Should you set by default the best loadout, rather than forcing us to play the mission, lose, return back with a loadout we apparently consider good?
I was thinking about doing that at one point, but eventually decided to make the loadouts uniform among wings. Tempests are something that are useful to have around in most missions, but the AIs are terrible with them, so it was looking a bit funny when the player always had a different default loadout than everyone else in the wing.
That being said, the stock loadouts aren't off the wall by any means; they are generally things that the wingmen are good at using and are tailored to the mission requirements. Also, there is generally no one loadout that is clearly perfect for the situation. The things I describe in the walkthrough are what work for me, but they are by no means clear cut. They have different advantages and shortcomings, and may depend on the player's particular style.
There is an undocumented feature in FS2 retail (and probably FS1 too) that will do this.
Immediately after $Briefing Music:, put
$Debriefing Success Music:
$Debriefing Fail Music:
and it will play the specified track in debriefing. You'll have to maintain the mission in Notepad though, as FRED won't save this to the mission file.
This sounds useful, but I would need something that plays a track specific to a certain debriefing stage, in the same way voice files are used. I have some cases where the completion status of the objectives doesn't quite match up with the music I would like played.
Awesome, completed the campaign and got a 45% score
Since this indicates how much extra stuff you got in addition to the main objectives, something around 50% is pretty good.
I got tired with some missions that were unnecesarily tedious, if not hard, so I edited the vulcan (double the range, 90 damage, and 10.0 subsystem modifier). Made disarming teh Saturn and killing EVERYTHING that much easier...MWAHAHAHAHAHA
Actually, if you're cheating anyway, check out the Shivan super laser. I bet you'll have more fun with that thing.