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Robotech: Battlecry is a 2002 Mecha Game published by TDK Interactive, based on the Americanized anime series Robotech. It follows the story of VF-1 Valkyrie pilot Jack Archer, who fights in the war against the Zentraedi.

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  • Big Bad: Zeraal, after the Rain of Death.
  • Blood Knight: Kiyora.
  • Cel Shading: Part of the initial wave of Cel-shaded video games.
  • Degraded Boss: Glaug Officer Battle Pods. You encounter one as a boss (piloted by Skarrde) at the end of Chapter 2. By Chapter 4, Officer Battle Pods start to appear as regular enemies.
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  • Developers' Foresight: In the mission "The Enemy Within", despite the fact that you can only disable Hiro's Destroid, it is actually possible to kill him using the One Hit Kills cheat. Doing so leads to some unique dialogue and, obviously, a mission failure.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Kiyora. You finally kill her in Chapter 5, allowing Zeraal to take center-stage.
  • Downer Ending: Jack is stranded in Space, and as the narration finishes, he starts coughing due to lack of air.
  • Elite Mooks: Male Power Armor. They have a buttload of health points and a laser cannon capable of doing a lot of damage to the player's mecha. They also have a resistance to missiles, so the easiest way to take them down would be the Sniper mode.
  • Elsewhere Fic: This game is an Elsewhere Fic in video game form, as the characters from the anime only make a few appearances.
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  • Escort Mission: Several of them, and they are quite annoying as the escortee is often defenseless. One of them has you escorting Minmei!
  • Framing Device: The narration is revealed to be Jack making an audio log of the events of the game minutes before dying from lack of oxygen.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Skaarde, who gives intel to Jack because Jack saved Skaarde from Hiro.
  • Humongous Mecha: Why you're here.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Given that most Macross games are blocked from release in the US, it is refreshing to finally have a region-local game that includes control of this awesome ability.
  • Original Character: Jack Archer.
  • Recurring Boss: Kiyora.
  • Role Reprisal: Much of the original cast from the show reprises their roles for the game, including Tony Oliver as Rick Hunter, Dan Woren as Roy Fokker, Melanie MacQueen as Lisa Hayes, and Rebecca Forstadt as Lynn Minmei. Inverted for Cam Clarke, as Max Sterling doesn't appear in the game, but he does voice the protagonist Jack Archer.
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  • Saved by Canon: As an Easter Egg in the FPS Robotech: Invasion, Battlecry's counterpart/sequel, some hidden graffiti can be found reading "Jack Archer Lives!"
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Identified: At the end, Jack is left stranded near Saturn. It is not revealed if a rescue ship arrives in time to save his life.
  • Time Skip: 75% of season 1 is skipped; Justified as Jack's fighter was Portal Cut by the Hyperspace Fold and he was only along for the ride during the first and last 3 episodes. Enforced by Harmony Gold not being legally allowed to make derivative works based on Super Dimension Fortress Macross and that was as much as they could get away with.
  • Transforming Mecha: Also why you're here.


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