Killing Floor 2 Redux

Killing Floor 2 Redux

How does this game hold up after 6 months
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It's still (even 6 months later) a bloody great time.

I have been playing Killing Floor 2 for several months in this point to count early access on Steam. Now that it's been out for a few months, we've seen two major, and free DLC updates. Tripewire has done it again with their tried and true formula involving their DLC. Every month or two they have an update which includes a map or two, and a handful of weapons. With the recent updates from when we actually started there are new dynamics between classes (Including the Berserker VLAD Nailgun, Medic Shotgun, and Firebug Incendiary Trench Gun.) Now weapons that are technically shotguns can all be used by support the Demolitionist M16/M203 can be used with Commando class. There are also new weapons: The Bonecrusher (a melee shiled and mace combo) The flare gun(s) (these are a killing floor 1 fan favorite), The Stoner 63 (the commandos LMG) and the cross compatible weaponry has added something new for all classes. Surprisingly, a lot has changed in-game. Next I'll cover the newer maps, there are 3 new maps, Nuked, Zed Landing, and The Descent. These all add their own unique twists to the game. Descent has a unique close quarters aspect. The map is actually layered, and is dynamic to each round change. Nuked takes place after the events of the first game, and give a glimpse to how the nuke dropped changes the environment. Zedd Landing has an active volcano, and many callbacks to Lost, Castaway. None of the new maps feel out of place. The new cross weapon system has added to the already high replay value.

Keeping it classy:

At this point in time I don't have any classes below level 5, in fact most of my classes are leveled up to about 10 at least, my highest being medic at 20, next highest my Demolitionist at 18. I have had the pleasure of playing Killing Floor 2 on the PS4 Pro. The Boost Mode in update 4.55 has made my game run more smoothly, and I find my load times being shorter than ever. I will do another follow up about 12 months into the games life. With that being said, I took advantage of the double XP weekends to level up my higher level, and lower level class. My next goal is to get my Demo up to 20- and my medic to 25. My point being, almost 6 months into the game- I am still not a master at all classes. There is more free DLC set to drop soon, and I look forward to the new additions the the games arsenal.

Difficulties:

I usually play on hard, which has proven very difficult even for my higher level classes, and normal seems to be the right balance of difficulty for most of my classes. For a real challenge I have even tried suicidal difficulty, and I have only beaten that once. I've never even attempted hell on earth. Also, the two bosses are the Patriarch- I will say, the lack of variety on bosses are kind of a turn off- but not game-breaking by any means. The first game only featured one boss - so having double the options is great. They both fit in really well- and are random, so you might have to switch up your tactics at the end of the rounds. I digress, which brings me to something I missed in my first review, was the versus mode. This is a unique challenge that changes the PVE into a PVP game. The player controlled Zedds can be a nightmare as they have erratic behaviors and movement patterns. I recommend this mode for someone with a full team which can communicate. Overall, even after playing this game for months, I still love it. You can pick up Killing Floor 2 for $39.99 on Steam and PS4. If you haven't tried it yet, now is as a good a time as ever to try it.

Cover Image Credit: In-Game Screenshot by Nvidia

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


Cover Image Credit: Katie Ward

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Is Technology Helping Or Hurting Introverts? There's Some Debate With 3 Pros And 3 Cons

While telecommuting delights most introverts, the temptation to do more work and impress supervisors can lead some to feel permanently on the time clock.

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If you're an introvert like me, you probably revel in the ability to work and communicate in our modern world without needing to leave the house or even put on pants.

However, some experts feel that our technological ability to reach others without speaking a word makes IRL interactions even more stressful for the bookworm set.

Technology does provide many useful advantages. It allows those in the workforce to skip the morning commute, reducing carbon emissions, it opens up new educational opportunities and it even promotes discourse between relative strangers on opposite sides of the world.

But can too much of a good thing lead to further isolation and disconnect at work?

Pro 1: Technology lets introverts be heard

Have you ever had a brilliant solution cross your mind while in a meeting but hesitated to share your insight? You're not alone.

Many introverts hesitate to speak up in group settings either out of fear of embarrassment or from struggling to get a word in edgewise around more gregarious peers. Technology permits introverts to share their stroke of genius via email or message as opposed to sharing it verbally

Pro 2: Technology opens creative career doors

In earlier times, success in the creative world meant writing, painting or acting — three fields notoriously difficult to earn a living in unless talent, determination, and serendipity collided perfectly.

However, if you're a creative introvert today, you can find career success in designing web pages, coding apps, and software or producing internet content.

Pro 3: Technology celebrates unique talents

No, you may never knock recruiters' socks off with slick-talking braggadocio, but the right employer will honor your unique abilities nevertheless. Introverts take to deep work like baby ducks to water and easily maintain their attention span when working on tasks that interest them.

Whether your boss needs you to prep a carefully written legal brief or reconcile the company's balance sheet, they'll know you're someone they can count on to do the job right.

Con 1: Technology can contribute to burnout

While telecommuting delights most introverts, the temptation to do more work and impress supervisors can lead some to feel permanently on the time clock. If you work from home, establish a regular schedule just as if you still clocked in and out of the office daily. This helps to preserve work-life balance.

Con 2: Technology can increase social anxiety

While social anxiety is a very real disorder, avoiding contact makes interactions all the more difficult when real life discussions need to occur. Try your best to initiate at least one IRL interaction each day.

No, this won't turn you into an extrovert, but you can improve your conversational skills just like you hone your programming or accounting prowess.

Con 3: Technology can hinder coworker relations

Even extroverts dislike dealing with certain coworkers, but if you gain a reputation for being snooty or stuck-up simply for being quiet and skipping out on after-work gatherings, you can stymie your career progression.

Yes, the office Chatty Cathy may drive you batty, but when promotion time comes around, guess whose name sticks in your manager's mind? You don't need to go to happy hour with the team every single Friday, but making an occasional appearance brands you as shy but a still a team player, not an aloof ice princess.

Finding balance as an Introvert in an extroverted world isn't easy.

If you're an introvert like me, thriving in a talkative world may seem a feat akin to scaling Mt. Everest without the benefit of ropes and Sherpa guides. But plenty of introverts achieve enormous career success and contribute immensely to society with their insight and creativity.

By balancing technology with IRL contact, you can reach your work goals without needed to spend too much time making small talk about the weather.

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