Visiting on Waterson (VS)

Feeling the need to spread my wings, I decided this week to roll a VS alt on Waterson, under the name MustardeVS (original I know).  I’ve played on Waterson a few times, under various characters that I deleted after a bit.  After reading about the TR overpop issues they have there, I felt that it would be fun to try VS, which appears to be less represented there.

I spent a few hours there yesterday and managed to put a dent in the leader board:

It’s nothing too impressive, I played for over 6 hours and had just over half the kills that edynz, a fellow VS SMG infiltrator had.  I definitely felt the pain of not having my character certed out – from low level recon darts, to my cloak recharging slowly, to being without a proper SMG… I actually saved my first 250 certs to buy the Artemis, just so I would have something to use besides a sniper rifle.

It’s kind of refreshing to start at the bottom again – I sympathize with other new players who enter this game only to leave the spawn room and die spectacularly from random explosions, max units or swarms of BR100s who all use the TAR or the Marauder (hint hint 🙂 ).  At the same time, my experience in the game allowed me to hop in and quickly hit a groove.  Since I’m basically solo pubbing on the server, I am not held down by an outfit that is heading to a specific objective or fight… I can go wherever the good kills or certs are.  By the same token, I do not benefit from good medics or support.  And the average waterson VS zerg is… well… I was less than impressed.  Very few medics, I had to BEG engineers to drop ammo (whereas on Mattherson I’m used to finding ammo boxes everywhere) and even a few very rude players who Tk’d me near a sunderer (accidentally) and didn’t have the courtesy to swap medic and pick me up.  When confronted, they told me not to walk in front of their rocket launcher, stfu and then blocked me.  Perhaps I don’t solo pub enough on Mattherson and it is that bad as well (although I never remember that from my first 6 months as a solo pub in this game)… either way I was a little surprised.

Playing VS is a very similar experience to TR in terms of infiltrator.  I do love the no-drop attribute of the semi auto sniper rifles… it allows one to use the spectre at very long ranges with great results.  The bolt actions are reskinned clones of the TR flavor, so I bought the XM98 and have been doing just fine with it.  The Artemis, once I put a suppressor on, sounds AMAZING.  It’s SO QUIET, I can barely tell when I’m firing.  It makes for a great ambushing weapon, and I am having fun with it… although I constantly am in fights where the sirius would be a better choice.  I would love for the SOAS-20 to share a similar audio pattern to the Artemis.  It would make it feel like a more “infiltrator” style of weapon, since we already deal with lackluster damage output.

 

Overall, it’s fun to roll a new faction on a different server.  You meet different players and experience different styles of gameplay.  I’ve run into NUC a few times now, and am very impressed with their level of organization.  It’s also fun getting so many BR100’s on your killboard 🙂  But in all honesty, they are great players who work well together, and it’s something I wish I saw more of on Mattherson (DA is similar in nature).  It also makes me wish BWC could use a similar formula for success, even if aren’t quite as “elite”.  I’ve run into Sinist a few times too, he’s quite deadly with the jaguar 🙂

 

Anyways, that’s all I want to say about waterson for now.  I will enjoy visiting there from time to time, I do hope to cert up the SMG soon so I can properly function as both a sniper and base infiltrator.  I see no need to upgrade beyond the XM98, and I rather like the ROF characteristics (just as the M77B).  Mattherson will always be my home though.

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My first megathread

Within 24hrs of posting a video demonstrating 21 headshots in which 10 did not kill because of NW armor, my thread had become one of the most discussed and read topics on the PS2 forums this week.  I knew it was a controversial subject as infiltrators have strong feelings about NW, while many players love to hate snipers and take joy in seeing our weapons fail to perform.  Still going strong at 26 pages, the discussion has gone from vibrant to trolltastic and back to constructive.

 

 

Not surprisingly, it was also posted to Reddit and downvoted off the front page within 4 hours 🙂  While I do think Reddit has a great format for internet discussion, it’s too bad that something controversial gets glossed over so quickly, when people clearly have something to say about the subject.

I know SOE has a lot to do still with optimization, and then the ESF update – before getting to the infiltrator update.  I hope to see some response from them regarding infiltrator weapons balance during this update, as I think BASR’s underperform due to NW and scout rifles still are lacking (I would like to see better recoil from them).  The semi-autos could be slightly tuned for recoil as well, although I don’t want to pretend that we would see an across the board buff to all of our infil weapons.

 

Here’s the video I made, in case you never saw the thread.

 

Pistol Guide

I finally put the finishing touches on my pistol guide and released it today.  It’s in a PDF so I could share easily in several avenues without having to reformat images and page lengths multiple times.  I hope you guys enjoy and find some useful bits in there.  It was a lot of fun to put together, and I look forward to revamping my infiltrator weapons guide in the coming weeks.

 

Pistol Guide

The Pistol Challenge

This weekend saw the final kill for my underboss auraxium, and with it, the completion of my quest to medal all the pistols available to the TR.

 

 

I’m working on a more comprehensive guide to sidearms which will get published on my blog soon.  I know there are a few others who have beat me to this milestone, and I’d love to have you post here with your pic so I can compile and recognize those who are experts with the sidearm.

 

Anecdotally, my favorite pistol is the TX2 emperor, for its versatility at close and medium range.  The worst of all these was the TS2 inquisitor (by far).  The underboss was surprisingly nice to use.  I had put it down after 300 kills because it was just inferior to the commissioner, but it felt much better in my hands the second time around (after the ROF had been buffed).

 

Just like with the Infiltrator Challenge, I do these not just because I’m a medal junkie, but because it forces me to learn new weapons and styles of engagement.  It makes me a better overall and well rounded player (at least, within the realm of Infiltrator in my case).

 

While I could have gotten here faster, in general I used these weapons only when I needed to (which admittedly is often as an infiltrator).  I stuck with my primary weapon for most kills, and didn’t artificially work to complete the challenge.

 

Any others who have completed the challenge?  Post and share your thoughts on the weapons!