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‎‎ Sep 12, 2012 @ 12:19pm
Is Flamethrower The Best Weapon?
In Every game i see someone using this. Is it soo good weapon because it stunts, burns and slows enemies?
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Luthe Sep 12, 2012 @ 1:43pm 
it can be in my opinion if you have a damage bonus of 3 or more or have the skill to do fine without the damage bonus however i think the most powerful weapon is the grenade launcher (if someone has the skill to use it without blowing up their whole squad) also the vindicator and the autoguns are pretty powerful to, but most important thing to note about alien swarm is any weapon has the potental to be really good if you have the skill and the right combo/character :)
Gara Takemiya Sep 12, 2012 @ 2:12pm 
Based on my experience - Flamethrowers are actually good against the parasites compared to other weapons that I have used.
Hybelkaninen Sep 12, 2012 @ 7:41pm 
Flamethrowers are excellent against drones (the small aliens) parasites (the neon green that infects) and those pesky flies. Against bigger aliens it doesn't do that much damage, but is still nice. One of the good things about the flamethrower is that it's very easy on the ammo.
Luongzy Sep 13, 2012 @ 12:09am 
The reason "everyone" uses the flamer isn't because it's the best weapon. It's because the flamer is the EASIEST weapon (it can do so much with little effort and skill).

Originally posted by Luthe:
it can be in my opinion if you have a damage bonus of 3 or more or have the skill to do fine without the damage bonus however i think the most powerful weapon is the grenade launcher (if someone has the skill to use it without blowing up their whole squad) also the vindicator and the autoguns are pretty powerful to, but most important thing to note about alien swarm is any weapon has the potental to be really good if you have the skill and the right combo/character :)

Luthe is right about how any weapon has the potential to be good, but the MAIN DIFFERENCE between the flamer and the rest of the weapons is that for the flamer you can just SPAM AND RUN (see? no skill required), but for other weapons you need to take into account not just your chosen CHARACTER'S SKILL, but also YOUR SKILL.
Kami Sep 13, 2012 @ 2:54am 
Well i would say the flamethrower is just awesome,but like everyone said u don't really need skills for this thing,unlike other weapons...but i can't say there is a weapon that you really need speacial skills for it,u just get used to the way u should use it that is all
goodone Sep 13, 2012 @ 9:10am 
there's no best weapon. if there was one, everyone would b using it. ofc, they rn't.

flamer is good for ppl who dislike weapons in general, or like unusual weapons. in both cases it's the other skill they r more into than a chosen weapon; aka combos with 2nd weapon [vindicator], combo with melee attacks, extra fast rushing, coop protection in dangerous situations [since it shoots through ur teamm8s; burning whatever is hitting them], ease of switch [medics] and similar.

ppl who dislike flamers r usually ppl who r too weapon minded to give anything special more thought.

and that's the whole story.
MAGNUS Sep 13, 2012 @ 9:56am 
hej
Unclekulikov Sep 13, 2012 @ 11:28am 
Advantages:
Large Ammunition Capacity. It's got the fuel to last you through the whole mission. Pulse the trigger for maximum efficiency.
Area of effect: easy to hit with, crowd control, efficient at hitting small or fast targets (parasites and the flying ones)
Ignition: can also damage multiple enemies per light. Therefore excellent when you are outnumbered, which is always. Stuns and slows whatever is hit, while damaging it. 1 light is enough to kill the drones on normal.

Disadvantages:
short range
potential for friendly FIRE. Get it?

I give it to my Medic.
Hybelkaninen Sep 14, 2012 @ 2:23pm 
Originally posted by Uncle Kulikov:
Advantages:
Large Ammunition Capacity. It's got the fuel to last you through the whole mission. Pulse the trigger for maximum efficiency.
Area of effect: easy to hit with, crowd control, efficient at hitting small or fast targets (parasites and the flying ones)
Ignition: can also damage multiple enemies per light. Therefore excellent when you are outnumbered, which is always. Stuns and slows whatever is hit, while damaging it. 1 light is enough to kill the drones on normal.

Disadvantages:
short range
potential for friendly FIRE. Get it?

I give it to my Medic.

Yap...we get it...just be careful so you aren't fired from the job for torching your buddies =D
lucy_759 Sep 14, 2012 @ 4:08pm 
flamer is great weapon for beginners
kotekzot Sep 16, 2012 @ 2:51am 
i'm not even going to bother playing a match if there are more than 2 flamers on the team. 90% of the time flamers are just noob rushing, which is incredibly boring.
CaCoDeMoN Sep 17, 2012 @ 3:47pm 
Well, on high difficulties. Flamerthrower has quite a control use. And on higher difficulty... it DOES require skill... not to protect yourself... but to protect your team. When I play, the flamer guy is usually the back guard since I play with director on. I think calling the flamer a noob weapon is quite the deal of a narrow minded player. Yes it is easy to use, yes it has a LOT of ammo... but on the harder difficulty do not try to make me believe you'd regret having a good flamer guy on your team.
goodone Sep 17, 2012 @ 10:47pm 
Originally posted by .:|UrbaN.†.KilleR|:.(Qc):
I think calling the flamer a noob weapon is quite the deal of a narrow minded player.
u will spent many days trying to explain that to narrow minded ppl. believe me, it's not worth it.
Tommy Sep 19, 2012 @ 9:02am 
after watching someone one man army with it on the harder modes (insane or brutal I dont rmember) I'm kind of convinced it is.
Macaulay Culkin Sep 19, 2012 @ 5:38pm 
yes it is
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