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Finished the first 3, no sweat.. now I've reached the first fork. Looking for some advice on which path to take? Trying to get all the brutal achievements.

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I finished the campaign on easiest, now I can launch any mission at any time on any difficulty. So, not sure it actually matters... –  lilbyrdie Oct 28 '10 at 1:21
    
I didn't realize there were brutal achievements. I thought achievements were only awarded on normal and hard. –  ahsteele Oct 28 '10 at 1:33
    
@ahsteele: You get achievements just for completing the missions on brutal... @lilbyrdie: That just sucks the fun out of the game, no? Casual is a joke... and normal is pretty darn easy too. Shoulda played hard first time through ;) –  Mark Oct 28 '10 at 7:45
    
I was wondering if that's what you were talking about. I am working my way through on Brutal on wanted to make sure I hadn't missed anything. –  ahsteele Oct 28 '10 at 13:16
    
You get completion achievements on each difficulty, from what I can tell. There are challenge achievements on harder difficulties, though. @Mark: I didn't find it sucked the fun out. For one, I only played the first Starcraft around 1998-99 and never played the expansions. For two, I was able to get through story quite quickly. It's a great story, too, and I hope they can keep it up through the next two iterations. I'm also finding that the solo challenges are more rewarding for achievements. –  lilbyrdie Oct 28 '10 at 14:44

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Well, the most obvious path would be to do Smash and Grab, and then do The Dig (Xil) as soon as it appears, because that opens up the Zeratul missions, which will allow you to fill up your Zerg and Protoss research points.

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Zeratul missions are key to do as soon as you get them. So yeah, as soon as you get them, do them all in a row to get lots of research points. –  Charlino Oct 28 '10 at 21:26

For most missions, the order doesn't matter, but there are a few key units that it pays to get as soon as possible.

Vikings are useful in several missions, so I think it pays to finish the colonist storyline as soon as you can. In particular, they can be used to knock out Protoss air in "Welcome to the Jungle" (they're way better than goliaths). They're also useful for getting the research in "The Dig".

Battlecruisers can also get help get through some of the tougher missions like "Engine of Destruction", so complete "Maw of the Void" as soon as it's available.

The Zeratul missions don't benefit from any units or upgrades obtained in previous missions, so complete them as soon as possible to get the research.

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How are they useful for getting research in the dig? The temple things are right next to where you start, and they're guarded by cannons, no? –  Mark Oct 28 '10 at 7:43
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If you have a bunch of Vikings, you can get them within visual range of the cannons, then hit them with the laser drill. Vikings are also good for repelling those annoying drops (along with lots of upgraded turrets). –  Jay Oct 28 '10 at 14:57

I personally found this very very helpful.

From TeamLiquid:

Mar Sara 1: Liberation Day -marines
Mar Sara 2: The Outlaws -medics
Mar Sara 3: Zero Hour -bunkers/turrets
Artifact 1: Smash and Grab 4protoss(4) -maurader
Colonist 1: The Evacuation 3zerg(3) -firebats
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Covert 1: The Devil's Playground 3zerg(6) -reapers
Rebellion 1: The Great Train Robbery 3zerg(9) -diamondbacks
Rebellion 2: Cutthroat 3protoss(7) -vultures
Artifact 2: The Dig 3protoss(10) -S.Tanks
Prophecy 1: Whispers of Doom 3Zerg(12), 3protoss(13)
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Prophecy 2: A Sinister Turn 3Zerg(15) 3protoss(16)
Prophecy 3: Echoes of the Future 4Zerg(19), 2protoss(18)
*Prophecy 4: In Utter Darkness 3 Zerg, 3 Protoss
Artifact 3: The Moebius Factor 3zerg(22) -Medivac
Colonist 3b: Haven's Fall 3protoss(21) -Viking
Artifact 4: Supernova 4protoss(25) Banshee
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Artifact 5: Maw of the Void 4protoss -Battlecruiser
*Colonist 2: Outbreak 2zerg(24) -Hellion
*Covert 2: Welcome to the Jungle 3protoss - Goliath
*Covert 3b: Ghost of a Chance/Covert 3a: Breakout
*Rebellion 3: Engine of Destruction 3zerg - Wraith
*Rebellion 4: Media Blitz - Thor
*Rebellion 5: Piercing the Shroud 3 Zerg, 4 Protoss
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Final 1: Gates of Hell
Final 2a: Belly of the Beast /Final 2b: Shatter the Sky
Final 3: All-In

*=option if not on a speed run. also note that if you save Haven, you have 
all research for zerg. i thought the 40,000 was more worth it since i never
use psi emitter, and if its a speed run you'll probably do nydus all-in.

Prioity Purchases: bunkers, comm centers, SCV repair, stim, medic heal, 
S.Tank, Banshee, merc tanks, merc banshee, merc vikings, 
merc battlecruiser, turrets, Viking, marauder, firebat. (in that order)
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The easiest way to get all the brutal achievements is to cheat: do the whole thing on hard/normal, and get the best stuff, then, when you've completed it, go back using the archive and replay the missions on brutal.

You can finish them without having to complete the secondary objectives, and still have all the best gear. This makes the campaign much easier: trying to complete the secondaries on Brutal is a nightmare. Mind you, if you realize you made a poor decision the first time you went through, that's too bad.

I played the whole thing through on hard, getting all the achievements for every mission, so it was easy, once I finished, to just go back and replay every mission on brutal difficulty. Sadly, I often found it easier to beat it on brutal, than it was to get some of the achievements on hard.

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I've already played through and gotten every achievement on hard... but the added units/upgrades don't "backdate" so... it doesn't really help any. Thus I've restarted the campaign so I can pick the optimal upgrades. –  Mark Nov 9 '10 at 2:02
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@mark: They don't "backdate" but they do stay at the level where they were when you first played the mission in the campaign. So you can play an archive mission, and ignore the zerg/protoss points, and then play the next archive mission, and, if you got them in the original play-through, you'll have them in the next mission. –  Satanicpuppy Nov 9 '10 at 20:26
    
I know...but I didn't choose all that good the first time through. –  Mark Nov 11 '10 at 1:52

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