Thursday, 3 July 2008

Achieving: Team Fortress 2, Pyro Edition... Prelude

Team Fortress 2, the incredibly fun game by Valve. Makes me think of Pixar movies every time I see it. Anyhow, since the Orange Box, Valve has achievements for their games. Let's start with the Pyro, since that's the latest pack. Some advice though: Achievement servers don't work due to the mindset of the players there. Just go and play on whichever server you usually play on, but than as Pyro. Also, bear in mind that a team with 8 Pyro's isn't the most balanced one, so don't be afraid to play something else untill the madness ends. With each major patch, a class gets alternate weapons, which need to be unlocked. So let's take a look at the Pyro ones:

The Flaregun. Well, it, just as the name implies, fires a flare, allowing you to harass Snipers and other long range foes. It's a projectile, which can be returned with the flamethrower alt fire and sets the target it hits on fire. If it misses, it just burns out, doing no harm.

Replacing the Shotgun, it's not a viable weapon for maps like Well or 2Fort, since it doesn't work underwater. Choose the shotgun instead then. On the other hand, it's fun to see snipers running away once you lit them on fire in 2Fort, so it's your choice. The flaregun is unlocked by gaining the Milestone 1 achievement.
Milestone 1
Achieve 10 of the achievements in the Pyro pack.

It's not hard to unlock, just play alot. but that's just the first unlockable, both Milestone 2 and 3 have their own unlockable. Behold the Backburner:
It doesn't only look mean, it IS mean too. Whenever you hit someone in the back, you get a critical hit. Even Heavies go down fast if you catch them in the back. However, you don't have an air blast. But since that's only fun for Heavy Tennis and some achievements, it's not a loss. You also get 50 additional health to make up for it though when you have it in your weapon selection, increasing survivability. It's hawt. Aaaaand so we take a look at Milestone 2:
Milestone 2
Achieve 16 of the achievements in the Pyro pack.

It's not the end of the world either, just 6 more achievements. That's not much and still doable. But we're not there yet. The most awesome weapon isn't in your hands with Milestone 2. No, Milestone 3 is the one you want. Why? Because you want this:
Like it? Yes? Well, it's different from the normal axe because it only does 50% damage. Well, to non-burning enemies, that is. Once they're set aflame, you'll only deal critical hits. Add a Pyro friend with a flamethrower, with you running after him with the axe. Massacre. however, you need this:

Milestone 3
Achieve 22 of the achievements in the Pyro pack.

This one might be a bit harder. And, I have to admit, I ground a bit of them, being on an empty server with another player. The axe streak achievements are hard, so I did them that way. But, now that we know why we are getting the achievements, we have set ourselves a goal.

The achievements will come in 4 parts: Till Milestone 1, then till 2 then till 3 and what's left.

Part 1: Milestone 1. Unlocks Flaregun.
  • I Fry
  • Dead Heat
  • Firewatch
  • Campfire
  • Fire and Forget
  • Cooking the Books
  • Combined Fire
  • Second Degree Burn
  • Next of Kindling
  • Freezer Burn
Part 2: Milestone 2. Unlocks The Backburner.
  • BarbeQueQ
  • Hot on your Heels
  • Baptism by Fire
  • Burn Ward
  • Weenie Roast
Part 3: Milestone 3. Unlocks the Axtinguisher! *insert epic music*
  • Pilot Light
  • Dance Dance Immolation
  • Hot Shot
  • Hot Potato
  • Milestone 1
  • Milestone 2

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