TheMix wrote:I stopped using the knives though. I don't think I ever made the connection with the armor that you did.
The connection for me was made with the first encounter using them. I had two that Bourbon gave me (by virtue of collecting them off the guy he killed) and was experimenting with stealth kills in the bandit room right after that. I could reliably kill a couple sentries, but one guy - no matter how I hit him in the head - the knives would just bounce off his mask and he'd alert his friends. Now when I shoot someone in the head with my VSV, the first round knocks off his helmet.
Throwing knives are a nice utility item for rare take downs, but now that I have the VSV I shouldn't ever need them again except to prove my manliness.
TheMix wrote:Specifically, I never tried any of the pneumatic weapons.
I "tried" the Tahir - but I found myself not liking having to pump up the gun between every fight and between shots if I wanted maximum powered shots. They might do more damage than a rifle shot, but you've got to constantly work the gun to get that. I wasn't up for it. The Volt Driver I might use - I haven't read anything about low voltage ruining the shot's damage, so I imagine it's a constant thing - but you still have to pump it to charge it.
TheMix wrote:I ran shotgun the whole time. And I loved the automatic shotgun. That thing was simply brutal - as long as the thing was dead before you had to reload.
I am certainly loving the revolver shotgun. Anytime I'm tasked with going into an area that has mutants, it's the #1 choice. Those poor things run at me, jaws slavering, and I wait until they get close enough... It makes short work of them. It's also nice to have ready for when you're just wandering around. If something pops out close to you, it's dead. If you spot an enemy at range, you have time to swap to the rifle.
I just ran into the first area where checkpoints are kind of getting on my nerves - the Reds vs. Nazis area when you get off the tram. I have the Scoped VSV, Scoped/Long/Stock Revolver, 6-shot Shotgun w/ bayonet - and kind of feel like this is all I need for the rest of the game... but ... this fight ... Ouch. I roll off the rail car and start exploring my surroundings. Backtracking yields a nice new toy, and going forward is a slaughter. I'm at a point where I'll shoot out every single light as soon as I can see it, but I'm still getting spotted and mowed down rapidly - leading to starting everything over.
Checking the wiki indicates that I might want to reload back to Armory and look for an armor vendor to buy the Stealth armor... which I didn't find. He was probably sitting out in the open and I wasn't expecting to be able to buy armor so I didn't walk up to him.
I'm also going to experiment with trying to trigger the checkpoints multiple times. Last night when I got off that Tram, the game saved... and I backtracked as my usual in any stage. When I went forward again, the game saved again. I know it did this because I killed two guards and collected a new item in the back area and they kept staying dead and I had the item when the game reloaded. It might just be that I need to kill a few guys, backtrack to a save point, trigger it, and then move forward a bit more. That's still better than having to redo everything when the s**t hits the fan.