Ricardo Velasquez (a.k.a. Rico) was born on November 1, 2329. The oldest of nine siblings and lived in the poor industrial south side of the Vekta City slums. He was a natural born fighter and would usually get into fights with his brothers. His parents operated a restaurant, and were renowned throughout Northern Vekta for their excellent 'Arroz con Gandules' dishes. Rico spent the better part of his teenage years in the kitchen, where he worked hard to help the family restaurant establish a name for itself.
When business became profitable enough to hire a full time staff, Rico left in search of a new challenge. After a few months of aimless wandering and even drifting into petty crime, he decided to join the ISA army at the age of 18. Even during training, Rico's phenomenal strength and willingness to fight set him apart from other ISA Regulars. Upon graduation he was promoted to SGT, and assigned to an all-rookie platoon codenamed H-company.
In 2357, the Helghast invaded Vekta and stormed several beachheads along the planet. Rico's platoon was defending a park near the Vekta City tram station when they were told that General Bradley Vaughton had been captured. They then came under fire from the 17th Helghast Tank Division, and were literally blown to pieces. As the only survivor, Rico flew into a berserker rage and single-handedly killed the entire division. He was aided by Captain Jan Templar and Shadow MarshalLuger. Rico then told them about Vaughton, and the three rescued the general, who in turn offered Rico the chance to help Templar and Luger rescue a spy, Colonel Gregor Hakha. Rico very gladly accepted the chance to hurt the Helghast.
After pushing through the slums, the three managed to find Hakha, but were surprised to find the spy to be a Helghast half-breed. Rico tried to execute Hakha but was stopped by Templar. Shortly thereafter Rico very reluctantly escorted Hakha to safety while constantly voicing his distrust towards the spy. While almost near to their destination, Hakha wanted to hack into the ISA mainframe to extract information on the SD platform, which he believes has fallen to the Helghast. But Rico disbelieved Hakha and accused him of being a Helghast double-agent trying to disrupt the ISA's war effort before drawing his gun on him. This provoked a stand off with Hakha and Luger—who believes Hakha's claims—until Templar intervened and ordering them to work together. Hakha's discovery proved that General Stuart Adams is a traitor and using the SD platform against the ISA.
Rico followed Templar's orders to stop General Adams before he could he destroy the UCA fleet that would soon arrive. When Hakha intercepted a radio message about Adams being at a Helghast base nearby, they stormed the facility but realized it was a failed trap to kill them. Rico once again blames and threatens Hakha for misleading them and demanding his group to abandon Hakha. But Templar implored Rico to work with Hakha for what he has done for them and reminding him that should Hakha be capture by the Helghast he would be tortured to death.
Eventually Rico and his allies intercepted and defeated General Joseph Lente of the Helghast Third Army. They then used Lente's shuttle to reach a nearby uplink and traveled to the platform. As they arrive, they witnessed the arrival of the UCA fleet and the ensuing battle between the fleet and the platform. The four split up in trying to contact the fleet to stop their firing until they can stop Adams and escape. Rico cleared the platform of Helghast troops to help the others. He is briefly captured, but escaped and regrouped with Luger and Hakha as they rescued Templar from Adams' trap.
Rico helps hold off the remaining Helghast as Templar wounded Adams (who died later). As the UCA began to bombard the platform, the team escape to a shuttle. Hakha tried to disconnect the fuel line from the shuttle, but became trapped under it. Rico holds off the remaining Helghast and pulled Hakha out, and esecaped onto the shuttle just as the platform is destroyed. Hakha then gives Rico some morphine for a wound and thanks him for saving his life. Thanks to Rico and the team, the initial Helghast invasion is prevented.
For helping resolve the SD Platform crisis, Rico was awarded the Silver Sun medal. In addition, General Dwight Stratson personally requested him to lead a new type of ISA strike force known as the Hellhounds, better suited to Rico's bold tactical approach. Rico agreed, on the condition that the strike force consist exclusively of experienced soldiers. H-company's tragic demise was still fresh in his mind, and he couldn't bear the thought of losing another platoon.
Over the next month, Rico and the Hellhounds managed to defend southern Vekta from the remaining Helghast who were continuing to push forward. Under the leadership of a new leader, General Armin Metrac, the Helghast began taking more ground, and eventually, had most of Southern Vekta under their control. Rico remained friends with Templar, who fought alongside him at times, although he never saw the secretive Luger, or Hakha who was now retired.
In October, Rico was assigned to Rayhoven Base when the Helghast attacked. Rico hold out on the frontlines in a shelled out house but is quickly overwhelmed. He was once again reunited with Templar and two push back to the base until they were separated. Rico eventually commandeered a boat and rejoined with Templar after the latter destroyed Rayhoven's weapons cache. After escaping Rayhoven, they learned that the dropship carrying the ISA VIP's from Rayhoven, General Stratson, Defence Minister Heff Milcher, and scientist Evelyn Batton, was shot down in the Reag swamplands. The two traveled to a refinery near the Magus Harbor to find a hovercraft to go through the swamps. There, they discovered General Metrac to be also present in which Rico decided to join with a team of soldiers in an attempt to capture Metrac. Unfortunately, the capture attempt failed in which most of the team is killed, and Rico was forced to flee.
Rico followed Metrac into the swamps and rescued Templar from a squad of Helghast. The two move further on and discovered the downed dropship, where the VIP's are already captured except for a wounded but still alive pilot. Rico attempted to find medical supplies to help the pilot, but only to be captured by the Helghast under Colonel Tendon Cobar. While under captivity, Rico came across General Stratson and was then informed by his superior that he was pretending to be an informer for the Helghast and convinced him to be a double-agent, posing as a willing collaborator to gather information from their enemy. In reality however, Stratson was a willing Helghast collaborator who planned to frame Rico to be a traitor in his place.
Rico was taken to Metrac's hidden mountain base, where Metrac failed in trying to turn Rico to his side. Rico was also present in witnessing Evelyn Batton's interogation for the launch codes to the Rayhoven nuclear weapons that the Helghast have captured. Templar attemped to rescue Rico and Batton, but was only able to rescue Batton as Rico was flown away on a dropship moments before Metrac was killed in his battle with Templar.
Rico was transported to a ISA base outside Sedah City, where he witnessed the Helghast easily taking it over and killing General Mandrake. After being thrown into a cell, Rico was confronted by General Stratson who revealed his treachery to the ISA, his responsibility for giving the Rayhoven nuclear weapons to the Helghast, and his plans of assassinating key ISA leaders so that he could be in command of southern Vekta while framing Rico as the traitor. After Stratson left, Rico was reunited with Templar at gunpoint. Rico quickly explained to Templar of Stratson's treachery and together tried to stop Stratson. After fighting off a Helghast assault, Rico stayed with ISA reinforcements to secure Sedah City while Templar went alone to battle and defeating Stratson. Rico soon arrived to the city palace to find Stratson being arrested and expressed his frustrations to Templar for once again fighting a traitor.
Many months later, in January 2358, the Helghast began retreating from Vekta. Rico and the Hellhounds were assigned to attack a Helghast cruiser that holds vital ISA information. They discovered that the Helghast were about to launch one final attack on Vekta. The decisive battle for Vekta was fought on the Northern Plains. After their defeat, the Helghast retreated Vekta, with the nuclear weapon Red Dust in their hands (although without the launch codes). Rico was decorated and distinguished for his bravery and deadly combat skills. However, the same anger that made him so deadly to the Helghast destroyed his ability to serve quietly within the ranks again. Worse, his direct experience of betrayal by treasonous Generals Stratson and Adams, made him distrustful of the officer class in general. Rico proved insubordinate and aggressive during attempts to reintegrate him into the ISA Regular Army.
The formation of Alpha Squad
After the dust settled, and the invasion was over, Templar was promoted to Colonel, and made the commander of the fleet that would invade Helghan once plans were drawn up. He began forming up new special forces squads. His first choice for team leader was Rico, now promoted to Master-SGT, to lead Alpha Squad. When made the offer of his own team command, serving under the only officer he still trusted and respected, it was a simple choice for the veteran.
Rico and Templar began the selection of the remaining members of Alpha team immediately - a process that did not run according to plan. Rico pick for second-in-command, Shawn Natko, an experienced soldier with an excellent combat record turned down the promotion, electing to join the team instead as his current rank in the number three slot. Templar's choice of replacement, along with the team's fourth member perished in a grenade training accident, and Alpha was pulled out of training to reform.
To replace the dead second-in-command, Templar proposed a young SGT who had impressed him with his skill and determination: SGT First Class Tomas Sevchenko. An army lifer, Rico initially distrusted first timer Sev, but put his trust in Templar's instinct. The fourth member was suggested by Sev as his old friend Dante Garza. Dysfunctional and sarcastic, it took some fast talking from Sev to sell the idea to Rico and Templar, but Garza proved himself in training and earned at least the benefit of the doubt.
With Alpha squad formed up, they began training in preparation for the invasion of Helghan, and continued to fight the Helghast in other areas of war. By 2359, a fleet was prepared, led by Colonel Templar, and would head for Helghan to capture Visari and reclaim the stolen nukes. In 2360, the fleet moved out.
Before setting out for Helghan, Templar wishes Rico and Sev well and says that he wants them to get the mission done as he will be off the field. After two weeks, the fleet arrives on Helghan. Just before setting out from the flagship New Sun, Rico was warned by Evelyn Batton to be careful with capturing Visari. Rico retorted that he doesn't care what happens with Visari. But Evelyn replies that future generations of Vekta and Helghan will look back on this day and Rico must try and put an end to the Helghast hatred. As Alpha was preparing to leave, Templar wishes Rico well one last time in spearheading the assault.
Rico and his team helped escorted Punisher Convoy through the outskirts of Pyrrhus to reinforce Captain Jason Narville and Avenger Convoy. After reaching Avenger Convoy in Visari Square, Rico and Natko stayed with Narville in fending off Helghast forces while Sev and Garza disabled the Arc Tower. After a long firefight, Rico and Alpha attempted to continue on to Visari Palace but only to be repel by hidden Arc Towers. Due to this setback, Rico and his team were ordered by Templar to help Batton in finding the energy source that is powering the towers in the wastelands south of Pyrrhus.
In the wastelands, Alpha and Evelyn reach a communication outpost, where an ISA scout team tried to set up a communication link to the New Sun. Rico and Sev tried to search for the scout team and activating an antenna nearby to set up the link. The two soon discovered the remains of the scout team, having been tortured to death, which caused Rico to go into a fury. After fighting off the Helghast, they manage to activate the antenna and allowing Batton to find hundreds of smaller petrusite readings, and then losing contact with her and the rest of their team. They head back to find the team captured by Helghast under Mael Radec.
Rico and Sev followed them to Tharsis Refinery, where they discovered the schematics for the petrusite distribution system and noticed that there is a central grid somewhere in the wastelands. The two soon found their friends being interrogated by Colonel Radec and his bodyguards. Rico, impatient to Sev's plans to outflank Radec and his men in order to avoid hitting one of their own, rushes in with guns blazing. Consequently his actions indirectly caused Garza to be mortally wounded in the confusion.
Alpha regrouped on the New Sun to mourn Garza's death. Rico tries to comfort a bereaved Sev, who rejected his sympathies and venomously blames him for Garza's death. Just then, the flagship and the battle group fell under attack by Radec's forces. Rico and Alpha tried to hold off the boarders until finally abandoning ship on the last Intruder. Rico was in despair upon learning Templar's death at the hands of Radec and tried to get back to Jan, but is stopped by Natko. As they fly away, they witnessed the New Sun crashing into the petrusite grid and destroying it, as part of Templar's last act.
They land near the New Sun's crash site in the Maelstra Barrens and are contacted by Captain Narville, who tells them to secure the crash site and await further orders. On the way they encounter a ISA survivor named Richards, along with an Exo-Skeleton weapon suit that Sev commandeers. As they continue, Private Richards complained about how the ISA screwed up the invasion and insulted Templar and his sacrifice. Rico, considering this the last straw, beats Richards to near death, until being stopped by Natko. They move on to the crash site to find the Helghast looting for weapons and equipment. Rico and Natko pick up a buggy and help push through the crash site.
They rendezvoused with Narville's company just as they prepare for a final push on the palace now that the petrusite defences are down. Soon afterwards, they witnessed the detonation of Red Dust on Pyrrhus, and killing most of the ISA and Helghast forces. Despite the losses, Rico joined in Narville's last assault on Visari Palace. After fighting their way though, Rico and Sev head into the palace to capture Visari while the others defend the courtyard in preparation of the counterattack from Radec's troops. Rico and Sev confronted and defeated Radec. After Radec killed himself Rico spat on his body for Templar.
They then entered Visari's main chambers, and prepare to arrest Visari. The Autarch goes into gloating rant, that they have not won and even if he was to be captured, he would be made a martyr by the Helghast people, who would never give up and fight to the death and even plunge into chaos without his direction. Without warning, Rico fatally shot Visari much to Sev's shock and horror. Rico soon regrets his actions as Visari's death ruined the ISA's goals to end the war.
Rico and the rest of the ISA forces made a fighting retreat outside of Pyrrhus to evacuate from Helghan. During the retreat, Rico received a transmission from Jammer, a sniper whose platoon has been cut off by the Helghast. Against Narville's orders, he goes to assist them and becomes separated from Sev just as what is left of the ISA fleet are forced to leave the planet without the ISA forces that remained on the planet. Left stranded and with no one else to turn to, Rico and Jammer gathered whatever remaining vehicles, weapons, and survivors they could find, forming the Raiders.
In the next six months, Rico and his Raiders learned that Jorhan Stahl had been bringing ISA POWs to Stahl Arms Deep South for unspecified purposes and he brought his team there to investigate it. They also learned about Sev and Narville's capture by the Helghast, and Rico led his men in rescuing their comrades. But they only rescued Sev and Rico almost call off Narville's rescue due to a lack of firepower, which Sev convinced Rico otherwise. Rico ordered the Raiders in rescuing the other ISA POWs captured by Stahl while he and Sev infiltrated Deep South by disguising themselves in Helghast uniforms. The duo saved Narville and the other prisoners during a live execution, and as well discovering Stahl's plans to invade Earth and saturating the planet with irradiated Petrusite weapons.
Throughout the ISA's journey to leave Helghan, Rico comes into constant arguments with Narville, whom he unforgivably blames Rico for ruining Operation Archangel's goals, and clashing over each other's authority.
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After returning to Vekta, Rico along with Sev, both went into hiding due to the surviving Helghast being aware of their involvement in the Terracide.
The ISA officially claimed that the two men are "missing in action" and deny having any information on their whereabouts.
Rico, born in the slums of Vekta city, is the biggest, toughest, most Helghast-hating character in the entire series. He has a penchant for almost constant swearing. Surviving an attack that slaughtered the entirety of his platoon, his hatred for the Helghast is understandable.
To some, it might seem that the event even brought him slightly over the line into insanity. He still harbors deep resentment towards the Helghast for the loss of his original squad. It is not certain how much Helghast blood will be required to sedate his thirst for vengeance - his answer to that question is always some variation of more.
While Rico is not the dimwitted oaf that some take him for, he does harbor a rather simplistic, black-and-white worldview, specifically "the only good Hig is a dead hig". To Rico, there isn't a problem that can't be solved with good old-fashioned violence. If that problem happens to take the shape of an evil invasion army bent on conquering the whole planet - well, it just means the good guys will have to use a little more violence. Indirect approaches like espionage, sabotage and assassination are too time consuming for his tastes.
Not everyone finds Rico's aggressive, impatient demeanor easy to get along with, but those who try are often surprised to find that there is a softer side beneath his gruff exterior. Rico is fierceley loyal to people who treat him with respect, and won't tolerate anyone threatening them. This loyalty can even extend to someone who might otherwise clash with his worldview, such as the half-Human, half-Helghast spy Hakha.
Whether this is Rico's greatest strength or greatest weakness remains to be seen.
Since meeting Hakha in Killzone, he has attempted to execute the half-Helghast on multiple occasions, for multiple reasons, none of which passed under Jan Templar's command. Despite that, the two often make insulting jokes against one another, Hakha always snatching the last laugh with his undoubtably higher IQ, although at first it is violent arguing due to Rico's distrust of him.
By the end of the game, Rico and Hakha seem to respect each other.
As a Machine Gunner, Rico is very muscular, to the point of lower agility. He cannot build or climb like the others.
However, he has the most constitution out of all the characters, capable of taking surprising amounts of damage. He is also the most proficient with heavy weaponry, and can carry more ammo for such weapons. Rico possesses great endurance and enormous physical strength: he has no trouble carrying an M224-A3 heavy support weapon, or withstanding the recoil from an M1 LMG Tyrant chain gun.
Rico is often referred to as a 'human tank' by other ISA Regulars. He is depicted as the stereotypical hoodlum, and frequently uses street slang.
Rico works well for Alpha team, and has a respect for Natko due to his experience, and Sev's skills, which remind him of Templar.
During Killzone 2, he undergoes a change in his personality, slightly. He witnesses more atrocities on Helghan and so gains a greater hatred of the Helghast but sparess the life of the miner running the train. He deeply regrets it when he causes Garza's death from his upfront fighting tactic.
He is sent over the edge when the New Sun is destroyed and Templar is killed. He is in despair when Templar is killed, to the point that he beats an ISA soldier to death for disrespecting Templar. When confronted by Visari, who is preaching his righteous ideologies, Rico loses it and all of the suffering and loss he has been through builds up, and so Rico kills the Helghast leader.
Rico is 6' 1" with dark brown eyes and weighs 240 lbs. Rico has Latin and/or African-American origins. He has tanned skin and more Latin traits in Killzone and Killzone: Liberation, but in Killzone 2 he is noticeably darker and has a more African-American feel.
In Killzone, Rico has short, spiked, black hair and looks quite young with some sharp facial features. He also has a Latin accent. He wears a large ISA Regulars grey armour with a thick yellow rim around the neck piece. He carries a massive chain gun with a rocket launcher attached. He also gets a scar in the game which can still be seen on him during the rest of the series. In Killzone: Liberation, he is virtually the same except that his head is completely shaved and he carries a different kind of machine gun.
In Killzone 2, he looks a lot older despite there only being a two-year time gap. His hair has grown back a little, and he sports a 5 o'clock shadow. His skin is also darker, and his accent has changed to more of an African-American style than a Latin one. He also wears a different, more worn out ISA outfit, with less protection and just armour padding on his torso and shoulders. He carries an M224-1A Light Machine Gun in this game which seems to be less powerful but more realistic than his previous two machine guns.
In Killzone 3, Rico has slimmed down noticeably, possibly due to stress from fighting the Helghast combined with lack of food. His hair and facial hair have grown as time has passed. He still retains his hate for the Helghast, and is still prone to aggressive and reckless behavior. His views clash with Captain Narville's constantly in this game, as Rico wants action, while Narville commands everyone to act defensively. Rico tries to disobey many of Narville's orders, only to have Sev calm him down and get him back into line. Narville resents Rico's impulsiveness because it led to him killing Visari without any authorization. Rico eventually lashes out at Narville, and the two engage in a small fistfight that is broken up by Sev.
Templar:"So, You have much time for uh, fun, during your training?" Luger:"What, like beach volleyball and cocktail parties?" Templar:"No, I mean did you make any new friends and"
(Gets cut off) Luger:"Are you asking me if I got laid?" Templar:"What? No, NO Jeez, I just"
(Gets cut off) Luger:"Shh. What's that?" Templar:"What's what?" Luger:"That!"
(Helghast force approaches) Templar:"Shit! Okay Any ideas?" Luger:"These won't touch it." Templar:"Uh-huh." Luger:"And there's no way around." Templar:"Ok... just keep your head down!"
(Helghast tank explodes) Rico:"YEEEAAAHHHH Motherfuckers! Come an' get it while it's hot!"
(Rico launches a missile, destroying an APC, followed up by firing on Helghast infantry) Templar:"Shit! Take the left flank!"
Show: Vaughton's Liberation
Luger:"General! General, are you alright?"
(Luger removes the General's cuffs) General Vaughton:"Yeah, I'm fine. Jan, Did you get the security key?" Templar:"Right here, sir. But the command base is lost." General Vaughton:"What's the situation out there now?" Templar:"Messy. We had trouble getting here. If it hadn't been for this guy..." Rico:"Sergeant Rico Velasques sir." General Vaughton:"Well Sergeant, it seems these two owe you a..." Rico:"It's the enemy who owe me, not these two. The Helghast scum wiped out my entire platoon. An' they'll be paying off that debt in blood for as long as I breath Sir!" General Vaughton:"I see. A useful man to have at your side Jan?" Templar:"Absolutely sir." General Vaughton:"Sergeant, how would you like to join Captain Templar and Shadow Marshal Luger on a mission of great importance to the war?"
(Rico checks Luger) Rico:"An assassin?" Luger:"Shadow marshal." Rico:"Uh. (sniffs hard) This mission. It's gonna hurt the Helghast?" General Vaughton:"Very much so." Rico:"I'm in." General Vaughton:"OK. I'll go up to General Adams on the SD platform as planned. You three, find Colonel Hakha and get him to me as soon as possible."
Show: The Mall
(Templar looks in horror at the dead ISA forces) Rico:"Executed. Fucking Helghast style." Templar:"Jesus."
(Wounded ISA soldier moans and reaches for Templar, Templar takes a syringe) ISA:"No time... you're here for the spy aren't you? Hakha." Templar:"Hey, let me give you..."
(Templar is cut off) Luger:"Yes, the spy Hakha. Where is he? Has he been captured?" ISA:"Helghast... Through there... Twenty minutes ago." Luger:"Templar..." ISA:"You've got a surprise comin' when you... You...." Templar:"God damnit!" Rico:"This spy better be worth all this bullshit..."
Show: Securing Hakha
(Team enters Hakha's building, Templar stays on door duty) Templar:"Make sure he's ok." Luger:"Oh God..." Templar:"What is it?" Rico:"Motherfucking filthy little piece of shit!" Luger:"He's a Helghast." Rico:"Was a Helghast..." Templar:"Hold It! Rico. Door cover." Rico:"Fuck... You...." Templar:"Rico!"
(Rico reluctantly goes towards the door, Templar comes to Hakha) Luger:"Well... it's him alright. We got the right guy." Templar:"You Helghast?" Hakha:"Half Helghast. Half human." Rico:"I don't wanna fucking imagine how that works." Templar:"And you know who we are?" Hakha:"I imagine you are here to take me away." Luger:"Your name's Hakha?" Hakha:"Yes." Luger:"Whose side are you on, Hakha?" Hakha:"My side." Rico:"Shit! We'll see what side he's on when I've got this baby shoved up his poppa's ..."
(Hakha takes Templar's gun and shoots an incoming Helghast soldier)
(Cutscene at the SD platform takes place) Templar:"Stay close to him. Try to figure him out. He seems to be hot for you." Luger:"Get over it, Jan." Templar:"Yeah..."
Show: Leaving Vekta
Templar:"Alright. Our instructions are to get Hakha off Vekta as soon as. That means heading for the fortress and putting him on the next shuttle outa here." Luger:"The fortress huh. We're gonna need a boat. We'd better head for the Docks." Rico:"Great! Seasickness! It's bad enough having to look at this mutant's face all day." Hakha:"Well, those of us with even remotely developed minds rise above the frailties of the flesh, and cope with it." Rico:"It's lucky for you that you hold some vital shit in your head, you bald fuck, or I'd rip it right off and shove it up your"
(Rico gets cut off) Templar:"Enough! Rico! Hakha! Play nice!"
Show: Dock intel
Hakha:"The information I gathered from the Helghast. I have to process it immediately. I need access to the mainframe." Templar:"We don't have time for that. We gotta get you on one of those shuttles." Hakha:"I need to process data... here!" Rico:"Hey! Didn't you hear the captain? We're deliverin' the package. The package is you!" Luger:"What is it you need to do Hakha?" Rico:"What? You just gonna let some unknown freak hack into the mainframe? How do we know he's not a double agent, huh? What's to say he's not on the other side?!" Hakha:"And how many of "the other side" do you calculate I've killed in the past hour?" Rico:"Heh, you bastards don't even give a shit about your own!"
(Hakha grabs Rico, Rico pulls a gun, Luger pulls a knife on Rico) Rico:"Try it, scum. Come on. Try it... Back - off - bitch!" Luger:"If you fire. You know you're dead."
(Templar fires into the air) Templar:"THAT'S IT! ENOUGH! IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE FORTRESS, AND OUR CHANCES, EVEN IF WE PULL TOGETHER ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN SLIM AND NIL! So for the last time, GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND START ACTING LIKE SOLDIERS! So. Hakha. What is it that can't wait?" Hakha:"I found out a computer on the SD platforms has come under the control of the Helghast. It's that computer they've used to shut down the defence systems. I need to identify it to inform General Adams, but to do this I need to hack into the mainframe." Templar:"Alright. You got 3 minutes."
(First cutscene of the SD platform plays)
(Hakha is busy hacking) Templar:"Hakha...." Hakha:"Nearly there."
(Second cutscene of the SD platform) Templar:"Hakha! Time's up!" Hakha:"Got it! But it can't be..." Luger:"What? What is it?" Hakha:"It can't be."
(Third cutscene of the SD platform plays) Hakha:"The computer under Helghast control. It's General Adams's personal computer."
(Fourth cutscene of the SD platform plays) Templar:"Shit! General Vaughton's in real danger up there!" Luger:"And if Adams's is a traitor, then he'll soon be in control of the SD platform weapons." Hakha:"Which can be aimed..." Rico:"Oh Jesus! Look!" Hakha:"...anywhere."
(A lightning bolt falls from the sky in the distance, causing a massive explosion)
Show: Docked boats
(Team looks in the direction of the explosion) Rico:"That's your ticket outta here up in smoke, Hakha." Luger:"So what now?" Templar:"We head for the uplink - the orbital transfer station feeds the SD platform directly. It's our only coice." Rico:"You're kiddin' right? That's like 90 k through a giant shit heap of Helghast. An' I ain't ugly enough to pass for one of them." Hakha:"We have to try. The earth fleet is coming soon." Rico:"How do you know this shit??" Hakha:"I'm a spy... It's my job..." Luger:"But when the earth fleet arrives. Adams can just blow it out of the sky! Jan?" Templar:"We head for the remains of the fortress.... It's the only way to the uplink and... it'll be a good position to get the lie of the land."
(The team splits up in two boats) Rico:"How come I get to share with the rat?"
Show: Crashed boats
Templar:"Well this is familiar." Luger:"What? You falling asleep on top of me?"
(Luger pushes Templar off) Templar:"Yeah."
(Hakha helps Rico up) Rico:"We gotta get our gear out of the boat before it all drifts away."
(Rico and Hakha proceed to their boat, but see incoming Helghast) Rico:"Oh shit! Helghast!"
(Rico quickly takes his chain gun before withdrawing with the team into cover)
Show: Code 3-3 Firebase
Templar:"A firebase." Hakha:"Specifically, a code 3-3 firebase. The Helghast use these for major pre-emptive strikes." Luger:"We could go around it." Rico:"We could punch a hole straight through it." Templar:"Our priority is to make it to the SD platform. And stop the Earth fleet from being blown out of the sky. We go round." Hakha:"Captain Templar, you said earlier that our chances of making it through the enemy ranks were "somewhere between slim and nil". Perhaps we could improve those odds by creating something of a stir right here. A confused enemy is more easily played. As every assassin knows." Rico:"So the mighty brain agrees with the grunt. That's a first." Hakha:"Even a monkey will write Shakespeare given enough time..." Templar:"So you two agree on something, get over it. We attack the firebase. Let's move out." Rico:"What the fuck is a Shakespeare?"
Show: Fortress Comms
Templar:"Hakha - see if you can get any of these comms going. Get a message through about Adams." Hakha:"I'll try." ISA:"HOLD IT!" Templar:"Take it easy soldier." ISA:"STAND BACK FROM THE EQUIPMENT! NONE OF YOU MOVE!" Templar:"You're making a mistake. General Adams..." ISA:"General Adams warned us about you traitors." Templar:"It's Adams who's the traitor." ISA:"Don't try it with me! We all know how Vaughton and his rebel bastards took over the SD platform! We're just lucky how General Adams is back in charge again." Templar:"Tell me soldier - what targets do you think Adams is striking right now?" ISA:"I said don't try it! I ain't in on classified stuff so you're just wasting your time!" Rico:"Getting' real tight people." ISA:"Shut up! Nobody's moving until I..."
(Luger tackles the soldier, Templar picks him up) Templar:"What happened to General Vaughton?" ISA:"Adams put a bullet in his head."
(Templar walks off, soldier stands back up) Luger:"Find your squad and get out of here." Rico:"We gotta get goin'. Now!"
(Templar hits the machinery) Luger:"Vaughton's dead, Jan. It just changes the equation slightly." Templar:"He was a friend of yours too."Luger:"And we have a job to do."
Hunting the Traitor
Show: Adams' Arrival
(Hakha finds a dead Helghast soldier with a mobile communication device)
(Luger taps Rico's shoulder) Rico:"Jesus! You trying to give me a heart attack?" Luger:"The route ahead is riddled with Helghast. There's a beacon over on one of the far hills. It's bound to be occupied, but we should be able to get past unseen." Rico:"A beacon?" Templar:"The SD platforms use them to map out the terrain. Ok. Let's move..." Hakha:"Wait!" Rico:"What's it saying?" Hakha:"Silence! It's General Adams. He's heading for that GPS beacon." Luger:"Jan. Our priority..."
(Luger gets cut off by Templar) Templar:"I know all about our priorities! And right now that traitor is a realistic target." Rico:"So let's go take him out."
Show: GPS Beacon
Templar:"Adams was never here." Luger:"It was a set-up." Rico:"That's it!"
(Rico sprints at Hakha and a small fight occurs) Templar:"That's enough!" Hakha:"Someone, tell that imbecile that it's obvious I was meant to hear that message. My only crime is that I believed it." Rico:"Well I don't trust this Ghast fuck. We got that information about Adams from him and now I say we ditch him. Don't wanna kill him? Fine. But I say we dump him. Cover our backs." Luger:"We might make it as four, Jan. We won't as three." Templar:"More equations?" Luger:"I trust him, Jan." Templar:"I'm not asking you to like him Rico."Rico:"Oh man..." Templar:"But I'm asking you to work with him. For what he's done already, if he's captured, they'll tear him to pieces slowly and painfully. I think he'll be fighting in our corner."
(After leaving the beacon) Templar:"You like him huh?" Luger:"We need him Jan. It's just a calculation of risk." Templar:"You've changed."
Forging a Path
Show: Helghast Logistics Base
Templar:"The uplink's still a long way off. We're gonna be too late." Luger:"Hakha, do we know when the earth fleet is arriving?" Hakha:"I don't claim to know everything." Rico:"The way you act, it's like you know my momma's bra size." Hakha:"I'm guessing... large." Luger:"Look here. The missile base. Maybe we could hitch a ride from the Helghast." Templar:"Feasibility?" Hakha:"It won't work. Those bases are too well dug in. We have to find another way." Rico:"Oh Really! Last time we listened to this guy we got HelmetMan rippin' us a new asshole!" Templar:"We don't have any choice. We're running out of time. We got to hit the base and pick up any transporation we can find."
Onwards and Upwards
Show: Mountain Landing
Rico:"I guess landing at the top of the mountain was too easy huh?" Templar:"This is the closest we could get. Adams knows we're on our way."
(Luger tosses a bag to Templar) Luger:"Jan..."
(Templar catches it, Luger leaves the dropship) Luger:"Jan, when this is over..."
(Templar cuts Luger off) Templar:"It's not gonna be over. Not for a long time. If ever."
(Templar and Luger walk off) Rico:"What's up with them?" Hakha:"You haven't worked it out?" Rico:"No. Why don't you tell me." Hakha:"Right, well a special forces captain falls in love. He promises her the world, but she has other plans. Nine months later they meet again. Except now the brave captain's sweetheart is a cold assassin. Trained to kill, trained to think, not feel. Act, not reflect. Oh... She is almost perfect. Although I suspect Captain Templar feels otherwise." Rico:"You know what? I think you're full o shit."
Show: Space Shuttle
Templar:"Everyone strapped in?"
(Templar takes off, causing Rico and Hakha to fall) Rico:"Ouch... Motherfucking..." Hakha:"Steady..." Rico:"Get off me!"
(After Hakha and Rico sit down) Luger:"So. Anyone know what these SD platforms look like up close?"
(Shuttle approaches the SD platform) Luger:"Pretty neat." Templar:"What's that?" Hakha:"Parasite craft. Used to penetrate a target vessel and drop troops." Rico:"I take it they're expecting company." Hakha:"Yes. Us." Luger:"Ready boys?"
Show: Ending Adams
General Adams:"I suppose it's to be expected. You would never have been content with Lente's death. The war, is over. Without Lente, the attack will come to nothing. But they will be back. Visari will never give up on Vekta. You don't get it, do you? They see us as the agressor. They are fighting to claim what we once stole from them. Fighting to prevent another imperialist... ISA attack on their homeland. I cannot stop the Earth fleet now, the Helghast on board take no notice of me. There is never any pity, no mercy for the "traitor"." Rico:"You are a fucking dead man Adams." General Adams:"Hahaha! What are you going to do? Kill me? It won't solve a goddamn thing. You got Lente, but it wasn't enough was it?! No! Templar and his little band of fuck-ups have to come here and save the day! If only you could see the visions Visari has shown me, the power, the lengths to which they are willing to go, they will never stop; they will never be bargained with. If if only you could see how insignificant this 'victory' of yours is to them. Your friends have been captured. The platform is breaking up. DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND??!! YOU DON'T STAND A FUCKING CHANCE!"
Show: Platform Escape
Shuttle system:"Pre-flight system failure. Refuel line obstructed." Luger:"We got a problem with the fuel line!" Rico:"I got it." Hakha:"What do you know about the spec of these craft?"
(Hakha manages the refuelling while Helghast soldiers arrive) Rico:"Under fire!!"
(Hakha falls with the fuel line on top of him) Shuttle system:"Launch sequence commenced." Rico:"Hakha!!" Shuttle system:"30 seconds to launch."
(Templar comes out of the shuttle to help Rico) Shuttle system:"20 seconds to launch." Luger:"This is our only launch window!! We have to go!" Templar:"Hakha!!" Rico:"Fuck this!"
(Rico helps Hakha into the shuttle) Shuttle system:"10 seconds to launch." Shuttle system:"5-4-3-2-1"
(Rico is shot down, but dragged into the shuttle just in time by Templar) Hakha:"Rico. Thank you." Rico:"Welcome."
(The shuttle flies through the debris) Luger:"Comms are coming back." Templar:"Get through to them and see what the situation is. And tell them about Adams." Luger:"First call I'll make. Looks like most of the earth fleet got through ok. They'll send more forces won't they? The Helghast, I mean." Templar:"Yeah. They will. And we'll be here to meet them."
(The SD platform gets blown up by the Earth fleet)
Rico:"Shit. My trigger finger was just getting warmed up." Templar:"Hold that thought. We've got outselves a situation, Rico." Rico:"Point me at it, Captain."
I.2 - Retreat
Show: Base Evac
Templar:"We're evacuating the base. We have to get back there and assist." Rico:"If that's the order. Sounds like running to me..."
[Rico gets shot by a sniper] Rico:"Argh!" Templar:"Rico! Hang in there Rico!"
~ Helghast:"ISA scum! Take them down!" Rico:"Lay down and die, assholes!"
[The door to the base closes] Templar:"Rico!"Rico:"Shit!"Templar:"I'm gonna head on through the base. We gotta reach those VIPs." Rico:"I'll find another way round. Watch your back." Templar:"That's a thought..."
I.4 - Sabotage
Show: Base Escape
Rico:"Hope you killed some for me." Templar:"Plenty. Let's get out of here." Rico:"With pleasure..."
II.1 - Approach
Templar:"I'll see you at the rendezvous." Rico:"Missin' you already, Captain."
II.3 - Assault
Show: Chasing Metrac
Templar:"Punctual as ever, Rico." Rico:"Early bird catches the Helghast assholes, right?"
~ Templar:"There's the entrance. Let's hope Metrac is still inside." Rico:"I got business to settle with that son of a bitch!" ISA:"Captain Templar, Sergeant Rico - assault squad's at the ready, Sir." Templar:"Quickly lieutenant, take down the main gate." ISA:"Yes, Sir! Clear!" Rico:"You go after the dropship, Captain. I'll take care of Metrac." Templar:"Remember, he's more use to us alive than dead." Rico:"Trust me, I'll play nice."
III.2 - Ambush
Show: Helghast Ambush
Helghast:"Lower your weapon Vektan. Do it! General Metrac has been expecting you."
[Rico fires at the Helghast] Helghast 2:"Argh!!" Helghast:"Look out! Scatter!" Rico:"Suck on this, you assholes! Hope you didn't mind me breakin' your party." Templar:"Something doesn't smell right. Why're tehre so many Helghast in this area?" Rico:"I trailed Metrac into the swamps. Maybe they're his men." Templar:"I don't like it. Let's find that dropship and get out of here." Helghast 3:"ISA! Blast them!"
~ Templar:"Shit! The pilot's still inside!" Rico:"He looks like shit. His legs are trapped." ISA pilot:"They took the VIPs prisoner - left me to die -" Rico:"I could look around for some Helghast medical supplies -" Templar:"Okay, I'll stay with the dropship. But hurry it up, Rico." Rico:"Yes, Sir."
IV.2 - Revelation
Show: Rico meets Metrac
Metrac:"Your fleet is about to attack, SGT Rico. It seems General Stratson puts little value on the lives of his men." Rico:"I'm a soldier. When push comes to shove, I get shoved." Metrac:"Your leaders were prepared to sacrifice all of southern Vekta. Miss Batton is telling us how. War brings out the worst in all of us. But together we could end all this suffering." Evelyn:"Please - I've told you all I know - Aaaagh!"
V.2 - The Defection
Show: Traitor Rico
Templar:"Freeze!" Rico:"Captain?" Templar:"I said freeze!"
(Templar pushes Rico to the ground) Rico:"Ouf! What the..!? Raah!"
(Rico tries to push Templar back, but is tackled) Rico:"Ouf!" Templar:"Enough Rico! Don't make me shoot!" Rico:"I see how this looks, man, but Stratson set me up! Look there - the Rayhoven weapons. Stratson wanted them for the Helghast! He told me we were playing Metrac - a secret op - but they were working together."
(Templar unlocks the missile cage) Templar:"Did you kill general Mandrake?" Rico:"Shit, no! Stratson's taking out the ISA brass so he can take over - and setting me up as the traitor. Seems like it worked too."
(Elevator starts moving) Templar:"Shit!"
(Templar throws a machinegun at Rico) Templar:"Take this! Show me whose side you're on Rico..."
V.3 - The Invader
Show: Rico's Return
Templar:"Welcome back, Rico." Rico:"Yeah, back in the shit like always."
Show: Highway Defense
Rico:"Man, I found my calling in life all over again!" Templar:"Their defenses are down. The strike force can take it from here." ISA:"Captain Templar! Here... get these."
(ISA throw ropes at Templar) Templar:"You help 'em clean up, Rico. I'm going after Stratson." Rico:"Yes, sir. But Jan - you slap that bitch good, you hear?" Templar:"You have my word on it..."
V.4 - Resurrection
Show: The End of Stratson
General Stratson:"You fools! I acted for the good of Vekta. The ISA can't win! It's soft and weak -"
(Stratson is cut off) Templar:"I heard it all before, General. From your friend Adams." General Stratson:"Adams saw the truth. We planned a Vekta ruled by the military, as part of the Helghast empire. Strong, pure..." Templar:"Take him away. Prepare him for interrogation."
(Stratson is picked up and escorted away by two ISA soldiers) General Stratson:"The Rayhoven nukes are already in Helghan! You need me! Vekta needs me!"
(Rico and Evelyn arrive at the scene) Rico:"Man, all this blood, sweat and shit, and we end up fighting our own. Again." Templar:"He may have had the uniform. But he wasn't one of us, Rico." Rico:"Damn right. Brothers in arms, the only brothers I've got." Evelyn:"What now, Jan? You think the Helghast will attack again?" Rico:"They'll never give up - but neither will we. We just have to remember what we're fighting for." Evelyn:"I think Vekta's ready to start over." Templar:"And if that means taking this war to Helghan - I say let's do it..."
Rico:"Ah Garza, Sev. Meet Evelyn, our council scientist who's tracking the nukes the Higs stole." Evelyn:"Hello." Rico:"What about the nukes?" Evelyn:"Right now, we have no idea. The plan is to take Visari alive and get him to fill us in on his plans." Rico:"How long will it take it to that show." Evelyn:"You must treat Visari profesionally, Sergeant Velasquez. His cooperation will be important to our long-term aims." Rico:"Spare me the fucking politics ma'am." Evelyn:"We have an opportunity to end hundreds of years of antagonism now, a great deal of future history will be decided by how we act on Helghan." Rico:"History was never my favorite. Let's stick to the here and now, huh?" Evelyn:"Of course. You know Avenger Convoy is on point?" Rico:"I've read the secret materials, yeah." Evelyn:"Casualties have been high, very high. We believe the defense is being mastermined by Colonel Radec." Rico:"What do we know about him?" Evelyn:"Only what we get from General Lente's captured papers from the Vektan Invasion. Radec is mentioned as 'Visari's hound', so expect the defense to be fanatical." Rico:"Great." Evelyn:"Alpha will be spearheading the Convoy along its route, clearing bridgeheads, securing flanks, Captain Narville will let you know." Rico:"Understood." Evelyn:"Your first job will be clearing a route for a reinforcement convoy, Punisher. You will be entered onto a beach on the Corinth river." Rico:"Huh, let's looks at the tactical situation."
Show: Final Preparations
ISA:"Units twenty through forty mounting in three minutes..." Rico:"Check your gear. That includes you Natko. Thing you forget is the thing'll save your life." Templar:"How are the men holding up?" Rico:"Yeah they're ready. Just wanna be let off their leash." Templar:"Wish I was coming with you on this one." Rico:"I'll get along somehow." Templar:"I'm counting on it. Good luck Rico." Rico:"Sir."
(Draws attention to his team) Rico:"Okay people let's get this shit done!"
(Aboard the Intruder) Rico:"It's their planet this time. Keep your shit wired tight, okay?" Natko:"Includes you Garza! I'm not pullin' your sorry ass outta the fire like back on Sorin." Rico:"And who started the fire by openin' up on the patrol?" Sev:"Natko's just a natural born diplomat." Natko:"Fuck you!" Rico:"Hey! Check it out... ...show's starting."
(ISA cruisers fire at the enemy) Natko:"Wow man!" Garza:"That's gotta send a message."
(Natko looks over the edge) Natko:"Man I live for this shit!" Sev:"Ehm... Natko?" Natko:"Yeah?" Sev:"May wanna buckle up." Natko:"Shit!" Rico:"Here we go..."
(Intruder is successfully launched) Natko:"Oooh yeah!" Garza:"Holy crap!" Sev:"No kidding." Garza:"You ever see this before?" Natko:"At Vekta maybe..." Rico:"Vekta was nothing to this shit." Natko:"You taste that?" Rico:"Missile propellant. You don't wanna inhale that stuff. Dust off soon as we hit, regroup on me or Sev... no sightseein'..."
(Approaching the beach) Rico:"Heads down! Keep low!" Sev:"Incoming flak!"
(The Intruder above the team is hit) Rico:"Damn!" Garza:"Ah shit!" Natko:"Wow! This is fucked up!" Rico:"Hang on!" Sev:"Two hundred metres! We're dropping short!" Natko:"Aw crap!"
(Craft crashes onto the beach) Natko:"Move! Move! Move!" Rico:"Unass this thing and get to cover." Garza:"Come on!" Rico:"Let's go!"
Show: Narville's Support
ISA:"Captain Narville is expecting you ASAP. Convoy's taking a real hammering." Natko:"Visari Square. Yippidy-fuckin-doo da." Rico:"Hurry up Garza!" Garza:"Good to go!" ISA:"I never saw anything like it before." Natko:"Ya don't say. All I know is, Narville's a piece of work. If he's in trouble, things are really heatin' up."
(While getting closer to the square, Sev looks at the ISA cruisers) Rico:"Sev." Sev:"Yeah." Rico:"No time to zone out, Sergeant." Pilot:"Alpha - ETA to drop zone is thirty seconds." Rico:"Got it." Natko:"Hey Garza, you look cold." Garza:"I am cold! Next time we're invading a hotel!" Rico:"Check your weapons!" Sev:"Check!" Natko:"Check!"
(ISA soldier messes with his rifle) Sev:"Point it down rookie!" Garza:"Hey, safety's on!" ISA:"Where are the other units?" Rico:"Here they come!"
(Two more ISA Intruders flies overhead) ISA 2:"Get out of the way!" Natko:"Hey assholes, we're on the same side!" Rico:"Where you goin'?" ISA 3:"Same as you, assisting the convoy in Visari Square."
(One of the Intruders gets blown out of the sky by an Arc Tower) Sev:"Wow!" Natko:"Holy shit! What the fuck?" Garza:"What was that? Lightning?" Rico:"Get us down... now! Looks like mobile Arc Towers!!!" Natko:"Shit! No-one told us that!"
(The team flies over the city to the landing point) Garza:"Aw Shit! Another one! 12 'o clock!!!!" Rico:"I see it."
(Arc Tower fires at the Intruder, barely missing) Rico:"Keep it together!" Natko:"Fuck!" Garza:"Goddammit!" Sev:"Square is still got!" Rico:"I know!"
(Rico looks at the convoy) Rico:"Convoy's pinned down." Natko:"That's the fuckin' convoy?" Rico:"Listen up - find captain Narville!" Garza:"WHAT??!" Rico:"Go... Find... NARVILLE!"
(Intruder lands) Rico:"Go! Get off! Let's go, get to cover." Natko:"GO! GO! Get the hell out of here, GO!" Rico:"Get the hell out of here!"
Show: Convoy Support
Natko:"Shit... You done, or you wanna level a few more blocks just to be sure?" Garza:"Hey, better safe than sorry..." Rico:"We gotta get that convoy across ASAP. Sev, Garza, you lead the assault. Let's move."
(Helghast soldiers advance on their position; destroying ISA armor) Natko:"Fuck! Grenade jockeys!"
Show: Radec's Academy
Rico:"Listen." Natko:"Ah, what the fuck is that...?"
(ATAC appears and starts firing) Garza:"Shiiit! Jesus!" Rico:"Everyone okay? Talk to me." Natko:"Yeah. For now." Garza:"It's a fuckin' ATAC." Rico:"We're sitting ducks down here! We've got to get to the roof."
Show: Evelyn's Petrusite Research
Natko:"Anyone besides me feel nervous babysittin' a scientist?" Rico:"It's the Colonel's orders. We need her to help track down the source of those defenses." Natko:"I dunno...feels like dead weight to me." Rico:"You secure that shit, man... Just doing her job... Right, let's move out!"
Show: Helghast Arrest
Helghast:"Get movin!" Helghast 2:"Go on!" Natko:"You fucks! Agh!"
(Helghast kicks Evelyn) Helghast:"Move it bitch!" Rico:"Fucking animals! That's a lotta Hig motherfuckers. We better follow."
Show: Petrusite Lines
Rico:"Hey Sev. Check it out, this looks like what Evelyn was talking about.. I'm not expert on this shit, but all the pipes from the barrens come through here on the way to the city. This here looks like the core. If we take this out, the whole thing should be fucked."
Show: Radec's Interrogations
(Sev and Rico find Radec interrogating the rest of the squad) Evelyn:"I don't know anything!" Radec:"You're wasting my time." Rico:"Sonofabitch." Radec:"I'm not a very patient man. Do you understand why I'm here?" Garza:"I guess your Mom got drunk with the guys one night..." Radec:"You...! are next. Unless she gives me te nuclear codes." Natko:"Don't give him shit!"
(Natko is hit) Rico:"I can take the son of a bitch from here." Sev:"No, his men have them covered. I'll flank them. Wait for me." Rico:"You better hurry." Evelyn:"Only the fleet commander has access to the launch codes." Radec:"Can you reprogram the warheads?" Evelyn:"Even if I could, I wouldn't." Radec:"Is that your final word?" Rico:"Fuck this!" Sev:"Rico... NO!"
(Rico opens fire on the Helghast) Rico:"Motherfuckers!" Radec:"Kill them!"
(Garza is hit) Natko:"Garza!" Evelyn:"No!" Helghast:"Don't let them out alive!!!"
Show: Garza's Demise
Evelyn:"Come on Garza. Lay down here and I'll go check on that assistance."
(When the Intruder arrives) Sev:"Here's our ride! Come on!" Garza:"Sev! Sev, I don't think I can..."
(Garza falls down) Sev:"Yeah, well next time try and stay... Garza? Garza! Easy buddy... just hang on... Oh c'mon. Ah godammit! Don't you quit on me now! Garza, GARZA! Man down!! Medic!!"
(Intruder lands) Sev:"Over here!! I need help now!! I need a medic goddammit!!"
Show: Garza's Funeral
Rico:"Sev?" Sev:"Back off... back the fuck off." Natko:"Wow! Take it easy. Rico, just leave it man!"
(Explosions on the ship) ISA:"All personnel to battle stations. Repeat - all personnel to battle stations." Natko:"Shit... what now?! Come on!" Rico:"Sev, let's go! Move it!"
Show: Evacuating the Cruiser
Rico:"Sev...c'mon!" Sev:"On my way!"
(Cutscene of Templar plays) Sev:"They shot the colonel!" Rico:"Jan? NO!!" Natko:"Rico!" Rico:"I'm not leavin' without him!" Natko:"It's too late..." Rico:"Get your goddamn hands off me..." Natko:"Sev...Sev... Jump on!" Rico:"Get the fuck off!"
(The Intruder is launched and the New Sun crashes) Natko:"Ah, man... shit..." Rico:"Damn!" Natko:"Hold on!" Sev:"Goddamned! The whole grid is going up!" Natko:"Damn. Daaamn!" Sev:"He didn't die for nothing, Rico..."
Show: Ground Zero
Sev:"Mayday, mayday. This is Alpha squad." Rico:"I say we get in there, kill every last one of 'em!" Natko:"Look... We're all hurtin' here, man." Rico:"I don't need you for a fuckin' nursemaid...!" Sev:"Please respond." Rico:"Don't you fuckin' speak for him. I ain't gonna see Jan die for nothin'!" Narville:"Sergeant Sevchenko... that you?" Sev:"Yes, sir." Narville:"The New Sun took down the Petrusite Grid. A lot of the defenses in the city are down, but we don't know for how long. Secure ground zero of the crashsite and await orders." Sev:"Understood. Alpha out."
Show: ISA Base
ISA:"C'mon man, open your eyes. You see any brass around here? They screwed this whole thing up, only it's us that get shafted." Rico:"You got a big mouth." ISA:"What is it with you? You lookin' to be some kinda' "war hero" again? It's over. And your friend Templar - he offed himself and left us all in the shit."
(Rico attacks the soldier) Natko:"Rico, get off! Rico! What the hell are you doing man?!" Rico:"Man needed to learn some respect. Let's move."
Show: Nuclear Blast
Narville:"Glad to see you're back in action... ...now we just need to rendezvous our platoons in the city and we're clear to take the palace. I know you guys are pretty down about our friends on the New Sun. But we have to concentrate."
(Nuke goes off) Rico:"He did it. Visari nuked his own damn city..." Natko:"Guess we're the only beachhead left. Shit."
(Narville is talking to ISA marines) Narville:"Where's your goddam C-O? You call yourselves marines!? Get on your feet godammit! All of you! We're not done here!" Rico:"Not like this, man... I'm going after Visari. Not waitin' here for his goddamn army to come finish us off." Natko:"What the fuck. We're screwed either way, right?" Rico:"How about it? Sev?" Sev:"What's left of our forward unit just called in seeing 2 entire regiments of Helghast reinforcements heading our way... Radec's personal guard taking point. Probably pissed off as fuck that their city got destroyed and hell-bent on gutting each and every one of us. So yeah...Natko is right...we're fucked either way. But when has that stopped us before..." Rico:"Alright, let's take it to him..."
Show: Visari's Arrest
Rico:"Visari!" Sev:"Scolar Visari! Scolar Visari... I'm placing you under arrest under article 27..." Visari:"And who are you, soldier?" Sev:"Sevchenko, Sergeant First Class." Visari:"They send a sergeant to take Visari? Are your commanders really all so afraid?" Sev:"War's over Visari. You lost." Visari:"Really, Sergeant. And who won? The cowards who commanded you and your comrades here to die? The Helghast have lost nothing! We fight for who we are! We wear our wounds like badges of honor. Helghan is ours, and we will die before we'll let it fall to plunderers. That is why your leaders dare not make a martyr of me. Your fleet burned, your friends butchered... And you become a hero for saving my life? Does that sound like a victory to you, Sergeant Sevchenko?" Rico:"Son of a bitch." Sev:"Good men have died, and I'll see you rot in a cell for it! You'll pay for what you've done." Visari:"For giving my people pride, purpose? We have built this great nation from nothing! Take me and Helghan will dissolve into chaos. The ISA war machine powerless against the sheer will of my people. We will choke the streets with our dead before we surrender. Your masters will beg me to restore order! You have not won. You will never!"
(Rico shoots Visari) Sev:"Rico! NO!!" Visari:"Madness... The madness...begins."
(Visari dies and Narville enters the building) Narville:"Sergeant? Sergeant! What happened?" Natko:"Shit... Sev!" Narville:"Godammit!"
(Outside) ISA:"Fuck! Helghast ships! I thought first wave took all of them out." ISA 2:"We're screwed!" ISA 3:"Oh, man! I can't believe this... We need to get the fuck out of here!" ISA 4:"Move out, move out, report to your CO's." ISA 5:"Come on people, let's go, let's go!"
Rico:"Sev! Sev! Are you okay?" Sev:"No, Rico. I am not 'okay'! We had the guy. We had him. And you killed him! You killed Visari!"
(Cuts to Visari's corpse) Narville:"Yes Sir... across the river..." ISA medic:"Clear!" Narville:"Can do. Absolutely. Of course General. Tell me he's doing better than he looks." ISA medic:"I'm calling it. Time of death is 21:20 hours." Narville:"Oh, this is just perfect. Just goddamn perfect. Troops, listen up! We are mobile in five, so pack up your shit. Delta! You know the drill! Hooper, wheels, ASAP. Where the hell are Velasquez and Sevchenko?"
(Cuts back to Sev) Rico:"Look, Sev. I just did what had to be done." Narville:"And I will make damn well sure he gets court-martialed six ways to Sunday for it." Sev:"Captain..." Narville:"Sergeant Sevchenko. Sergeant Velasquez. Command's pulling the plug. They want us to execute an emergency exit scenario. We're pulling every soldier off this planet." Sev:"We're retreating?" Rico:"I ain't leaving. This war isn't even half finished. What is this bullshit?!!" Narville:"Oh, no. This is NOT how this is going to go down. You insubordinate son of a bitch. I should just fast-track that court-martial and have both of you shot. Now, you shut your trap and you listen to me. Is that understood? Is that understood?!" Rico:"Yes, sir..." Narville:"Sergeant Velasquez! Are you too stupid to follow a direct order to shut the fuck up?" Sev:"Captain." Narville:"Okay. Listen up. Intel has an advanced Helghast cruiser fleet zeroing in on our position. The General wants us en route before they show their faces. The best chance we have is to cut through the Visari district and cross the Corinth river. From there it's due East to the extraction point, which is a crater the size of Kansas somewhere underneath that mushroom cloud. We've got one shot at this. So we're doing this strictly by the numbers."
(Hooper arrives with transport) Narville:"Nice job Hooper. We don't have a lot of these babies. But they're our best bet against whatever the Higs are going to put in our way."
(Sounds of lightning) Rico:"What the hell is that?"
(A Helghast cruiser flies overhead, firing at the convoy, killing soldiers and destroying armor) Narville:"We need to Evac NOW! Sev! I need you to carve us a a safe corridor. Move! Move!! Move!!!"
(While driving, Helghast forces attack the evacuating troops) Sev:"FIRE BACK!" Rico:"At WHAT?" Sev:"EVERYTHING!!"
(A Helghast tank shows up) Sev:"Where the hell did THAT come from?!"
(Their vehicle gets pushed off the road, but stops just before it falls off a cliff) Sev:"Yeah." Rico:"Hell yeah."
(Vehicle still falls down) Rico:"Sev! Sev, you okay?" Sev:"Yeah! You see anyone else?" Rico:"Maybe that way..."
Sev:"Oh man..." Rico:"Who nukes their own city?" Sev:"I don't see Narville." Rico:"River's that way. That's where he said we gotta cross." Sev:"Yep. Just hope everybody makes it this time." Rico:"Listen, Sev... about Visari... I..." Sev:"Forget it. I wanted to shoot him too." Rico:"But you didn't." Sev:"No. But that's because I'm not a jackass."
Show: Irradiated Petrusite
(Sev and Rico watch as Helghast collect irradiated Petrusite) Helghast:"Be careful." Rico:"Let's get down there." Sev:"That's not our objective, Rico we gotta stick to Narville's orders this time."
(Rico puts his hand in some of the Petrusite) Rico:"What the hell is this stuff?"
Show: Reunited with Narville
Narville:"Verify those coordinates and we'll be fine. You're doing a good job son. Alright, get on it and get back to me. Sevchenko. Glad you could join us. Velasquez." Sev:"Is this everybody?" Narville:"The damn convoy's scattered all down the river. We're pushing through so we can secure the crater for the evac." Sev:"That's not such a good idea. The thinner we spread ourselves out, the easier it'll be for the Helghast to pick us off." Rico:"Yeah, good point. Sir, with all due respect. I'd like to suggest..."
(Rico gets cut off by Narville) Narville:"I think I made it VERY clear that I don't want to hear a SINGLE WORD out of your mouth. Sev, take Velasquez and his mouth out of my face. I need the two of you on point. We're going to use the EXO to clear the route." Sev:"Yes, sir." Narville:"Pick up your feet, people! The closer we are to that crater the closer we are to home." Sev:"Try not to think about it." Narville:"Sev, get that EXO moving!"
Show: Pinned Down
(Helghast fire at the ISA) ISA 2:"No way. No way, man." Sev:"What are you doing? You gotta keep moving." ISA 2:"Captain Narville says we gotta take out that Arc Cannon, but those machine guns are tearing us apart. We don't have enough men." Sev:"Alright, I'm gonna get to higher ground and take out the machine guns. If I give you covering fire, you think you can get these guys to move forward?" Rico:"Got it. Hey. What's your name?" ISA 2:"Gutmann." Rico:"You stick with me, alright?" ISA 2:"Yeah." Rico:"COVERING FIRE!"
Show: Sniper Sev
Sev:"Rico. I'm at your 10." Rico:"We can't get to the Arc Cannons. Take out those machine guns!"
Show: Arc Cannon Destroyed
Sev:"Head for the extraction point. Rico and I will follow in the HAMRs." Jammer:"We need assistance. I repeat. Mayday. This is Jammer. Over. Can anyone hear us?" Rico:"My name is Sergeant Velasquez. I can hear you. Over." Jammer:"Oh, thank god. We're in quadrant 4-4-1. We've been cut off and need assistance." Rico:"Alright, stay calm, Jammer. Send me your exact coordinates and we'll come get you." Narville:"That's a negative, Velasquez! Jammer, hang tight. Intruders are on their way. You have your orders, Velasquez. Stick to the plan and clear the path to the extraction point. NOW!"
(MAWLR arrives near Sev and Rico, crushing their HAMR and firing at an ISA cruiser) Cruiser ISA:"Dispersive armor is holding." Cruiser Captain:"Captain Narville, we can't hold our position much longer. If you're going to get here, do it fast."
(Back at Sev and Rico) Sev:"We're gonna need new transport. Come on. Get to your evac posts."
Show: Rico's Orders
Jammer:"Captain Narville, this is Jammer. Do you read? Our platoon is pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Captain Narville, we can't stay here. Where are those Intruders?" Narville:"This is Narville. I'm sorry. If they didn't make it... There's no-one else I can send." Rico:"I'll go." Narville:"Velasquez. Stick to your orders!" Rico:"Fuck your orders. I didn't come here to run from the Helghast. I don't leave people behind. Hold on, Jammer. I'm coming." Sev:"Rico...! I get it but we don't have time." Rico:"I gotta do this man. I'll meet you at the extraction point." Sev:"Hell no. I'm with you." Rico:"This was on me buddy. Besides you gotta tell Narville to wait, okay?"
Show: The Evacuation
(MAWLR fires at ISA cruiser) Cruiser Captain:"Damage report." Cruiser ISA:"That last blast took out all electronics on G deck. Rerouting system." Cruiser Captain:"What about the other cruisers?" Cruiser ISA 2:"The Dauntless reports minor damage. And the Arcturus has safely reached orbit." Cruiser Captain:"Thank god. Looks like we're going home."
(MAWLR fires at another ISA cruiser) Cruiser Captain:"Tell Narville he has to move NOW!"
(At the evac site) Narville:"Goddamn, this isn't a drill! Get to your transports! MOVE! Sevchenko! Give me your hand! Where the hell is Rico!?" Sev:"I don't know!"
(Intruder lifts off) Sev:"No, No wait! What about Rico?" Narville:"I'm sorry Sev."
(Back on the ground) Rico:"Hey! Hey, Narville!" Sev:"There's Rico!" Rico:"Hey!!!"
(ISA cruiser crashes down) Rico:"GET TO COVER!NOW!" Narville:"Nearly there! This is Captain Narville contacting all surviving personnel. Retreat to emergency fallback locations. I repeat. Emergency protocol five-niner-echo is in effect. God help us."
Stahl Arms Infiltration
Show: Visari's Revenge
HAZMAT Trooper:"Are you guys the executioners? Right over there." Stahl:"Captain Narville. Do you know who I am?"
(Narville does not answer) Stahl:"Typical."
(Stahl executes a prisoner) Narville:"We are prisoners of war! We have rights! You just violated the Stockholm Treaty!" Stahl:"Stockholm? What planet do you think you're on?"
(Cameras are being turend on) Stahl:"Show time!" Helghast:"We go live in 3, 2..." Stahl:"Good Day my fellow Helghans. I am Jorhan Stahl. This is something of a rarity for me because speeches are not my forte. But honesty is. I believe what I have to say today you will find very refreshing. My father and Visari, both great leaders. They built this country from nothing. Using sharp minds committed to our future. Together they built a nation. Visari gave us purpose and hope. My father's factory gave us the most powerful army... ...the universe has ever known! But our army has failed us! They have allowed themselves to grow fat, lazy and careless. But that... changes today. A time has come for some new fucking management. And I know what this nation needs. And I will cut out this disease of compliance and subjugation. So to honor Visari, tomorrow we launch the greatest military campaign in our history. And to celebrate that I will give you justice... revenge... and the death of his killers!"
(Sev turns on Stahl) Stahl:"What?"
(Sev takes off his helmet) Stahl:"You!" Sev:"Yeah. Me."
(Sev fires at Stahl, but misses, killing some soldiers and destroying the camera) Stahl:"Move!"
(At the Helghast High Council) Orlock:"This is an outrage!"
(Back at Stahl Narville gets untied) Narville:"Rico! You're alive!" Rico:"No thanks to you." Narville:"What!?" Rico:"Go help Sev."
Show: Vekta's White Flag
Narville:"Stay sharp. They're not going to give up the other prisoners withotu a fight." Sev:"Sir. That speech... That didn't sound like they're planning to honour our white flag?" Rico:"Our what?" Sev:"They're up to something. Look, we saw this computer mainframe with..."
(Sev gets cut off by Narville) Narville:"Sevchenko, this is not the time or the place." Rico:"Wait a second. Our white what?" Sev:"Vekta capitulated last night." Narville:"The General ordered the immediate surrender of all ISA forces." Rico:"Surrender?? I gess you were just going to follow those orders?" Narville:"If it meant saving the lives of my men and getting them home... Yes, Sergeant, I would have." Sev:"Respectfully, Sir. But depending on their plans we might not have a home to go back to. I just need a couple of minutes." Narville:"Okay. Make damn sure it's only a couple of minutes. Take Velasquez with you." Sev:"Sorry, man. It slipped my mind."
Rico's surname, Velasquez, is possibly a reference to the character Jenette Vasquez from the 1986 movie Aliens, as the characters share many similarities. Both are hardened, somewhat impetuous soldiers, and both carry heavy machine guns as their standard issue weapon. Furthermore, Rico's standard weapon in Killzone, the M224-A3 Heavy Support Weapon, is mounted on a stabilized, articulated arm affixed to his waist, just like the M56 Smartgun used by Vasquez in Aliens.
Rico, Hooper and Sev seem to understand the Helghast alphabet. As elite special forces, it is likely they studied the language before taking part in the invasion of Helghan. Their knowledge was likely bolstered during the six months they spent surviving on the planet following the ISA's failed evacuation.
In the E3 demo of Killzone 3, Rico appears to be much slimmer than in Killzone 2, likely due to the lack of food.
Rico is the longest living playable character.
He has appeared in all games except Killzone Mercenary, including Shadow Fall (in a collectible).
Rico is voiced by Tom Clarke Hill in Killzone and Killzone: Liberation. In Killzone 2 and Killzone 3 he is voiced by Charles Everett.
Rico's face was modeled by former Guerrilla Games artist, Nasier Abdoel.
His ISA serial number is 021-332-4130-55.
Although it is understood that, canonically, Templar is the one who confronted Adams, it is possible for Rico to do it if the player is playing as him.
In a trailer, Rico has the Guerrilla Games logo on his left shoulder.
Rico started out as an Asian character during development.