Progression Bottleneck and Imbalance
Let's talk about what many are finding to be one of the biggest problems with Meet Your Maker: Progression. Take a look at this screenshot of my Loadout screen and then I'll explain.
You'll see I've got plenty of the Parts and Cells but my synthite is low. Really low. I am currently stuck with the choice of either not buying upgrades or not reactivating my bases. There is a massive bottleneck around synthite for me as a builder main and it's getting extremely frustrating to manage.
I have one base at 2,600+ kills, two at 800+, one at 500+, and a newer one at 231 kills. I have tons of accolades (one of my bases has 76 "Fun" ratings on 153 raid attempts, for example) and my bases are prestige 10, 8, 8, 6, and 3. Based on what I've seen around the community, these are pretty solid numbers. Yet I've spent over 80% of my time raiding for synthite instead of tweaking my bases, building new ones, and overall playing the game as I'd like to. Also, despite spending all of that time raiding, I only have a few upgrades to my gear and character to help with tougher bases. I'd have to completely forgo building for a while and just use synthite on upgrades to fix that.
Let's break it down in simple terms. Generally, with all 5 bases up, I can collect up enough synthite to prestige 1 base (sometimes a second) and have a little leftover. Then its time to spam raids until I get the other 4 bases prestiged and reactivated. Now I am out of playing time and can't keep raiding for more synthite and thus, I'm unable to purchase upgrades for my character or my traps and enemies.
I don't think anything sums up the bottleneck more than the fact that my player level is 57 and yet I have basic upgrades for a few minions and traps and only the first couple of basic upgrades for my loadout. Raiders I've been watching live on stream with player levels like 23 or 31 have all gear unlocked and are spending synthite on upgrades for traps and such just to use the resource even though they don't intend to build. This is a huge imbalance that makes it seem like BHVR doesn't want there to be builder mains.
Hopefully this bottleneck around Sythite can be addressed soon because it really is putting a massive damper on what otherwise is my favorite video game release in a long time. I'd really like to spend most of my time making and fiddling with my bases or maybe even practice an even split. As it is right now that's just not possible. Anyway, sorry for the long read but there we have it. If you need me I'll be raiding so I can activate my three depleted bases. Sigh.