When it comes to FEAR 2, the multiplayer experience is quite good on the PS3. Even though it’s a bit rough around the edges, the addictive nature of team play plus the coziness of the maps make it a truly awesome online romp.
The seasoned players on FEAR 2 are quite good and for a beginner it may be frustrating to break in the ranks of Alma’s online multiplayer. Below are some tips that you can employ to get familiar with and become better as you gain experience.
1. START WITH AN EASY GUN: Trying to fight a Deathmatch with a sniper rifle or a semi-auto rifle will certainly lead to frustration and eventually drive you to put down the controller. These are not easy weapons to master and you will certainly be killed before you can get an accurate shot. Try starting off with a Pulse Gun or a Flame Thrower. Although the Pulse Gun has limited range and a small clip, it is THE deadliest weapon in FEAR 2. One direct hit with this baby and your opponent disintegrates down to the bone! It’s easy to fire and not too heavy so you’ll be able to run at a decent speed. The Flame Thrower is excellent to inflict damage on multiple opponents at the same time. You’ll have to shoot multiple times to get a kill but accuracy is not too important and the clips are large enough to produce a Killing Spree before having to reload. It is a bit heavy and will slow you down.
2. STAY ON THE MOVE: One of the biggest mistakes I see new players do on FEAR 2 Multiplayer is staying in one place hoping for an opponent to pass them by. The phrase “Sitting Duck” come to mind? By staying in one place your opponent acquires a stationary target to unload on while you sit there ready to take it. By staying on the move you minimize that risk and it makes you a lot harder to hit. I usually run a route constantly and kill everyone that I come in contact with while maintaining a high kill to death ratio.
3. DON’T BUNCH UP: I’ve killed everyone on the opposing team because they all bunch up at an entrance. Following teammates around will only guarantee that the opponent will get two or more kills each time. While a group of teammates try to break into a room or area, you can take the back route and flank your opponent. As you do this more frequently you’ll find that your opponent is too busy trying to hold back your teammates to notice you shooting at them and you will get quite a few kills and it will prevent you from being part of multiple kill shots by the opponent.
4. HOST A SMALL GROUP: So you joined a Team Deathmatch with 16 players and you’re getting blown to pieces every time you respawn. Well…Yeah! It even happens to the better players. Large online matches can be intense and extremely fun if you can keep up but very frustrating for the beginner if you can’t get some kills. By hosting a small match (about 4 players) you will be able to hone your skill on your weapon of choice and still maintain the game interesting. Smaller games are more of a tactical nature but you’ll still get enough practice without getting blasted too many times.
5. GEAR UP WITH FULL ARMOR: Set your armor to 8 and don’t worry about the weapons to much since you can pick up a specialty weapon when you spawn. This will allow you to survive multiple rifle hits and keep you alive longer so you can learn how to evade and kill without having to respawn frequently.
6. LEARN TO MELEE: So you’re stuck in a hallway with an opponent in front of you and you run out of ammo. By the time you reload the enemy has shredded you to pieces. The best thing to do is to perform a melee on your opponent. The easiest to learn is the Slide Tackle, just press L3 + Circle while moving forward. To finish it off use the jump button right after to evade any oncoming attacks. I’ve gotten out of quite a few jams by using this.
Probably the most important tip I could give you is PATIENCE. Being patient and learning to master each weapon will take time but it will be loads of fun as you see your opponents blown to bits! Happy FEAR!
David Carr Diaz, aka dcarr3096 on Playstation 3 Network.