Armed Assault

If you're happy to take orders and run with the other grunts, that's fine, but there are other exciting possibilities. Armed Assault enables you to flick between predetermined soldiers mid-mission - why not assault an enemy position as a regular trooper, then switch to a sniper to cover the next wave of allied attacks before zipping into the body of a tank-gunner to pursue the retreating enemy. And there are a number of vehicles to pilot, from tanks to missile-packing helicopters.

Between missions you'll have strategic choices to make about your next operation. Faced with having to either defend a city or invade an enemy camp, for example, you need to be aware of the consequences of your decision - if you destroy the camp, there will be fewer enemies to assault you in the city; but if you defend the city first, then you'll receive reinforcements while you attack the enemy camp.

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