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Warhawk Operation: Fallen Star

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Aug 25, 2008 // President, LightBox Interactive

So I’ve been dropping hints for a few months now on the blog and finally, at Leipzig Games Conference this week, we unveiled our third expansion for the Warhawk Universe — Operation: Fallen Star.

The sweet, sweet hotness that is the Icarus Mk.1 Rocket pack and once you’ve played it, you wonder how you ever played Warhawk without it!


Normally we announce stuff here in the States but we thought since Warhawk has a global player base, lets show it at Leipzig first this time.

Before I answer some of the questions that I’ve seen from the past couple of days, let me give you all a rundown of what’s included in Operation: Fallen Star.

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There is an entirely new level – Tau Crater! It’s a smoky, forested island that features lots of vertical elements to give players tons of cools places to use the jetpack; huge trees that you can fly up into and land on their branches, an enormous recovery crane with lots of trusses and platforms to fly around, and of course, the name sake, a truly gargantuan capital ship wreckage smashed into the ground forming, you guessed it, Tau Crater.

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The capital ship is fully traversable meaning you can use the jetpack or other aircraft to fly up to its various surfaces, pipes, and destroyed sections. Hop out, use them to recon the other bases, snipe, call-in a binoc strike, whatever.

Around the crater are salvage platforms that have been constructed and serve as some of the bases in the Tau Crater. There’s also a huge fiery hole in the middle of the wreckage that you can climb though as a troop to quickly cross from one side of the level to the other.

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There are massive chunks of wreckage scattered around the level and the recovery efforts at these locations are bases as well.

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In total there are 10 new layouts for Tau Crater and since the jetpack is a massive, game-changing addition to Warhawk, we included a crap-ton of bonus layouts for the original game too — there are 30 bonus layouts that add jetpacks into the Warhawk’s original content.

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And yes, of course the jet pack can be used with both of the new free game modes that we released with the v1.4 Update. Jetpack Collector mode is awesome!

Now the jetpack itself is big departure from the way we normally do vehicles and this was very, very intentional. With each of our Booster-Packs, we specifically look for mechanic changing ways to freshen-up the game — and Operation: Fallen Star is no exception.

So here’s the run-down on the jetpack…

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First off, the jetpacks are equipment that the salvage crews are using to work on the wreckage so the style of it is very much like the equipment you might see at a construction site. This is true for the Daedalus Rapid Assembly Device (D-RAD) as well. Think of it as a vending machine for jetpacks. One of our players on the Warhawk forums asked if it was like a “hot-dog-stand”…well, yes it kinda is :-)

You run up to the Daedalus and then press SQUARE to grab a jetpack off the rack, like you would to mount a vehicle or turret. The Daedalus then begins its automated construction process and makes a new jetpack for another player to grab. This construction period helps control the balance of the game so that not every single troop always has a jet pack.

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Now to help protect against brutal base camping, we opted to not have the vending machine, err….the Daedalus be destructible. In some of our early play sessions, it just was too easy to ravage the other team if you could destroy the Daedalus.

The Warhawk forums also wondered if a jeep could drive the vending machine around, sorry, the answer is no. We spent a lot of time tuning the placement of each of the vending machines and towing them around the level would have introduced some pretty brutal exploits.

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You can also mount other vehicles if you have a jetpack. So you and your team can coordinate fast strikes with the 4x4s and then all jump-jet out to make a flag run or scoop-up a team’s cores. If you have jetpack equipped, you are also allowed use it like an ejector seat and bail out of our Warhawk or Nemesis if you get into a dicey situation. Another great tactic is to use the Warhawk and run fly-by at the enemy base then have your buddy in the passenger slot bail out with the jetpack.

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The controls for the jetpack are really easy too and operate the same as any other vehicle in the game so it should feel really natural to start using one.

R2 is the thrust button. Press it to engage the jets and your character will be carried higher and higher into the air. While you’re flying, use the analog sticks to move around. You can let off the thruster button to disengage the thrusters and your character will begin to drop towards the ground.

If you are flying around and you need to focus on combat and not thrust control, all you have to do is hold L2 and the jetpack will automatically emit enough thrust to maintain your current altitude. This way you can focus on raining death from above :-)

The jetpack also has a boost-dodge feature, similar to the afterburner for the aircraft. Simply double-tap R2 to engage the boost-dodge. The direction of the boost-dodge can be performed in any direction, backwards, forwards, side to side, even straight up depending on which direction you are pressing when you dodge.

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Now this feature not only is a great way to get around the battlefield, but the “dodge” part of the boost-dodge is key for scrubbing missiles. There is only one missile in the game that can acquire a jetpack lock-on and that’s the troop missile launcher. So if you are up in the air and you see the missile warning pop-up on your screen, you better do a dodge, otherwise that missile is going to nail you! Now if you have a jetpack equipped but you are just running around on the ground, the missile launcher can’t get a lock on you…and this is another good way to help avoid getting hit.

Another question that our players wanted to know is if you can fly with the flag using a jetpack and the answer is yes. We took a lot of time to make sure all the traversal speeds were tuned just right and CTF and Collector mode are crazy fun with the Jetpack — hell, even just straight up deathmatch is way more fun!

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So here are some of the details: Operation: Fallen Star is being released on August 28th worldwide and is $7.99 in the Playstation Store. We also worked with SONY to get a new bundle pack ready too. The new Booster Combo Pack includes all 3 of the expansions for only $15.99. That’s like getting all 3 Booster-Packs for the price of only 2!!! Quick — deploy the wacky waiving inflatable arm-flailing tube men!!!

As a reminder, keep you eyes out for our FREE v1.5 Update that goes LIVE on August 27th!

So that’s it for now — I’ll do my best today to answer comments cause I didn’t get to at all with my last post cause I was crazy busy traveling for meetings. So let ‘em rip!

Oh, and one last thing, Kudos to 3 people (topodisc, mattnz, cubehouse) who were able to breakdown my crazy color-swatch-HEX-string-mythology-reference!

Rock on,

-dylan

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+ RoAcH2285 on August 25th, 2008 at 2:51 pm said:

Yo Dylan? Sony? Can you here me? lol. All I want to say is that I only have Omega Dawn right now and would like it if you offered a Broken Mirror/Fallen Star bundle for $11 like you guys did with the Omega Dawn/Broken Mirror Bundle. Thanks. :)


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+ Ratchet3 on August 25th, 2008 at 2:56 pm said:

what we need is that PSN IDs link up to each controller so more then one psn id can be logged in at once Ex: me and i my brother want to play warhawk i am using my username and he is using own so me and him can unlock trophies without one of us loging out


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+ SeventhAxes on August 25th, 2008 at 2:58 pm said:

All three expansion packs for 15.99? I think you got a new customer.


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+ phantomus on August 25th, 2008 at 2:58 pm said:

Dylan,
I know you’re probably gonna skip over this because it’s so far down the list already but…

-Are you guys working on/have ideas for an update for partying up with friends in Warhawk?

My friend and I love to play together online, but we’re not always on the same team, and our lists for joining matches aren’t always the same, and sometimes he’ll get in a match when I won’t, and vise versa.

If there was a way to group up with your friends and let one of them be the leader to chose rooms and game types that would make ALL the difference!


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+ SeventhAxes on August 25th, 2008 at 3:04 pm said:

While I’m still here, I’d like to second phantomus (#204), a “Party” list would be the biggest welcome in the series.


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+ TheGuardian1973 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:09 pm said:

DYLAN, YOU GUYS ROCK, WARHAWK HAS BECOME ONE OF MY FAVORITE GAMES OF ALL TIME AND THE SUPPORT YOU GUYS ARE GIVING IT IS PURE AWESOMENESS!!! THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!!! I’LL BE BUYING THE PACK DAY 1 AS I’VE DONE WITH THE OTHERS, JETPACKS FTW!!! :D :D :D


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+ BabeBro on August 25th, 2008 at 3:09 pm said:

Dylan you are the best man. Thanks for showing us gamers you care. I know you probably won’t see my post, but please continue the good work. Warhawk is one of my favorite games on PS3. I’ve owned it since launch and haven’t stopped playing since.


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+ tonka_92 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:16 pm said:

Dylan, you probably won’t read this so far down in the comments but are there any plans to implement an in-game player profile search option?

At the moment a couple of us over at the european forums are running a little week by week league using the stats website, but it doesn’t seem to update regularly at all and scores seem to stay the same for weeks and then jump massively

if there was an in-game service it would solve all our comparison and league problems as the in-game profiles are the most accurate areas for stats etc. but we cant have somebody adding all the people in the league as it would take up spaces in their friends list/buddy list in-game

thanks for reading and replying if you do


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+ Tomato9876 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:19 pm said:

Dylan, what about the Kick/Ban feature? This would get rid of all the stat padding and clan stacked servers. PLEASE!!!


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+ kornkid52 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:23 pm said:

i love wat u guys have done wit warhawk probably my fav game of all time each booster pack/update makes the game better and better. u guys thinkin of makin a new downhill dom. that game was sic cant wait til the 28th


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+ Train04 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:26 pm said:

Hi Dylan I no it’s late in the post but a reply would be apriciated is it possible to have more than two teams in a game for a more intense battle also could there be a turret on the back of a plane cus theres nothing you can do as a passanger at the moment keep up the great work.


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+ 3D3 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:28 pm said:

Thank you for this update! But please fix the ranks! I can never rank up anymore, I’m always stuck. :(


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+ Leo on August 25th, 2008 at 3:29 pm said:

I am also suffering from the rank issue; hopefully you guys can sort it out? PSN- Leonidas077


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+ skyshark67 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:33 pm said:

DYLAN READ THIS IT IS IMPORTANT!!!!

Oky here it goes….The ranking system in warhawk is screweing up for some people. Heres an example. I am supposed to be a command marshal…but i am still a major! I figured out what was wrong with it. I HAVE TO GET THE OLD POINT REQUIREMENTS TO RANK UP! I am thinking about re installing warhawk but that might erase my stats! PLZ RESPOND TO THIS!

-skyshark67:)


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+ MegaClank on August 25th, 2008 at 3:38 pm said:

I heart Dylan. =D

I know you said you don’t feel it would be fair to force people to purchase Booster Packs to experience two Booster Packs in one map – but answer this:

Have you guys tried playing with the new vehicles in different maps and with other vehicles? For example: Dropship and Icarus in Vaporfield Glacier?


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+ emille5 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:47 pm said:

I wish there could be certain servers for people that have all three of the booster packs. I would think that a battle with the dropship, APC, and jetpack would be awesome.


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+ Theossie on August 25th, 2008 at 3:49 pm said:

@211

That would be nice, but I think the only option for this may be to have a third plane..

Would be tight to be able to shoot at planes while they’re on your tail you…


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+ CrimsonFox13 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:49 pm said:

Haha, Incognito is awesome. Dylan’s a funny guy, too. He doesn’t seem all uptight. Definitely my favorite develepor, evar.


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+ nathan321456 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:51 pm said:

HOW COME I CANT WATCH ANY OF THE VIDEOS THAT SOME PUTS UP, IS THERE SOME SORT OF FLASH PLAYER I HAVE TO HAVE BUT ITS PISSIN ME OFF.
COME SOMEONE TELL WHATS UP?


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+ nathan321456 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:51 pm said:

SONY***


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+ shika.1983 on August 25th, 2008 at 3:55 pm said:

Thanks for replying to my post @ 58 Dylan

Shame about the buddy list but i’m sure you’ll get round to it.

(also shame about the badges as I wanted my WH grade APC badge) LOL

My PSN is shika1983.

I managed to get the badge the game keeps recommending me for (LG) after the third attempt but i’m still get recommended for a rank without getting it. (think it has something to do with me technically skipping the rank of major after the points change)

Can’t wait to play “duck hunt” LOL


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+ whoelse on August 25th, 2008 at 4:04 pm said:

I hope you will read this:

Do I have to purchase the Booster packs to get the Platinum trophy?


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+ talkbackgeek on August 25th, 2008 at 4:08 pm said:

Dylan Please Read! How can we help?

Hi Dylan, you said that future boosters and updates for Warhawk will be up to the people at Sony….so

1)How can we help? How can we make sure that there will be more updates and boosters coming our way? Buy Fallen Star? get our friends to buy it? Write letters? tell us.

2) We know incog’s next project isn’t the followup to this version of warhawk, so what is it? any hints or cryptic messages will be appreciated.

Love this game!


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+ tyboogie on August 25th, 2008 at 4:09 pm said:

You now have a new customer for warhawk. Picked up a copy today. For the noobs or somebody with patience add me. Psn nyahbingi


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+ DaLilBeezt_23_3 on August 25th, 2008 at 4:13 pm said:

WTF?! Damn this is so cool, but I just bought the Omega Dawn/Broken Mirror bundle last week, and my dad wouldn’t have let me bought it if it was $7.99 per pack!!(says it’s a waste of money 8 bucks for a single map…)

Isn’t there any way I can get that pack for a cheaper price?? Maybe wait till the next booster pack and HOPE it’s bundled with Fallen Star…?? In that case, please, Dylan, hurry up… I want this booster pack soooo badly…


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+ L on August 25th, 2008 at 4:14 pm said:

Plz fix the ranking system!!! :(


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+ skyshark67 on August 25th, 2008 at 4:18 pm said:

DYLAN READ THIS IT IS IMPORTANT!!!!

Oky here it goes….The ranking system in warhawk is screweing up for some people. Heres an example. I am supposed to be a command marshal…but i am still a major! I figured out what was wrong with it. I HAVE TO GET THE OLD POINT REQUIREMENTS TO RANK UP! I am thinking about re installing warhawk but that might erase my stats! PLZ RESPOND TO THIS!

-skyshark67


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+ AngelorD on August 25th, 2008 at 4:23 pm said:

If I snipe someone with a jet pack, but the bullet hits the jetpack, is it still a one hit kill?


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+ Silvernige on August 25th, 2008 at 4:31 pm said:

Hey Dylan, Thanks for the reply but I’m still a tad confused.
In the requirement it state’s “host a Ranked dedicated Server for 4 hours straight” due to my ISP the most I can ever select is 4 players.
So the only server’s I can select is Player, Dedicated, player Clan and Dedicated Clan. Are you saying I only need to host a Dedicated server? I hope this makes sense.


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+ an4564 on August 25th, 2008 at 4:36 pm said:

sweat i have to redownload warhawk for this

my PSN:An4564


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+ Nintendohater17 on August 25th, 2008 at 4:40 pm said:

Hey Dylan, I was wondering, will there be a pack of just broken mirror and fallen star?


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+ Rexram on August 25th, 2008 at 4:41 pm said:

It seems Dylan Jobe has stopped responding but I’d just like to put out the idea of remaking Warhawk (PSX) for Warhawk (PSN). The PSX version just feels so outdated and it’d be awesome if it was remade as a single player expansion to Warhawk (PSN).


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+ -gOpAcKfAn- on August 25th, 2008 at 4:46 pm said:

Dylan,To better your understanding of the rank-up glitch.

With your last update you changed the points requirements for the major and above ranks well when you acquire the points and medal/badge/ribbon required it does not give you your rank and customizations on the in-game home page. After every game starts a message pops up and says you have ranked up to “major” and you recieve the symbol in-game but you still need to acquire the old rank req. for the ingame home page to update with your rank in top left corner, rank advancement date, and your customizations.

You can check my stats, Sergeant_Pack if you need to you them to understand the glitch better.

I hope this helped you :)

For example: My PSN:Sergeant_Pack


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+ xenosagax112 on August 25th, 2008 at 4:49 pm said:

Dylan Jobe i got a Few Qs to ask …

1) why is there no story mode in WarHawk ?

2) where there be any new vehicles and weapons ? like new types of tanks and guns ?

3) can you guys make a few stages at night time ?

4) can we like fight on the waters say use warships or Subs .

i just picked up this game 2 days ago and i have to say i love this game its up with lost planet lol .


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+ CJamesLI on August 25th, 2008 at 4:58 pm said:

Nothing I hate more then getting into a warhawk 1 second too late and having a lousy pilot. Jetpacks will eliminate this ty. BTW I am one of those lousy pilots. Good Work!!!!


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+ sevenlives on August 25th, 2008 at 5:00 pm said:

Wow, really excited about this. When I first say warhawk, I thought it reminded me of an old favorite called Tribes…and now there’s jetpacks!? Niiiicee. Great job again, yet another instant buy for me! :)


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+ depward on August 25th, 2008 at 5:04 pm said:

Dylan – you’re awesome for taking the time out to answer some questions. This is why I love Warhawk and I spend cash on the booster packs – I can tell you love your game and you guys put everything into it. And it’s truly one of the PS3′s premier multiplayer experiences.

Also, nice “nine bucks” image you found – hilarious stuff :)


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+ kingfox on August 25th, 2008 at 5:24 pm said:

once again another great update but Bandwidth Donor trophy is very unfair for people in england as not all of us can host an 8 player game so we’ll never be able to get it

answer me or i’ll keep reposting it


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+ Chaos_Bladez on August 25th, 2008 at 5:25 pm said:

Wow, that looks great, I just REALLY want a PSN card.
When that’s coming from me, that means A LOT! :D


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+ go1dbacks on August 25th, 2008 at 5:29 pm said:

I just want to say great job with this game. It never gets old. Fallen Star looks AMAZING!! Cant wait. But I have a thing to ask for, fix the rank up problem that happens to Majors – Generals. These are the ranks that changed requirements in 1.4. Well it will tell you that you have been recommended for this rank every game. However when you go to your profile it will not give it to you. I check rank advancement and i have both the boxes checked off on Major. Yet no customizations or “Major” in my profile. So to get Major or any ranks higher you need to get the old requirements. This is happening to every Major and higher.


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+ Stallone on August 25th, 2008 at 5:35 pm said:

I wonder what the PSN maintenance is for tomorrow…hmmm, can you say Life with PS much?


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+ drew5150 on August 25th, 2008 at 5:36 pm said:

Hey Dylan,

I know you won’t answer this as myself and lots of others are at work when you post a blog but here goes anyway.

ok so new players can get the game for cheaper and the boosters for cheaper.

I’m ok with that.

Is there anyway you guys could set up a server or 2 for us hardcore players. where we could have a discussion thread in the forum about what game modes and layouts we would want. This would earn a lot of respect from some of the long time hawk players.

also is there anyway you could add selections to the new maps to play without the new vehicles. like we can choose which vehicles to put on old maps. this would only widen the playing options.

thanks for the new map.
keep up the good work.


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+ NeoTechni on August 25th, 2008 at 5:40 pm said:

I bought the first update but not the second. Could you bundle the last 2 together for me?


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+ ATALAVERA on August 25th, 2008 at 5:57 pm said:

Nice work guys!


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+ Gkar of Narn on August 25th, 2008 at 5:58 pm said:

Dylan, thank you very much for the jetpacks!
You keep on making Warhawk better & better & loyal players such as myself truly appreciate your & Incognito’s efforts.

I have a few ideas for the next booster pack’s vehicles. I enjoy playing UT3 & it has 16 vehicles (including the hoverboard) that are absolutely a joy to play. I’m thinking that a new primarily defensive vehicle based upon the Paladin would be useful because it creates an energy shield that protects your troops when they’re advacing towards an objective. Once it gets inside the enemy base, you can clear out enemy troops around the Paladin by firing the shock cannon while the energy shield is activated.

The next vehicle would be a support vehicle based on the Nightshade that is cloaked so that it can move throughout the battlefield undetected until it fires its primary beam weapon. Also it deploys 4 different types of mines & other special items such as the EMP Mine, Spider Mine Trap, Stasis Field, & Energy Field.


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+ maxerus on August 25th, 2008 at 6:00 pm said:

Vary cool!

Have you ever thought of servers with all the add on’s Dropship’s APC’s and Jetpacks. Ithink that would be TONs of fun but may be hard to balance.


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+ Gkar of Narn on August 25th, 2008 at 6:04 pm said:

@234: Just like you, I also would like to see a new booster pack that adds aquatic combat such as ships & submarines. Also, the troop soldiers could be equipped with special underwater rifles, rebreathers, & dive propulsion vehicles.


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+ maxerus on August 25th, 2008 at 6:05 pm said:

@SKYSHARK67

There are 2 requirements for each rank a EXP point requirement and a badge requirement.
I have a few friends that have 30k+ EXP but are still wingman lol!


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+ DryvBy on August 25th, 2008 at 6:10 pm said:

Now Sony, I’m excited about this, really. I’m buying my cousin this game just so he can experience Trophies. So please, push for more Trophy patches. I’m passing GH4 on the PS3 just because of the Trophy issue.


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+ mbsaeger on August 25th, 2008 at 6:13 pm said:

my PSN is: mbsaeger
can you please check my account?


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