So, what's the general strategy for vehicles on Hard?
It seems like I noticed different behavior for the dinos on Hard, which seemed to change things up. Namely, dinos continue attacking a vehicle even after you get out of it. Before, if you got swarmed and a vehicle was about to break down, you could just hop out, kill the dinos, and heal it back to health-- now it seems the dinos will just continue pounding it until it explodes.
How do you keep vehicles alive and make the best use of them? It seems particularly hard to do anything once a big dino has you targeted; it seems like a trike spells the doom of any vehicle it decides to go after. But other big dinos, too, pose a problem-- even on Normal, t-rex boulders were always a huge threat. And, you know, even stegos just want to keep trampling you... and trampling you... and trampling you... once a big dino wants a vehicle dead, passenger or no passenger, no amount of Utility Gun beams are gonna offset the damage. I haven't seen them lose interest before the vehicle's gone kablooey.
So clearly, I'm going about this the wrong way-- there must be a better strategy for vehicles. Should big dinos be avoided all together, or at least until their health is low enough that you can kill them from a distance before they catch up to you (like with a couple tank shots)? Should vehicles be parked near the base, out of the combat zone, and only be used mid-wave after swarms of adds have amassed (so that you can quickly thin out the adds, and then ditch the vehicle)? Can EMP grenades be used to give an instant heal for a last-ditch vehicle save, or do they gradually heal for the duration of the stun? What kind of strategy do you and your teammates use?
Much ♥ for any replies. Hard mode has left me clueless.