What is it? When thrown down, the Smoke Bomb immobilizes all NPCs and players who come in contact with the cloud. Neophytes would believe this is meant for quick escapes. They’re wrong.
Technique: The Knuckle Sandwich with Smoky Bacon
This is one of the most basic and effective defense strategies you can use in ACB so get used to seeing it a lot in multiplayer matches. Basically, if you start feeling a little uncomfortable when that creepy doctor with the oversized syringe starts sprinting towards you, throw down the Smoke Bomb. Once the would-be murderer gets stuck in the smoke cloud, simply walk up and hit the Stun/punch-you-in-the-effing-face button. You bag an easy +200 Stun Bonus and he gets a fractured jaw.
What makes this strategy especially bastard-friendly is that the opposing player has to lie on the ground sulking for several seconds, which gives their pursuer plenty of time to show up and finish them off.
Technique: Breaking That Personal Bubble
If you want to be a real jerk, keep a look out for other players performing assassinations that have nothing to do with you. If you’re near one, fast-walk towards the player who just committed the deed. Nine times out of ten, they’ll waste a smoke bomb and try to stun you only to find out you aren’t their pursuer.
(Unlocked at Lvl 8)
What is it? The Hidden Gun ability works the exact same way in multiplayer as it does in the single-player campaign. Aim. Fire. Dead. The major downside to the hidden gun is that it will only net you 100 points for using it.
Technique: The Clay Pigeon
Certain players can’t help but give themselves over to the amazing parkour that is afforded by the Assassin’s Creed universe and love to stalk their prey from the rooftops of Renaissance Italy. These players suck as human beings and are an absolute bitch to track down. They never touch the ground, so silently approaching them for a kill with some nice juicy stealth bonuses is usually not possible. This is where the Hidden Gun ability comes in.
Instead of spending half the match trying to hunt this sucker down, find a nice vantage point where you can see your target leaping about the buildings and take aim with your gun. To get the most points possible, time your shot to go off while the target is in mid-jump. This will get you a +100 Mid-Air Bonus along with the standard +100 Kill. Sure, it’s only 200 points, but that enables you to move on to pursue a target that doesn’t hop around like a squirrel tweaked out on methamphetamines.
(Unlocked at Lvl 11)
What is it? When the Firecrackers ability is used, all NPCs within the area of effect begin to scream and cower in fear (understandably because firecrackers are, in their very nature, horrifying). Players, on the other hand, do not react at all; instead, their screen becomes blinded.
Technique: The Hot n’ Spicy BBQ Buster
This is another very common strat that you’ll see frequented in multiplayer matches. If you are tracking a particularly frustrating target who likes to stay inside the crowd, get within close proximity and toss down those firecrackers. Your target will be the one standing there with a stupid look on their face while everyone else is on their knees. Make sure to kill them quickly and get out of there as using firecrackers is like setting off a signal flare for everyone to see.
Try to refrain from using this ability against pursuers. The firecrackers have absolutely no stun properties, so you’ll most likely end up dead if you waste time throwing them down instead of running your happy ass away.
(Unlocked at Lvl 14)
What is it? Put simply, the Morph ability rocks. When activated, the NPCs closest to you will transform into your character model (maxing out at four). If used intelligently, this can be one of your best tools.
Technique: The Hay Bale Lookout
As you gain the lead in a multiplayer match, you’ll begin to accrue more pursuers (maxing out at 4 if you’re exceptionally unlucky). Unless you possess some overwhelming urge to abandon this mortal coil, wandering around a map by your lonesome is a definite no-no. This strategy relies entirely on the use of the static NPC crowds. Find an open area where a bunch of NPC groups are hanging out around one of those hay wagons or a bush. Stand between two groups, activate Morph to transform a couple NPCs into your character model and then immediately jump into the hay/leaves/bush/whatever.
The upside to this strategy is that most other players are so pants-on-head stupid with murder frenzy that they’ll dive at the closest character model that resembles yours, which nets you a nice +100 Lure Bonus each time. You can just sit there in your little bush and giggle to yourself as this happens over and over. Likewise, players who are less stupid may still end up wandering around trying to figure out which of the clones is you, making them easy targets for a nice smoke bomb knuckle sandwich (if you’re rocking that ability, as well).
The downside to this strat is that it makes you completely immobile; however, assuming that you are in the lead with 3-4 people chasing you, odds are good that your target is probably chasing one of those people and will come to you looking for them.
Technique: Attack of the Clones
Morph becomes an exceptionally fun ability when you find a target who is making use of it as well. Discreetly approach your target in his group of friends and enter the blend group. Immediately activate your Morph ability to transform all of his clones into yours. It should be pretty clear what you do from there.
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