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    FAQ v1.0 -- Genji FAQ Warehouse
    Written by Genji (GenjiForge@AOL.COM)
    
      Welcome, gamers!  This is the first version of my new Return Fire FAQ, by yours truly, 
    Genji!!
    
      It's kind of tought to do a FAQ on a game that hasn't been talked about much, but I'm 
    willing to.  Return Fire is a whole lot better than you might think, from its smooth 
    polygon graphics to its amazing soundtrack, to its GREAT two-player mode!
    
      Keep in mind that the Return Fire FAQ is not a guide on cheating or anything, and it 
    doesn't give any hints on the one-player mode, either, because everybody knows that the 
    one-player mode is for sissies.  However, if you want help on conquering your "friend", 
    then laughing at them, here's where to look.  From descriptions of the vehicles, to the 
    strategy bit, this is the ultimate handbook to Return Fire.  Check it out and tell me if 
    it helps!
    
      See you in the next FAQ!!
    
    -- Genji
    
    **TABLE OF CONTENTS**
    -- 1. Vehicle Guide
    -- 2. Basic Skills
    -- 3. Battle Walkthrough
       -- "Waiting Game" Strategy
          A. ASV Blues
          B. Death From Above!
          C. Don't Tread On Me!
          D. Clear A Path
          E. Jeep Me!
       -- "Arcade" Strategy
          A. Bullet Rain
          B. Fun With The ASV
          C. Get Tanked!
          D. Knocking 'Em Down
          E. Victory!
       -- Desperation
    -- 4. Miscellaneous Information
    -- 5. Final Note
    
    =---------------=
    | Vehicle Guide |
    =---------------=
    
    -- A. Armored Support Vehicle (ASV)
    Speed: *
    Power: ***
    Armor: ****
    Evade: **
      Ah, the lowly ASV.  Actually, IMHO, this is the best vehicle in the game to duke it out 
    with, especially against helicopters.  The only real weaknesses in this powerhouse are its 
    speed and evade rate.  It's harder to dodge enemy fire than with the tank, and is the 
    slowest tool of destruction you have.  But you can lay mines with it, mines that a 
    fast-moving jeep is not likely to see, and it has tons of armor as well.  You could just 
    sit there in a battle against any other vehicle and still win.
    
    -- B. Helicopter (Chopper)
    Speed: ***
    Power: *
    Armor: **
    Evade: ****
      Officially titled "Death From Above", the chopper is much like the tank, only that the 
    helicopter can fly.  Another advantage with this nifty little bugger is the ability to get 
    rid of mines without running over them.  The best way, however, to use the helicopter is 
    to move fast, learn to strafe, and just use a "hit and run" strategy.  Probably the best 
    for ambushes.  When your opponent is using the chopper, there's a pretty cool little thing 
    you can do to really tick them off.  Watch their side of the screen.  When the helicopter 
    comes out of their underground base, it takes a few seconds to get moving.  This is your 
    chance to get in a few extra hits.  Fire on the helicopter while its blades are starting 
    to move, and when it goes up in the air, flee back to your territory.  Cheap, but 
    effective.
    
    -- C. Tank (Trigger Happy)
    Speed: **
    Power: ***
    Armor: ***
    Evade: **
      Like I mentioned before, the tank and the helicopter are very similar.  The tank is 
    somewhat fast, too, and it's great for ambushes as well.  Probably the best thing to do 
    with a tank is to head into the enemy fortress, knock down some gun towers, and blow up 
    the flag building so your jeep doesn't have to.  The tank is also good for head-to-head, 
    back-and-forth-firing battles.
    
    -- D. Humvee (Jeep)
    Speed: ****
    Power: *
    Armor: *
    Evade: ****
      Let's get right to the point -- the humvee just plain sucks.  It's made of tinfoil (can 
    only handle one hit) and has limited weapons.  But if you try really, really hard, you can 
    find some good points about the jeep.  First off, it's the only vehicle that can grab the 
    flag and run back to your base.  Secondly, it can float.  Third...Um...Well...Back to the 
    second reason.  Floating can actually be very helpful when your opponent's chopper has 
    knocked out a bridge and your ASVs and tanks can't get across.  Don't get cocky when you 
    have the humvee, or you'll be tank fodder in no time.  The basic rule with the jeep -- 
    keep moving.
    
    =--------------=
    | Basic Skills |
    =--------------=
    
    -- A. Default Controller Settings:
    L2         R2
    L1         R1
      U       T
    L   R   S   O
      D       X
    
    L2 = Drop/Raise Status Display.
    R2 = Zoom In or Zoom Out.
    L1 = Helicopter: Turn Counter-Clockwise.
         Tank: Rotate Turret Counter-Clockwise.
    R1 = Helicopter: Turn Clockwise.
         Tank: Rotate Turret Clockwise.
    U = Move Forward.
    R = Turn Right.
        Helicopter: Strafe Right.
    D = Move Backwards.
    L = Turn Left.
        Helicopter: Strafe Left.
    T (Triangle) = Same as X.
    O (Circle) = ASV: Lay Mine.
                 Helicopter: Switch Between Shells/Missiles.
                 Tank: Center Turret.
                 Humvee: Drop Flag.
    X = ASV: Air Missile.
        Helicopter: Fire Forward.
        Tank: Fire in Air.
    S (Square) = ASV: Fire Forward.
                 Helicopter: Fire at Ground.
                 Tank: Fire Forward.
                 Humvee: Throw Grenade.
    
    -- B. How to Play:
      You're given twelve vehicles to defeat the enemy with, four different types: the armored 
    support vehicle, the helicopter, the tank, and the humvee.  The object of the game is to 
    basically wreak havoc on the enemy forces until you've found their flag building (it's a 
    special type of building).  When you do, you can blow it up so that your jeep can get in 
    later.  Make sure that you've cleared a path without any guns firing on you.  Send in your 
    humvee and grab the flag by running into it, then dash back to your base.  So, basically, 
    Return Fire is Capture The Flag played with heavy-duty military equipment.  However, 
    you've also got to worry about your opponent, 'cause they're trying to do the same thing 
    to you.
    
    =--------------------=
    | Battle Walkthrough |
    =--------------------=
    
    -- 1. "Waiting Game" Strategy
      IMHO, the "Waiting Game" is much better than the "Arcade" strategy, but then, I'm more 
    of a wait-then-pummel-kinda guy myself.  The "Waiting Game" is basically about slowly 
    crushing your opponent by wasting all of their vehicles (except their humvees, maybe), 
    and then, when they're weak or if they don't even have their vehicles anymore, you go in 
    casually, knock out all of their defenses, send in the jeep, and steal the flag, taking
    as much time as you need.  My "friend", Graedus, uses the "Arcade" method, and I beat him 
    pretty much every time.  Especially on that map, "The Nutcracker".  Fun, fun, fun!  For 
    those of you who would like to do "Arcade", then go ahead.  Both methods of attack are 
    good.  Guess it just depends on what kind of person you are.
    
    -- A. ASV Blues
      When you begin, it's important to get a headstart on your opponent when choosing a 
    vehicle.  It doesn't sound like much, but if you're on a small map, you can drive over and 
    blow the snot out of them while they're still coming out.  Anyway, take your armored 
    support vehicle out, and head down to the enemy base.  Knock out the gun towers that fire 
    at you, and keep moving.  Once you're in the heart of the enemy base, get rid of as many 
    gun towers as you can.  Don't worry too much about them, because you'll be doing this 
    again later.  Make sure, especially, that you blow up the ones on the outer walls of the 
    fortress.  If you wish, you may fire holes in the walls of the base, so that your other 
    vehicles can get in easier later on.  Now, head back to your base, gun down any enemy 
    vehicles, and return to the underground base.  You could also mine the area around your 
    flag, if it helps.
    
    -- B. Death From Above!
      Time for the chopper!  Oh, boy!  Bring out the 'copter and fly around your base, making 
    sure that there's no trouble going on.  If you're not sure where the enemy flag is yet, 
    then head into the enemy base and search for it, but DO NOT STOP MOVING AT ALL COSTS.  
    Movement is crucial to the chopper's survival in any situation.  If you want to, knock 
    out the other gun towers on the outer limits.  Then, search for any bridges that would 
    help the opponent in their quest to grab your flag.  Make sure that they're not YOUR 
    bridges, and cut them up with the ground gun.  Now, head back to your camp, fire at any 
    enemies, and submerge.
    
    -- C. Don't Tread On Me!
      This is one of the most climactic parts of the battle.  Get your tank out, and move 
    straight over to the enemy base.  By now, all of or almost all of the wall gun towers 
    should be knocked out.  If there are any left, gun 'em down and continue.  You should 
    know where the flag is by now.  If not, go back to the chopper and scan the area with 
    it.  Follow the path to the flag, knocking out any towers along the way.  Blow up the 
    flag building, and then blow it up again to clear the rubble, making life easier for the 
    jeep.  If the opponent is coming after you (which is likely), try to keep moving and 
    firing at the same time.  Be sure you know how to rotate the turret on the jeep, so that 
    you can fire in one direction while moving the other.  Move back to your base.
    
    -- D. Clear A Path
      By now, most of the path to the enemy's flag should be cleared out by the ASV, chopper, 
    and tank.  Take the ASV and search for any remaining towers along the way.  Squish as many 
    soldiers as possible (it isn't necessary, but it sure is fun) while shooting towers and 
    enemy vehicles.  Double-check to make sure the area is clear, and head back to the base.  
    Move around your own base, find the opponent's vehicle, and blow it up.  Mine the area 
    around your flag.  Now you're ready to win.
    
    -- E. Jeep Me!
      Time for the pitiful humvee.  Bring out your jeep.  Before you do anything, though, make 
    sure that your other vehicles have destroyed most of the enemy vehicles.  If not, then 
    bring out the chopper, tank, or ASV and wipe 'em out.  Now, drive the jeep casually into 
    the enemy base, dodging any fire (which there shouldn't be any of).  Say, "Don't mind me, 
    just a little old jeep.  Nope, not any flag-stealers here, uh-uh."  You can also whistle, 
    if it helps.  The opponent will get mad at you and come after you (probably with the 
    chopper or tank, the ASV is too slow to catch the jeep).  But don't worry.  Grab the flag, 
    and speed back along the road.  If an enemy vehicle is going to destroy you, and you know 
    it, just make it as far as you can, as the flag remains in the spot that you die at.  Go 
    back to your base, admire your handiwork, and go underground!  Congratiulations, you've 
    won!  Now, for the fun part.  Taunt your opponent.  Then, when you think they're really 
    mad, start laughing really, really, hard.
    
    -- 2. "Arcade" Strategy
      Well, arcadians, hello!  If your so-called "buddy" beat you with the "Waiting Game" 
    mode, then it's time to get 'em back.  The "Arcade" method is easier to use than the 
    "Waiting Game" one, though, IMHO, it doesn't work as well.  I use the "Waiting Game" 
    myself.  But while I know about the advantages of "Waiting Game", I also know the 
    weaknesses.  Ha ha ha!
    
    -- A. Bullet Rain
      Okay, pull out your good ol' helicopter and hover over the enemy's subterranean base 
    (the one their vehicles come out of).  Wait until they come out, then rain bullets down on 
    'em.  Laugh.  Then get the heck out of there before they kill ya.  When you think you're 
    okay, mosey on over to the enemy base and knock out as many gun towers as you can.  Don't 
    concentrate on the enemy, just hope that they aren't making any progress.  Find the flag 
    building, and blow it up, if you want.  Head back to the base and gun down any opposing 
    vehicles, then go under.
    
    -- B. Fun With The ASV
      ASV time!  Yay!  Drive out of your underground garage with the ASV, and go around your 
    own base, killing any enemy vehicles.  Chase down your opponent's vehicle (which won't be 
    easy, with the ASV), and before you start shooting, say, "Think you can deal with me?"  
    And when they say, "Yeah, I can deal with you, wuss.", let them have it and yell, "Yeah, 
    well, DEAL WITH THIS!!  HA HA HA!!  End of the line, Bobo!"  Once you're rid of them, you 
    can continue with your mission.  Head into the enemy base.  Go inside and find the flag 
    building.  Make sure it's blown up good before moving on.  Head back to the base and get 
    another vehicle.
    
    -- C. Get Tanked!
      Get the ultimate soldier-squishing machine (the tank) and gracefully roll over to your 
    opponent's base.  Destroy any enemy vehicles you find.  Blow out the walls of the base, and 
    make sure you can get in and out.  Then, go along the road and make a path that the humvee 
    can follow when it goes for the flag.  Now, get out of there, casually blowing up stuff 
    along the way, and squishing enemy soldiers (as well as yours).
    
    -- D. Knocking 'Em Down
      Grab your chopper again and streak over to the enemy camp, managing to blow up opposing 
    buildings (yours, also).  Knock down all the enemy gun towers.  'nough said.  Oh, and you 
    can attack your opponent, too.
    
    -- E. Victory!
      Now, pull that dusty ol' humvee out of the closet and get ready to go.  Move FAST at all 
    times.  Drive along the path that you found using the tank, and head straight for the 
    flag.  Grab it and run back out.  Simple as that.  Pretty cool, eh?
    
    -- 3. Desperation
      Okay, say that the other person knows where your flag is and they're getting their jeep 
    out.  Get the ASV on the road.  Drive around your base and mine everything in sight.  
    After doing this, just go back to your base (or die, if you can't get there without 
    rolling over mines) and get your chopper.  Fly over your flag building and at the very 
    least, try to defend it.  Can't get anywhere without trying, you know ;D.  You just might 
    win.  Or you might not.  Depends on how good you did before >:D...
    
      But who am I kidding?  When all else fails, destroy, destroy, destroy!
    
    =---------------------------=
    | Miscellaneous Information |
    =---------------------------=
    
    - When fighting helicopters, use the ASV instead of the tank or jeep.  While the tank can 
    fire up in the air, too, the ASV packs more punch.
    - Squish the soldiers and tents!  Ah, that satisfying noise of an innocent little guy 
    being crushed under my treads!  Ha ha ha!
    - Never underestimate the power of a land mine.  They do mucho damage, and the 
    faster-moving vehicles aren't likely to spot 'em.
    - Learn to strafe with the chopper.  It may be your only defense.  If you can move back 
    and forth while shooting, knocking out towers should be easy.
    - Knowledge of the tank's turret-rotation feature is very helpful.  Learn to lock your 
    turret in one position and move in another.
    - The single best place to put a land mine -- a bridge.  Hard to spot little brown things 
    on a brown bridge ;D.
    - Don't use the strategy in this guide all the time.  Form your own pattern, 'cause 
    otherwise you'll get predictable.
    - Play on a lot of different maps to gain experience.
    - The artificial intelligence-operated 'copters are simple to destroy.  Back your tank, 
    chopper, or ASV up, and fire straight at 'em.  Knocks one down in a single hit.
    - Never give up, no matter how hopeless the situation may be.  Remember, even when all of 
    your vehicles are gone, your gun towers can still win it for you.
    - Watch out for little trees, rocks, etc., when you're being chased in the tank, ASV, or 
    humvee.  They can bring you to a complete halt, and it is NOT fun to be trapped like that :(.
    - One of the funniest and greatest ways to make someone lose their vehicle: go into the 
    shallow water (the lighter part) and make sure that your enemy is on the other side of a 
    deep part of the ocean.  They have to be in a jeep, ASV, or tank for this to work.  You 
    can be in anything BUT a humvee.  Slowly move in reverse while firing at them.  Once you 
    get just out of range of their firing, move forward a little and wait for them to fall 
    into the deep water.  Works like a charm ;D.
    - Destroy all the normal buildings you can so that you can squish more little soldiers >:D!
    
    =------------=
    | Final Note |
    =------------=
    
      Well, I'm already at the end of the FAQ!  Time goes fast!  Hopefully I can continue with 
    the Return Fire FAQ series.  I don't know of any codes yet, but if I find any, I'll 
    include them in the next version.  If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, death 
    threats, needs for advice on a game (can't promise I'll answer all...Can't play every game 
    out there ;D!), or anything else, especially Return Fire stuff for my FAQ, just send me 
    some eMail at GenjiForge@AOL.COM.
      Things to look for in the next Return Fire FAQ:
        - Codes!
        - More Strategies...
        - Full Detail on Vehicles...
        - Map Descriptions...
        - Some Frequently Asked Questions...
        - More Miscellaneous Tips!
      See you again when the Return Fire FAQ comes back to wreak havoc on the world!
    
    -- Genji

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