Killzone: Shadow Fall‘s multplayer mode features three character classes: the Assault class, the Scout class, and the Support class. Each has its own special abilities and play style. Today, Guerrilla Games has detailed the Assault class.
Assault players can usually be found at the forefront of battle, heading the offensive. With five punch-packing primary weapons to choose from, they can overwhelm their enemies with sheer firepower. Don’t overlook their defensive potential, either – the primary ability of the Assault Class is the Nano Shield, which allows players to deploy a temporary energy screen that block enemy attacks while letting allied projectiles through.
In addition to the primary Nano Shield ability, Assault players can choose one of three secondary abilities:
The Speed Dash ability lets Assault players move faster for a short amount of time. It is very useful for seizing the initiative during mission modes where speed is of the essence, such as Search & Destroy. It can also be used to beat a hasty retreat when ammo supplies and health run low.
The Stun Blast ability temporarily stuns and blinds nearby enemies, making them easier to target. It is ideal for quickly turning the tables when faced with a particularly resilient opponent, or for situations where enemies are attacking from multiple directions.
The Buddy Drone ability deploys a flying combat drone that automatically attacks nearby enemies. As such, it works as an effective counter against impending brutal melee attacks. The Buddy Drone can be customized with skins.
Assault players who master their primary and secondary abilities are formidable opponents in combat, but like all classes their abilities do have counters – a well placed E-Pulse attack can be devastating against a deployed Nano Shield or Buddy Droid. Still, it’s better to avoid direct encounters with Assault players where possible, so learn to recognize their Helghast and VSA incarnations using the diagram and the screenshots at the gallery.
Killzone: Shadow Fall will launch with PlayStation 4 on November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.