Ambrosia, Airfields, and Mutiny

Introduction

We've just returned to UNATCO HQ, and not a moment too soon! We near got blown to Kingbuktu (I can't remember the improper (sober) version of the word) blowing up the generator, but, no matter how many pieces we may be in, we survived. And no matter what we do, the following people will also survive in this area: Harley Filben, Paul, Gunther.

We'll learn shortly that Paul rebelled, and we'll be returned to the mainland to find some more of the Ambrosia. Some well-planned attacks, carefully planned routes, and quick wits should get you through this alive and well. You shouldn't even run into significant resistance until you reach the helipad if you're sneaky enough. Assuming you're trained in swimming skills, you should be able to make it to the airfields via the stealthy route without getting hurt. My only real advice is to invest in swimming skills. Well, let's move onto the walkthrough, shall we?

UNATCO HQ

Ah, here we are, back home. Return to the satcom van to discover a lone multitool behind the hatch door, and crack open the van itself (with our favorite code, of course) to discover a repairbot. If you've used up some bioelectrical energy, charge up, then, after getting the lockpick hidden behind the satcom van, return to the front door of UNATCO HQ.

Talk to one of the men in black, (they remind me of the agents from The Matrix for some reason) then head inside. Once you reach the lobby, swipe a lockpick off a bookshelf in the office to your left, then go down a flight of stairs to level 2. If you want, check your e-mail in your office, otherwise, go into Manderley's office. After the brief cutscene, approach Manderley's office door and eavesdrop on his conversation.

We're going to be following Walton Simons downstairs, so don't let him get too far from you. Talk to him a few times if you want, but afterwards, sneak behind him. You'll get in trouble for it, but nothing of huge consequence. When he reaches the prisoners' cell, follow him inside. You can talk to the NSF trooper in the corner between conversations between Simons and the prisoner. He'll get frustrated and blow them both away eventually, but hey, plot development is worth getting in trouble from him.

Leave the cells, and head towards Sam Carter, picking up the can of soda and candy bar off the computer desk to your left, and a bioelectric cell off the bookshelf to your right. He may or may not give you ammo, depending on whether you were seen during the fighting in Castle Clinton, but he will give you two multitools, regardless. Toss the weapon mod somewhere.

Leave the armory, and go see Jaime Reyes. Talk to him, the two wounded troopers, then heal up with the med bot. I installed the speed enhancement augmentation while I was at it. Check out the supply closet for 2 med kits, then leave the office, and go across the hall to Alex Jacobson's office. Pop open the door with a keypad next to it to discover a crate. Crack it open, and take the bioelectric cell inside it. Alex Jacobson isn't here, but he left a multitool on the large computer he was sitting at when we first met him. Let's borrow it, shall we? Open up the false floor in Alex's office, and take the lockpick and 100 credits hidden under it.

Head back towards the stairs, and talk to Shannon to freak her out, if you peeked in the ladies' room at the beginning of the game. Return to Manderley's office, taking the key on the bookshelf, and the one on the table behind Manderley. Once you have your new orders, and op bonuses, it's time to head back out to the helipad.

Battery Park

So, where do we go from here? Let's head to the subway station, but we should swing by the eagle we can see to the southeast, there's another vial of Zyme in the exact same location as before. Return to the subway station, and check the shacks around the entrance to the station. You'll find a woman and a man standing around a burning barrel. If you saved the bum in the basketball court back in Hell's Kitchen, you'll have the code Curly wants. If not, you'll need to pay Harley Filben, who's in the subway station, for it, or smash open a fairly weak crate containing Curly's diary. Once you have the code, go down to the subway station, and punch 6653 into the keypad in the phone booth. Go down the hallway you should arrive in, until a new map loads.

Brooklyn Bridge Station

Keep going down the hallway until you reach a ladder, then go up it into Brooklyn Bridge Station. Hop up onto the platform to the northeast, and talk to the bum you see here. It's Charlie, but he wants the water turned back on before he'll give you the code. Shit! We can't use explosives, so we can't get the code that way.

Go to the far west side of the station, and into the men's bathroom. There's a junkie in here, who has a LAM. We don't need it, but if you search his corpse, you'll find he has a candy bar. I always kill him, but it's your choice.

Leave the bathroom, go south a little ways, then go upstairs via the stairs on your right. If you feel like creating a little mess, read on, if not, you can skip the next part.

Killing the Rooks, by Marecki

I really hate these wannabe tough guys telling JC he is a wannabe, especially the girls (they are more arrogant) - and besides, let's do the community a service, eh? First of all, even though the first few victims can be taken out quietly you are bound to make it messy, meaning you'll probably need speed of attack more than extra damage offered by the baton or temporary stunning offered by the prod - so even if you normally don't use the crowbar you might want to get it.

Start with the well-lit end of the upper level; there are three gang members there, one far away from the other two and all three out of sight of everyone else. If you're lucky, you'll be able to take each of them out without alerting the others, but if not - keep your distance, dodge their bullets and charge when they've emptied their clips. Go ahead to the darker area, take out the pair near the ATM. Fire up armour and proceed further! As far as I remember, the guy on the left behind the turnstiles packs a shotgun, so take him out first; as for the others, either simply strafe a lot and run between them trying to have them shoot each other, landing hits as you pass, or try to lure them out to roomier sections of the floor. If you get someone to start running away, leave them be - you'll be able to finish them off later. That's pretty much it! It you're fast enought you might be able to wipe out the whole gang without taking a single hit.

Finishing Up The Station

Whether or not you executed the Rooks, go to the northwest, and you'll find a man who offers you a free LAM for killing a dealer downstairs. By now I'm sure you've gathered that this Rock fello probably has some drugs on him. Drugs are money. Explore this level thoroughly, you should find a few multitools. One is on top of a payphone near two rooks, a male and a female, and the other is in the far east section of the station, where all the wooden boxes are. Get on the other side of the spinny things and search for a normal crate among the boxes.

Once you've got them, go downstairs and go to the south east corner of the station, you should see a big guy who looks augmented. This is Rock. Get out the crowbar, get behind him, and bash him, he shouldnt need more than one hit. Get some Zyme from him, and look to the northwest. You should see a bum that looks like the one in the men's room, the one who had a LAM and wanted Zyme. Go over to him and talk to him, seems he wants Zyme too. Kill him, and search him. How curious, he already had some Zyme, and a candy bar.

Well, we're done around these parts. Let the upstairs dealer know Rock is dead, if you want 100 skill points, but head over to the women's restroom. There's a keypad under one of the sinks, you'll need a few multitools to crack it, but who said life's easy on a melee only player? Head through the opening in the wall, and a new map should load.

Mole Tunnels

When you initially enter the tunnels, there's two main ways to do it. If you don't feel like causing trouble, read on, otherwise, Marecki's section on taking the tunnels by force is just ahead.

The Easy Way

Climb down the ladder overlooking the rails, and start heading south, staying right beside the ledge to your left. If you use it for cover, nobody on the other side should see you. If you see an NSF trooper coming, hide under one of the wooden ramps until they're gone.

Keep going south until the ledge to your left runs out, then look around and make sure there's no NSF troopers coming. Once you're sure it's safe, run over to the wooden ramp to the south, and hide under it. Again, wait until the coast is clear, then climb up the ramp and go into the shack to your left. Check behind the cardboard boxes for a displaced stone, push it and go through the opening in the wall. Talk to the NSF trooper in here, and everyone will surrender.

Taking the Tunnels by Force, by Marecki

Where is the fun in having the NSF surrender? Having reached the tracks, head north and take out the terrorist patrolling the east-west corridor near the alarm button; he is particularly vulnerable when heading towards the dark eastern end. Then hug the nothern wall of the tunnel and head west, climbing onto a boulder, then north; that way the two NSF to the north won't see you from behind the crates. Pass them and either rush them, starting with the northern one (he's got a pistol; the other has a mini-crossbow), or using the "show and hide" method make the southern one turn around (thus having both of them facing south) and take them out quietly. While doing all this, be wary of the third terrorist patrolling further to the north, whom you will take out next.

Turn back and head all the way to the south. There is a NSF on patrol there, hide under the wooden ramp to let him pass and bop him as he's heading north toward the alarm sounder. Another terrorist is inside the shanty near the cave-in, show yourself to him through holes in its western wall to make him turn away from the doorway, then do the usual thing; you might want to bop the mole guy too, as he is quite likely to panic and run off, alerting other soldiers (sometimes this results in the alarm going off, although I'm not sure who actually presses the button in that case). The third and last NSF trooper is northwest from here, guarding a bum with a dead cat. To sneak up on him, instead of approaching the shack they are in directly, walk to the western wall of the area and head north over a barrier dividing this part of the platform; with luck you'll be able to walk all the way up to the two and even have a chat with the bum (which shouldn't stop you from bopping him later, as he too is ready to panic) before sending the terrorist to the sleepy land.

The last two NSF troopers are in the middle section of the tunnel, patrolling the platform. They are a bit hard to take out, as they are in view of civillians almost all the time and if you knock one out, the ensuing panic is very likely to alert the other one before you're able to get to him. If you don't feel like risking it, hide under the northernmost ramp between the platforms and wait; eventually one of the soldiers will start heading north towards where your first victim used to patrol; at that point he is all yours. Dispose of the last soldier as you see fit, even if the mole people raise the alarm there is nobody left to hear it.

Now, the commander. Basically, he is initially friendly so you should have no problems tackling him, but if you actually want to prevent him from surrendering - use the same airborne smack trick that worked at the Statue. This tunnel is now officially a NSF-free zone.

Continuing in Peace

Get the key off the table beside the commander, then head out of the shack, taking the lockpick that's in the crate to the right of the doorway. If you want some beer or soda, there's some in the shack that's the furthest south, otherwise, head north. When you can, go onto a higher ledge to your right, and smash the crate in the back corner to discover a thermoptic camo suit. Keep going north, around the corner, then north again until you hear two NSF troopers have a conversation, if they're still standing. A very suspicious conversation. About you, and apparently 'Paul' would know whether you'd make it this far. Hmmm. Keep going north a little ways until there's too much rubble to continue, then go up a ramp to your left, and go down the hall to the restrooms. There's multitool in a crate in the rear bathroom stall in the women's room, in the men's room, you'll find yet another passageway to go through.

The Airfield, Part I

Continue through the hallway until Alex e-mails you. By the time he does, you should be at a Y intersection. Grab a crate, and go left. You'll find some lasers, but if you stack the crates nearby well enough, you can simply hop over them! Grab one through the lasers once you're on the other side, and head over to the pipes. Use the crate to help yourself jump over them, then head east a little ways. There's an NSF trooper patrolling the hallways past the turrets and camera up ahead, he has a key to the door we want to go through, so deal with him however you see fit. Unlock the door to the far east, and continue.

Yikes! More lasers! And more crates. You can head out the vent to your left and avoid the trouble of alarms sounding, as long as your swimming skills are up to par. If not, block the lowest laser beam the same way you did before, and wait out the alarm somewhere where the turret can't see you. Once the alarm shuts off, return to the lasers, and press the white button to your left. Duck under the lasers onto the extended bridge, and be ready to jump onto those platforms ahead of you. They're unstable, but they're easy to get across. Simply keep holding your run forward key, and tap your jump key every time you land until you're on the other side.

Go through the doorway, but be careful as you approach the corner. There's an EMP grenade just out of sight, the little bugger gets me almost every time, even though I know it's there. Keep going through the hallway and through the next door. If you chose the swimming route, this is where the manhole comes out. 2 robots patrol the path just beyond the rubble, but there's pitch black tunnels to your right that you can duck into. The robot on the left side of the path will turn around approximately the same time the robot of the right side of the path, closest to you, turns his back on you, but remember, they're both deaf. If you use the robot on the right hand side of the path for cover, you can get close enough to the tunnel on your right to dart in there without them noticing.

Go to the far east end of the tunnel, to the other exit, and wait for both bots to turn their back to where you are before you take off running to the hallway across from where you are. There's a very large crate ahead of you and to your right, and a med kit hidden behind it. To the north of the large crate is a smaller crate with a lockpick on it, borrow that, then check slightly to the east of it to discover a datacube and a multitool under some pipes.

Go through the doorway, around the corner, then to the doors with windows in them. Look up slightly. Light glowing through the walls? Could it be a camera? Carefully stick your neck out, and you'll discover there is a camera there, I'd recommend using the multitool you just found to disable it.

There's an NSF trooper standing by the Ambrosia, but odds are you won't make it to him before he leaves. He'll come back, though. Go through the doorway and to the right, but make sure an NSF trooper isn't on a routine patrol through the lobby before you go barreling through there! Don't go up the stairs, we won't be going there just yet. Go into the men's room, and deal with the NSF trooper however you see fit. Get the key on his body, we'll need it.

Return to the lobby, and go straight across the lobby towards the stairs, but hang a right before you reach them, and you should find 2 offices. In the first one you'll find a multitool in the desk and a candybar on the bookshelf, in the second you'll find a bioelectric cell and a lockpick in the desk.

Go up the stairs, but keep a lookout for the NSF trooper patrolling the balcony overlooking the lobby. Bop him when it's most convenient, then go to the doorway on the hallway he was patrolling. Open the door, and you should find an NSF trooper staring at static filled TV screens, probably wondering when the cable went out. (If you found a ladder, you went to the wrong door.) Bop him, then use the security computer to his right to shut down all the cameras in the area. Turn directly around, and you should see a datacube, a plant, and a button just behind it. Push the button, and you'll find the bookshelf is actually a hidden door! Nice! Unfortunately all we can use in here is the augmentation upgrade canister, and the prod charger, but let's get them anyways, shall we? Apply the upgrade canister to your combat strength augmentation, then leave this room, and backtrack to the stairs by the men's restroom.

Go up them, but beware the NSF trooper patrolling the balcony overlooking the lobby. Bop him, then go into the secret room behind the bookshelf in this room. If you didn't open it when you were hacking security, one of the pinball machines will open it for you. There's ballistic armor, a med kit, and a lockpick in the crates here. Get a bioelectric cell off the bookshelf near the hidden door, then head back downstairs. Go out the double doors across from the Ambrosia, then head northwest if you want to leave the troopers here alone.

Securing the Helibase, by Marecki

Basically, this is quite straightforward - most of the guys walk alone in the dark here. The only thing one should remember to do here is to start with the guy patrolling the roof and the sniper on the catwalk. Climb up the ladder to the roof and bop the former as close to it as possible to avoid alerting the latter, then climb up to the catwalk, hug the wall heading along it and serve the usual.

As for the two guys guarding the elevator, if you don't want to rush them you'll probably want both of them to turn right, then sneak up from the direction of the lobby. If you fail to get both of them, instead of rushing and risking a hit you might simply hide for a while.

Leaving the Helibase

Look for a sewer drain in the shadows of the northwest corner of the area, then climb down into the water. Swim, swim, and swim until you reach some crates in the water.

Climb up the ladder to the high ledge here, we need to get into that drainpipe. If you jump onto the ledge nearest it, you should be able to jump right into the pipe from there, provided you push the large crate into the water. Continue through the drainpipe and swim, swim, and swim.

The Airfield, Part II

When you emerge, you'll be right beside a pier that a flamethrower wielding NSF trooper is patrolling. Wait for him to turn his back on the door and walk along the pier, them quickly climb out and either bop or zap him. Crack open the crates by the pier and get a bioelectric cell and a multitool, then head out of the shack. We got a east gate key from the body of the trooper we just took down, so let's go east, shall we? Use the crates for cover and avoid the little robots patrolling around here, they'll make short work of you.

Once you find the east gate, use the key we found on the panel next to the gate and open the gates. There's an NSF trooper patrolling near here, so be careful, he may get in your way, but then again, he might not. Run across the lot to the shadows beside the building, then enter through the door under a walkway which has a sign saying '747 hanger' on it.

Stay crouched, and sneak into the kitchen, you'll find a soon to be unconscious/dead NSF trooper in there. Leave the kitchen and slip behind the stairs, check for a loose stone, press it and you'll discover a hidden armory. There's a lockpick on one of the shelves, and a key to the dormitory.

By now you'll probably have noticed an NSF trooper patrolling upstairs, when you go upstairs, be careful, he stops and watches the bottom of the stairs for a few seconds, make sure he's on the balcony above the kitchen and lunch room before going anywhere. Go into the upstairs dormitory, and check the first locker on your left for the code to the 747 walkway, and a medkit. The other lockers are locked, but the one to the left of the window contains a bioelectric cell and a multitool if you want to use a lockpick on it.

Now, we go through the door locked with the keypad.

Decisions, decisions

Oh dear! Once you reach the top of the stairs you'll discover Paul is working for the NSF! Talk to the little punk, (he ordered troops to try to kill you for god's sake!) then board the plane. There's nothing of use to use in the surrounding area, unless you want to confuse the game Marecki's way -- in that case, bring a crate.

When you arrive on the plane, take a left, then go into the kitchen, there's some beer, soda, and some soy food in here. Go south until you find stairs leading up, go up them and go to the far right corner of the room, there's a key to Lebedev's room here. Go back downstairs and head south until you reach a locked door, once you go through it, check the room to your right for a can of soda.

Now, be careful. Slip into Lebedev's room, but don't let him talk to you, we want to finish looting the plane first. On the side of the bed Lebedev isn't standing on, under the bed, is a datacube which contains a code we need. Leave the room and return to the stairs which lead up to where we found the key, there's a flight of stairs going down a level right beside them.

Go down and you'll find the last container of Ambrosia, a repair bot, and an augmentation canister, protected by a forcefield. Punch the code we got from under Lebedev's bed, 9905, to take down the forcefield, then take the canister for yourself.

Now, it's time to party!

Return to Lebedev's room. Since Marecki's method needs to be set in motion before talking to Lebedev, I'll put it here:

Before talking to Lebedev, place the metal box brought in from the hangar outside the door to his quarters, exactly in the middle, then relock the door. The box will cause Anna to get stuck and unable to reach Lebedev; walk over to the door (without opening it) to trigger her part of the conversation, then question Lebedev until you've got your skill points. If you want to kill Anna, do it now (she will probably break free once you've opened the door, but that shouldn't help her much - just don't let her near Lebedev) and talk to Lebedev more - then bop/kill him so that you've completed your objective. Op bonus, skill points, Anna not a problem anymore... Life is great!

If you want to do things the conventional way, talking to Lebedev once will cause him to surrender, then Agent Navarre will appear. Shit! Talk about a dilemma. Do we kill, her, him, none, both . . .

I very strongly recommend that Navarre's life be ended here. This is the safest place to do it, and she's one tough bitch to deal with elsewhere, unless you use the kill switch. Whether you kill Lebedev is up to you, I always kill him for the op bonus. Or, you can let Navarre kill him, then you can take her out, too.

Oh, nothin' makes me sadder than the agent lost her bladder in the aiiiiirplane! (Sorry for that outburst, just watched Con Air, I had to do it!

Once you've dealt with everyone however you want to deal with them, leave the plane, and go through the walkway back into the building with the dormitory in it. The airfield is now safe to explore, and since most of the baddies were robots, this is a good thing. To the southeast of the building we are in, in the security tower, on the top level, there are 2 multitools. Leave, and go west until you reach another security tower, from here go north past the shed by the water, the one we entered through, and head straight to the security tower. From here, go directly east to the chopper, stopping to chat with Gunther if you want. As we're done here, board the chopper and hit the road!

Note: I don't know of any goodies useful to a melee only player in the crates around the area the shed we entered through, if anyone does, let me know where it is.

The Insurrection