Date: May 23,
All Enemy Units (32 total)
The great thing about these
games is there are an infinite amount of possibilities
to accomplish the tasks. Of course some methods are better
than others and the following walk-thru presents one
solution that I used that worked quite well.
Upon commencing Operation Flame Pillar,
the Ghosts find themselves with a fair amount of resistance
between their current position and the refinery. While
not overly difficult to eliminate, this band of hostile
soldiers can be challenging as they will often take cover
behind the rocky terrain and are even capable of some
long range shots. The armed jeep that arrives to reinforce
their position also offers a bit of an obstacle, as it
zips into the area ready to wreck havoc on any unsuspecting
To minimize exposure to the enemy,
Alpha and Bravo Teams maintained position near the insertion
zone and Charlie Team headed to the western side of the
map using recon/advance ROE. (If you don't use Recon,
your AI teammate might get trigger happy and fire off
a few rounds, which usually leaves you in an unfavorable
position, so I recommend Recon until you're in position).
Once in a good prone position with protection afforded
by the rocky terrain and a good field of view, Charlie
Team engaged the soldiers. Within the first second or
two, three soldiers were down with the rest running for
cover behind the rocks. At this point, ROE was switched
to assault. Charlie Team maintained position and let
the enemy come to them. It didn't take long before the
enemy soldiers appeared from behind the rocks, but were
quickly dispatched by the prone snipers of Charlie Team.
Shortly after this initial encounter, the armed jeep
arrived on scene. A Charlie Team Sniper quickly disposed
of the gunner in the rear of the jeep, and once the vehicle
stopped and the driver got out, he too was eliminated.
Again the key to success in this
area, is distance and cover. After most of the forces
were eliminated, Bravo Team arrived on scene to mop up
the one or two stragglers that had taken cover. With
the area secured, Alpha Team proceeded North to the thin
mountain pass, Bravo Team proceed east along the ridge
line towards the refinery, and Charlie Team advanced
east of their position covering the openings leading
into the refinery.
Forces Encountered: 5-8
armed with AK-47's, one vehicle with machine gunner.
1. Eliminate Explosives Squad - Without
a doubt, this mission objective is the most critical
to accomplish due to the time constraints involved. While
there is ample time to perform the necessary task, the
Refinery is heavily defended, and if there is any significant
delay in dispatching the "Explosives Squad" member,
he will detonate his explosives and the mission will
be a failure. Obviously the way to prevent this from
happening is to take him out quickly. The Explosives
Squad Member is located in the central area of the map
near a rectangular structure that appears to be some
form of generator or similar piece of equipment.
While it is possible to make the
shot from outside the Refinery, there are a number of
soldiers that will ascend on your position once you have
been detected. They will also lob grenades, and do so
with cunning accuracy. I used the following tactic to
storm the refinery. The southern entrance to the Refinery
was created by some type of blast or explosive, as the
crater that remains provides some decent cover. Bravo
Team positioned themselves just outside the crater and
with a carefully aimed burst from the Demo's M4, the
Explosive Squad Member was eliminated. This resulted
in heavy enemy forces storming the area. Bravo Team took
position in the crater and held position, dispatching
enemies as they ran to assist their fallen comrades.
Once the bomber is out of the picture, time is no longer
critical, so Bravo Team held position. Surprisingly,
just when I thought the area was clear, shots would ring
out again and as another enemy soldier fell to the ground.
Bravo Team's (AI) Support team mate armed with the M249
did an excellent job covering the area. After a majority
of the hostile forces were removed, Charlie Team proceeded
through the other forced entrance into the side of the
Refinery. The key here is patience. Take your time. Don't
rush the enemy, let them rush you. Once the confines
of the refinery were checked clear, Charlie Team maneuvered
to the north and covered the entrance with an arc of
coverage to the west. Laying prone, with an Assault ROE
the team could cover the hillside. (One thing to note,
on some occasions another Jeep with machine gunner will
come down the hill while other times it stays at the
Depot. One variable to watch out for.)
Forces Encountered: 10-12
armed with AK-47's and grenades.
At this point, Objective One has
been accomplished. Alpha Team is still holding the mountain
pass to the west, Bravo Team has just cleared the Refinery
and Charlie Team has taken up sniping any targets out
the northern entrance of the refinery. Proceeding to
2. Rescue Captive Workers, Reach
Extraction Zone, Eliminate All Enemy Units - Essentially
these next three objectives all coincide with one another.
If all the enemy units are eliminated, then there is
no one left holding the workers captive, and there isn't
a need to reach the extraction zone. This is one of the
easier missions to eliminate all the enemy units, so
really the only concern is not doing anything that results
in injuring any of the captured workers. To scout the
area out, Alpha Team carefully proceeded up the mountain
pass. Once they reached the top of the pass, careful
observation revealed a manned machine gun nest.
If you're not careful, this gunner
will quickly make swiss cheese of you and your team.
If you proceed cautiously, you can catch the gunner,
or at least enough of him to take a shot before he even
thinks about squeezing the trigger. Once Alpha Team dispatched
the machine gunner, a number of grenade throwing enemy
soldiers started strafing the area. Alpha Team proceeded
back down the pass a short distance, covering the top
of the pass. These soldiers were easily eliminated once
they stepped into view. After the area was secured, Alpha
Team proceeded to the top of the pass, went prone and
covered the south side of the depot.
Forces Encountered: 4-6
armed with AK-47's and grenades, one machine gun nest.
The Refinery was secured, Charlie
Team snipers eliminated a few roving guards to the west
of their position. After several minutes of waiting for
more enemy contact, Charlie Team gave the all clear and
Bravo Team proceeded to the Depot to rendezvous with
Alpha Team for the assault on the Depot.
Forces Encountered: 3
armed with AK-47's.
At this point, Alpha Team is on the
south side of the depot, Bravo Team is proceeding to
the Depot and Charlie Team is holding up position in
the Refinery. Given that Bravo Team has the heavier firepower,
they proceed to lead the assault on the Depot. From a
safe distance away, it appears that the other vehicle
is parked at the Depot and two soldiers are in the back,
manning the machine gun. Bravo Team decides to lob a
grenade to clear the area. The grenade hits the metal
garage door that is halfway lowered and falls to the
ground, mere feet away from the vehicle.
Obviously within range, as the blast
drops both men in the vehicle. Using the confusion caused
by the grenade to their advantage, Bravo Team storms
the Depot through the partially opened garage door. A
lone soldier standing near the vehicle, still recovering
from the shock of the grenade, is quickly eliminated.
The captured workers are visible in a tiny room in the
northwestern corner of the Depot. Bravo Team Demolition
Soldier armed with his M4 carefully sweeps the area,
and eliminates the two remaining soldiers guarding the
hostages. All enemy units neutralized, accomplishing
the remaining objectives.
Forces Encountered: 5
armed with AK-47's.
Tips and Strategies
-Try and engage the enemy from as
far away as tactically feasible. The soldiers on this
map use grenades abundantly and the thing about grenades
is, they just have to be close.
-While its possible to shoot out
the tires on any of the vehicles, usually its best to
shoot the gunner first. The driver will keep driving
his route, and then stop and get out thereby giving you
enough time to chamber another round and sighting in
on him for the next shot. If you shoot the vehicle or
the driver first, and the gunner is in range, you've
just revealed your position to him and you risk the chance
of incoming fire.
-While clearing the Depot with grenades
is acceptable, be careful not to lob one too far in or
you may kill some of the hostages. Also, watch out for
the two soldiers guarding the hostages. Their opposing
position can make it difficult to encounter one without
leaving your side exposed. Proceed carefully.
-If you're new or struggling with
accomplishing this mission, use the available features
(like quick saving and/or threat sensor) to assist you
in your tactics, and also take a look at the screen shot
that shows the enemy placement.
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