Interestingly, we have one vote for Kaiju UP, and one vote for Kaiju OP
I’m playing Kaiju since it stopped being OP. I don’t think it needed the recent buff. i’d say Kaiju was mostly good in EVERY situation. never the best tool for the job, but probably always the 2nd, 3rd or 4th best choice at any range and against any kind of build.
The buff is strong. This said, the buff is strong if you CAN land your whole volley. That means aiming, leading and positionning skills FAR above any other typical meta ranged weapons. You can’t just pop out of cover at 90kmh, shit on the opponent, and rush back into cover 1 second later like a Scorp or Toadfish or whatever BS peekaboo weapon hovertarts play these days. You gotta crawl at 40kmh to a position where you can maintain LoS to the target for 2-3 seconds, without exposing yourself to their whole team.
I’ll tell you from my experience: Kaiju is strong. But. Kaiju is strong to play if you can handle it which is harder than most weapons. And it’s also easier to counter than those weapons.
The Kaiju player has to plan like 10s before any shot. And do his shit at 40 kmh. And expose himself. He’s good for nearly 10s of downtime too after shooting. That is extremely easy to punish.
The Kaiju player can strip you instantly… if you stand still with exposed Retchers on your roof. Minimap awareness, being aware of tunnel-vision, or just not sitting still for 30s when you saw at the starting screen that the enemy team has a Kaiju go a long, really long way.
To sum it up, Kaiju is mostly fine. If you find it really weak, consider putting some practice hours in. Not random gaming, PRACTICE. if you find it totally obnoxious to play against, just box your weapons and wiggle around instead of standing still. Like pre-nerf Draco, people expect to not pay attention to it and still do well. Slight reminder that Draco teams everybody was crying about (and playing) before the 10% damage nerf were extremely easily countered by a few epic setups lmao.
Last, actual tip: You wanna fuck a Kaiju player up? Push him out of LoS, but force him to stay charged by keeping pressure on him. His teammates will really enjoy hearing their dead weight Kaiju mate whining in chat that he’s going to be 50s late to the party and that they need to disengage.
Also, quit edit about the PRACTICE bit. I’m not saying it to be an asshole. I don’t pretend to be the best shooter out there, in fact I admit it wasn’t my strongest point in any videogame I played seriously. Counter-Strike, Quake 3, I was always a movement guy more than a shooty guy. And nowhere near the top. But I was above a solid 90% of the players there, generally holding firmly the second or third place in leaderboards on a server.
I spent DAYS practicing. I practiced solo, trying every jump on every map, shooting through every wall to see where my shots landed in games that let you shoot through decor. I practiced in PvP, not caring about the win, trying every weapon seriously, trying new keyboard and mouse configurations for some weapons (anyone who tried playing dual berettas in CS shooting with the mousewheel knows what’s up (^: ), staying right there getting shot at taking my time to line up the head instead of spraying and praying.
But above all those “skills” I worked on to get better at videogame, the thing that was most useful was simply the mindset. And I am not talking about a tryhard mindset, quite the opposite. Because the moment you decide this game is for practice, a competition against yourself rather than a competition against others, the tension is gone. It stops clouding your judgment, it stops making your mouse arm so tense precise movements become impossible. Without even putting 5 mins in, the simple idea that you’re going to practice and acceptation that you’re here to get better rather than to win the game will make you WAY, WAY more efficient in a game.
If any of you ever ended up 1v3, wrecking the enemy team, and suddenly you got sweaty palms and started missing every shot at 20 meters, you know what tension does to your performance ingame. So… Practice ;^). It doesn’t mean you suck, it means you’re getting good.