11. Story - Chapter 8
Chapter 8 - Search and Rescue
Loot a wall container before heading towards Main Atrium. Immediately go to the small room with the Upgrade Bench in Main Atrium to find a green crate. Move to the general direction of the Captain's Nest to trigger a quarantine lockdown and three Exploders, closely followed by two more after a few seconds. Once the first batch is dealt with, three more Exploders drop down from the ceiling. Keep an eye out for two Enhanced Necromorphs (1 Leaper, 1 Slasher) after you've taken care of the Exploders. Check Main Atrium for 3x floor containers spread out through the area before leaving via elevator to Level 03. Step outside and grab 2x ammunition items plus contents of a green crate and a floor container. Ready a weapon capable of taking out Guardians as there are two attached to the wall in the next hallway on either side of a door. Grab the contents of 3x wall containers before moving on.
You'll witness a rather disturbing introduction to a new kind of Necromorph, a Divider, whom you met before albeit only partly. Collect the contents of 3x wall containers before moving on. Remove the items blocking your path to continue. Inside you find an Upgrade Bench and a cargo lift. Use the Upgrade Bench as you see fit since this chapter doesn't have any emergency supply rooms. Take the cargo lift to travel up one level. There you find an audio log (#40/47, "Illegal Mining"). Enter the next room, go for a Power Node to your left and ammunition near the gondola before travelling through the tunnel. Head inside and pick up the nearby Medium Air Can schematic (#XIV/XVI). Stomp a green crate and grab Credits from the top of the metal plate protruding right of the door saying "To Comm Array". The next area contains another green crate, a Power Node and 3x lockers. Snatch ammunition to your right before stepping into the Zero-G area where you can already spot three Enhanced Leapers. Carefully head towards the chamber's center and take out the Leapers before working on the communication modules. Also, there are 2x green crates floating in midair nearby.
To repair the communications array, you have to create an unobstructed light circle by removing the faulty communication modules (marked red) with Kinesis and replacing them with functioning ones (marked blue in-game). As you work through the puzzle, the communications array status updates with every module change. Once you successfully repair the communications array, the ship's computer will announce that messages can be received again.
Return to the control room and activate the communication console. Refill your Stasis on the nearby Stasis Recharge Station before you backtrack via gondola through the tunnel. Ready your weapon as an Enhanced Slasher is awaiting you on the cargo lift. Kill it, then travel downwards and head into the hallway. Take the elevator leading to ADS Cannon 48. Step outside and loot 2x floor containers and 2x green crates (one behind the trolley) before moving into the next area. Grab the Power Node to your right and make a save. A word of warning before you sit down in the chair: if the hull integrity drops below 50 %, you'll miss out on an achievement. Reload your last save if this happens. Don't worry, it isn't nearly as annoying and difficult as the previous part with ADS Cannons.
Sit down in the chair to fire up the ADS Cannon manually. You have to shoot the large fleshy mass in front of you once to start the boss fight as it won't attack by itself. Shoot the yellow pustules when they appear with or . Focus on the debris if the boss starts hurling it towards the ship, especially if it's a red cannister. These do more damage to the ship's hull than other objects. This ADS Cannon won't overheat even if you hold , so keep spraying the yellow pustules.
For visual reference, see video below (courtesy of Pestilence):
Once the boss is dead, you unlock:
Additionally, if you successfully maintained the ship's hull strength at 50 % or more, this unlocks:
Kill the Slug Boss with more than 50% shield strength remaining
This wraps up your objective. Your next one requires you to backtrack to Main Atrium. On your way you bump into a few live pieces of a Divider. Choose Level 02 inside the elevator. Ready a weapon for a Divider which you can hear howling shortly before you arrive in Main Atrium. Backtrack further to the tram station and you'll be ambushed by a Pregnant accompanied by another set of Divider live pieces. Enter the tram and activate it to complete the chapter, awarding you with the following achievement:
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