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  • Donncha 11:18 am on August 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Mayhem in Onslaught Land 

    I had what I hoped would be a quick game of Bad Company 2 Onslaught this morning. It was hardcore, on Isla, and turned into a 28 minute bloodbath! I joined a great squad who pushed hard and we did well until the very last base. Our resident sniper was invaluable. Despite there being 2 engineers on the team he shot the pilot out of the enemy helicopter! I got a kill assist for my RPG hit however.

    The sniper was well placed too as the rest of us had our asses handed to us on many an occasion. He was the sole survivor until after our 4th or 5th assault on the last base when we were all killed. Pity really as we were doing quite well. Earlier I changed to medic and with another player camped on the flag behind the stone barriers taking points off the flag. We even took down the enemy one and our flag was half raised when we were flanked and both of us taken down! ARGH!

    On hardcore the enemy AI is much better at flanking, although they flank the same way each time so it’s only a matter of learning the patterns. A medic or two always flanked around by where Alpha would be, one medic was almost always sitting in the dirt by the front-middle of the base. Watch out for him.

    That last base probably needs a two pronged attack, from left and right with the guys on the left capping the flag while the guys on the right push up and stop the enemy flanking.
    Oh yeah, on hardcore you need at least one medic and he should run with at least one of the medic pack enhancements. I used both and they helped a lot. The iron sight on the 249 is good enough that I’ll sacrifice the RDS.

    A few days ago Mike and I jumped into a game on easy to practice our flying skills. The heli got knocked out eventually but we had it up in the air for a good 15 minutes! Got a good number of kills as the gunner with Mike easing the vehicle around and around the base.

    PS. Hands up who knows where I got the title of this post? It’s C64 related so if you’re a young fella you probably won’t have a clue!

    • TW 5:34 pm on August 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s be “Mayhem in Monsterland”… good post!

      • Donncha 9:56 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        TW – got it in one! That’s for the comment! 🙂

  • Donncha 10:54 pm on July 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Had quite a bit of fun in Bad Company 2 Onslaught tonight. Played easy difficulty with strangers. Some games were great, some downright terrible. Had loads of fun in the heli on Atacama Desert and even kept the bird flying for quite some time!

    I almost always came out with the highest number of kills simply because my squad didn’t always know how to play Onslaught. They didn’t push hard enough, taking cover metres away from the flag instead of camping on it. Other times they downright ignored my calls for help.

    TexasGhost who was afk for the game below flew in the heli with me as a gunner in one game and had his mic on and proved to be good company flying over the enemy.

    Guess who was playing as recon on Nelson Bay? His one saving grace was as a (rear) spawn point when b-man and myself got taken out at the same time.

    Beat a few of my best times tonight too. Good fun!

    • David Nicol 12:24 am on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If only we could get scores like that in the normal game modes 😀

      • Donncha 9:58 am on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Argh, some of the people playing Onslaught really haven’t a clue how to play. Wish I could come up against them in a game of rush …

  • Donncha 6:58 pm on July 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    There aren’t many times I can gloat about my score in any game. Yes, they probably joined the game late replacing people who were playing at the start of the round of Onslaught but just let me have my moment will you?

  • Donncha 2:43 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink
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    47-0 on Atacama Desert 

    I think the highest number of kills I got in Bad Company 2 Onslaught is 79, in one of my first games with Mike last week. It was only the two of us playing, and it was on easy difficulty so the enemy practically stand in the middle of the road for you to shoot.

    Here’s a screenshot of the scores from a game this weekend. It was on Atacama Desert, on hard difficulty and I had the tank most of the time. We crushed all who opposed us. I got 47 kills and I didn’t die once!

    I have to give credit to Mike who can land a tracer on a speeding bullet. Without his skills those Havoc helicopters would have been a lot more deadly.

    For more tracer hell, check out this video David created of a Rush game on Isla. Mike helped take down helicopter after helicopter. Madness!

    • David Nicol 3:45 pm on June 28, 2010 Permalink

      I think you got a higher score on the Atacama Desert map on Hard when we played it the other night when you were in the tank. You definitely got some ludicrously high KD on there.

    • redd_dragons 2:49 pm on June 29, 2010 Permalink

      47-0! I guess the guns were killing people that round! I’ve had that ‘can’t-kill-anyone” glitch and I think the temp fix is to switch kits with one of the AI. Worked for me a few times.

      • Donncha 2:54 pm on June 29, 2010 Permalink

        Thanks for that tip, happens to me all the time. I’ll have to give that a go!

      • David Nicol 3:17 pm on June 29, 2010 Permalink

        Talking of switching weapons with the AI. Why do the AI only have one magazine of ammo on them?

        • Donncha 3:50 pm on June 29, 2010 Permalink

          That’s true! I almost always drop an ammo box down on the ground if I’m switching to engineer, just to top it up. Don’t want to make it too easy I suppose.

  • Donncha 12:41 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bored of Bad Company 2 Onslaught already? 

    So I went online last night to play 20 minutes of Bad Company 2 as Mike had said he’d be on. We dived into a game of Onslaught because you can be sure that the game will last 15 minutes or so.

    22 minutes later we finished Atacama Desert on hard difficulty. My best time there is 14 minutes so it was a really sucky game. Mike expressed his boredom with the DLC and as a competitive game mode I have to agree. I don’t mind, and enjoy playing it with random players but when I join any friends online it’s to be competitive and go for the win, in a meaningful manner. A better completion time is an incentive, but only a small one. With a little more imagination, DICE could have made the mode a lot more exciting and competitive. We’re all stats freaks aren’t we?

    One part of the problem is that each game is much the same as the previous game on the same level. For example on Atacama Desert there are always 2 enemy tanks at the start, then 1 tank rolls up from the left, and a heli attacks. On Isla there’s always a sniper on the building next to the B flag. On Nelson Bay there’s always a medic and assault guy upstairs where Alpha 2 is. It’s predictable where Rush or any game played against humans can’t be.

    It speaks volumes when swordsmanx75’s review of Onslaught suggests self imposed rules (only use shotguns) to make the game more interesting. Check out his review here:

    Onslaught is fun, it’s lots of fun actually, but rush beats it hands down.

    Edit: David has his own review of Onslaught. He pulls no punches:

    I gave it a go with Donncha and Mike on hard and to be honest, I was not impressed. As a game mode it’s Squad Rush meets Conquest with AI. And as always the AI is stupid. I’m not expecting total consciousness from AI, but I’d be impressed if the level of intelligence had moved on from that of the original Tom Clancy Ghost Recon games from the beginning of the decade.

    • Mark 12:53 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was playing some MW2 a few nights ago with the OAPS – http://oaps.org – and there was a wide range of equipment/perks as you’d expect. So games were played with self-imposed rules – shotguns on Rust, knives only – that sort of thing. Changes the game in surprising ways and certainly for me meant a change in tactics everywhere.

      In other news I got the Perfection title (sniper, complete mag without missing) fall camo on Tar, will get fall camo on Scar later and should totally max the Scar later with 2500 kills. It’s the fact I can play on 10 minute bursts which eats my time.

      • Donncha 1:04 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll have to take a look at that site. Looks interesting! I could live with self-imposed rules like that if it was organised properly..

      • Donncha 1:30 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, Onslaught games are usually over fairly quickly. The quicker the better as that’s the only competitive stat the Onslaught leaderboard is ranked on. Nelson Bay can be done in around 10 minutes. Atacama Desert is probably one of the longer ones because of all the vehicles.

    • David Nicol 10:22 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I actually pulled a load of punches, I deleted quite a bit about Onslaught on that post. Although it was all true, it was just basically moaning so I took it out. I even considered making a completely new post dedicated to slating it, but opted not to waste any more of my time on it. There’s enough moaning and negativity out there without all my posts adding to the mire.

      As for self imposed rules on Onslaught, this guy does Nelson Bay knife only (but I think it’s on easy as he should be dead a load of times – still good to watch though, and it shows up just how bad and unaware the AI is).

      • David Nicol 10:27 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, and Repair Tool only:

        • Donncha 10:38 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink

          They are very unaware, that’s true. They just sit there until you start shooting!

          Your review is the first very negative review I have seen. Other reviews, (mostly on Youtube) are mixed, but all liked the mode and thought it was fun with a warning that it might get boring as it’s so limited.

          I just hope it’s not another nail in the coffin for BC2. It dropped to 9th place in numbers played on Xbox Live last week, so hopefully the lag fixes for North America will help get more people online again!

    • David Nicol 10:49 pm on June 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The thing is, I didn’t go in to the game mode with any preconceptions. But after I played Atacama Desert twice in a row – once with three randoms and then again with you and Mike I realised just how limited the enemy were. It’d be something if they ran for cover while hip firing when fired upon, but they just stand in the middle of the street like….. dumb AI!

      Stupid AI.

  • Donncha 7:35 am on June 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Onslaught is great for practising. Fire up a private game and you can fly a Hind, or shoot enemies with your M24 and learn how distance affects bullet drop. It doesn’t matter if you die because you’ll respawn if there’s only one player.

    I played a game on Isla, and figured out that the bullet drop on the M24 wasn’t as great as I imagined before. The Hind that appeared shortly afterwards was very annoying but I made short work of it after I respawned as an engineer. Good opportunity to try the M1 Garand too.

    Mike brushed up on his heli skills last night while he waited for us to finish a game. Good thing too as in our first game on Atacama Desert I piloted the Hind out of our base and promptly crashed, with the Hind landing upside down! We both got out unscathed.

    I don’t think I or anyone will obsess about Onslaught like we do about Rush because it’s like playing a single player game, but with your friends. There is the leaderboard, and I noticed that I had the best time for at least one maplast night among my friends. It’s competitive that way, but more than anything it’s a great diversion and just what I need for a quick 5 minute blast.

    • Conor Lynch 8:33 am on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You should have stayed on Rush last night, some hardcore players joined our side which left me with time to get a few bronze medals and level up the medic. We won the match we were on and the one after that.

      • Donncha 9:00 am on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I was exhausted and couldn’t aim to hit a barn door at 10 feet. It was a long day, first with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic with Adam in the morning, then later playing in a park with him and trying to convince Oscar the dog not to get knocked over. I should have actually gone to bed instead of booting up the PS3.

        I did play a game of Onslaught on Atacama Desert after. Unfortunately with what sounded like the same annoying teenager as the previous night who persisted in going on and on warning people to stay away from his helicopter. I did get a new best time (just over 9 mins I think) but our team did not play together at all. I was in a tank and I don’t remember the other engineer repairing. Certainly nobody hopped in to man the machine gun. Good thing easy is easy.

    • Donncha 9:27 am on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Bah. Bloody bugs. Played a game of Onslaught on Isla and it was great right until the end. I did notice a few times enemy needed a few more hits to go down but by the last base I was pumping round after round into the enemy and they weren’t going down. Blood was pouring from the enemy but they were superhuman. This isn’t lag, the hit registered, it’s a bug.

      • Donncha 10:50 am on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        A comment on this reddit review suggests it could be because Onslaught games are hosted on player’s machines. That might be the case as it’s possible to start a private match but DICE used “server resources” as an excuse for not bringing Onslaught to PC.

    • Gavin 12:16 pm on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I got on Onslaught and for a full hour practised flying the hind. I’m still really bad at flying that thing but I’m not going to give up on it. I’ve yet to try a public match so hopefully I’ll catch up with you soon on it.

      • Donncha 12:26 pm on June 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Great! I played Valparaiso on Hard this morning and, it was hard. Unfortunately whoever was hosting the game (yes, I think that reddit user was actually right about that) left when things got really hard in the last base.

        Tanks are fairly tough on Hard. The one in the last base is simple to beat on easy but I was playing in a squad that loved to go medic so I swapped to engineer and ducked behind some cement blocks. The level is now dark and the amount of shelling coming from the tank was awesome! I quickly jumped up, fired, ducked down again and the Heavy MG behind me took me out.

        There’s a new boat on that level too. It’ll lock on you when it sees you, firing a huge amount of ammo at you. I was trying to kill it with rockets but I watched as its guns tracked me. As I ran back and forth I could see the shells being fired along my path! I had to retreat a few times and got killed once or twice by it.
        With that vehicle I think it needs to lock on to one player while the rest of the team take it out.

        • Gavin 2:50 pm on June 25, 2010 Permalink

          I dont think my connection could handle a hosted game if that’s how it works. We’ll see though.

          I noticed the tanks are tough or at least they seem like to do bombardments. The AI’s seem a little stupid though, I was a circle around one guy and he was still firing at my original location so I ended up stabbing him.

          I’m going to have to try the other maps after work. I was on the hind again at lunch time and can now say that I fly that beast, not brilliantly but at least I don’t crash as easy. Now its time to work out how I can circle and keep firing on the same spot, thats a tough manoeuvre.

  • Donncha 5:36 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bad Company 2 Onslaught of Death 

    I played a few games of Onslaught after work there. On easy difficulty level because I want a nice gentle introduction to the mode. First of all on Isla I joined 3 others and completed it in about 8 minutes. Worked out well and yes, it was easy.

    Then Mike got online and I set up a private match. We played Atacama Desert and there are a lot of vehicles on this level! We got into the Hind which was a bad mistake. Didn’t last long and had to contend with 2 or 3 tanks on the first flag without armour. Luckily I was an engineer, took out one with an RPG and another with my repair tool. Mike respawned as an assault class to supply us with ammo.

    The enemy hinds are really annoying! Luckily they’re pretty dumb too. They’ll hover overhead after bombing us so it’s an easy kill with the RPG. On to the last base where we took out a few tanks, rolled in there, rolled out to repair and in again and sat on the flag until the game ended.

    Final score? I got 79 kills, Mike got 96. Both of us died 3 times. One of those deaths for both of us was changing class. Me from assault to engineer, and Mike from medic to assault. In retrospect we should have just looked for appropriate kits from fallen enemies but we did have 2 tanks breathing down our throats! Besides, what a KDR! 🙂

    Once the sheen wears off I can see myself playing Onslaught mode when I’m too tired to go up against human players. On easy difficulty the enemy will fall with just a few rounds from a UMP, without magnum ammo.

    The aim of the game is to complete it with the best time. Mike and myself finished in Atacama Desert in 23 minutes which we’ll probably destroy in the coming days. There’s a leaderboard made up from your friendslist and I see Geoff and Gary completed it in 9 minutes. So, plenty of room for improvement.

    Oh yes, to repeat something that was said in a video below, the best squad needs one or two engineers, and assault guys, and probably a medic too. Medic isn’t so important as you have infinite tickets but if all the team die it’s game over. I don’t think there’s any point in a recon player in Onslaught is there?

    So, is Onslaught worth getting? Hell yeah. It should have been included in the original game as it uses much the same assets as the regular multiplayer game. It wasn’t, and EA have spotted an opportunity to make more money. Suck it up and buy it. It’s fun.

    • David Nicol 7:03 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      …. pssst. Donncha, you missed the vid…..

      • Donncha 7:13 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        • David Nicol 7:15 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink

          You said this in the post above: “Oh yes, to repeat something that was said in a video below, the best squad needs one or two engineers”

        • David Nicol 7:33 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink

          Ohhhh, I think I get it now. ‘Below’ as in when you look at the blog from the main page, not from the actual post! Doh!

        • Donncha 7:40 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink

          Yeah, should have linked to it! Ooops, actually. I’m not sure I even posted that video in the post. Must take a quick look in a min.

    • redd_dragons 9:49 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ya I played a few games of Onslaught on hard and it was exactly that. We took nelson bay with 4 people fairly handedly but Isla was a nightmare as we had only 3 people. A chopper came on the first flag and messed us up!

      • Donncha 11:10 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hard difficulty is much better! I tried to find a game on normal difficulty but there weren’t any at this time of night. I joined a hard difficulty game on Atacama Desert and some whiney teenager was going on and on about flying the helicopter. I got kicked out of that game after only a few minutes unfortunately.

        • redd_dragons 4:27 am on June 24, 2010 Permalink

          Ya I also tried normal and there were no games available. I was playing with a clan mate and we were the only 2 left on hardcore on Atacama so we started sniping each other and both got kicker for team kills hahaha. It took 3 or 4 though

        • Donncha 7:49 am on June 24, 2010 Permalink

          Hmm, I’m sure I team killed in that hard game. Well, the player got in my way, what can I say? Maybe that’s why I got kicked!

    • Donncha 10:58 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Easy is too easy. I played a few games with Mike and Conor and we tore through the defenses, improving our score all the time, but dare I say it, it got a bit boring?

      I wanted to play Nelson Bay after the other two logged out. I joined a laggy game where my shots kicked up blood and everything but didn’t kill. I poured a whole clip into one guy and he didn’t die! Then I rubber banded about 3-4m around the place. I joined another game which was much better, and beat Nelson Bay and beat it at just over 8 minutes.

      Easy difficulty is a challenge if you’ve only got two players but I’m going to try the other difficulties next.

  • Donncha 8:36 am on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bad Company 2 Onslaught Gameplay 

    Gameplay video by 6Larinro9 showing Bad Company 2 Onslaught on Isla Inocentes. Looks like it’s set at dusk and you have to capture the flag in each base. Looks great!

    And this is what it looks like on Nelson Bay! Oooh, sunlight!

    Valparaiso at night.

    Atacama Desert, low light, perhaps at dusk.

    The guys at Reddit are playing it too but one person has had serious problems with assault rifles unfortunately.

    • Donncha 10:11 am on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I almost forgot to say, if you’re buying this DLC buy your PSN points elsewhere. You can buy a 20 quid card for 17.99 here and elsewhere. I bought my Xbox Live subscription there and it was much cheaper than going to Microsoft.

      Must email them to ask if they can be used in the Eurozone as well.

      • Donncha 11:42 am on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got a reply back. Their Sterling denominated PSN cards work fine on Irish registered PS3s. 🙂

        • Donncha 12:46 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink

          Bah, not it doesn’t work. A UK PSN card won’t work on an Irish registered PS3.

    • Conor Lynch 2:03 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Points gained in onslaught will not count in the main multiplayer, which I think is to stop people padding their scores and increasing their KDR (balls, I was hoping to do that myself). I think that will take away from the experience for many.

      • Conor Lynch 2:19 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Got stuck in a team with two guys who talked constantly about exams they were taking, only a few tips from them and only in relation to their playing. KDR has dropped to .95 and skill limit has dropped waaaay down to 95.

        • Donncha 2:51 pm on June 23, 2010 Permalink

          OUCH! That was last night? You’ll be joining rush first then next time we’re playing! 🙂

          I’m getting a refund for the UK PSN card. Wasn’t sure I’d get that as it’s a one time use card and but I presume the refund will come through after they sell that code again.

  • Donncha 2:32 pm on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bad Company 2 Onslaught 

    Onslaught has just been announced. It’s a coop game for Battlefield Bad Company which sounds really interesting.

    Onslaught is bringing co-op gameplay to Battlefield for the first time on console. The new game mode puts you and up to three friends against the enemy on Valparaiso, Atacama Desert, Isla Inocentes and Nelson Bay – redesigned with new lighting, time of day, added vehicles and other effects. Each map has a dedicated gameplay focus, requiring different levels of teamwork in order to complete the objectives against an onslaught of enemy AI. Vehicle warfare comes to the forefront in Atacama Desert while Nelson Bay focuses squarely on infantry assault. Players can compete in squads and check individual progress via the dedicated Onslaught leaderboards.

    (The video is nothing special, 1/3 of it is company logos!)

    The one fly in the ointment is that it won’t be free. If it gets good reviews and if my friends on PSN and Xbox Live want to buy it I’ll probably pick it up.

    Unfortunately if you’re on PC, you’re out of luck due to the way they’ve deployed/designed their servers.

    • mjwhittle 4:18 pm on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m getting it so will give you a review. That will be a good squad training game

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