No, I mean I have always used the Flash-Pak on Ella or Vesuvius in the course of a play through, I have never not used it at all. Does not using it on either target at all make any noticable difference?
True I forgot about that sequence.There is a caveat, however: Because you choose the FP Ella option doesn't mean you actually have to use the FP to kill the station.
If you select to attack Ella but destroy it with conventional weapons instead of flashpaking it, you still have the FP available for the Vesuvius, later.
You can. It's how I beat the game the first time. The thought of going after the Vesuvius with conventional weapons was unappealing to me (buying into the in-universe description of it being nearly invulnerable, and using the FP on the inside the only way to kill it), and taking a page from Brave Sir Robin (bravely running away) at Ella was similarly unappealing.I seem to recall that you can take the flashpak along, destroy the station via other means, and keep the flashpak for the Vesuvius...
Ultima VIII coming out in March 1994 *seems* close to Wing Commander IV in February 1996--but it's a whole different geological era when you're looking at just Origin's history.There must have been a seminar that year on "do the ends justify the means" cause that seems to be the main philosophical question posed by WC4 and Ultima 8 (both worked during the same timeframe, or close to it)