Command & Conquer: Generals - Zero Hour/USA Superweapon General vs. USA Laser General
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This level is initially extremely intimidating. You start out with a Command Center and bulldozer – while the Laser General begins with three Particle Cannons ready to blast away.
The land assault starts slowly and will give you a chance to form rudimentary defensive positions by garrisoning the buildings centered between your base and the Laser General’s base.
Building multiple Supply Drop Zones before building your Particle Cannons is a suggested strategy. When all of your PC's are built at once, they are less susceptible to destruction while being built.
Further into the game, it will be necessary to beef up your defenses a bit more with EMP Patriots to defend against persistent Comanche helicopter attacks. An enemy Colonel Burton will also be attacking your base. Detection units are a must.
Build and upgrade a Reactor. Build a second dozer and construct a Barracks. Build a Supply Center and immediately build a second Chinook supply helicopter.
Be sure that all buildings are placed far enough apart so that the Particle Cannons cannot destroy two buildings at once.
The odds are enemy infantry may occupy one of the five civilian buildings right in front of your base before you can get to it. Go ahead and research Flash Bang technology at your Barracks. Create a Ranger and five Missile defenders. Have your Ranger clear any garrisoned structures with the Flash Bang and then put your five Missile Defenders in each of the five separate buildings.
Build your Weapons factory and immediately send a Humvee to protect the buildings from infantry attacks. Possibly upgrade it with a Battle Drone.
Build your Strategy Center. Don’t forget to pick one of your free upgrades.
Start building your first Supply Drop Zone.
Create Colonel Burton and send him to protect your garrisoned buildings. Consider building another bulldozer to keep the garrisoned buildings repaired. If you repair the buildings, you need to bring the dozer back to a safe area after repairs or it will be destroyed. If you keep the building repairs, you can defend your base from this position for the entire game.
By now, the Particle Cannons will start attacking your base. If you are lucky enough “just” to have your Barracks destroyed, rebuild it, and keep rebuilding at as many times as necessary. It takes only 500 credits to rebuild and will keep the ion blasts away from your other structures.
If it targets your Command Center, repair immediately or it will be lost on a subsequent blast.
Beef up your garrisoned buildings with two Missile Defenders each. Add more as opportunity arises.
Have a Pathfinder stationed on both sides of the garrisoned buildings. This way, you will not have to worry about enemy Colonel Burton blowing up your buildings.
There is one area at the top of the overpass north of the garrisoned buildings that eventually a Laser Tank will target your buildings and your Missile Defenders will have a hard time targeting it. Move Colonel Burton onto the overpass, behind the Laser Tank, and keep him stationed there to destroy it and future Laser Tanks that come up the overpass.
Build two Patriots to the northeast of your base, separated by a safe distance. You must keep these here to protect your base from Comanche attacks. They will be destroyed by PC blasts, but that’s okay. Just continue to rebuild them.
Build a second Supply Drop Zone and then a third one before starting on your Particle Cannons. Trust me. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. This way, you can build many Particle Cannons at once and they will be less susceptible to attack. The Laser General will target your PC’s as they are building. When this happens, the PC’s will be totally destroyed and 2,500 credits is lost. Even if you get one built, it can be destroyed if you don’t get it fully repaired before the next Particle blast.
After you have over 10,000 credits saved and five bulldozers ready to go, build four Particle Cannons at once. Use the fifth dozer to build extra Reactors for needed energy supplies.
Once the PC’s are completely built, attacks from enemy Particle blasts will not entirely destroy them and they can be repaired after each attack.
After building the PC’s, construct EMP Patriots in areas to protect them from Comanche attacks.
After the countdown, you can destroy the three enemy PC’s with your own Particle blasts.
Wait for your PC’s to charge back up and you can then destroy the Command Center and the two bulldozers in one single attack. From here on out, no new structures can be built and you can slowly start taking the base apart.
Destroy first all Airfields, War Factories and Barracks. Use your General’s Powers, such as A10 Missile Strike, Spectre Gunship and Fuel Air Blast, to destroy defenses at the very front of their base in case you decide to launch a ground assault – which is not necessary. Targeting further inside the base may lead to destruction of your aircraft before they reach their target.
The quickest way to finish the mission is to continue building more Particle Cannons and destroy the entire base with Particle blasts.
It is not necessary to destroy the Laser Turrets, Fire Bases, garrisoned civilian buildings, infantry or vehicles to win the mission.
If you so choose -- with the frontal defenses destroyed by your General’s Powers weaponry -- a small ground force can perform mop-up duties of any structures left standing.
Note: A 10 strikes are particularly good at taking out multiple Laser Turrets.
2ND option to victory, Build a second dozer, and a powerplant. Order for the construction of supply centre and barracks. Build 3 rangers and upgrade capture building. Build 2 supply helicopters. Put 2 rangers in a chopper and fly them to the east (right) and then up to the tech buildings, drop your men and capture those derricks. They'll be destroyed pretty quickly but it's worth it. Capture the refinery as well since it is his primary target giving you more reward from the derricks. the 3th ranger can capture the derrick above your base.
While capturing build a airfield (first) and a single EMP in front of your supply centre. Make sure to keep some distance, in case it's hit by a PC if your to slow. Build a strategy centre left below your Command centre.
During the building of the strategy centre you can build another EMP just below the derrick you captured.
Now construct a PC in the triangle between the edge of the map your Command centre and the oil derrick. If you have been fast enough it's above 90% (or finished) when he starts firing his first PC.
He will target your PC with his PC ALWAYS! If you keep the dozer nearby you can repair him almost completely before the second PC hits you. And again repair it before the 3th PC hits. Notice that you now have eliminated the threat of his PC's since he does not destroy anything...
During the hits of the PC you can construct a EMP near the Tech garage to seal of that part of your base.
After the 3th Particle strike build a second PC and some spare powerplants. Complement your centre defense with Colonel Burton, and just wait.
He will hit you again 3 times with his beams but if you keep the dozer attached to your PC you should have no problems keeping it in one piece.
Now it's your turn. Aim your PC beams at the point where his 3 PC's come together. All three of them will go down.
Now your in the lead, strengthen your defenses, build a aurora (or 2) to get rid of the annoying avengers. The next time your PC's are ready take out both war factory's. He will rebuild them but it gives you more time to build defenses.
Now build 4 more PC's use them to destroy his command centre and dozers and then all remaining buildings.