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Progress. I finished the Shockburst Flare and it’s completely ridiculous; it does a clustershock explosion at the epicenter, all while launching four mini shockballs AND six falling shock saturation bomblets.

It pretty much obliterates anything under 20,000 health if everything hits, and it’s great for clearing crowds outdoors as well as fucking up entire rooms inside. Oh and I would also like to take a moment to simply say FUCK ROTATORS IN THEIR FUCKING SMUG PIECE OF SHIT FACES, GOD DAMN FUCK YOU ALL YOU BASTARDS

I’ve also been replaying some campaign maps without any flares at all, save for a few Megablast, Biohazard, Hellfire, Shockblast, and and Nuclear Flares. It’s actually made a bigger difference than expected, and not always a good one. I can keep making new crazy flare types to replace what’s been culled, but ultimately there needs to be some utilitarian flares still left around, things you find lots of and are able to just fire all over the place with the flare gun. Stuff like the Shock Flare or Demon Saturation Flare, but better somehow. Like better in the sense that the flare wipes out your enemy, shits on their graves, murders their dog(s), and then burns down their grandmas’ houses.

I’m thinking of some kind of flare which spawns an orb that slowly floats into the air and spawns seeking energy projectiles, spraying out more and more until it explodes and deals a sizable hurtradius. Maybe also something that combines the Rocketball Flare and Clusterfuck ‘Nade Flare. I find myself missing Shockball and Rocketball flares more than I thought I would, especially in Map 10 and the indoor areas of Map 15. I could really use some kind of medium-grade flare which spawns tons of bouncing projectiles, sorta like the Clusterfuck ‘Nade Flare but more universally useful.

I originally intended to cull the Nuclear Flare, too, but it’s just too useful, and it fits well into the role of a utilitarian weapon, especially since the shockwave can shove enemies around. I might beef up its damage, though, because it’s pretty pathetic against hard targets. What I want to be sure to avoid, though, is making flares that do the same thing your normal guns can do, but on a larger scale. Flares need to be more unique than that, but still plentiful enough that you can use and abuse them if you’re a real bastard and just hate everything really bad. Kinda like what I would do if rotators were enemies in EXU. I’d riddle their corpses with Hellfire Flares and keep pumping more into the charred, scorched earth where every last one of their giblets remained before being utterly annihilated by a column of fire.

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One Comment

  1. this is shocking news, but not tesla-level-shocking unfortunately, i will be keeping an eye out


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