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Wheels of Destruction Weapon Guide

Peter Porai-Koshits's Avatar + Posted by Peter Porai-Koshits on Mar 29, 2012 // Lead Designer



The weapon system in Wheels of Destruction is beautifully familiar yet dynamic and designed to keep the game balanced. Players who know class-based shooters like Unreal Tournament and Team Fortress 2 will instantly feel at home. The game has four weapon types, each with primary and alternate fire conveniently selectable on the d-pad. This simple and intuitive system actually provides 11 unique ways to decimate opponents.

The Gatling gun is the initial weapon that everyone has from the start of a match. Available to the player throughout, it never runs out of ammo but is relatively weak and imprecise. However, its alternate fire is tremendously powerful – it’s a very short-ranged spread shot shotgun with massive force. Players with great skill and a bit of luck can land an instant kill shot but, most of the time, you’re better off hunting for new weapons.

The next gun is almost as accessible and familiar – the rockets and mortar. Like many games, the rocket is pretty straight-forward. It’s not necessarily a ‘noobtube,’ but it doesn’t take much strategy to get in a quick kill shot.

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Opponents can certainly dodge these advances, but the mortar is a bit harder to avoid. This alternate attack lunges a rocket into the battle and creates a massive blast, hurling all affected vehicles into the air – allies included. Stunning your enemies can come at the cost of stunning your allies, but it goes a long way in a skirmish when enemy defenses are compromised. A cool tip: Expert players can master the mortar jump. Fire into the ground while accelerating to gain vantage points whenever jump pads and ramps aren’t close by, or use the mortar to knock someone off their ill-gained vantage point.

The flamethrower shoots catalytic additives that will happily melt metal. Cake on this plasma, and the damage per second improves exponentially. Keeping a predatory vehicle in the stream can be quite the task, though. Slower, heavier vehicles are the most vulnerable to the fury of flames. The fire ring, the flamethrower’s alternative fire, lights up all opponents within a set radius. This spread isn’t too vast — nor is it all that destructive — but players can fire haphazardly into a crowd, dusting off the smaller enemies. Both flamethrower and fire ring ignore enemy shields, so an opportune attack with this weapon can be perfect. If an enemy doesn’t die, the heat will drive their electronic circuits crazy and aiming becomes impossible while they burn. If you find yourself on the receiving end of an inferno, quickly pick up a repair power-up and you’ll be good to go.

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The rail gun is a weapon for true experts. It allows players to take out an opponent with a single surgical hit spanning the entire map; a player equipped with a rail gun in a strategically sound vantage point and has the battle field in their possession. The rail gun has a lengthy recharge, and a single shot turns all the attention to that player, but it’s worth it all for one great, tide-turning shot. The rail gun’s alternate shot is the BFG. Players can obliterate four to five opponents with a lucky shot. Because it’s an experimental prototype of a new future weapon, its behavior is not always predictable. Don’t waste it.

Players should find that the weapon system is varied yet simple. By having an accessible set of weapons, we allow the player to find a setup that’s comfortable for them. Ultimately, skill is always the winning factor – that’s how we built the game.

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+ Go_Buddie_Go on March 29th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

This looks like a really good alternative to Twisted Metal, I’d definitely buy… Just need the money :/
Will there be a Trial/Demo for it on day one?


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    + Peter Porai-Koshits on March 30th, 2012 at 8:39 am said:

    Unfortunately, there won’t be a day 1 demo. However, the game comes with a 20% PS+ discount right away


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+ omnichaotic on March 29th, 2012 at 9:35 am said:

It’s Super Sonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars with Weapons cool XD.


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+ WrekGar on March 29th, 2012 at 11:11 am said:

Cool lookin game… what I am curious about is will there be a version for Vita with cross platform play?


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    + Peter Porai-Koshits on March 30th, 2012 at 8:40 am said:

    Balancing a cross-platform shooter will be a challenge. We love challenges.


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+ Dustinwp on March 29th, 2012 at 11:20 am said:

Looks like blast! I’ll most likely be downloading this when it becomes available. I probably missed previous articles on this game, so I apologize for the stupid questions. But how many maps will there be? And how many players in a match?

Thanks


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    + Peter Porai-Koshits on March 30th, 2012 at 8:41 am said:

    It’s always worth repeating :) We start with 5 maps, 5 classes, and up to 12 players in a match


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+ Emerald_Swords on March 29th, 2012 at 11:39 am said:

Will custom soundtracks be included as well?


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    + Peter Porai-Koshits on March 30th, 2012 at 8:41 am said:

    There is an in-game soundtrack, or you can play your own BGM if you wish.


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+ KazeEternal on March 29th, 2012 at 11:52 am said:

@PS Blog
Sorry for posting this in an unrelated post.

But could somebody please fix this:
http://blog.bioware.com/2012/03/28/operation-raptor/

It’s dumb that PSN users aren’t able to participate (Current I’m on PC), what’s worse is that PS3 users can’t participate with PC users in the same game instance so both PC and PS3 can co-op together. We could do this for Portal 2 why not Mass Effect 3?

Also can we get Chaos Rings on PS Vita please.


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+ gearhead32 on March 29th, 2012 at 1:06 pm said:

it does look like a fun game to play with friends on psn and it will be 8 dollars if you have PS+ on april 3


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+ jimmyfoxhound on March 29th, 2012 at 1:44 pm said:

Not bad, gonna check this out! I haven’t played a vechicle combat game since Vigilante 8 on the PSOne! Loved that game.


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+ Bu3ouf91 on March 30th, 2012 at 7:01 am said:

I think this game created by the same makers of Super Sonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars, It looks awesome.


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+ Peter Porai-Koshits on March 30th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

Everyone: Thank you very much for your kind words. We’re really excited to have our game launched in less than a week, and hope that you’ll like it as much as we do


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+ ZeroSection on March 30th, 2012 at 10:53 am said:

I get a San Francisco 2049 feel from this, and that’s a good thing lol.


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+ wowowowo1 on March 31st, 2012 at 10:52 am said:

I am guessing there will be a demo for this. right?


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+ Kid_Loser on March 31st, 2012 at 3:00 pm said:

With no platinum, me and a bunch of friends feel this is not worth our time. You lost us and many others with there being no plat.


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+ C_Y_P_H_E_R on April 1st, 2012 at 8:06 pm said:

Releasing this way before Twisted Metal would have been the best idea.


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+ supvic on April 2nd, 2012 at 5:19 pm said:

This sounds a lot like a vehicular version of Unreal Tournament. Maybe you should make another online 3rd/1st person shooter PSN exclusive just like this.


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+ Lannyto on April 2nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm said:

Looks sweet. and just like supvic said, it’s a cool UT with vehicles. Or, for the younger age, thing Twisted Metal pumped up to 11. Which is extreme!


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