apocalypse pack: pt 1, “I’M A N00B HELP”
so apocalypse pack went free-to-play like two updates ago. if you have a computer that can run it, you can pick it up. and in this time of trouble i figure everyone wants to pick up a new hobby.
and this is like a ~guide~ for ~new players~ because seriously if i see one more fiffen get backstabbed because their situational awareness is nil i’m going to punch a baby.
so you load up the game, and the first thing you might figure you need to do is play the tutorial. don’t bother, it’s crap and they haven’t updated it since the Tool patch. seriously, you learn a lot more from fucking around in sandbox with a bunch of bots (or some real patient friends if you’ve got them). so click where it says ‘sandbox’ just leave the default settings up and click okay, you’ll pick a character and then get pooted into a room full of bots.
so the next step is “OMG WHAT CHARACTER DO I PICK??????” i’m gonna make a longer post about that but for now we’ll just go over the basics.
there’s eighteen characters in appack. there were sixteen- pretty much four for each class- but in the last few updates they’ve started adding ~~~NEW HEROES~~~ so yeah. right now they’ve been focusing on attack and defense heroes, i hear tanks and healers are getting their own update soon.
UNLIKE eclipse rising you pick your character at the start of the match and then you’re stuck with them, so keep that in mind. every character has their own powerset but you can split em into four roles pretty easily:
attack: alasi, fiffen, metes, instinct, oanic, smog
defense: tartu, natta, tool, mimmen, branch
tank: ometan, meera, sostis, vengeance
healer: poahi, darkmoon, lerrin
attack heroes take it to the enemy in close quarters. most of them do a fuckton of damage but are a lil bit squishy to make up for it. alasi is all about grenades and rockets and making things go boom, fiffen is a sniper- if you’ve ever played an fps and sniped you know how to play fiffen- metes is your basic run-and-gun, and instinct/oanic/smog are all flankers designed to get up behind the enemy and pick them off.
defense heroes guard the point and set up traps. tartu has sticky bombs and a couple other traps, natta builds turrets and has a shield, tool hacks environmental stuff and the enemy’s weapons, mimmen - well mimmen’s Complicated, we’ll get to that later- branch builds walls and can tangle up enemies for a few minutes
tanks guard everyone else and set up a front line. if you’re a masochist, play a tank. ometan is the classic one- big shield, big hammer. meera has a minigun but she’s slow as fuuuuuuuuck. sostis has a dash ability, vengeance has a hook and a chainsaw and she’s hardcore af.
healers get the shaft more than anyone else. if you’re a sadist look into playing a healer, you’re gonna need the urge to destroy. poahi is the ‘classic’ healer who can resurrect dead people- and also my wife- darkmoon has an aura that buffs anyone who takes damage and debuffs the enemy team, and lerrin gives buffs with a ray gun and can follow you around to heal you and buff you.
which one should you pick? out of the attack heroes, metes is easiest to control; natta or tartu are easy defense to pick up and play, ometan and vengeance are easy tanks, and poahi is probably the simplest hero to pick up. it doesn’t mean that they’re easy to get good at, but they have simple controls and pretty straightforward ults.
go into sandbox with one of them, fuck around, and learn the controls. it’s better than the tutorial and you might figure out some cool stuff on your own.
well i’ve gone on long enough so i’ll end the post here, but next time we’ll talk about your first real match.