So, in order to complete the weekend "Operation" goal, we finished a map on Gold difficulty.
Had to have the right two people as the core of the group. In this case, that turned out to be my friend Hector, who is effortlessly awesome at this game, and me, who is significantly less awesome but at least knows what in the fuck he's doing.
Because I'm awesome at biotic combos, Hector and I devised this plan to make use of a Vanguard's ability to detonate mass biotic explosions set up by the Asari Justicar. Area Reave combined with Biotic Charge, set up to hit more than one target at a time.
This shit is simply UGLY. It drops entire crowds of enemies. And if the Charge doesn't get every target in a crowd, a Nova follow-up will finish them off.
Since Hector was not around, I tried to set this up with a group of other friends. But the fear of Gold got to them. I was using Area Reave to set up whole crowds of enemies for the vanguard to detonate. But the Vanguard was too scared to do anything but shoot. So, we got owned.
Since this tactic can be used (on a smaller scale) with two Adepts instead of an Adept and a Vanguard), we tried that set up. Now, the key to this is to remember one simple goddamned fact about the game:
aside from the rocket launcher, no weapon in the game can do as much damage as a successful Biotic Explosion.
As such, there is no weapon in the game that an Adept can equip that will be more useful than the ability to fire off Reave/Warp/Stasis as fast as their power cool down time will allow. That means no Adept needs to load up on heavy-ass goddamn weapons. A single pistol will be more than enough, and you probably will only use it in rare emergencies.
So...this one guy in the group takes an Adept to compliment my Justicar. I'm rocking a Phaeston X, which is so light that I get a bonus cool down reduction of 200%. It's actually lighter than some of the pistols...no...most of the pistols, actually.
This guy loads-out with a heavy-ass sniper rifle and a heavy-ass pistol. So, I try to explain to him why he's gonna need weapons less than he's gonna need a quicker cool down rate.
But he goes with the sniper rifle and the heavy pistol. And predictably, he's unable to hit the Biotic Explosions. He just posts up and starts snipering enemies. Which is the Infiltrator's job, right?
This style of gameplay worked for him, I guess, because he was only getting killed and revived every two minutes instead of every one and a half minutes. He's off in some corner throwing Stasis on enemies that don't need to be Stasis'd in order to be killed, scoring easy headshots on unimportant targets.
Okay. So, tryiung to accomodate him, I take a Vanguard after we all got horribly killed. I tell him to set up the combos and I'll detonate them. This will give him the lion's share of the kill stats and points, because the system is designed to credit the guy who sets up the combo, not the guy who detonates it. I figure, I can detonate Stasis just as easily as Warp or Reave.
But again, he's off in his own corner, throwing Stasis on one or two Cerberus grunts at a time. We get a little farther this time, because I'm still fairly good with the Krogan Vanguard, rocking a Geth Plasma Shotgun. But I got stuck in a nasty "revive chain" with a turret that just would not die, because he was not supporting me with the combos. I got tired of wasting medi-gels, and then waited for the last two party members to die, and then I bounced.
Hector finally showed up, and we started up a game.
We decided to use the Asari Adept/Asari Justicar team-up. We chose Firebase Glacier and as the enemy, we picked the Geth. We posted up in the lower section of the lab behind cover in a two and two sorta deal. There are only two ways to get into that room, so we could have two guys holding each entry point.
I would set up a target with Warp and Hector would detonate with Reave. Or vice versa. We ran that shit. It was almost criminal what we did to the Geth Consensus. The only time I had to use my gun was to light up an invisible Hunter or three, in order to be able to target them with my biotics.
The Objective Rounds were problematic, because we kept getting Hacking/Upload Objectives out in the goddamn open. We lucked out with the final Objective, because that was an Assassination Objective, and the targets literally just came right to us.
We got our timing down right, and I don't recall anyone even needing to use a rocket. This worked better than the infamous "FBWGGG" formula (Firebase White, Geth Engineers, Geth Enemies, Gold).
So, after a night of frustration, we finally earned our individual Commendation packs, which will be awarded Wednesday or some shit.
"You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
And now and then stab, as occasion serves."
Edward II: Act 2 Scene 1, by Christopher Marlowe