I've read that Outlaws is the first
Lucas Arts game to feature multiplayer gameplay, and I'm sure many are
happy they included this in the game. I've played a couple one-on-one's
on The Zone (Microsoft) and it's pretty fun (despite the fact I lost 3
out of 4 times).
can find me on Microsoft's Zone as: wisecr0w
This section will basically cover
the different ways you can get into the multiplayer action, and we'll also
review some multiplayer strategies. I myself am not yet deeply experienced
with the various mediums of multiplayer play (i.e. LAN, serial play, etc)
and because of this I cannot offer intuitive guides on each way of playing
against other people. This may change in the future, but for now, I'll
cover the basics.
Besides, you can always look
at the Outlaws manual and/or visit the official Outlaws site.
IPX is the network protocol (instructions)
used most commonly on a Local Area Netowrk (LAN). Choose this connection
if your computer is connected to an IPX compatible network and configured
to use an IPX Protocol (check with your network administrator)
TCP/IP is a network protocol that is
also commonly used on many LANs and is also the native protocol used on
the internet. Select this protocol if your computer is connected to a TCP/IP
compatible LAN or the internet. See enclosed internet information card
for more information about playing on the internet. --This card comes
with Outlaws and is orange colored--
Select this to play a head-to-head game
over your 14.4kbps or higher modem
Choose this option to play a head-tohead
game between two computers over a direct serial connection. To do this
you need a NULL modem cable (or serial cable with a NULL modem adapter)
connected to a free serial port on the back of both computers
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Yes to win you must have strategies
- tactics and techniques of winning over the enemy. The following strategies
are varied, and you may choose whatever you like to form your own kind
Hint: Don't give away your secret strategies/techniques on a website
or to another player. They'll use them against you and/or exploit your
You know how this goes. Instead
of running out into a potential deathbed, quietly and slowly approach your
enemy and/or his/her typical territory. Make sure to always look for cover,
just in case your enemy spots you. Just be really careful, slow, and quiet.
Hiding in dark areas that you can blend in with is also a good idea. Cloak
yourself in shadows and/or dark areas at night.
2. Know The Level
So you've just begun what could
be an awesome match among a several players and you think the whole area
is one advantage to you. Think again! You'd better know that level like
your palm. Make sure you can remember where the key areas are - areas
that may host a battle most often, areas that harbor a certain weapon or
ammo stashes. If you know the level quite well, and if you're enemy doesn't,
you'll have quite the advantage over him/her.
3. Know Your Weapon
I like the pistol. To me it means
power and "oh god my eye I lost my eye!". But the truth is, the pistol
has a short range. Therefore, a rifle would be better suited for those
long range shots. Don't do something stupid like try to snipe a guy a mile
away with a pistol. He/she will just hear you and know you're onto them.
Use a rifle and if you have a scope, aim for the head! Get the idea? Know
your weapons. For instance, before playing multiplayer, go to Historical
Missionsand choose Marshall Training. Try out all the weapons.
Fire them from different ranges. Notice the spread of each shotgun and
how they may differ. Your weapon is your best friend when someone wants
you dead, so get to know them all! Even the fists and knive!
4. Know Your Enemy
Let's say you're playing as Marshal
Anderson and you're enemy is Dr. Death. You cannot just assume "oh he's
a bad, bad guy" after watching the in-game movies. Try each character out
in multiplayer and spot their weaknesses and strengths. Also, watch the
enemy. Notice his personal strategies so that next time you go into a fight
with him, you may know what to expect.
5. Don't Get Cocky
Hey I admit, sometimes I get a little
cocky. "I'll beat j00!" Yeah well that doesn't always happen. Don't ever,
ever forget this: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
If you lose, so what. Get back up
again and go in stronger. Everyone wins and loses, including your enemy.
Even the best Oulaws sharp shooter out there has lost and is bound to lose
again. Just don't get cocky.
6. Use Roofs
Yes you read right. Use roofs. If
you can get on top of a building, that's great because then you can snipe
off the opposition. Move around a bit too, don't camp in one spot because
if the enemy figures out exactly where you are on that roof, they'll take
you out quicker than you can reload a Pez dispenser. Always watch your
7. A knife is a great weapon
So you may not think high of the
knife, but it's better than you think. Scenario: There is an enemy ahead
of you to your left, not facing you. You could:
A. repeat-fire your pistol
B. snipe his head with the rifle
C. stick him with the knife without
making a loud noise that would alert him and/or other players.
The obvious wise decision here is
8. Don't camp...
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...unless you absolutely must. Camping
is a term for when a person stays in one spot the majority or all of the
game's time and usually uses the most powerful weapon or sniping weapon.
Thus, he usually gets a lot of kills - but is a coward because he hides
all the time. Genereally, campers are not looked up to. They're looked
down on. (hint, hint)
Here is a list of links to online
hosts to play Outlaws multiplayer on the internet.
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