Okay, I assume most of you reading this have already tried the Ironman (and died over a dozen times).
If you have not, I suggest you try it before you read this post.
Anyway, onto the post. But first, I shall put a part of the mission description here.
(part of the) Mission Description:
“This Competition is designed to stress your abilities to the breaking point. Skillful maneuvering, exact aiming, and lightning reflexes are a must.”
Anyway, as much as I think adding Ironman was good, A LOT of the difficulty in this mission just feels very artificial. Cowards are everywhere, bullets that just fly at you from whatever angle (this is still reasonable, though.), thunder strikes that just seem to have a mind of their own, limited movement, faster overheat, and once again: COWARDS ARE EVERYWHERE.
Allow me go through them.
First off: Cowards.
Yes, we all know how annoying cowards are, but let me just get to the point here.
They just prevent you doing most things here in ironman. Trying to score, trying to dodge, trying to not run into thunder that’s right next to you. And this is where the “lightning reflexes” come in. Is this supposed to be a mission that tests your skills, or is this a patience test? At the moment, I feel that it’s more of the latter than the former due to the gratuitous coward spam, which forces you to do this mission really meticulously, which makes scoring not an option unless you have something like an Attractor or Phase Out to help you get the food and powerups.
Not to mention: Their bullets leave the screen in almost less than a second.
Thunder is deadly, yes. Faster Overheat is annoying, yes. Slower movement is making dodging even harder for you? Probably.
Okay, Environments are not so bad. They do make it genuinely more difficult as opposed to the artificial difficulty that the cowards pose. Faster overheat means you really have to bring coolants, or be a god at heat management. Slower Movements means you have to be prepared to move, and thunder is just… A mental barrier that constantly yells “DO NOT CROSS”.
However, the presence of thunder in this mission just makes the player have to guess when it’s about to strike, as they may not always notice the telegraph just as it appears. And because of this, you have no idea how many times I’ve missed a powerup or got trapped because of it.
A prime example is in Wave 7: Corridor Shooter, where maneuverability is very limited.
If you get an unfortunate thunder position, you’re forced to stay in one side until it passes to not risk a face full of electricity, and when toxics are present… You get the idea.
As much as the environments may be annoying, these are genuine threats, which are tolerable, but still can really be a pain in the patookus. (But most of it is due to trying to not die to bullets which already fly around like a storm. This one does test your reflexes, so it’s still fine.)
And last and definitely the least: Bullet speed.
Okay, this one does not really bother me much, but if bullets are going to be fast, there should at least be a factor of zoom. The height in comparison to the Width is much shorter, which means bullets will leave the screen extremely fast, and lightning reflexes are indeed a must. However, in some waves, you’re quite vulnerable to a rather cheap sucker punch from a bullet that you could not dodge due to lightning/cowards. (I’m looking at you, Enemy Hurricane.)
However, even though bullet speed can be a rather formidable threat, it is still tolerable, as the difficulty that comes from it is genuine.
Now, if you have taken all these into account, which factor do you think contributes to most of the frustration during Ironman?
If your answer is “Cowards”, you are absolutely correct. These buggers are so frequent in Ironman that it pretty much forces you to take things really slow, or risk a very likely death while trying to score.
I know it’s most likely on me for being impatient during the mission, but… like I said: Is this a test of skill, or a patience test? Challenge Missions should be fast and furious. Not something you have to do so slowly that you end up taking almost 2 minutes trying to clear a single wave that is a chicken salad of cowards and minibosses, with a generous helping of eggs. (sounds tasty.)
And, that is the end of what I want to say.
What are your opinions, people? Is Ironman fair, or unfair?
(Please read the post before voting or liking.)
- I’m going to be that one indecisive guy who doesn’t like to think things out, and say I don’t know.
Please leave an answer for why you think it’s Fair or Unfair.