L4D2: Expert Hints & Tips 3 - ‘cause I feel like writing something
Ok, so we’ve covered the basics: what are the best weapons, how you should move and that’s all fine and dandy, but now it’s time to step it up by talking about your main opposition: special infected.
Here’s your main guideline: every special infected on expert is the goddamn Batman.
Main rule vs special infected: don’t EVER engage in melee against them, it’s gonna turn ugly no matter what you’re up against.
I won’t go into details about every single special, everybody knows what an hunter is and what they do, so I’ll just provide useful tips and little known information about them.
So…hunters. They’re the most popular I think, so I’ll start with them.
Little known fact: shoving hunters is a very bad idea because they can still hit you even while they’re stunned. Their claws hit for 40 damage: if you’re injured there’s a good chance you’re gonna fall flat on your ass.
If a team mate is pinned down, SHOOT THE HUNTER. Your friend isn’t going to take any friendly fire damage (as long as you stop shooting once the hunter is dead) and you won’t get your face ripped off.
Also, hunters are smart. A popular tactic for them is to blend with a horde and use their claws while you’re busy gunning down two dozens of common infected, so keep your eyes open for hoodies.
Next up is the Boomer.
Little known fact: did you know that using boomer bile after you’ve been puked on is completely useless? Common infected will always go after puked survivors first, THEN after a bile jar.
I know what you’re thinking: boomers are easy, right? Big targets, no great speed or agility and they need to get relatively close to pose any kind of threat.
Haha, yeah you wish. Remember the guideline: boomers are the goddamn Batman. THEY ARE THE NIGHT.
Special infected can access areas of the map you can’t.
I’m talking about roofs: if you hear a boomer but you can’t see it, chances are it’s above you, waiting to drop on your head.
Should you ever find yourself face to face with a boomer, chances are you’re about to get smelly, but don’t panic and DON’T shoot it!
This is the one case where shoving is useful: shove the sucker first, THEN shoot it for a clean kill. Kinda hard to do on expert, but it can save you in a pinch.
Smokers are assholes.
Nine times out of ten a smoker will try to drag you through the fire you have just started, they have fun like that.
Little known fact: did you know that a smoker’s tongue can be shot off? If you’re not close enough to free your friend with a shove, cut the tongue with some bullets.
There’s not much to say about smokers, they can still hurt you a bit if you get too close, and on expert you’ll rarely catch them in the open, but as long as you stick together they’re not the worst.
Until they drag you on top of a witch, that is.
Boy, this post is getting kinda long!
I’ll cover the other special infected in the next post, try not to get dominated too much in the meantime.