They Are Billions Swarm-All

I found some guides on Steam. Looks like fun!

I am nearing 100 hours on this game (Steam and pre-Steam time) which makes this probably my most-played RTS ever. I rarely enjoy games from this genre and get frustrated with the combat. So while I played Age of Empires 1&2 an awful lot, games like Warcraft never quite grabbed - never mind Dune 2, Command and Conquer and the like. I love many things about this game: the ability to turtle and build, the tense exploration of the map, the panic of the early waves and finally the tension as I wait the final onslaught. Given I purchased this for somewhere about $20, this is one of my better gaming buys over the last couple of years.

It is also very fair. Pretty much every death has been due to some oversight or boneheaded move of mine. One slight mistake, one gap in the lines and an infected will find their way through with immediate disastrous (usually fatal) consequences. The ever present danger gives this game a source of tension that is rarely experienced in other games.

Learning errors are punished harshly. On one attempt I expanded into a new area. I took my wood fence down and started building before I put up the new fence. Of course one zombie - just one - got through. The first thing it ran into was a residence. Even with troops just a few yards away the chain reaction was fatal. Game over. Cue the Homer Simpson “Doh” sound.

I am finally getting better at it. Last night I beat the second map at a high enough difficulty to unlock the third one. I thought that would never happen. Whee!

Is anyone playing the campaign for this game? I have about 70+ hours into it, it's been eating my entire summer. I'm about 2 missions from the end, although this at the 50% difficulty (I wanted to actually finish it :P).

It started out pretty rough since there was literally no tutorial, but I got into a good groove after a few missions.

The lack of a tutorial is keeping me away. Plus, I want to get further in Path of Exile Legion before the season ends lol.

Hope you get those last two missions done!

Forbes wrote:

Is anyone playing the campaign for this game? I have about 70+ hours into it, it's been eating my entire summer. I'm about 2 missions from the end, although this at the 50% difficulty (I wanted to actually finish it :P).

It started out pretty rough since there was literally no tutorial, but I got into a good groove after a few missions.

I've been meaning to get back to it to check out the campaign. I'll dive in this weekend.

I started the campaign until I got to a swarm mission that was impossible with my current unlocks. I looked it up and the solution was to reload and do another mission. I don't have time for poorly designed campaigns.

Started up the campaign today. Did the first mission on Normal (Challenging? 100%) and it took me 3 times to win it. Then, I did the 1st hero mission. That was fun.

Enjoying this a lot.

EvilDead wrote:

I started the campaign until I got to a swarm mission that was impossible with my current unlocks. I looked it up and the solution was to reload and do another mission. I don't have time for poorly designed campaigns.

Not sure which unlocks you needed, but my strategy was to basically do the hero missions, regular missions, and then do the swarm missions when I couldn’t progress any more. Also, unlocked machine guns as early as possible.

Forbes wrote:
EvilDead wrote:

I started the campaign until I got to a swarm mission that was impossible with my current unlocks. I looked it up and the solution was to reload and do another mission. I don't have time for poorly designed campaigns.

Not sure which unlocks you needed, but my strategy was to basically do the hero missions, regular missions, and then do the swarm missions when I couldn’t progress any more. Also, unlocked machine guns as early as possible.

I could have progressed by doing other missions but why even introduce missions that I can't beat at that time? I also read that you can dig yourself in an impossible hole by choosing the "wrong" upgrades. It just came off as poorly thought out to me. There are so many better RTS campaigns that I could play instead.

I did the first campaign mission tonight and died. I will revisit it sometime soon.

EvilDead wrote:
Forbes wrote:
EvilDead wrote:

I started the campaign until I got to a swarm mission that was impossible with my current unlocks. I looked it up and the solution was to reload and do another mission. I don't have time for poorly designed campaigns.

Not sure which unlocks you needed, but my strategy was to basically do the hero missions, regular missions, and then do the swarm missions when I couldn’t progress any more. Also, unlocked machine guns as early as possible.

I could have progressed by doing other missions but why even introduce missions that I can't beat at that time? I also read that you can dig yourself in an impossible hole by choosing the "wrong" upgrades. It just came off as poorly thought out to me. There are so many better RTS campaigns that I could play instead.

Can't you respec any time?

PWAlessi wrote:

Can't you respec any time?

No. You can only respec from your last finished mission. So if you fail, you can respec the points you allocated from your last completed mission.

This only thing that bugs me as it would be nice to respec. You can make multiple backups of the campaign so if you run into this problem it's possible to go back (instead of starting over) but agree that is not a great fix.