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HeliGood in Saints Row 2

HeliGood29 (15)

Complete all levels of Heli Assault

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Achievement Guide for HeliGood

xMP44x Paul
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xMP44x Paul
Achievement won on 26 Jan 10
TA Score for this game: 993
Posted on 29 January 10 at 19:31
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Heli Assault is one of the toughest activities in Saints Row 2. Not only that, the reward for it isn't much use. But, if you're going for the achievement, I hope this will help you get through it easily enough. This is a SOLO guide, as I did these missions solo, and therefore I cannot give tips for co-op play.

There are two different Heli Assault missions, and you have to complete Level 6 in both of them for this achievement. One of these missions is in the Trailer Park District, and one of them is outside the hospital in what I believe to be the Barrio District. The Trailer Park mission is against the Ronin and the Hospital mission is against the Brotherhood.

The plane you receive for these missions is a Tornado, and it is probably the best helicopter in the game. It's easy to fly and I recommend you practice a little with it in these missions - don't go in assuming you'll complete the mission immediately, as you won't. Understandably you'd get frustrated, so don't go in with that mindset. The Tornado helicopter is outfitted with a machine gun and rockets. The machine gun is borderline useless, I assure you. So, you're going to need to become very well accquainted with the rockets on your Tornado.

The first few levels of Heli Assault are a breeze. You simply follow over your homies' truck and blow up the cars as they attack. Once you get to around Level 4 or above, it gets harder. Enemies in cars will fire RPG at your homies, and at you. Also, there will be enemies in Tornado helicopters as well (note: Level 4 has an Oppressor or something). Enemies will take multiple rockets to take down your chopper. You will only need one if you dodge around the problem until you acquire lock-on.

Speaking of lock-on, make sure and use it. Firing a rocket before the reticule turns red will work occasionally, but generally speaking it'll simply make it harder for you due to the fact that you need to reload to fire again. So that's not a good idea. One rocket should deal with all your problems - enemy cars and choppers.

Fly reasonably low to the ground and keep an eye on your surroundings. If you fly too high the cars will disappear and shooting them with a rocket will become difficult to do. So, get down to a decent height, but make sure you can control the chopper at the height you choose. During one of the missions I did, I had to fly past a large sign (I'm not sure if these missions are randomly generated for different players or what) on a hotel. So, guess what? If you can't pass it, destroy it!

Keep an eye on your mini-map as well. This is another reason to fly low-ish. Enemy choppers fly quite high so you can make them easier to spot in this manner. See something approaching from above? Start pulling up as it's an enemy chopper and blowing it up is advisable. If you fly higher than it the chopper will become a target lower than you and your mini-map won't allow you to distinguish between a car and the plane. And that's a bad thing.

Make sure and stay close to your homies. Flying away to draw away the enemy plane works well and all, but the thing is: that plane aims for you more than it does for your homies. And, if you're having a dogfight with the other guy the enemy cars are having a free run at your homies' car. The car your homies drive is a Voyage, and it's one of the slowest, clunkiest cars in the game. You need to protect it to stand a chance at completion of this activity.

Try and work out something of a strategy for it as well. On the higher levels your homies have to make more stops, if you didn't notice this already. Try to get the first drop on Level 6 without a big drop in vehiclular health. On the final mission at the Hospital my fifth stop was when I received the "Your homies' car is badly damaged" warning. It was just before the final drop that I received the "Your homies' car is nearly destroyed" message, so that might give you a good idea of what to do.

Finally, I suggest you try to pilot the Tornado as well as possible. A gentle crash in Saints Row 2 can cause the plane to glitch up and stick to the walls, and that inflicts major damage to it. Also, if you crash hard enough you could destroy the rocket racks. And that is a guaranteed failed mission as the rockets are the best chance of success.

I know this dragged on for a considerable amount of time and all that, but these are some tips I came up with as I grinded through this activity. So, I'd like to imagine they helped you. If you have a tip you feel I should add to this guide, write a little comment below explaining it and I'll add it, as well as giving you credit for it. And if this helps you, please give it a positive vote / a nice comment. Or both ^_^
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