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America's Next Top Scientist
America's Next Top Scientist - complete
"America's Next Top Scientist" mission completion screen
Story arc

Ultor (Ultor Exposed)

Cutscenes
Homies

Tera

Enemies

Marked: ?. Minimum kills: ?

Objectives
Rewards
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Burden of Proof None

"America's Next Top Scientist" is the third of three missions in the Ultor Exposed DLC.

Humble Reporter Exposes Mad Scientist
Stilwater Gazette newspaper headline

OverviewEdit

Meeting Tera at the Saints Hideout, Playa relays Jane Valderamma's ultimatum from the previous mission[1]: if Tera wants Channel 6 to run the story and help to bring down Ultor, she'll need to do an interview with Valderamma. Tera is reluctant, but Playa convinces her.[2]

At Mount Claflin, Playa, Tera, and the 3rd Street Saints fight off multiple Ultor convoys that want Tera dead and catch up with Valderamma. During the interview, Valderamma quickly turns against Tera and humiliates her, likening her to a mad scientist trying to blackmail her former employer. After the interview is over, Valderamma explains that "journalistic integrity doesn't pay the rent" and leaves Tera with some food for thought:[3]

I just made the Saints a lot of money. Listen honey, Ultor was going to bury this story anyway - at least this way we got a little something out of it. Ultor isn't going away; you'll have plenty of time to plot your little revenge scheme.
— Jane Valderamma

StoryEdit

The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
Upon completion of the mission, it is available in-game at Newspaper Clipboards.

Risking life and limb, mild mannered reporter Jane Valderama conducted a provocative interview with a rogue Ultor scientist who identified herself only as Tera. For those who missed it, Valderama's fearless live interview with the deranged microbiologist will be repeated tonight following "Blood In, Blood Out: The Johnny Gat Story".

GameplayEdit

Drive Tera to the truck at Camp Claflin[4]

Drive Tera to the 3rd Street Saints' encampment on Mount Claflin.

Two vehicles are provided, Tera's Temptress, or a Compton.[5]

There are two ways to get there, following the path, or approaching from the north.

When following the path, there are several Masako roadblocks.[6]

Checkpoint
The Saints have left weapons around the camp to use in defending the truck[7]

The Runner from the previous mission is here, but cannot be entered.[8]

There are 4 locations with references, marked briefly on the map.[9] Weapons include T3K Urban, K6 Krukov, AR-50 XMAC, Satchel Charge, RPG Launcher[10][11][12][13]

Stock up on weapons here and recruit the few 3rd Street Saints here as Homies.

There is no requirement to stay at the camp, but Tera is tethered to it.[14][15]

An Ultor convoy is coming, go to the lookout to stop them[16]

Follow the waypoints to the lookout and try to use the RPG Launcher nearby to destroy the approaching Bears and Tornado from the north. There are 2 additional RPG Launchers here.[17]

Due to Tera staying at the camp, she cannot be abandoned. There is no urgency, as the convoy does not spawn until reaching the lookout.

Return to the camp[4]

There is a timer to return to the camp.

Defend the truck[18]

Shoot all the Masako.

Ultor helicopters are bringing in Masako from the North[19]

The first wave arrive in Vultures from the north. The Vultures cannot be entered.[20]

More Ultor are coming from the South

The second wave in Bears from the south, rather than trying to destroy the APCs, wait until the Masako disembark from the vehicles.

Ultor are jumping the gorge to attack from the North[21]

The third wave in Bears from the north.

Kill the remaining Ultor forces[18]
Checkpoint
Get in the truck
Drive the truck over to the news van[22]

Once all the Masako are dead, get in the Runner nearby and drive it down to the Anchor on the other side of the mountain. A few Bears may give chase.[23]

The Anchor is invulnerable, unjackable, untowable, and has infinite mass.[24]

Destroy the Ultor helicopters[25]

After reaching Valderamma's news van, a Destroy takes off from under Mount Claflin, and flies along the canal, as 6 Vultures approach from the south and fly over the Destroy.[26]

The Vultures fly in a set attack pattern before hovering and firing relentlessly. Each time they pass over, 1 Vulture stays hovering, so it should be possible to shoot down at least 1 Vulture each time they attack.

Shoot down the six Vultures that arrive in a V formation to complete the mission.

Failure

The mission can be failed by not returning to the camp in time,[27], allowing the truck to be destroyed,[28], abandoning Tera,[29] or allowing Tera to die.[30]

RewardsEdit

  • Tera unlocked
  • Tera's Sports Car unlocked


TriviaEdit

  • The name of the mission is a reference to the reality television series America's Next Top Model.
  • This mission features the first appearance of the Vulture.
  • This is the only time in the series that Jane Valderamma is portrayed as an enemy rather than an ally.
  • There is an unused string "The news van was destroyed", but the Anchor is invincible and cannot be destroyed.
  • After completing the mission, Playa is teleported back to the start location.[31]

TranscriptEdit

"Performance Anxiety" cutsceneEdit

Tera Patrick: "I don't like this."
Playa: "It's just an interview."
Tera Patrick: "It's live TV - anything can happen."
Playa: "I got shot at getting this shit for you, and now you're telling me you're nervous about being interviewed?"
Tera Patrick: "It's stressful."
Playa: "No, people trying to kill you is stressful."
Tera Patrick: "Listen smartass, you have no idea how hard it is to be in front of the camera."
Playa: "Did you see me on FUZZ?"
Tera Patrick: "Yeah, but you didn't care if you did a bad job - all you had to do was kill a ninja with a chainsaw."
Playa: "True."
Tera Patrick: "Look, let's just get this over with, okay?"

GameplayEdit

Tera Patrick: "In... Out..."
Playa: "The hell are you doing?"
Tera Patrick: "I'm relaxing..."
Playa: "You really that afraid of looking like a fool on national television?"
Tera Patrick: "You're not helping..."
Playa: "You'll be fine. Can't you just imagine people in their underwear?"
Tera Patrick: "That won't work. I've got a thing with nudity."
Playa: "Then I guess you're fucked."
Tera Patrick: "Again, not helping."
Playa: "We can hold out here - I had the Saints stash some supplies in case shit went bad."
Playa: "Wait here, Tera. I'm going to check to make sure no one's coming."
— At the camp

Stay close to me, Tera. Looks like Ultor wants to shut you up bad.
— Playa, after returning from the lookout

Hold up, Jane's calling...
— Playa, after fighting off the Masako

My crew is already waiting for you. Find their truck and I'll meet you there.
— Jane Valderamma, on the phone

Jane Valderamma: "Listen, I'm running behind. Just wait for me on the slopes below Mount Claflin; I'll be there soon."
Playa: "Aight, we'll be here."
— After Playa and Tera arrive at the news van

"Gotcha!" cutsceneEdit

Jane Valderamma: "This is Jane Valderamma, reporting live with Tera: a woman who claims our city is in danger."
Tera Patrick: "That's right, Jane. The Ultor Corporation has been using a secret R&D lab to conduct unethical experiments on the citizens of Stilwater."
Jane Valderamma: "Those are some strong allegations; I'm assuming you have proof."
Tera Patrick: "Oh, absolutely. I mean, I have the bodies of people who were experimented on, as well as some of the chemicals that were used to do it."
Jane Valderamma: "And why do you think Ultor is responsible?"
Tera Patrick: "I conducted the experiments myself."
Jane Valderamma: "So these were the acts of a crazed individual?"
Tera Patrick: "Excuse me?"
Jane Valderamma: "You said that you conducted the experiments..."
Tera Patrick: "Well, yeah, but—"
Jane Valderamma: "So you admit that you perverted science to serve your own twisted desires?"
Tera Patrick: "No! Ultor was the one that was—"
Jane Valderamma: "It's an all-too-familiar tale: a beautiful woman takes a job at a multi-billion dollar global corporation hoping to fulfill her dreams of microbiology, only to find herself disgusted at her failure to ascend the corporate ladder and turns to mad science in order to blackmail her employer. I'm Jane Valderamma, Channel 6 news."
Tera Patrick: "Why did you do that? I thought you were going to help us."
Jane Valderamma: "Journalistic integrity doesn't pay the rent, Tera."
Tera Patrick: "You just humiliated me in public!"
Jane Valderamma: "I just made the Saints a lot of money. Listen honey, Ultor was going to bury this story anyway - at least this way we got a little something out of it. Ultor isn't going away; you'll have plenty of time to plot your little revenge scheme."
Tera Patrick: "Don't worry, I will."

GalleryEdit


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ReferencesEdit

  1. Mission: Burden of Proof
  2. Cutscene: Performance Anxiety
  3. Cutscene: Gotcha!
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    America's Next Top Scientist - objectives

    America's Next Top Scientist - objectives

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    America's Next Top Scientist - start

    America's Next Top Scientist - start

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Bear roadblock

    America's Next Top Scientist - Bear roadblock

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    America's Next Top Scientist - checkpoint

    America's Next Top Scientist - checkpoint

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    America's Next Top Scientist - cannot enter Runner

    America's Next Top Scientist - cannot enter Runner

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Weapon markers

    America's Next Top Scientist - Weapon markers

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    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - AR-50 XMAC, Satchel Charge

    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - AR-50 XMAC, Satchel Charge

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    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - K6 Krukov, T3K Urban, Satchel Charge

    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - K6 Krukov, T3K Urban, Satchel Charge

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    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - T3K Urban, AR-50 XMAC, RPG Launcher

    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - T3K Urban, AR-50 XMAC, RPG Launcher

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    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - T3K Urban, RPG Launcher

    America's Next Top Scientist - weapons - T3K Urban, RPG Launcher

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Tera stops at the north end of the camp

    America's Next Top Scientist - Tera stops at the north end of the camp

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Tera stops at the south end of the camp

    America's Next Top Scientist - Tera stops at the south end of the camp

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    America's Next Top Scientist - objective - Ultor Convoy

    America's Next Top Scientist - objective - Ultor Convoy

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    America's Next Top Scientist - lookout - RPG Launchers

    America's Next Top Scientist - lookout - RPG Launchers

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Defend the truck objective

    America's Next Top Scientist - Defend the truck objective

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Ultor Helicopters message

    America's Next Top Scientist - Ultor Helicopters message

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Vulture cannot be entered

    America's Next Top Scientist - Vulture cannot be entered

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Ultor are jumping the gorge

    America's Next Top Scientist - Ultor are jumping the gorge

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Drive the truck over to the news van

    America's Next Top Scientist - Drive the truck over to the news van

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Masako roadblock

    America's Next Top Scientist - Masako roadblock

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    America's Next Top Scientist - news van location

    America's Next Top Scientist - news van location

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Destroy and Destroy the Ultor helicopters objective

    America's Next Top Scientist - Destroy and Destroy the Ultor helicopters objective

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    America's Next Top Scientist - Destroy passes beneath helicopters

    America's Next Top Scientist - Destroy passes beneath helicopters

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    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - A player did not make it back in time

    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - A player did not make it back in time

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    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - The truck was destroyed

    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - The truck was destroyed

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    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - Tera was abandoned

    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - Tera was abandoned

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    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - Tera died

    America's Next Top Scientist - failed - Tera died

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    America's Next Top Scientist - location after completion

    America's Next Top Scientist - location after completion

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