Part 27: Episode XXVI: The Most Dangerous CatchEpisode XXVI: The Most Dangerous Catch
Music: Peaceful Sleep (Vocal)
OK. Thats one morally dubious quest in the backlog down. Lets move on to checking out that sighold it... Wait up... Since when are there TWO weirdo androids wearing machine heads in the camp? Whats your story, dude...?
Put this on, and you can see the whole world!
A Strange Resistance Man has joined the Strange Resistance Woman in completely disregarding the 4th Wall and providing a few tutorial tips. Or rather... I think this might be less tutorial and more a series of questions playtesters had and this may as well be Yoko Taro telling them to shut up, nerds. Fine... Well play ball. Lets just go down the list...
> Reading mail is inconvenient.
Still, there are a lot of androids who use mail because they like how retro it is. Kind of a hipster thing, I guess.
Good to know hipsters are still a thing 11,000 years in the future. As is email. Time is a flat circle.
> Its hard to see the 3D map...
The satellite camera doesnt have very good resolution, so you cant see fine details or tell whats underground. Other androids are also dissatisfied with it, but thats the way it is, Im afraid. Some choose to walk on their own two feet and discover things for themselves... Hint, hint! Youll just have to get used to it.
I bet hes winking under that mask. Assuming its a mask and he didnt just replace his head with a machines head. I... dont know... if androids can do that. Hey, can I ask a bonus question...? No? Frick. Fiiiine...
> Whats the currency in this world?
Its much easier than digging up the iron ourselves. Worth is decided according to weight of the enemy and value of the parts obtained. We call that unit G. ...Huh? Whats G stand for? Sorry! Thats classified.
Gum. Were operating entirely on a Gum based economy in the far flung future. Intact Bazooka Joe pieces are worth a small fortune. Juicy Fruit are the pennies of this system. Its very complex. But, enough of that... Final question!
> Whats a black box?
The black box is a fusion reactor installed in all YoRHa units. But we Resistance folks dont know much about its construction. Apparently it uses some kind of mysterious material... Say, maybe youd let me rip it out of you and take it apart for analysis! ...No? Hey, fair enough. Cant blame a guy for trying.
Alright, big guy. Thats enough questions for today. Not sure why they waited about half-way through the first playthrough to add this weirdo. Strange Resistance Woman might get additional functionality later on. But this guy is just here to tell you its just a video game, you should probably chill.
Anyway, we DID get a new sidequest from 6O on the way to dealing with the YoRHa
Music: Rays of Light (Medium)
As we head back out into the field, it is worth mention that most all wandering machine lifeforms in the field have ceased being docile and now will immediately aggro if they spot any androids in their vicinity. There is still the seldom wandering neutral machine on occasion. But its very rare now and theyll shortly vanish completely. Cant even fish in peace anymore. A shame...
The Access Terminal in question is the same one Jackass installed following our meet-and-greet with Eve and Adam in the alien graveyard. Seems the machines havent taken kindly to the installation of a busted vending machine in their neighborhood.
Alert: Jamming signals detected from enemy units.
Thats not good.
Hey! Jackasses! Knock that shit off! Do you know how expensive those vending machines are...? At least a few thousand G? What...? No, I dont know how much a G is worth in old world currency. Why even care?! Youre a sentient trashcan! Why am I even talking to you?!
So you may notice these machines have a new paint job. These are Enhanced versions of machine lifeforms weve already seen aka a Palette Swap. No, this game wont be going the Final Fantasy X route of having 53 slightly reskinned varieties of the same dozen machines. Theres only the one reskin of the same dozen machines and this is it! Enhanced Machines are usually about 5+ levels above the average wandering machine at any point in the game and are far more aggressive than the average robot.
Due to their level buff, they obviously hit much more damaging than most but... otherwise, theyre exactly the same as their predecessor models. I guess they might be somewhat faster on the draw. But that just might be the red paint job tricking me into believing they're faster. Its difficult to say. Regardless, given the rough time we had fighting those hostile androids earlier, this is a piece of cake.
Afterwards, we just need to sort out those Enhanced Stubby machines and the Access Point should be free and clear! Job well do
Oh... Huh. Didnt notice you there, axebot. Were you hiding in the caves or something? Sneaky little bugge
AWW CHRIST! I think we stepped into the wrong neighborhood. Turns out they were holding a Machine Lifeform Lumberjack convention nearby and they got wind the androids were bullying the boys down in the alien graveyard hole again.
And they are PISSED!
Suddenly getting assaulted by eight big axe-wielding jerks jumping in the hole to rumble is more startling than difficult. Despite being Enhanced versions, they still telegraph all their attacks by a mile and dodging any of their blows is so generous that they may as well not even try. Additionally, despite looking quite large, these guys really have trouble staying on their feet. A Perfect Dodge > Pod Counter will send everyone hit by the blow flying. Missile Pod also does fairly well here since its simple enough to pull back and just dump on the crowd. With a Mirage Pod Program to punish the entire group when they catch up.
Regardless, destroying the lumberjack machine brigade will bring this very short sidequest to a close. As soon as we inspect the Access Point and confirm its still functional, Pod 042 will relay mission success back to the Bunker and the Commander immediately phones back...
The signal from the access point just came back online. Good job.
I have some information about that, Commander.
The access point went offline because machine lifeforms were jamming it.
Which means they know that facility is one of our network terminals...
Yeah, but thats not all. While they knew it was connected to our network, they didnt try to destroy it. Its almost like they were trying to lay a trap.
Damn... Theyre getting smarter by the day. Thank you. Ill be sure to share this with the Council of Humanity on the moon.
And with a modest EXP bonus, that concludes the short sidequest to see whats up with machines kicking our vending machines in a pit. Great, now the machines are setting ambushes. It starts with something simple like that... Then the next thing you know some poor android is trapped in some hellish Home Alone-esque scenario concocted by the machines.
We do have one final bit of business in our backlog before we start taking on any new sidequests. Remember that email Jackass sent us? Something about a fish...? How about we go check that out. The last place we saw Jackass was back in the Desert Camp. Lets see if shes still hanging out around there...
Music: Memories of Dust (Quiet)
Like I care what you think, jerk!
Looks like Jackass and the Desert scout android arent on the friendliest of terms. Oh well. Jackass has been alright to us so far. Lets see what she wants, eh?
So this thing is called a mackerel and apparently eating it has a horrible effect on androids. Id love to see what it does, so go ahead and chow down.
Music: Broken Heart (Vocal)
...OK. Thats a bit ominous. And the music isnt helping. But, I mean... Its just a mackerel. Its just an oily fish. I mean they spoil quickly, but Im assuming it was caught recently and not stuck Jackasss pocket for a week. Also, Im really hoping the humans didnt program androids with the ability to get food poisoning...
Well... Whats the worst that can happen...?
Its just a mackerel.
...Just a mackerel.
Whatever! Lets do this thing. 2B aint gonna back down from no lousy fish. Glory to Manki
It was good, though, the android thought as consciousness faded.
Exquisite even. No wonder humans used to eat them...
Just a mackerel...
Video: Episode 26 Highlight Reel
Machine Lifeform Concept Art How would they even keep balance on two wheels? Thats ridiculous! Youd have toppled over robots all over the place...