So, you want to do your part? See if you have what it takes to make it in the Mobile Infantry? These few tips will turn you into a bug-killing machine and help you live long enough to enjoy your hard-earned citizenship!
Guide to Do Your Part
There are only but a handful of basics to go over that aren’t hammered in enough in the training simulation in my opinion, those being: communications, the TacMap, and most importantly how to handle the arachnid threat.
The communications aspect of Starship Troopers
Extermination is very simple: there are only two comms buttons to keep in mind: T, which transmits to all troopers in the match with you; and Y, which transmits only to the troopers in your immediate vicinity. To cut back on unnecessary radio chatter/spam, T should only be used to relay the most imperative information to the team; such as coordinating an approach on an objective, or calling out the location of an Elite Tiger or equally imposing foe. Since Y can only be received by the local players, you shouldn’t have any problem sharing a nice dialogue with your fellow space marines with using it, but please do keep others in mind; not everyone will want to converse at times.
The TacMap is the most important device in the marines loadout (excluding the ones that bullets come out of), as it’s the only way for a trooper to get the lay of the land, review their objectives, and plan accordingly without having to risk their life in the process. By hitting the TAB key, you’ll then be able to see the vast majority of the local map, the current and upcoming objective areas, and any pings your team may have created. Remember to consult this frequently to make the most out of your time on Valaka!
Finally, know your foe! Our enemy, the Arachnids, come in many different shapes and sizes, each with their own terrible ways to dispatch any unfortunate marines who stray too far from their squad, or forget to reload from the last attack. Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings, as these overgrown bugs are fast and can appear from seemingly nowhere; even sometimes crawling out from under the very ground you’re standing on! The most common arachnid you’ll come across is the Drone, which fortunately for us, has a very similar anatomy to two even deadlier variants, being the fearsome Warrior bug, and the elite Tiger bug; meaning they all share the same key weakness. As most of you already know, you could try to shoot off a limb to disable the creatures, but even injured they can still retain up to 86% combat effectiveness. Here’s a tip: aim for the Nerve Stem, and put it down for good. This refers to the kind of joint-hub all of the lower appendages connect to on the lower portion of the bug. Keep in mind the Warrior and Tiger bugs are vicious and very resilient, and will almost always put up a tough fight, so remember to use your most powerful weapon as much as you can: teamwork!
With these tips and a competent team, there will be no bug you can’t handle, and no mission you couldn’t complete! Don’t forget, your service guarantees your citizenship, so get out there and serve! Remember your training, and you will make it back alive!
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