You know what, one a week was extremely optimistic. Also, for a little housekeeping, I got a character name wrong last update, as Anonymous helpfully pointed out. I'd correct it, but I think I'll just make fun of myself when I next have the opportunity.
I finally managed to cap a loading screen illustration. These things are pretty well-done, but seldom relevant...at least to the current mission.
Back at the Far East Base! As our heroes return victoriously, General Oka is having a lengthy argument with Lieutenant Commander Jamaican Daningham of the Titans. And I do mean lengthy.
If it wasn't clear, the blue box means this is a video call
The crux of the argument is something like:
Oka: Why can't you do your job and keep jerks from space from coming down here and causing havoc?
Jamaican: Zeon's starting up an all-out war up here; we can't stop everything. Well, maybe we could if it weren't for certain Federation officers who are fighting us instead of doing what we say.
Oka: You Titans really are just a private army for Jamitov Hymem and Bask Om...
Jamaican: No, your mother.
Oka: No, your mother.
Jamaican: Anyway, Japan's not my problem. What you should really be concerned about is South Ataria Island.
Oka: South Ataria? Is Zeon planning a strike there?
Jamaican: Without a doubt. With all the EOT stored there, they could cause a disaster a hundred times worse than the colony drop.
(As a bit of explanation, if you forgot the prologue, EOT is "Extra-Over Technology", meaning the weird alien stuff that was found in the crashed alien ship on South Ataria or developed from similar sources. The colony drop refers to Zeon's opening move of the One-Year War, wherein an enormous space colony was dropped on the tiny habitable part of Australia in a botched attempt to destroy the Federation Army's headquarters)
Jamaican: Anyway, the Titans are going to be assuming command of the whole Federation Army soon and organizing a counterstrike against Zeon. Right now, we need you to shoot down an enemy supply ship that's heading toward the Far East Base. It has Federation IFF codes, so you'll need to send out people to destroy it up close.
Oka: Sure, I totally believe that this Federation-marked and -coded ship is an enemy coming to attack my base single-handedly based solely on your word as someone who just told me his organization is suborning the chain of command and whom I personally dislike, and will shoot it down immediately.
Jamaican: 'k bye.
Kouji: Uh, hey, General, there's a strange ship approaching the...why are you banging your head on the desk?
Oka: Just...go and investigate it. Investigate, not blow up. Unless it actually is hostile, I don't even know.
Kouji: Oooookay...hey, Leona, should we assume it's hostile or friendly?
Leona: Assume it's an enemy until proven otherwise, I guess. Can't be too careful.
(That choice is the Expert Point for this mission, believe it or not; one of the instances where you get points for making things harder on yourself.)
Leona: Just don't go all-out.
Mission 6: The Order to Shoot Down the Argama
BGM: For the Sake of This Planet's Tomorrow
In the Blue corner, weighing in at like a thousand tons...
In the Red corner, weighing nothing because it has antigravity...wait, does the Argama ever enter the atmosphere in the show?
Kouji: Well, there it is...it definitely looks like a Federation ship, though.
Hayato: Updated Pegasus-class design, I think. The Argama, maybe?
Captain Bright Noa: Wait, Duo, what the hell are you doing? The Far East Base is regular Army, not the Titans.
Duo Maxwell: That's nice and all, Bright, but last time I checked this outfit was called the Anti-Earth Union Group, not just Anti-Titans. Besides, it's not like the army's going to understand what we're doing anyway.
Kouji: They're launching mobile suits. I knew it!
Leona: Here we go again...
Duo: Die...anyone who sees me must die!
(I haven't actually watched Gundam Wing either, in case I fuck up anyone's catchphrases.)
This bodes well
Duo: This machine...let's just check Professor G's old databank. Ah, a Grungust with some EOT stuck on. I better be careful, huh?
Leona: He knows about the Grungust? What the hell?
Fun fact: If you actually shoot down Deathscythe here (very possible when your main character knows Strike), it's a Game Over.
Kouji: Well that went poorly.
Leona: It's like he's just toying with u--AAH!
Leona: Ow okay, these headaches mean actual bad guys, I've got that now thank you! Ow!
BGM: Detestable Visitors
Kouji: Neo-Zeon! And Count Brocken!
Oka: Jamaican couldn't have warned me about that?
Brocken: Alright, we've got them off guard this time. Smash them!
Mashymre Cello: (Yes that is how you spell his name) Don't order me around, Earthnoid freak! Fight with all your hearts, men, for a new Earth Sphere and for Zeon!
Goton: And then we charged the super robots. I have a bad feeling about this...
Bright: Alright, Duo, enough of your shenanigans. Far East Base, this is Captain Bright Noa of the Argama. Our enemies are the Titans and Neo-Zeon, not you. We'd like to offer assistance defending yourselves from this attack by Neo-Zeon.
Duo: *melodramatic sigh* Fiiiiiiiine.
Oka: Bright Noa? That's all I needed to hear. All units launch, and take out the mechabeasts and Zeon mobile suits!
Lt. Quattro Bajeena: Guess it's time for us to launch and help out too.
And then I missed screencapping the Argama's mobile suits deploying. Anyway, this all technically happened on the second Enemy Phase, so they get to go first.
BGM: Mobile Suit Battle ~War~ (Get used to hearing this song).
Also get used to Quattro dodging shit.
Note that basic beam rifles in this game have "B" ranks against Air and Ground enemies, and only have "A" ranks in Space terrain
Hence, it's a good idea to use beam sabers when possible on Earth maps, even if they do less base damage.
Leona: You must have missed the part where I just fought a Gundam.
After the Zakus finish filing for assisted suicide, let's take a look at the Argama's complement.
That's quite a few new dudes, and that's not even counting the battleship. First, we have--
Quattro: Can you save the full introductions for later? We're in the middle of something here.
Alright, fine. The gold one is the Hyakku Shiki, the white one is the Gundam Mark 2, and the red one is the Rick Dias. These are all Real Robots (dodgy-types) with similar loadouts - vulcan cannons, beam sabers, beam rifles, and rocket launchers. The Hyakku Shiki also has a trick we'll get to later. The weird-looking yellow one is the Methuss, which can turn into a plane and repair things despite having crap weapons (it's basically a Real Robot Aphrodite A). The plane thing is...well, a plane. It's got missiles and the ability to Replenish, like a less lame Boss Borot. Finally, the black one is Gundam Deathscythe.
Kouji: Yeah, we met.
Duo: Hey, hey, no hard feelings.
Kamille Bidan: Die monster! You don't belong in this world.
But seriously, beam saber base damage is crap.
At least he dodges like a mofo
Emma Sheen: Who needs a cutin?
As mentioned, the Methuss can turn into a plane and repair units.
Reccoa Londe: Sorry about Duo. He's kind of an idiot.
Leona: Trust me, I know the type...
Duo: I'm hurt, really...
Gundam Deathscythe (yes that is its actual name) pretty much does one thing: point-blank melee damage.
BGM: Just Communication
It does it very well.
Okay so maybe I lied about beam sabers ever being more useful than the rifles. Or
BGM: The Red Comet
Quattro: For the last time, I'm not Ch--
It's the name of the BGM for original Gundam units, Lieutenant.
Quattro: ...carry on, then.
Sleggar Law: Admit it, you thought I died.
I sure thought he died. Then again, I thought the same thing about the Tri-Stars and they bit it before he was even introduced.
Missile fiiiiiiiiiight. And I'm not even close to Macross starting yet.
Leona: I'm not going to get much plot focus from here on, am I?
Kouji: At least our attacks are cooler than the Gundams.
Boss: CRITICAL! HELL YEAH!
Hayato: As long as the player keeps deciding terrain ratings are relevant, I get to keep having screen time.
Ryouma: Until we get to space, you mean.
Musashi: Or another damn water level.
Here's half the team on the map. I split up to deal with each bad guy group separately, and forgot to cap the other half.
Quattro: One of Haman's men...
Mashymre: This guy...
Mashymre: You're Char Aznable! What are you doing fighting for the Feddies?
Quattro: Huh? What's a Char? My name is Quattro.
Meanwhile, Leona has reached 110 morale and invulnerability against piddly mobile suit weapons.
Hayato: So, Brocken, what are you guys doing siding with Zeon? You can tell me, no one listens to me anyway.
Brocken: I can sympathize with their desire for Lebsensraum.
Getter-2 pretty much tanks the whole left side of the map.
Kamille: Alright, time to take down a Midboss.
Mashymre: ...that's a distressingly accurate comparison.
Mashymre: W-what?! Retreat, retreat!
That loot is an Apogee Motor; it gives +1 Move like the Booster, but also adds 5 to a mech's maneuverability - very handy for dodgy robots like Gundams.
Kouji: Can't kill Brocken, might as well kill this thing. ROCKET PUNCH!
Ryouma: My turn! CHANGE GETTER-1!
Ryouma: That looked like it hurt! Don't lose your--
Brocken: Just shut up.
Today is not Brocken's day.
Quattro: What is with all the missiles on this level?
Goton: Well, if you don't like them...
Only the battleships are left for this Enemy Phase, incidentally.
I like battleships exploding, okay? It's very satisfying.
Remember how I said Hyakku Shiki had a trick? It's time for me to introduce MAP weapons.
MAP weapons have the (MAP) tag after them and work like most weapons; they have base damage, accuracy and critical modifiers, descriptors, etc. There is one major difference.
You select them, point to an eligible area, and...
It's an area of effect that hits every space that was highlighted in red. It's technically a waste here since there was only one enemy, but it's still Hyakku Shiki's most powerful attack.
Duo: That was pretty cool, but watch--
Duo: Oh right ships fly in this universe. I feel like a D&D Fighter...
Not QUITE a rocket punch, but...
He is a bit screwed.
Bright: Looks like we get one actual attack on this level. Megaparticle Cannon, fire!
Alright, this will be the last hit. Since I have my whole team ready to go, I'll show you my very favorite trick in SRW Alpha.
Step 1: Have a very low-level person on your team happen to know Gain (double XP from next attack).
Emma: Hello, I am level 8. I don't like being level 8.
Step 2: Have her attack a near-dead named boss character with around 150% of her levels.
To make a long story short, Bright Noa is a minor legend in the Federation's regular army from back in the One-Year War. He ran afoul of the Titans up in space and due to various circumstances is now a commander for the AEUG (Anti-Earth Union Group), a paramilitary resistance against the Titans' abuse of power formed by Federation Commodore Blex Forer.
Quattro: And I'm just some guy named Quattro Bajeena. No relation to anyone famous.
Quattro: Anyway, am I correct in assuming you're on the side of the people, not the Titans?
Oka: If you're offering a deal, as far as I care the AEUG is more a part of the army than the Titans are. So, yes.
Kouji: Hey, is this the Gundam? What's it doing here, anyway?
Kamille: It's the Gundam Mark II. Until we stole it, it was the Titans' upgrade to the original RX-78. I'm Kamille Bidan, the guy who hijacked it and brought it to the AEUG.
Kouji: Kamille? Wait, isn't that a girls' name?
Emma: Oh good, he didn't start blowing things up again.
Kouji: Okay, let's try this again. This guy just has a girly haircut...
And that's a wrap for now! I apologize for the delay guys, but on the plus side I got a new job, so I'm at least less stressed now. Because this wasn't quite going slow enough, my next update will be setting up an information post to keep track of all the characters and robots, since I know it can get confusing (especially without thumbnails). If that starts taking too long I'll just say screw it and go on to the next mission.
Until then, remember: it can't kill you until you say IT'S A GUNDAAAAAA--
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