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|Net Party from April 17, 1999|
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In Delta, you have to accomplish mission objectives and of course stay alive. There are a lot of different weapons and choosing the best for your mission is a critical factor. Rushing and praying in the game will most likely get you killed.
In one of the missions, we had to retrieve an encryption code book from an enemy camp. I was making my way down a mountainside on my stomach, inching closer to the camp. Otto's blasted away from the ridge giving me cover, but He gets picked off. I turned to see a solider running down the hill at me, which I can't shoot with my M4, so I pull out my suppressed pistol and start firing like mad. Eventually, I got him and he tumbled to the ground. I crawled to the Camp unnoticed and saw a few soldiers walking around.
I inched closer to judge where the main tent was. Suddenly I see bullets stream out of the main tent. They hit the ground in front of me. Otto resurrected and he's back at the first checkpoint, so he can't help. I crouched and ran behind a canopy. I fire the M4 into the tent and the troops yell out in Spanish, so much for secrecy.
I sneaked up on someone and shot him in the back, entered a communications tent and found some extra health and ammo. I crouched behind the door and fired at the soldier in the other tent, then I rushed the entrance and got lucky. The whole camp went silent, I searched for the code book. Eventually I found it in the communications tent and ran off toward the helicopter extraction point.
All the while, Otto was fighting off reinforcements from outside the base. Can't wait to play this game again.
Delta's great, but we had some trouble playing other missions. Basically the game would work fine for the host machine until the other player joined. Then it got really slow. We tried rebooting, downloading a patch, different maps, but encountered the same problems except for the first two maps.
After a while though, the damage your Mech takes gets extreme and your easy pickings for a recently resurrected Mech. Otto came at me when I was pretty much dead, I kept firing weapons until the bitter end. That's when I got the idea to take pictures, see figures at top.
I've always liked the impossible odds, when the party's resources get used up and maybe a few characters are close to death. I like feeling the encounter could of gone either way and it was the use of a right spell, the right attack, or the right tactic that made the difference. Until our characters get stronger and can handle tougher monsters, it'll not be as fun for me.
Screen shots taken from within Mercs. Original size 640x480. Copyright 1996 by Activison. Click on the images to view at their original size.