What do you think
What I have noticed in all pub games I played (I'm not in a clan) is that if the marines take 2 hives immediatly (or in extreme cases their second quickly after the aliens build it) then the marines win. Period. If however the aliens have 2 hives long enough for people to go fades, then the aliens win.
There's nothing a skulk or lerk can do against a decentently built lockdown, especially if it's defended by upgraded marines, and it's difficult to take over a hive when there's fades all over the map...
My point being, the game may be balanced (aliens have to secure one hive but it takes time, the marines must secure 2 hives but they *can* be faster), but later in the game I feel like I am just... sitting it out. Whether it's waiting for the fades to spam the marine base with it's rockets, or spamming a base with rockets as a fade.
There are of course exceptions sometimes when hives are constantly changing owner, but that doesn't happen very much (or at least not when I'm around...)
So do other people acknowledge this as a problem too? Possible solution could be to nerf fades and make hives a bit cheaper maybe...