- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
- Offline: 12/12 (200/200)
- Online: 0/12 (0/200)
- Approximate amount of time to 200: 5-6 Hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 5
- Missable achievements: No, but requires multiple playthroughs.
- Does difficulty affect achievements: Yes
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
- Extra equipment needed: No
1942: Joint Strike is a remake that utilizes different elements of the 19xx series developed by Capcom for arcades during the 1980’s. It’s a shoot ‘em up where you control a plane and fight through six levels against waves of enemy vehicles that lead up to a boss fight. Although it can be overwhelming at first, after a few tries and learning the enemies movements it can be easily completed.
Step 1: Playthrough With Each Plane:
Start a new game and complete it three times, each one with one of the three planes available: Lightning, Mosquito and Shinden. Since difficulty doesn’t matter on this part, just play on the easiest setting (Penguin) and get used to the game. While doing this you could also get "Sharpshooter" (hitting 90% of the enemy vehicles in a level), "Tiger" (collect 30 medals) and "Shooter" (complete the game with at least 200,000 points).
Step 2: Wing King Playthrough:
After playing a couple of times you will know the enemy patterns and layout of the levels, so you will be ready to complete the game on the hardest difficulty: Wing King. The only difference is the number of lives that you have at the start, being only one in comparison to Penguin where you start with nine. Nevertheless, as long as you play carefully and pick up the 1UP’s available through the game you can complete the game on this setting. Just avoid using the Shinden since its low health will make difficult to complete the game with such low quantity of lives.
Step 3: S Rank Playthrough:
This is the most difficult part of the game because of the low times that you have to defeat each boss, specially the first one. But if you played enough you will know their weak spots and how to defeat each one. Also, if you completed the game in Wing King difficulty you will get access to a special Shinden an upgraded version of this plane with more firepower than any of the other ones available at start, something that you will need to get this achievement. Once you completed this you will get "Padlocked" (defeat each boss with an S rating) and "Fangs Out" (defeat each boss with an A rating). Also, if you didn’t get "Combat Ace" (complete the game with at least 2,000,000 points) before you will get it on this playthrough thanks to the bonus given at the end of each level.
Step 4: Mop Up:
At this point you will need to get only the co-op achievements, both of them can be done locally with a second controller. Just go to multiplayer, select the planes and special attack (doesn’t matter which one), start a game and play until you complete the third level. It doesn’t matter if the second player dies as long as the main account gets to this point. While you do this, use the special attack to kill 30 enemies and get the "Concerted Combat" achievement.
Although it can be intimidating at first if you are not used to this kind of game, its easy to get 200. You will not require much time to complete, just be careful, especially during the boss fights, and you will finish this game.
[XBA would like to thank Ciberboern for the RoadMap]