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Top Ace in Dark Void

Top Ace233 (50)

This is a rare achievementComplete the Abyss Canyon mission with 4.5 million points

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Teamlead Taco
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Teamlead Taco
Achievement won on 19 Feb 11
TA Score for this game: 2,566
Posted on 19 February 11 at 20:09
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Ok..after DAYS of doing the Abyss, I finally found a combination that worked for me. I was not good enough to execute on any of the above strategies.

I ended up only toggling Low Tech and Legend..which only gave me a x4 multiplier instead of x6. I found having nightmare on too difficult to get me past wave 6 with a decent multiplier, and having time press on didn't allow me to build a huge multiplier on wave 7. I'll break what I did down wave by wave. The KEY to high scores is your score multiplier in the top right corner!

WAVE 1: Kill as fast as possible. try to leave with a multiplier of x3 or more.
WAVE 2: Same. You are trying to get to 35k for your first upgrade.
WAVE 3: Target the capital ship that spawns right away..then go for the annoying little guys. You might be able to upgrade after this wave. Do so if you can..it helps tremendously next wave.
WAVE 4: Kill quickly...espcially the shielded guys..those guys tend to bring your multiplier down.
WAVE 5: As mentioned before, target the archon near delta point asap. Then
WAVE 6: This is a VERY key wave..you MUST do well on this wave. I was never lucky enough to have the 2nd rocketpack upgrade by now, but if you do, you are practically golden. You really need to end this wave with a multiplier of about high 30 or 40s at a minimum...otherwise you are screwed...this means you need to become halfway competent at killing the shielded watchers...which were the bane of your multiplier.
WAVE 7: You are going to milk this wave for mines..as long as you possibly can. As mentioned above, kill 2 capital ships asap (you will certainly have 2nd rocket pack upgrade by now)..and leave one intact. Then just carefully follow the 3rd ship and kill its mines to slowly build your score and multiplier. Do this as long as you can....eventually, it will stop dropping mines. I went into this wave with a multiplier of about 40..and left with a multiplier of 80..it should have been higher..but I kept hoping it would drop more mines and I lost about 5 multiplier points. This will take 20 minutes or so. I lost alpha point in the process...he was sacrificed for the greater good.
WAVE 8: Kill stuff as fast as possible holding both trigger buttons down. You MUST keep building your multiplier up.
WAVE 9: Same as 8. Your multiplier should be in or past the 90s by now.
WAVE 10: Kill the watchers if your last 2 (or 3) defend points are in good shape...otherwise go after the archons. For me, I killed maybe a dozen ships before I had to beeline to point delta..which was taking a huge beating. In the end, as I destroyed the 3 archons, my multiplier was x105 or so.

Here is a breakdown of my scores at the end for comparison
(Low-Tech and Legend On)
WAVE01 - 2,800
WAVE02 - 14,700
WAVE03 - 37,450
WAVE04 - 30,200
WAVE05 - 66,100
WAVE06 - 163,500
WAVE07 - 550,050
WAVE08 - 703,350
WAVE09 - 1,002,150
WAVE10 - 1,246,950
Score Modifier x4
Total Score - 4,987,800

Again, if you are good, you can probably turn nightmare on...but i found that the shielded watchers in particular took me FOREVER to kill and constantly brought my multiplier down...and I would get to wave 7 with like...a x20 or less multiplier...with it off, I went into wave 7 at around x45...and I am now living proof that you DON'T have to have 3 multipliers on to get the acheivement.

Notice that I practiced a LOT with low-tech, time-press and legend on. TimePress in particular really helps you learn to kill stuff faster or you lose.
Also, learn to SPAWN CAMP! You should know that as soon as you kill a watcher in a wave, another one spawns from the exact same spot they always come from..learn where that is..as soon as you kill one, beeline back towards that spawn spot and take out the next. You should be able to get in a groove of killing the spawning ones quickly as they fly a set path and are much easier to kill. Abuse this!! This helped me tremendously in building a multiplier..

Good Luck. Don't expect for this one to come quickly..you have to put hours of practice in..and by then, you will know the waves, and the layout of the map like the back of your hand.
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