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Old 02-01-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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95% in Area 5 is the mind... KILLER.

I'm hot on the trail of this feat (just got to 94.8% on my fifth try), but MAN, can we talk about this?

I downloaded the #1 Score Attack run, but that was only half-enlightening. I could see the exact number of hit points on most of the enemies, but the guy was running the opposite if the strategy I'm interested in. I want to kill everything as fast as possible, and keep the screen as clear as possible, but this guy didn't want to kill anything that could fire a missile until it had fired that missile, so he could shoot that missile for the points, and he would rarely fire a shot without a full 8x target lock built up. ...And the final, final boss fight was totally ridiculous. Homeboy dragged that out forever, letting every missile fire at him so he could shoot it down.

I guess my questions as a completionist runner are about specific enemies, and overdrive:

What's the fastest way to kill those two fan shapes that open and close in front of you? The second one (the one right before the multi-boss run) appears to be stronger than the first.

How about the giant cylinder that spawns hundreds of guys? Do you have to shoot every single one of them down? Can you stop them from spawning in the first place?

Where to use overdrive? I often find myself in situations where I think "Crap, look at all these enemies," and I hit it, but then I look at them, and they're all pretty slow-moving, and it turns out I was going to get a long time to take care of them.

The bosses: there's no good or bad way to fight them as long as you get the job done, right?

I think I'm overthinking it. I just have to practice, and shoot every target as soon as it appears.
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Old 02-01-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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Personally I can't tell you how to do it, as I'm struggling to get past 85% Shot Down on Area 5.

However, I did find a video that shows you exactly how to get 100% Shot Down on Area 5. Personally I find it hard to follow, as he seems to be able to target numerous enemies very quickly (yet my cursor moves like a snail and struggles to highligh multiple enemies on Area 5), however it might be of use to you.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-435065682899786051
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:15 PM   #3
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Just hit over 96% on my first go today grabbing me the Laser Assassin achievement. The only thing i did differently this time was to use overdrives during the level (i hardly ever use them normally) and on the last set of boss fights, instead of trying to kill the boss as fast as possible i made sure i took out all of it's "items".

For example, on the boss that spins the square things things at you, i took out every one of it's arms before it died. Like wise on the very last boss, i sat there tapping fire as fast as possible aiming at the little "ships" that it shoots out. I'm pretty sure each of these phases are timed so whether you're hitting the boss rings or not, it will take you into the final phase. Once you're in the final phase, the rings are gone and the boss constantly spits out rockets, i just took the boss out as soon as possible.

The video on google is a good watch, take note of which enemies he taps fire on and doesn't use combo's, you have to combine these 2 methods to hit over 95%.

After getting over 95% on all areas, it also unlocked boss rush mode which is needed for an achievement.
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Old 02-01-2008, 01:49 PM   #4
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I can tell you from the replay I watched that the phases of the final boss are not timed. You have to destroy either a ring or one of the roaming ships to move on, and those things take forever to kill. Each phase of the final fight is on a spiral-shaped course, and if you don't move on by the time you hit the end of the spiral, your character will just sit right there at that spot until you do.

Did you know the "true" ending comes from shooting down 100% in Area 5? I seen it on the YouTube.

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Old 02-01-2008, 03:44 PM   #5
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I can tell you from the replay I watched that the phases of the final boss are not timed. You have to destroy either a ring or one of the roaming ships to move on, and those things take forever to kill. Each phase of the final fight is on a spiral-shaped course, and if you don't move on by the time you hit the end of the spiral, your character will just sit right there at that spot until you do.

Did you know the "true" ending comes from shooting down 100% in Area 5? I seen it on the YouTube.
I must have been chipping away at the boss rings without realising then as i was shooting down all the small ships that fly out.
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Old 02-01-2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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I'm stuck at 87%, I can't imagine getting 100. However, i'm also starting from the Area 4 which puts me at a lower level. It would suck to start at Area 1 just so that I can die in Area 5.
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Old 02-02-2008, 11:14 AM   #7
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I managed to pull myself up to about 97% last night, the key really is your use of Overdrives, the general idea is to use one whenever you feel you are going to lose too many enemies (best used in areas with those flying "catapillar" enemies). You only need about 1 Overdrive for the final bosses, for the one that fires a massive amount of green missiles (I think you may even get an overdrive from a previous boss before that, so you might not need any).

Personally I used my overdrives when you have a bunch of enemies appearing right when you are near the ring that takes you to the next layer. As for the bosses, hit every green/yellow enemy they fire (they count to the total), but keep firing on the boss as much as possible, otherwise you'll get stuck in a cycle of being hit again and again while focusing on enemies that don't count to your total percentage (like the red ships, or missiles on the final boss)
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:54 PM   #8
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Great, I just got 96%. But in points mode, which doesn't count... argh!
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Old 02-02-2008, 03:59 PM   #9
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Still, that's a good question to have answered.
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Old 02-02-2008, 04:15 PM   #10
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Haha, got 99.51 this time and finally got that Laser Assassin achievement. Nice I have to say however that it's not the hardest achievement; scoring over 300k on Area 5 seems much harder to me!
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:08 PM   #11
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Nah, that's easy. Just avoid hitting anything important in the final boss fight, and it'll go on forever, while your score goes up by thousands and thousands. -and juice the multiplier at all times, except when in immediate peril.

Score Attack goals don't scare me in the least.
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