Jump to content

Star Wars Squadrons - PC/PS4/XB1/VR!


Recommended Posts

It was the worst thing about the game, when you’re on defense and get killed, watching the various subsystem life bars drain away before your eyes from all the parasitic bombers parked next to your flagship.

 

I often tried to do the same, but always messed up the braking point so I would collide hard with the target, careen off and lose my bearings, so I usually did end up strafing across the hull trying to find my original target. Anyway, instant death on attack runs is the norm for me so I doubt I’ll notice any difference.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well after the update there's some weird issues. The first person view freezes after every second to last conversation for me after every mission and before starting the next one. Have to Alt F4 to exit as you can't even open the menu.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I found the last few story missions really frustrating:

 

Spoiler

Fly through debris filled chutes and exploding asteroids with a tiny margin for error. On the last one it's very cinematic and everything but I was directly following the leader as the objective instructed, but still randomly died. It went for a "cinematic" wrap up that fell rather flat for me.

 

Still, now it's all about the multiplayer.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I had no problem with the 

Spoiler

Fly through asteroids bit - found it boring, and was concentrating on flying too hard to notice any cinematic. Think I got a speed achievement for it.


What I did find hard was

Spoiler

taking out Linden. Usually one of his Wingmen in an A Wing would tag me as I tried to whittle him down. Spent hours trying to kill the bugger.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, smac said:

I had no problem with the 

  Hide contents

Fly through asteroids bit - found it boring, and was concentrating on flying too hard to notice any cinematic. Think I got a speed achievement for it.


What I did find hard was

  Hide contents

taking out Linden. Usually one of his Wingmen in an A Wing would tag me as I tried to whittle him down. Spent hours trying to kill the bugger.

 

 

I think for that bit at the end they

 

Spoiler

Artificially keep his shields up until he's flown through a few of the plasma venting things on him.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, it's padded. You can get there earlier by doing a lot of damage, quickly, but I suspect you're better off

Spoiler

waiting ‘til his shield regenerator goes down then letting him have everything you have. Seeker mines helped, as he basically jousts you, head on; so I'd fire one off as he started his run past me.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

It’s funny how this game ebbs and flows - I had a round in an X-wing this evening that was just wonderful, I went 9 kills with no deaths (first time on a full round!)  despite coming under fire numerous times, and then the very next round I could barely scrape a 3/2 despite being in my favourite bomber.

 

Is it just me that is wildly inconsistent like this, or does everyone go through the same stuff?

 

I am trying to improve my win ratio rather than my KDR, so I was happy to see a level 237 guy put on my team (his level badge was silver, first one I’ve seen like that). Get into the match and he’s the most useless chump I’ve ever seen, just got slaughtered 0/7 - we lost the round. I came across the same guy on the opposing team in the next few rounds, and noticed his Y-wing is always just kind of drifting around at the edge of the area, doing vague spirals. I’m assuming it’s an AFK player who has taped down his controls or something, but why on earth would anyone want to do that? The trend I saw was that whichever team that guy was on would lose the match, so I stopped playing in case he got put on mine again. Don’t want to drop below 50% wins again! (0.51 atm)

Link to post
Share on other sites

If anyone wants a challenge, go for the ‘Trigger Happy’ trophy. 50,000 damage against starfighters (hull only, not shields) using only lasers.

 

I’ve been trying for several days - it’s mostly difficult because the more you kill, the better your team does and therefore the match ends before you can get anywhere near the target. There’s lots of chat about it out there, and everyone said that you can do it on the solo Fleet mode, Easy setting, at Nadiri dockyards. The reasoning being that your own team AI would get stuck in the middle during the attack phase and give you huge amounts of time to hunt starfighters down, without the enemy cruisers being destroyed.

 

Turns out they patched that exploit out on November 4th - at the same time they made easy mode even easier, so the match ends even faster. So I had to do it on normal, and just go hell for leather (plus kill myself to shift morale if my team was doing too well).

 

I would describe the hours of pain I’ve gone through with failure after failure (mostly getting 35-45,000 at best) over the last few days but nobody wants to read that. Let’s just say that when it finally popped I nearly threw my headset off and did a screaming victory lap around the house. I got it with 50,865 damage a mere matter of seconds before the match ended (in defeat)... and that was after another brink of failure moment when the star destroyer was about to go down and I had to frantically boost myself into a rock over and over.

 

That’s got to be the hardest trophy, so I’m going for the platinum.

Link to post
Share on other sites

After using a flight stick I have no desire whatsoever to play it with a pad - which is unfortunate as the Thrustmaster HOTAS is the only supported stick on consoles, and it’s a piece of absolute dogshit.

 

I’ve been battling with the failing sensors on the stick motions since the week after I got it (roughly twice a week I have to take the base off, unscrew the stick mount, pop out the potentiometers without snapping the poorly soldered wiring, spray it with electronic cleaner and an air duster). I’ve been able to get it going like this but now it always has a constant left drift whenever in the hangar - surprisingly this doesn’t show itself during flight, but in the mission briefing my guy is always spinning around and I have to switch to a menu to avoid feeling sick.

 

Then last night the rudder switch on the throttle lever started to do the same thing, so that potentiometer is on the blink as well. This is much more of an issue as my ship regularly pulls to the right in flight now, causing me to miss shots and crash - worse than that, right rudder is the input that cancels matchmaking, so it auto-quits me out 90% of the time when I’m trying to find a game ><

 

I took the throttle lever apart and with great difficulty removed the rudder switch, gave it a clean too which for now has worked - but this was a much trickier disassembly and I don’t want to have to do it regularly.

 

It’s so annoying as I have the beautifully constructed, high quality Hori stick sitting right here that has taken two years of abuse in AC7 and never had an issue, but they didn’t include support for it so it registers as a DS4 controller in Squadrons. You can use it, but the throttle doesn’t work as intended, the controller button mappings are much more restricted than flight stick options so you have to compromise on your inputs somewhere, and also the input curve for flight sticks is different than for controllers, so it’s more tricky to use than the Thrustmaster.


TLDR; when my flight stick finally goes in the bin, I’ll probably just quit the game. What a sad state of affairs. I’ll never buy a Thrustmaster product again though.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Darwock said:

After using a flight stick I have no desire whatsoever to play it with a pad - which is unfortunate as the Thrustmaster HOTAS is the only supported stick on consoles, and it’s a piece of absolute dogshit.


TLDR; when my flight stick finally goes in the bin, I’ll probably just quit the game. What a sad state of affairs. I’ll never buy a Thrustmaster product again though.

 

What a shame, my Thrustmaster HOTAS X stick (The PS3 one) is brilliant and has never given me any issues in hours of Elite Dangerous and MS Flight Sim.  I assume yours is a newer model?  I've also been using Thrustmaster steering wheels for years for sim racing with no issues, their hardware is usually really high quality.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, the HOTAS 4 (which is the same as the HOTAS One, and the new X - I think). They all have the same issues. I guess at some point their quality control just went to shit, or they started cost-cutting with cheap components. Lots of accounts out there of people getting replacements that ultimately fail in exactly the same way. The solution many people recommend is a 2-month revolving replacement scheme where you just keep swapping it out under warranty or shop guarantee or whatever. Unfortunately I can’t do this as Thrustmaster don’t appear to sell locally in Japan; I had to import it.

 

The company is well aware of the problem, but don’t do anything about it.

 

It’s interesting how they appear to favour using hot glue instead of solder on the circuit boards. Lots of gunked up glue over the wires, but very hard to spot any solder points.

Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

NOTE: I could only book a click and collect or a food delivery slot, £1.50 and £4.50 respectively. Seems they don't post things out and everythings from instore stock or some shit, so decent if youi're getting a shop in, not so much if you're having to go there especially.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I find it odd that a newish Star Wars game like this has already dropped in price, perhaps lost in the noise of the new console launches?

 

Maybe would have served them better to launch after the consoles, with the appropriate next gen upgrades attached.

Link to post
Share on other sites

@ScouserInExile - I'm playing with a Series X controller and it's fine for me. I did find it a little difficult at first and couldn't go more than five minutes without trying a different setup, but eventually I just stuck with the default control system (I might have gone southpaw actually - roll and throttle is on the right stick) and it started to click and I began to really really enjoy the game.

 

The only thing I'm finding a little difficult is switching shields forward and back, and rebalancing power just isn't as ergonomic as I'd like considering how often you need to keep switching it.

 

No doubt a proper HOTAS and having roll, pitch and yaw on the one handle would be better.  The controller probably puts a cap on my skill as a pilot. 

 

But I'm only really in it for the single player campaign, so that's not really a problem.  A HOTAS is too big an investment for probably this one game. Maybe if Flight Sim was out too for xbox I'd see more appeal but I am also playing on a sofa and a controller is just more relaxing for my gaming so on balance a HOTAS would not be 'better' for me.

 

I'm getting all the exciting Star Wars dogfighting feels, it's exciting enough and I still feel in control so I'd say stick with it.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.