This time, the multinational team of US marines has to insert into an area held by the radical Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star, take out a generator feeding electricity to the local broadcast tower, proceed to a nearby city and take out two APCs, serving as mobile headquarters for the insurgents, and assassinate two insurgent leaders, disguised as civilians.
Group Leader Sekundaari (callsign: "Sniperman"): "God damn jackpot"
Heavy Gunner bucaneer (callsign: "bucaneer" ): "It's your turret that's getting stuck"
Marksman Someone (callsign: "GAME"): "The blastwave is huge"
Rifleman Manny (callsign: "total expert"): "I don't know what it looks like"
...as well as nine brave bots.
We start out in a small base a dozen kilometers away from the target zone, sort out our gear (I take the M24 sniper rifle and a Javelin guided AT missile system) and board the choppers.
After a short flight at minimum height, we are inserted in a field to the east of our targets: the town of Zelenogorsk and the radio station on a hill overlooking it.
The transport choppers lift off (only to have their rotors get caught in power lines and land again) and we move into the woods surrounding the hill. We fight the patrols drawn to the noise of our insertion, get into the woods and end up caught on the road to the radio tower, between the soldiers defending it and reinforcements that have just rolled in on a truck, supported by an APC and a T-72 tank. We snipe the soldiers trying to leave the cover of trees and cross the road, the bots draw enemy fire (and destroy the T-72 somewhere along the way) and, before long, clear the hill of hostile presence and blow up the tower's power source, completing the first objective of the mission. A transport chopper drops in enemy reinforcements, but we quickly deal with them and move down the hill and closer to Zelenogorsk, dealing with stragglers along the way.
|Trukkie the Ammo Truck in his natural habitat|
|See the Vodnik? Well it's here|
Not having much success in the open, bucaneer and I try to advance through a small patch of trees southeast of town, while Sekundaari remembers that we were given clearance to call in artillery and tries to figure out the proper targeting procedure.
|Me and bucaneer, on the lookout for hostile schoolteachers|
Meanwhile, Sekundaari manages to score a hit through the small frame of Vodnik's unarmored windshield and kill the driver, taking the vehicle to himself, and failing to inform us about it until it's too late. He tries to get to the warehouse complex we've been denied access to by bloodthirsty guerillas, and take the two unoccupied T-90 tanks we've spotted there to help us secure the city, but the tanks end up being inexplicably locked and he gets killed by a stray rifleman before he can drive away the trophy APC.
Meanwhile, as our increasingly unsuccessful encounters with guerillas bring me down to my last life, Manny joins the server and makes the encounters slightly more successful. Before long, we manage to get past the woods and into the warehouse complex, which also hides the stolen LAV-25 APC - one of the mission objectives. It takes 5 satchel charges to destroy, all the while defending against incoming infantry.
Having lost all my extra lives, I try to keep a low profile and not get killed by infantrymen, before deciding to hide in the armored turret of the captured APC, which we retrieved and parked in the warehouse complex. bucaneer hops behind the steering wheel, but gets stagefright after I compliment his driving, and runs away, leaving me completely immobile. Luckily, Manny is there to do what
|I'm about to find out how explosive rounds affect BTRs|
I repeatedly pester Sekundaari for targeting orders and rain explosive ordinance on howitzer operators, enemy troops and APCs, while the whole town turns into an explosives festival. We search for the remaining targets - the rebel leaders and a mobile HQ. The search starts to drag on, as the male leader goes down in one of the skirmishes, I blow up the HQ and we start sweeping the village for the elusive final objective - the female leader only known as 'Svetlana'. Me and Manny deal with the remaining enemy forces concentrated around another warehouse complex a small distance away from the town, while Sekundaari gets bored, takes over one of the now-vacant howitzers and levels half of Zelenogorsk in a desperate bid to flush out the target. We deal with a few more howitzers and MGs at the warehouse when I run out of explosive shells and our lightly-armored vehicle takes several rounds from a grenade launcher hidden somewhere amid the warehouses. Manny retreats the vehicle behind a concrete fence surrounding the complex, drives close to the launcher position and rams down a hole in the fence, preparing to take the operator out, when I notice a blonde civilian woman hiding in the corner, crouching in fear, hesitate for a moment, but remember that Sekundaari asked about the target's hair and gun her down, completing the final task of the mission and showing the endmission screen, rendering our vehicle paralyzed and unable to return fire from the proverbial grenade launcher, which blows us up. Nevertheless - Mission Accomplished!
|Last moments of the target's (and my) life|