If I might interject, I think I can elaborate on the points ghost was making. Note, though, that all of these are with respect to HoE.I can kill scrakes with a katana much easier, on any difficulty setting, than with the fire-axe, except HoE. I do not play HoE yet and will not until at least level 5. Have not tested this with FP, but I'm quite sure the Katana has better DPS and the alt fire of the axe would only be better when versing individual specimens, which is unlikely on most maps.
The tactics I posted are meant to deal with as much of a variety of specimens as possible, so I'm not sure how you think the Fire-Axe can "solve the problems of my tactics" by replacing an M-79 against FPs or AK-47 against a group of 8 crawlers. Good luck axing those crawlers!
The only way to stun a scrake in HoE is with alt fire axe. Therefore, it is the preferred tool for the job.
DPS of axe/katana vs a FP doesn't really matter. You either alt fire HS the FP 1 time with the axe, or take two primary swipes at his head with the katana. The axe lets you get in and get out quickly. The katana forces you to stay in his mele-zone a bit longer, which opens you up to making mistakes. That being said, katana can deal with adds better. It's personal preference.
I do not use assault rifles, or any weapons but the xbow, against crawlers for good reasons.
- You can take out crawlers just fine with katana, knife, or more awkwardly an axe without getting hit
- Holding a gun slows you down big time
- Reloading your weapon WILL get you hit
I believe the three preferred loadouts for berserker atm are:
All of these allow you to handle every specimen in the game. 1 has trouble kiting large groups because of LAR's inability to nail husks through a bunch of meat shields; 2 forces you to put off scrakes for last; 3 limits your ability to hack through groups, though I haven't yet relied on knife for primary clot/gorefast work outside of wave 1.
In fact, I'd like to hear more from ghost on the effectiveness of knife as your main crowd control. Here's what's keeping me up at night: I'm running away from a group of zeds, when another medium sized group of clots/GF's blocks my escape. Katana would let me hack through them quickly. Axe is too slow, and atm my knifing skills aren't stellar without backpeddeling. It seems like I'd take a lot of unnecessary damage in this situation with only the knife to clear my path. Thoughts?