Public Service Announcement - Medkits
After some unbelievably abysmal games, I thought it pertinent to write this discussion. All I wish for is that players gain a greater understanding of the game and use the tools that they are given to their maximum effect.
Remember folks, when your health-bar is a solid color, either green, yellow or red, that means it is "permanent" and will not decay over time.
If your health-bar is composed of lines with breaks inbetween them, your health is "temporary". This means it decays and slowly depletes over time.
You start off with 100 permanent health. After this, you can be knocked down twice. TWICE, without any immediate lasting danger. Each time, you can be helped back up with 30 'temporary' health. During these stages, you should use Pills or Adrenaline in order to keep up your health, since it is decaying over time anyway.
Only on your 3rd knockdown, when you are helped back up, does your screen turn "black-and-white". When in this stage, now is the time when you should use your health-kit. Doing so heals you for roughly 80 points of permanent health and completely resets the "3-knockdown" rule.
Only using Medkits when your screen is Black-and-White is 300% more efficient. That is a huge amount. I am tired of people using Medkits when their green "permanent" health is at 50 or even 70 as I have seen in some games. Doing that is a total waste.
The only times you should use a Medkit outside of this outline is when there is a spare kit that cannot be carried by somebody, such as when leaving a Saferoom or if you encounter an additional kit in the middle of the level whilst everybody else already has one.
There are many other situations where it 'may' be beneficial to use a Medkit due to imminent danger to your group, such as when everybody is low on temporary health, but not black-and-white (to prevent full-team incap) or before a Panic Event, such as Alarm Doors or Hordes.
Again, remember. You will NOT instantly die when your health is depleted unless your screen is black-and-white. It is really, really obvious when you are in that stage.
Save your Medkits until you actually need it.