Part 20: Prediction (Part 2)
So, late chapter six is really where the game starts actively disliking you and wishing you ill, and this map sure as hell shows is. The map is a big long drag of buildings with a few Samurai each in them. The first two are huts with single enemies. Then theres a larger building with several inside it. Then theres one of those horrible fan vehicles that can wipe out several wind-vulnerable characters at once, and its piloted by something new and scary.
Yeah, there was a Berserker earlier in the chapter and now weve got an Officer as well. Officers are to TEC and vehicles what Berserkers are to physical attacks, and they are one of the few ways to get a character skill with the only ATK-based anti-vehicle weapon, Beam Sabers. I really like Officers and well see some TEC-y people become them when we unlock them. Oh yeah, and that last building you see looming in that screenshot? Its not just got some samurai in it, it has a really high-end monster called a Demon Soldier in it. Unlike some of the other maps with facilities in them, the enemies most certainly will jump out when they feel like they want to hurt you and theyre pretty much all armed with katanas for brutally killing you with powerful single target attacks. If you advance slowly and carefully, though, you should be able to withstand the opposition.
Video- Salomes Compensation
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A relief after the last map, this is just a random set of extensions. Nothing really to say about this one, get your points and get out unless you want a bonus item badly. Then go level up. A lot. Because the game is about to bring the hammer down on your nuts.
Video- Tragic Salome
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Well, lets start by looking at whos come crawling back.
Yep, its Raiden again. And hes got a LOT of friends. There are five Metal Gear LEX tanks, four robots with gatlings, and two steel titans with morningstars. There are two ways to go about this, the way I do in the video and the right way. Lets talk about the video first. I just decide to see if I can slug it out with the enemy here. You really dont want to do this unless youre in great shape level wise, because the enemies here are quite tough and the tanks can do substantial damage to you. You need to make sure you do as much damage as you can the first turn, because you are starting heavily outnumbered. You do have some advantages, though:
1) Nothing on this map is a healer, so if you can keep someone who heals alive theyll keep your team up while the enemy only gets weaker.
2) Raiden wont move until you get close to him. This is good because you really dont need him up in your business until youre ready to put him down and win.
3) The tanks have VERY limited SP. Theyll be out of gas after a few attacks, so if you make it that long theyll be completely impotent. Thats because of the major flaw of vehicles, they have no free attacks and rely entirely on their SP to do stuff.
If your strength is sufficient, you will prevail. Still, thats the dumb way of doing the map and I dont suggest anyone not looking for a serious challenge even attempt it. No, what anyone halfway sane does is load up their party in a facility and throw it up the field until youre in range of Raiden (it will only take a throw or two). Then you just boil out, combo him down on turn one, and end action. No fuss, no muss.
Alex was finally about to get serious on Zetta.
Video- Tragic Salome Outro
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How dare you! Im not rotten!
Well get ready, Booky! Its time we finished this!
Damn! Hes a lot stronger than before.
Haaahahaha! Damn straight! Im a growing boy!
Hm... I didnt see that coming.
But then some weird little cat thing appeared and gave a message to Alex.
And whatever he was told, it was enough for him to leave.
Agh, Argh! Gotta run
What the hells going on?
Youll know soon enough.
Why would Alex stop fighting in the middle of a duel?
Zetta actually had a good question for once, because Alex really doesnt like him.