Same here. I’m seeing a lot of posts about how difficult the game has become, I’m wondering if I have my world set differently or if I’m just not participating in challenging events. It doesn’t feel all that different to me.
Normal also and I go in waves. Sometimes I am having a blast and feel a bit overpowered, but I like it. Then sometimes it feels like I can't kill anything. It really switched once I got into the world tiers. I stumbled into a group of random NPCs last night and they were all fighting each other. Then all of the sudden they all turned and started targeting me. I had a table as cover and I was almost immediately surrounded. I was then getting sniped by a robot dog I couldn't see.
I tried the library event and opened the elevator only for two axe wielding yellows to walk out and one hit me. I never bothered to go back.
I can also tell the sponginess has increased since my accuracy rating is the same or better at the end of events but I am burning through double the ammo. I took a checkpoint back and then the following waves ran me out of ammo. I couldn't find the restock box either so had to completely switch weapons.
I am at the point since still trying to complete world tiers that I just focus on armor. I just die to easily otherwise.