Tip of the week: Taking out Zombies

Zombies—they will stop at nothing to knock you off track and slow you down. If it is one thing that our rival teams, the Dragons and the Scorpions can agree on, it is that these undead pests can prove to be somewhat of a nuisance when they invade the racetrack. So whether you are the most skilled Driver or the newest of newbies, these tips will help you deal with those pestering Zombies!

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You can eliminate Zombies with powerful attacks, quick attacks, or just by running them over—whatever your style may be.

Powerful attacks have a big blast radius that packs a hefty punch to damage Zombies. Use this attack to break up larger groups of Zombies or to take down bigger Zombie foes. Is there a Zombie mob blocking your way? No problem—you can clear your way through! Just be careful. Since this attack involves less ammo and has a longer reloading time, accuracy is key.

A Quick attack does exactly what its name involves—it quickly fires ammo to keep our enemy Zombies back. This attack may deal less damage on the enemy, but these weapons hold more ammo, so missing a target or two will not cost you. Be sure to keep moving when you attempt to clear out a large horde. Since you will be shelling out less damage, you will want to make a quick escape if you become surrounded.

Finally, you can live life on the edge and wield your vehicle as weapon! Simply push the pedal to the metal and mow down Zombies by running them over. It may take a little longer to power through a group of Zombies, but you will be able to make a quick getaway if you need to and it is simply fun!

Now you are prepared to survive a Zombie attack. Keep up your speed and stay on the move. Get out there and keep that Zombie infestation under control.

Pledge to a New Type of Challenge for the New Year!

We are well into the new year, but 2014 is just beginning! How are you starting off this exciting time of year? Many of us are well aware that the month of January marks the time when we start thinking about new goals to accomplish for the long year ahead. Simply trying something new that you have never done can be a great way to celebrate 2014. Here are some ways you can pledge to challenge yourself in new ways this year:

Photo by Ryan Fung

Photo by Ryan Fung

Get moving and learn a new sport – Do you want to put in the time to learn the basics of a sport you have never played? Or maybe you just want to improve on your swing, either way, make it a goal this year to run faster, hit harder, or throw further. You will realize that everything is possible with practice.

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Tip of the Week: Ammo Packs

Whether you’re simply cruising around the Combat Zone or taking on Zombies and rival racers to be King of the Hill, ammo is the one thing that every EMD racer cannot do without. After all, you never know when you might encounter one of those zealous zombies that might have slipped passed our gates.

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To stay on top of your game and keep your health levels up to help you and your team reign supreme, stop by The Armory! Any top players will tell you that being equipped with the best gear and weapons for your car is the key to success around EMD. But before making your ammo purchases, you might want to pay special attention to your options.

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For our latest Tip of the Week, we’re cluing everyone into what most of our top racers might already know about, The Armory’s Ammo Packs! To make sure that you’re never caught off guard, you’re able to use your coins or turbo bucks to by ammo in sets of 10, 20, and 50! With these options, it doesn’t make much sense to outfit your car in any other way. Load up your car with some of these options now!

Wrench’s Facts: Dusting Opponents

The competition between Dragons and Scorpions is a fierce one that has been brewing for a long time. Racers inside the Eat My Dust world have to choose a side and decide who they will pledge their allegiance to. Once that decision has been made, destroying enemy racers is the name of the game.

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When driving around the main area in Eat My Dust, you will often come across enemy racers. In order to collect some much needed coins and show your opponent who’s boss, aim until your crosshair turns red and fire at your weapons to lower their health and eventually blow them away. After you have destroyed an enemy racer, collect the coins that appear from their dissipated car.

Be careful when shooting other racers because they may be on your own team! Look out for the “Friendly Fire” alert to avoid destroying your own teammate. Once you have dusted an enemy racer, keep moving to avoid being locked in on and fired at by other players. Head inside now to start blasting away enemy racers and collect some serious coins to put towards building the ultimate dusting machine!

Wrench’s Facts: The Power of Nitrous

Leaving opponents in the dust and crossing the finish line first gives every racer a great feeling of accomplishment. After a few fast laps of taking on opponents’ fire and screeching around numerous turns, it is always a wonderful feeling when you come out on top. One of the keys to success in any race is the strategic use of nitrous. Using your nitro at just the right moment can mean the difference between a first place finish and a second place loss.

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It is important not to use nitrous during a turn because this can be detrimental to your racer and can cause you to crash into walls or lose control of your car. Instead, use the nitro when you are exiting a turn and during long straightaways. These quick bursts of speed can help you catch up to and pass unsuspecting opponents on your way to a first place victory. Be sure to collect these nitrous boosts throughout the race and use them any chance you get yourself ahead of the competition. Practice using nitrous in the Time Attack mode to perfect your skill before showing off to your opponents!

Wrench’s Fact- What’s your Racing Style?

Whether you realize it or not, each racer has their own style when it comes to winning a race. As you’ll see, each of these racing styles has their own weaknesses and strengths. However, you will often find that the racers who consistently finish near the top have chosen a style that fits their personality and then, through hard work and perseverance, perfected it by minimizing its weaknesses and maximizing its strengths.

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Run and Gun

Run and Gun racers provide some of the most interesting races on the tracks. Their primary goal each race is to stay in the thick of the action by constantly shooting their opponents and staying with the pack. These racers live for thrill of dusting their opponents and gradually pulling ahead after devastating their opponents. To hang with this crowd, you must be one tough cookie!

Lead Driver

Lead Drivers are their own special breed. This select group solely relies on speed and handling. Rather than collecting ammo, they focus on amassing as much nitro as they can in order to gain a large lead. These racers are unconcerned with their opponents and ignore retaliation because they are so intent on achieving maximum speed and working their way to a massive lead. However, lead drivers tend to struggle and lose close races if they can’t establish a big lead.

Support

Support drivers are by far the rarest type found on the race track. Support drivers usually work as a team with a lead driver or two and focus on helping them win the race. Rather than seeking glory for themselves, Support drivers use their weapons and cunning to slow down other racers allowing their teammates focus on building a substantial lead. These team players are not concerned with earning the top podium spot for themselves but rather seek to better their team as a whole.

The Late Bloomer

Late Bloomers are all about high risk and high reward. Easily the source of the most exciting finishes, Late Bloomers focus on establishing their lead as late as possible. These racers stay in the middle of the pack for most of the race, but unlike Run and Gun racers, they keep a low profile. Because they are often overlooked and typically don’t surface as a threat until late in the race, Late Bloomers lull their opponents into a false sense of security. However, during the last half lap or so, these drivers spring into action and do whatever it takes to eek out a win.

Now that you know a little bit more about these different racing styles, be sure to head out to the track and try them out. Once you find a style that suits your personality best, make sure to practice it and build your car in a way that can maximize its strengths.

Play Capture the Flag to Celebrate Flag Day!

Did you know that June 14th is Flag Day? Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1977. The week of the 14th is called Flag Week and it’s common for people to celebrate with a barbecue or other patriotic celebrations. However, in EMD we like to celebrate a different way- by playing Capture the Flag! Be sure to gather your friends and head on over to the Badlands to get started!

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Strategy is key to winning a game of Capture the Flag, or CTF as we call it. Being able to work together as a team plays a large part in developing your team’s strategy and changing it as the game progresses. Without proper communication, it is easy for a team to have too many players attempting to capture the other team’s flag and thus exposing their own. On the other hand though, if no one from your team pushes forward to capture the flag, then it is impossible for your team to win.

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Sometimes during a game of CTF, your team will need to change your strategy. This often happens as the time limit approaches or one team secures a substantial lead. Changing your teams strategy might be as simple as just sending more players forward or as complicated as executing a ‘feigned’ retreat to draw the other team away from their flag. Regardless of what your strategy is or how it changes throughout a game of CTF, communication and cooperation are keys to CTF.

Armed with this new knowledge and these helpful tips, be sure to assemble your friends head on out to the Badlands during Flag Week to earn some coins playing CTF.