Into the Dead 2 is a follow-up to the first-person runner from PikPok that forgoes endlessness for levels and a story. It works well, too, thanks to the steady amount of progression and weapons upgrades. Gamezebo’s Into the Dead 2 tips, cheats and strategies will (hopefully) keep you from ending up in a zombie’s stomach.
- Up your arsenal. As you play you’ll find weapon parts, which are necessary to either build a given weapon for the first time or to upgrade it. Try to stay on top of maintaining your arsenal, because it’ll definitely make a difference as things get tougher.
- Pay attention to level goals, which can be seen before starting a level. The basic gist is to survive, but there are added challenges such as attaining a specific number of kills or interacting with specific objects. Completing more goals means earning more stars, and more stars means you can acquire fancy loot crates faster.
- You can check a level’s goals in the pause menu if you forget.
- Consider the Perks. Little by little you’ll start to acquire Perks, which are temporary improvements you can “equip” before starting a level. These include things like faster reload times and often make things just a bit easier. Be aware that Perks are all one-time-use.
- Don’t use Perks on the first attempt. If you haven’t played a level before, try it at least once before using Perks. Better to know what you’re up against and which Perks will help than to waste them needlessly.
- Replaying levels uses less stamina. For example, playing a level for the first time in the beginning chapter requires 3 stamina, but once you beat that level every subsequent playthrough only costs 1 stamina.
- Finish chapters to unlock new weapon types. Every time you complete a chapter you’ll find a blueprint or two. Once these blueprints are in hand you’ll be able to find parts for these new weapons in loot bags and crates.
- Play the Daily Trials. These special challenges task you with getting specific kill counts, with different rewards given out depending on the goals you meet. They don’t cost stamina to play, you get to try out weapons you likely haven’t unlocked yet, and they’re generally good practice for the regular levels as they’re quite tough. Plus the rewards are nice.
The Running Dead
- You don’t have to kill everything. Some level goals do include kill counts, but survival is more important and sometimes you need to keep a few rounds in reserve for emergencies.
- Look for gaps. If you see a space between zombies that’s at least roughly 3-4 shoulder lengths wide, you should be able to sprint right through them safely.
- Be wary of large obstacles, hills, corn fields, and so on. Treat anything that could potentially obscure a zombie as a hazard and try to keep your distance. You never know when/if one of those bitey jerks might be waiting to catch you off guard. It’s rare, but they can even “hide” behind ammo drops.
- Keep an eye out for ammo crates. You’ll be able to spot them from a distance if you look for plumes of smoke, and when you get closer the brightly glowing green flare is a dead giveaway. These crates are the only way you can replenish ammo in the middle of a run, so don’t ignore them.
- Your character will raise his gun when a zombie is in range. This is a very easy way to tell if you’re actually going to hit what’s in front of you, but it’s also a great way to get a heads-up when zombies are hiding behind something like a bush or an ammo crate.
- Mind your reloads. Your firearms have different clip sizes (so to speak), and once they’re empty they’ll automatically be reloaded if there’s still ammo available. This is handy, but be aware that you’re basically defenseless while reloading. Try to steer for openings, switch to another gun, and otherwise pay attention you how many rounds you have remaining so you aren’t left in the lurch. That, or you can spend one bullet on a zombie in the distance in order to reload sooner.
- Knives give you one more chance. You can find knives in loot bags and crates, and goodness are they literal life savers. Normally if you get too close to a zombie you’re toast, but if you have a knife on hand you’ll be able to fight them off and keep running.