Battle 5, Mission 4 - Protect Smuggler Retreat

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Battle 5, Mission 4 - Protect Smuggler Retreat

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Post by cmdrkeen » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:58 pm

It seems this mission is impossible to beat (normal difficulty). The Strike Cruiser always gets the Luxury Yacht 3000.
The B-Wings don't even get close to destroy the Strike Cruiser. And if I take on it myself, I get killed by the TIEs.
Is there some problem with the AI? Should the Yacht be faster at the hyper jump point?

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Post by Forceflow » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:45 pm

cmdrkeen wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:58 pm
It seems this mission is impossible to beat (normal difficulty). The Strike Cruiser always gets the Luxury Yacht 3000.
The B-Wings don't even get close to destroy the Strike Cruiser. And if I take on it myself, I get killed by the TIEs.
Is there some problem with the AI? Should the Yacht be faster at the hyper jump point?
Yeah, the Strike Cruiser is currently bugged and overpowered. There currently isn't a real fix for this. You can download v 2.1 of the Strike Cruiser from the download page, but that one is also bugged so it doesn't shoot at all right now. So it's not really a great solution :(

Actually can you try to download this opt and just replace the opt in your flightmodels folder:
Strike Cruiser

That version should fire but not be overpowered.
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Post by Jaeven » Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:02 pm

Make a backup of your current mission, and then copy this one and replace the old one in your missions folder. Let me know if this fixes the issue.
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Post by Forceflow » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:33 pm

Okay I did some testing, it looks like the 2.1 installer for download bugs the game. It makes it so that the Strike Cruiser doesn't fire. That does not appear to be an issue with the opt though. When I straight. up replace the XEAUXP 1.6 opt with the 2.1 opt it's fine. But only if I didn't install 2.1 first. The. It won't fire anymore, no matter which opt you have.
The guys are looking into this, hopefully someone will find an easy fix.
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Post by cmdrkeen » Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:25 pm

I replaced the mission file. It was stilled really hard, but after 4 or 5 more attempts I managed to fight off the TIEs AND destroy the Strike Cruiser. I think the B Wings now did way more damage to it, but I still had to use all my torpedos and some laser fire to take it down.
I would say one of the hardest missions so far. I haven't played it without the XWA upgrade after starting to replay the game, though.
And I had to make use of wingman commands a lot since I had 3 or 4 T/F / T/I going after me at once for some time.

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Post by Mark_Farlander » Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:34 pm

X-Wing Alliance is not intended to be an easy game, but in this mission ISDII Corrupter is set to Ace AI, which is high for an enemy capital ship.
Capital ships (should) already have the maximum rate of fire at Veteran AI, but not at Officer AI, therefore to diversify the difficulty levels it is advisable to set the AI of enemy capital ships to Officer AI (in particular ISDII) so that they have the maximum rate of fire at Hard difficulty, but not at Medium difficulty.
However, in some missions it's a good idea to increase the AI of some enemies by 1 level (but not 2 since that would be too much) to prevent them from being too easy to be taken down.
ISDII Corrupter historically gets destroyed in B5M7, so you should not take it down in this mission.
All this to say that I would decrease the AI of ISDII Corrupter from Ace AI to Veteran AI, but this is just my personal opinion.
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