Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The following story mission is: ‘Back To Mizar’
I had a slight problem getting started on this mission. I ignored my own advice that I gave in ‘Give Chase’ and had to travel back to Vega for this story mission after going to Mizar for a while. Once back in Vega I’d forgotten which planet I had to get to, so clicked on each planet until the ‘New story mission available’ message appeared at Kalabesh. I went there, but found that that story mission was ‘Tutorial – Install Afterburner’. This is an optional tutorial from the updated Vega storyline which I haven’t completed as it didn’t exist when I was in Vega.
I checked with the wiki and saw that I should be at
, even though there was no ‘New story...’ message showing there. Just a little bug, but it did cause me to go on a wasted journey because I didn’t start where Pirate Galaxy expected me to. Splitscreen modified the Vega storyline so that buying the AnIn-1450 is no longer compulsory. They’ve done this by designating the relevant missions as Tutorials but they still show up as Story Missions. They need to do a little engineering to tidy this up. Give tutorials their own colour code and stop them being recognised for the ‘New story…’ message. Aurora
Never mind, on with the story. Vicius the Mutilator has captured Rosebud and you have to go to Lyris to meet up and negotiate. Why? I can’t stand Rosebud, he’s a drip. Okay, okay. I don’t really mind having him in the game. The whole storyline is pretty camp and he fits in with the tone. I’d prefer a darker and grittier feel to the game, more Battlestar Galactica reboot than original series. Having said that dark and gritty has been the thing for years. Maybe it’s getting old now and Splitscreen have got it right.
You are accompanied by Admiral Hornblower and Tobias Planck to the meeting point on Lyris. Vicius promises to trade Rosebud for the Mizar Astrogation chip. Ethan obliges but The Mutilator does the dirty and takes off with the chip and Rosebud. You are then attacked by successive waves of Mantis. There are a lot of them but they’re only level 15s so easy meat really. I was in my Gemini Storm but I think any decent ship could manage.
After you’ve killed all of the attackers you get the message to chase Vicius to the Mizar system. According to this mission's wiki entry you will fail this mission if you fire upon Vicius, or if the Admiral or Tobias’s escape pod is destroyed. I found it quite easy but things can always go wrong.
After completing this I decided to check my achievements and found that one was to become a Lyris Sentinel Slayer. So before I took the following story mission I killed 50 Sentinels and moved up to 1,317 in the Pirate galaxy Hall Of Fame. While you’re there you may as well do the same, it’s very therapeutic.