AIR RANGER 2 : RESCUE HELICOPTER Platform : Playstation 2 (Japanese version) FAQ/Walkthrough written by wellgert version 1.0 Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org Table of contents 1) Introduction 2) Controls and how to play --Controls-- --Introduction mission-- 3) Lessons missions Lesson mission 1 : Take off and landing Lesson mission 2 : Altitude Lesson mission 3 : Side flight Lesson mission 4 : Correction and rings 1 Lesson mission 5 : Correction and rings 2 Lesson mission 6 : Autorotation 4) Trial missions Trial mission 1 : The rings Trial mission 2 : Helitaxi Trial mission 3 : Police Trial mission 4 : Winch Trial mission 5 : Drop Trial mission 6 : Balloons 5) Rescue missions Rescue mission 1 : Crash in the snow mountains Rescue mission 2 : War times Rescue mission 3 : Hotel on fire Rescue mission 4 : River fury Rescue mission 5 : The tornado Rescue mission 6 : The volcano 6) Outro Frequently Asked Questions Contact Information Legal 1) Introduction This FAQ aim to help the non-Japanese player who can have some problems playing missions without understanding the briefing. 2) Controls and how to play --Controls-- Right analog stick : up/down : go forward/go backward right/left : strafe right/strafe left Left analog stick : right/left : turn right/turn left up/down : not used Select : change the appearance of the indicators Start : pause (allow you to end the mission) Square : target view Triangle : internal view Circle : external view (close) Cross : external view (far) L1 : increase collective (go up) L2 : decrease collective (go down) R2 : change task R1 : select task during change, active task when already selected What you see on the flight screen (after the introduction mission) On the top of screen, you can see the compass who show you direction you are heading. This diagram explain you the signification of the numbers. North 0 | West 270_____|_____90 East | | 180 South You have the radar on the right too. Under the radar, you have the wind speed. And again under, you can have some informations which vary with the mission. In the rescue missions, it's the number of people you still have to save and maybe the number of injured people (I'm not sure). In the trial missions, it can be point you have marked until now. Under that (still on the right of the screen), you have a diagram who show you the number of passengers that your chopper is currently carrying. Under the diagram, you can see the current task like the winch (BOB), the fire hose (WATER), the radio (of course useless if you do not understand japanese), etc... The time (limited or not) of the mission is visible too. Just on the left, you can see the fuel gauge. On the left, you can see your speed (SPD) in knots, your altitude (ALT) in feet, and your rate of climb (VSI, when this number is negative, that means your are going down). The gauge indicate your collective. BAL stand for "balance" and indicate the heel (incline) of the chopper. The number P indicate the front/rear balance and the number H indicate the right/left balance. Often I will refer to a person to rescue as "him" or "her". That simply signifies I have noticed if the person is a man or a women during the mission. This game is sharp, isn't it ? Please note I will refer to "helicopter" as well as "chopper". The two words design the same thing. Introduction mission. Simply fly heading for the target and, when you reach it, press R1 to use the winch and rescue the survivors. 3) Lessons missions Lesson mission 1 : Take off and landing In this mission you simply have to take off, fly through the rings and finally land. Lesson mission 2 : Altitude This mission ask you to fly at specified altitudes. First, you have to fly at 1000 feet during 3 seconds. The game will count the seconds only if you maintain your altitude, so be sharp. Second, you have to fly at 50 kts during 3 seconds. Push carefully the stick to get the right speed. Third, you have to fly at 0 kts during 3 seconds. Simply don't touch nothing, and it will be done. Fourth, you have to head for 240 during 3 seconds. Use the left analog stick to do it. You must see 240 at the top of the screen. Fifth, you have to head the cap 0 during 3 seconds. Sixth, you have to head for 120 and fly at 50 kts during 3 seconds. Seventh, you have to head for 310 and fly at 50kts during 3 second, and the lesson will be over. Lesson mission 3 : Side flight. This lesson ask you to pass through four rings heading for a specified direction. Here is the direction for each ring : Ring 1 heading 000 Ring 2 heading 000 Ring 3 heading 000 Ring 4 heading 000 Ring 1 heading 090 Ring 2 heading 180 Ring 3 heading 270 Ring 4 heading 000 End of lesson Lesson mission 4 : Correction and rings 1 This lesson simply ask you to fly through some rings, but you have to correct your heading constantly with the right analog stick. Lesson mission 5 : Correction and rings 2 This mission ask you to do the same thing than lesson 3, but correcting constantly your heading like in the lesson 4 (and like in the rest of the game). Here is the direction you have to head for each ring : Ring 1 heading 000 Ring 2 heading 270 Ring 3 heading 000 Ring 4 heading 090 Ring 5 heading 000 Landing heading 270 Lesson mission 6 : Autorotation An autorotation is a maneuver a chopper pilot do to land when the helicopter engine is broken. To do it, you have to reduce the collective to zero and push up the right analog stick to gain some speed in the fall. When you arrive just above your landing zone, push down the right analog stick firmly to stop your fall and land slowly. 4) Trial missions Trial mission 1 : The rings You simply have to pass through 50 rings in 3 minutes (an orange ring count for 10 normal rings). Sometimes you can choose your way. I recommend you to buy the cheap but agile and quick OH-6D chopper to complete that mission easily. Trial mission 2 : Helitaxi Do you remember Crazy taxi ? That mission is basically the same thing with an helicopter. Land on any target, embark the passenger, carry him to the point the game indicate, and when he has disembarked, take off and go to embark an other man at an other target. That mission cannot be completed with the little (and slow) 300CB chopper. I recommend you to use the OH-6D. You have to carry 4 people before you run out of time. Trial mission 3 : Police You have to light a car that the police try to stop. It's not easy. Use the OH-6D chopper (it's the most agile of your choppers). You have to light the car until the counter on the left of the screen (just under "score") display more than 35% to complete the mission. Trial mission 4 : Winch Although it's not obvious in that mission, you will train you to use the winch. You have to pass the "ball" you are carrying through 8 rings at least. That's not easy, but all the helicopters can do it... Personally I prefer the little 300CB. Trial mission 5 : Drop You have to drop some balls on several targets. You must be over 500 feet (altitude) to be authorized to drop. And you earn more points (10) if the ball hit the center of the target. You must earn 20 points or more to complete the mission. The chopper for that mission is definitely the CH-47J (the most stable). With the CH-47J, the mission is a piece of cake. Without, it's a nightmare... Trial mission 6 : Balloons You have to crush at least 35 balloons with your rotor (just touch them). The 300CB chopper is too slow to accomplish the mission, I think any other helicopter will do it. 5) Rescue missions Rescue mission 1 : Crash in the snow mountains Briefing : A plane has crashed in the mountains. Your mission is to find the crash site, rescue the two passengers and carry them to the hospital. A recon plane will help you to locate the crash site. Good luck. This first rescue mission is pretty simple. Take off and head for the north (heading 000). You will pass the ridge of the first mountains chain, then a valley (where there are two road and a river) then finally arrive above the mountain where the crash site is. The recon plane will show you the crash site. If you don't see it, simply fly over the mountain (probably toward West, heading 270) until you see the markers of the two targets. You can land to rescue the man who call you, but you have to use the winch to get the second man who is wounded. When your two passengers are on board, head for the cap 230. You will see some rings like at the training. Pass through them and land on the roof of the hospital. Mission complete. Rescue mission 2 : War times Briefing : In a combat area, some civilians need to be supplied. They are located in the brown rectangle. Your mission is to drop some supplies to them (you have to embark the supplies in a camp first). The zone delimited in green is under SAM (Surface to Air Missile) surveillance. Any aircraft or helicopter flying in that area will be shot down... however, that's exactly you will have to do... Fly low to not be discovered. IF YOU ARE SPOTTED BY A SAM, don't panic, simply go down and hide you behind the relief or in the hole. IF THE SAM FIRE A MISSILE, try to hide in a hole of the relief. If you are in an open space, try to locate the missile and move to escape him (it can be done). The recon plane will help you to spot the targets. Good luck. Take off and head for cap 170. You will see a little camp. Land and the supplies will be loaded. Take off and head for cap 310. Pass the river and the targets (and the lake) should begin to appear. One is at the East of the lake. An other target is at the North of the lake. An other is just on the north lakeside. You have a fourth target at the East of the lake and the fifth is at the far West of the map. I think I don't forget anything, but anyway, the targets are easy to find. To parachute the supply in, select "DROP" with R2 and drop with R1, just like in the trial mission 5. This time, you must fly higher than 900 feet (altitude) to be authorized to drop your supply. You will probably be discovered by the SAM flying so high, so do your job quickly. After you have visited all the targets, return to land to your rescue ship at the East. Mission complete Rescue mission 3 : Hotel on fire Briefing : You have seen the title : a great hotel of the coast is on fire. Your mission is to rescue the survivors and extinguish all the fires. Take off, the hotel is just in front of you. Select the fire hose (R2 to select WATER then R1 to "fire" the water) and go to extinguish all the flames you can see on the hotel (especially then you see a target with). If you see a person in danger (red), go to extinguish his fire in priority. DO NOT TRY TO winch THEM. Just extinguish all the fires. When his fire is extinguished, the person will go to the roof of the hotel and will wait for evacuation. When you will have extinguished all the fires, you will be able to land quietly on the roof and carry the survivors to the landing zone on the beach. When you will have embark all the survivors, you will have to pass through some rings before your final landing. Mission complete. Rescue mission 4 : River fury Briefing : A river is flooding a village. You have to rescue the survivors before they drown. A recon commando of three dogs will help you to spot the targets. As you can see, these dogs are professionals and work alone. Good luck. Take off and head for the cap 140, you should see the village quickly. The targets will appear, most of them appear randomly. You often have to wait they are in water before being able to get them with the winch. You can drop them some lifebelts (useful if your chopper is full and you have to disembark passenger at the landing zone before). After you have rescue all people, the music change and you will have to pass through some rings before you land. Mission complete. Rescue mission 5 : The tornado Briefing : A tornado threats several farms and a zeppelin in difficulty. You have to evacuate the farmers and zeppelin passengers before the tornado destroy everything. Good luck. Nothing really difficult here. Take off and head for the first farm (cap 320). Land (or use the winch), get the farmer and head for the second farm (cap 070). Land and take the two farmers on board (or use the winch but I don't think you have enough time to play with Bob). Head for the third farm (cap 000). The farmer is near his car on the road near his farm as you can see. After got him, head for the heliport (cap 310) to disembark your passengers (your helicopter can not carry more people and you have still people of the Zeppelin to rescue). When your passengers have disembarked, take off and head for the zeppelin (cap 190). You have to winch people when they go on the "roof" of the zeppelin. There are 4 people to rescue. When you have done it, head for your base (approximately cap 180, because the zeppelin is moving), pass through the rings and land. Mission complete. Rescue mission 6 : the volcano A volcano has suddenly become active. Your mission is to rescue the survivors who has not yet evacuated. As you can see, the ashes have cover the city, and the visibility is reduced. The "dogs recon commando" will help you to spot the persons to evacuate. You could have to extinguish some fire before rescue some people. Good luck. ################################################################## # start # # # # volcano 3 # # A # #[-----------------------------------------------------------] # #[ 1,2___ ____ ] # #[ 4 B | ] # #[ D | ] # #[ C___5_|____________] # #[ E| ] # #[ F,G | ] # #[ H_____________I___J______] # #[-----------------------------------------------------------] # # K # # Rescue ship # ################################################################## ###### : limits of the map ___ and | : roads -------- and [ ] : theoretical limits of the zone where you must search survivors (shown in the briefing). First of all, the numbers indicate people who are ever present in the mission and the letters show the position of people who appear randomly in the mission. To complete the mission, you have to rescue ALL the persons you detect, but I prefer to tell you that you probably have to rescue the "numbers" in priority. You must rescue people in danger (red) in priority too, but if I could give you a counsel, finish to rescue the person you are dealing with before to go to an other person in danger whom the game have just noticed you. Your CH-53 helicopter can carry until height passengers, all of them must be carried to the rescue ship in the south. I will explain now the best method I've found to finish this mission. First, take off and fly to the mountain road I have note on the map (near 1,2). You can see that this road has been cut off, probably by a lava flow. Fly until the extreme end of the road and land on it (in the axe of the road, heading 270), just before the cars which block the way. You will see two persons coming : this is 1 and 2. If you have landed like I say, they should go aboard the chopper. If they don't, try to land closer them. You can of course use Bob and the winch to get them but personally I think it's more simple (and quick) to land and leave the person come to you. During that operation, the game may notice you that the person 3 is now in danger. I have not found how to rescue that person before she is in danger (she stay in her car until that time). That's why I prefer to go to rescue 1 and 2 before her. person 3 is hanging in a fissure (crack) in a valley at the West of the volcano. You have to use Bob and the winch to rescue that person (yeah, I hate the winch, just the winch and not Bob who is a hero...). Now, the real problems begin : people 4 and 5 must be rescued BEFORE to be marked in danger. I do not found how to rescue them when they are in danger. If you know how to proceed, any explanation are welcome. Immediately after rescued person 3, go to the fissure at 4 and wait for the person 4. He should appear in the north of the fissure. If the game notice you a other person in danger, go to rescue this person and return immediately after to 4. An other thing : DO NOT land before person 4 arrive, you risk to be hit by the volcanic ash (ejecta) (yeah, "it" almost aim at you when you don't fly, naughty...). You can land or use the winch to get person 4 then he arrive. If you miss person 4, he will finally fall in the fissure, where you cannot reach him (your chopper is too big to go down in the fissure) and you will end the mission at the end. When you have rescued person 4, go to 5, East of the intersection of the roads I have noted on the map. As you can see, the building near the intersection are to high to authorize you to land or use the winch, so you have to get person 5 BEFORE she reach the intersection. Search her carefully on the road until she appear. Of course, if the game show you an other person in danger, you have to take care of it, but I prefer to tell you : if you miss person 5 now, you probably won't be able to get her after, and the mission will be a failure... After you got her, you now have to take care of the "letters" persons. I try to describe their locations. Person A : On the side of the volcano. You probably have to extinguish the fire before saving him. Person B : Near a tree. You probably have to extinguish the fire before saving him. Person C : May appear near the road East-West, but more at West than person 5, do not confuse them. Person D : Near a large but low building behind a little ridge. You probably have to extinguish the fire before saving her. Person E : She is running on the North-south road. Person F and G : They are near some hangars and trees. You probably have to extinguish the fire before saving them. Person H : He is running on the coast road between the docks and the warehouse of the port. Person I : She may be running on the coast road. Person J : That man is waiting you next his burning house. You have to extinguish the fire before save him. Person K : That man is in the water just in front of the docks. Save him with the winch before he drown. Land on the rescue ship à South when your chopper is full of passengers. When you will have rescued the last person, you will notice that the music has changed, and that several rings have appeared near the rescued ship. Pass through the rings and land on the boat. Mission complete Frequently Asked Questions Why have you done this FAQ ? Because I really have enjoyed this game, but I have notice that the language make the progression difficult for the non-Japanese. Why do you love this game so much ? Because this game is original (unfortunately it's very rare today). For example, do you know lot of games which allow you to fly near a tornado ? Saving people seems to be a really interesting idea too. Can I put your FAQ on my website ? You must ask my authorization before doing that. I would be happy to give it, but ask first. Thanks. Legal This FAQ is © 2002 wellgert. All rights reserved. Thanks Thanks To Ask and Garden for making this game. Thanks you to have played it. Special thanks to Bob, the man who winch rescued people. Bob is the REAL hero in this game : he is out of the chopper ALL THE TIME. He has to support rain, snow, wind... and your errors when you use the winch (you can hear him sometime). Thanks to him.