Foreword: I have named this tutorial very strangely. The “Indirect Tutorial”? What is that supposed to mean? *smiles* Please recognize that the nature of this article is to simply open your eyes about this game, and what it can do for you, or what you can do for it. I leave the rest of the mystery to you. ~ Versatile
5-27-09: Initial release
5-29-09: Added the new link to the other tutorial website. >_>
It was bound to happen. With the success of Valve’s game of the year “Left 4 Dead”, it was bound that another zombie game would hit the market soon. Tripwire has the answer with their different game called “Killing Floor”.
What is Killing Floor?
Killing Floor is a mod for the Unreal Tournament 2004 video game, first released in 2005 as a demo, and full version, later that year. The mod acquired popularity after appearing in several game magazines. It is a survival horror first-person shooter based game, with Co-op multiplayer action. A retail version of the game was released via Steam on May 14, 2009.
To me, think of it as Counter Strike meets Left 4 Dead. Main features include:
- Killing zombies for cash.
- Fighting waves of zombies similar to Left 4 Dead.
- 6 player co-op.
- Each map has a “boss”.
- Available SDK map making kit.
- In game voice communication
and more! See the full details at http://www.killingfloorthegame.com/.
Is there a Single Player?
Yes, sort of. All you do is go as yourself and fight against waves of zombies until you reach the boss. You can earn perks this way too so you can unlock other achievements. Due note that there are no AI computer players to help you, so you are definitely on your own here.
How about Online Multiplayer?
Yes, there is online multiplayer. You can host your own online games and have up to six people playing with you on Steam. If you have a custom map that your friend doesn’t, your friend will automatically download the map from you. Left 4 Dead currently does not have this feature, so this is nice to have.
Can Killing Floor be played without Steam? *wink*
Yes, there is a LAN mode so you can play offline.
No, you misunderstood me. Can Killing Floor be played online without Steam? *double wink*
Oh, you mean can it be played online without having Steam? Yes, it can. However, you do realize that this is circumventing the Steam system. I have heard the argument from players who own the game that Steam players are bothersome, and they would like to try a different way of playing their game online. Perhaps with more mature audience. I have no argument against these cases. In fact, I want people to be aware of all opportunities to play their game online besides Steam.
Currently there are two popular ways to play your game online:
- Garena (most popular)
- Hamachi (second most popular)
Garena is starting to become the most popular online portal to help you play your games online. In fact, as of today 5-27-09, Killing Floor was added to the Garena network!
Hamachi is another good way to play online. It is a virtual VPN solution that essentially emulates the LAN over the Internet so you can play with your friends by playing in what is called Hamachi networks.
How can I play Killing Floor Online with Garena or Hamachi? Do I need special patches?
Due to the nature of WordPress.com, I don’t think I am allowed to go into those type of details as that is frowned upon. However, I do recall among my adventures on the Internet that there are guides that explain how to play Killing Floor online with Garena or Hamachi. Should I post a link to one of those sites? Would there be any harm in that? I don’t think so, do you?
Here is the link: [How To] Play Killing Floor Online – Garena/Hamachi
Note: This article is simply to make you aware of other online gaming alternatives. No way do we infer or advocate piracy. We are not held liable for what you may learn at other websites on the Internet. How you want to live your digital life is up to you, and the Underground Staff wishes you the best of luck on your journey.
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