Ok so in another discussion I mentioned that I would post a few tips on how to make the SP Campaign not as terrible as some think it is / experienced.
Granted it's certainly not perfect and the bots can seem pretty damn stupid at times
And sure, some people can find the missions almost next to impossible because either the enemy bots drop you faster than a drunken b*tch swinging a beer bottle, or your team bots just go off to do something else and you kind of feel like you're on your own, getting beer bottles smashed across your pretty little face. (oh, the memories of younger years.... she was a sweet lil thang)
But there are a few easy ways of making the Single Player a lot easier to manage, and believe it or not, there have been a number of people who have gotten through the entire Campaign, on all Difficulties, on both sides (of course) and had fun doing so.
Now that the introduction is over with, here we go:(Feel free to just skip to the section that sounds interesting to you if this is a bit too much to read)#1 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, SO READ IT !!!!#1 - Bots Getting Stuck and/or Doing Other Dumb Things:
After the first 2-3 missions on the German SP Campaign, you're given the ability to order your brainless minions around. This makes the missions a hell of a lot easier from here on in.
Because if you couldn't order your bots around, you'd be pretty much on your own, most of them would get stuck in a trench or under a rail car or in a window and just run around in circles or climb up and down, up and down..... up and down.... until you got shot and take over one.
But Prax.... most of the time when I order my bots to Attack or Defend an Objective, they either remain stuck, or wander everywhere else besides the objective, or just outside of the objective.
Yes, that's very true. The Attack/Defend orders don't seem to help give the bots any better brains than before. So what do you do?A) - Order the Bots to Follow You
This makes you pretty much the waypoint in which all of them use to move around. 99% of the bots that are stuck or outside of an objective will magically get unstuck and come to your aid every single time you give this order. This means that you need to lead the charge however, but with these bots all surrounding you with their love, it won't be so hard, since they will give those enemy bots something else to target than just you all by yourself.
Give it a try.... make a mad dash to a specific spot on the map you are playing and then order all teams to "Follow Me".... count to 5... maybe 10, and you'll soon see you have a full force of bots ready to help you out.B) - Use the Command Widget
When you are pinned down or need the bots to go to a specific place and hold it, use the Command Widget. Point that shiny little arrow to the location you want them to go to and left click to order them to "Move Here." Much like the Follow Me Command, this fun little Arrow works in getting bots unstuck and doing what you actually want them to do.
Using these two tools during the SP Campaign will improve your experience 10 fold. Don't bother with the Attack/Defend orders except for getting the bots to move somewhere you're nowhere close to (a head start kind of thing while you try and make your way to the rest of the team)
Using the Command Widget and the Follow Command will actually give you a much more immersive experience that almost.... ALMOST.... feels like a co-ordinated online match.
Honestly, how many times have you been stuck on a Defending Mission only to find that you and maybe one other bot is actually in the Objective, while the rest of your bots are sitting just outside the cap zone or running around in circles, meanwhile the enemy seems to always know what it's doing and steam rolls you???
Or how many times have you been going on the attack, surrounded by your robotic buddies, yet by the time you get right into the thick of it and have arty & bullets raining down on you, when you turn around, they all seemed to have vanished???
Sick and tired of looking at your bots just picking their bums and flicking lint?
Well wait no longer for a cure, cuz the above is it.
--#2 - Don't just Rush In Like Arnold:
So yeah, in other games, you can just walk right through the smoke and shrapnel like Arnold does, hip shooting an M60 with one hand at all the bad guys, or chew up a bullet like Weird Al in UHF and blow some guy up with machine gun spit..... but in RO2, those bots.... while dumb sometimes, do know how to aim and will drop you if given a chance.
Stick with your team. Let the Bots surround you on your team as if they were meat shields. Let them draw some of the fire of the enemy bots and plink off one guy at a time. Drop one or two guys, then take cover. If you see one of your bots taking heavy fire, don't stand next to him and pop your head out, cuz you'll just die along with him. Flank around the other side and try and drop the guy. Your Team Bots are your Decoys, Use them wisely. As you drop more and more enemy players, inch your way closer towards the objective. You will most likely have one or two bad guys in the zone shooting, and one of them might drop you, but you will usually have a few extra guys to jump into and now you have the advantage of knowing where that bot was with the kill cam.
--#3 - If You are Down to 1 or 2 Players Left on Your Team, Wait for the Reinforcements
One of the things most players just starting out find frustrating is getting down to one last guy to jump into and having to go at the objective alone.... and usually against several enemy bots. When you try and take them on, you usually end up dead, the mission fails and you start back at the last check point and do it all over again with a full enemy force to face yet again.
Instead of doing all of this, find a nice quiet place to sit your butt down for a minute or two. Let your character read some book or something while he waits for the reinforcements to pop onto the map. As soon as they do, try for the objective again. Chances are, the enemy didn't get reinforcements or if they did, they have to stroll towards the objective as well, which means you still have an advantage of getting into the objective before you're chewed up like last time. Even if a couple of you get in there and find a safe spot to hide out.... you're still progressing towards finishing the level.
If your reinforcements don't seem to be coming, or it seems to be taking forever, you may have to take a risk and peak out to drop a couple of bots. I believe sometimes when it seems the counter for reinforcements is locked, you need to show you're progressing and killing a few more guys before it continues to wind down. But if it's working normally, then don't take the risk and wait for more extra bodies.
Remember, there is no limit on reinforcements..... or at least I have yet to hit such a limit myself.
Follow these three steps while playing the Single Player Campaign, and you will see it shine and might actually start to enjoy it a little..... it's replayability will be a lot better and you can soon start to think of new tactics to try on each mission and have a decent expectation of those tactics unfolding as planned..... because:
#1 - Your bots will start to actually help you out a bit better
#2 - You won't die as often because you're playing a bit more carefully (realistically)
#3 - You won't have to restart at the last check point as often as before
^ They were following me.... Then I died.