|First Campaign Overview|
There are 5 missions in the first (and currently only available) campaign. This campaign takes place in map as shown on the right. You are part of the (apparent) good guys named the Royal Legion (will learn more about all this in postings for the later missions). In this campaign, you are a new pilot named Atlas for the Helios Squadron which is part of the Legion’s Royal Air Force.
Mission 1: Hunt for the Dominus:
In this mission, the Markovians are rebelling against the legion and have apparently captured one of the legions nuclear carriers, the L.S. Dominus (OMG!). Your squadron is searching to find this hijacked carrier but before you get very far, you get waylaid by those pesky rebels.
|Mission 1 Overview|
Your name is Atlas and you fly with 2 other (computer controlled) pilots, Commander Vargas (a spicy yet compassionate female commander) and Copperhead (some fella with a bit of a twang and attitude, sounds a bit Boston). You can also get an additional wingman if you’d like, but it is optional and I would recommend that you skip that step so that you can use your one wingman for another mission. (Missions 1 & 2 don’t require wingmen).
Mission takes place 500km off Port Crescent (the center of the rebel resistance), in the midst of the Iron Sea.
As this is the first mission, Z2Live decided to take it easy on us and make this a pretty simple and easy mission. The mission starts out, as mentioned, with a squadron of rebels viciously conducting a surprise attack against you. Actually they are flying very slowly at you (much slower than any real game of MetalStorm). They are approaching you so slowly that with any amount of skill, you should be able to take them all out before any get past you. Don’t worry about any missiles that they may shoot at you – this seems to be a pretty neutered lot and their missiles don’t seem to have any punch at all. As a bonus, you seem to be able to take them out with one missile shot. Once you obliterate these poor souls, pat yourself on the back as you’ve just completed the first half of the mission.
|Phase 1 of First Mission - shooting ducks in a barrel|
Copperhead, who is a sharp cracker, makes the funniest comment of the mission “Damn those guys were ready for a fight!” Gee, they looked like they were flying pedal-powered gliders to me. He also notes that it looks like those damn rebels were attacking you with Legion planes, no less!
Behind the (now dead) fleet of rebel planes lies a fleet of 3 rebel destroyers that are now unprotected. This will be your first encounter fighting against ships. As you approach them a spectacular barrage of tracer fire is directed at you (well done Z2Live), but don’t worry, being that this is the first mission, they seem to be shooting marshmallows at you. As you approach, you simply shoot missiles and cannon fire at each ship until they blow up in a blinding yellow fireball.
The main tip for fighting against ships is to try and lock on to the center tower of the ship – damage to the center tower will cause the ship to explode much quicker than other locations. I usually keep barraging the center tower with missiles and add cannon fire in parallel which helps accelerate their demise. I have not found any other vulnerabilities with the ships and am curious if anyone else has.
|Mission 1 Phase 2 - Aim for the ships center tower for quicker kills!|
Once you destroy all 3 ships, you have completed the mission and will be rewarded with credits, missiles and cannon ammo – good job Atlas! (ok, nobody really cares that you are named Atlas).
|Reap your Mission 1 rewards - The bonuses are easy as long as you are a quick shooter!|