Chipping away at the Sathanas

Originally posted at GameSpot on March 11, 2008

And the beat goes on – I continue to plug away at Freespace 2. Currently on Mission 30, “Bearbaiting.” I can’t be 100% sure, but I’m pretty positive that the mission after this one is where I stopped playing the game previously.

In “Bearbaiting,” you have to destroy the beam turrets of the Shivan juggernaut Sathanas – and how many you take out has direct bearing on how difficult the next mission is. When I stopped playing the game years ago, I only destroyed two beam cannons (the bare minimum you need to pass the mission). This meant that the following mission was next to impossible, and I gave up on it after many futile attempts.

So, here I am – almost as close to where I stopped before. I can’t give up now! I’ve got to destroy at least three cannons this time, or I know I’ll be right back where I was before. And yes, I am giving myself a pep talk here.

Still, I have been enjoying the game – I don’t remember everything about the story, so as the plot unfolds I am still surprised from time to time (i.e., when the Knossos portal explodes). And what is Admiral Aken Bosch up to? What is the ETAK project I found about on my stealth operations run? I think it had something to do with communicating with Shivans, but I can’t remember.

Another enjoyment: the GTW-66 Maxim Cannon. The recoil and power of this gun is something you can really feel; it reminds you you’re in a very powerful ship flying in space.

I’ll finish this thing – and hopefully soon.

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