Just wanted to check with you Forumites what you think of the new Herc stages on the island.
Personally I think it's a bit rough. Tried it with an account decently equipped that could clear the island before.
The funny thing is I can beat the last of the New herc stages (which is supposed to be the hardest right?) but I can't beat the first or the second one since they force you into head to head combat with up to 6 Herc multiple times.
There is no way to be sneaky about it at least not any way that wont take even more time.
Just to illustrate the ammount of herc you need to plow through on the first stage I got to the last section and had to just run with the last seconds to get a survivor into the green when time ran out. At that point I had skipped around 7 herc soldiers and still got 281,786 xp without any books used for experience. This was the variant with the generators I believe (or whatever it is you destroy).
I don't mind the difficulty really I just think it should scale with the levels not start off with the hardest and get easier :p