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I'm playing the first mission where the character played by Mark Hammil? (Luke Skywalker) is your wing man. I am to escort a marine transport to a communications relay. When I get there, there are a few enemies, easily killed. Then my wingman (aka Luke Skywalker) moseys on in to the communication relay, leaving me out here by myself, 12 - 15 enemy fighters approach.
Granted, these are not heavy fighters. They are lightweights. I can take out 3 or 4 in the first minute or so of the battle by using my missiles and "Charged Mass Driver" attacks. After that, it is very difficult to destroy these things with just guns and dummy missiles, because they are always way faster than me, even if I put 100% power to engines, as well as being highly maneuverable and difficult to hit.
So, while I am chasing around this or that target trying vainly to hit it let alone destroy it, any numbers of the other targets will fire on the defenseless communications relay. When the communications relay is destroyed, the game is over as I am left abandoned in the deep reaches of space, unable to reach my mothership.
No matter how I try, I cannot stop 10 ships from firing on the communications relay. At best I can distract 2 or 3 of them at a time, maybe 4 for a brief moment.
I must have retried this mission 20 times.
Anyone else have this problem, and find this to be a highly frustrating mission? If only my stupid wing man would get out of the damned communications relay and help me defend it, maybe it wouldn't be so impossible!
Any tips would be greatly appreciated! I'm an old school die hard Wing Commander fan who played the original games when they came out back in the 90s, but this is really draining my morale.
Any hints / strategies would be greatly appreciated!