Hard Nova walkthrough
HARD NOVA Walkthrough Part 1 INTRODUCTION This walkthru of HARD NOVA is divided into three parts. Part 1 contains basic game mechanics information and should be considered a supplement to the manual Part 2 is the walkthru; Part 3 contains location information for the hopelessly lost. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT As in any role-playing game, character development is necessary to win; however,in HARD NOVA, the player has an additional problem: You cannot dismiss a character that has been added to your party. Several characters you find duplicates of each other in their abilities to help you win. Others exist only for one mission and have no other use. This means the player must decide what characters are to be developed. All characters can gain experience points, but key characters need to be sent on ground missions to gain the extra points needed to properly develop their abilities. Experience points can be gained only in combat.In ground combat each character gains points by just inflicting damage on the attackers. In space combat every character shares equally in the points gained by damaging an enemy ship. Characters who are sent to the ground in an away team gain the most points due to ground combat. Your ground squad is limited to three members,and Stark/Nova must be the squad leader. You can have less than a full squad. There is a slot (the recruit slot) for a fourth character; however, any character in that slot remains there only until you return to the ship. This is an important point to remember since it makes a significant difference at one point in the game. APTITUDE Each time your character reaches a new level, you are given ability points to spread around your abilities. The number of ability points your character gets is based on the Aptitude ability. When Aptitude is 8, your character gets 3 ability points. When Aptitude is 11, your character gets 4 ability points. So, you get one additional ability point with every 3-point increase in Aptitude. The maximum level for Aptitude is 20. This is a very important ability to increase quickly and early on. AGILITY This ability determines how fast your character can shoot in ground combat.It is very important to increase this ability as soon as you can for characters who will be sent on ground missions. This ability determines the Speed as shown on page 31 of the manual. A Speed of 10 or better is needed; a Speed of 15 or better is preferred. FITNESS This ability determines how many hit points your character gets with each increase in level and is crucial to ground combat successes.A Fitness of 10 or better is needed; however, this ability can be increased gradually. FIREARMS This ability determines your character's accuracy with Standard Weapons. It determines the "To Hit" value on the screen on page 31 of the manual. You want a To Hit of 50% or better.A To Hit of 95% is the maximum your character can get; there is no point in increasing Firearms once your character reaches 95%. Firearms are the only weapons you will find in the early part of the game, so this ability should be increased early. This ability is only of use to characters in your ground squad. SPECIAL WEAPONS This ability determines your character's accuracy with Special Weapons.You do not have to increase this ability until you find some Special Weapons.When you do find Special Weapons, it's better to not use them until a character has enough points in Special Weapons to have a To Hit of 50% or better. CLOSE COMBAT This ability determines your character's accuracy with melee weapons. Melee weapons are generally useless in this game; you can ignore this ability. TACTICS This ability is added to Firearms, Special Weapons, or Close Combat to determine the To Hit percentage.Increasing this ability is not as effective as increasing the actual weapon ability, but it does apply to all weapons. DEMOLITION This ability applies only to Nova or Stark and is generally not necessary. It is used in conjunction with grenades. STEALTH This ability generally is not useful except for darcators; all the darcators you can add to your party have this ability at a very high level already. THE REMAINING ABILITIES The Ship-Based abilities are fairly straightforward.They should be at least 8 to be effective but are really only effective when they reach 10 or better.The exceptions are Programming and Star Comm. Your ship starts out with Level B Programming. You cannot safely increase the programming until Programming ability reaches 12. Thereafter, you can safely increase the programming level one level for every additional point. You cannot do effective ship scanning until Star Comm reaches 14 or better. OTHER WEAPONS Close combat weapons are useless; ignore them. Upgrade weapons as fast as possible. There are three exceptions to this rule.First,the SMG-70X has a high rate of fire and can compensate for a low Speed. Second,Special Weapons should not be used until a character has a high To Hit percentage; otherwise,you just waste ammo. The third exception involves ammo. You can only carry a limited supply of ammo.To avoid having one character run out of ammo,you should try to have everyone use weapons that use the same ammo because then you can share.Of course, if you find an exceptionally powerful weapon,then you should use it as soon as someone has a high To Hit percentage with that weapon. ARMOR Upgrade all armor as fast as you can. The only warning about armor is that it can reduce your character's Speed stat.Your selection of who wears the armo may depend on how it effects their Speed.Also,the enemy mainly shoots at the lead character.That character should always have the best available armor and highest hit points or he will die early and often.Similarly,the lead character in the ground squad should have the best medical lining you can find. DROPPING OBJECTS Dropped objects do NOT disappear; they stay around for you to pick up later. Pass cards are one-use items and should be dropped as soon as they are used. When in doubt, drop the object. Objects only disappear when you sell them or give them away. GIVING AND USING OBJECTS To give an object, make it the top item in the pool.Then,target the person to whom you wish to give the object,go into the inventory screen(shown on page 13 of the manual),and press "I" to give the object. It will vanish from the pool. Next, press "F7" (Talk) to get the result of giving the object.WARNING: Giving an object deletes it from the game. If you give something to the wrong person, it is gone. So save before giving anything away! Only the lead character can use an object. To use an object, put it in the inventory of the lead character. The "Use" option will automatically come up when you reach the place where the object can be used. SHOPS Different shops sell different items at different prices. They will also pay different prices for items.Be sure to keep good notes on what is sold where & for what price. Sold objects disappear,so do not sell something unless you are sure that you no longer need it. FRIENDLIES AND NOT SO FRIENDLIES In general,any character that shows up as a blue dot is a friendly and should not be killed. However, in some situations, a blue-dot character is really an enemy. The blue dot is just an indicator that you should talk to the character first, then you can kill him or her. This should be obvious from the story context. THE ENDLESS HORDE In most cases, a dead enemy stays dead; however, in some mazes, dead enemies regenerate. In these mazes doing ANYTHING that clears the maze screen regenerates the enemy.This includes pressing "F9" to view data disks. Pressing "F10" and immediately returning to the game without doing anything regenerates the enemy. Once you find such a maze, be very careful when you clear off the maze screen, or you will have to refight the entire battle all over again. HARD NOVA Part 2 RECRUITS AND CASH Your first order of business is to recruit a new crew and make some money. Making money is easy: Smuggle.At first,just smuggle to Tikorr. The payoff is low but the trips are short and easy. Ariel is very dangerous and should be avoided unless you are going there anyway for other reasons. Ciberan is also very dangerous but has a very high payoff.Smuggle to Ciberan as soon as you are ready for the big bucks. The key to being a successful smuggler is get in fast and get out fast: don't stick around to fight. You start off on Mastassini where you can easily pick up Ace Elcator in the bar immediately.On Tikorr,there are two cities.In the bar of one, you can pick up Cerallon.Galejay is in the bar at the other city,but you need to get a Grav Blocker for him before he will join. Galejay makes an excellent Gunner. These are the only people you can recruit initially. You can pick up a Grav Blocker later in the game. GET A'KRI JANR OFF THE GROUND SQUAD ASAP. You cannot win the game if he dies. He is useless in ground combat and is easily killed. He cannot be replaced. The robot maze on Mastassini is a safe way to get experience points. The maze is also a long and boring way to get experience points,but its usefulness ends quickly. The maze is a multi-level maze,so search each floor carefully to find the entrance to the next level. When you can survive the fourth level, your characters have exhausted the usefulness of the robot maze. THE CIBERAN TANKER AFFAIR This is the first mission and rather tough if you jump right into it.A little training in the robot maze is nice to have before taking on this mission.It is also a good idea to upgrade your equipment before heading out. Locating the shops is left as an exercise for the player, but you can buy flak vests, rush AMLs, SMG-70Xs, and M23-30ARs; the prices are quite high.You will have to make quite a few smuggling runs to afford everything. The tanker is one of the ships hanging around the star gate in the Ciberan system.Just target ships until you find a Ciberan tanker that you can board.If you cannot board, you have the wrong tanker. Good tactics are the keys to winning this battle. Isolate each hijacker and overwhelm them with superior numbers. Trapping them in a room is best, but if you can keep the other hijackers off screen,you can isolate individual hijackers in the hallways. You need to give the hijackers' leader's head to Kendal as proof of your success. THE LANTA DISPUTE You get this assignment at the same time as you get the Ciberan assignment. It is an optional side mission,but it also has the right difficulty level for your characters at this stage of the game.It is worthwhile doing this assignment first. The mission is simple: You are given a location. Once you arrive, you are given another location. From that location you get the location of the Lanta leaders. Talk to them before killing them for an interesting side story. The gems you get as loot should be sold. The best price is found locally. ROGER AMARO You are also given the location of Amaro when you get the Ciberan assignment. He is a good fighter to add your party,but you have to do something for him. What you have to do is obvious.Read the section in Part 1 on "Using and Giving Objects." Roger comes with some nice weapons that he will share; however, at this point the best thing to do with his weapons is store them for later use. CIBERAN This is the main mission that will lead to the endgame.It is a long, involved mission that will take several tries to complete.You must recruit Janai or you cannot hope for success.Both Janai and Cerallon are qualified to be the ship's Technician, but only one of them can take that position. You have to chose how to assign these two. The first step is to talk to Sebastian in Meridian city. He gives the first location to go to. The first three locations are Ciberan bases. Help the defenders clear out the invading Arielans, then talk to them to find out where to go next. At the third Ciberan base, an Ariel soldier will tell you the location of the main Ariel base. At the Ariel invasion base, you will find General Camede Rodgen. Talk to her first before killing her.You must kill her to proceed to the next step.She has the pass card you need to see Damien on Ariel.The Ariel base is the largest and most complicated maze in the same. Part 3 contains information on how to get around the maze. ARIEL To find Damien,you must show your prowess by killing his guards in Ariel city (they're on the top floor)One of the Arielans is a rebel spy who will give you the location of the rebels' secret base. There, you will get the location of Damien's headquarters. While you are in Ariel city, talk to the people in the bar. Two of them will be important later on. You can find a Grav Blocker for Galejay somewhere Ariel city. Taking out Damien is a two-part mission. First,talk to Damien.The entrance to his office is in the northwest corner of the floor. Once you see him, you must fight your way past his guard because the way you came in is closed off. Remember the people you talked to in the Ariel city bar?One of them is the key to defeating Damien. Recruit that person and head straight back to Damien.That gives you four squad members to fight your way past the guards again. An extra set of kevlar armor and rush AML is useful to have at this point.However,it is a good idea to hold off taking out Damien until you have seen what is going on at Rouyn. ROUYN Your assignment is to get rid of the probes that have been attacking the miner at Rouyn. They will point you to a DSRE base on Tikorr. Talk to the people at the bars on Tikorr.One of them knows the location of the base.The DSRE base is a dead end for now, but you learn the location of the Darcator base there. At this point the probes have turned into a major invasion of aliens: the Typhon.Board one of their ships and retrieve data disks "R" & "S." With those data disks you can go back to Ariel and take out Damien. You can learn something interesting about the disks from Damien. After you get that information, you can go back to the DSRE base. DSRE BASE You will find a Delta Coro force besieging the DSRE base.You have to kill them and find a way past the DSRE security robots. Locate the blue button on the first floor before trying to enter the research area. You cannot get past the stun level; you can only bypass it. The first trip will be a dead end but it's necessary. Once you have the information on the Typhon data disks from Damien, the DSRE scientists will give you the solution to the Typhon problem. There are two possible endings to the game based on what you decide to do at that point.You will find Alice and Waldro at the DSRE base. Alice is not worth recruiting; however, Waldro will lead you to the Darcator base where you may pick up a very good engineer and some really nice weapons. BREMER SHIP The Bremer ship is the asteroid that is farthest away from Rouyn (outside the cluster of asteroids near Rouyn).Find the data disk on the Bremer ship and you will know the name of the person on Ariel you need to recruit to get the Bremers to help you. That ends the game. DARCATOR BASE This is an optional side mission. Because of their stealth, only one Darcator is visible at a time. The key to winning this fight is to isolate the visible Darcator since that is the only Darcator you can shoot at. Pressing the space bar will cycle through all potentially visible Darcators.This mission is worth doing for the loot. The only thermocaster in the game is here. DELTA CORO BASE There is no way to find this base except to stumble upon it. Look for a shielded area on Holbrook; the base is somewhere under the shield.Nothing will happen here until AFTER you clear out the Delta Coros at the DSRE base. Then,a very interesting side story will be revealed. TYPHON WARSHIP You need to board one Typhon warship(not a probe ship)and retrieve data disks "R" & "S." Once you defeat Damien Altron, he will translate the disks for you. HARD NOVA Part 3 ARIEL MAIN BASE The Ariel invasion base has four floors. The floors are usually divided into sections that cannot be reached from the same floor; you need to go to another floor to get to those sections. The following is a rough map of the floors.The number indicates the floor number and the letter is a section name.For example "2B"is Section B on Floor 2.This section can only be reached from Section A on Floor 3 or Section A on Floor 1. You enter the base on Floor 1. +---------------------------------------+ | | +---3A +-3B-----------------------+ | | | | | | +----------+ +---------+ | | | | +------------+ | | | | | 2A-+ +--2B | +- 2C | +- 2D +- 2E | | | | | | | | | | +------------+ | | | | | +---------+ +------------+ | | +--+ | | | | | | 1A 1B -+ | 1C ---+ | | | || 1B to 2C elevator requires | +----+ || the 391A pass card. General 0A-------------------+| Camede Rodgen is at 2C. | | +---------------------+ The following is a list of pass cards used in the game: CARD WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND WHERE TO USE IT --------------------------------------------------------------- CIB Given by Janai Meridian City 391A Ciberan base at 747,348 and Ariel City Ariel invasion base on Ciberan 174J Ciberan base at 747,348 Ariel City 942Z General Rodgen has it Damien Altron's secret base 845B Rouyn mining bases Rouyn main mining base ZERO-L BASES There are three abandoned Zero-L bases on Holbrook at 790,408, 1309,409, and 1126,190. Visit them to grab some useful loot.
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