The answer to your questions
Okay I really sick of all the whinning about how things are not fair now for marines, and such. The reason a game may seem very is unbalanced is the simple matter of skill and teamwork. I have seen 5 marines win againest 8 aliens, and vice versa. This game is build on teamwork. And in teamwork you have to know how to work together. If you a group of marines don't clump up, that makes you a perfect target for a hungry Snark, and fade looking to let loss some pent up acid. Three Marines who know what they are doing can easily take out an entire hive. When I command I try my hardest to stay away from HA and HMGs and Grenade launchers. People who work together usually win, both on Marines as well as Aliens. Have you ever seen what 3 skulks can do? They can rip up a small base in a matter of seconds. And now that they can actually stand a chance againest turrets it makes preparing for defence much better. In the department of defense Marines have the award for best. Turrets fire fast, move fast and in numbers are really hard to kill unless you go for the factory now. The Alien defensive are more of a slowing down then an actual halting of a Marines Advance. And to me thats fine, the Aliens if they know how to work together really don't need something like that. Stay together, communicate, and learn hit and run tatics as Aliens and you will be almost unstoppable. Marines learn how to cover and build. Learn how to slowly advance foward. Take a position, fortify and move on. Conserve RP as long as you can, and when you make the final push, work together and hit a site from more then one direction, don't clutter, and communicate and you will do great. The game itself is as close to being balanced as it can. Its the people and tatics used that make it seem like it isn't. As every keeps saying, this is and always will be a team based game. And just the feeling of the entire team working together perfectly is the coolest thing ever.
Now I need to shut up
GG everyone and hope to cya in the servers
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