To get a Depth Crawler

I needed to go underground to storm an insect nest. And I planned to do that as an Air Raider. The only problem is, the only two vehicles that I can bring underground are the Depth Crawler and the SDL1. And the latter is a motorcycle that can be damaged by bumping into a wall, and there is no way for me to ride and shoot with it at the same time. Thus, I need the Depth Crawler. I started grinding on level 2 on Hard to get weapon drops. How weapon unlocking in the EDF main series games works… [Continue Reading]

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EDF 4.1 First Impressions

Well, I got EDF 4.1. And it feels great. After seeing the trailer for it last time, which I featured in one of my EDF: Insect Armageddon articles, I really wanted to get my hand on that game, largely because of the not-Jaeger VS not-Kaiju giant punch out. So far, I haven’t gotten there yet. My real-life stuff ate up most of my time, so I didn’t play much. I am currently being curbstomped by giant spiders in an underground nest on the sixth level. On Normal. If giant insects do invade Earth one day I am just going to… [Continue Reading]

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Severe burns and tough questions

What you see here is the only unlock that is a straight upgrade in TF2. The Third Degree is functionally identical to the stock Fire Axe except for one thing: all players connected via Medi Gun beams will be hit as well. Below is a table showing how this works. So naturally, since the Third Degree is a straight upgrade with zero downsides, people will flock to use it, right? If you hesitated for even a moment before saying “no”, you are obviously new to the game. The Third Degree has an equip rate so low at least half of… [Continue Reading]

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Healing among the chaos

For years I have been playing Medic solo in pubs. If there is ever a law banning self-torture, I’ll be jailed for life. After trying to heal in an environment where cooperation is minimal and communication is optional, I realize that the holy trinity of Crusader’s Crossbow, Medi Gun and Ubersaw, while powerful, is not too practical for me in this setting. Thus, my own pubcrawler Medic loadout isn’t the holy trinity, rather it consists of the Syringe Gun, Quick-Fix and the Amputator. I am pretty well aware of the three weapons in the holy trinity, and I know their strengths,… [Continue Reading]

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The hitscan enemies in Serious Sam 3: BFE

Serious Sam 3: BFE is my first game of the franchise, and I only played the other entries after I finished Serious Sam 3. When I was doing my first complete run of Serious Sam 3, the Cloned Soldiers felt really out of place. Being hitscan enemies, I am pretty much forced to take cover and wait for their gunfire to cease, before I rushed in to kick one of them across the room and shoot his buddy in his stupid face. The Cloned Soldiers first appeared in the second chapter, where they spawn in small squads. It is in… [Continue Reading]

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Why Demoman?

Why do I enjoy playing Demoman? Well, I just really, really enjoy hitting pipes. While the Stickybomb Launcher is the Demoman’s de facto primary weapon and his best damage dealer, the grenade launchers always have this strange allure for me. Sure, they probably aren’t as powerful as the Winbomb Launcher, but there is just something really satisfying about lobbing a grenade and having it hit a Scout right in his face, carving a whole chunk of health out of that Bostonian loudmouth. The greater skill needed to directly hit a grenade, the beautiful arc the pills traced as they flew through… [Continue Reading]

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Why Engineer?

Why do I play Engineer? Not to turtle, that’s for sure. I play Engineer to support my team, by providing suppressive fire, healing, ammo resupply and teleportation to the frontlines. The appeal of Engineer, however, isn’t just on the support he can provide for the team, or being able to get kills while sitting back and AFK for hours while your Sentry does the work. In fact, the Sentry isn’t even the most interesting thing about the Engineer. I really enjoy playing Engineer. To be more specific, I love playing Combat Engineer. So much so, I wrote about how much… [Continue Reading]

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Why Pyro?

Pyro is, as of now, my go-to class when I play TF2. However, why do I like playing Pyro so much? I enjoy Pyro’s gameplay, both the ambush, flanking style and the more support-based style. But no, that isn’t the only reason why I like playing Pyro, although it is the main one. And it definitely isn’t Pyro’s character either, since Pyro is my fourth-least favourite merc character-wise. Demoman, Medic, and Heavy are my top 3 favourite mercs character-wise, in that order. And it most definitely isn’t Pyro’s cosmetic options, since I prefer Medic’s and Spy’s. What I love most about Pyro… [Continue Reading]

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Why Spy?

I don’t usually play Spy. Not that I hate playing Spy, I just don’t get much chances to play him. I mean, the scenario where having one more Spy is fine is something that will only happen once every twenty matches. The scenario where having another Spy is necessary? About as often as the Golden Frying Pan dropping.. And when I realized “hey we need another Spy”, by the time I got to switch to Spy I would already have three more Spies in my team. Still, at the rare moments that I get to play Spy, it was awesome.… [Continue Reading]

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Why Sniper?

Why do I play Sniper? Is it because of the thrill of precision elimination, of taking out a valuable target in a single hit? Is it the excitement of facing another Sniper, where a slight deviation on aiming or a slight hesitation on strafing will lead to your death? Or is it the small joy of picking off enemy players, who think themselves to be safe, untouchable, up until your bullet penetrates their cranium? Or could it just be the simple pleasure of taking out enemies one by one, showing the server your mastery and precision? Trick question, I don’t… [Continue Reading]

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