Strategy Guide - Guide for Independence War
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I-WAR CHEATS In the player history screen type "darkgoat" This will enable the following cheat keys: In the player history screen: Left-Shift Backspace - Add selected mission to history Left-Shift = - Toggle outcome of selected mission Left-Shift 0 - Add all missions. (Make all missions accessible) In the game: Left-Shift P - dump a PCX image file to PSG\RESOURCE\ART\SCREENS Left-Shift M - dump a continuous stream of PCXs (fill up your hard disk quick) Left-Shift 8 - jump to vicinity of target Left-Shift 9 - match velocity with target Left-Shift 0 - explode targeted ship Left-Shift i - make player invulnerable. Left-Shift w - force mission win Hints and Tips on playing the missions on CD 2--3 of I-War NAV Basic Set the speed to 1000m/s and adjust your speed between the rings with A and Z. The belly thrusters are more powerful than the yaw thrusters so keep the green line vertical for the fastest turns. Try to line up with the ring after the ring that you're currently going through. Use the TRI system for maximum engine thrust, remember not to go too fast between the rings though, or you won't make the next turn. Remember to cancel the COM-Arm after the conversation with the Instructor. Use shift-V to stow the COM-arm, or you will not be able to quit the mission. Best time at Particle Systems 1 minute 1 second. Email us if you get a better time! NAV Advanced Keep track of the Instructor pilot by using the F7 formate autopilot. NAV Docking Dock with the each box in turn, then head toward the Hopper. Line the HUD centre cursor up with the Hopper's entrance, get to a speed of 1000m/s then press U to undock and leave the box hurtling towards the "bucket". For the fastest time, don't hang around to watch your handiwork as the box goes neatly into the hopper. Start docking with the next one straight away. WEP Basic Use rapid fire to plough through the targets as quickly as possible. Work out the best path through the boxes and don't fly too fast. WEP Advanced Don't worry too much about the mines, go straight to the back of the hulk (the weakest point) and inflict as much damage as possible. Move around with the ship as it starts to spin, try and stay in the rear aspect. When the hulk blows, mop up the rest of the mines in WEP view. WEP Tactical Don't forget to take your wingman, "Sword" with you. Study the manual for instruction on the wingman commands. The most important are (key 2) - join formation and (key 3) - attack my target. The Infinity Battle Take out smaller ships before larger ones. Stay close to the Lagrange Point so enemies don't have time to get orientated. Gather wingmen into formation as soon as they appear. Supply ships will appear from time to time. Dock with these to replenish stocks of missiles. Give the cruisers the respect they deserve. Attack cautiously and with wingman support. Use disruptor missiles to cripple their systems as you launch an attack. MAIN MISSIONS Salvage If you've already listened to the initial dialogue, you don't have to wait for it to finish, just press U to undock and go to the debris field directly. Stabilise the Dreadnaught hulk by remote linking on the CMD screen, then use the dock autopilot. Its best to go to the WEP screen to shoot the mines as they can come from any angle. Routine Patrol Pay attention to the dialogue - you must dock with the stranded ship (Emeric Pressburger) and rescue the crew. For maximum points, you must destroy both Indies. The second one will try and make a run for the Lagrange Point, if you're quick you can cut him off as he gets there. Gatekeeper The safe place in this mission is behind the Lagrange Point, with the GunStars in front of you. Always make sure after you destroy each wave of Indies, you return to this position. When a wave comes through, let the GunStars take as much damage as possible off the Indies, then unleash a wave of missiles at the remaining ships, taking the strongest first. A New Force Your main task here, after the fighter test is to stop any Indie spy ships making the jump through the Lagrange Point, other ships will try and distract you, but concentrate your attention on any that are near the point. Broken Contact As soon as you detect the unknown ships, make one your current target and use F6 approach autopilot to track them to the FTL relay. You must destroy the Indies around the relay, but be careful not to damage the relay itself by crossfire. To reboot the relay, launch one of the probes in your missile magazine, then fly it manually through the aperture in the front of the relay, avoiding any collision. Dock the probe with the protruding inner centre section of the relay, using gentle A and Z thruster commands and judicious use of lateral thrust mode. If the probe does not dock at once, roll the probe on its central axis to make sure you're lined up. The Siege There are a lot of ships in this mission so take extreme care when combat begins, it is all too easy to be concentrating on killing an Indie and plough into the side of a Cruiser. To ace the mission, track the third piece of debris - it could be vital! Evacuation Don't worry if Evac 3 gets destroyed, your primary objective is to get the people off the Stealth Base. Make the area safe by destroying all Indies before you dock with the Base. Use any wingmen wisely, if you need practice, redo WEP Tactical in the training missions. Morgan You need to be within 3-4 km of the pods to place a proximity mine on them, and also nearly stationary. You don't need to mine all the pods, just do as many as you can. When you meet Morgan and his merry men, you may get captured and forced to listen to his speech - if you've done this once and want to avoid it, just get within range of the rogue, then go back to the cunningly mined neutronium pods, and he should follow. Eric's pirates are a seperate group - don't expect them to help out Morgan, if you let them they might even start killing each other. Neutronium Galore When you and the Kato meet up with the Frisian Tapestry, remember you only have to frighten him enough to make him talk, so be careful. The easiest way to collect the Neutronium is to release the captured Corvettes first. Do this by carefully shooting off the "pseudo-bridge" attached to each Corvette, wait for the ship to turn back to Navy allegiance (HUD goes blue) then recruiting the ship as a wingman (key 2). Its easiest to start with the captured ships away from the main group, then you'll have some forces to deal with the main group. When you think you have enough, head for the Neutronium and have some fun! Asteroids Dellox The main tip here is to make sure to stay close to the asteroids as they disintegrate, use rapid fire to destroy the fragments before they get too far apart. Completely destroy the first asteroid before attempting the second. Remember time is of the essence, you can't take too long or the asteroids will hit the moon's surface. Or you will. Test Pilot When you get to the target system, you'll find that one of your pilots is incapacitated. Take control of the fighter with the REM function on the CMD screen and take the fighter into battle against the base. Use rapid fire on the fighter, and attack in sweeping passes, taking out the guns on the station first. If you switch to free-flight mode as you pass (; key) you can turn the fighter sideways and strafe along the length of the station. When in REM mode, don't forget the Dreadnaught is unprotected, so be aware of any Indies approaching the Corvette. The Indies will attempt to capture one of the fighters if they can. If this happens and one of the Indie ships is dragging it to the Lagrange Points, try and save him before the jump. Be careful not to kill both of them in the attempt. With Extreme Prejudice When the Indies ambush, remember that your top priority is to keep the President safe, don't get sidetracked into a seperate duel and taken away from the battle. With the Excalibur's course as it is, the cruiser can easily be disabled and crash into the asteroid Phobos. When you're fighting an Indie, take time out to periodically check on the Excalibur's health. A New Frontier You can't defeat the Indies at their first appearance, your guns have been modified and are not powerful enough to take them out. For maximum points take back both fighters from the STC base, and fly them in remote control to destroy the Indies. WEP Advanced II As soon as the Indie carrier appears, don't get too close, keep your distance until the Indie force breaks into seperate groups. Always try and keep the fighters in front of you, fly backwards and concentrate on one at a time. Don't stray too far from the station, they will destroy it if they can and come after you. Surgery Use similar tactics from WEP Advanced II. The only way to stop the EAD producing fighters is to take out its CPU. Try and get a breathing space in the battle, subtarget the correct region and carefully fire at the area. The CPU is right next to the antimatter store so do not fire more than necessary or the whole EAD will be destroyed. Finally wait for the engineers to show up and dock to the Biobomber Venturi Once you've done the mission once, you don't have to meet up with the San Francisco, go straight to the Lagrange Point. There are two ways of going about the business of defeating the Indie attack. The first way is to wade in and try and destroy the entire fleet single-handed. The smart way is to wait for the fuel-thirsty Indies to dock on to the fuel-base, then take the lot of them out with a few carefully placed shots to the main fuel reservoir. Under New Ownership The UNO will try to get back to its base without you following. Attach one of the reconnaissance probes to the UNO to extend your scanning range three-fold. Follow the UNO at a safe distance - if you get to close McDuff will get suspicious and attack you. He will also call on reinforcements to attack you if possible. Hints and Tips on playing the missions on CD 3 of I-War Metallake There's only one way out of this system once your jump drive is damaged: When the carrier is about to leave - fly into its inner bay, being careful not to hit the edges of the door, then deck the Dreadnaught on the carrier deck. It will then take you home. Stay as long as you can to collect maximum kill bonus. The Artifact When you get to the battle between the Nairn and Chaos, you must break the Chaos beam to free the Nairn ship. Fly across the beam with the Dreadnaught, then you should be able to destroy the Chaos ship in the usual way. To operate the stargate, shoot the lights until they are all the same colour. Which colour should be fairly obvious - just look at the planet in the centre before flying through. The Precision Factor When the antimatter pod is jettisoned, do not try and dock with it, shoot it or disturb it in any other way or disaster will result. Go back to the main station and retrieve the Container Bucket by docking to it. Fly back to the vicinity of the pod - be careful, the greater inertia of the Bucket will adversely affect your ability to change course and accelerate/decelerate. Using the external views (TAB/KEY ABOVE TAB) match velocities with the pod (Use the Match Velocity autopilot F9). Then approach the pod carefully until it is safely pouched. You'll get a yellow flash when you're successful. Power Extreme The main key here is once you get to the enemy system - conserve your shots on the Heavy Cannon. The shots are extremely powerful and will shoot through several ships at once. Use that capability to line up several big enemies before firing. Kill fast-moving enemies in the normal way. Rebus The hardest bit here is to find the missing relay. Use the FTL signal strength meter - you are trying to fly in a direction which *increases* the signal strength by the highest rate. Set your ship to LDS at a reasonable speed, then fly in a slow horizontal circle to find the direction where the meter increases fastest. Then pitch into a vertical circle and do the same thing. The relay should soon register on your contacts list. Conspiracy At the later stages of this mission, you get a decision to make - whether to follow a COSA or an Indie vessel. In Rebus, you are given an alien device which sits, like a spider, on the top right of your CMD panel (F1). If you click on this with the mouse, it will activate and pulse slowly. If you then follow any ship through a Lagrange point you will be automatically taken to their destination. Use this capability to follow either the COSA ship or the Indie ship to its destination. Nexus Stay close to the big freighter as it comes through the Lagrange point at the start of the mission. The signal from the freighter will mask yours and enable you to get closer to the COSA base without detection. Detach the command module from the main body of the Dreadnaught to perform the spy mission around the COSA base. Switch the module to free-flight mode to minimise the use of thrusters and keep emissions to a minimum. Crusade The group of freighters are marked as neutral and should be easy to find. Remote linking will not work due to protocol problems. Dock with one of them and fly it manually into collision with the COSA base. It is recommended to detach from the freighter just before collision if survival is of importance:-) Throughout this mission be aware of the need to protect the cruiser Sword Of Vengeance. Periodically check its damage status and join the fight if necessary. New wingmen will become available throughout the mission. Press key 1 to check if any new wingmen are around. Division The key to success here is to stay close to whichever ship you should be protecting - pay close attention to the dialogue here - it's important to consider your actions carefully. Justifiable Homicide Here you have a critical choice to make - will you stay with the Navy or join the New Alliance. Its up to you. The Gift When you encounter the Megatransporter, fly within its LDS field using your own LDS drive. Once you're there, disable the LDS drive and the Megatranporter's field will carry you along within it. Dodge the guns and destroy the field generator control unit at the rear of the massive ship. When you destroy the main body of the transporter, many cargo pods will be left. All the pods on the transporter carry Indie ships. If you take too long to destroy them, the Indies will get the ships going and outnumber you severely. Destroy them as fast as possible using rapid-fire PBC blasts. Wild Weasel As you go in to the first assault, clean up any Indie ships in the first wave, or they will harass you and the Marines later. Keep on destroying the communication relays, but once enough asteroid guns have been crippled by the marines, join the main battle and destroy all Indie ships. At all Costs The key here is to stay around the asteroid guns and destroy anything that is approaching them. Don't get distracted and chase ships many kilometers away from the base. Use wingmen to pursue them instead. If the Excalibur tries to escape let it go. You are not powerful enough to destroy it yet. Remember to use your remote missiles, and use them wisely. Deploy them against the larger ships, and from a relatively short distance to minimise the time that the Dreadnaught is left unprotected. Don't forget your key objective is to protect the base. If that means sacrificing the asteroid guns to prevent Navy ships getting within range then so be it. Retribution Don't destroy the Indie representative PatComs that come through the point first straight away. If you do, they'll put the bomb on a short fuse and give you no chance to escape. Be sure to destroy the PatComs after the bomb comes through, you can leave the tugs if you don't have enough time. Call all your wingmen to dock with the bomb along with you otherwise you won't have enough power to shift it far enough in time. Get extra points by saving your wingmen rather than abandoning them to their fate. Impeachment In the final battle with the Excalibur and King, the only way left to you to destroy the President's cruiser is ramming. This is a particularly tricky maneuver, given that you must attain enough speed (>1000m/s) to achieve destruction, yet leave enough time to detach the command module and get clear. Try and start the procedure before the Excalibur moves off towards the Lagrange point. Aim at the cruiser and crank up the engines using the space bar key. Don't forget to set the Dreadnaught to free-flight mode. Get ready to detach the command module - leave the mouse pointer on the detach icon and click it once so you only have to click it once more to detach. When you're about 2.5 km from the Excalibur, detach, pitch 90 degrees up and hit the space bar for maximum thrust. If all goes well you should see the final CGI movies - well done! If it doesn't, practice the maneuver in one of the training missions to get used to the sequence involved.