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16  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: June 11, 2015, 11:35:24 am
Playing a lot of State of Decay the last week or so, mainly focussing on getting all the heroes unlocked.  I got the last one unlocked for level four and will be pushing forward to level five this afternoon after I scrounge some more building materials.  By far the most difficult one I've done is "the sniper" where you need to get 25 head shot streaks.  This one was cursed for me.  Even using characters with the slo motion shooting perk it's difficult to get five head shots in a row without a miss, body/limb shot or an armored zombie F#|<ing up the program, doing it 25 times is ridiculous.  To prep for it I loaded the trunk of a pickup with ammo, snacks and health and that truck promptly tipped over in a glitch where I hit nothing and BOOM, massive stockpile of gear lost.  Then about an hour later I had the exact same disasterous glitch in a different area.  Total ammo expended on this stupid unlock (including the two lost vehicles) was probably close to 500 rounds.  I'm so glad I won't have to try to do it again.  The hero unlocks for level five look very straightforward and the last one is unlocked just for arrivig at level six so I'm not anticipating any great hardship getting these.  Thought at some point I need to try to purposefully sabotage a playthrough to get "the killer.'  This one pisses me off, I have to purposely play to lose to get it which goes against my inner being. 
17  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Outlaw's State of Decay guide on: June 09, 2015, 09:15:47 am
Some more zed fighting tips.

I used to hate Ferals the most, now Big 'Uns have moved up to my most hated status.  A Big 'Un can rip a completely healthy character in half if no one is there to knock him upside the head to make him drop you.  I lost one of my favorite heroes to a Big 'Un exactly like this during a besieged event where one plucked me out of the house because I was standing too close to the front door while fighting zombies.  The three nimrods I was trying to protect happily watched me get ripped in half just a few feet away but apparently walking from the comfort of their house to their front porch was too much to ask.  The point I'm getting at is be extremely cautious of the big guys.  One error can be fatal, especially if you are fighting one by yourself.  There is an option to take a buddy with you everywhere you go (at the cost of 100 influence) but I'm always hesitant to do this because they tend to do things like run at hordes you just chucked a firebomb or grenade at and then be upset because they are on fire or whatever.  Pussies.

Ferals are still a handful but you at least have a chance to recover from serious wounds once or twice while fighting them.  The biggest risk while fighting either a feral or Big Un is having other zombies around to distract your focus and give the freaks an opening to maul you.  Always try to have a vehicle close at hand to use for a hasty retreat if you need it.

Know your terrain.  One aspect of SoD that irks me is that zombie density/difficulty is completely opposite of logical sense but I think it has to do with the AI pathing.  When you are in one of the cities, zombies primarily travel along the roadways and they aren't likely to leave buildings unless you approach very close, drive a vehicle nearby or shoot a gun off in close proximity.  Even zombies relatively nearby won't always run around buildings to get to you even if they know you are there.  This allows you to slowly but systematically clear a block or a row of office buildings while dealing with bite size groups that can be dispatched semi-easily.  When you are out in the country things are actually much worse.  Without rows of buildings to camp in or roads to influence travel direction zombies will flock in from ridiculously far away at the slightest provocation.  You will rarely have a simple encounter with just a few zombies out in the country, instead more and more will trickle in as they are attracted to the commotion, travelling in fast straight lines directly towards you.  The majority of my worst maulings and encounters that quickly go south have been out in the country fields or lonely farmhouse areas of the map.  My first Breakdown attempt I had my home base at MacReady's farm and was constantly under attack from zombies wandering in from the countryside as well as victim to orchards directly adjacent to the farm that were always infested (I don't know if it changed or not since I rage quite that doomed attempt but I couldn't build outposts in the orchards to prevent the infestations because you need to be in a building to create an outpost.) 

Silence is golden.  Zombies in this game are extremely sound orientated.  As such, silencing your firearm is very important.  Silencers come in three grades.  Super cheap tin can models good for ten shots, better homemade ones that will do thirty rounds and very rare machined silencers that will last for fifty.  I not only recommend having at least one firearm with you for when things get sticky, but also have a silencer for it.  One of the most difficult hero challenges I've done so far is killing fifty zombies with revolvers.  The revolvers only hold five shots a piece, are slow to reload and can't be silenced.  Not fun.

Variety is the spice of life.  To get the various challenges completed you want to have a diverse group of skillsets availabe.  Shooters, edged weapon experts, blunt weapon experts, heavy weapon experts, etc.  The same goes for traits for optimizing your base.  Have a researcher, a medical guru, a construction expert, you get the idea.  Choose your specializations wisely.  I talked up rage early on but after messing with it I decided I like combat endurance better (50% reduction in melee stamina use.)  Having at least one ninja around is also handy.  The point here is don't build all your characters to be clones because if you run into a situation they aren't suited for you won't have a plan B. 

A few general Breakdown tips.  Fix the RV as fast as possible even if you plan to stick around a while, otherwise you might not have the materials available when you do finally decide you want to leave. 

You can only take seven survivors with you to the next level, choose wisely.  Speaking of choosing wisely, all of your gear in the storage locker comes with, but make sure if someone you plan to leave behind had a good item, you have them store it before you leave or it's lost. 

Item, material and influence management are keys to success, especially when you first arrive at the next level.  When you start out influence management is especially vital to survival.  You'll be burning through influence to set up outposts, and even more importantly, restocking with choice gear out of the storage locker.  There is a hard limit to how much you can stow in the locker so before you swap levels destroy the useless crap in the locker like small backpacks and 2x4's.  This frees up room so you can store useless crap in the locker again to build up influence fast at the start of the next level.  You can also carry over up to 30 of each resource type from the previous level, if at all possible try to carry over the full 30 building materials so you can move into a home site ASAP if needed.  The RV's placement in the valley when you start a new level is random.  Sometimes you can put an outpost right next to it to help shield your people from wandering hordes with the outpost traps, sometimes you can't.  And on the later levels even that may not be effective for long because the zombie attacks become relentless.  Also be mindful of resource storage caps, don't bring back resources you don't have room to store, they just end up wasted and I cannot stress how finite they become later on.

Get your researching done in the first level or two.  You will need to do a lot of building, tearing down and building more to get all eight of the research types done (and you want them, they give you access to create your own gadgets which becomes much preferable to relying on the every stingier game world as you progress) but availability of building materials drops off drastically after the first couple levels.  Also, research knowledge carries over each level so once you learn how to make chemical incendiaries, you will always know how to make them. 


 Good luck!
18  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: Outlaw's State of Decay guide on: June 09, 2015, 07:55:58 am
So yea, it's been a year and a half since I last posted in this thread but after rage quitting my first attempt at Breakdown I recently started playing again so I'm coming back to add some insight into this game mode and some of the new patch features (I own Lifeline but haven't played it yet so that will not be covered yet.)

So Breakdown is pretty much what players were asking for since SoD first dropped, an open sandbox mode with no story attached.  The game starts you out wandering alone in the wilderness with Lilly filling you in on the backstory that you indeed are F#|<ed.  You're on your own and need to find a new community to join ASAP.  There will be a handful of available communities all located at potential home sites from the original game and whichever one of the these communities you stagger up to will immediately accept you with open arms and Lilly will move in as well to fill her standard radio operator role.  So far so good.  Now you just survive as long as you can.

This is just endless post zombie apocalypse survival endurance mode with two slight twists to spice up the game play. 1.  You have specific challenges you can perform to unlock "hero" characters.  You want to do these because the heroes are a cut above your standard NPCs and having them in your crew will help boost your survival odds significantly.  2.  There is an RV somewhere in the valley that you can find and repair so you can use it to leave when the supplies are exhausted in your current playthrough (or before if you just want to collect the heroes for that level and move on).  You don't really leave the valley, you come back to it but now everything is reset with a higher difficulty (more zombies, less resources.)

Tactics update:  Tactics for the game have not changed significantly though I will add a few insights I've learned from playing a TON of Breakdown recently.  

Dropkicks.  I either didn't realize until recently or it was added in one of the later patches but characters start with a dropkick move that is incredibly effective.  Hold LBumper and hit "A" to perform a dropkick that will knock almost any zombie flat on their back so you can move in for the LBumper "Y" finisher.  This does not work on Big 'Uns and works about half the time on Ferals.  It has a longer recovery time and uses more stamina than the super shove utility skill but it can be relied upon in most combat situations to help push zombies back (the zombie you kick will push back others as it falls) and it saves your weapons from wear and tear.  Sometimes you can even luck out and kill a zombie outright with the dropkick which is awesome.  

Flame weapons.  Early on in Breakdown stock up on making petrol bombs and chemical incendiaries while supplies are plentiful, your stores carry over from level to level.  Always go out in the field with a few fire bombs of any type, these are invaluable for dealing with large hordes.  Eventually you will become a master at running towards the camera and tossing a fire bomb over your shoulder to immolate the horde that is right on your heels and quickly gaining.

Noise makers and explosive weapons.  Explosive weapons like grenades are rare in this game so like the fire bombs, stock up on pipe bombs early on while you have the chance.  A little less forgiving when it comes to aim, it's easiest to maximize your explosive effectiveness by chucking your pipe bomb into a group already occupied with a noisemaker (doll, firecracker, etc.)  The whistling box mine I was disappointed with, the wind up before the explosion is so long that zombies can become bored with it and wander away before it detonates.  My zombie kill score from two whistling box mines?  One dead zed.  

Vehicles.  Vehicles are a very precious commodity in Breakdown, more so on later levels as they start becoming VERY scarce.  A new mechanic added with one of the more recent patches is the ability to store items in the trunks of vehicles, including rucksacks.  Pickup trucks, station wagons and police cruisers are the most valuable for this because they all hold six rucks at a time (the maximum amount.)  This simple change to the game makes loot runs exponentially more productive.  Make sure you have a base with a workshop that can repair vehicles and keep them in rotation to avoid blowing one up.  They become extremely difficult to replace later.

Outposts.  Be smart about where you put your outposts.  Your first priority for outpost building is protecting your home base.  Keep the outpost traps armed to increase the area of protection the outposts offer and you can ensure that most zombies will not make it anywhere near your bases walls.  Focus on controlling the roads that lead to your base so hordes can't easily walk up and also control the buildings directly adjacent to your base to prevent them from becoming infested.  Having a base next to a site that keeps getting infested is awful.  Once you have your outpost defense line established the way you want toss a few more out to aid in loot runs.  I like to have one near the church, and one near the fairground with the rest near my home base which is either in Snyders Trucking or the Savini house.  If I have another one available I'll toss it in one of the buildings near the Jurassic Junction attraction so I have pretty even coverage across the map for storage lockers.  
19  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: June 09, 2015, 06:46:41 am
I can't help think of Tom Petty.

And I'm FREE!!!
Free-fallin'

C'mon everybody,  sing along.  You know the words.
20  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: May 21, 2015, 07:13:19 pm
He looks like he's headed down to the synagog.

"I gotta go do a sermon. Then a bah mitzvah in the morning. Do you need eggs or milk? I can stop at that grocery store over by Harold & Mischa's. Oh I forget the name. The one where the cashier always says her name each transaction. Yes I know it's Carol. You told me the last hundred times. Oiye! I better bring a parka in case it gets a little chilly later tonight. If Ivan comes by later, you tell that schmuck I want my money! Shalom!"

"These kids, oiye!  Never have I heard such kvetching."
21  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: May 19, 2015, 07:22:43 am
But will the team be there when Charlie gets back?

Dun Dun DUNN!!!
22  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: May 05, 2015, 12:40:00 pm
I haven't been playing my PS4 a ton lately either. Mostly for Destiny, Battlefield 4 here and there, and some Borderlands from time to time. I've mostly been playing games on my laptop lately.

Though I'll be playing PS4 a lot more since Wolfenstein The New Blood is out tomorrow... Unfortunately, because the developers don't know how to compress files, I'll have to spend a couple days downloading it because it's like 38 gbs.

38 gig?  Holy schnikes.
23  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: May 04, 2015, 07:31:44 am
Was on PS4. Don't even have the game anymore though.

Been playing Bloodborne, holy shit it's good. Imagine everything good about Dark Souls and multiply it by 10. It's phenomenal.

I was looking at Bloodborne, haven't given it a try yet.  My PS4 has been gathering dust since I stopped playing DCUO and the continuously toxic community drove me away from GTA online again.  Looking forward to Arkham Knight and Uncharted 4 though.

I have been playing a metric shit ton of Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag.  Despite owning Assassinss Creed 1-3 plus the Ezio games on the PC I never got much into them (the first one kind of sucks and I was hung up on playing them in order)  Black Flag was free on XBox last month and I love Pirates so I said "Fuck it" and just dove in (I'm sure there are tons of references to previous games going on that completely have escaped my notice and if there's a long term plot I have no idea what it is.  I'm a ninja Pirate, shut up and let me loot and pillage.)  Despite some maddening control issues (like failing stealth objective because my character decides that instead of running and jumping off a roof to escape attention he should just dangle off of a nearby piece of architecture so I can get shot in the ass) the game is hella fun.  Or maybe it just scratches the itch that Sea Dogs 2 wasn't quite able to because of the late addition of the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in and rushed release date complete with glitches galore.  What I'm saying is I've spent over a decade jonsing for a good Pirate game and I literally have spent entire real world days just cruising the ocean and doing ship to ship combat without advancing the main story the tiniest bit.  Good times.
24  TZH Discussion / TZH Discussion / Re: Today's Comic on: April 17, 2015, 07:39:24 am
Jenny is this comic looks like she just realized she's overdressed for the apocalypse. "Wait, I AM too sexy for this apocalypse!"

The art really is looking good.
25  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 14, 2015, 03:44:45 am
I only ever managed to play through the first one. The online community for GTA Online is fucking awful, it was incredibly rare for me to get three people for a game, and when I did one or more of them ended up sucking. I got to the end of the prison heist mission, dude crashes his helicopter and gets us a game over, everybody quits. Nobody ever wants to do organized events, they just wanna dick around in the open world.

Yea, you pretty much have to be in a decent crew to get heists done.  I would say join mine but I think you're on XBox.
26  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: April 06, 2015, 01:17:20 pm
DCUO (my addiction to this game will not quit), GTA Online (the Heists update is pretty sweet) and Pillars of Eternity.  If you even remotely liked the Baldurs Gate or Icewind Dale games you owe it yourself to play PoE. 
27  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 02, 2015, 09:34:01 pm
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 dropped on Steam today and I already got past the first two nights.  And... it's creepier than the second one, possibly even creepier than the first.  Gone are the split second precision camera flips I'm used to.  The reaction time of everything in the game has been slowed down to increase the feeling of risk and... it works.  I stopped after the second night because I literally couldn't take anymore if I want to get any sleep tonight.  So many subtle tweaks to the concept while at the same time stripping away some of the almost overwhelming array of things that were going on in the second game.  In a word... creepy.
28  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 27, 2015, 04:15:05 pm

thank you!

No problem, have fun!
29  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 11, 2015, 04:50:29 am
Also been playing Destiny more, for some reason. It's a crap game that I bought TWICE. I bought it the first time on launch, and became addicted to it's skinner box bs despite how shallow of a game it is, and traded it in, and then I bought it again because I missed playing with friends, and they somehow managed to make it WORSE. The "Fun with friends" part is really starting to wear thin. If you're ever thinking of buying it, don't, just save your money for a good game. I mean, it's not totally crap, it does have redeeming features, just not a whole lot.

I couldn't get interested in Destiny.  One of my friends is a ginormous Bungie fanboy and tried to sell me on it but no matter excited he was about it he still made it sound like a horrific and hugely unfun grind fest.  Then the reviews and gameplay vids I watched didn't change that initial impression. 
30  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 05, 2015, 03:36:50 pm
Also, I don't know what that game is.

Five Night's at Freddy's is an indie horror survival game that came out last August.  Since it came out the Sequel/Prequel Five Night's at Freddy's 2 came out last November and the third game in the series is already being teased.  It became a viral sensation based on the original premise and the infamous difficulty of "4/20" mode, a custom game mode unlocked after completing the game that is so difficult the creator orginally believed it to be impossible.  There's a wiki for it but I really wouldn't recommend reading it before playing the game, only check it out after you've either beaten it or gotten stuck and need guidance.  The game will lose a lot of its inherent creepiness if you understand the mechanics of the game completely before playing because trial and error regarding the enemy behavior is one of the key things that makes the game creepy and difficult.

It's not expensive (7 bucks or so on steam and 3 bucks for the mobile version) and it's appeared on sale and in at least one indie bundle for dirt cheap.   The wiki is at http://freddy-fazbears-pizza.wikia.com if you decide you want more info.
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