L4D2: Expert Hints & Tips 3 and a 1/2 - What’s so special about ‘em anyway?
They’re called special infected ‘cause they will cut your balls off and sell them to a Krogan!
If you didn’t get that, shame on you.
You know what jockeys are? Smarter than you.
Remember that time, when you punched an hunter in the face while it was leaping at you? Remember how badass you felt, even after it clawed half your face off? Remember when you tried to do the same with a jockey and got face humped for an hour?
Jockeys are by far the least predictable special infected, shoving them in mid air is extremely hard and you shouldn’t try it.
Even while running away and shooting you should still be careful: jockeys are hard targets, have a surprising amount of hp and their jump has crazy range, so stay as far away as you can.
Be wary of the jockey/boomer combo, you’ll have to go get your friend on the other side of the map when you can see again.
Spitters require a good awareness of what the hell is going on to be dealt with effectively.
Little known fact: trying to jump over a puddle of spitter goo not only doesn’t do shit, but will make you look like an idiot when you’re with your ass on the ground, crying for help.
The only way to avoid massive damage, if you don’t have a clear escape route, is to jump on something: a table, a bed, any kind of furniture.
I can’t guarantee you’ll always be safe, but it’s better than nothing when you just don’t have time to bolt for the exit.
Just try not to run too far away from your friends while avoiding spitter goo, there’s usually something nasty waiting for you behind the corner when you do that; also please, PLEASE if someone gets cut off by it have a heart and wait for them.
Ok, guys? Here’s an important message for you: DON’T FUCKING MELEE THE CHARGERS.
I swear to God, I’ve seen people trying to SHOVE the damn things.
Hey, smart guys: IT DOESN’T WORK.
Here’s a recap for you: huge amounts of hp, absurd melee damage AND THE ONLY WAY TO LET THEM DROP A SURVIVOR IS TO KILL THEM OR USE EXPLOSIVES.
Do not shove chargers, you fucking moron. Yes, you. You know who you are.
And using melee weapons? Remember how I told you it’s always a bad idea?
I know what you’re thinking: OH, THAT CHARGER JUST MISSED, IT’S STUNNED AFTER HITTING A WALL, IMMA GO SLICE HIM WITH MY KATANA ‘CAUSE IMMA SEPHIROTH AND SHIT.
You’re gonna get hit, you asshole. No matter how good you think you are, you’re gonna slice the charger once, maybe twice, it still won’t be dead and you’re gonna get facepunched.
If you have enough room, and you spot them in time, avoiding chargers isn’t too hard.
Chargers cannot steer too well: in open enviroments getting out of the way shouldn’t bee too much of a problem…in corridors? Yeah, you’re boned.
Dealing with them while you’re being attacked by a horde can be very difficult, since they require a lot of fire power to kill; your best bet is to distract the horde with a pipe or a bile bomb and concentrate fire on the charger while the pressure from the common infected is off.
Also, if there’s a charger around avoid ledges and open water like the plague.
And that’s all I can think about special infected!
I am by no means a huge expert, so there’s probably more to it; feel free to share your own tactics and tips!
Next time we’re gonna step it up a notch with Witches and Tanks, so stay tuned and give ‘em hell in the meantime!