Yeah. I wonder if you can stop after the first hit?
I think you can. Based on PAX footage and fadi stuff. I think that first hit stunned the guy. The second was a way to finish him off. I'm pretty sure we can choose not to hit him again, in case we want to run away after the frirst hit, because a clicker might be coming.
I suppose we cannot choose to not use the melee weapon for that last hit (to spare durability points). It would be like stunning the guy with the pipe, than soccer-kicking his head to finish him off (except we can't).
But I still wonder if we can grab the guy, in case we're still holding a melee weapon. What do you think?
Bricks, and dryers. Throw some baddies in there, followed by a brick.
Also, apparently melee weapons will break, or maybe only wooden ones. I saw it in the E3 2012? trailer. It might have been in the 2012 one, where it's off screen filmed and the guy gets destroyed at the end of the video.
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