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    First time playing through

    I was wondering if I am missing somethings that I should be doing because this my first time playing and I have stuck with main missions. My question is that should be doing episodic missions along with my main missions or just stick with flying through main missions then do episodic missions at ego 4000? My ego level is at 86 right now. I couldn't find any good guides/ answers from bing or google so I am asking the fourm gods for help.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vathian View Post
    I was wondering if I am missing somethings that I should be doing because this my first time playing and I have stuck with main missions. My question is that should be doing episodic missions along with my main missions or just stick with flying through main missions then do episodic missions at ego 4000? My ego level is at 86 right now. I couldn't find any good guides/ answers from bing or google so I am asking the fourm gods for help.



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    Actually, the way the game is set up, do anything in whatever order you want. Chances are you won't need to have a high EGO level to get anything done. Actually, in theory, you could beat the base game main missions with an EGO level 1 character.

    I would alternate doing everything there is to do in a given area though or base it around how much time you have to play. For example, do the main missions in the starting area. When the main mission goes somewhere else, stay in the starting area and knock out the side missions and/or episode missions then do the races, hotshots, etc.

    You can always look at your pursuits and pick one (that has something cool like an outfit) to finish and just work towards getting that pursuit done (such as all races in a given area or finding all data recorders in an area).

    The Defiance world is your oyster. There is no set way to do anything and no "real" requirement for an EGO level (except for *potentially* co-op maps).
    Can we PLEASE have unique icons for Spikes and Stims??? Every other item has them and my memory isn't good enough without them...

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    The game is a little more skill-based than stat-based. Episodic missions ARE tougher but you definitely don't need useless grinding for hours to compelte them. A couple of pointers :
    *Enemies have weak points, mostly heads on humanoïds, sometimes other body parts that are somewhat highlighted. That's were you're doing yellow dmg. That really helps.
    *Try to find what your weapons of choice are, get used to them, then try to stay in cover OR use more aggressive strategies (with the help of cloak/blur, etc.) depending on the weapons you feel more confortable with.
    *If hurt, try to find a safer spot for your shield/health to recharge.
    *Don't forget to upgrade and equip your Ego powers and perks.

    If you're a Steam player, there are very well-done player guides there (although maybe outdated).

    We'd need more specific questions or details about your issues with the fighting to help you.

    Alternatively, this is a MMO so try to find a clan, or in-game friends to play with to make things simpler. Although chat problems don't help for that.

    PS : I'm not a god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsort View Post
    The game is a little more skill-based than stat-based. Episodic missions ARE tougher but you definitely don't need useless grinding for hours to compelte them. A couple of pointers :
    *Enemies have weak points, mostly heads on humanoïds, sometimes other body parts that are somewhat highlighted. That's were you're doing yellow dmg. That really helps.
    *Try to find what your weapons of choice are, get used to them, then try to stay in cover OR use more aggressive strategies (with the help of cloak/blur, etc.) depending on the weapons you feel more confortable with.
    *If hurt, try to find a safer spot for your shield/health to recharge.
    *Don't forget to upgrade and equip your Ego powers and perks.

    If you're a Steam player, there are very well-done player guides there (although maybe outdated).

    We'd need more specific questions or details about your issues with the fighting to help you.

    Alternatively, this is a MMO so try to find a clan, or in-game friends to play with to make things simpler. Although chat problems don't help for that.

    PS : I'm not a god.

    Gameplay isn't the issue I have played RIFT and other MMOs so I well versed in gameplay style but I having trouble with is find any groove with weapons if I should upgrading them or just mastering them then upgrading them. What does mastering them do anyways ? I reach level 3 with couple and haven't seen any real need to keep leveling them up. They don't seem to get any better with levels . I prefer to use Saw and auto-sniper rifles with nades which are had to come by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vathian View Post
    Gameplay isn't the issue I have played RIFT and other MMOs so I well versed in gameplay style but I having trouble with is find any groove with weapons if I should upgrading them or just mastering them then upgrading them. What does mastering them do anyways ? I reach level 3 with couple and haven't seen any real need to keep leveling them up. They don't seem to get any better with levels . I prefer to use Saw and auto-sniper rifles with nades which are had to come by.
    Who are you? I don't recognize your name, and I'm the third member to join the clan months ago.

    Somebody in the Dawn Patrol is always on...typically it's Old School Pop or Bill. Just check for clan members every time you're online and you will get any help you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vathian View Post
    Gameplay isn't the issue I have played RIFT and other MMOs so I well versed in gameplay style but I having trouble with is find any groove with weapons if I should upgrading them or just mastering them then upgrading them. What does mastering them do anyways ? I reach level 3 with couple and haven't seen any real need to keep leveling them up. They don't seem to get any better with levels . I prefer to use Saw and auto-sniper rifles with nades which are had to come by.
    Weapons do get slightly better with experience, here's how :
    1/ you can "master" a weapon (not just a type, the actual item) by using it. It will get an additional bonus listed once mastered (but won't provide anymore xp for the type).
    2/ weapon "types" level up as you use them, the bonus earned are listed on your stats menu, as well as the next one to be unlocked.
    3/ as you ego progresses you will drop higher ego weapons, they have slightly better stats but not as much difference as the weapon quality curve in classic MMOs. That's why I said, the game is more skill-based than stat-based. A gun is a gun, unlike the lvl 1 wooden sword that cannot compare to the lvl99 dragon two-handed sword in other games.

    One more thing : depending on the quality (color) of the weapon, it gets additional bonuses, see here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillith Valerian View Post
    Who are you? I don't recognize your name, and I'm the third member to join the clan months ago.
    Oh, he's a new recruit... Shadow sent him an invite last night when we were all playing.

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    .02 cents:

    pick one weapon type that you like (ie. pistols, etc.) and focus on that. The more you level up a weapon type the more bonuses you get with any weapon in that class. It seems a whole lot more meaningful than some of the minor varions in the weapons themselves, etc.

    kill everything.

    Also, there are some fixed rewards for the the main missions the first time through, some of these are actually decent and worthwhile rewards (guaranteed over RNG).

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    A huge part of deciding your load out will be your personal preference in play style, are you a run&gunner, brawler, sniper, etc.

    Personally I'm a sniper, run&gunner type so I lean on bolt action snipers and LMG/SMG/AR side of the fence.
    Most of my loadouts contain a long range, and short range weapon type like a VOT Bolter, and VBI assault rifle.

    Guns:For PvE the following guns are my favs:
    Assault Rifle - VBI assault rifle, FRC Heavy assault, FRC Assault Carbine, VBI TACC Assault Rifle
    Light Machine - FRC SAW, VBI LM-43 Thunder
    SMG - VOT Tachmag Pulser
    Sniper - VOT Bolter, VBI SS-2 Ranger
    Rockets - VOT Longshot Cannon, FRC Rocket Pod, VBI Guided Launcher
    Detonators - FRC Big Boomer, GL-1 Ground Pounder

    Shield:For PvE Co-ops and open world combat I prefer the Respark shields for their quick recovery time. If you can find one with Regenerator in the second part of the name you have THE shield I recommend. For the Warmaster I use a Tachyon with very high refresh rate (9.6 sec) because I use the kill or be killed perk which boosts my damage when my shield is down. Effectively giving me 9.6 sec of increased damage whenever the warmaster hits me with a rocket.

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    If you just race through the main missions your ego wont be 1K by the time you are done. I did the side missions as they came up while doing the mains, I beat Nim{the last boss mission} with less then 1K ego. In fact I've finished all the missions and only have an 1100 ego. You will be spending 10X as much time getting your ego to 5K then it takes to complete all the missions. The episode challenges{?} are grind, grind, grind, and grind some more.
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