2. General hints and tips
- Whilst on the main menu, before starting a game there is a challenges and personal stats page. You can use this to view your progress towards certain achievements such as All the Hardware, I've Seen It All, Gen 10 (you can view generation challenges) and Freerunner.
- You cannot split screen so that rules out being able to boost with secondary controllers, unfortunately you will need a full lobby of real people.
- Burn cards should always be used, they are very helpful to use and can be accessed via the main menu where it says Burn Cards.
There's a number of things I'd like to address from the outset. There was a Title Update released and it added achievements. Some are included in the Story Walkthrough, but a few others are best considered right from the beginning (and I worry they'd be lost in the fairly long list of miscellaneous achievements). Thus, I'm going to point out a few you want to be thinking about here.
First though, I'd like to give a point of advice: make sure when completing a challenge or daily challenge that you take note of what type of enemies you're asked to kill. If it says "enemies", this means you can kill any enemy, including basic enemy AI, to receive credit. This can be very important and it's easy to miss when you begin playing.
I've Seen It All
One achievement to keep in mind is this "I've Seen It All". You need to complete (get to the epilogue) every game mode on every map. You can track this by going to "Personal Stats" and then "Level Stats". There are no tips for getting the maps to pop up other than this one: For Pilot Hunter, CTF and LTS, if you manage to stay in the same lobby, you will play all the maps in order. This can be ruined by the other team leaving (the game will send your team to a new lobby). It does not work on Hardpoint and Attrition due to a team-balancing function they have. Overall, this trick is not something you can count on. The only real strategy is to just keep playing until you get them all.
Speaking of daily challenges, make sure you do them every day. There are a number of achievements related to dailies and the credit reward they give you. Making sure you do them as much as possible can save you a grind later on. When you complete 100 daily challenges, you'll unlock and achievement.
As well, completing three daily challenges in a single day (not even three dailies given on a single day - you could save up 9 and pick the easiest):
While playing, you will earn Stars. You earn them by doing very well in a gametype. For instance, you earn stars in CTF for capturing the flag. In Hardpoint it's getting a certain score. In Pilot Hunter it's all about how many kills you have. These stars are mostly meaningless, but for two achievements. One requires you to simply earn many stars. You can view the requirements for a given level and gametype (and your progress), in the Level Stats section of Personal Stats. Getting 50 will net you an achievement. If you're struggling, I suggest working on Frontier Defense with friends or Hardpoint (and doing nothing but attacking).
You'll also get an achievement the first time you get three stars on any map in any gametype.
There's also stars to be had for doing Frontier Defense. This is the co-op gametype. You need to get at least 2 stars on 15 different maps. This isn't as hard as it sounds. Some maps are easier than others, but even with random players it's generally possible to get 2 stars, if not 3 (which gives no benefit other than progress toward the above achievement).
Generally, you'll want to focus on playing well. Split up your team to different sections of the map. Titans are always the most dangerous foe and you need to be diligent in killing them or you might be overwhelmed. Mortars are especially a problem since they immediately begin attacking (two melee's will stop their attack). Stay back when killing Nuke Titans (they won't kill their friends, but they'll kill you). Another tip for Nuke Titans is to eject while in your own Titan (with Nuclear Eject) if a few Nukes are at your core (this will kill them without setting off their nuke, saving you a substantial amount of damage). Finally, watch out for the electric Titans. They will knock off any shields immediately of anything they are nearby. Keep your distance and kill them as a priority.
Ranked play is a bit weird in this game. First, you need the ability to play ranked. You can do this by receiving an invite to the Ranked beta from any Generation 10 player.
Next, while playing you will earn battlemarks for playing well. Getting kills and completing objectives gets you points, while dying causes you to lose points. Doing very well will earn you a maximum of 5 battlemarks in a single match. These will come naturally with play (it's basically impossible not to get some unless you just can't get a kill in any game you play), so it's nothing really to worry about.
The Black Market and Credits
Finally, I want to talk about the Black Market. This is the place you spend your credits. There's a lot of neat stuff in here, and a lot of it you'll end up needing to buy.
Earning credits isn't easy at the beginning, but you should earn more than enough to buy everything you'll need to by the time you hit Gen 10. Beware: take care to not purchase forged documents. These allow you to complete a challenge without actually completing it and move on to the next generation. You need Gen 10 for an achievement so this seems like a good buy. However, 1) They are incredibly expensive and a waste of money and 2) They will make an achievement completely unattainable for your gamertag forever. So don't buy them. The achievement is:
Too Legit To Quit
Earn Gen 10 without using a Forged Certification on a regen challenge
Credits are generally earned by playing the game. A good source of them is daily challenges. You'll also have your XP converted to credits if you are Level 50 (generation doesn't matter), though the conversion ratio isn't great. If you're starting fresh, as long as you stay on top of dailies you should be able to knock the main credit achievement out before you finish the rest of the game.
I'll also note that selling burn cards will get you credit toward the achievement (you sell them when looking at a burn card in your burn card page). This is worth doing at least 100 times for a lovely achievement.
I'll Take Cash
Discarded 100 Burncards in exchange for Black Market Credits
You don't need 500,000 credits at once. Just earn them over your career.
So what do you spend credits on?
You might want to buy Burn Cards from the daily deals. These can help you with other achievements (either by being generally useful or making a weapon better). Oh, and there's an achievement for making purchases in the Black Market. These daily deals are the cheapest things to buy.
There's also Titan OS Voice Packs. Getting them all will net you an achievement. This is pricey and you should only buy them if you really want one or have nothing better to buy. Take note, though. They are required for the All the Hardware achievement, which I suggest you unlock during Gen 8. Make sure you plan to have them by the time Gen 8 is over.
You earn these either by buying them on the Black Market or completing challenges or requirements. There's tons of them (you can see them when customizing your Titan Loadout, for which you need to be Level 10). The only advice I can give is to browse through and see what you think would be simple and go for it. To be honest, there's simply no way you don't unlock this by the time you reach Gen 10 as long as you buy the ones available on the Black Market.
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