If you love killing enemies with no extra frills, then you will love Death Snatch. This mode can be randomly accessed by playing under Casual and is the simplest of all of Loadout's modes. The objective here is very straightforward: kill players from the opposing team and take their Blutonium Vials.
This section will be quite short as Death Snatch is very simple. If you played Team Deathmatch in any other shooter then you already know how it functions; well mostly! The twist here is that killing the enemy doesn't actually cause you to score as you also need to pick up the Blutonium Vials that are dropped. This is a great addition in my opinion as it forces you to get close and personal, unlike other games where you can simply camp and snipe enemies from afar.
Winning requires your team to reach 3500 points first, or have the most points when the timer ends. Each vial rewards you with 100 points, meaning that you need 35 vials in order to win. You can see the match score as well as the match timer in the bottom left corner of the screen.
There are 2 types of Blutonium Vials in Death Snatch, each with their own specific use. Vials appear on the map as blue dots, so keep an eye out for them.
The red vials are dropped by your enemies and must obviously be picked up in order to score.
The green vials are dropped by your allies and need to be picked up by your enemies. The thing is that you can also pick them up, denying said enemy the 100 points they would have gotten otherwise.
Given how this is the only game type that focuses purely on killing the enemy, the result is a very hectic and competitive game.
In the vast majority of cases I would recommend equipping short-ranged weapons since close quarter combat will be the most common here. These weapons include shotguns, short-range rifles, machine guns, etc. Weapons built to function at a medium range can also be effective here, so a good loadout would be 1 short-ranged and 1 medium-ranged weapon.
Long-range weapons such as sniper rifles or guided missiles are only effective if the team you are playing with is pre-made and has some sort of communication going. The reason for this is that for long-ranged weapons to be effective your team must coordinate, keeping 1 guy back to pick off enemies while the rest rush in to pick up the vials. In most random games using these type of weapons will most likely result in you killing an enemy, then dying on the long way over to pick up the vial; that is of course if the vial isn't picked up by the opposing team instead!
My favorite piece of equipment to use in Death Snatch is the Jump Boots since it allows me to better maneuver around enemies, but anything which increases your survivability is great such as the Personal Shield for example.
If you would also like to directly support your team you can choose to swap out 1 of your weapons for either a healing or a buffing gun. Healing will obviously keep your allies from dying, in turn preventing the enemy from scoring, while buffing them with "The Juice" will make them more effective at man slaughter.
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I would highly discourage using indirect weapons such as mine layers here as they are very ineffective. You can find the official Death Snatch tutorial video here.
Tips & Tricks
Although Death Snatch is quite simple and straightforward, there is a method to the madness. Check out the following tips for an edge against your enemies:
- Stick together! This is the most important tip I can give you as it will not only prevent the enemy from picking you off one by one, but it will also allow you to easily pick up your team mate's vials should they die.
- Keep an eye out for the blue dots on the radar; it's quite common for people to leave vials on the floor especially if the person that died did so in a remote spot such as on a roof.
- Try to ambush the enemy. There are several such locations which you can use to surprise your foes, such as by jumping on them from up top or coming out from behind some rocks. This will usually allow you to get a couple of hits in before they turn around to shoot at you, turning the tide in your favor.
- Remember that your enemies will show up on the radar once they shoot, allowing you to see their location.
- Similar to the previous point, you can use a silencer to keep yourself from showing on the radar.
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