|Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter|
|Genre:||First Person/Tactical Shooter|
|Platform:||Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360|
|Release date:|| March 7, 2006 (Xbox & Xbox 360)|
March 28th, 2006 (PlayStation 2)
May 5th, 2006 (Windows)
|Developer:||Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Shanghai, GRIN|
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (aka G.R.A.W.) is the third installment in the Ghost Recon series.
The game takes place over the course of three days in 2013, beginning in Mexico City. A US spy plane carrying Guardrail IX, a device capable of disrupting wireless communications, is shot down over Nicaragua. Intelligence discovers a plot to transfer the device to rebels in Mexico City and the Ghosts are sent in to retrieve it. One of the rebels is identified as Colonel Carlos Ontiveros, son of Mexican Gen Ontiveros who is a student of Bud, Mitchell's friend and a UH-60 pilot. The mission is aborted when a coup d'etat begins in Mexico City and the Ghosts are ordered to the capital immediately, where a summit involving US president Ballantine, an unnamed Canadian Prime Minister, and Mexican President Ruiz-Peña, who are signing the North American Joint Security Agreement (NAJSA), is taking place. The summit is attacked by Mexican revolutionaries who kill the Canadian Prime Minister and force the Presidents of the US and Mexico into hiding. Mitchell is sent to extract both leaders.
President Ballantine is safely evacuated to Air Force One but is unable to take off due to the danger of being shot down.President Ruiz-Peña is evacuated to the US Embassy in Mexico City where a bomb destroys the embassy, but the Ghosts fend off a massive onslaught long enough for help to arrive. Ruiz-Peña allows the US forces to fight the rebels and restore order. Mitchell is tasked with destroying artillery to open the road for an assault on Chapultepec, where 50 M1A2 Abrams tanks given to the Mexican government as part of NAJSA lie idle. He is later ordered to rescue the American advisory group who had been training the Mexicans in how to use them and "borrow" a few tanks.
The rebels use Guardrail IX to monitor US communications and a rebel special forces group called the Aguila 7 ambush the Ghosts protecting President Ballantine. Mitchell is ordered to rescue him, which is successful, but the Nuclear Football is stolen by the rebels and with the Guardrail IX, the rebels are able to control US ICBMs which cause China and Russia to ready their own.
Mitchell is ordered to retrieve the Guardrail IX and the Football, but only disables the Guardrail IX. His team is then ordered to clear several blockades in Mexico City to allow US tanks to pass. While being extracted, Major General Martin's Black Hawk Helicopter is shot down and Mitchell is ordered to defend him until he can be extracted. US forces then begin a final push towards the Zocalo Plaza where General Ontiveros is held up inside the Palacio Nacional.
Mitchell destroys the last pieces of the Guardrail IX before sneaking into the palace. General Ontiveros is there, captured while attempting to flee. Ontiveros manages to escape and hijacks Bud's Black Hawk, killing Bud in the process. He flies to the wrecked US embassy and begins transferring the codes for the US nuclear arsenal. Mitchell and his team raid the embassy, recover the football and kill Carlos. A retired US Army general who was opposed to the NAJSA is discovered to be the traitor within the US government that had been assisting Ontiveros and Aguila 7 in their activities.
Online multiplayer on the PC edition has both versus and co-op mode. Versus mode features 32 players, which is double that of the Xbox 360 version. The online co-op mode only supports up to 4 players maximum on Windows (the Xbox 360 version supports up to 16 co-op players).
For those with the Xbox 360 version, some new Xbox Live features are included. For the Xbox 360 version the co-operative campaign (which currently features 8 missions - 4 of which are now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace) and multiplayer maps are all set in Nicaragua as a follow-up to the Mexico City missions of the single player campaign.
- On June 22, Ubisoft released the Chapter 2 Downloadable Content for 1,200 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
- The price of 1,200 Points was later reduced to 600.
In the UK, a special Game of the Year edition was released in late 2006 containing a card enabling the player to obtain (for free) all the marketplace content, including the Chapter 2 download. The game is also budget priced.
The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions have some similar online game modes and can be played with up to 8 players.
Chapter 2 is downloadable content available online. It includes four co-op campaign maps, twelve multiplayer maps, game types and weapons.