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The "Hurry up, it's raid night" achievement in Starcraft 2 involves "beating Wings of Liberty, on normal, in 8 hours or less."

Is there a recommended mission path to take? Which mission should I take for the branching paths? Does it count time spent on the Hyperion in between missions, or is it exclusively time elapsed on missions. Does replaying a mission affect the time? General tips / hints from those who've unlocked the achievement?

Edit: Just got this achievement tonight, finally! The answer was perfect.

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I love the name of that achievement. :-) –  corsiKa Aug 5 '10 at 21:04
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The recommended missions path for finishing the campaign as fast as possible:

From first to last: (19/26)

Liberation Day
The Outlaws
Zero Hour
Smash and Grab
The Devil's Playground
Welcome to the Jungle
The Great Train Robbery
Cutthroat
The Dig
Whispers of Doom
A Sinister Turn
Echoes of the Future
In Utter Darkness
The Moebius Factor
Supernova
Maw of the Void
The Gates of Hell
Belly of the Beast
All In

It should take you about 5 hours.

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Thank you. This is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. It is my pleasure to award you the largest bounty on gaming.stackexchange to date! (I think...) –  Raven Dreamer Aug 12 '10 at 12:49
    
lol -- thanks @Raven! –  jmfsg Aug 12 '10 at 12:54
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When you look at the load menu, if you have selected Campaign saved game (ones on the hyperion or at the bar, not in a mission), it will say something like this at the top of the right pane:

Details

Wings of Liberty

Duration 5:12
Version 1.0.1.16195

The duration is the sum of the best times you've achieved on all of the missions up to this point.

Replaying a match, even on the same save, will reduce that time. You can replay the missions to your heart's content to bring your time down.

The artifact missions are the important missions, so you can skip the other ones, but skipping the other ones will give you less tech, and less units to choose from, so it may not actually be faster, depending on which units you like to use on the later missions.

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So it's not total time within counted missions but total time at the PC? For example, if I replay a mission and do it faster it will actually cost me more time instead of shaving time off? Ugh! –  Torpesh Aug 4 '10 at 19:56
    
IIRC it says "total mission time", which would indicate that time in the Hyperion doesn't count. –  Wevah Aug 5 '10 at 0:31
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I see Missions Complete and %achievements -- where are you seeing total time? –  Raven Dreamer Aug 5 '10 at 1:26
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I'm glad to hear you've tested it and that it seems you can get it by retrying missions! –  Wevah Aug 5 '10 at 22:33
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The first half of this answer is not true. The duration value is the time spent in the level (or on the Hyperion, for example) when the save was created. –  sblair Dec 6 '10 at 9:47
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You only really need to complete the Artifact missions to get through to the endgame. I haven't verified this, but I've read that Supernova (Second to last Artifact mission) opens up after having completed 14 others. This leaves you 8 missions to pick up the units/tech you want to have.

  1. 3 Mar Sara Missions
  2. 3 Tychus Missions
  3. 8 Other Missions, to hit 14 for:
  4. 2 Tychus Missions
  5. 3 Final Missions

As to what you want to do with those 8, I'd suggest going for missions with high tech rewards (Zeratul's are good for this, as are Horner's if you pick up the Secret level) or ones that reward units you'll want to use (say, do Horner's missions if you want Thors).

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I would add one more mission order (from the same source as posted in another answer by Juan Manuel, probably it will be useful to somebody too):

  1. Liberation Day - 2:23
  2. The Outlaws - 3:41
  3. Zero Hour - 20:09
  4. Smash and Grab - 6:25
  5. Devil's Playground - 9:58
  6. Welcome to the Jungle - 9:45
  7. Great Train Robbery - 24:19
  8. Cutthroat - 10:02
  9. Engine of Destruction - 22:05
  10. Media Blitz - 14:51.
  11. The Dig - 28:14
  12. Moebius Factor - 8:46
  13. The Evacuation - 24:56
  14. Outbreak - 20:34
  15. Supernova - 13:20
  16. Maw of the Void - 13:47
  17. Gates of Hell - 12:22
  18. Shatter the Sky - 14:46
  19. All-In - 30:08
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This way is better as 2 Zeratul's missions are almost twice quicker then 2 colonist missions (that require reapers available only after Zeratul's 1st mission –  Budda Dec 19 '10 at 23:41
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If you do not care about getting the achievement honestly you can simply download a save. Load it in and just get the achievement that way.

The save can be found here.

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