PlayStation 2 PlanetPlayStation 2 PlanetXbox PlanetPC PlanetNintendo DS PlanetPlayStation Portable PlanetGameboy Advance PlanetGamecube PlanetPlaystation PlanetNintendo 64 PlanetDreamcast Planet Begin Document---------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 22:01:17 -0600 (MDT) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ W A R I N C. FAQ Version 1.00 by Jamal Leyba (leybaj@colorado.edu) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *Disclaimer ----------- The writer of this FAQ is in no way affiliated with Interactive Magic, Inc. or any its affiliates. If you have technical questions regarding the game, don't ask me I probably don't know. They have a website so just go there. There is none of their home-grown material within this FAQ, just everything I've seen in the game. *Note ----- This FAQ is not near completion, you if you have a RANT or RAVE about the lack of information your just going to have to wait. There is a lot in this game and I am not done with it yet. ========== =Contents= ========== ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -Introduction -Research -Stocks -Unit Creation -Information Tables -Tricks of the Trade ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ============== =Introduction= ============== War, Inc. is a strategy game in the ideal of Warcraft and Command and Conquer with a little different ideology. Not only do you have to build units, building, and soldiers, but you have to earn money on the stock market and use it to research new weapons. With all that going on it is easy to get lost. So over the course of (I believe) 24 missions you kill, crush, and maim all you opponents with your lethal weapons of death and buy out corporations with mo' money than you though you'd ever use. This game actually has a current time that runs in actual time or faster. When you start out you have around $10 million dollars that you use to fund some of your research and hopefully invest in some poor little company. They also give you four basic units to modify, but they go far from there. ========== =Research= ========== In order to improve your effectiveness on the battlefield, you absolutely have to research the 7 areas or you will be CREAMED. The 7 units are Hulls, Weapons, Power, Armor, Computer, Shield, Specials. There are plenty of levels (I think about 12) to extend you amount of bloodshed so don't feel that you'll come up with the greatest unit on you first outing. They don't last more than 3 campaigns, unless you're lucky, heh heh heh! You don't have to research level one, but knowing what you start with can help. Another thing is that you can not put more that 200 scientists on one project, but you can hire as many as you want if you have the money. **HULLS** This is where you find all the standard military types (tanks, helicopters, MRE's). This is also (I find) one the areas that you should really keep ahead in. Hulls have a type and a sub-type that define the vehicle you are imagining. Usually the first name of the vehicle is the "sub-type" and the second is the "type". So the 'Recon Tank' is a Tank-type that is in the category of a Recon unit. Make sense, no? Just play the game and you'll see what I mean. When the unit is on screen click on the rotating picture to view the verbal description. -Level 1 Scout Quad, Ore Sniffer, Mobile HQ -Level 2 6x6 APC, Recon Tank -Level 3 Tracked APC, Light Tank, Light Power Armor, Scout Chopper -Level 4 Anti-Aircraft Tank, Gun Turret, Transport Chopper, Tracked Launcher -Level 5 Light Hovertank, Main Battle Tank, Medium Power Armor, Heavy Launcher, Gunship. -Level 6 Medium Hover Tank, Missile Turret, M109 Self-propelled Gun -Level 7 Heavy Hover Tank, Heavy Power Armor, Hover Launcher **Weapons** GUNS, GUNS, GUNS!!! If you have any doubt about researching this, then you shouldn't be playing. Here you find an assortment of deadly weapons ranging from the useless to deadly beyond reason. Certain units can only use certain weapons, so don't think about putting a tank gun on a helicopter, it'll never work! Besides that the game is smart enough not to allow that. -Level 1 12.7mm Machine Gun -Level 2 30mm Cannon, 20mm Vulcan Cannon, 50mm AutoCannon, TOW-2 Anti-Tank Missile -Level 3 Dual 40mm Anti-Aircraft Gun, 30mm Vulcan Cannon, 105mm Tank Gun, 2.75" Rocket Pod -Level 4 70mm AutoCannon, CV 40mm Caseless AutoCannon, Hellfire Missile, Heavy Duty Mines, Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile -Level 5 120mm Tank Gun, Javelin Missile, MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Pulse Laser, SuperCombustion Mines, Stinger Surface-to-Air Missile -Level 6 9mm Rail Gun, 15mm Rail Gun, Heavy Pulse Laser, 155mm Howitzer, Anti-Aircraft Pulse Laser -Level 7 20mm Rail Gun, X-Ray Laser, Plasma Torch, 200mm Howitzer **Power** Make you units go faster and keep your shields running smoothly with this one. This will get you early on, because the first few engine are not so powerful and take up too much space to keep using. After time, as everything, they become more efficient. The military does not use a car engine to run a tank, though that is exactly the first one you will use. You will have a constant fight between armor and power that may make you sick. Usually you give up speed for armor. -Level 1 Internal Combustion Engine, Super-Charged Engine -Level 2 Diesel Engine -Level 3 Gas Turbine -Level 4 Cold-Ignition Rocket (Think Batmobile!) -Level 5 Fuel Cell -Level 6 Active Metal -Level 7 Fission Reactor *Armor* As I said earlier, you will have a 'battle' between this and power. You have to watch the strength rating of each material. Also on these are Projectile and Missile Adsorption ratings. They function as an additional means of choosing armor. So if all your chopper get blown out by missiles, advanced armor can help. As time goes the armor will become cheaper, stronger, and weigh less. -Level 1 Aluminum -Level 2 Steel Plate, Titanium Plate -Level 3 Chobbam -Level 4 Ceramic Composite -Level 5 Plasti-Steel-3 -Level 6 Plasti-Steel-5 -Level 7 Molecular-Bonded Shell *Computer* Computer make the world go 'round, and they do here. This helps you target all the little soldiers, tanks, and buildings that cause so much pain and increase the usable range of your weaponry. I still don't know if it's really necessary to put Laser Guidance on a tank gun, but it may be worth the try. A tank gun that has range of 6 without a targeting system of range 6 will not fulfill its purpose. -Level 1 Basic Targeting -Level 2 Advanced Imaging -Level 3 Assisted Targeting -Level 4 Laser Guidance -Level 5 Complete Thermal Imaging -Level 6 Mini-Radar (not Gary Burghoff!) -Level 7 Full Radar *Shield* As the word says all this does it help keep the bad guys from killing you too quickly. They come in two varieties, pulse and continuous. Continuous is definitely better than pulse, but if you want to get out cheap use the pulse on a helicopter. -Level 1 Kinetic 50KW Pulse -Level 2 Energy 50KW Pulse -Level 3 Kinetic 50KW Continuous -Level 4 Kinetic 50KW Continuous -Level 5 Energy 50KW Continuous -Level 6 Energy 100KW Continuous *Specials* This should be called the miscellaneous category for the fact that everything in it can't be put in other categories. This includes speed and energy increases, more ammo and other less describable objects. -Level 1 Ammo: Bullets, External Pod, Overdrive -Level 2 Ammo: Shells, AutoLoader, Chaff/Flare Pod, Transmission Gearing -Level 3 Ammo: Missiles, Unit Reloader -Level 4 Ammo: MLRS -Level 5 Electronic Jammer, Flash Charger -Level 6 Neural Link -Level 7 Plasma Pod ======== =Stocks= ======== This is what makes the game fun. Once you start you can't stop. There are about 40 different corporations with a variety of stock prices. When you buy them out you get bonuses on an assortment of things. Here you will see the name of the corporation, the stock value per share, the change in price, the type of company it is, the Price/Earning (P/E) ratio, and the profit if sold. When you click on each corporation you will see the number of available stocks and their progress over the last 260 days. The key to investment for maximum profit is to look the price/earnings ratio. Any investor will tell you get on while it's cheap. A company with a lower P/E number is best for investment. Early on you will be really trying to keep a hold of your money so it will be hard to invest. A good profit is above 25% of you investment. When you are satisfied take it out and re-invest. Soon you will be playing with hundreds of millions of dollars to invest. Very stable stocks don't earn profit very easily. Unstable stocks that tend to earn a lot of money, at least in this game. The key to buying out a corporation is to look at the price and the number of shares. The game will tell you that you need 51% of the shares to acquire them. This is all you need so don't bother buying more than that. The first corporation you should buy out is "EntInd" which is the first company on the list. It can be bought for under $100 million. Watch the market for price drops and then make your attack. Stocks are simple and try to leave them that way. :) **Types of Corporations** Here are the types of corporations and their bonuses: ITRec: Increase Command Points by 50% Medical: Pharmaceutical: Increase Infantry Stamina and Speed by 50% Biotech: Cybernetic: Utilty: Double Power Output from 30KW to 60KW Telecom: Transport: Natural Rsrc: Double the speed of ore output Computer: Double the unit building time Contractor: Decease prototype costs =============== =Unit Creation= =============== Take one part gun, one part armor, and two parts power and you have everything under the sun as far as guns. If you afraid of screwing up a design, don't be. Just click and play with it for a while. You will get the hang of it quickly. Design is a balancing act, that is all. Set limits for yourself when you design. Say that you refuse for you tank to be slower than 20mph, or you won't have less than 100 HP for armor. This will make it much easier. Just remember that 40mph is fast for a tank and 60mph is slow for a chopper. Long-range artillery can stand to be super slow so don't worry about them. Here are some easy steps to unit creation (Ignore if your want): Step One: Choose the purpose of the vehicle. Tanks are definitely frontline assault vehicles. Chopper can be too, but watch out for missile turrets. Heavy artillery such as Howitzers and missile launchers are not for front line use and should be protected. Transports like the APC's or transport choppers are only for frontline relief. Step Two: Choose how powerful you want it to be. The weapon can make it a bomb or a success. Tanks should not have a 12.7mm Machine gun as the main weapon. Step Three: Go to armor and select how much you want. This typically makes the unit slower so be careful. Step Four: Now look at the power and think of how fast you want it to be. I recommend keeping tanks between 30mph to 40mph. Much fast and they become uncontrollable. Choppers should be at their maximum speed. If you get 105mph for a chopper that has a max-speed of 110mph, do add more power to it. There is no reason to do this. Artillery can be slow, but should be well-armored because the tend to launch from far distances. Step Five: Computer Targeting should be simple. Big gun don't have to aim well, just destroy! Step Six: Specials add neat things but sometimes are really unnecessary. Take them into last consideration until they get beyond just adding ammo. Step Seven: When you have completed your initial idea look at the RU cost and prototype cost. And then begin to play with the numbers within the limits that you ideally set for the design. ==================== =Information Tables= ==================== These tables tell you the basic look and feel of the units and weapons with all the given information for basics unit with no modifications. Hull Types Name | Price | Space| Wt. | Max. Spd | Defense| Tech Rating ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Recon Tank | 200K | 35 | 10T | 70 | 0 | 2 Light Tank | 400K | 55 | 12T | 60 | -3 | 3 AA Tank | 500K | 60 | 15T | 70 | -3 | 4 Main Battle Tank | 600K | 70 | 17T | 45 | -8 | 5 Lt. Power Armor | 1000K | 24 | 1T | 65 | +40 | 3 Md. Power Armor | 2000K | 30 | 1T | 60 | +30 | 5 Scout Chopper | 180K | 25 | 1T | 110 | +20 | 3 Transport Chopper | 250K | 45 | 4T | 60 | +10 | 4 Gunship Chopper | 450K | 40 | 3T | 80 | +15 | 5 Tracked Launcher | 450K | 70 | 7T | 45 | -5 | 4 Heavy Launcher | 550K | 85 | 10T | 35 | -2 | 5 Lt. Hover Tank | 2000K | 40 | 2T | 70 | +35 | 5 Scout Quad | 20K | 15 | 1T | 100 | +10 | 1 6x6 Quad | 40K | 25 | 1T | 80 | +5 | 2 Tracked Quad | 60K | 35 | 3T | 60 | 0 | 3 Ore Sniffer | 1000K | 25 | 3T | 40 | -10 | 1 Mobile Command HQ | 5000K | 30 | 4T | 30 | -25 | 1 M109 SPG | 750K | 60 | 16T | 50 | -10 | 6 Md. Hover Tank | 4000K | 50 | 16T | 60 | +30 | 6 Weapon Types Name | Damage| Space| Ammo| Range|Delay|Power| Cost | RU ------------------------------------------------ ----------------------- 12.7mm Machine Gun | 3-6| 2 | 200| 2 | 0.5 | 5 | 25K | 7 20mm Cannon | 5-10| 4 | 150| 2 | 0.6 | 5 | 45K | 10 30mm Cannon | 7-14| 6 | 120| 3 | 0.7 | 15 | 70K | 15 20mm Vulcan Cannon | 8-10| 6 | 300| 3 | 0.3 | 50 | 150K | 20 30mm Vulcan Cannon | 9-12| 8 | 250| 3 | 0.5 | 80 | 300K | 30 50mm AutoCannon | 15-20| 5 | 90| 3 | 0.6 | 70 | 300K | 25 70mm AutoCannon | 20-26| 6 | 60| 4 | 0.9 | 120 | 750K | 35 CV 40mm Caseless | 10-20| 5 | 100| 4 | 0.6 | 100 | 600K | 40 105mm Tank Gun | 22-44| 15 | 70| 5 | 1.1 | 150 | 950K | 60 120mm Tank Gun | 30-60| 20 | 50| 6 | 1.4 | 250 |1700K | 70 Pulse Laser | 5-15| 2 | 150| 4 | 0.4 |1000 | 530K | 80 Gen. Purpose Mine | 50-75| 8 | 15| 0 | 2.8 | 200 | 130K | 60 Heavy Duty Mine |100-150| 12 | 10| 0 | 2.8 | 200 | 255K | 75 Sup.Combustion Mine |300-400| 16 | 5| 0 | 2.8 | 200 | 300K | 80 Sidewinder Missile |150-300| 4 | 4| 6 | 1.9 | 10 | 100K |100 Javelin Missile |175-300| 10 | 4| 10 | 3.8 | 20 |1500K |500 MLRS Missile |100-175| 37 | 12| 19 | 3.0 | 25 |3500K |800 TOW-2 Missile |125-200| 5 | 4| 7 | 3.4 | 5 | 500K |250 Hellfire Missile |100-250| 8 | 4| 8 | 2.5 | 5 | 450K |150 2.75" Rocket Pod | 20-25| 6 | 20| 10 | 1.0 | 5 | 350K | 50 Stinger SAM | | | | | | | | 9mm Rail Gun | 20-30| 6 | 100| 5 | 0.6 | 350 |1400K | 50 15mm Rail Gun | | | | | | | | Heavy Pulse Laser | 10-25| 4 | 150| 6 | 0.6 |1500 |2000K |100 AA Pulse Laser | 5-25| 6 | 100| 5 | 0.5 |1100 | 650K | 90 155mm Howitzer | 40-70 | 20 | 40| 20 | 7.8 |400 |1500K |500 Power Type Name | Power/Unt| Wt./Unt| Space/Unt| Cost/Unt| RU/Unt ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Int. Combustion Eng. | 150 | 80 | 1 | 1K | 3 Supercharged Engine | 200 | 120 | 2 | 2K | 6 Diesel Engine | 300 | 80 | 2 | 5K | 12 Gas Turbine | 400 | 72 | 3 | 80K | 20 Cold Ignition Rocket | 160 | 160 | 3 | 500K | 30 Fuel Cell | 650 | 160 | 2 | 200K | 20 Active Metal | | | | | Fission Reactor | | | | | Armor Type Name | Strength| Weight | Cost | RU | Proj. | Missile ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Aluminum | 4 | 1000 | 8K | 3 | 1 | 1 Steel Plate | 6 | 4000 | 12K | 6 | 4 | 1 Titanium Plate | 7 | 3000 | 28K | 10 | 5 | 1 Chobbam | 13 | 4000 | 115K | 14 | 8 | 1 Ceramic Composite | 9 | 1500 | 42K | 11 | 6 | 3 Plasti-Steel-3 | 5 | 500 | 95K | 16 | 8 | 4 Plasti-Steel-5 | 13 | 750 | 110K | 19 | 9 | 6 Molecular-Bonded Shell | | | | | | Computer Type Name | Accuracy Bonus | Range | Space | Cost | RU ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Basic Targeting | 5 | 3 | 1 | 8K | 25 Advanced Imaging | 7 | 4 | 2 | 10K | 35 Assisted Targeting | 15 | 5 | 4 | 25K | 45 Laser Guidance | 22 | 6 | 6 | 40K | 60 Complete Thermal Imaging | 28 | 7 | 8 | 60K | 75 Mini Radar | 35 | 8 | 10 | 100K | 100 Full Radar | | | | | Shield Type Name | Power| Space| Regen/Sec|Strength| Cost | RU ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Kinetic 50KW Pulse | 1000 | 10 | 0.4 HP | 10 | 1000K| 150 Kinetic 50KW Continuous | 2000 | 13 | 0.5 HP | 35 | 3000K| 250 Kinetic 100KW Continuous | 3000 | 16 | 0.7 HP | 50 | 5000K| 300 Energy 50KW Pulse | 1500 | 12 | 0.9 HP | 25 | 2500K| 200 Energy 50KW Continuous | 2500 | 15 | 1.1 HP | 70 | 4000K| 350 Energy 100KW Continuous | 3500 | 18 | 1.1 HP | 80 | 6000K| 400 Specials Type Name |Weight|Space| Power| Cost | RU |Defense|Spd Modifier ------------------------------------------------------------------------- External Pod | 500 | +5 | 0 | 5K| 100 | -5% | 0% Chaff/Flare Pod | 2 | 1 | 100 | 8K| 100 | +10% | 0% Electronic Jammer | 175 | 4 | 200 | 100K| 150 | +15% | 0% Trans. Gearing | 200 | 0 | -400 | 5K| 50 | 0% | -10% Overdrive | 400 | 0 | 250 | 6K| 50 | 0% | +25% AutoLoader | 250 | 2 | 150 | 30K| 200 | 0% | 0% Mine Roller | 500 | 2 | 0 | 3K| 50 | 0% | 0% Flash Charger | 500 | 6 |-3500 | 2000K| 600 | 0% | 0% Ammo: Bullets | 100 | 2 | 0 | 1K| 50 | 0% | 0% Ammo: Shells | 500 | 5 | 0 | 10K| 50 | 0% | 0% Ammo: Missiles | 100 | 6 | 0 | 100K| 150 | 0% | 0% Ammo: MLRS | 1000 | 10 | 0 | 250K| 300 | 0% | 0% Neural Link | 0 | 0 | 0 | 3000K| 150 | +10% | +10% ===================== =Tricks of the Trade= ===================== 1. Tank guns on hover tanks don't work, so forget about it. 2. If you like infantry research computers more than anything else. 3. APC are no good for general combat. 4. Strike Forces can be turned away just by engage them then immediately exiting. 5. Try to combine different style units to improve overall effectiveness. 6. Gang up on enemies and move carefully! 7. Scout Choppers can outrun missiles by watching where the first missile detonates then immediately moving back out. The turrets usually have around 12 missile so be patient. 8. Vulcan Cannons are absolutely deadly to pulse-shielded and unshielded units. 9. Once you have Tank Guns use them! 10. Mines are difficult to use. Use the Mine Roller to remove enemy mines. 11. Not all missiles can attack every type of target. 12. Use a chopper/launcher combination for long-range attack. 13. Gunlock is good for mass attacks of the same unit or same weapon. 14. Speed lock is good for scouting with several units or as an escort for transports or launchers. 15. Not all upgrades aer worth the effort, unless you have lots of money.