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Offline eicca

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Forced Hand is impossible to beat
I'm using the 2014 release of STR, the one that I beat a few months ago, but this time, playing Forced Hand, there are two problems: 1, the Repulse jumps out way too quick (like 60 seconds, and it's impossible to disable it) and 2, most of the time, weapons stop having any effect on the engines subsystem after about 30% of total damage. Not sure what to do here. This mission was winnable last time I played it.

 

Offline Goober5000

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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
1) You're supposed to allow the Repulse and its escort to be distracted by the Adamant and Kadesh.  Wait until Command gives you permission to engage.

2) Which weapons are you using?

 

Offline eicca

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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
1) You're supposed to allow the Repulse and its escort to be distracted by the Adamant and Kadesh.  Wait until Command gives you permission to engage.

2) Which weapons are you using?

I can wait and engage the fighters and it still jumps out. I can go straight for it and it still jumps out. 60 seconds, every time.

The disruptor is useless, the Stillettos only take off about 3% with each hit. So far the only thing I've been able to get close with is hitting it with disruptor missiles, then pounding it with Stillettos and rearming as fast as possible.

 

Offline eicca

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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
HEY WAIT! Ha. You're right. I have to sit idle and let the dialogue play out. Works great now! Patience, I must learn.

 

Offline niffiwan

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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
Also; you need to launch your Stilettos from the correct angle; i.e. beneath the Repulse rather than behind. If you don't give your wingmen the correct orders they'll launch from the wrong angle as well.
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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
If you give your wing Athenas with stilletos and order them to attack the engines they'll line up and slowly fly over there. That should time just right with the dialogue ending. Just follow them in and they'll wreck the engines in 10 seconds.
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Offline Rhys

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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
Grab an Athena and fill both secondary banks with stilettos. Approach the Repulse at 1/3rd thrust until the dialogue ends, target the engines then Shift+V+3 and go full burn. Get right up close before launching the stilettos, and call in a support ship once you fired two or three salvoes.

Works every time. Don't bother using the disruptor, it won't do enough subsystem damage on the orion to make much of a difference.

 

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Re: Forced Hand is impossible to beat
HEY WAIT! Ha. You're right. I have to sit idle and let the dialogue play out. Works great now! Patience, I must learn.

You should try playing Vasudan Imperium with that attitude. See how long you last in an unshielded Anubis ignoring orders.
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