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Creech
06-09-2009, 10:05 PM
Road Map

+ Estimated achievement difficulty: 6/10
+ Offline:440 http://tinyurl.com/cw3qy8
+ Online: 80 http://tinyurl.com/cw3qy8
+ Either online or offline:480 http://tinyurl.com/cw3qy8
+ Approximate time: 150-200 Hours
+ Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
+ Glitched achievements: None
+ Cheats: None

Overview:

Arguably the best strategy game available for the PC, the Xbox version suffers from the relatively underpowered CPU/GPU. It is a long single player experience (3 related campaigns and 34 skirmish missions) and almost as long on the multiplayer if you have a partner, much longer without a partner (120 or so games you need to win).

Installing the game to the hard drive resolves most problems with the game and assists with keeping the frame rate up to a decent level (although rarely at 60fps in the later missions). If you don't have room to do this, seriously think about passing on the game entirely.

Achievements pop at the end of the missions, skirmish games, and multiplayer games, so bear that in mind. When doing a skirmish, you can save, win, and if the achievement doesn't pop you can reload your saved skirmish and keep going.

Single Player:

Complete the tutorial, then move into the campaign. You can play them in any order, and even jump around doing one mission from each campaign at a time if you wish.

The difference between Hard and Easy is minimal, so if you are decent at strategy games just start on Hard. If you are new the genre, this probably is not the game to start on (try Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath instead). However, you can play the first five missions of each campaign on Easy and change to Hard for the last mission, which will still net you all of the completion achievements. There is a mission walk through in the forum and the guide has some solid tips at the very bottom on the front page of the site. You will earn the majority of the online/offline achievements in the campaigns if you do them first.

Next, play skirmish mode on Assassination following the guidelines in the guide under "To The Grave" to earn the skirmish achievements.

Multiplayer

The multiplayer can be frustrating due to the game locking up, so make sure your partner also has the game installed to their hard drive. Games where one person freezes do not tend to count for either players' stats.

Technically, you only need to win once on each map (34 of them) to get Battle Commander and Theatre of War, but it is much faster to boost the other game types instead of playing skirmish matches for all of them. Also, on Roanoke Abyss make sure that both of you get Typhoon and Supreme Shipwright if you didn't get them in the campaign.

Note that all of the game type achievements can be done in private matches except for King of the Hill which must be done in ranked multiplayer or skirmish. There are notes in the guide to indicate which game types can be quit out for the win as opposed to having to play the complete game to victory.

Clean Up:

At this point, you should have three to four achievements left (Economy of Grand Scale: Mass, Project X, Firestorm and maybe Nuclear Wind) all of which can be done in one skirmish game on Roanoke Abyss. Knock the AI down until they have one power plant or such left, and then build on every mass point, upgrade everything to level three, and power up to excess. Then start shooting nukes, building experimental units, and walking away for half an hour at a time. It may take 2-3 hours to get all the experimental units and nukes done, then you can just let it run while you sleep to finish up the mass needed. Alternately, play more campaign or skirmish missions to get mass, but you won't get anything like the mass from Roanoke Abysss when you have all the mass points at level three with four storage devices attached to each one.

A 2rue boofer
01-14-2010, 07:41 PM
Nice road map creech I got the eu version and american version.

WH Gercain
06-05-2010, 01:58 PM
Hmm. Thanks for the heads up on the play time.