Welcome to Challenge Number 05.
If you don’t know what the Challenge Series 2009 is all about, please read the Introduction.
Onto the fifth challenge.
You can’t attack an enemy until it attacks you.
Let me define attack. This means that as soon as an enemy becomes aware of you and changes its behaviour. For example, it doesn’t mean that a Metrocop has to have fired at you or a manhack has to have touched you before you attack them. But it also means you can’t sneak up on any enemy for this challenge.
I haven’t tried this challenge myself yet and as I mentioned last week I would have preferred if I could have tested all the challenges with some beta testers on some specific maps, but I didn’t. This means that this challenge could prove to be very hard or very easy, depending on which enemies you encounter and what weapons you happen to have.
It almost means that the crossbow becomes useless because 99 times out of a 100 you fire it when the enemy is unaware of your presence. To be honest, I am not sure how this will affect other weapons, but it should be interesting to see.
I thought this might fun because we all feel superior to our enemy and know they are there, but they don’t “know” in the same way. This could even things up a bit.
If I were a smart coder I might have been able to make a gameplay mod where enemies had a red hue until they came with a set distance from me, at which point the red turns to green. That means I can attack them. I suppose there’s nothing stopping you from doing that version of the challenge but it may be hard to judge the distance and decide what distance to use.
Try adapting this challenge to your skill level and the mods you are playing. If you enjoy “close in action” then maybe this one will be fun for you. Others may wish to take a tease approach, where you get the enemy’s attention then move back a little.
Don’t forget a major part of the challenge series is to share our experiences. Don’t let my questions limit you but here are some to get you started:
- Which enemies proved the most difficult?
- Did it make a difference as to which weapon you used?
- Was it easier or harder than your normal playing style?
- Once the challenge is over will you continue playing with this challenge?
14th October 2009
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