This battle IS frustrating and yet I liked it enough to give it a 3. I echo what others have said, the missions are unrelated to each other. This was probably a way to create a battle. Who knows what the creator was thinking. The first mission penalizes you for being good. The faster you kill the enemies the worse it gets (which if used properly would have made for a 5/5 mission). Fly this for completion points and/or for a bit of a challenge.
To echo what other reviewers have mentioned, this battle plays more like a collection of free missions. The plot is thin, and if I recall correctly there wasn't any briefing more than one page. Mission 2 in particular seems irrelevant. On a slight plus, the in-game messages do help flesh out the story. Gameplay is easy, even on Hard difficulty level; the one possible exception is the first mission where I would call it "tricky" versus hard if you don't happen to notice what's going on around you. The last major issue is the ludicrous docking times, which take some time even on X4 speed. It wouldn't be too bad if there were something to do during that time, but there really isn't.
Id like to see more mission debriefing, a lot of what you're supposed to know is told through the chat mid flight opposed to pre-flight. The duel was very challenging and i liked the use of shooting the container to answer a yes or no question, never seen that one before.
The docking times are way too long, of the two missions that had docking, you basically wait 10 minutes for the frigates to finish.
Kill the starfighters, grab a drink or snack, and hit that 4x button.
The docking times are unforgivable.
Technically speaking this battle is flawless. No bugs. Which is good since not-technically speaking it's a mess. Shuttles that require 8 minute docking times, an unshielded TIE against a TIE Defender with advanced missiles, and a Dreadnaught doicng a docking op with a Star Destroyer. These are all things you should know NOT to do in a battle when you take how-to-create-a-mission 101. Such a shame, because the missions lend themselves to fit within a nice storyline. Once someone writes it. Giving it a 2 because there's no annoying bugs.
Virtually no plot. A text file is included with the battle, but it only contains a few sentences of relevant information. I can't imagine why it wasn't included with the briefing, because the briefing and officer questions are almost completely empty. The battle feels more like a collection of free missions. The first mission is probably the most well crafted of the bunch, though that isn't saying much. It's also the most difficult and can be tricky to complete, as you must protect shuttles from a lengthy boarding operation while a handful of Rebel fighters hyper directly into laser range. The shuttles are not marked as mission critical, but you indirectly fail if they're destroyed. Warhead interception is also needed against a lone B-wing. The second mission involves flying a T/F to destroy a single T/D in a dogfight, and that's the only objective. The third mission is an escort mission. Easy but very long, it requires about 25 minutes on the clock, nearly half of which is spent waiting. You can opt to fight a cruiser in the meantime. The final mission is another easy escort mission. Overall it's a simple, boring, medium-length battle with nothing of interest. No secondary or bonus goals at all. The only plus is that it's bug-free, so everything works as expected.
It was pretty good with the exception of mission 2 (which is essentially a showdown between you in a T/F and a guy in a T/D. The speeds are so unevenly matched that it takes a while to wear down his shields. When I got it to this point, the T/D kept going into hyperspace. Perhaps there should have been an Interdictor there to keep the T/D from running away when it's hull was damaged.
There are no briefings!
I have no idea how you can pass mission one.
The enemy fighters always destroy a shuttle.
|Battle Total:||160,979||CPT Mace|
|Mission 1:||61,244||COL Fireclaw|
|Mission 2:||45,353||CPT Mace|
|Mission 3:||40,512||CPT Night Grue|
|Mission 4:||63,371||HA Daniel Bonini|
(of available records)
|3||128,755||HA Daniel Bonini||2004-09-21|
|6||119,908||HA Turtle Jerrar||2022-06-20|
|7||119,133||COL Dirty Vader||2004-06-19|
This battle has been flown by 248 pilots a total of 263 times.
GN Abel Malik - 2005-03-12
CPT Adam Szydlowski - 2003-01-03
MAJ Aeolus - 2003-02-11
SL Airamags - 2003-10-20
MAJ Aldaric - 2018-06-13
CPT Alexi Stukov - 2005-01-23
HA Anahorn Dempsey - 10 times, last on 2021-05-23
COL Angel - 2004-05-30
AD Apophis Kuma - 2002-12-14
CM Armagon - 2003-12-30
CPT Atmos Myremod - 2003-08-29
CM Billy Taldrya - 2003-05-16
FA Brukhar - 2005-01-31
LCM Charlie X - 2020-04-14
SL Corran Horn - 2002-09-03
LC Curtis - 2003-03-01
HA Daniel Bonini - 2004-09-21
CPT Death Angel - 2003-01-14
MAJ Deleted Member - 2003-01-29
MAJ Devin Taralis - 2003-01-17
LC Diaboli - 2005-03-27
COL Dirty Vader - 2004-06-19
LC Dolsar Saris - 2002-12-20
LCM Drax Remlinger - 2003-09-11
CM Dulcatos - 2003-10-22
GN Elwood the Brave - 3 times, last on 2014-06-03
LCM Feco - 2005-01-23
CPT Firzam Coldsteel - 2004-07-14
MAJ Flelm - 2015-03-29
LC Frey Gallandro - 2003-02-19
MAJ Fritz Von Stukart - 2004-09-15
HA Frodo March - 2002-11-16
RA Genie - 2022-06-29
AD Gidda - 2003-01-16
GN Gilad Pelleaon - 2010-05-11
GN Golbez Harvey - 2015-06-29
CPT Great Griffin - 2005-03-22
LCM Gruckn Rahn - 2003-05-01
AD Hav Antiel - 2 times, last on 2018-06-06
LCM Ice - 2004-06-21
MAJ Jaron Kai - 2003-08-03
CM Kahooli - 2003-02-20
MAJ Kazraran - 2023-01-20
MAJ KEBLAOMEGA - 2022-02-03
MAJ Keiran Laserlight - 2003-06-17
FA Khadgar - 2003-01-23
VA Ky Terrak - 2003-04-26
COL Loor - 2003-03-13
LCM Marlin - 2005-05-14
LCM Nico Avenger - 2003-10-23
CM Nico Qarni - 2003-07-12
COL Nightmare - 2003-04-03
MAJ Nolij - 2014-06-22
FA Pellaeon - 2018-06-15
HA Pete Mitchell - 2017-04-19
FA Pickled Yoda - 2 times, last on 2021-04-04
HA Plif - 2014-06-28
MAJ Ponda Jarret - 2003-01-05
MAJ Powerslave - 2003-03-16
LC Rando - 2 times, last on 2020-09-20
MAJ Sarn Erec - 2003-08-07
LC Savageaz - 2002-11-24
LCM Sev'rance Tann - 2003-10-31
LC SkyShadow - 2021-10-02
LC Tempest - 2 times, last on 2014-06-16
MAJ TheBlackxRanger - 2021-08-28
MAJ Titus - 2003-02-13
HA Turtle Jerrar - 2022-06-20
LCM Vance Blackguard - 2003-10-28
CM Vessicant - 2002-09-09
MAJ VinDoros - 2003-05-20
CPT Von Predator - 2004-10-31
FA Von Reinthaler - 2003-11-18
CPT Wap Eal - 2003-02-16
GN Wil Striker - 2003-01-20
LCM Wilq Fastclaw - 2003-12-03
CPT Wolve Excelsior Berkana - 2022-07-07
COL Wraithdog - 2014-06-26
COL Zeth Durron - 2010-05-20
Required patches ---------------- * none Installation instructions -------------------------- 1] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle 2] Check the Misc folder in your TIE95 one for additional material like patches, sounds etc. 3] Press the TIE Fighter button on the EHBL to start the game 4] Create a new pilot and fly the first battle THESE LEVELS ARE NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY. ELEMENTS TM & (c) LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY. EH Battle Center - http://battles.tiecorps.org ---------------------------------------------------- Corrected by Project Phoenix (November 15th, 1999) - Battle1.lfd file created. - Briefing questions added to ALL missions. - Debriefing questions added to ALL missions. - Animated briefing map added to ALL missions. By FL/CPT Astin/Kaph 3-1/Wing IV/SSSD Sovereign