Killing Floor 2 is a fun horde mode FPS with a steep learning curve. It starts off nice and easy in lower difficulties before slapping you in the face at higher difficulty levels. As such, it’s quite common for beginner players to find themselves entering Suicidal games with terrible habits.
Developing the right skills early on in Killing Floor 2 is essential if you want to make the most out of your zombie-slaughtering sessions and become a master of the game. Just follow our beginner tips and you’ll be well on your way.
Awareness, Awareness, Awareness
Killing Floor 2 is all about the three As, and we don’t mean battery size here. The main aspect that makes this hectic zombie shooter so challenging is the number of elements you need to be aware of at all times; Map, Spatial, Team, Health, and Kiting.
Map awareness is a common skill to build in any FPS and it’s the same in Killing Floor 2. Knowing every twist and turn, nook and cranny of the map you’re playing in can mean the difference between death and survival. Not only will it help you escape to safety but also give you an idea of where your teammates are located.
Spatial & Team Awareness
Spatial and Team awareness both go hand-in-hand. It’s not enough to know where the Zeds are in relation to your surroundings. Keeping tabs on your teammates whereabouts and whether your back is covered is key to playing solidly.
Health awareness may sound like a no-brainer but a common way to find yourself dead in a hectic game like Killing Floor 2 is by being too distracted to notice your HP is almost 0. Keep an eye on your health pool and call out for heals when you’re in danger or have a moment to breathe.
Finally, Kiting awareness is basically about keeping in mind that running away while shooting is also an option. Make sure to pay more attention to where you’re going as finding yourself suddenly stuck on an obstacle will mean game over.
Right Between the Eyes
Killing Floor 2 has four difficulty levels: Normal, Hard, Suicidal and Hell on Earth. The first two can seem relatively easy to get through because Zeds don’t have that much health. It’s easy, therefore, to focus less on aiming for the head as body shots will do the trick just as well. Relying on aiming for the gut, however, is a bad habit that will hinder your progress in the later difficulties.
Practice aiming for the head via hip fire instead of aiming down sights as much as you can during the comfy, cushy Normal and Hard difficulties. Not only will you be more efficient in those levels, but you’ll also be better prepared to face the beefier and more enhanced Zeds in Suicidal and Hectic. AODing is too slow when Zeds are smarter and have new special attacks. Taking them out quickly with well-placed headshots from the hip means you’ll be taking them out more efficiently.
Get Your Priorities Straight
The variety of Zeds in Killing Floor 2 is quite diverse. Each of these enemies has its own set of abilities and health levels. Prioritising which ones to take out first is a vital skill to build up as soon as possible. You might think that taking out the small Zeds is the best way to go so they don’t crowd you. In actuality, you’ll want to make sure the medium ones are killed off first. Zeds like Siren and Bloat have abilities that can disrupt your team’s combat flow so be sure to take them out swiftly.