Tank is probably the least popular class among seasoned players but in all honesty, it's my favorite class to run solo. I've been digging poc hardcore solo for the last few days and had really good games with it. Scouts being a 1 knife kill after only one skill point is a big ammo saver.
RHINO WRESTLER CLASS
That is a strong class for sure. It really depends on your style of play. Solo mode its great class for obvious reasons. When playing within a team; I originally thought the tank class was more of a selfish class because it really only benefits the player that has it equipped, but since playing hardcore pretty regularly I find that a tank with a riot shield is almost a necessity. A good Tanker will always be the "Rhino Wrestler" of the group. When you pull out your shield on the final escape or breeder battle and charge in front of the rhinos it is appreciated beyond words LOL. Even diverting their attention for a few seconds allows other players plenty of time to reset the mini-turrets in that direction and down they go.
In hardcore I usually put my first group of points into ammo and a mini-turret. On barrier hives I drop the mini-turret for the Tank class because he can stand and fire it for longer with his added health and shielded back. This gives me the benefit of a fast dying barrier and also the freedom to run around and rack up money for the teams ammo source.
If more players would play this role in hardcore... we would see a lot more escapes.
Also see my thread on "My strategy for being a strong team player... the "AMMO GUY" there have been some great nuggets of knowledge dropped there as well. Please add your input where you think it would be helpful.
Thanks for this post G-