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Top 10 Battlezone Tips

Beldeth

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Posted 3 years ago - edited 3 years ago by Bees

 Harkening back to the original 1980s arcade cabinet, Battlezone is a fully-fledged game that offers a real challenge. Progressing through the campaign map is no mean feat - the procedural campaign map will raise the challenge as you progress, strengthening enemies as well as unleashing the might of the Nemesis tank against you. This isn’t just a test of your skill, but of your strategy too. But don’t fear the restart – you’ll learn from every death and unlock more awesome weapons and special equipment.

To guide you on your way to glorious victory, here are the devs’ top 10 tips for mastering the campaign! 

For PlayStation’s official online Battlezone guide, head to:
http://userguides.eu.playstation.com/en/battlezone/


1. GET TO KNOW THE COCKPIT

Before you set off on the small task of saving mankind, you’ll want to take time looking around your tank, the Cobra. Take the time to familiarize yourself with all those monitors, the way the radar works, how your health is displayed. Remember, you’re in VR now, and the Cobra is designed to give you awareness of your objectives, your arsenal and your environment.


2. SWITCH WEAPONS AND EXPLOIT COVER

Make sure to switch out weapons for different enemy types using [SQUARE]. There are a number of different guns in Battlezone, all upgradeable. The more you play and progress, the more you’ll learn what to use when – homing missiles and machine guns are very useful for fast moving or airborne enemies. Different weapons are better at different ranges – keep distance and cover when you can. Make use of the structures around you and try to take out some of the more powerful static targets from a distance.

 

3.USE BOOST CAREFULLY

One of the quickest ways to trash your Cobra is to use boost liberally! Boosting [L2] is vital for getting out of tough spots, or speeding to a destination against the clock. But overusing boost drains the Cobra’s shields very quickly, leaving you extremely vulnerable while they recharge. Be sure to look out for displays and alerts warning you when your shields are down.


4.  HEAL YOUR CO-OP BUDDIES

In co-op, teamwork is vital. Keep an eye out for teammates who are damaged and in need of a health boost. When you’re close enough to a teammate you’ll both heal each other, so be sure to huddle up when you can! And if a teammate is downed, you can revive them before they spend a life by healing them the same way. Since you all share the same supply of lives, if a teammate has to spend a life to re-enter the battlefield, that’s a life you’re losing too! So when you’re in the main hub you could do far worse than spending data on upgrading your Cobra’s heal modulator – this will greatly improve your chances of co-op success. 

 

5. USE YOUR BLASTER TO GAIN AMMO

You’re never completely out of ammo in Battlezone. Hold [SQUARE] for a few seconds to activate your back-up ‘Blaster’ – it’s fairly accurate, has infinite ammo, and most importantly it’ll guarantee an ammo drop from kills.

Beldeth

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Posted 3 years ago - edited 3 years ago by Beldeth

 6. HOOVER UP DATA

Destroying enemies is not the only way you can accrue data. Look out for data stores to hack and data crystals to destroy, and also keep an eye out for the UFO – this guy sucks up data lying around the battleground, so it’s well worth taking it out to grab all that data back.


7. BOOST YOUR DATA INCOME

As you destroy enemies, you’ll see a scattering of blue and yellow polygonal drops emerge from the wreckage. This is data – and it’s vital you grab it from enemies when you can, as it’s absolutely critical for progressing through the Battlezone campaign. You can spend data in the main hub both to upgrade your tank and buy more lives, and at supply points to improve your arsenal. 


8. TAKE DOWN SHIELD GENERATORS

See those beacons of light on the hexagonal campaign map? These are shield generators, and taking them out will greatly help your chances in the final showdown at the volcano. It will also reduce the amount of objectives your need to complete towards the later stages of your campaign.


9. SAVE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT  FOR WHEN YOU’RE SURROUNDED

Use special equipment wisely. Activating your special equipment [L1] is a great way to change the tide in your favour. Feeling overwhelmed by a swarm of nearby aggressors? Deploy an EMP to leave them temporarily offline. Low on health? Use Vampire to drain health from enemies to you and your teammates!


10. PURCHASE EXTRA LIVES

Make sure to purchase additional lives as you progress along the campaign. It’ll be very tempting to spend all your data on a sweet weapon upgrade, but if you run out of lives then that’s game over for your campaign run, and you’ll have to start all the way at the beginning.

Beldeth

Administrator

Posted 3 years ago

 6. MAXIMISING YOUR DATA INCOME

Destroying enemies is not the only way you can accrue data. Look out for data stores to hack and data crystals to destroy, and also keep an eye out for the UFO – this guy sucks up data lying around the battleground, so it’s well worth taking it out to grab all that data back.


7. PURCHASING ADDITIONAL LIVES

Make sure to purchase additional lives as you progress along the campaign. It’ll be very tempting to spend all your data on a sweet weapon upgrade, but if you run out of lives then that’s game over for your campaign run, and you’ll have to start all the way at the beginning.


8. SPECIAL WEAPONS

Use special equipment wisely. Activating your special equipment [L1] is a great way to change the tide in your favour. Feeling overwhelmed by a swarm of nearby aggressors? Deploy an EMP to leave them temporarily offline. Low on health? Use Vampire to drain health from enemies to you and your teammates!


9. SURVIVING CO-OP 

In co-op, teamwork is vital. Keep an eye out for teammates who are damaged and in need of a health boost. When you’re close enough to a teammate you’ll both heal each other, so be sure to huddle up when you can! And if a teammate is downed, you can revive them before they spend a life by healing them the same way. Since you all share the same supply of lives, if a teammate has to spend a life to re-enter the battlefield, that’s a life you’re losing too! So when you’re in the main hub you could do far worse than spending data on upgrading your Cobra’s heal modulator – in co-op this will greatly improve your chances of success.


10. SHIELD GENERATORS

See those beacons of light on the hexagonal campaign map? These are shield generators, and taking them out will greatly help your chances in the final showdown at the volcano. It will also reduce the amount of objectives your need to complete towards the later stages of your campaign.

Beldeth

Administrator

Posted 3 years ago

 Harkening back to the original 1980s arcade cabinet, Battlezone is a fully-fledged game that offers a real challenge. Progressing through the campaign map is no mean feat - the procedural campaign map will raise the challenge as you progress, strengthening enemies as well as unleashing the might of the Nemesis tank against you. This isn’t just a test of your skill, but of your strategy too. But don’t fear the restart – you’ll learn from every death and unlock more awesome weapons and special equipment.

To guide you on your way to glorious victory, here are the devs’ top 10 tips for mastering the campaign!

1. GET TO KNOW THE COCKPIT

Before you set off on the small task of saving mankind, you’ll want to take the time to look around your tank, the Cobra. Take the time to familiarize yourself with all those monitors, the way the radar works, how your health is displayed. Remember, you’re in VR now, and the Cobra is designed to give you as much awareness of your objectives, your arsenal and your environment.

 

2. WEAPON CHOICE AND COVER

Make sure to switch out weapons for different enemy types using [SQUARE]. There are a number of different guns in Battlezone, all upgradeable. The more you play and progress through Battlezone, the more you’ll learn what to use when – homing missiles and machine guns are very useful for fast moving or airborne enemies. And different weapons are better at different ranges – distance and cover are good bedfellows to keep when you can. Make use of the structures around you and try to take out some of the more powerful static targets from a safer distance.

 

3.USING BOOST WISELY

One of the quickest ways to leave your Cobra in smithereens is to use boost liberally! Boosting [L2] is vital for getting out of tough spots, for example, or speeding to a destination against the clock. But overusing boost drains the Cobra’s shields very quickly, leaving you extremely vulnerable while they recharge. Be sure to look out for displays and alerts warning you when your shields are down.


4.  LOW ON AMMO? - SWITCH TO YOUR PISTOL!

You’re never completely out of ammo in Battlezone. When all other weapons are depleted, hold [SQUARE] for a few seconds to activate your back-up ‘pistol’ – it’s fairly accurate, has infinite ammo, and most importantly it’ll guarantee an ammo drop from kills.

 

5. DATA! 

As you destroy enemies, you’ll see a scattering of blue and yellow polygonal drops emerge from the wreckage. This is data – and it’s vital you grab it from enemies when you can, as it’s absolutely critical for progressing through the Battlezone campaign. You can spend data in the main hub both to upgrade your tank and buy more lives, and at supply points to improve your arsenal.

Beldeth

Administrator

Posted 3 years ago - edited 3 years ago by Beldeth

 6. HOOVER UP DATA

Destroying enemies is not the only way you can accrue data. Look out for data stores to hack and data crystals to destroy, and also keep an eye out for the UFO – this guy sucks up data lying around the battleground, so it’s well worth taking it out to grab all that data back.

7. BOOST YOUR DATA INCOME

As you destroy enemies, you’ll see a scattering of blue and yellow polygonal drops emerge from the wreckage. This is data – and it’s vital you grab it from enemies when you can, as it’s absolutely critical for progressing through the Battlezone campaign. You can spend data in the main hub both to upgrade your tank and buy more lives, and at supply points to improve your arsenal. 

8. TAKE DOWN SHIELD GENERATORS

See those beacons of light on the hexagonal campaign map? These are shield generators, and taking them out will greatly help your chances in the final showdown at the volcano. It will also reduce the amount of objectives your need to complete towards the later stages of your campaign.

9. SAVE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT  FOR WHEN YOU’RE SURROUNDED

Use special equipment wisely. Activating your special equipment [L1] is a great way to change the tide in your favour. Feeling overwhelmed by a swarm of nearby aggressors? Deploy an EMP to leave them temporarily offline. Low on health? Use Vampire to drain health from enemies to you and your teammates!

10. PURCHASE EXTRA LIVES

Make sure to purchase additional lives as you progress along the campaign. It’ll be very tempting to spend all your data on a sweet weapon upgrade, but if you run out of lives then that’s game over for your campaign run, and you’ll have to start all the way at the beginning.

Bees

Administrator

Posted 3 years ago - edited 3 years ago by Beldeth

 Harkening back to the original 1980s arcade cabinet, Battlezone is a fully-fledged game that offers a real challenge. Progressing through the campaign map is no mean feat - the procedural campaign map will raise the challenge as you progress, strengthening enemies as well as unleashing the might of the Nemesis tank against you. This isn’t just a test of your skill, but of your strategy too. But don’t fear the restart – you’ll learn from every death and unlock more awesome weapons and special equipment.

To guide you on your way to glorious victory, here are the devs’ top 10 tips for mastering the campaign!

1. GET TO KNOW THE COCKPIT

Before you set off on the small task of saving mankind, you’ll want to take the time to look around your tank, the Cobra. Take the time to familiarize yourself with all those monitors, the way the radar works, how your health is displayed. Remember, you’re in VR now, and the Cobra is designed to give you as much awareness of your objectives, your arsenal and your environment.


2. SWITCH WEAPONS AND EXPLOIT COVER

Make sure to switch out weapons for different enemy types using [SQUARE]. There are a number of different guns in Battlezone, all upgradeable. The more you play and progress through Battlezone, the more you’ll learn what to use when – homing missiles and machine guns are very useful for fast moving or airborne enemies. And different weapons are better at different ranges – distance and cover are good bedfellows to keep when you can. Make use of the structures around you and try to take out some of the more powerful static targets from a safer distance.

 

3.USING BOOST CAREFULLY

One of the quickest ways to leave your Cobra in smithereens is to use boost liberally! Boosting [L2] is vital for getting out of tough spots, for example, or speeding to a destination against the clock. But overusing boost drains the Cobra’s shields very quickly, leaving you extremely vulnerable while they recharge. Be sure to look out for displays and alerts warning you when your shields are down.


4.  HEAL YOUR CO-OP BUDDIES

In co-op, teamwork is vital. Keep an eye out for teammates who are damaged and in need of a health boost. When you’re close enough to a teammate you’ll both heal each other, so be sure to huddle up when you can! And if a teammate is downed, you can revive them before they spend a life by healing them the same way. Since you all share the same supply of lives, if a teammate has to spend a life to re-enter the battlefield, that’s a life you’re losing too! So when you’re in the main hub you could do far worse than spending data on upgrading your Cobra’s heal modulator – in co-op this will greatly improve your chances of success. 

 

5. USE YOUR PISTOL TO GAIN AMMO

You’re never completely out of ammo in Battlezone. When all other weapons are depleted, hold [SQUARE] for a few seconds to activate your back-up ‘pistol’ – it’s fairly accurate, has infinite ammo, and most importantly it’ll guarantee an ammo drop from kills.

Posted 2 years ago

I guess i'll add a few tips which i've written for friends on put Reddit, and may be useful.

Disclaimer:  I'm not telling you play this way, i'm not saying i'm correct, just a brain-dump of things which work for me ;-)

Friendly Fire!
- set by the host apparently, but always assume FF is turned on. One of the big causes of deaths when you first enter a game, and teammates aren't watching their shots.

Tanks

- Heavy tanks can take a bit more damage, but don't sit in the open, still use cover. If you take the Shield Boost item it can really get your tanking up, and is less context dependant unlike other equipment.  Light tanks can actually dodge shots, if you can see them coming.  They are trickier to use however, and may induce VR sickness easier, if you're starting out use a Heavy.

Target priority

- I kill stuff in this order:  turrets;  aerial hoppers;  ground troops (weaker things first, so the little bikes, light laser tanks, minelayers, big tanks last, Nemesis absolute last).  If you can get space, get out of LoS from turrets, and do them last.

Proximity healing
- if near other players little green balls fire off and heal damage other friendly tanks. Having some players focus on DPS, while other get healing is very, very useful.  If someone goes down you have 30 seconds or so to get to them before they die properly and need to use a life.  When nearby their timer stops, and if you heal them up they become mobile.  Upgrading heal seems to effect the amount healed, but not much in way of range.

Boosting
- don't boost into enemies, not only are you weakening yourself, but dying in the middle of enemies makes it hard to revive you.  For any tank, during combat you can "feather" the boost.  Tap if for less than half a second, let off, tap again:  this way your shields barely drop, will recharge between let-offs, but gives enhanced mobility - most notably with the heavy.

Posted 2 years ago

 Infinite ammo basic gun

- if you run out of ammo, hold Square for the basic blaster (as said above), to get ammo drops.  However to keep topped up, weaken the last enemy in a wave with regular guns, then swap to the blaster to get ammo easily.  Also use the blaster to finish turrets from a distance if there's no ground troops, ammo increases instead of wastage.

Cockpit position
- at the start menu lean forwards when it says to press Options, this will set the virtual pilot position, then lean back to your actual normal seated position. Te effect will be you'll see more cockpit; you can keep doing this to suit how far forwards/back you like to sit.

Circle strafe

- You can circle strafe the slower enemy tanks, obviously easier in a light.  Watch their actual gun turret, and keep circling and boosting around it, and it cannot hit you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwPZrT-Kp5E

Nemesis

- The Nemesis will try and bum-rush you, but can easily be handled.  Use cover and play peek-a-boo with it.  I use the following steps:  tag it (use the triangle key), so you can see it's position behind terrain;  clear other enemies, keeping a bit of terrain between you and the Nemesis;  now find a block of terrain which you and it can circle around, basically anywhere flat-ish and with something you can hide behind;  pop and out and watch for the purple charging-glow;  let it fire, and quickly boost dodge behind you cover, it will do a triple burst;  then pop out of cover and fire at it with a direct fire weapon;  repeat.

Video if tl;dr : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg6XllcMHyE

The volcano

- It can be quite a shock first time if you don't know what to do...  If you haven't destroyed all the shield generators before you get to the volcano, you'll have to destroy them there.  Unfortunately it will spawn infinite enemies, unlike in the main map where they come in waves at set intervals as you do damage.  It's much easier if there's no shield gens left!  

You don't need to kill anything, but makes life easier.  In this vid i killed the absolute minimum and just went for the boss-thingy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxrfjh9zASE

On Easy you hack 3 points, but it only spawns a few towers right at the end.  I'm doing my Hard run now...

Posted 2 years ago

 Hey great tips! Do you use artillery weapon in team? Has it some limitations? I mean if some buildings in a way can stop it. Also are you able to tag enemies for yourself or is artillery meant to be some great distance weapon as is in wot?

Posted 2 years ago - edited 2 years ago by Stinja

 I don't use artillery much, but the "Stop and Pop" tank is quite powerful, and i need to try it more.  Despite the tooltip saying it automatically calculates range on tagged enemies, i'm not sure this works in practice, i still seem to need to "aim" the impact point manually.

The shells do get stopped by roofs, so it's more an outside weapon, and yes it does go over walls.  It's kinda different in the fact it arcs, with the multipack missiles being another that arcs a lot.

Lastly i updated all my tips, adding more and formatting them on Reddit here:  https://www.reddit.com/r/Battlezone_PSVR/comments/59zu3w/battlezone_tips_and_qa/?st=iuz3d4nl&sh=dc9fe7c8  

Unfortunately the forums here do not seem to let you edit posts a day later, and i didn't want to spam them again. 

Posted 2 years ago

 I don't use artillery much, but the "Stop and Pop" tank is quite powerful, and i need to try it more.  Despite the tooltip saying it automatically calculates range on tagged enemies, i'm not sure this works in practice, i still seem to need to "aim" the impact point manually.

The shells do get stopped by roofs, so it's more an outside weapon, and yes it does go over walls.  It's kinda different n the fact it arcs, with the multipack missiles being another that arcs a lot.

Lastly i updated all my tips, adding more and formatting them on Reddit here:  https://www.reddit.com/r/Battlezone_PSVR/comments/59zu3w/battlezone_tips_and_qa/?st=iuz3d4nl&sh=dc9fe7c8  

Unfortunately the forums here do not seem to let you edit posts a day later, and i didn't want to spam them again. 

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