Need help setting up in Shadows of Evil? I'm glad to help! With these seven short tips, I aim to make you all awesome at this brand new map.
Tip 1: Don't Waste Your Money, and Go Semi Auto!
First things first.
If playing solo, do not, and I mean DO NOT buy Quick Revive! This sets you up with less points, and that is unacceptable because point maximization is vital to making sure you get to a safe area as quick as possible. You will be able to buy Quick Revive AFTER Pack-A-Punch has been opened.
To add to this tip:
DO NOT BUY GUMBALLS until Pack-A-Punch is opened! Buying these before perks is really not necessary, and you'll get 'em soon enough :) So save your cash!
Also, the only gun you will want to buy this early in the game is the Sheiva.
It's basically the sexy reincarnation of the M14, and it will make sure you don't go spraying all your ammo away, like you would with the RK5 or other fully auto guns. This gun is JUST THE RIGHT damage for early rounds, and is perfect for knife combos.
Tip 2: Maximize Your Points! The Pistol is Your Friend!
Remember this guy?
Yeah, he may be a bit weak, but he's your golden ticket. He's gonna make sure you get the points to get the doors open in a timely fashion and get the rituals done.
Here's how you use the Bloodhound in the most efficient way possible:
Round One: Shoot each zombie in the leg once, and then knife to kill.
Round Two: Shoot each zombie four times in the leg, and then knife to kill.
Round Three and on: Stop using the pistol or you will die. Use the Sheiva and get headshots so you can open more doors.
Tip 3: Have A Plan, and Stick To It!
The most important thing in this map is that you know what you're doing. This means that you not only know how to perform the rituals, but that you know roughly when you will be doing them.
Here's a video for those of you new to the Rituals:
For example, here's my rough plan each time I play Shadows of Evil:
Round 1: Open the first door, go Beast Mode, punch the double doors, zap Quick Revive, punch the little box, zap the fountain, grapple the fire escape and open Nero's Place. Then do the first ritual before the round ends.
Round 2 and on: Gather points and avoid nukes as I stack shield parts, open doors and do the rituals. I also keep an eye out for which district Juggernog is in. You can determine this by seeing which color bottle is outside each district's first door, as seen below:
For those of you who do not know where the shield parts are:
In each district, go to the perk that will usually be up a flight of stairs. Each shield part will be somewhere in that area. The shield parts are all relatively easy to find, and there are crafting tables in each district to build the shield on.
Now that you know how to do the rituals and where the shield parts are, you will greatly increase not only your, but your TEAM's chances of survival.
On to the next one!
Tip 4: Save The Team By Saving Yourself
This is going to be a hard tip to act on, but it's very important. Ever have a situation where everyone in the map is downed except you, and they're begging you to save them?
I have some bad news for you: 99% of the time in Shadows of Evil, it is NOT safe to pick up a teammate during the round. This is hard for everyone to swallow, and if you don't believe me, try reviving a friend halfway across the map while hordes of zombies are chasing you down. It's nearly impossible.
Bottom line: if push comes to shove and you're the last one alive, focus on clearing the zombies FIRST, and saving your friends SECOND. You'll thank me for this tip later.
Your friends will be much happier knowing the game is still on versus you trying to save them and the game being over. Keep the run going!
Next tip comin' up!
Tip 5: Use Beast Mode Wisely!
So here's the thing: in solo, you get 3 Beast Mode uses at the beginning of the match. You will get a new one at the beginning of each new round, provided you used BM at least one time last round.
Your Beast Mode counter is the blue eye-shaped thing shown below:
When that thing is blue and NOT flashing, you at least 2 uses left.
When that thing is blue AND flashing, you have 1 use left.
When that thing is red, you cannot use Beast Mode again until the next round.
In Co-op matches, you only have one use, so use it effectively during the round, and practice doing each route in more effective ways.
You only have a short time in Beast Mode, so make it count!
Tip 6: Refrain From Using The Box!
Wait to use the mystery box until all the Rituals are finished and your team has the shield built. At this point you will be in a much better position point-wise to afford the box and all its treasure!
Tip 7: Don't Expect Help, BE The Help!
The hard part about playing this map with randoms is accepting that most of them have no idea what they are doing. Keeping this in mind, please be kind to new players! Most of them are geniunely trying to contribute to the match and have fun.
If you see people struggling and they don't quit after their first down, offer to help them after the match, and maybe show them this guide! The internet is a great resource to help the newbs, and making this gesture can definitely lead to some new friends!
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Credits: Special thanks to gav for this tips.