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    Convoy Assault Strategy Guide by NightTrainQ

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    Type- Assault Mission
    By Ė (NightTrainQ) Patrick Quinn
    This is my first FAQ as you can probably tell.
    Introduction                                  					1A
    Beginning Game                          					2A
    	Attacking - Stealing the Weapons Cache					2B
    	Defending - The First Objectives					2C
    	Attacking- Boarding the Platform					2D
    Middle Game									3A
    	Attacking-Setting the Explosives					3B
    	Attacking- Opening the Rear Door					3C
    	Attacking- Opening Side Doors						3D
    	Defending- The Back Door Switch						3E
    	Defending- The Side Door						3F
    End Game									4A
    	Attacking-Infiltrating the Nexus Trailer				4B
    	Defending- The Nexus Trailer						4C
    	Attacking- Stealing the Missiles					4D
    Conclusion									5A
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    	This is NightTrainQ's guide on the convoy assault mission in Unreal
    Tournament 2004. I am writing this guide mostly for PvP but you can use the
    same tricks on the computer players as well and because this my favorite 
    map, and Gamefaqs did not have a guide for it.  There was a general one 
    there, but that did not go into the specifics of the Convoy mission, as
     I will.
    	Getting connected to a good Internet PvP Convoy game in my opinion 
    is always better then playing the computer.  First off, you have to decide 
    if you want a stat tracking server or not.  I always play on stat tracking
    servers just because I like to contribute to my ranking.  I played the 
    computer when I had dial-up but now with a faster Internet I can beat up
    on other people, which I like more. 
    	Well, if you want a stat tracking server the easiest way is set 
    the filter on the internet section to include only servers with stat 
    tracking enabled.  Then there are usually 2 or 3 servers running convoy 
    loops that you can play.  There is almost always one where an intense 
    game is going down.  Pick one that has people in it.  If they all do, pick
    the one with the best ping, or if you play a lot, pick one with people
    you know.
    	Once connected the game will automatically place you on a team. 
    You can switch however, if the other team is getting beat up.  This 
    mission takes place on a moving convoy of vehicles.  The object is 
    to get to the other side of the convoy and steal the nexus missiles
    that are inside the farthest vehicle.  Any jump over the edge is instant
     death (if you hit the ground) so be careful with your jumping and dodging. 
    You may be on a moving vehicle but there a more then one way to do 
    almost every 
    	Here I will list all the hints and tricks that I have learned.
    I will try and group together tactics that will suit the beginning player
    up to an advanced player.  Many people have their own techniques, which 
    they use and I don't have listed.  Feel free to e-mail me with any of 
    your own strategies.
    *************************2A-BEGINNING GAME**************************
    ===================2B-Attacking-Stealing the Weapon Cache===========
    	In the beginning game one of the most important objectives is
    to access the next spawn point, which is much closer to the boarding
    platform then the first one.  To achieve this easily teamwork is best.
    Have one person hop in the turret to your immediate right and start 
    blasting away at the turret near the weapon cache.  It doesn't matter 
    whothis person is preferably some one who doesnít have very good accuracy.
    You also want to destroy the turret on the middle vehicle's ledge.  Do 
    this by having one or two people stay behind and blast away at it with
    rockets.  If you don't have many people on your team don't stay.  Just
    fire rocket spirals on your way to the weapon cache.  Your first 
    strike team should include your best players, which will give the best
    chance to complete an objective on your first try. 
    	You can either go the regular way which is under the cage, or 
    if you want to take a different route hop on the back of your spawn car
    and dodge jump up onto the top of the cage, then proceed to jump onto the
    huge metal tube then onto to the top half of the next part of the 
    vehicle.  You can also jump onto the unboarded platform that hovers 
    just above it. 
    	If you took the bottom route watch out for bio-rifle and shock rifle 
    campers that sit and wait for you.  You might want to switch to a faster
    gun if you want to take them down.  Once you jump over the little 
    blockade at the end of the tubes switch back to the rocket launcher 
    and give em hell.  After you kill them you can go to the left or right
    up steps.  Try and preload your rockets to fire at the top of the 
    steps (better idea in a crowded game, not so much with fewer players) 
    because the end of the defenders jumper point is right on the upper 
    half of the platform. 
    	You can also stop on the top of the ramp and backtrack by running 
    down on the extra border on the other side of the railing, then double
    jump onto the upper ledge.  I would advise if you are playing good 
    people not to do this on the right side because they usually camp this
    spot with shock rifles not allowing any cheap passes.  You can however,
    do it on the left as well.  There you can jump up to ledge, at this 
    point the boarding platform switch should be on your right.
    	Don't touch this unless your positive you can get it.  Otherwise, 
    jump on the backside of that vehicle (the side opposite the switch) and
    from there proceed to jump to the vehicle where the weapons cache is. 
    Preloading your rockets here is also a good idea if you have any left. 
    Aim that at the landing in the front of the vehicle where those campers
    I talked about earlier mostly hang out. Also watch and make sure no one
    is manning the turret if they are, stick close to the wall to the very 
    end until you reach it, then unload on it with whatever you have.  Most 
    people are smart and jump out at this point, if they donít move to the 
    landing in the back of the turret and just unload until they die.  Switch
    to your shield gun and pop a squat on the weapons cache switch.  
    Congrats you have just completed you first objective.
    ===================2C-Defending-The First Objectives================
    	First off have your weaker players hop into the two turrets and rain 
    hell on everyone who can't dodge. You can also camp the spot next to the
    turret with any good snipers you have.  Next the two or three best attackers
    should immediately load up their bio rifles or warm up their miniguns and head
    up to the cage.  Once there rain slime and shells on everyone you see. Then 
    pick off people with your newly acquired rocket launchers.  This is a highly 
    effective tactic to break up first strikes and it totally decimates newb 
    players because they have no idea what's going on until theyíre slimed to 
    death.  You can also rack up huge numbers here against newbs by camping this
    spot and unloading a alt rocket spray on anybody that passes.  If you have 
    somewhat decent accuracy you can also camp the top of the cage with a sniper
    rifle.  This is a great tactic because even if you don't kill them they are
    low on health heading towards the bulk of your party.
    	If these tactics are failing, back up a bit to the end of the tube. 
    If you like shock rifle combos then camp the top platform.  If you feel more 
    comfortable shooting bio-rifles I suggest camping the bottom and getting 1 
    or 2 full blobs off when the people come down the straight away.  If you are
    playing against good players they will back up or jump on the railing to 
    avoid it.  If this happens immediately fall back and change your weapon cause
    the are charging up their rocket launcher to kill.  Switch to a link gun or 
    minigun and try and dodge their rockets don't be afraid to go back up the 
    steps and fire down on them.  
    	Some other miscellaneous tactics are to camp the health spot on the
    cache vehicle.  At this spot you can view the boarding platform as well anybody 
    trying to get to the cache.  Be careful of the turret near the attackers 
    spawn point though, if that player that is operating it is worth anything 
    he will be constantly trying to pick you off. When things get ruff you can 
    drop back to the turret next to the cache if need be.  Another tactic is 
    sniping from the platform above the boarding switch from here you can save 
    your team by picking off any one who gets by your campers.  And you can 
    also drop a bio blob from this spot to save the boarding platform objective
    if any players get to cocky.  
    	Once the weapons cache has been opened all hell breaks lose.  They now
    have the better spawning point then you do.  I would recommend camping this 
    area heavily with fully charged shield guns and fully loaded bio rifles.  
    Also a rocket launcher if you have one.  Camping the platform above it now
    becomes a necessity because from that spot you can harass people coming 
    up the ramp.  If you are really good this spot is a great one to rack up a
    lot of shock combo kills.  
    	If by chance they do get it crossed new camping spots immerge.  The one 
    above the platform still is a good one and to the backside (where the other
    armor is) is great for firing flak cannon balls and bio blobs right into
    the entrance of the bridge.  Just launch those suckers as much as you can
    at everybody you see.  This is great tactic because even if you don't kill
    them guess what, you spawn right above where they are to be in just a few
    seconds!  I know some brave soles that also camp the inside of the boarding
    platform.  This is dangerous especially if there is only like 6 people 
    playing because they will pass you by the time you spawn.  However if you 
    got mad back and can dodge especially good and have some reckless abandonment
    this is perfect for you.  Just rain down the link gun on everybody that 
    comes through.  
    	If you are a little less daring you can camp the ledge where the boarding
    pass leads to and where people need to go to plant the explosives.  Just
    sit there and fire bio blobs and whatever else you have on the end of the
    boarding platform. Try and time it up with the personís speed going 
    through it so that it will hit right before they get there.  You can also
    camp the platform overlooking the opening outlet with the explosives door.
    Switch to sniper rifle and start pickin people off.  If they do however 
    get below you switch to the bio rifle immediately and jump down and fire a
    bio blob right where the explosive setting point is.(about the middle of 
    the door) because thats where they will probably be.
    =================2D-Attacking-Boarding the Platform=================
    	This is going to be short.  Just rain down flack cannon shots and rockets
    and shock rifle combo's on the boarding platform spot to provide cover
    for anyone who might be trying to complete the objective.  Also be sure 
    to pick off campers as well on the top platform.
    	When going for the switch using your shield gun is a must.  One tactic 
    that is sometimes effective is to have 1 or 2 people go and provide 
    cover fire at the health spawn.  Then two people with shield guns equipped
    and full charged head in. If the 1st person encounters any one camping
    he immediately dodges forward and kills them and then shields up and 
    squats on the switch. The next person covers anybody else that comes to
    close to the first and blows them up with the shield gun. This works 
    great if you have some douche bag who camps the backside of the that 
    platform where he cannot be killed with cover fire and he only comes 
    rushing out with his shield gun when he sees the platform move.  The 
    second guy might sacrifice himself but the other guy would have been 
    blown up too or severely weakened where the 1st guy can take him out or 
    anybody providing cover could as well.  This sounds complicated but just
    hook up your mic and get a friend on your team.  It will make this part
    a lot easier.
    ****************************3A- MIDDLE GAME*************************
    ==================3B- Attacking-Setting the Explosives==============
    	This part in my opinion is best done with speed.  If you can get the 
    boarding platform crossed and have everybody immediately crossing it
    you are in good shape.  If you take to long the other team can become
    entrenched with camping on the ledge leading the door and it will 
    make it so much tougher.  If you are good at firing rockets you can 
    rack up a lot of kills here.  
    	Not much to say, just try and stay together as a team and also this
    DISTANCE.  This goes for pretty much every level but this a perfect 
    example.  Eventually someone will get by and start setting them up.  
    Also if somebody is setting the explosives up donít be a dumbass and 
    stand next to them, face where you just came and try and fend off 
    anybody jumping down at you.
    ==================3C- Attacking- Opening the Rear Door==============
    	In my opinion this is the hardest objective.  Basically the
    whole other team just camps that room and the opening of the door 
    and just tries to destroy anything that comes threw it.  And most 
    of the time they do.  The only advice here is  to use your shield 
    a lot. You can almost always tell a newb from a pro by watching how
    much they use the shield. Pro's use it a lot more, newbs almost never.
    	One tactic is to use it when you first enter and immediately head 
    away from the switch, most people donít follow you, once there just
    rain down rockets on the side of the other team, even if you don't
    bring down the switch someone else will.  And there is always the 
    more direct approach by preloading you rocket launcher hoping for 
    the best then immediately switching to your shield and heading over
    to the switch.  Don't be afraid to come away from the switch and fight
    if their is only like one guy too, just switch guns and polish him 
    off, a moving target is much harder to hit then one that is just 
    sitting there.
    ==================3D- Attacking- Opening Side Doors=================
    	Wow, this easy if you play your cards right.  This again is also about
    speed and sometimes a little foresight.  If you can manage to stay 
    back closer to side door switch before you get the back one done, you
    are money.  Just hop onto the boxes on the sides then double jump 
    onto the ledge where the switch is.  Throw some flak shells up there
    while you are jumping because there might be someone who spawned really
    quick and is trying to mow you down with a minigun.  Switch to your 
    shield gun and no matter what donít leave this switch.  It is a very 
    short one and when it look like you want make it donít go for the health
    just stay put.  Thatís really it for this one.
    ==================3E- Defending- The Back Door Switch===============
    	What can I say, just blob and link to death anybody that comes through 
    the hole.  One common tactic almost everybody uses is just to shoot a 
    full blob at the switch whenever some comes in so they cant get to it 
    right away.  When you die, immediately load up a bio-rifle or get your
    link gun out and fire at the switch right when come out of the hole, 
    this could good give your team a lucky break by mowing down someone who
    otherwise would have brought the switch down.  Also when it does start
    to get hectic, camp near the switch with you shield gun fully charged.
    Don't stand still cause you will be like cake to shoot down, move 
    around as much as you can but stay close to the switch.  A person with
    100 health and a shield up thinking he has this one in the bag can be
    rudely destroyed by this tactic which makes it one of my favorites.
    ==================3F- Defending- The Side Door======================
    	Pay attention here. Somebody that comes through when you turn back 
    for one second can switch this thing.  Have one or two people down 
    below firing away at oncoming people.  Everybody else should camp 
    the top platform.  AND PLEASE donít stand right next to the switch 
    you are just asking to be shredded with a shield gun or shrapnel.  
    Stay a little ways back, enough to kill anybody that jumps up from
    the boxes and far enough so you don't get hit with shrapnel.  Thatís
    it pretty much.
    	Whenever they do throw the switch head down and start firing at door 
    opening up most people just wait there like idiots for it to open wide
    enough for them to fit. If you can get out before anyone else, go
    right outside but instead of jumping, head to your left and turn 
    back around, anybody that comes through just annihilate with your 
    weapon of choice I prefer the shield gun or link gun.
    ****************************4A- END GAME*****************************
    ================4B- Attacking-Infiltrating the Nexus Trailer=========
    	Speed is critical here as well.  If you can get out quick and jump 
    from that little platform on the next vehicle to the nexus vehicle 
    you might be able to sneak by right away.  Most good players will 
    however pick you off before get a chance.
    	First things first, DESTROY THOSE TURRETS. Stand on the ledge on the
    car you spawned from. Fire the link gun at the far turret until it 
    blows up.  Then turn your eyes upward there should be another one right
    above you.  Fire the link gun up there or a flak ball until that one
    blows up as well.
    	Next is how to get across, there are 3 different routes.  One is the 
    quick route I described earlier.  The other believe it or not is pretty
    fast as well, see that car moving all around.  Hop on that thing when 
    it is close to you, then stay on it until it goes all the way up next
    to the nexus trailer then jump off. I suggest playing bots on novice
    mode and practicing this jump until it becomes second nature.  You 
    might suicide a lot but it is worth it when you finally make it most
    of the time. 
    	The last is the newb route.  Where you jump off onto the next vehicle
    and go to the opening to the right where the health spawn is. Then 
    hop onto the nexus trailer. From there you can either go right and 
    down the other side or left I usually go right and pick up the shock 
    rifle, however the quicker route is just going left.  If you arenít 
    good at dodging this is the point where you will probably get blown up
    by rockets.  Remember to dodge and don't be afraid to use your shield.
    Your shield is your friend not a worthless gun.  The opening you will
    jump down into is on the far left of the trailer.  Hop down in there 
    and you just completed the next objective.
    ====================4C- Defending- The Nexus Trailer==================
    	Grab the rockets immediately on the top of the three huge boxes. 
    Then switch to your minigun and start mowing down anyone you see on the 
    ledge shooting you turret. Plop 2 people in the turrets, and make sure
    the enemy doesnít get in one if they do however try sniping him out 
    instead of destroying your own turret.  You can camp the health spawn 
    point on the newb route, however I recommend against this only because
    most good players don't go this way.  However if you are playing newbs
    thatís a great spot.  You can also camp the ledge right in front of 
    the turret on the nexus trailer. This is probably the best spot to be
    because you can see everything and everybody has to go through you to
    get to the objective. Another good camping spot is on the first pipe,
    behind the turret, on the nexus trailer. Grab a shock rifle and head 
    up there. Shock combo anyone that comes close.
    	Once the trailer is opened up a new route appears, from the ledge 
    to the moving car to rightinside the nexus trailer!  Good players 
    almost always use this route because of how quick it is.  If you 
    can, most people hang out near where you jump near the opening, whip
    out your minigun or sniper rifle and fire at them, sometimes they 
    die before they get to the trailer, and also it might knock them 
    off their jump which is very frustrating.  If you are playing really
    good team I would suggest hanging out inside the trailer preparing for
    war.  However, if they are not so good just camp near the near rocket
    on the boxes.
    =====================4D- Attacking-Stealing the Missiles==============
    	The final objective, now that the side compartment doors are opened on
    the nexus trailer you can jump from that moving vehicle to right inside 
    the trailer.  While you are waiting fire down inside you might just kill
    somebody.  Dodge jumping is necessary here, if you arenít good at I 
    wouldnít recommend this route. I have just double jumped this route before
    as well but let me tell you it is not easy, your jumps must be perfect.
    You can also go the old way but instead of going all the way to the 
    back just hop over the side and land on the compartment door, the opening
    should be right near the health spawns.  Also when you are down their 
    on the switch save your shield until you see somebody, when they get closer
    switch guns and let them have it. Their is no worser feeling then dying 
    by the person squatting on the switch, having them leave it, killing you, 
    then getting back on it because you know you just lost the game.  So make 
    them feel as bad as possible! Stay strong and this will be a piece of cake. 
    *****************************5A- Conclusion***************************
    	I am sure you may know more tactics on how to attack or defend
     this mission but this is what I have learned.  If you know of any I 
    don't or failed to include please email me, my email is at the top.  I
     know my spelling is horrible and my grammar as well.  I donít need e-mails
     about that. Happy Hunting!
    			© Copyright 2005 Patrick Quinn