Join Date: Jan 2008
Shot down over 95% in areas1-5
For areas 1-4, this should not be too hard. Once you played the game for a while, you should be able to kill as many enemies on the screen as possible; in the worst case you can always use rapid fire. For area 5 however, this can get pretty hard and takes quite some practice! Don't hesitate to use your overdrives here, there are plenty throughout the level and this will help you especially for the enemies that would otherwise just fly past you quickly. Always try hitting enemies already even if you don't see them because one of the "gates" is hiding it; in general, you should keep your fire button pressed at all times. For the snakes that come out of the ground and shoot rockets at you, do them as soon as they appear so that you won't have to waste time by shooting their rockets later. For the giant snake enemies that go through the whole area, it is vitally important that you focus on their head; not even overdrives will kill them if you missed the few seconds where their head is directly visible to you.
Get a local ranking of 1st in boss rush
Okay, for this you have to score at least 300.000 points in boss rush. Of course you need to have boss rush unlocked (this is done by getting the Laser Assassin achievement just above), also it helps a lot here if you don't need to care so much about getting hit so in beyond mode options, set yourself to the highest possible form (Final Form) so you can take some damage; because you won't get many chances to heal yourself. If you don't have the Final Form available yet, try the hints at The Rezident achievement; the Final Form will be unlocked for beyond mode in the process.
Boss rush has the bosses appear right after each other, as the Giga version. To make a long story short: use the general scoring tips posted all on top, so try only shooting fully charged shots. Try leaving yourself time with the bosses: always shoot at side-targets, rockets they fire at you etc. - but try to hit the actual boss as few as possible to prolong the time that it exists and so that it spawns enemies that you can get points from. There is no time limit, in the worst case the boss will self-destruct somewhen, so don't worry about that. This is especially important for the area 4 boss, where instead of shooting at the small disc that is actually the boss, you should try taking down all those small cubes.
For the area 5 bosses this strategy only makes limited sense; rather try taking all but the real final boss out very quickly, and then take your time on the final boss by shooting the triangles that the turning circles in the middle shoot out. Also, leave yourself time once you destroyed one of the the circles: it's usually a got idea to fire 9 fully charged shots at the middle part then, but then wait till it shoots out all those tiny rockets so that you have more cannon fodder to boost your points.
Get a local ranking of 1st in lost area
Let's make it short: follow the scoring tips all on top in the first post. If you managed to unlock lost area, it should be a piece of cake to get those 150.000 points. If you have trouble because of getting hit too much, do The Rezident achievement first (see below) to unlock the Final Form for beyond mode so that you can start already leveled up.
Get a local ranking of 1st in all 5 areas in score attack
All I can say here: look at the scoring tips all on top and then practice, practice, practice. This is rather easy for areas 1-4 and if you played through the game and know the levels, you should be able to get those 150.000 points on your second or third attempt. However, area 5 can get a little hard because the game wants 300.000 points of you here! Actually it helps to do a similar attempt just like for scoring 95% here, just that you should never use rapid fire
of course. Take your time with the giant ship enemy that shoots lots of rockets, because those rockets can give you quite some points. Make sure to shoot down the snake enemies, use your overdrives at the right spot. You can finish the area 1-4 bosses in area 5 pretty fast, but for the real final boss you should take your time; it is possible to rack up far over 70.000 points just from that one boss. Further details on this can be found at the end of the description to the Firewall Buster achievement.
Clear score attack over 30 times
Well, that says it already. You have to complete score attack 30 times. And yes, you have to finish it - if you die, it isn't counted.
It doesn't matter which area you do it on, but I strongly suggest to go for area 1 because it's the shortest. Also I recommend that you only do this after you already got the Ultimate Cracker achievement, as you will already have a few score attacks counted then.
Overall, this is rather annoying to do. Try to be sporty: try beating the online highscores! That might give you a bit more motivation to actually do this.
Clear direct assault (trance)
Important info: this is somewhat confusing maybe, but they don't mean that you have to complete the trance mission that unlocks when you get first place on lost area.
Instead, there are different direct assault modes. You start out with the normal mode, and once you played through it the next mode will unlock. There are six different assault modes (normal, ambient, punk, oldschool, psychedelic and trance) and it goes without saying that you have to play through the first five in order to unlock the sixth mode. So, this means you basically have to beat the game six times.
What helps a lot here is if you already got the Firewall Buster achievement. That will unlock unlimited overdrives for beyond mode, and luckily direct assault *is* a beyond mode You will still have to take care of the boss battles because all of them (except the area 1 boss) require you to move the camera around at some points, but for the rest you can just lean back and tap. Parts of this guide were written while doing just that - tapping the overdrive button from time to time. Important however is that for the last run, when you actually do direct assault (trance), you can't use infinite overdrives. It can be used to get the different direct assault modes because those are just in-game unlockables, but it's not possible to obtain the actual achievement with it activated.
Also, if you have The Rezident achievement you should already have the Final Form unlocked for beyond mode. Selecting to start with this can also help you for direct assault mode.
Achieve 100% shot down and support item in areas1-5, or play for over 10 hours
Luckily you can just do the 10 hours of playing. You will automatically get this when going for the Trance Hacker achievement because of all your play time racking up, still there also is a cheap way to do it: just turn the game on in the evening, select the Trance mission from beyond mode and leave it running - it is an endless mission, and it will count to your play time. Next morning you just quit the mission and there, achievement unlocked.
By the way: you unlock Trance mission by getting first place (150.000 points) in lost area (also in beyond mode).
Last edited by Natanji; 02-17-2008 at 08:49 PM.