Video Game: Guns Of Icarus Online
Guns of Icarus Online is the MMO sequel to Guns of Icarus
, developed by Muse games. It is a co-op shooter
game where teams of airships, each manned by 4 people, attempt to sink the other teams' airships.
Players have access to 3 classes: The Pilot, The Engineer, and The Gunner. The Pilot is in charge of flying the ship, the Engineer is in charge of keeping it in good repair, and the Gunner is in charge of, well, Gunning.
The point of the game is to keep your ship flying while dishing out pain to other ships. Six different ship bodies are in game, and come set with loadout points for light and medium guns. Each one requires a different strategy, and it takes a while to master them all.
A kickstarter has been funded for an adventure mode, but it has not been released yet.
"Guns of Icarus Online" contains examples of:
- After the End: It takes place in an alternate universe where most of the world was reduced to dust. Details on why or how are vague, at best.
- Airships: The game unsurprisingly does not provide a realistic portrayal of airships; regardless, they form the backbone of the game.
- Awesome yet Practical: The light gatling and the heavy H'wacha are noob favorites. They also stick around in pro matches due to their usefulness.
- BFG: All the heavy guns.
- Breakable Weapons: All guns are breakable. They can be repaired, though.
- Cool Airship: Six of them, in fact.
- Co-Op Multiplayer: Even more so than its predecessor.
- Critical Existence Failure: Averted: As ships take hull damage, their model becomes progressively torn and mangled before exploding.
- Crippling Overspecialization: The Mobula has five front-facing guns and no others, giving it the largest blind spot out of any ship.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Lochnagar shots, a special gunnery tool, give a 150% damage boost to guns, but also renders the gun almost entirely unturnable while it is in and explodes the gun when fired.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: In every current game mode, your ship and crew respawns after every death.
- Difficult but Awesome: Anything with a heavy shot arc tends to be ignored due to how cumbersome they are to aim, but when they hit, they will do their job.
- The Scylla Double Barreled Mortar is a ship-destroying machine, rapid-firing grenades that will eat through hull like candy if their armor is down.
- The Lumberjack Heavy Mortar decimates enemy balloons, potentially gaining kills by keeping the enemy pinned to the ground until they die by collision damage.
- The Hades Light Cannon comes with Fire and Piercing damage, providing a ranged alternative to both the Gatling Gun and the Flamethrower if you can get around the shooting arc.
- The Aerial Mines. They take precise timing and patience to make hit, but a successful mine deployment will do massive damage to the poor soul who flew into it. They also fire out like mortars when deployed, making them great for warding off pursuing ships that get too close.
- Enemy Detecting Radar: Crewmen with spyglasses can "spot" enemies, which places markers around them and signifies friend from foe, as well as their position.
- Every Bullet is a Tracer
- Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: While all ships but the Galleon have forward guns, the Goldfish and the Spire are the only ones with heavy guns in front. Overall, though, largely averted. No matter where on the ship it is placed, each type of weapon has its own traverse arc in which it can be aimed. Some, like the Field Gun, have barely any ability to be aimed, while others, like the flame thrower, can cover almost a 180 degree arc. Others are much better at being vertically than horizontally as well.
- Flare Gun: The Beacon Flare Gun can be used as a weapon and can even light ships on fire, but its main use is to highlight ships in fog or heavy cloud cover.
- Fragile Speedster: The Squid is the fastest, most maneuverable airship in the game, but it's lightly armored and can't take very many hits.
- Gatling Good: The Whirlwind Light Gatling gun has plenty of dakka.
- Glass Cannon:
- The Spire airship has its weapon mounts arranged in such a way that it can bring heavy firepower to bear on any ship it sets its sights on, but has the flimsiest armor and hull strength out of all the ships and little to no speed.
- Averted with the Pyramidion ship. It is built to ram, yes, but it is still decently durable. It's main drawback is maneuverability.
- Goggles Do Nothing: There is an equipment slot specifically for goggles, but it's purely aesthetic.
- Grenade Launcher: The Scylla light and the Lumberjack heavy.
- Guns vs. Swords: Guns win, in this case, as Muse has stated that boarding parties will never be implemented.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Junker and the Goldfish both avoid extremes; the Junker is a "mini-galleon," while the Goldfish is a "Mega-Squid."
- Javelin Thrower: The Javelin Light Harpoon Gun. It actually latches other ships onto you and pulls them in.
- Kill It with Fire:
- The Dragon Tongue Light Flamethrower lights any components within reach on fire, causing them to take stackable damage over time and causing any affected weapons to overheat and stop functioning.
- You can load Incendiary Rounds into weapons to give them a chance to inflict fire with every shot. Using them with weapons that either fire out everything in bursts or have a long-lasting clip is a nice way to cripple an opposing ship.
- Macross Missile Massacre: The Manticore Heavy Hwacha fires 20 rockets per shot, meaning that anything close enough to ensure that all the rockets will hit will suffer catastrophic damage. This is taken to the logical extreme with the Galleon, which has four medium weapon hardpoints to put these weapons on, two on each side; needless to say a Galleon loaded with Manticores is not something you want to be flying alongside.
- Mighty Glacier: The Galleon is the largest, most heavily armed and armored ship, but most other ships fly circles around it.
- Percussive Maintenance: Any ship component or gun can be repaired simply by hitting it with the right engineering tool. Ship's balloon is full of holes? Just hit it with a rubber mallet!
- Pre-Explosion Glow: A red glow covers the sides of your view when your ship health is low.
- Ramming Always Works: Crashing into an enemy airship at full speed will do substantial damage; the Pyramidion is made for it, in fact. Just be ready to repair the damage you take too.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: The light and heavy Carronades are shotgun-type cannons. They are very efficient weapons, especially when it comes to balloons. Unfortunately, they both have very low range.
- Sniper Rifle: The Mercury Field Gun.
- Sniper Duel: What happens when two rivalling ships both have the aforementioned gun, though it's more of a Scope Snipe since you can only destroy the gun instead of the person using it.
- Status Buff: The Dynabuff Industries Kit, or Buff Hammer, can be used to give temporary boosts in power to any ship component or weapon. Guns will receive a boost to damage, engines will cause the ship to move or turn faster, the hull receives a slight armor bonus, and the balloon will increase the rate at which the ship ascends or descends.
- Steam Punk
- Subsystem Damage: Damage is taken by the balloon, the engines, the guns, the armor, and the hull. If the balloon goes, you start sinking. If your engines go, you lose speed and maneuverability. If your guns go, they stop firing. If your armor goes, damage is given directly to your hull. If your hull goes...
- Universal Ammunition: Special gunner ammunition can be used in any weapons. Your Lesmok Rounds will work just as well in a flamethrower as they do in a gatling gun.
- Wrecked Weapon: Its common to have your guns blown out from under you. Bonus points if they are lit on fire.
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