When using the standard missiles, fire when the "Shoot" icon appears on the HUD. When used in dogfights, the missile will fly in a straight line to where it will make contact with the plane, rather than fly at its 6 o'clock and turn to stay behind them. If the targeted plane is flying right and you fire when the "Shoot" icon appears, the missile will fly off to the right, intercepting it along the target's flight path. The missile will also immediately adjust its flight path if the targeted plane veers off of their line. This works very well against evasive enemies, such as Strigon and Drones. You must aim the nose of your plane to where you can hit your target with your gun or lead the enemy (even if it is out of range) in order to get the "Shoot" icon. Even though it does not guarantee a hit every time, it will greatly increase the chances of making contact against mobile enemies.
To unlock Ace Difficulty, beat the game once through on Expert Difficulty.
Ace Of Aces Mode
Successfully complete Campaign mode on the Expert difficulty setting to unlock Ace Of Aces mode.
CFA 44 Nosferatu Fighter
Beat the game on Hard difficulty. It will appear in your hangar, purchase it for $229,500.
Defeating Strigon Team
In Co-op Stage 1, after you have eliminated the ships out in the sea, a carrier should release the Strigon team. Use this time to have you and your wingmen to take them out from the front or back. If you let them go, the fight will be a lot longer and difficult.
Easy Gold Ace Medal
Use the CFA-44 Nosferatu's ADMM in the "Liberation of Gracemeria" mission. There are a lot of targets to kill. This mission should give you a boost in enemy kills.
Easy Gold Marksman Medal
Play the first mission "Invasion of Gracemeria" for easy gun kills.
Use the CFA-44 Nosferatu's ADMM in the mission "Liberation of Gracemeria" under Ace difficulty setting. There are a lot of targets and enemies worth a large number of points. You can get a lot of money this way for each completion.
Easy Needle's Eye Medal
Play any mission that allows you to capture an enemy airport, then repeatedly land in the airport that you've just captured 10 times. After that, successfully beat the current mission you're playing on.
Beat the game on Ace Difficulty.
Beat the game once.
Getting The Night Owl Medal
Youll need to finish the campaign using ONLY any of the following: A-10A, Tornado GR.4 and F-117A
Note that attackers are the slowest and least maneuverable planes in the game so facing enemy fighters may be a problem. Personally, I only used the A-10A with FAEB for ground based operations/missions and the Tornado with ECMP for the anti-air missions. Since the medal requires you to finish the game using an attacker type plane, then you can give your wingman the best plane you can get and equip him with AA weapons. That way, you will just have to rely on your wingman and allied units for support so you can concentrate on the mission.
The FAEB (see Special Weapons section) of the A-10A is probably the most destructive antiground weapon you can get in the game. It pretty much destroys light-medium armored targets in a very large area, making a fast, clean sweep pretty much easier.
The Tornados ECMP is very useful when facing enemy aircraft and spoof their missiles. Since the Tornado is really hard to maneuver, it is almost impossible to evade a missile fired at short range.
Out of fun, I used the A-10 on Mission 09: Heavy Command Cruiser. Since the enemy cruisers are large targets, it was exhilarating to drop FAEBs on their decks and watch several targets destroyed at once. Try it for once.
Getting The Sharpshooter Medal
This is both good and bad. Good because you can easily acquire all the Marksman medals. Bad because you will destroy ALL targets using machine gun only.
I suggest finishing this mode using F/A-18F with ECMP. At the start of each mission or after taking off, switching your SP weapon to ECMP will prevent any accidental missile firing and at the same time will allow you to use your ECMP faster.
You can use other more powerful planes but remember, it will just take one missile or SP weapon misfire and your machine gunning streak is over. You will need to restart the mission or the last checkpoint in case that happens. Make sure that during debriefing, your machine gun kills should register 100%. Anything else than that, you will need to retry the mission.
Handling The CFA-44 Nosferatu
The CFA - 44 is very unstable. Using High G is useless as that will stall it out quickly. To prevent this from happening, never use High G. The best way to handle this plane is by using the throttle up and down separately.
Unlockable Service Medals:
|Medal||How to unlock|
|Blazing Griffin||Complete the campaign using only Multirole type aircraft.|
|Bronze Ace||Destroy 300 enemies|
|Bronze Marksman||Destroy 10 enemy aircraft with a machine gun|
|Bronze Star||Complete the campaign mode on Normal with an S rank.|
|Gold Ace||Destroy 3000 enemies|
|Gold Marksman||Destroy 200 enemy aircraft with a machine gun|
|Gold Star||Complete the campaign mode on Expert with an S rank.|
|Guardian||Complete the campaign without getting your wingman shot down.|
|Legendary Ace||Complete the campaign mode without getting damaged.|
|Needles Eye||Perform 10 consecutive frontline landings|
|Night Owl||Complete the campaign using only Attacker type aircraft.|
|Platinum Star||Complete the campaign mode on Ace with an S rank.|
|Quicksilver||Complete the campaign in record time|
|Raging Falcon||Complete the campaign using only Fighter type aircraft.|
|Sharpshooter||Complete the campaign using only machine guns|
|Silver Ace||Destroy 1500 enemies|
|Silver Marksman||Destroy 50 enemy aircraft with a machine gun|
|Silver Star||Complete the campaign mode on Hard with an S rank.|
Beat the game once.
Co-op Stage 2: In Stage 2 Co-op, there is a F-22A flying around after destroying half of the enemy forces. Its name is CERES.
New Paint Schemes
Here's how you unlock new paint schemes. Complete the game once through on Normal mode, and unlock the Estovokian scheme. A third paint scheme can be unlocked by shooting down the enemy aces found only in Expert and Ace difficulty modes.
You can unlock each plane in the game, save the two most powerful, by clearing the game once through on Normal difficulty. The two strongest craft are thereafter unlocked by completing the game on Hard and Expert difficulties.
Below are a list of planes that can be unlocked in Normal difficulty. Simply defeat the mission listed for the corresponding planes.
Default - F-16C Fighting Falcon
Mission 4 - A-10-2 Thunderbolt / Mirage 2000
Mission 5 - Panavia Tornado
Mission 6 - F-14D Tomcat / F-2A / FA-18 Super Hornet
Mission 8 - Sukhoi 33 Flanker
Mission 9 - F-15E Strike Eagle / Rafale M
Mission 10 - F-117 Nighthawk
Mission 12 - EU Typhoon
Mission 13 - F22A Raptor / Sukhoi 47 Berkut
S Ranking In Mission 13
The second part of Mission 13 (fight with Pasternak) is a little tricky for getting an S rank.
You need to shoot down drones during the battle with Pasternak. These are just
rough estimates but I think they are close after repeating the mission over and over again.
C = 0-10
B = 11-20
A = 21-30
S = 30 +
Take note that this is based if you got S ranks on any of the four initial operations. Of course, the plane I used is the CFA-44 and with the assistance of allied ESM fields. It also took me at least one frontline landing (while the drones and Pasternak are looming overhead) to get a fresh load of ADMMs.
Beat the game once.
To unlock SP GamerPicture, beat the game once through on Ace Difficulty.
Team Battle Mode: Avoiding XLAAs
In Team Battle the thing to do against XLAA users is to attacking them from above. These users are always at or near surface level. Use this to your advantage by going above 24,000 feet in altitude and strike from above. If you are using the CFA-44 Nosferatu, use its EML Cannon to take the XLAA users out from a distance.
Team Battle Mode: ESM Advantage
If you have ESM control, have all of your battles be placed within the ESM range. Having ESM increases your missile capabilities and reduces theirs slightly.
Team Battle Mode: Preventing ESM
If you are in a tight spot because the opposing team is using ESM, concentrate all of your fire on the ESM user. Do not worry about the other planes around you. As for the missiles, flying out of the ESM range will reduce its capabilities.
Third/Final Paint Scheme For CFA-44
I have the final color scheme for the CFA-44. I unlocked it by getting the following medals: Bronze Ace, Silver Ace, Gold Ace, all Marksman medals, Needle's Eye, Night Owl, Raging Falcon, Blazing Griffin, Guardian, Legendary Ace, Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Gold Star medals.
I picked up the Blazing Griffin medal last and that's when it gave me the paint scheme. Since I did have the Legendary Ace medal I cannot confirm that it is either necessary or unnecessary that you have it. My safest guess would be that you need a total of 17 medals regardless of which ones you have.
Unlock SP New Game
Complete campaign once on any difficulty setting.