that GD is a game that can accommodate him?
Finally can I please confirm these areas further to Into The Jaws Of Madness are required to progress the main AoM campaign?
I love the game, love the art and atmosphere but do not love the lack of checkpoints and unforeseeable, cheap hits.
Any advice, encouragement or criticism (given I’m one of what must be a long list of casual players posting angst over cheap deaths) welcome.