You know being an E-5 is a magical time the first time, enough rank to get things done, but not enough to take full responsibility when things really go wrong.
Well it certainly appears as if real tactics will be sparse, but in terms of the game at least it seems that the staff at least did their homework and looked at the gameplay so again in that sense it works. I like how they added Wendy to the roster though if you did get elite shocktroopers you will know how weird it is seeing Edy and Rosie in close proximity. While they added one lancer it’s still rather sad that for whatever reason (animation budget, most likely) that they have not put more effort into character designs or actually trying to use classes other than one lone lancer, scouts, and shocktroops. I could have used a lot less Faldio and Ramal though, still just like in the game it seems that Imp snipers really can’t shoot for shit to save their lives, personally I never had luck with Imp Sniper Rifles since range is pathetic and it’s really accuracy that matters. I do like how they used cover though clumping up is in this universe a good idea for combined attacks since that’s how supporting fire works. (Calawain has finals today and tomorrow wish the poor guy luck)
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Personally I would have preferred something more similar to the actual mission that it was based on since I would have been most amused if Jane “Kill ‘em All” Turner was gleefully shooting Imps in the back. Nevertheless I simply adore Alicia’s funny faces and Rambo Alicia was fairly enjoyable. I agree about the fear and nervousness thing, though like Captain Speirs said you might as well believe you are already dead. They really hinted a lot about future developments at that cost of special tanks (Lupus and Edelweiss) duking it out, but at least they kept Hans from being the weepy little creature that he is I think they were better off just keeping the hold some shit routine. I still think Hans should be named Ham but whatever. I like how Alicia nearly dinged Jaeger in the face while the guy was gawking at her. Next ep looks to be a filler though I suppose Jann is going to be a barrel full of laughs and Ellet is going to show some cleavage. Alicia will make even more funny faces, and it seems Edy, Suzie, and Aisha (yeah the 12 year old shocktrooper is in on it too) are going to get all gussied up, one can hope that a decent amount of budget will be allocated.
In terms of actual military wisdom though in that moment there was no reason not to pursue though Welkin did at least discern that his busting in was all too easy and that he didn’t really kick the shit out of the Imps and send them packing. Rather being cautious was probably a good thing since, if Jaeger is all they make him out to be, Squad 7 would have just chased him right into a kill zone of Jaeger’s choosing. They really are pushing Gregor as an incompetent hack since he was supposed to be elsewhere and getting flanked should have raised some flags with him if he really was worth is rations. I bet Rommel and Patton would be howling mad at Welkin, but Squad 7 ain’t exactly the Third Army or the Afrika Korps, hell I’d have problems sending in a bunch of militia on a going fastest and farthest mission. Mostly since they only have one tank and they have no halftracks, so it be less like Rommel running Frendendall to the ground at Kasserine and probably would have been more like Manstein crushing Popov’s Mobile Group at the Third Battle of Kharkov. Ah well let the good times roll.
Musings about the Game
I think Alicia needs to start sporting a combat knife.
Since there was a game to this I might as well try and talk about the game, unless no one really cares or everyone has beaten the game already.
As for the mission itself I ran Claudia, Alicia, Marina, and Aisha with Edelweiss while Largo, Ramsey, Rosie, and Jane were going to do the flanking. I had to go one group at time while trying to preserve command points in the case of the flanking force while inching up Marina into a good sniping position to ding two lancers. Edelweiss was an excellent decoy that was not too hard for Claudia to repair. I decided to not nip the forward position in the rear and went all the way to the side gate on the base while I used Edelweiss to blast out the medium tank and from the front angle, and stormed the camp. I sent Alicia to recon that AT gun that was over looking the base only to find that it was all by itself, I tell ya aiming for the back of the head execution style never got old for me. Over running the camp was a bit tougher I had to park Edelweiss to block Lupus (special tank shows up later) from intercepting my shocktroops as they crossed open ground. The last camp was more challenging though being able to boost defense on the first one in to lob grenades made things easier. Otherwise I tossed four grenades in all to blow them out of their sandbags. I wasn’t able to blow out Lupus but managed to blow out the treads though it made no difference.
In terms of play style I usually poured experience points into Shocktroops because they are my bread and butter units, with Scouts and Snipers as a second priority, Engineers third (mostly because leveling them up is cheap), and Lancers last since I didn’t use them much in the early turns. Scouts have good range for interception fire, but with a properly placed shocktrooper you can gun down plenty more imps dumb enough to run into to the cone of death. Counterattacking is also much more lethal to Imps so long as you use cover. For upgrades I always upgraded body armor, SMGs, Grenades, and Rifles (in that order). I usually upgraded HP on Edelweiss first before doing firepower upgrades and mortar capacity. I didn’t even bother with radiator upgrades since I was usually able to back Edelwiess into a protected position. I am interested in how other people played since I was real shocktrooper heavy and didn’t really use scouts until I got them to level 11 and got grenade launchers, which are lovely by the way.
More Screen Caps
Show us proof of injury and you get to be SIQ.
Let Hans eat it…
It’s no worse than your pet pig…
You have no idea…
You can tell by the trail of droppings.
Alright they added Wendy “Bomber” Cheslock.
But first let’s roast the pig.
Because you did not make Sergeant Major yet…
No wonder why Alicia gets along with Hans so well…
Let’s be honest now scouts are the first ones in…
I am surprised Largo can not only keep up, but he’s the head of the pack.
Murdock Gregor I am coming for you…
Yeah shut the fuck up Faldio.
You to shouta.
Alicia doesn’t like Ramal either.
It’s your lot in life sadly…
You just have to accept that fact that you’re already dead…
Were you shooting at me?
Poor Edy gets minimal budget.
I like your use of cover, but I hate your stance there Oscar. I suppose that is why you couldn’t hit a damn thing as a sniper.
Clearly Gergor had never heard of Agincourt.
I hope Wendy has a custom demolition chargefor every occasion.
Yeah Imp snipers are terrible, good hitting power, but really what’s the point if accuracy sucks for you one shot weapon?
There’s courage and then there is Alicia’s courage…
Of course Faldio is not ready…
Best uniform EVAR.
All your base belong to us.
Alicia is better than Faldy, Alicia is stronger, Alicia is faster, Alicia is better than Faldy.
It’s your fault for throwing your lot with a Prince who has no interest in women…
Yeah she can shoot too.
I could’ve killed them all. I could’ve killed you. In your camp, you’re the law. Out here, it’s me. Don’t push it. Don’t push it, I’ll give you a war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go…
Hey wasn’t there supposed to be some sort of elite tank over here?
At least he realized that he did not kick enough ass to make them run.
Sure I’d love me a roast pig at the tend of hostilities.
You make her nuts…
Eh just feed Welklin’s stuff to Hans, Hans will eat anything.
Yes the 12 year old is in on it too.
Yes you let a 12 year old volunteer to be a shocktrooper.
I share Alicia’s mistrust of reporters.
Wait how do you unlock this in the game?
Thank you for being honest.