Acquire — Found by right clicking most items. Selecting this menu option will take you to the crafting bay for said item. Using Acquire while already inside the crafting bay will allow you to follow the crafting recipe all the way to the start, or anywhere in between you may need to go in order to complete crafting your item.
Adventure Mode — A small Open World PvE with a repeatable Main Quest, and a select variety of Side Missions, taking gameplay that players may experience as they progress through Crossout, and condensing it into one, easy to traverse, wasteland experience.
Art Build — A build that looks good but it might not perform very well. Not be confused with an Anti-META Build which is one that looks good and outperforms the META.
Battle Pass — Considered a Micro-Transaction, this grants players access to in-game rewards that the Free to Play accounts must unlock through what’s known as “the Grind”.
Bedlam — offers a place to, either, chill with the friends and show off the newest rig or, foolishly, romp around and blow everyone up. I say foolishly with a light heart because it can be fun as hell!
Blueprint — another name for your design or rig. You can keep it a secret or share it with a friend or, even, everyone all at the same time.
Brawls — tend to be an all-out everyone versus everyone and, thankfully, this mode is rotated throughout the year. We get several different Brawls, so many in fact that I just can’t effectively list them and cover them all in this review. Some are a hit, some are a miss, most are fun as heck!
Cabin — Required item to build a Blueprint. Many can be altered to your liking with bonus stats through the Fusing process.
Clutch - A triumphant victory when you win a game at the last second with your final shot before time runs out.
CK - Customization Kits allow players to change the visual look of certain items. These are usually obtained through rewards and the Crosscrown Shop.
Common Item — Detailed by a white boarder, these items have nothing special about them.
Daily and Weekly Challenges — are available that, upon completion, reward extra resources to help speed things up. These extra resources include Badges (which can only be gathered by completing the Weekly Challenges, join a Clan for access to even MORE Weekly Challenges), and these Badges can be exchanged for any number of items available in the Badge Exchange. But, keep your eyes peeled, the list of items available in the Badge Exchange changes every week. You’ll notice that some resources are bundled differently with better prices on different weeks.
Death — Being part of a group that gets killed in 20 seconds is one thing, being responsible for getting everyone killed in 20 seconds is totally different. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten someone killed but I apologize to everyone I do, and some are rude, some don’t respond at all, but a few rare ones become good friends. So, I think it’s worth apologizing more than it’s worth cussing people out. That’s me.
Things to do if you die early in a round:
- Watch a teammate for build ideas. Especially as they start to come apart from battle, that’s when you’ll see a rough idea of how they are set up, and you might get an idea on what works and what does not.
- Check the map and announce where you think people should look.
- Cycle through the players and watch someone’s back for them, directing them with what’s going on…exp: you see someone rushing up behind a teammate, then in Battle Chat say “Behind (players name here)”
- Use chat to welcome people to the afterlife. Exp: I die and say “poofs into the afterlife…where are the Valkyries? I was told there would be Valkyries…” someone else dies and I say “Welcome! Grab a Valkyrie and meet me in the VIP room.”
Discard — found by right clicking most items. Selecting this menu option will permanently remove the item from your account.
Epic Item — Detailed by a purple boarder, these items tend to have bonus stats that outweigh even their Legendary or Relic counterparts.
Exhibition and Range Exhibition — After making something, you can save it to the Exhibition for everyone else to have fun with. If you want to share your build in General Chat, then, open the Exhibition and right-click the rig you want to share, and chose “copy” from the menu that pops up. You will notice that the word [Blueprint] (in blue font) will show up in the chat bar, but you’re not done just yet because you’ll need to type something in the chat bar before hitting the Enter button will work.
Fuel — Players are granted an allotment of free Fuel that is used to complete Raids but, if you happen to run out of it before your Raids are done, then, you’ll need to gather more. To gather Fuel, you’ll need to equip a Fuel Barrel and/or Fuel Tank, you can equip both at the same time but you can only use one of each. While in a battle you not only need to survive but you also need to make sure your Fuel Barrel/Tank did not explode in the fight. You’ll need Fuel to help complete Raids
Fusing — Altering an item by combining it with duplicate versions of itself to gain bonus stats. Also known as Upgrading.
Fusion Build — Players have the option to connect their builds together into on giant death machine using the Contact 2M module.
Game Center Custom Battles — A wonderful and underrated section of the game where you can explorer all the different battlegrounds. The are no In-Game rewards for engaging in a Custom Battle but, and void where prohibited, players can organize games that reward 3 Days of Premium Subscription for winners of the Custom Battles. In these battles everyone can use their own rigs with no limit on PS or, if the leader of the Custom Battle chooses, everyone will use the leaders Shared Blueprint (everyone gets the same rig the leader is using).
Game Master (GM) — These are generally volunteer players that have been entrusted by the developers to help keep things going as smooth as can be.
Grind — The process of leveling your account.
Legendary Item — Detailed by a golden boarder, these items pack a serious punch.
Matchmaking — Once you hit Prestige Level 30 with the Engineers, you will be placed within a different matchmaking bracket than which the low-level players find themselves. Any party with a Level 30 player will be in this matchmaking bracket, even low-level players, that means low level players will get SMASHED.
META — You can think of this in several ways but, to me, the Most Effective Thing Appropriate to help you remember what the META is deals with asking around to see what the Most Effective Tactic Available is currently. The META is a grouping (of things and/or people) that is always shifting, it never has just one meaning, and never stays in one place.
META Build — Innovative in their own rights, they often will look similar in construction to one another, and are made to perform in unison with one another (without using a Fusion Build).
Module — Items meant to increase effectiveness.
Open World — An environment in which players can experience gameplay in a non-liner fashion.
Paints — Decorative items that can really set you apart from the rest of the players. Use one or several at the same time to make an impression. To Sell a paint, you’ll need make sure your rigs in the Garage have the paints removed, even the Levi’s paint. If your blueprints have the paint, or exhibition rigs have the paint, that’s fine, you should still be able to sell it, but the rig and leviathan currently in your Garage needs to be paint free (of the paint you wish to sell that is).
PvE —Player Versus Environment. Crossout, also, features several different PvE modes.
- In Adventure Mode, we get to romp around in a somewhat vast wasteland and, also, experience some of the lore of Crossout. No spoilers here, sorry but not sorry, LoL! We can go solo or group up to complete the tasks required.
- Raids are the mode where players get a little more lore thrown at them while in the middle of fighting hordes of bots. There’s several different Raids from escorting cargo trucks — to stealing something and having to run it to another location — to finding a stronghold and defending it.
- Brawls tend to be an all-out everyone versus everyone and, thankfully, this mode is rotated throughout the year. We get several different Brawls, so many in fact that I just can’t effectively list them and cover them all in this review. Some are a hit, some are a miss, most are fun as heck!
- Bedlam offers a place to, either, chill with the friends and show off the newest rig or, foolishly, romp around and blow everyone up. I say foolishly with a light heart because it can be fun as hell!
From these PvE modes players earn mid-tier resources (Copper, Plastic and Electronics) that will be used to craft Epic, Legendary, and Relic items.
PvP — Player versus Player, where you can be a solo player or one that joins in a group of players.
- On PC (as of writing this) each PvP battle consists of 8 players on each side but the game does require bots to fill in for any missing players. Don’t like bots? Me neither, so, let’s get your friends playing to help out with that!
- A second PvP mode exists for Clans, and in 2023 it consists of Clan Confrontation which is a mode for low power-score players and, then, there’s Clan Wars for the end-game players. A mandatory 4-player group is formed to face-off against another group of 4 players. In Confrontation, any player with a ps of 5000 to 9000 can participate, even if they do not belong to a Clan. Joining a Clan offers a player access to several more rewards that solo players do not have access to, including but not limited to the chance to win the high-tier resource Uranium from Clan Wars. When it comes to Uranium, everyone else has to buy it from the Market and it ain’t cheap by any stretch. Uranium is used to craft the highest tier items in the game known as Relics.
- That brings us to Brawls which, more often than not, consist of all-out everyone versus everyone type of battles.
From these PvP modes players earn low-tier resources (Scrap, Wires, Batteries, and Fuel) that are used to craft Rare, Special, and Epic items.
Relic Item — Detailed by an orange boarder, these items have a spotty reputation. You either know how to use it, or you don’t.
Resources — Badges, Batteries, Coins, Electronics, Fuel, Scrap, Uranium, Wires. These are required items that players will collect as Rewards while playing Crossout.
Special Item — Detailed by a teal boarder, these items tend to have small bonus stats.
Salty People — Some people are just having a really bad day and need a laugh, so, when you see them being grumpy in the chats, offer them some AFTER BURN: Firestarters Antiseptic Ointment!
Salvage – found by right clicking most items. Selecting this menu option will grant you a small allocation of resources in exchange for removing the item from your account.
Uninstall/Reinstall - A common function of many games, doing this often resolves many technical issues, as well as, solves several problems lending to the addition of more family and friend time, and discovering a whole new world outside of one’s “comfort zone”.
WASD — Keyboard user controls.
Workpiece — Generally won from participating in a Battle Pass event, this item grants crafting access to weapons, cabins, and modules that are not available to the average player.
XO — Shorthand for Crossout.