Robotech: Battlecry FAQ

[ Game. Robotech: Battlecry ]
[ Game Platform. PlayStation 2 ]
[ Game Version. North America ]
[ FAQ Version. nearing final... ]
     This FAQ grows and develops as long as new questions are asked.
[ Author. spiffy@mail.cfcc.net (email expires may 2003) ]
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[ Spoilers. NONE; read first paragraph ]
[ Updates. ]
     10/08/02 ) Updated [ 2. The World of Robotech ]
     10/07/02 ) Added 4 new Q's
     10/06/02 ) Added 5 new Q's, more credits, modified Q19 and sorted FAQ's
     10/05/02 ) Minor error's fixed and 3 new Q's added
     10/02/02 ) Added more FAQ’s and the invincibility cheat
     09/29/02 ) This FAQ begins.


     I assume you have purchased Robotech: BattleCry and intend to complement your
game with the answers and guidance of this FAQ. I assume you know your basics, I'm
trying to guide new players (as FAQS do) and answer their questions (again, as FAQ’s
do). I will not cover basics you could learn by just playing for the first time. Nor
will I tell you how to beat each mission (or any for this matter). You are the pilot
and have quite the arsenal in this game to carry out your missions, all you need now
is some strategical wit and perhaps guidance. None of that this button does this and
that, this is a game CD, press the open button on your PlayStation 2 and insert CD.
There shall never be any spoiling! I can not understand why FAQ writers say stuff
like... after the _some_bad_guy_ kills _hero's_love_ but not before you discover
that _hero_ is a clone... sheesh. This FAQ will not ruin your game, if it does I'm
sorry; flame me. Neither will there be text art here. Don't worry. If you want,
email me and I will send you a text file of a Bud Wiser truck I made.


[ Table of Contents ]

[ 1. FAQ’s ]
     Q01 ) Why is _mission_ so difficult? Please help.
     Q02 ) Is Robotech: Battlecry worth buying?
     Q03 ) Why are these controls so frustrating? Any tips?
     Q04 ) Why is this game so hard?
     Q05 ) Why does my game have bugs?
     Q06 ) What is progressive scanning?
     Q07 ) How do I get two-player mode?
     Q08 ) What is multiple targeting?
     Q09 ) Female Power Armor cannot shoot missiles down?
     Q10 ) What are the Stars under the Medals on the menu screen 'Awards'?
     Q11 ) What does it mean to complete a set? (ex: Complete Bronze Cross Set)
     Q12 ) Do I earn credit for killing units on a mission I quit or fail?
     Q13 ) What is a good mission for destroying Battle Pods?
     Q14 ) I have played Hidden Agenda several and killed enough Scout Pods yet no
           Tuna Medal. Why?
     Q15 ) I got the Southern Cross medal and got the Factory versus level but not
           the Armored Veritech.
     Q16 ) Robotech Marksmen award... must I completely destroy them in Sniper Mode?
     Q17 ) How do you get the Super Veritech? (not the Armored Veritech)
     Q18 ) How do you unlock the VF-1S?
     Q19 ) Can someone describe to me the enemy units and what they look like?
     Q20 ) Can you use Armored Veritech in Story Mode?
     Q21 ) What is Robotech (the TV series)?
     Q22 ) What is Robotech II: The Sentinels?
     Q23 ) What is Macross?
     Q24 ) What is Southern Cross?

[ 2. The World of Robotech ]

[ 3. Secrets/Codes ]
     C01 ) Super Veritech / Armored Veritech
     C02 ) Invincibility

[ 4. Credits/Extras ]
     Credits )
     Extra bits of info )



[ 1. FAQ’s ]

     Q01 ) Why is _mission_ so difficult? Please help.

          Apparently, because you seek help for a mission that you think is too hard.
     It would be logical to just set the difficulty down a notch in the option menu.
     If your pride won't let you, just think about this: your here reading a FAQ on
     how to play a game; quite depriving. You shouldn't listen to strategy guides or
     other peoples advice, that is spoiling the strategy aspect of this game. Just
     remember your Veritech can transform in an instant to Battloid/Guardian/Fighter
     and can choose from an arsenal of flares, sniper mode, thrusters, strafing,
     multiple targeting, two types of missiles, lasers and style. Inside that
     Vertices is a pilot who should be resourceful of all these tricks while most
     important of all, strategical thinking (where to be, what to do there and how
     long). There is a lot to take into consideration before going on your way to
     nearest message board or FAQ/walkthrough. This is a FAQ and will answer your
     questions; not intricately tell you how to play your game.

          This paragraph is reserved for one tip that deserves emphasis and
     remembrance. If you're having difficulties on _mission_ then press start and
     read the mission objectives and maybe the mission log. Follow those mission’s
     objectives as closely as possible and give them all your ability. If it says
     protect something, make it your top priority that no or as least harm comes to
     it. Don't misunderstand, I know you understand the basics, such as following
     mission objectives. Probably most players, and I do NOT follow mission
     objectives as though a VT pilot would. Remember, read those mission objectives.

          If you have tried everything and just can't understand what the makers of
     Robotech: Battlecry were thinking when they designed some part of the game then
     perhaps a guide or FAQ/walkthrough will nullify that anger and sort out the
     confusion. Prima has a guide and gamefaqs.com has at least one other FAQ with
     help on this.


     Q02 ) Is Robotech: Battlecry worth buying?

          Yes!! I hope that answers your question :)

          Okay okay. Even if you have not seen and never will, for this matter, then
     this game is at least rent worthy. If you are a Mech game fan, perhaps you do
     not like the idea of this game rendered in cell-shading; playing a game that
     looks like a cartoon. If you do intend to start and/or finish watching
     episodes 0 - 36 then I must advise you to wait as the game goes over all the
     major events happening within the Robotech Macross Saga.


     Q03 ) Why are these controls so frustrating? Any tips?

          Imagine being in a Vertices pilot, not a skill you pick up in five-ten
     minutes of playing. In reality the controls are very easy once you complete
     training and chapter 1. Its just a matter of changing into Battliod/
     Guardian/Fighter at the right time. Just keep playing, through combat your
     skills will improve.


     Q04 ) Why is this game so hard?

          Some games are. Try your best should mean something to you in this game.
     Robotech: Battlecry is not a leisurely game, like most console games that are
     what I would call glory games; just winning is simple fun. This game demands
     strategic thinking and skills at critical instances.


     Q05 ) Why does my game have bugs?

          Let’s assume Vicious Cycle's design of Robotech: Battlecry doesn't include
    sound repeating (soundtrack) or voices getting cut off (sound effects). Nor did
    did they fix the problem of your Vertices getting stuck. All I can say these are
    minor and a bit frustrating. If you happen to find more bugs email me and I will
    give praise to your information and post here in this question.


     Q06 ) What is progressive scanning?

          http://www.howstuffworks.com/hdtv.htm
          - very informative, the moon on a stick


     Q07 ) How do I get two-player mode?

          Plug in the second controller. :/


     Q08 ) What is multiple targeting?

          It is when you hold down the secondary weapon button in Guardian/Fighter
     mode. You must be facing these targets (they must be on you TV screen). You
     will see yellow targets around the target reticule that is red. Release the
     secondary weapon button to fire all these missiles at once at each target
     including your primary target (the red reticule). Note: The maximum number of
     targets per multiple targeting is determined by your VT's 'targeting' stat.


     Q09 ) Female Power Armor cannot shoot missiles down?

          Press triangle to toggle your primary shooting to fire upon missiles or
     targets.


     Q10 ) What are the Stars under the Medals on the menu screen 'Awards'?

          Each star is earned when you have earned a medal the second or third time.
     It is doubtful these stars unlock anything.


     Q11 ) What does it mean to complete a set? (ex: Complete Bronze Cross Set)

          To complete a set... you must not only earn the medal once but also earn it two
     more times. To complete the Bronze Cross Set you must kill 150 Battle Pods.
     Example: Bronze Cross award is given when you kill 50 Battle Pods, kill 150 to
     complete the set (earning the two starts under the award).


     Q12 ) Do I earn credit for killing units on a mission I quit or fail?

          No.


     Q13 ) What is a good mission for destroying Battle Pods?

          Flood City. (also a good mission for destroying Scout Pods. Enjoy.


     Q14 ) I have played 'Hidden Agenda' several and killed enough Scout Pods yet no
           Tuna Medal. Why?

          The ones in that mission do not count. You must kill Scout Pods that are
     on the ground. If you want to know why I would guess you need to understand the
     programming of Robotech: Battlecry yet I doubt Viscous Cycle will give you
     their source code, so assume its a programming glitch.


     Q15 ) I got the Southern Cross medal and got the Factory versus level but not
           the Armored Veritech.

          Push square to select armored mode. Only available in on space missions
     and Versus.


     Q16 ) Robotech Marksmen award... must I completely destroy them in Sniper Mode?


          You only need to kill them in sniper mode.


     Q17 ) How do you get the Super Veritech? (not the Armored Veritech)

          This isn't mentioned in the awards section. Super Veritech is unlocked
     when you beat Mutiny in Chapter 4.


     Q18 ) How do you unlock the VF-1S?

          Unlocking this VT isn't mentioned in the instruction booklet or game GUI.
     Unlocking Chapter 4 will unlock VF-1S.


     Q19 ) Can someone describe to me the enemy units and what they look like?

     Battle Pod
     - fires lasers
     - has two barrels on the bottom and two on the top
     - steel, light blue chassis

     Battle Pod, Light Artillery
     - fires lasers
     - has two barrels on the bottom and two on the top and black/red missile bays
       mounted on top
     - steel, light blue chassis

     Battle Pod, Heavy Artillery
     - fires lasers and missiles
     - has two barrels on the bottom and two on the top and white missile bays
       mounted on top
     - steel, light blue chassis

     Fighter Pod
     - fires lasers and missiles
     - dark green chassis

     Scout Pod
     - jams radar over a relatively wide area
     - looks like a Battle Pod except without barrels or missile bays, instead of a
       missile bays it has a steel gray like device that will emit white waves
     - steel, light blue chassis

     Female Power Armor
     - used only by female Zentraedi with commanding rank; such as Kiyora
     - carry lots of missiles and fires lasers
     - dark green chassis

     Zentraedi Ships
     - there are many different ships
     - have mounted turrets that fire powerful lasers
     - go to the web-sites mentioned in the last section of this FAQ for more info
     - I noticed 5 different types of these ships, all very similar
     - except for one ship that is relatively small; has a lot of missiles and is
       known as a Cyclops

     Male Power Armor
     - used by common Zentraedi males
     - fires a powerful laser and regular lasers
     - has a large and powerful gun mounted on head
     - dark green chassis


     Officer Pod
     - used only by male Zentraedi with commanding rank; such as Khyron or Skarrde
     - mounts a powerful laser on top of pod, and fires two regular lasers from hands
     - red class cockpit, steel gray and light blue chassis

     Entry Pod
     - carries Battle Pods
     - you can fly through the doors and into these
     - if they land and open their doors fire missiles into them for more damage and
       to kill emerging pods
     - dark green chassis

     Zentraedi Shuttles
     - used to carry supplies such as protoculture
     - harmless
     - dark green chassis


     Q20 ) Can you use Armored Veritech in Story Mode?

          As of yet, no. Only in versus.


     Q21 ) What is Robotech (the TV series)?

          In this FAQ, Refer to [ 2. The World of Robotech ] some information.


     Q22 ) What is Robotech II: The Sentinels?

          The Sentinels was to be a sixty five episode sequel to the Robotech TV
     series. Funding was cut and only enough footage for three episodes was made.

          To sign a petition go to www.petitiononline.com/rt2/petition.html


     Q23 ) What is Macross?

          Macross ia an anime; also Robotech's first saga (episodes 1-36) is based
     off of. Macross is... Macross: Do You Rember Love (movie),
     Macross: Flash Back 2012 (music video), Macross Plus (OVA and Movie Editions),
     Macross 7 (TV series) and Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross (TV series).


     Q24 ) What is Southern Cross?

          Southern Cross usually refers to episodes 37 - 60 of Robotech.



[ 2. The World of Robotech ]

     Robotech is a seventeen-year-old animation from the US produced by Harmony
Gold. It is a rewriting and editing of Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross, Super
Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada merged into
Robotech.

Episodes 1-36; The Macross Saga (from Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross)
Episodes 37-60; Southern Cross  (from Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross)
Episodes 61-85; New Generation  (from Genesis Climber Mospeada)

    Robotech has attracted thousands of fans over the years. Multiple
companies have tried to profit from the Robotech fan-craze, but often fail in
presenting good authentic and quality creations. Robotech (the TV series) is the
most comprehensive, THE original and most prefered perspective of all the Robotech
Universes.



[ 3. Secrets/Codes ]

     C01 ) Super Veritech / Armored Veritech
          Begin a space mission and select the Super Veritech or Armored Veritech,
     beat the mission and then select continue. You will start this next mission
     with as Super Veritech.


     C02 ) Invincibility
     "Stumbled onto this by accident. Don't know if it is another bug or an "official" code.

     1) Enter Training Mode.
     2) Select Fighter Training
     3) Shoot down the first two targets, but not the second two.
     4) Exit Training Mode and enter story mode.
     5) You are now an indestructible Vertices force!" - Mark Silgalis

          Works for Xbox and PS2 versions.



[ 4. Credits/Extras ]

     Credits )

     Spiffy
     - Manages this FAQ
     - Likes Robotech :)
     - contact: Spiffy435 AIM or Spiffy@mail.cfcc.net (email expires 5/03)

     The Masters
     - Editor
     - Very knowledgeable of Robotech

     Mark Silgalis
     - Discovered the invincibility cheat.

     AureliusHibiki@veritechpilot.org
     - Submitted information on the "Cyclops" Zentraedi ship

     http://s1.cgi.gamefaqs.com/boards/gentopic.asp?board=14630&page=0
     - Where I found Frequently Asked Questions


     Extra bits of info )

     Web-sites of interest
     - http://home.earthlink.net/~rtinfocenter/ - updated on a frequent basis and
       contains solid information.

     - www.therobotechpage.com ...old and no longer updated yet it contains some few
       sections of enormous content.


          If you would like to chat with Robotech fans visit www.mirc.com and
     download mIRC (free). Connect to a Dal.net server and join '#robotech' or
     '#robotech-serv'.
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