Yeah, I know that's the case, but at least it would mean that the enemy was shooting at something that wasn't me. That's not even my concern anymore, to be honest, since I've been able to (almost) consistently plow through the first portion of the mission by spamming the Pirene's engine with Stilettos and letting my wingmen take care of the rest. The middle portion is an utter breeze; you can sit back and let your wingmen do all the work for you. But the endgame...that's what's driving me ****ing insane. I cannot
get the Enceladus to leave the Khepren alone. It's always firing with more beams than I think can possibly be facing the Enceladus...in fact, I know it fired through its own hull on one occasion, which annoyed me to no end. I can take down the nav system easily enough with the help of my wingmen, and I can knock out one or two of the beam turrets, but that's often not nearly enough to save it. The thing is, I think a lot of it has to do with timing. On one or two occasions, I've had an enemy wing stupidly chasing a support ship for a minute or two during the Khepren defense segment, which means that the Khepren wound up much further along in its waypoints than normal, which meant that the Enceladus seemed to be able to bring two or three more beams to bear. I just couldn't get to all of them in time, and that's without the flak and enemy fighters bearing down on me.
And the worst part of all of this? I had it beat and lost.
I took out the nav subsystem, I managed to take down every beam turret that could reach the Khepren (which was at somewhere near 25%), and I was just trying to keep myself alive until myself or my wingmen could finish off the Enceladus (under 20%). I was heading away for a rearm, and I managed to park myself just
inside the range of one of the blob turrets. Thanks to your lovely turret modifications, my shields were down before I even realized it, and I dropped sixty hull points in about two seconds. I think my vocal cords just about ripped out of my throat, I screamed at myself so loud.
And yes, before you say anything, I know that they're only bonus points, but I also know that they're do-able, so I want to do them. I'm really in the wrong line of entertainment...anger issues + perfectionism + challenging game = perfect storm of hatred.
(Oh, and one more thing? The Sekhmet's energy reserves are about the worst thing I've ever seen. Dear lord, you'd think the Vasudans would have managed to include a decent powerplant in this thing. Kaysers drain its primary energy in all of about twenty shots. I'd take a brick of an Ursa any day of the week over this thing, speed advantage or not.)