Small in size but surprisingly agile, the Tick will launch itself at you if they get too close. Often found in groups, these small machines will use their wicked-sharp talons and self-destruct mode to severely hurt you if you aren’t too careful. It is easy to tell when they are nearby as their visual sensor glows in a bright red, their gears make a constant sound while they are alive, their steps are clearly audible and they screech when jumping at you.
Ticks have speed combined with a close-range jump attack that deals low to moderate amounts of damage. Easy to fight if there are only a few, but can become deadly very fast in larger groups. Be wary of FNIX class Ticks due to their high explosive suicide attacks that can decimate your health. Apocalypse class Ticks have stingers from their back which resembles a scorpion's tail. They inflict radiation damage over time upon a successful attack. Their armor will also increase with each level, so it will sometimes take multiple shots or hits to kill them.
I hate bugs with a passion. I hate their little legs, I hate their little pincers and I hate their disgusting little bodies. So let’s just say I wasn’t too thrilled about the idea of exploring the bunker we discovered yesterday. But, the group convinced me as we were in desperate need of supplies and answers. “Maybe the shelter would contain both”, they argued.
Well, that’s the last time I listen to them over my gut instinct. It started off ok I suppose. No visible spiders or other creepy crawlies were spotted as we entered, and I actually started to relax a little. Then the team opened one of the doors and out of the darkness several revolting little metal things jumped out at us. My screams could probably be heard for miles.
It was about the size of my head, with an evil looking red eye and sharp legs. The two front ones were like talons, and it proceeded to tear at my face. It managed to nick my cheek before I could dodge it, but once it landed back on the ground I was able to kill it with my pistol. I’m just happy I didn’t miss in my panicked state. Also, I now have a new thing I passionately hate – bugs and whatever the heck that thing was. The shape kind of reminded me of a Tick.