For some time, I've been following this great mod, and I occasionnaly posted here to suggest some ideas for it. And a month ago, while tweaking though czacen files, and using the Point Defense System mod material, I got all guns and missiles in the game to aim and fire at torpedoes and capmiss.
Of course, I tried to contact czacen to share the tip, but since he did not answer, I got the great staff of the CIC to host my version of the mod that shown to all that Wing Commander can become an awesome RTS :
Wing Commander 4 Strategy Unofficial Add-On : Target Acquired
So, the gameplay changes are as follow :
-> Fighter-based guns will no longer shoot at capships like destroyers, cruisers and carriers (those engineers working on phase shielding aren't paid for nothing), so only torps, capmiss and capship weaponry will be able to damage other capships.
-> Torpedoes, missiles and capmiss are all relevant targets for every-single-unit
, meaning that capships' AAA will fire at enemy torps (provided of course it isn't already attacking targets of opportunity (Yes, fighter-covered torpedo strike, I'm thinking about you)), as well as fighters (which do have a greater rate of fire and can move at gun range quite fast). The thing is, as in PDS, you won't be able to target those nasty buggers manually, so press F4 for offensive stance and please
do not give a direct attack order with a unit you hope to see one day fire at nuke-tipped rockets. It'll give a fighting chance to that fleet of yours, and make it the victory tool (as long as you provide some fighter cover).
To test the mod, just download the file and move it into your "Data" folder in the "Homeworld2" folder (don't try to extract it, just get it there).
Then, create a shortcut to Homeworld2, right-click on it and go to properties.
In the "target" field, add the following (without the brackets) :
( -mod WC4S_target_acquired.rar)
The space is important, so just copy-paste that to the end of the "target" field.
Then, launch the game through the shortcut and enjoy.
Thanks to Aaron Thomas, for his great mod, a astonishing one-man work and the CIC staff for their will to help all the WingNuts out here,
Bonne chance, et bonne chasse !
P.S. : Here are some screenshots a friend of mine made when testing the mod, showing a UBW Strike carrier shooting at his torps :