BORDERLANDS ONLINE PREPS FOR ANOTHER CLOSED BETA TEST

Jul 28

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time for your daily installment of Things You’re Never Going To Have! Probably not, anyway. Borderlands Online has opened registration for the second wave of closed beta testing, although the game’s developers have not yet specified when this second test will be taking place. A new PvP mode will be introduced that functions as a capture-the-flag scenario with the series’ recurring mascot robot Claptrap, but no new PvE features appear to be in the pipe. Borderlands Online is currently in development by Shanda Games for the Chinese market, with no announcement of a port or localization or anything for an American release despite being based off of an American IP. Life is strange like that. You can check out a video of the PvE gameplay just past the break and let yourself decide if you’re missing much....

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Guide to Weak Spots in World of Tanks

Jul 18

Weak spots are specific areas of a tank that can be penetrated more easily than other areas where the armor is thicker and/or sloped. Here is a list of common weak spots across tanks: The cupola, which is the hatch on top of the turret View (range) ports Machine gun ports Lower front glacis, especially on German tanks Hatches elsewhere on the vehicle Weak Spots (KV-1s) For almost every tank in the game, the rear and side armor of the hull (body) and turret tend to be weaker than the front armor, which is why flanking is so critical in World of Tanks. In general, you want to avoid targeting the following areas of an enemy tank: The mantlet, which is the heavily armored section where the gun attaches to the turret Areas which are heavily sloped or angled relative to you The following video provides illustrative footage of penetrating tanks in their weak spots: Aside from consistently hitting enemy tanks in their weak spots, make sure to protect your tank’s weak spots via proper angling and leveraging physical cover. The following video provides a more advanced look at weak spot targeting and protection with footage from an “Ace Tanker” Mastery battle for the IS-4: To protect your tank against penetrations, you can angle your hull armor to increase the effective armor and chance to ricochet incoming rounds, as discussed in my guide on angling. For more advanced videos, check out my “Road to Unicum” tank reviews in which I share what I’ve learned as I progress towards account Unicum rating (top 1%). I talk through how I’m reading each battle as it unfolds and discuss key decisions and mistakes. My hope is that these videos meaningfully help other players improve their gameplay. Recommended Tools and Resources There are some amazing web sites, mobile/tablet apps, and desktop applications that enable you visualize the armor of tanks with 3D models, and you can use these to understand their weak apots. Here are the ones I recommend. tanks.gg This relatively new site allows you to view the 3D models of every tank in a web browser. You can mouse over various parts of the tank to see the penetration values. You...

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