G A M M A 9: D E S T R O Y N E X U S M A I N B A S E
P R E P A R A T I O N
This mission gives you 30 minutes before you must send the first group on the transport to the LZ. Use this time well. A big battle lies ahead, so build up your infrastructure. You should have three Factories, a Cyborg Factory, and two VTOL Factories. Take control of every energy source available on the map and produce as many new and powerful units as you can. Recycle older units and produce units with the Scourge Missile, the Rail Gun, and the Pulse Laser. Using NEXUS chassis, you can build fast VTOLs that can carry heavy bomb loads, such as Thermite and HEAP. Only build Needle Gun, Scourge, and Flashlight Cyborgs. They're cheap and quick to produce, yet still pack firepower.
After you complete all your preparations, let the timer go all the way to the end so you can gain as much power as possible. Finally, load a truck and nine combat units aboard the transport and send them on their way.
A T T H E L Z
Group your combat units and position them at the LZ entrance. Immediately call in another load of combat units and a truck or two. You must build several SAM sites quickly around the LZ to defend against NEXUS VTOLs. Then build several VTOL Rearming Pads. Continue sending in reinforcements as quickly as possible. When you have 30 or 40 combat units, send in a load or two of VTOLs.
T H E A S S A U L T B E G I N S
NEXUS's main base is located in the southwest. However, you first must deal with a number of outposts around the map.
Begin by sending a large group of about 20 units to take out the enemy structures just west of the LZ. Next, head south from the LZ and advance on an outpost. Destroy the factory and its defenses and recover the Artifact. By now you should have VTOLs ready to go. Send the combat group, with replacements for its losses, along the eastern map edge. Use the VTOLs first to take out the SAMs in the area, and then to help reduce enemy defensive structures. Your units must advance along a narrow path, but their new weapons will make short work of NEXUS defenses. Destroy the enemy Factory and recover another Artifact.
After you destroy the southeastern outpost, send your group west for a glimpse of the VTOL base on the ridge along the southern map edge. Use your VTOLs to knock out the nearby SAMs, and then destroy the Factories there. There are a lot of SAMs, so this will take some time. With the heavier bomb loads, you need send only four or five VTOLs to attack each site. Divide them into two or three groups and send them after their targets simultaneously. This way, you prevent the enemy from concentrating fire at any one group, and take out the SAMs more quickly. During your attacks against the VTOL base, you'll spot SAMs near the lake in the middle of the map. Take these out, as well as the Missile Launchers they protect. Forget about the nearby Towers; they won't affect your attack.
Return all your combat units to the LZ and regroup for the next advance. Take 20 or so units west along the northern map edge. NEXUS has a large outpost in the northwest, with a few Factories and lots of defenses. Push through, destroying everything in your path. It may take a couple of assaults to take this outpost.
When all is clear, head down the western map edge. You'll attack the main base through the back door. Take out all the defenses you can. By now, your VTOLs should be free to assist. There are only a few SAM sites at the main base. After you eliminate them, it's "bombs away". Several NEXUS Towers at the base will try to absorb your units. Target these as soon as they become a threat. Once all enemy defenses are down, mop up the remaining structures to complete the mission and achieve victory for the Project.