A Beginners Guide to Gyrocopters

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A Beginners Guide to Gyrocopters

Post by Mutilator » Sun Apr 25, 2004 11:19 am

I was inspired by Sprinkz, and decided to write about something I know about.

A Beginners Guide to Gyrocopters

The uses of a Gyrocopter

You can use a Gyrocopter for pretty much anything you like. However, they are particularly useful for providing support for teammates on the ground who are getting massacred, killing kabuto, and ferrying people around the map. They are also useful for destroying enemy buildings, but turrets are a pain in the ass when you do that.

Flying

Before you can use a Gyrocopter effectivly, you need to be able to fly one! The controls are relatively simple, use the normal movement controls on the keyboard to move backwards and farwards, and sideways, then use the mouse to steer. Thats about it, but here are a few tips that will help you have a little more control.
You may also find it useful to fly in third person view so you can see what your chopper is doing.

Turning - You will notice that if you turn just with the mouse, you tend to carry on drifting the the same direction you were travelling in.
When you turn, use the strafe key of the direction you want to turn while useing the mouse to turn the chopper round. I find this helps to get rid of the drift you encounter when turning.

Landing - Landing can be a pain in the ass sometimes, and I have seen people severely damage there chopper when landing.
The key is to take it steady. Don't plummet to the ground, but use the right mouse button to slow your fall. You'll master it after a little practice.

Thats about it for flying.


Attacking

Attacking is one the easiest things to do in a chopper, just blast away at anyone really, though here are some tips.

Using the machine gun - The Machine Gun is particularly effective against kabuto, but also for killine people on the ground, though this is harder and best left to your teammates on the ground.
It's easiest to go into first person view when firing the machine gun. Try and stay close, and don't waste your ammo. You only get 150 shots, and they fire off fairly quickly. Only fire when you know you stand a good chance of hitting your target!
If you want to prctice, host a game on your own, and hunt some vimp. This may sound stupid, but it's a great way of practicing hitting ground targets. You may even want to kill smarties too.

The bombs - The bombs are useful for bombarding enemy troops to throwq them off, and for destroying buildings. Again, go into first person view when firing, and try and get a good shot in. You only get 3 bombs, which sucks a bit, but life's a bitch!
Bomba can also take significant amounts of life off kabuto, but only if you get a good hit. Direct hits are best, so snatch your opputunities when they arise. Try to get Kabuto when he is staning still eating or destoying something. Thats the best opportunity.

Killing Reapers - Reapers are a pain in the ass, and should be banned, but unfortunately that won't happen.
The best time to get reapers is when they are swimming in the sea. The can't shoot at you when swimming!
They do gain health when in the water, so you have to accurate, and try to kill her before she gets out of the water. If she gets out, your dead!


Other Important Stuff

Homing Missiles
When flying a chopper, always take some flares! If you are on the wing of a chopper, take flares.
Choppers are usually a prime target for homing missiles, and SAM turrets are also a pain in the ass! It is far harder to dodge homing missile when in a chopper, so if you think your about to blown out of the sky, and your out of flares, eject! This will save you some healt, and allow you to maybe get a kill in before you die. You may even survive!

Ferrying people around
If you didn't already know this, you can fit an extra two people on your wings.
The best rout to take when acting as a taxi is out to sea. Fly fairly low, and not too far in to land. This will keep you out of the way of most homing missiles and turrets, and you have less chance of being spotted.
It's also useful to be able to swim with a jetpack in caser you get shot down. Remember, take flares!

Thats about it.


If there s anything you think I'v missed out, let me know.

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Post by GibLit » Sun Apr 25, 2004 3:14 pm

That's a helpful guide on it's own, but I'd like to some tricks that will help the whole bunch of you alot.

When flying a gyrocopter, always stay as low as you can! You know when you look up at the sky and see planes flying, it looks like they're going slow, and you can crush them with your fingers lol! But planes actually reach speeds up to 200 miles per hour or more (I'm not too sure about the speed, but they do go fast.) It's the same physics for gyrocopters. If you stay low, you seem incredibly fast, and most people won't hit you with their proxies nor are the SAM turrets able to lock onto you. By planning ahead, you can take out their turrets, then destroy what's left with your machine gun.

Now with the gyrocopters machine gun, it's about 5 times stronger than the handheld machine gun, so it serves as a good raiding tool, and if you have good enough aim, you can kill meccs easily. A good tip is to circle around a building that you're shooting with the machine gun, and stay as close as you can from it. That will ensure around 50% of homing missiles will hit the target. Any suspicious looking homing rockets you can flare off. The first building you should go after is the shield generator, since that will take the shields out, thus making it easy to destroy the rest of the base. You won't have enough ammo left to destroy the whole base, so try making it back to your base alive so that you can recharge. Then laugh at your enemies and tell them they suck. =)

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Post by Timmy » Wed Nov 10, 2004 1:37 am

Its very, very useful (yes, I know this topic is dead!)

But how do you shoot reapers in water? Thats a real pain when they're swimming. . .


lol

"You only get 3 bombs, which sucks a bit, but life's a bitch!"

lol, that was funny



Also, when you're almost dead, wait until someone shoots you! If you see an incoming homing missle, wait a bit, then GET THE HELL OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Devilinhell » Wed Nov 10, 2004 8:35 am

Sure its good but....

what do you need a gyrocopter guide for :?

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Post by Zopharks » Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:54 am

Um. No.

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Post by Devilinhell » Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:45 am

=/ ?

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Post by Glude » Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:43 pm

You forgot something : you can throw mines when you drive a gyro =)

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Post by Bebiseal » Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:55 pm

.... im already looking forward to "A Beginners Guide to being a n00b"

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Post by eXistenZ » Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:50 pm

hell that will be popular

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Post by Mutilator » Thu Nov 11, 2004 9:40 am

Beginners Guide to being a n00b!

1. Have crap aim.
2. Pick weapons that are of no use to you.
3. Constantly die in stupid ways.
4. Constantly talk to the other players trying to concentrate on not being owned.
5. Act thick (or just be normal in some people cases).

Finally, be a wanker!


Trust me, this is all from experience!

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Post by Xentek » Thu Nov 11, 2004 11:57 am

u left out turret building, random flaming ppl for no reason and cheating when u cant win..

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Post by Crossmaniak » Thu Nov 11, 2004 3:58 pm

Random flaming ppl is the precise way to describe wilske.nl :P

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Post by [TO]Semore » Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:35 pm

Man, I love this communtiy. It just keeps geting better and better.

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Post by Timmy » Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:27 pm

how do you make ur wing smokey??

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Post by [TO]Semore » Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:28 am

jump out of a gyrocopter and get back into it before it explodes..

Make a tower, fly the gyrocopter into the inside and go to the very top, so you're not moving anymore. jump out and you should fall straight down into it before it hits the ground. Voila.

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