XvT-TC 58: Diamondback Squadron Special Operations

Battle Information

Game platform: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
Missions: 4
Release date: 2003-02-17
Last updated: 2009-02-22
Average rating 2.7
Reviews: 6
Bug reports: 1
Times completed: 70
Patches used

EH Ship Patch for XvT

Battle Medal: Diamondback Squadron Commendation of Bravery

Battle Reviews

This battle is somehow disappointing. It started with a nice and regular plotline, following the deeds of Diamondback Squadrons and their so-called specops. The briefings are decent and so were the first 2 missions of this tour, but then mission 3 took over 30 minutes to complete. It ruined the game, plain and simple. After doing a lot of things while waiting for the slug-paced convoy to finish their multiple transfers, some idiot in my FG broke orders of waiting and killed a disabled B-W, which was my insurance policy for things being quiet. Almost failed the mission after 46 minutes into the process. Luckily, I managed to finish it. Last mission is also very tedious. Destroying 6 or 7 platforms and X7 FACs, plus a VSD and another ISD, it's just too much, even if your squadron is mustering some MISs into the fray. Another exaggeration that obliterated the initial fun. Fly elsewhere.

There is tons of waiting in mission 3, and mission 1 is nearly impossible to both kill the all the asteroid platforms (that start with double shields, who does that? They take 18 heavy rockets to kill) and still damage the platform enough that the TIE/D's are still alive to disable it. I could barely complete mission 1 with unlimited waves to get tons of heavy rockets.

I didn't see the use in ruining a decent battle with 20 mins worth of waiting, watching ships tranfer from one place to another. What was the point if not to bore the player to death and annoy him.

Ok, maybe I'm a little biased but I liked this battle :P Only problems I encountered have been the long wait in Mission #3 and the asteroid platforms in Mission #1. Asteroids in XvT have very strong shields plus in that mission they have 200% so you need hours to destroy all of them.

I liked this battle, especially missions two and four. Mission three was WAY too long, over thirty minutes! If it wasn't for that I would have given it a five.

Wide use of High AI could course some problems for some members. Bug mission 3 - The use of the 'Exist condition'[due to fact once a craft arrives it exist]does mean that the player doesn't get a warning when a Mission critical craft has been destroyed, combined this with fact that it can be over ten minutes before it comes apparent, and the long wait after the Rebels have been destoryed for the mission to be completed. May be the 'Exist' could replaced with 'Global Prevent condition'

Battle Bug Reports

HA Anahorn Dempsey


Mission #3 needs an overhaul - 30 minutes of waiting is NOT acceptable. Repositioning the ESC a lot closer would do the trick already...

High Scores

Battle Total: 380,787 CM BlackHellKnight
Mission 1: 75,360 CM BlackHellKnight
Mission 2: 71,542 CM BlackHellKnight
Mission 3: 135,992 CM BlackHellKnight
Mission 4: 112,900 COL TK-7764

Top Ten

(of available records)

1 380,787 CM BlackHellKnight 2003-05-20
2 337,674 COL TK-7764 2003-03-07
3 313,425 CM Xanatos Screed 2003-03-15
4 162,419 GN Dax Corrin 2003-03-07
5 145,997 CM TK-9780 2003-02-19
6 141,590 CPT Tiamat 2003-11-05
7 130,365 LC Big Poppa K 2005-05-13
8 118,227 LC Chris Cox 2004-12-28
9 118,168 COL CrimsonFury 2003-05-04
10 117,634 LC Girth Snail 2003-03-11

Battle Completion Statistics

This battle has been flown by 61 pilots a total of 68 times.

GN Abel Malik - 2003-02-18

MAJ Aft Skylek

LC Alec Qarni - 2003-07-22

HA Anahorn Dempsey - 7 times, last on 2021-01-31

AD Apophis Kuma - 2003-09-15

LC Big Poppa K - 2005-05-13

CM Billy Taldrya - 2003-05-17

CM BlackHellKnight - 2003-05-20

MAJ Bryan

LC Choosh

LC Chris Cox - 2004-12-28

CPT Con Selar - 2003-08-07

FA Conker Blackwood - 2009-10-26

COL CrimsonFury - 2003-05-04

AD Daniel Licinius Trajanus - 2003-03-20

Darth Vader

GN Dax Corrin - 2003-03-07

LC Dengar March

COL Dirty Vader

COL Drak - 2004-10-29

GN Dunta Polo - 2013-10-09

LC Frey Gallandro

HA Frodo March

CM Ghorg

AD Gidda - 2003-02-25

LC Girth Snail - 2003-03-11

COL Gyssler - 2011-12-03

AD Hav Antiel - 2019-09-02

MAJ Hermann - 2 times, last on 2021-10-28

MAJ Hunter - 2003-02-22

Title: Diamondback Squadron Special Operations
Missions: 4
Medal: Diamondback Squadron Commendation of Bravery
Game Platform: X-Wing vs Tie Fighter
Patches: Tie Defender and Missile Boat and B-Wing patches for XvT.
Author: Marcin Szydlowski #3203

Required patches
* EH Ship Patch for XvT

Installation instructions
1] Make sure you have the EH Ship Patch for XvT installed
2] Double click the .EHM file, the EH Battle Launcher will install the battle
3] Check the Misc folder in your XvT one for additional material like patches, sounds etc.
4] Press the X-wing vs TIE Fighter button on the EHBL to start the game
5] Create a new pilot and fly the Imperial training missions

Note: This battle is intended to be easy on easy level, but it can be hell on hard. So don't cry and become better player. Remember. BoP increases AI of all ships by 2 on hard, so it will not be easy. I'm not even sure if it's possible to complete all missions on hard, we it is but you must be really good.

-Diamondback Squadron is considered unofficial elite of ASF, so don't be suprised if they will kick some serious butt
-some missions can be impossible when you use unlimited waves, it's not a bug ;P
-mission 2 provides you some realistic combat, so don't be suprised if this will be hard.