So is the flamethrower actually useful for anything?

#1 Posted by Shadow (4977 posts) -

I'm going through again on impossible but I remember not using the flamethrower much at all last time.  The pulse rifle too.  I just couldn't find a good use for them.  They don't have all that much power and you go through ammo like Jeff through choco tacos.

#2 Posted by daniel_beck_90 (3159 posts) -
Shadow said:
"I'm going through again on impossible but I remember not using the flamethrower much at all last time.  The pulse rifle too.  I just couldn't find a good use for them.  They don't have all that much power and you go through ammo like Jeff through choco tacos."
yeah the flamethrower is not that much effective in this game since the enemies in dead space are wierd enemies . I mean all the enemies in the other games die when you cut off their head , but in this game you gotta cut off their limbs  LOL :D . the same goes for flamethrower .
If you really like flamethrower though you should try Far Cry 2 !!!
#3 Posted by jakob187 (21642 posts) -

The flamethrower is actually perfect for when the big bloated slicers end up spewing out all the little crawly things that latch onto your back and you have to do the Macarena or whatever to get them off.

Yeah, the flamethrower works perfect for those.
#4 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
jakob187 said:
"The flamethrower is actually perfect for when the big bloated slicers end up spewing out all the little crawly things that latch onto your back and you have to do the Macarena or whatever to get them off.
Yeah, the flamethrower works perfect for those.
"
I hate those guys. Everytime they jump me when I open a door. Then I mash A, they keep jumping on me. Dead Issac. Going to be fun on Impossible.
#5 Posted by kornholio360 (280 posts) -

It also works very well on the screaming guys that are attached to the wall by the 8 or so tentacle things and  shoot out the pods with one tentacle from its stomach. (God, I hate, yet at the same time, love trying to describe the different types of necromorphs.)

#6 Posted by jakob187 (21642 posts) -

Bloated wall doods?  Yeah, maybe...but that flamethrower doesn't have much range to it, so it could pretty easily get you decapitated trying to do that.

I got my flamethrower fully upgraded last night, and really...I mean, it looks cool and all, but it's good for those little guys and MAYBE the first two levels of the game.  After that, it's almost completely worthless.  I've found that to be true with quite a few of the guns in the game.  The Plasma Cutter, no shit, is the best weapon in the game.  The Pulse Rifle is so fucking bleh.  The Line Gun is amazing.  Force Gun is cool for the mines it throws out, that's about it though.  Otherwise, you gotta be at SUPER close range.  The Ripper is probably the single worst weapon out of them all!!!  I can't kill shit with that thing to save my life.  Judging the distance of the blade from the gun is so difficult.  The Contact Beam is sweet for boss fights, but again, that's about it.  =  /
#7 Posted by Shadow (4977 posts) -

Really?  The ripper replaced the plasma cutter as my main weapon in my first playthrough.  You could do so much damage with so little ammo.  It's definately garbage if you're trying to deal with large groups though.

#8 Posted by Flushes (329 posts) -

The main problem with the flamethrower is that is has no stopping power at all... The slasher running at you just becomes a flaming slasher running at you unless you seriously hose it with something like 50 units of ammo.

As far as the other guns, I also found the pulse rifle to be borderline worthless. I hadn't really decided what weapon I wanted to dump my nodes into until I amassed something like 130 ripper blades over the course of 2 chapters... It was a pretty easy decision after that. Fully upgraded, the ripper severs the leg of any enemy in under a second and remains spinning for something like 6 more. If you have trouble judging distance with it, aim it at the floor and walk the trail of sparks up the legs of every enemy you see. The line gun is also incredibly nasty, but I wasn't rolling in line racks until fairly late in the game, limiting the weapon to a strictly situational role.

I also concur with the plasma cutter being off-the-rails awesome. The sound that comes out of that thing makes you feel like you're 10 feet tall.

#9 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -
Flushes said:
"The main problem with the flamethrower is that is has no stopping power at all... The slasher running at you just becomes a flaming slasher running at you unless you seriously hose it with something like 50 units of ammo.

As far as the other guns, I also found the pulse rifle to be borderline worthless. I hadn't really decided what weapon I wanted to dump my nodes into until I amassed something like 130 ripper blades over the course of 2 chapters... It was a pretty easy decision after that. Fully upgraded, the ripper severs the leg of any enemy in under a second and remains spinning for something like 6 more. If you have trouble judging distance with it, aim it at the floor and walk the trail of sparks up the legs of every enemy you see. The line gun is also incredibly nasty, but I wasn't rolling in line racks until fairly late in the game, limiting the weapon to a strictly situational role.

I also concur with the plasma cutter being off-the-rails awesome. The sound that comes out of that thing makes you feel like you're 10 feet tall."
Actually the flamethrower does have stopping power. Although I still think the weapon sucks, when you spray it upon an enemy they either fall on the ground or just stop in their place on fire. Still doesn't work as well as other guns though.
#10 Posted by Flushes (329 posts) -

When I say "stopping power," I pretty much mean the ability to immediately shoot the mobility-enabling parts of an enemy off. The flamethrower can do this, but it isn't as fast or precise as even the pulse rifle.

#11 Posted by jakob187 (21642 posts) -

If you are having ammo problems, the solution is simple:  just equip that one weapon.

When I played through doing the One Gun achievement, I only had the Plasma Cutter on me at all times.  9 out of 10 ammo drops were Plasma Energy.  I had so much ammo that it filled about half of my inventory in a level 6 suit.

I tried the same theory with other guns, and it works as well.  Whatever you have equipped on your person, the drops will focus on that ammo to drop for you.  If you have two weapons, it starts getting a little fishy and will favor one over the other.  I think the priority order for it seems to be up directional, left directional, right directional, down directional.
#12 Posted by Vlademir (1029 posts) -

I'm assuming it's pretty good against those spider things.

#13 Posted by TheGTAvaccine (2884 posts) -

Yeah it's great against the small enemies and that's it. And oh yeah, the flamethrower cant be fired in a vacuum.

#14 Posted by DrRandle (1202 posts) -

I think the Flame Thrower is best for the Brutes. I use a plasma to get them stunned, run up behind and just light 'em up. Takes them down real good. Probably smells terrible though.

#15 Posted by Dark_Spartan796 (26 posts) -

The Flamethrower is good for getting the 20 Gamerscore associated with it. That's about it. I haven't used it for anything else. I use either the Plasma Cutter or the Contact Beam to kill Brutes.

#16 Posted by zitosilva (1838 posts) -

I used the flamethrower for crowd control mostly. If the enemies get too close the second attack type wroks fine for getting them away. The one weapon I only used for its cool factor, but could not make out how to be functional was the reaper. Seems like everything can go right through the blades.

#17 Posted by Sarnecki (690 posts) -

I used the flame thrower whenever I was overwhelmed and I just wanted to burn the entire group.  It's very easy to get control of a group of enemies back when you're dousing them casually with your torch.  The preggers things I mostly used my Line Gun mines on when they gave birth to those mini bats, but it's useful there.  The ideal flamethrower use is against the tall lanky monsters that spew off the little facehugger/Thing tentacled critters.  Burn the mother down, and just keep the ball a rollin!

#18 Posted by Demilich (2599 posts) -

Line Gun mines take too long to detonate :(

And for the rolly spider things I use the Force Gun.

#19 Posted by Sarnecki (690 posts) -

Force Gun?

#20 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

I quite like the Plasma Rifle but the Flamethrower is pretty useless. :(

Plasma Cutter and Line Gun are the best weapons in the game. A fully powered Line Gun is monsterous.

#21 Posted by Sarnecki (690 posts) -

The Line Gin fully upgraded Damage will kill alot of things in one shot.  It's lovely.

#22 Posted by Verdugo (2001 posts) -

Only used it for small annoying enemies.

Actually, after Chapter 6 or something, I stopped using it. Eventually sold it. Not very useful.

#23 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

The flamethrower wasn't that great in Gears 2 either. The one in World at War and the Pyro's are the only effective flame throwers that I've seen recently.

#24 Posted by SmugDarkLoser (4619 posts) -
dsplayer1010 said:
"The flamethrower wasn't that great in Gears 2 either. The one in World at War and the Pyro's are the only effective flame throwers that I've seen recently."

Don't forget Halo's!
Granted, it's a defensive one.  Still good though (i shot toast)

gears's one is absolutely awful.
#25 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

I didn't forget Halo's

#26 Posted by Prime20 (168 posts) -

I only use it in combonation with the slo-mo.

It becomes very usefull when your up against the thing thats made up of dozen of little aliens. You know the tall lanky one that when you shoot it explodes into a bunch of writhing worm things.

#27 Posted by 6zombiepenguins6 (11 posts) -

The flamethrower sucks

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