Back 4 Blood Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Back 4 Blood RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Back 4 Blood Legendary Weapons List https://www.gameskinny.com/7mxgv/back-4-blood-legendary-weapons-list https://www.gameskinny.com/7mxgv/back-4-blood-legendary-weapons-list Wed, 31 Aug 2022 12:30:43 -0400 Ashley Shankle

You spend a lot of your time toting weapons around between Uncommon and Epic rarities in Back 4 Blood, but every once in a while, you'll get your hands on a Legendary weapon or two and get to go nuts with their unique effects.

Currently, there are eight Legendary weapons in Back 4 Blood, with the newest being the Lockjaw, added to the game with the Children of the Worm expansion.

Still, with this latest expansion, the only way to really get Legendary weapons is by delving into Ridden Hives. As long as at least one person in your party has the Tunnels of Terror expansion, there's a chance for an entrance to a Ridden Hive to spawn within an act.

It is possible to force a Legendary weapon to spawn outside of Ridden Hives by using the Legendary Weapon burn card, which grants a totally random Legendary. However, your best bet is to explore Ridden Hives. 

Here's a list of all the Legendary weapons in Back for Blood, including their stats and perks. 

All Legendary Weapons List

Damnation

Damnation is a Legendary shotgun.

  • Firepower: 95
  • Range: 30m
  • Accuracy: 25
  • Handling: 90
  • Mobility: 105
  • Legendary perk: Fire and Brimstone — Incendiary rounds burn targets for 24 damage per second for 3 seconds. Damnation's wielder is immune to Fire Damage.

Embezzler

Embezzler is a Legendary sidearm.

  • Firepower: 100
  • Range: 65m
  • Accuracy: 70
  • Handling: 75
  • Mobility: 70
  • Legendary perk: Death and Taxes — Killing blows generate a max of 10 Copper per kill, up to 1,000 per level.

Lockjaw

Lockjaw is a Legendary sniper rifle.

  • Firepower: 135
  • Range: 100m
  • Accuracy: 100
  • Handling: 60
  • Mobility: 40
  • Legendary perk: Armor-piercing Rounds — Damage dealt to armor is also dealt to the Ridden's health.
  • Legendary perk: Clean Shot — Destroying armor with this weapon creates Makeshift Armor.

Nemesis

Nemesis is a Legendary light machine gun.

  • Firepower: 90
  • Range: 90m
  • Accuracy: 45
  • Handling: 50
  • Mobility: 40
  • Legendary perk: Final Showdown — Enemies within 30 meters are drawn to the wielder of this weapon.

Pestilence

Pestilence is a Legendary assault rifle.

  • Firepower: 78
  • Range: 80m
  • Accuracy: 95
  • Handling: 95
  • Mobility: 70
  • Legendary Perk: Atrophy — Successful hits with this weapon apply a stacking 4 damage per second and reduces the target's damage by 1.5% up to 75%.

Prototype 378

Prototype 378 is a Legendary submachine gun.

  • Firepower: 85
  • Range: 65m
  • Accuracy: 80
  • Handling: 70
  • Mobility: 80
  • Legendary Perk: ZAP! — Significantly slows targets for 1.75 seconds.

Tenderizer

Tenderizer is a Legendary melee weapon.

  • Firepower: 140
  • Range: 2m
  • Mobility: 70
  • Legendary Perk: Mincemeat — Dismembers enemies upon impact, and deals 90 damage in a large area of effect.

Witness

Witness is a Legendary sniper rifle.

  • Firepower: 98
  • Range: 95m
  • Accuracy: 90
  • Handling: 80
  • Mobility: 65
  • Legendary Perk: Sight Unseen — Highlights targets and increases damage dealt to them by 20%.

Lockjaw is the only new Legendary weapon added with the Children of the Worm expansion, but it's a huge boon on Nightmare and No Hope difficulties. Especially now that matchmaking is in the works for No Hope if the game's Trello is to be believed. This newest expansion also introduces the cleaner Prophet Dan, who has some interesting effects that may or may not be useful depending on the overall skill of your fellow cleaners. Check out our other Back 4 Blood guides.

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Back 4 Blood: Prophet Dan and Divine Intervention Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mquzj/back-4-blood-prophet-dan-and-divine-intervention-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mquzj/back-4-blood-prophet-dan-and-divine-intervention-guide Wed, 31 Aug 2022 12:25:13 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Prophet Dan is the newest addition to the Back 4 Blood cast with the Children of the Worm expansion, and the eccentric "prophet" is one of the most gimmicky cleaners added to the B4B roster yet. He's certainly got his place, though, and may just be a boon when playing with randoms or on higher difficulties.

Prophet Dan Traits

Revival is the name of the game with Prophet Dan, with his unique effects only triggering when a cleaner is revived. His exact traits are as follows:

  • Divine Intervention — A random effect is played whenever a cleaner is revived.
  • Vengeful — Prophet Dan has increased combat attributes when others are incapacitated.
  • Protect the Flock — +3 Team Damage Resistance and Knockback Immunity while reviving.
  • Legerdemain — Start with a Smoke Grenade.

Divine Intervention is the star of Prophet Dan's kit, and it triggers when anyone revives another cleaner. This means that Prophet Dan doesn't have to do it himself, which synergizes nicely with Vengeful and doesn't relegate him to being a revival bot. Though, he's less useful overall with a good team who isn't dying.

Divine Intervention Effects

There are a total of seven cards that can trigger from Divine Intervention. With each revival, one of the following cards will trigger at random and take effect:

  • Carnage! — Several live Frag Grenades spawn in the area.
  • Radiance! — Several live Flash Grenades spawn in the area.
  • Riches! — Several Copper pickups spawn in the area.
  • The Light! — Grants either +5% Damage or +5% Damage Resistance.
  • Vanish! — Several Smoke Grenades spawn in the area.
  • Vigor! — Full Health is restored.
  • Vitality! — Grants +1 Extra Life.

It's worth noting that the Frag Grenades and Flash Grenades from Carnage! and Radiance! respectively do not do damage to allies.

It's not hard to see the draws of most of the cards that Divine Intervention triggers, but the trait is of generally no use if none of your fellow cleaners aren't getting knocked out. This makes Prophet Dan far less useful when with a skilled team or on lower difficulties, as he only shines when in the face of adversity. For more, check out our other Back 4 Blood guides.

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Back 4 Blood Profile Service Error Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/t78vb/back-4-blood-profile-service-error-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/t78vb/back-4-blood-profile-service-error-fix Fri, 22 Oct 2021 10:52:25 -0400 Sergey_3847

The profile service error in Back 4 Blood is one of a handful bothering players of the Left 4 Dead spiritual successor, this particular error affecting only Steam users.

The profile service error is thanks to the Steam maintenance that takes place every Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST or 4 p.m. PT. This maintenance may completely disrupt the online services of many games, including Back 4 Blood.

How to Fix Profile Service Error in Back 4 Blood

B4B players who use Steam version of the game need to make sure that they don't try to connect to the game servers during the Steam maintenance hours. You can do the following check ups to avoid the connectivity issues:

  • Check the Steam status on the official webpage
  • Check the B4B Twitter for updates
  • Wait for the maintenance to complete
  • Restart your PC and internet connection

In case your game still doesn't let you connect after the Steam servers come back up, you need to do the following steps:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Back 4 Blood game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab
  6. Select "Verify Integrity of Game Files" feature
  7. Allow Easy Anti-Cheat system to auto-update when launching the game
  8. Sign in and play

Remember that Steam maintenance takes place every week, so you might need to do this each time unless the B4B developer fixes this issue for good with the next patch.

For now you can use this temporary solution to the profile service error in Back 4 Blood. If you have any other issues with the game, then check out the following guides:

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Back 4 Blood Cards Explained: Best Cards for Your Deck https://www.gameskinny.com/ls62x/back-4-blood-cards-explained-best-cards-for-your-deck https://www.gameskinny.com/ls62x/back-4-blood-cards-explained-best-cards-for-your-deck Fri, 15 Oct 2021 22:26:37 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The best Back 4 Blood cards make a significant difference to your chances of survival. There’s a surprising amount of flexibility in how you build your character and deck, with enough cards and Cleaner variety where you can have several builds for one character. But how do they work?

This tips guide will go over what you need to know about cards and give some pointers for the best early ones to look for in Back 4 Blood

What are Cards and How Do They Work?

Cards grant your Cleaners and sometimes your team special buffs or debuffs, and while you start with a paltry set of five cards, you’ll quickly amass enough to build full decks. That's especially true if you're playing multiplayer and completing supply lines.

Back 4 Blood lets you choose decks at the start of each level or when you begin a new run. When building your deck, make sure to put your favorite or preferred card in the first slot, as it guarantees that the card will show up once the run starts.

Cards are divided into several categories, including:

  • Mobility
  • Offense
  • Defense
  • Healing
  • Corruption

You can’t buy Corruption Cards. These are just effects the game randomly picks for each round to determine factors such as the hazards you’ll face or what enemies you may encounter.

Team Cards do what their name suggests and apply a given effect to the entire team. They’re temporary, and you can purchase them in safe rooms before leaving to start a round. The Team variety typically have a hefty copper price tag attached to them, but the boons they offer are vital, especially on higher difficulties like Nightmare.

Finally, make sure to keep track of which mode you’re building decks for. Back 4 Blood has three separate deck types, and they don’t cross over between campaign and Swarm, for example.

How to Get Cards

The Inspiring Sacrifice card worth 100 supply points.

The easiest way to get cards is by purchasing Supply Lines. You’ll earn Supply Points for every round you play in multiplayer, and clearing just the first act usually gets you enough to unlock two or three full Supply Lines.

Clearing challenges in each stage will earn you rarer cards, though it’ll likely take several tries for some of these. Take note of the special conditions on Corruption Cards or in the upper left corner of the screen to get an idea of what challenges each stage has. Some other challenges can be found in the Accomplishments tab. 

Some stages also have areas where you can purchase cards with Copper. These are often behind locked doors, so it’s worth having one party member bring a Tool Kit.

Back 4 Blood: Best Cards

There’s a fair bit of variability in what cards will work best for your Cleaner and style, but these are our top picks for nearly any situation.

Best For Offense

The create deck option in the Back 4 Blood deck manager.

Offense cards are, obviously, the ones that make you hit harder, but they come in many different shapes and sizes.

  • Combat Knife: Melee attack turns into a knife attack
  • Battle Lust: Melee kills restore 2 health
  • Ridden Slayer: Damage bonus against weak spots
  • Broadside: Precision kills have a chance of making Ridden explode
  • Two Is One and One Is None: Equip a primary weapon in your secondary slot
  • Hellfire: +45% movement speed while firing and +5% speed when not firing

Best For Support

The B4B deck manager menu highlighting the Inspiring Sacrifice card.

These are the cards that keep your team alive longer. There are several more cards with specific benefits, such as extra stamina or more health if you land hits with shotguns, but these are general enough to work for most teams.

  • Scar Tissue: -1 damage taken from all Ridden
  • Durable: +15% Trauma resistance
  • Inspiring Sacrifice: Team recovers 25 health if one member becomes incapacitated
  • Smelling Salts: +100% revive speed
  • Ammo Scavenger: Sense nearby ammo, more ammo spawns
  • Charitable Soul: Healing a teammate heals you for 50% of the amount
  • Lucky Pennies: Party has a 35% chance of finding 35% more copper
  • Second Chance: Grants one extra life to the team (this is a must-have on higher difficulties)

Again, these are just starter recommendations applicable to most builds. You’ll unlock dozens more cards suitable for specific Cleaners or builds as you play, but these should give you a good enough foundation to understand how deck building works and which ones are right for you.

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That’s all you need to know about Back 4 Blood cards, but make sure to check out our other Back 4 Blood guides for more tips.

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Back 4 Blood: How to Invite Friends https://www.gameskinny.com/rx61d/back-4-blood-how-to-invite-friends https://www.gameskinny.com/rx61d/back-4-blood-how-to-invite-friends Fri, 15 Oct 2021 21:44:54 -0400 Jonathan Moore

At launch, Back 4 Blood matchmaking isn't the best; long queue times have plagued players in both the game's online campaign mode and PvP mode, Swarm. That may be why you're wondering how to invite friends. Whether you're playing as a co-op unit or against each other as Cleaners vs. Ridden, friends make B4B that much more fun — and actual progress that much more manageable. 

Fortunately, the mechanisms in place to invite friends are mostly straightforward and relatively stable compared to B4B's other matchmaking systems. For friends playing on other platforms or on different console generations, be sure to enable crossplay first if you've previously disabled it

There are several ways to get a group geared up to kill some zombies.

While in Fort Hope, you can open the Options Menu and select Social. You can also get to this menu by opening the Hub and pressing the corresponding "Party" button you see in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

These will take you to a new set of menus where you can see your online B4B friends, platform friends list, players in your party, those you've recently played with, and those players you've blocked. 

  • In the B4B friends and platform friends list tabs, simply click the player's name, and Invite will appear. Click that, and an invite will be sent.
  • In the Party tab, click one of the empty slots with a white "+" sign in it to invite friends.

The Back 4 Blood party invite menu.

In the overarching menu, you can add friends that aren't already on your friends list or those that are on different platforms. You'll see the input you need to press in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You can also do this when choosing a slot in the Party tab. In either scenario, you'll need their Back 4 Blood account name.

Finally, you can choose your party privacy here as well, changing it between ope, friends only, invite only, and closed. The appropriate input can be seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Another way to invite friends is by starting an online campaign or any Swarm mode match, whether on a public or private server. In these modes, Back 4 Blood will automatically search for other players. While it does so, you can click one of the empty slots to the right of your character slot to invite friends or add them.

However, these friends must be online or, if you haven't added them to your B4B friends list yet, you can add them by entering their account name.

If you start a private server in Swarm Mode, you'll need to share the server code with your allies. The game also states that "teams must be pre-grouped before creating or joining a server," so keep that in mind, as well. 

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Now you know how to invite your friends in Back 4 Blood. Let the good times roll! Multiplayer is always better with your besties, so make it count and take the fight to the Ridden horde. For more tips, tricks, and help guides, consider checking out the links above or heading over to our B4B hints hub.

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Back 4 Blood: How to Turn On Crossplay https://www.gameskinny.com/1nbqs/back-4-blood-how-to-turn-on-crossplay https://www.gameskinny.com/1nbqs/back-4-blood-how-to-turn-on-crossplay Fri, 15 Oct 2021 21:44:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Back 4 Blood crossplay helps you find players and play with friends no matter what platform they're on. It even allows for cross-gen play, which makes sense considering B4B is a much better experience in multiplayer than it is in single-player. With that in mind, you may be wondering how to turn on crossplay to have the best chances of finding other Cleaners to play with. 

Crossplay is automatically enabled when you start Back 4 Blood. You don't have to do anything to play with other players on other platforms, whether you're on PC, PlayStation, or Xbox. The game will ask you if you want to keep it enabled when you first start an online campaign.

When you enter a multiplayer lobby and search for other players with crossplay enabled, whether that's Quickplay, Campaign, or Swarm public matchmaking, the game searches for players from a matchmaking pool across platforms.

Who it pairs you up with is essentially random here; there's no way to specify which platforms it pulls from. 

If you want to turn off crossplay, enter the Hub menu (where you can check your decks, supply lines, and more), and scroll down to Preferences. Scroll down to the third option and toggle it off.

This will restrict the pool in which Back 4 Blood searches, and you'll only play with other Cleaners on your respective platform. To turn it back on, just toggle the option to On. 

Again, crossplay includes cross-gen play as well. If you're looking to play multiplayer with friends and share your in-game username with them through Add Friends, you'll need to have crossplay enabled to do so. You won't be able to find them otherwise. This goes for PS4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S.  

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Enabling crossplay in Back 4 Blood is a cinch, especially considering it's enabled from the start. Turning it off or back on is just as easy, letting you have some control over who you play with in multiplayer. Looking for more on B4B? Consider clicking the links above or heading over to our growing guides page, where you can find more tips and tricks.

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Back 4 Blood: How to Change Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/1dltb/back-4-blood-how-to-change-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/1dltb/back-4-blood-how-to-change-characters Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:11:03 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you're wondering how to change characters in Back 4 Blood, you've come to the right place. Swapping out Cleaners is an important part of learning how their perks, traits, and abilities best fit with your playstyle. One character does not fit all roles, and you need to try each of them out to find your main.

Luckily, you can easily change characters without too much hassle. This works whether you plan on playing single-player or multiplayer. While in Fort Hope, open the System menu. Then click Character Select underneath Social. 

  • Systems menu -> Character Select

You'll then be taken to the character select screen, where you can choose your character and swap out Cleaners. Once you do, you'll respawn in Fort Hope as the new character you've chosen. 

It's important to note that you cannot change or swap characters in any other menu, including the Cleaners submenu brought up by the game hub; that submenu is for changing character outfits and skins.

Further, you cannot change or swap characters once you've locked them in while in the lobby after matchmaking or during a play session. You'll have to completely leave a match in order to do so if you choose. 

Initially, you begin with four playable Cleaners: Evangelo, Walker, Holly, and Mom. There are four other locked heroes you won't be able to access until you complete parts of the campaign. Here's how to unlock Doc, Hoffman, Jim, and Karlee. Once you do, you'll be able to choose them as well, for a total of eight playable characters. 

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And that's all you need to know on how to change characters and swap Cleaners in Back 4 Blood. It's easy if a little unintuitive. For more on Turtle Rock's zombie-slaying shooter for PC, PS4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Series X|S, and Game Pass, consider clicking the links above or heading to our guides page for the game

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Back 4 Blood Freezing When Moving Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/o2sku/back-4-blood-freezing-when-moving-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/o2sku/back-4-blood-freezing-when-moving-fix Fri, 15 Oct 2021 23:09:36 -0400 Gavin Burtt

The Back 4 Blood launch has not gone off without a hitch, and freezing when moving is just one of many bugs players have reported while in multiplayer. And if you're here, you want to know how to fix the problem.

Players have found themselves unable to invite friends or communicate through in-game voice chat, but perhaps most annoyingly, this bug keeps players from moving when loading into a game. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the freezing when moving issue.

Considering this is a common issue people are facing, it's likely that this will be addressed in a coming patch that will sort it out entirely. In the meantime, here are three different methods you can try to brute-force the game into cooperating.

Freezing When Moving: How to Get Unstuck

The most common fix is also the most simple. Exit the match and rejoin. This has been the most consistent method of getting Back 4 Blood to work; it appears that the freezing issue is caused by players taking over a bot during an active match. Sometimes, the transfer of control will fail and a simple mulligan will sort it out.

If you're playing on Xbox or PlayStation, then that's really your only option right now for fixing this freezing when moving problem. Simply keep rejoining or rebooting until you have control of your player, or try to join a different match.

PC players have a few additional methods they can try if this fix isn't working.

For PC players, the next thing you should try doing is adjusting your in-game graphics settings. There's a possibility that the game has poor compatibility with your graphics card on its default settings, so try making small changes to reduce the graphics settings, attempting to rejoin in between each change you make. 

The final fix for PC players experiencing freezing when moving to try is a driver update. This is a common fix for issues like this one in all games, and it may fix your problems here. It's just best to save this freezing fix for last since it's the most involved.

If your drivers aren't all the way up to date, then there's a good chance of encountering compatibility issues, thus causing the freezing when moving glitch. So force updates for your graphics and audio drivers, and relaunch the title.

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With the myriad of issues plaguing Back 4 Blood right now, it's highly likely that we'll see some sort of patch rolled out in the near future that addresses all of these problems. Until then, hopefully, one of these temporary fixes has solved your freezing when moving issues. For more, check out the links above or head here for more fixes and tips.

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Back 4 Blood Crashing on Startup Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/8jmot/back-4-blood-crashing-on-startup-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/8jmot/back-4-blood-crashing-on-startup-fix Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:19:56 -0400 Sergey_3847

Crashing on startup is just one of the issues Back 4 Blood players are running into, and requires you take different steps to try to fix it than if the game won't launch. In this guide we will go over how to fix Back 4 Blood crashing on startup.

Crashes may be due to your video drivers or related to the Easy Anti-Cheat system adopted by Turtle Rock Studios.

Back 4 Blood Crashing on Startup Fixes

Steam Version Crashing Fix

Those who own Back 4 Blood via the Windows store seem to have more issues, but Steam players are also getting crashing on startup.

Reddit user Cyndershade has found a bypass to the Steam version crash, which helped a lot of people in the same situation:

  1. Download and install Epic Games app from the official webpage
  2. Make sure that its updated to the latest version
  3. Launch Steam app
  4. Start Back 4 Blood, while Epic Games app stays open in the background

This may sound like a weird solution, but it did work for many Steam users. It appears that Epic Games app fixes the anti-cheat bug that is persistent during the startup of Back 4 Blood.

Sharpening Error Fix

Some players report that Back 4 Blood launches in borderless windowed mode and then crashes at startup. This is caused by the Sharpening setting in the configuration file, which can be fixed using these steps:

  1. Go to "C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Back4Blood\Steam\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\" folder on your PC
  2. Right-click on the "GameUserSettings.ini" file
  3. Open the file with Notepad
  4. Press F3 to search for "bCASSharpening=True" line in the text
  5. Change it to "bCASSharpening=False"
  6. Save and exit

When you try to launch Back 4 Blood, it should start without crashing and then you can set it to open in full screen mode through graphics settings.

Adjust Post Processing Quality

If you can launch the game, but it crashes soon after launch or during gameplay, then there is a possible fix that may eliminate these crashes:

  1. Start Back 4 Blood
  2. Go to the game's "Options" menu
  3. Select "Graphics" options
  4. Set "Post Processing Quality" to "Low"

This simple action may also solve a few other issues with the game's graphics.

Unreal Engine 4 Crash Fix

Some players experience crashing at startup with the following error message: "The UE4-Gobi Game has crashed and will close".

This bug is connected with the Unreal Engine 4 and the DirectX processing. You can solve this issue by trying the following method:

  1. Start Back 4 Blood
  2. Go to the game's "Options" menu
  3. Select "Graphics" options
  4. Set "Graphics API" to "DirectX 11" or "DirectX 12"

If your default setting was DirectX 12, and your game crashed, then you need to switch it back to DirectX 11, and vice versa.

Fatal Error Fix

B4B players that receive the "fatal error line 872" and "rendering thread exception fatal error line 258 error" message can try the following fix:

  • Go to "C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Back4Blood\Steam\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\" folder on your PC
  • Right-click on the "GameUserSettings.ini" file
  • Open the file with Notepad
  • Press F3 to search for "bStaticResolutionScaleOverriden=True" line in the text
  • Change it to "bStaticResolutionScaleOverriden=False"
  • Save and exit

Upgrade Your Graphics Drivers

You may also need to upgrade your graphics card drivers to the latest versions that have been updated specifically for Back 4 Blood launch:

  1. Download the Nvidia graphics drivers 496.13 from the official page
  2. Download the Radeon graphics drivers version 21.10.2 Optional from the official page
  3. Start the installation
  4. Restart your PC when finished

Update Your Windows 10 to 11

Most problems appearing in Back 4 Blood may also be caused by using old Windows 10 version. Now you can update it for free to Windows 11 and potentially eliminate any game crashes:

  1. Press Start button
  2. Go to "Settings" option
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature
  4. Click on "Windows Update" option
  5. Select "Check for Updates" option
  6. Click on "Download and Install" at "Update to Windows 11" feature

Hopefully, these tips and trciks helped you fix Back 4 Blood crashing on startup. For more related guides check out our dedicated hub page. Also, be sure to read our official review of the game.

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Back 4 Blood Voice Chat Not Working Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/87w5p/back-4-blood-voice-chat-not-working-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/87w5p/back-4-blood-voice-chat-not-working-fix Thu, 14 Oct 2021 16:59:59 -0400 Gavin Burtt

The Back 4 Blood launch has been less than ideal, to say the least. Among other issues, players have reported that voice chat is not working as it should be. B4B has been plagued with other issues and bugs, especially surrounding online play, but running into the voice chat not working bug is one of the worst if you're trying to play with friends.

Voice chat not working is an issue on every platform: PC, PS4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S. However, you won't be stuck in a silent party and relegated to Back 4 Blood's ping system forever. There are some workarounds, which we cover in the tips and tricks guide below.

How to Fix Broken Voice Chat

Communication is key to multiplayer play, so voice chat not working just won't do. Luckily, there are multiple different solutions to this problem, each with varying success rates.

The most consistent solution across all platforms is to ensure that you are strictly using the in-game voice chat only. Players have noticed that being in an active call or party in the background has caused in-game chat to fail.

If you're still having issues with voice chat not working, double-check your in-game audio settings. Make sure that the device for your voice input is correctly set to the microphone that you are using, as it may have defaulted to something else. Check to make sure that both your volumes are high enough while you're in these settings as well.

Another common fix that console players have found is to make sure your headset is connected directly to your controller. If you have your headset connected through a Mixamp or any other external device that isn't plugged straight into your controller, this will likely cause a voice chat not working error. If you're using a wireless headset, you may have to switch it out for a wired one.

If none of the above issues get you past the voice chat not working error, you can try your hand at the generic troubleshooting methods:

  • Force-quitting the Back 4 Blood application and relaunching it
  • Perform a hard reset of your console or PC
  • If you're able to get into a game, then it's not an internet issue, so don't bother troubleshooting your network

If all else fails, you may have to resort to inviting the players to an external party if you want to be able to communicate. You can also directly contact the Back 4 Blood support and submit a bug report, though considering the commonality of the issue, the developers are likely already looking into it.

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None of the above fixes are ideal, but they're worth trying out if you find your voice chat not working. Hopefully, we'll see an official fix from Turtle Rocks Studios soon, but if not, then we hope at least one of these fixes worked for you. For more B4B, consider clicking the links above or heading to our guides hub for more tips

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Back 4 Blood Invite Friends Not Working Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/86b5i/back-4-blood-invite-friends-not-working-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/86b5i/back-4-blood-invite-friends-not-working-fix Thu, 14 Oct 2021 17:21:49 -0400 Gavin Burtt

Back 4 Blood is, without a doubt, at its most fun when played with friends, so it can be rather frustrating when you try to invite your friends only to be met with an error that stops you dead in your tracks. With the invite friends function not working, you're forced to either play with random players or solo, the latter of which isn't ideal since you don't get Supply Point while doing so.

Players' inability to invite friends is one of many issues on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, though Turtle Rock Studios is aware of the bug and is looking into it.

In the meantime, there are some temporary workarounds that may help you out. They work to varying effect, and while some are rather elementary, they may get you back up and running. 

How to Fix the Invite Friends Error on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox

Since multiplayer is a key feature in Back 4 Blood, it likely won't be a long wait before a solid fix for this error is rolled out with a patch. The most surefire solution for you would be to simply wait it out, but there are a few other things you can try if you're eager to play with friends now.

The most likely fix for the invite friends not working issue is to ensure that both you and your friend have the game installed to internal system storagenot external storage. In the event that you would have to clear space to make this transfer, you can choose to save this method for last, provided the other simpler solutions don't work for you. 

Try having both you and your friend reboot the Back 4 Blood application and try again, and you should both try sending/receiving invites. Player A may have trouble joining Player B, but there's a chance it will work fine the other way around. 

If an application reboot doesn't work, try performing a hard system reset, ensuring that all background applications that may be causing issues or conflicts are closed. If this doesn't solve the invite friends error, then it's time to do some internet troubleshooting.

Begin by resetting your router or modem and once again trying to invite your friend. If this fails, switch from Wi-Fi to a wired connection if it is possible for you to do so. You can also try doing an additional system hard reset after resetting your internet if you want to cover all the bases.

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If none of these fixes solves your issue, then it's likely not a problem on your end, which means there isn't much you can do to get invite friends to work again. You'll, unfortunately, have to wait for a fix or try again later. Hopefully, a patch is inbound. Until then, consider checking out the links above for more tips, and if you can't find what you're looking for there, head over to our B4B guides hub!

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Back 4 Blood Not Launching Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/506o4/back-4-blood-not-launching-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/506o4/back-4-blood-not-launching-fix Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:35:30 -0400 Sergey_3847

Back 4 Blood is not launching for some players for one reason or another, but don't throw in the towel just yet. If it's not launching for you, there are some possible fixes you should try before trying to get a refund.

This guide will provide you with a few possibles solutions that may fix Back 4 Blood not launching for you. Most problems are caused by the game's anti-cheat system, but there are a few other potential reasons it's not launching as well.

Back 4 Blood Not Lauching Fixes

Uninstall Webroot Antivirus Software

One of the most common reasons for Back 4 Blood not launching is the presence of Webroot Antivirus software on your PC. This antivirus cannot be simply turned off, it must be completely uninstalled, as it is incompatible with the game's anti-cheat system.

Here's how you can uninstall Webroot Antivirus:

  1. Press Win+X keys combination
  2. Select Control Panel from the list
  3. Go to "Programs and Features" tab
  4. Right-click on Webroot Antivirus software
  5. Press "Uninstall" to confirm

You can use any other antivirus programs, but they better be turned off while playing Back 4 Blood.

Upgrade Your Graphics Drivers

Both nVidia and AMD have released new updated graphics drivers bundles for Back 4 Blood, if it's not launching you'll want to give them an update ASAP. Your GeForce drivers version should be 496.13, or if you're using Radeon, then your Adrenalin should be version 21.10.2 Optional.

If you haven't downloaded them yet, then here's how you can do it:

  1. Download the Nvidia graphics drivers 496.13 from the official page
  2. Download the Radeon graphics drivers version 21.10.2 Optional from the official page
  3. Start the installation
  4. Restart your PC when finished
Easy Anti-Cheat Failure Fix

If you're having launch issues with the EAC software used by Back 4 Blood, you can try the following two methods.

Run as Administrator

There could be an issue when EAC can't launch properly, resulting in Back 4 Blood not launching, due to lack of administrative rights, which you need to set up manually:

  1. Go to "\Steam\SteamApps\common\Back4Blood\" folder on your PC
  2. Right click on "start_protected_game.exe" file
  3. Select "Properties" from the list
  4. Go to the "Compatibility" tab
  5. Click on "Change settings for all users" feature
  6. Choose "Run this program as administrator" option
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for "Back4blood.exe" file

Set Manual Startup

If the administrative rights didn't help fixing the issue, then consider the following:

  1. Press Win+R keys combination
  2. Type in "services.msc" and press Enter
  3. Right-click on Easy Anti-Cheat
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Set the launch order to "Manual" and save

Exit and try launching the game once again after the PC reboot.

Windows 7 B4B Not Launching Fix

Back 4 Blood can be played on older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and 8. However, some players reported that the game will not launch.

xinput1_4.dll Missing Error Fix

The most common of those causes is the missing xinput1_4.dll file, when trying to launch Back 4 Blood on Windows 7.

Here's what you need to do to fix this issue:

  1. Go to "C:\Windows\System32\" folder on your PC
  2. Type in "xinput1_3.dll" in the search field in the top right corner
  3. Press Enter to locate this file in the System32 folder
  4. Create a temporary folder on your PC
  5. Copy the "xinput1_3.dll" file to the temporary folder
  6. Rename "xinput1_3.dll" file to "xinput1_4.dll" in the temp folder
  7. Copy "xinput1_4.dll" file to the System32 folder

Sharpening Error Fix

One of the system settings also causes Back 4 Blood to not launch in Windows 7. Here's what you can do:

  1. Go to "C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Back4Blood\Steam\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\" folder on your PC
  2. Right-click on the "GameUserSettings.ini" file
  3. Open the file with Notepad
  4. Press F3 to search for "bCASSharpening=True" line in the text
  5. Change it to "bCASSharpening=False"
  6. Save and exit
Verify Integrity of Your Game Files

Last but not least is the ever useful Steam feature that allows you to fix any of the remaining issues with the game files:

  1. Go to your Steam client
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Back 4 Blood game
  4. Select "Properties" from the list
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab
  6. Select "Verify Integrity of Game Files" feature

That's all you need to know on how to fix Back 4 Blood not launching. For more related guides check out our dedicated hub page. Also, be sure to read our official review of the game.

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Back 4 Blood Failed to Sign in Error Fix https://www.gameskinny.com/ipdif/back-4-blood-failed-to-sign-in-error-fix https://www.gameskinny.com/ipdif/back-4-blood-failed-to-sign-in-error-fix Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:19:21 -0400 Sergey_3847

The Failed to Sign In error message in Back 4 Blood has been plaguing some players of the co-op horror game, as well as B4B not launching for some

In this tips and tricks guide, we'll go over how to fix the Failed to Sign in error in Back 4 Blood, as it has been addressed on an official level by the developer.

How to Fix Failed to Sign In Error in Back 4 Blood

How to Fix the Error on PC

This error message usually appears to players who have been trying to play Back 4 Blood through Game Pass. If that's your case, then you can fix the Failed to Sign in issue by following these steps:

  1. Exit Back 4 Blood
  2. Press "Start" button
  3. Go to "Microsoft Store" app
  4. Click on "Back 4 Blood" game in the list
  5. Wait for the auto-update to finish

The developer has released a patched version of the game for all Game Pass users that fixes the Failed to Sign in error. After the update your game should be version 1.2.14.0.

In case your game doesn't auto-update, you can force the update manually by doing the following:

  1. Press "Start" button
  2. Go to "Microsoft Store" app
  3. Click on the three dots (...) on top of the "Back 4 Blood" icon
  4. Select "Get Updates" option
  5. Wait for the update to finish

If you're not the Game Pass user, but you have the similar issue on Steam, then you can do the following:

  1. Open Steam app
  2. Click on "Settings" in the top menu
  3. Select "Downloads" option
  4. Click on "Clear Download Cache" feature

How to Fix the Error on Xbox One/X/S

If you've tried to play the game on one of the Xbox consoles, then you can apply a similar method of auto-update by hard resetting your console:

  1. Hold the power button on your console for at least 5 seconds
  2. Unplug your console
  3. Wait for at least 1 minute
  4. Plug it back in and press the power button

But this isn't it yet, as now you need to make sure that your profile is visible online:

  1. Press the Xbox Guide button on your gamepad
  2. Select your profile
  3. Check the "Appear Online/Offline" feature on the bottom
  4. If it's set to Offline, switch it to Online instead

Finally, you need to make sure that your security settings allow your visibility online:

  1. Press the Xbox Guide button on your gamepad
  2. Go to "Settings" menu
  3. Select "Online Safety and Family" option
  4. Go to "Privacy and Online Safety" menu
  5. Select "Xbox Privacy" tab
  6. Select "View Details and Customize" option
  7. Check the "Online Status and History" log
  8. Your “Others can see if you are online” setting should be "Everybody"
  9. If not, then switch it to "Everybody"

Now, when you start Back 4 Blood again on your console, it should auto-update without any problems, fixing the issue.

That's all you need to know on how to fix failed to sign in error in Back 4 Blood. For more related guides check out our dedicated hub page. Also, be sure to read our official review of the game.

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Back 4 Blood: How to Remove Weapon Attachments https://www.gameskinny.com/0kcbf/back-4-blood-how-to-remove-weapon-attachments https://www.gameskinny.com/0kcbf/back-4-blood-how-to-remove-weapon-attachments Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:06:29 -0400 Mark Delaney

In Back 4 Blood, the best runs will be defined in part by your weapons and your weapon attachments. But if you're here, you're wondering exactly how to remove weapon attachments in-game. The short answer to that question is, well, yes! Sort of.

The weapons system in B4B is a bit flawed at launch, but here's what you need to know about how to remove weapon attachments for better gear and mods.

How Do I Remove Weapon Attachments? 

There are a ton of arms in Back 4 Blood, so many that if your last foray into this subgenre was Left 4 Dead and its paltry number of guns, you'll be blown away by the options.

The same is true for weapon attachments, but they can be a bit tricky to compare and swap out because Back 4 Blood uses a rather unintuitive system that doesn't make it easy to remove attachments.

Once you've placed a weapon mod on your gun, it will stay there for the rest of your run unless several things happen.

  • You can swap out the gun for another weapon entirely
  • You can swap out the specific mod, like a scope, magazine, or compensator, for another mod that goes in the same slot

You can't outright remove or drop any weapon attachments from your loadout.

If you want to remove any weapon attachments, you'll need to replace them with a mod belonging to the same slot or just swap weapons. You can't remove them and return that accessory slot to empty.

On the bright side, your dropped mods can be picked up by allies, giving you a way to aid your fellow Cleaners should they need an assist.

How Do I Find Weapon Attachments?

An orange vendor crate where players can buy weapon attachments.

These mods are found around each level, usually in small orange crates that take a few seconds to open. They can also be bought in any safe room at the large orange vendor crates, but the randomized elements of Back 4 Blood mean you can't reliably predict what you'll find in either case.

Colors (Kind of) Matter

Attachments also use a familiar system of tiered, color-coded loot. From worst to best, the attachments and guns you'll find can be marked as:

  • Grey
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Orange

Sometimes simply having the rarer loot may be the right move, but other times, you might prefer a lower-tier item. Personally, I love a fast reload time, so I'll keep something like a green fast-reloading magazine over a blue clip that adds better bullet penetration.

Not All Mods are Worth Using

Also, be careful with selecting your weapon attachments. While most of these mods simply make a specific gun better and don't really hurt to have affixed anyway, some mods can become more annoying, as is the case with some scopes.

Putting a long-range scope on something like an SMG can render it borderline inoperable, so choose your loadout very cautiously to align with your card builds and difficulty. Don't just spam pickups when you see them

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And that's what you need to know if you want to remove weapon attachments in B4B. If you're looking for more on Turtle Rock's multiplayer zombie shooter out now on PC, PS4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S, check out our growing tips and tricks hub, which includes many helpful guides.

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Back 4 Blood Cleaner Outfits & Skins: How to Unlock Character Cosmetics https://www.gameskinny.com/w61qa/back-4-blood-cleaner-outfits-skins-how-to-unlock-character-cosmetics https://www.gameskinny.com/w61qa/back-4-blood-cleaner-outfits-skins-how-to-unlock-character-cosmetics Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:50:00 -0400 Mark Delaney

If you're wondering how to unlock new outfits and skins for your cleaners in Back 4 Blood, don't sweat it anymore. There are quite a few cosmetics available for your characters, and while adding them to your brains-splattered wardrobe isn't all too difficult, it can be a bit time-consuming. 

In this tips guide, we'll explain how to earn more of those elusive Back 4 Blood outfits, skins, and cosmetics so you don't have to smash zombies in the default digs.

Where to Get Cleaner Outfits & Skins in Back 4 Blood

A screenshot of the supply lines menu and rewards in Back 4 Blood.

Back 4 Blood's eight characters, called Cleaners, are distinct and stylish, but there's nothing like earning some new clothes and skins to swap into from time to time. B4B shows you their clothing options in the Cleaners menu, but it doesn't tell you how to unlock these alternate threads.

To unlock them, you'll need to focus on completing Supply Lines, which we've detailed in another guide here. The short of it is that Supply Lines contain rewards, such as new cards, sprays, and yes, new clothes for you to unlock using Supply Points with Chenda, the vendor in Fort Hope. Difficulty also determines how many Points you receive.

This is the same method by which you also get more weapon sprays, emblems, and banners. Keep in mind that some of the first Supply Lines you see may not contain character cosmetics, and will likely be geared more toward cards. 

You earn Supply Points by completing levels and achieving other milestones, which you can see in the Accomplishments menu in your profile tab. These include playing campaign missions and swarm mode, as well as specific tasks for Cleaners and killing Ridden and other enemies.

Though you must unlock Supply Lines sequentially from left to right, you can preview what each of them contains. While they seem to be added to your Supply Lines menu semi-randomly, after you complete your first few Supply lines, you'll notice some becoming available with cosmetics among the rewards.

So far, these new skins have always been the last item in a Supply Line in our experience, but that may change in future content as we see more or as Turtle Rock continues to add more to the game. 

How to Change Outfits & Skins

Screenshot of Holly's outfits menu.

To change the outfits and skins for your Cleaners, open your Hub menu, and go over to the Cleaners tab. You'll see a lineup of your characters. Simply pick the character you want to makeover, and the skins menu will appear. 

Here you can change both a character's outfit and item set. Outfits are predetermined skins for a Cleaner's head, body, and leg slots and can't be customized. Item slots, however, allow you to customize each of the three cosmetic slots with outfit and skin unlocks.

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In the meantime, just keep playing to unlock Supply Points with each major victory and spend them on the Supply Lines offering new Back 4 Blood cosmetics when you see them available. For more on Back 4 Blood, out now on PC, PS4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Series X|S, check out our ever-growing hub of guides and content here.

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Back 4 Blood Beginner's Guide: Tips and Tricks For Surviving the Ridden https://www.gameskinny.com/m1d1n/back-4-blood-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks-for-surviving-the-ridden https://www.gameskinny.com/m1d1n/back-4-blood-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks-for-surviving-the-ridden Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:52:26 -0400 Mark Delaney

It's zombie-hunting season once again. Back 4 Blood is out now on most major platforms including PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series X|S, including Xbox Game Pass. If you're gearing up and setting out, it's dangerous to go alone. Take three friends and our beginner's tips and tricks guide for surviving the Ridden horde. 

Back 4 Blood doesn't tell you all you need to know about killing enemies and surviving right off the bat; there's not much of a tutorial on cards, builds, copper, or toolkits. So we've tried to provide some info for those in this guide.

Here are 5 tips for surviving when you leave the protective walls of Fort Hope. Good luck, Cleaners!

Back 4 Blood Beginner's Tips and Tricks

Make Your First Card Count

Back 4 Blood's solo cards deck manager.

In Back 4 Blood, you'll unlock cards that can add gameplay modifiers to each new "run," or series of levels you decide to play with friends and other players. You can customize your deck of cards for each run, but what B4B hardly mentions is that the first card in your deck is your starter card. This card will always be played first, meaning you should choose it wisely.

You can move your cards around within a deck by selecting the deck, and then pressing the "Grab Card" button on your respective platform to move cards up and down. 

My favorite early-game card is Battle Lust, which gives back 2 HP for every melee kill, so I make that buff my first card in my deck. That means every round I play, melee has a healing ability attached to it. I can't recommend it enough, since painkillers, bandages, and medkits are hard to come by. But whatever your best card is, put it first so you can always enjoy its perks.

Keep Deck Builds in Mind

Back 4 Blood's multiplayer cards deck manager with custom deck.

On the subject of cards, each deck is comprised of up to 15 cards. At first, you won't need to even unlock that many, but once you have enough to customize a deck, keep in mind how you'll play and with whom you'll play. Build decks smartly.

If you know you're going to be a shotgunning Doc, supplement her healing abilities and give her the best shotgun-buffing cards you have. Alternatively, if you're going to chop it up as a high-stamina Karlee, boost those relevant stats.

A card from your deck is played before every level, so you'll never be able to pick from your complete deck. That's why an all-around well-reasoned deck is such a big help. It ensures you have the best cards and your hand is always tightly themed around making you the best Cleaner you can be.

Stay Away From the Solo Campaign

Back 4 Blood's game modes menu with the solo campaign highlighted.

You might think it would be fun to play Back 4 Blood with AI bots, but you'd be wrong. While the bots hold up okay — no better or worse than many other games in the genre — the solo campaign itself is lacking some crucial content right now, making it pretty much worthless. 

You don't earn Supply Points, no matter the difficulty, which means you can't unlock new cards or cosmetics. That also means you can't customize your deck of cards either, so you're stuck with the basic starter pack of five cards to take down different enemy types.

On top of all that, you can't pause Back 4 Blood anyway, so if pausing the game is what you're seeking (busy parent here, I know how it goes), sadly, the solo campaign doesn't offer such a feature. Put it this way: make time for Back 4 Blood's online multiplayer... or play something else.

Share the Wealth

A pile of copper coins on the ground.

Back 4 Blood gets co-op right in at least one very important way: currency is shared and players can buy each other items in the safe room. If you find yourself with leftover copper and your ally can't afford a medkit, get them one!

If you have lots of copper left, you may even be able to buy team upgrades like making offensive items more effective or allowing everyone to carry an additional support item.

So how do you find copper? Copper is found all over every level (and some cards help you find it more easily). Look for shining piles of coins on the ground, on desks, on crates. Everywhere.

In between levels and acts, once you've got your loadout ready, think about being generous with your remaining copper and turn it in for some critical items for others. Who knows, your donation to another player's loadout may just be what saves you all when you're facing down four mutations and a horde at once.

Always Carry a Toolkit or Two

The in-mission vendor menu with the toolkit accessory highlighted.

Among the many possible support items you might want to put in your loadout, nothing is more valuable than the Tool Kit. Think of it as a lockpicking ability, allowing you to get into those otherwise locked doors with the yellow markings on them, like a circle with a line through it.

Inside these locked doors you'll usually find a ton of copper, ammo, new weapons, and other supplies.

The contents of these locked rooms can truly swing a run from doomed to dominant in a hurry, but you'll be totally out of luck if your whole group is without a Tool Kit to get inside. My suggestion: If anyone is playing as Karlee, have her carry a Tool Kit; her passive skill allows her to carry an extra support item.

You'll often find two such locked doors in a level, so having the pair be on one person rather than two people frees up space for others to diversify your group's equipment further.

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And those are our beginner's tips and tricks for Back 4 Blood. There are, of course, further ways to optimize your loadouts and characters, but these are some of the foundational items to keep in mind while playing. For more on Turtle Rock's big new zombie shooter, check out our growing B4B hub. If you're still on the fence about the game, consider checking out our review.

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Is Back 4 Blood Split Screen Local Co-Op? B4B Multiplayer Explained https://www.gameskinny.com/rc2ti/is-back-4-blood-split-screen-local-co-op-b4b-multiplayer-explained https://www.gameskinny.com/rc2ti/is-back-4-blood-split-screen-local-co-op-b4b-multiplayer-explained Tue, 12 Oct 2021 12:34:26 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Is Back 4 Blood split screen local co-op? Turtle Rock’s co-op zombie shooter thrives on the strength of its multiplayer and is at its best while playing online with friends. Don’t expect everyone to crowd around the same screen while blasting the Ridden to the abyss, though there’s plenty to be getting on with joining friends in Back 4 Blood multiplayer.

This guide will explain Back 4 Blood's multiplayer and if it has split screen, local couch co-op. Here's what you need to know before going in. 

Back 4 Blood Split Screen

Back 4 Blood cleaners, Walker, Hoffman, and Holly.

Back 4 Blood has no split screen support at launch, though Turtle Rock hasn’t said split screen is off the table for good.

Split screen, couch co-op multiplayer could pop up in a later update. For now, though, Back 4 Blood has a couple of robust multiplayer options for both playing with friends and random Cleaners.

Back 4 Blood Online Multiplayer Options

The Back 4 Blood multiplayer options menu.

These are all the ways you can play with friends in Back 4 Blood, despite the absence of split screen couch co-op. If you choose to play the game solo, your team will be populated by AI bots. 

Campaign Mode

Co-op Campaign is Back 4 Blood’s primary online mode with support for up to four players in a group. You can invite players from your in-game friend list or, if you’re on Xbox and PC, from your console friend list.

So what if your friends are on different platforms or different generations? Is Back 4 Blood crossplay and cross-gen? Yep! B4B asks if you want crossplay enabled the first time you start a campaign, and obviously, you’ll need that turned on to play with friends on a different platform. Cross-gen is automatically enabled. Here's how to make sure it's enabled.

Campaign is Back 4 Blood’s full story, with four acts of multiple stages chronicling the Cleaners’ efforts to stay alive and face the Ridden.

Quickplay is another option, but it works differently. This mode won’t let you join friends or create a campaign with a group. Instead, Quickplay is essentially there to fill gaps in existing campaigns, and you can’t choose your decks or characters when starting.

Swarm Mode

Swarm is Back 4 Blood’s PvP mode, pitting teams of Cleaners and Ridden against each other. The default Swarm mode is public matchmaking. However, as with campaign mode, you can form a group before entering the Swarm menu and create a private lobby to play with and against your friends.

How to Play with AI Bots

Back 4 Blood matches you with other players by default, whether those players are randoms or your friends. There's no option to set your team of Cleaners to AI bots, though if queue times are long enough or the game failed to create a matchmaking session, B4B will fill your party with bots to move things along.

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That's all you need to know about Back 4 Blood split screen, couch co-op and online multiplayer, but check out our other Back 4 Blood guides for more on Turtle Rock's L4D-like on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series X|S.

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Back 4 Blood Review: A Horde of Problems https://www.gameskinny.com/3io5r/back-4-blood-review-a-horde-of-problems https://www.gameskinny.com/3io5r/back-4-blood-review-a-horde-of-problems Tue, 12 Oct 2021 14:08:24 -0400 Mark Delaney

As the progenitor of a genre, returning to one's roots must have felt both exciting and daunting for Turtle Rock Studios. The team's intent to re-establish itself as the standard-bearer of the horde shooter would be no small feat after years of like-minded imitators.

Sadly, Back 4 Blood doesn't just fail to fill Left 4 Dead's shoes. It surprisingly doesn't contend with even some of the many horde shooters we've seen since the team's last foray into the genre in 2009.

The bones of the game are strong, but the flesh of what makes this genre fun has been torn from Back 4 Blood like it's come upon a horde in the post-apocalypse.

Back 4 Blood isn't exactly the Left 4 Dead threequel we never got. It doesn't really try to be, despite Turtle Rock's self-referential choice of name. Both its issues and its merits spring from things old or new to the genre, so while not everything it goes for is a miss, it also strangely whiffs on aspects of horde shooters that this same studio perfected over 10 years ago.

Back 4 Blood Review: A Horde of Problems

At first glance, Back 4 Blood is like so many other games before it, though that's not immediately disqualifying. I love this genre and will always take another good entry to it. This just isn't that.

Players load into co-op with up to three other players. They select their weapons and fight off undead, called Ridden in this universe, in between safe rooms as they scrounge up ammo and complete objectives, ideally with all allies still standing by the end. 

Instead of several evenly-sized campaigns, Back 4 Blood is split into acts and chapters of one long story. Those acts can be tough to follow because only quickplay queues are able to matchmake in short order.

Trying to load into specific missions to continue the story as it's told, or even to host private online lobbies, is a laborious, sometimes hopeless process unless you have a full group of four players. Short of that, it seems the game doesn't want to or otherwise cannot let you matchmake with others.

Once you get into a match, your results may vary drastically, and among a litany of issues, chief among them is improper pacing driven by an AI director that feels less authorial and more random and chaotic.

Somehow, the underlying tech must be worse today than it was in 2008, because Back 4 Blood's AI director is faulty to the point of frustration. The most common issue is being spammed by mutations (think special infected), which take so much damage and have such small windows of vulnerability that one or two of them would be a good and familiar challenge.

But Back 4 Blood routinely unleashes what feels like a clown car of these mini-bosses. Strangely, other levels are dead-quiet and suffer from the totally opposite problem. 

There's no strategy to be formed when the onslaught gives no room to breathe or even move. Vice versa, there's no fun to be had when a would-be challenging finale forgets to throw more than a handful of enemies your way.

Above all else, it's pacing that sets the good horde shooters apart from the lesser ones. With Back 4 Blood, Turtle Rock struggles to consistently clear the bar it set years ago, even as others have cleared it in the interim.

Suppose you get a good level or even a string of levels. It happens, and when it does, the game shows glimpses of brilliance. Guns are as varied as anything in the genre, with tiered loot that can be bought between levels within a safe room.

There you can also buy other supplies like ammo, grenades, and perks for the team. This makes scavenging for copper, the in-game currency, so important, which in turn provides a great risk-reward balance. How much do you explore every crevasse when the horde is bearing down on you?

Shooting feels really good too, and a very granular aim assist function means if it feels off to you, you'll be able to tweak it until you find your precise preference. I've enjoyed my time with all the usual classes of firearms on offer in Back 4 Blood, and the game makes choosing your exact loadout a fun challenge with overlapping inventory slots that only allow for so many tools.

In the game's best new layer, a card system provides a rogueish element to the game, but it's done in such a way that even naysayers of the trend may well enjoy it. By playing online and earning Supply Points with each successful mission, you can unlock new cards and cosmetics to customize your hero and their perks.

The cards are awesome, allowing for smart players to offset weaknesses, combine strengths, and build together as one collective with their team, layering new buffs level after level on each new run. Building a melee-heavy, super-stamina survivor who heals everyone often and quickly has been one of my favorite parts of the game (when it's working).

The cosmetics, meanwhile, are pretty lacking. This is often the case for games out of the gate, so I hope options will be more robust in time. But at launch, there are a lot of bland palette swaps. Among the cooler options, some are so unreachable that they may as well not exist. Beat every level on Nightmare? With this AI? No thanks.

I love the new characters. They've grown on me almost as much as Louis, Bill, and the rest, but B4B tries hard to keep me from making them my own, which in 2021 is blatantly going in the wrong direction.

Back 4 Blood crashes a lot too, and in a first for me, it even fails to load sometimes. My Xbox gives me a never-before-seen error message sometimes when I go to play Back 4 Blood. When I immediately try another game instead, it boots right up.

Even when it's not crashing, the game can be buggy. Joining in-progress matches can mean running around without any weapons (or even hands) for a few seconds. One time I joined and took over as Doc, but her AI counterpart was still there too. Back 5 Blood?

Annoyingly, the game's solo campaign, which would solve at least one of the major issues with the game, does not allow for Supply Points to be earned, thus you can't unlock new cards or cosmetics (or even achievements/trophies, if those matter to you). I'd maybe still see bugs and pacing issues, but at least I could get into a game and play the specific level I wanted to play. But Turtle Rock prevents this too.

When pacing, bugs, and matchmaking woes aren't getting in the way, Back 4 Blood really is as fun as its elevator pitch would imply. But every time I'd see those flashes of brilliance, one of those intrusive issues would spring back into my face, reminding me that this game, despite its delay, probably launched too soon. 

Back 4 Blood Review — The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Solid gunplay and tons of loadout customization
  • Flashes of brilliance

Cons

  • Pacing issues result in hectic peaks and boring valleys with little in the goldilocks zone
  • Bugs in the form of game crashes, spawning without weapons, and even duplicate characters
  • Matchmaking woes seemingly prevent private lobbies and make it hard to play specific levels
  • Solo campaign cuts out critical content like custom decks and Supply Points

Back 4 Blood has been one of the most perplexing review playthroughs of my career. Through the alpha and beta periods, I always had this thought that once the obvious issues were ironed out, it would be awesome. But B4B launches with many of those issues today and even reveals others I didn't see before.

I tend to forgive bugs pretty easily. I'd even overlook some of the matchmaking issues if other parts were stronger. But the lack of proper pacing is unfathomable to me.

I don't know if it's the underlying tech of different engines or the years apart and likely staff changes that came with them, but I didn't foresee this studio forgetting how to make this sort of game, and the poor pacing says it somehow did. Above all, that's where Back 4 Blood fails to live up to its still standard-bearing predecessor.

[Note: Turtle Rock Studios provided the copy of Back 4 Blood used for this review.]

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Back 4 Blood Supply Lines and Supply Points Explained https://www.gameskinny.com/yjns0/back-4-blood-supply-lines-and-supply-points-explained https://www.gameskinny.com/yjns0/back-4-blood-supply-lines-and-supply-points-explained Tue, 12 Oct 2021 13:10:28 -0400 Mark Delaney

Back 4 Blood Supply Lines and Supply Points can help you in a variety of ways in and out of Fort Hope's sturdy walls. But first, you have to know how they work within the overall gameplay loop to make the most of B4B's game modes.

In this tips guide, we'll walk you through all you need to know about Supply Lines and Supply Points, so you can unlock the right upgrades and cosmetics in Turtle Rock's L4D-style shooter.

What are Supply Lines and Supply Points in Back 4 Blood?

Both inside Fort Hope and your player menus, you'll find your Supply Lines section. In it, you can browse chains of in-game rewards that can be unlocked sequentially from left to right.

Even though you can browse the rewards as you wish, you must unlock them in the order in which they're shown.

Supply Lines include both cosmetic rewards, such as new outfits and skins for Cleaners and new sprays, as well as new cards that you can include in your custom decks. But you won't be able to do anything about them without Supply Points.

Back 4 Blood's supply line NPC in Fort Hope.

Supply Points are the currency that you unlock for completing missions and playing games online, with friends or random players. You won't earn Supply Points in the game's Solo Campaign queue with AI bots, so avoid that if you're looking to unlock new rewards. 

You'll get some number of Supply Points just for beating levels. Recruit difficulty only rewards half the Supply Points of a Veteran playthrough, though, while Nightmare runs give you double what you would've earned on Veteran. So difficulty matters.

How to Use Supply Points

Once you have some Supply Points, head into the Supply Lines menu and choose a reward you'd like to unlock. Remember that each reward must be unlocked sequentially within a Supply Line. However, with more than one Supply Line available on-screen at a time, you can jump between each line as you wish, unlocking the next reward in any line available to you.

How to Get More Supply Points Quickly

If you're looking for ways to earn more Supply Points quickly, you can check the game's Accomplishments menu, which shows you milestones you've hit and those you've yet to hit. Start chasing the Accomplishments that seem feasible to you and your playstyle and you'll soon find yourself with enough Supply Points to unlock an entire Supply Line at once.

Related guides:

That's everything you need to know about Back 4 Blood's Supply Lines and Supply Points system. Play online multiplayer for friends or random players, up the difficulty, and complete Accomplishments to earn the most you can quickly. Keep it here for more B4B content, including more guides on the shooter for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Series X|S.

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Back 4 Blood Cleaners: How to Unlock All Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/cbsu1/back-4-blood-cleaners-how-to-unlock-all-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/cbsu1/back-4-blood-cleaners-how-to-unlock-all-characters Fri, 08 Oct 2021 13:58:00 -0400 Mark Delaney

How to unlock all characters in Back 4 Blood isn't entirely obvious. While fans of Left 4 Dead will have an easy time with most of the systems found in Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor from Turtle Rock Studios has included some surprises of their own. 

That's not true if you want to unlock all Back 4 Blood  characters, however, as the game sort of hides how to do that. Here's what you need to know to unlock all eight Back 4 Blood characters.

How To Unlock All Characters In Back 4 Blood

When you first jump into the game, you'll find eight heroes, or "Cleaners," in the roster, but only four are immediately available: Evangelo, Walker, Holly, and Mom.

Since each character has their own set of built-in skills (not to mention clothing options and personalities), you'll surely want to get all characters fast.

You'll need to complete the first chapter of Act 1, called "The Devil's Return", to unlock the other four Cleaners: Doc, Hoffman, Jim, and Karlee.

The Devil's Return chapter consists of the game's first four levels if played in proper order. They are:

  • Resurgence
  • Tunnel Of Blood
  • Pain Train
  • The Crossing

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As soon as you complete all four of those levels, you'll unlock a new story cinematic that introduces the second foursome of heroes, who will join forces with the starting crew at Fort Hope and immediately become available all at once. 

After that, you need only to decide who you'd like to make your go-to Cleaner.

Cleaner Traits

Here are the Cleaners' unique skills, which gives them each light class-based traits. Each hero has two unique traits that apply only to themselves, as well as one team trait which applies to the whole group.

Evangelo's Traits

  • Can quickly break out of grabs once every 60 seconds
  • +25% stamina regen
  • Team trait: +5% team move speed 

Walker's Traits

  • Precision kills grant Walker +20% accuracy for five seconds
  • +10% damage
  • Team trait: +10 team health

Holly's Traits

  • Recovers 10 stamina when she kills a Ridden (basic zombie type)
  • +10% damage resistance
  • Team trait: +25% stamina

Mom's Traits

  • Can instantly revive a teammate once per level
  • +1 support inventory
  • Team trait: +1 team extra life

Doc's Traits

  • Can heal each teammate for 25 health once per level
  • +20% healing efficiency
  • Team trait: +25% team trauma resistance

Hoffman's Traits

  • Has a chance to find ammo whenever he kills a Ridden
  • +1 offensive inventory
  • Team trait: +10% max ammo capacity

Jim's Traits

  • Precision kills grant Jim 2.5% stacking damage until he takes damage
  • +25% aim down sights speed
  • Team trait: +10% weakspot damage

Karlee's Traits

  • Can sense nearby hazards and mutations (special infected)
  • +1 quick inventory item
  • Team trait: +50% team use speed

Once you're in a group where players have unlocked more than the starting four characters, you may want to consider balancing these heroes' skills to enhance each other's play.

Related guides

For example, if you know you're heading into a difficult level, bringing Doc and Jim may help keep your group standing up and taking out mutations quickly. Experiment with each hero and see what works for you and your group of Cleaners, then keep it here as we bring you more Back 4 Blood guides across the next several days and beyond.

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