Counterspy Articles RSS Feed | Counterspy RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Ability Scorecast Level 2: Being on the Wrong Continent Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:21:25 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

We leveled up and are now level 2. With this new level comes two new faces, Ben, and Elijah (who is also playing Star Wars: Battlefront 2)! We quickly talk about how Elijah isn't forever alone as Ben is also new.

We find out about a new a new family feud style game Kathryn has been playing, called Google Feud, and also more Skyrim adventures, this time on hoarding! We also talk about how many hours we have played Skyrim (and other games).

Pierre confused Xenoblade with Ni No Kuni, which Ben has been playing. Even though he doesn't generally like JRPGs he loves this one! Ben also has played Life is Strange and he really likes it. DONTNOD really likes rewinding time.

Elijah really likes CounterSpy! "I'm still playing it because it's just that much fucking fun." And he doesn't want to talk about Star Wars: Battlefront 2, as he is keeping all of that for the review!

And Pierre has been playing two games which are basically John Woo/Matrix the game, and both are free, Boring Man and Double Action. He also played Dying Light and thinks it's the best implementation of first-person parkour in any game, but there are still many flaws with an otherwise amazing game.

We then talk about Cortana coming back in Halo 5, Pierre says WHY?! Everyone kinda thinks, ok fair enough. Guess who is the biggest fan of Halo? *everyone looks at Pierre* We also talk about Battlefield Hardline, and how it's missable. Wait, what's missable? Some spoken words get... well spoken, about a Driver boat game, the controversy between Kojima and Konami, and canceled reboot from Phantom Dust trailer leaked.

Shout out to DONTNOD for having female protagonists!

Make sure to check out Ability Scorecast Level 2 for the cast and the full show notes!

Welcome to the Ability Scorecast

We are the Ability Scorecast. We love talking about games, and we love writing about them too. Let’s face it, we just simply love ‘em, you love ‘em too, and we all want to hear about them! Tune in for some of the most interesting discussions in gaming (maybe… kind of… we aim for it at least).

What is the Ability Scorecast?

So what sets us apart from other podcasts? Well, we have a Character Card. Can any other podcast say that? I didn’t think so.

Our character card is rather special, and it effectively keeps track of how many Casts we have recorded.

Our total level is directly represented by our regular, weekly to biweekly podcasts.

Our stats increase as we complete “Mini-casts” based off of a specific Character Attribute.

For example, Strength mini-casts are usually discussions about the games industry and how strong their products/services are being presented. That would give us a +1 boost to our Strength parameter.

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CounterSpy Guide: How to Be An Ace Spy (Pro Tips) Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:32:06 -0400 Elijah Beahm

Hello, fellow agents. Chances are, if you read my dossier on why CounterSpy is a fantastic game, you've probably downloaded it. If you also read my Basics guide then you feel you're ready to take on anything. Well hold it right there agent! Because there are still a few more tricks up my sleeve that will save your neck and other various body parts from being punctured by bullets.

1. Up, Down, and Stay Away!

You see, hidden throughout many of the military bases for both factions, there are convenient vents and catwalks. Sometimes they'll be hidden out of view, blocked by some boxes or a non-interactive vent in the foreground. The secret is to look for yellow when scouting out a vent ledge, and to walk up against walls until you see the triangle icon. Often, even if you can't find a way past the guards, you will find something valuable.

Additional Intel: Elevators lead to sub-levels, which almost always have a small vent you can stick your spindly, black suited body through.

2. Loud Weapons All Have a Silenced Variant

Yes, even the grenade launcher! Although the explosions are far from silent... try to bear this in mind as it may be worth your while to save up and buy the silenced versions. They have a minor decreases in damage output and ammo count, but nothing drastic. So when unlocking new guns, be sure you pick the right ones for the job.

Additional Intel: All unique guns like the Sandman and Persuader dart guns are all silenced as well.

3. Mind Over Muscle

The military grunts you'll be fighting are not very clever, agent. In fact, their new standard issue hats are so tight around their skulls, it has cut off vital blood flow to their brains. This works to your benefit, as it allows you to trick them.

For instance, if one guard spots you before becoming alerted, and you crouch behind cover, you can still knock him out as he approaches. If any of his fellow gorilla fisted brethren walk on by and notice him lying unconscious, they will run right into your trap. However, the trick of enticing curiosity without getting caught makes this tactic a reasonable but still risky gamble.

Additional Intel: Guards like to follow patterns, so when explosive canisters are in view, watch and wait for the prime moment to take out multiple guards with a single shot!

4. I'm The Captain Now!

Once upon a time, military officers were chosen for bravery, cunning, and intelligence. Nowadays, they are selected for ability to pose for posters and who they know at gardening clubs. Take advantage of this, and hold Officers are gunpoint until they surrender.

Not only will this decrease the Defcon for the country the Officer serves, but you can take humiliating pictures of the fool cowering before your fast trigger finger. Do bear in mind they will not surrender if surrounded by their meat-fisted soldiers though.

Additional Intel: Killing Officers gives you a small score bonus, but nothing near what you will receive for taking one alive. Plus bleaching their uniforms for our sleeper agents to wear is costing us a fortune in laundromat services.

5. CounterThinking Victory

Raising the Defcon for either faction. Sounds like a terrible idea, yes? Except for when you realize, that it offers new possibilities. Higher Defcons include more Officers who can lower the Defcon, along with greater defenses that will result in a higher score once defeated. Sometimes a temporary setback is worth the cost, agent.

Base structures will also change depending on the Defcon rating. Be careful using this on higher difficulties though, as there's a higher chance for this strategy to backfire.

Additional Intel: In no way does C.O.U.N.T.E.R. condone manipulating global politics just to increase the bottom line. Well, we don't condone it publicly...

If you require any further intel, be sure to let me know! And in case you haven't already, be sure to look up CounterSpy and our first guide full of tips and tricks for in the field!

How to Be An Ace Spy in CounterSpy Guide (The Basics) Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:35:35 -0500 Elijah Beahm

Hello, fellow agents. Chances are, if you read my dossier on why CounterSpy is a fantastic game, you've probably downloaded it. You feel ready to go out in the field, punch some random faceless grunts, and save the moon from nuclear destruction. Well, there's a lot more to being an agent than just wearing skin-tight stealth suits and having a license to kill. Here are the basics to get you up to speed on modern 70's Cold War techniques.

1. Keep Your Starting Pistol

Contrary to the colloquialism, bigger is actually not always better. While you can unlock two grenade launchers, shotguns, and assault rifles -- that does not mean they will win the day faster for you. In fact, precise headshots with your starting gun can do plenty damage on their own.

Additional Intel: With a little help from the Precision Aim formula (read: perk) on top, even the hardest enemies will only take three shots to the face to down. It also has the cheapest ammo.

2. Foreground/Background Takedowns

While all C.O.U.N.T.E.R. agents must never deviate from the 2D plain, that does not mean your enemies follow such civilized rules. Thankfully, if you quickly hit square while they are in front of, beside, or behind you, you can still take them down with a quick "JUDO-CHOP!" If that fails you, you can either manually aim for them while behind cover, or use auto-aim while normally walking around.

Additional Intel: Auto-aim indicates whether you are over a target or not by glowing red when on an enemy, camera, or explosive. Be mindful that you sometimes cannot see what you are aiming at. What you might think is a grunt's head is in fact the gasoline soaked, antique gas can the fool inherited from a deceased uncle. Aim from cover whenever possible to avoid such embarrassingly loud, unintended explosions.

3. Spend Money Carefully

Unfortunately, due to the yoga incident and budget cuts, C.O.U.N.T.E.R. has a very tight budget. In fact, if it weren't for your activities, we would probably go broke faster than you can say "Archer. Vice!"

So while we are perfectly fine with you spending all of your money on devastating new weapons, ammo refills, or even one-time Formula purchases; do bear in mind that any further funds depend upon your success in the field. Collect enough intel to complete dossiers, chain kills together, or chain stealth actions together, and we'll be able to keep the lights on for another week or so!

Additional Intel: We also get additional funds whenever you one-up Rival Agents' scores. So do be a good sport and rub your greater peformance in their faces. We're going to need every cent we can.

4. Locating Intel

Now obviously intelligence items will not just be lying around. Conveniently, both the East and the West keep all their intelligence data in three forms. The most readily available are lockers full of written reports. The more valuable are computers containing key information that will allow us to stop the moon's destruction.

The third type is either new research data for Formulas and Weapons, or very high quality Intel we can sell - I mean use to benefit the world. Every base you infiltrate will be full of these, all hidden in dark corners... or just left lying around by an elevator so they can make room for a new broom closet.

Additional Intel: Intel lockers, unlike every other type of intel holders, can be extracted silently. It's best to clear out lockers first if you cannot eliminate all the guards silently, and then roll with the literal and metaphorical punches.