GRAW2 Feature Spotlight Part 2 - Cooperative Multiplayer and Weapons

You're not just an army of one in GRAW2, and we got a chance to check out some of the cool new cooperative multiplayer modes and weapons that you can play with.

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In Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, you'll once again get to play as Captain Scott Mitchell of the US Army's elite (and fictional) 5th Special Forces Group, otherwise known as the Ghosts. However, that's just the single-player part of the game. Like its predecessor, GRAW2 will feature a robust multiplayer suite. We've already covered the competitive multiplayer modes, but now we can talk about the game's cooperative multiplayer gameplay, which lets you play with up to 15 other players as you battle computer-controlled opponents together.

It's good to play together in GRAW2, especially when you can count on your buddies to watch your back.

GRAW2's multiplayer suite is impressive in its sheer size and variety. Because you can customize the game modes and victory conditions, there are hundreds of different combinations that you can participate in online. At its heart, though, will certainly be the six-mission co-op campaign. While the single-player campaign has you fighting as Mitchell in the El Paso, Texas, area, the multiplayer co-op campaign will have you fighting as a member of a separate detachment of Ghosts in Panama. The co-op campaign ties into the single-player campaign, because whoever is funding the Mexican Army rebels is in Panama, and it'll be up to you and your fellow soldiers to put a halt to it.

One of the cool new features in GRAW2 is the introduction of dynamic objectives. These are basically secondary objectives that can make the missions easier or harder depending on whether you attempt to accomplish them. For instance, in one mission there may be two radio towers that need to be destroyed. If one goes down, the other will transmit a cry for help and enemy reinforcements will appear. So the way to avoid this is to take both down simultaneously, but that will require a considerable amount of teamwork and coordination on your part to do so. In another mission, you can make your life a lot easier by stealthily destroying a fuel tank to create a diversion. However, if you're detected or you engage the enemy and make your presence known before that happens, you'll have to deal with a lot more enemy soldiers.

Aside from the co-op campaign, there's no shortage of customizable co-op games that you can set up and play. For instance, you can set up a defend game where your team has to defend a number of zones on a map from waves of attackers. You can adjust the victory conditions so that you lose if the attackers overrun a single zone, or you can make it so the attackers have to overrun multiple zones. In a stealth-recon game, your job will be to enter a series of zones on the map that are guarded, but the twist is that you have to do so without alerting the enemy. If an enemy detects you, you'll have 30 seconds to eliminate the threat before an alarm is raised. This means that you'll want to rely on silenced weapons and leave the grenades and unsuppressed (nonsilenced) weapons behind, because if you make too much noise killing one enemy, the rest will hear you and it's game over. If you want a silly time online, you can set up a helo hunt, which basically pits your team against an endless swarm of helicopters. This can be brutal considering how hard it is to hit a moving helicopter, not to mention the incredible amount of firepower that the helicopters can unleash on you. But there's also something strangely hilarious about you and your team running around with rocket launchers and shooting at a sky full of hovering choppers.

While you can play any mode with an infinite number of respawns, the challenge will be when you try and play with no respawns. Indeed, while there will be plenty of achievements in the cooperative multiplayer mode, you can't unlock them unless you're playing with respawns turned off. But that makes sense, because where's the challenge otherwise?

One of the great things about multiplayer, of course, is the sheer number of weapons that you can select from. There's a staggering 62 weapons in GRAW2, which means that each of the game's four classes (rifleman, marksman, grenadier, and automatic gunner) have a diverse arsenal to choose from. And some of the new weapons in GRAW2 are going to be very popular. We managed to rack up an impressive 27-0 kill score with the new suppressed 50 caliber sniper rifle. Since it's suppressed, it doesn't make anywhere near as much noise as the regular sniper rifles, which means that you can use it in stealthy situations. The downside is that it does less damage because it has to use a subsonic round (the tiny sonic boom created by regular bullets would defeat the purpose of a silenced weapon). Still, if enemies can't figure out where you're sniping from, you can easily unload two or three subsonic rounds into them.

The co-op levels are large and have plenty of indoor and outdoor environments to fight in.

Another one of our favorite new weapons is the six-shot grenade launcher. While it's undoubtedly going to cause a lot of grumbles in competitive multiplayer, there's nothing quite like being able to unleash a rapid stream of grenades onto the target. Since enemy soldiers like to move around in groups, you can easily clear the area of hostiles. And the grenade launcher is pretty handy against light vehicles, as well. The downside to the grenade launcher is...well, there aren't that many. It's pretty much useless for close-in enemies, since you'll likely take yourself out in the process of taking them out. Then there's the fact that ammunition for it is fairly limited, though you can resupply at various crates throughout a level.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of a co-op game, as you're running along with a pack of your fellow players, all loaded for bear and ready to take out anything in your way. Teamwork and coordination is easy thanks to voice chat, but some of the new GRAW2 single-player enhancements also show up in multiplayer. For instance, you can select any of your teammates and get a full-screen view of what they're seeing by simply holding down the right bumper on the Xbox 360 controller. Or, you can take control of the aerial drone, get a full-screen feed of its video output, and pilot it around the map to detect enemies. Meanwhile, if a teammate goes down but isn't killed outright, you can patch them up by running up and healing them. This is a good way to foster teamwork, since you don't want to be all by yourself if you're shot. If someone doesn't get to you in time, you're a goner. GRAW2's co-op is a load of fun, and it'll certainly be one of the most popular features of the game when it ships next month.

Discussion

48 comments
Noodleman123
Noodleman123

I cant wait, hopefully ill be gettin it this sunday, yayayayayay it looks so good but i think that gamespot may have underated it.

Delta_5_1
Delta_5_1

SOCOM did go down hill...that was a shame. I guess with the NG consoles out, the development teams give a crap level bottomed out. At least GRAW2 looks promising!!!

SNIPER-CAZ
SNIPER-CAZ

This game will be my next favourit tatical shooter next to Socom. Socom really let me down with there last two games Socom3 and Combined assault. What ever happened to the franchise?

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Go download the Multiplayer demo if you're not convinced by the videos.

Isakovic
Isakovic

Canadian Game To The Canadians First!!! Dammit!

Obzy77
Obzy77

Looks amazing. Am looking forward to something that makes the wait for the Halo 3 beta a bit easier :)

mac24
mac24

A good game based on a fictional US Army Spec Ops team and developed by the...FRENCH!! Oh, the irony!!

Groovay_Dude
Groovay_Dude

GRAW2 is just looking better and better...

jknight5422
jknight5422

I played the demo & this game is definitely something worth having on its release.

Isakovic
Isakovic

I've played the multiplayer demo and I must say I am impressed. AI is harder, there is more weapons, better accuracy, better sounds, graphics improved, new multiplayer options... Only one thing what I am asking for would be more multiplayer missions maps. That's it, you hear me Santa... I WANT MO' MAPS!!!

slimezombie
slimezombie

HEY, I live in Ciudad Juárez, it will be nice (since you come back and forth from El Paso and Juarez) to see the big mexican flag that stands near the bridge of the Americas (puente de cordova). Though I have to admit that I would prefer to have the University which is right next to the bridge also, to shoot everyone...lol :P jk.

Moonfast
Moonfast

I love every GR-game ever realesed!

snoobo117
snoobo117

Every game is hyped up before it gets released

KAP_Bohica
KAP_Bohica

I just hope this game lives up to its hype.

BurningChrome
BurningChrome

I can't wait to see which weapon will be the new WHINE topic in the forums!! Ala XM26-MP7A1 in RS:V

ballaholic
ballaholic

I heard they had weapons of mass destruction in this game. But we probably would never find them anyway. Just like real life... I'm just glad the fixed the spawn camping issue from the last GRAW. I can't wait.

Isakovic
Isakovic

I heard there is going to be 50% more coop maps, I do hope so.

mattro11
mattro11

This game is gonna own!!!!!! I'm gonna play NUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............(apparently)

supercman
supercman

I AM BUYING THIS GAME THE DAY IT COMES OUT

skippington
skippington

All great and what not, but can I use cover? cover use in single player in graw was ok. cover use in multi was a joke.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

more coop games, i love coop games, hopefully it'll have a whole squadron to go on-line to tackle missions...that;ll be fun

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Played the demo, and I was really impressed. Bullet trails are so cool to see. But other than that, everything owned really well, although the level that iI was playing on wasn't really the best of levels, I still say it is quite an improvement from the first one.

Deagler_
Deagler_

no cover system in multiplayer.. So basically its Last gen gameplay aka Ghost Recon 2.

DrWookie
DrWookie

Can you have a guest online with splitscreen to do all this fabulous coop?

ztron370
ztron370

I didn't have a 360 when this game came out so I was late to the war.This time I want let my team down.

Rent-Boy
Rent-Boy

This game is going to rock

Sig12047
Sig12047

All of Ubisoft's games start in Central America or the Texas region. Are they in love with deserts or something?

NextGenNow
NextGenNow

what monster noob said that about .50 sniper rifles? lol silencer?!?!

SNIPER-CAZ
SNIPER-CAZ

A .50 calibre rifle silenced kind of defeats the purpose of a power rifle. And besides if it is silence it would still make a pretty noticeable sound plus it would only take 1 shot to kill considering in the last game a silenced sniper rifle with 7.62 round of ammunition would take 2 shots to kill. To very different round of ammo but the same affect? come on Tom clancy!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Game looks nice but I need to finish the first one first.

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

Another Ghost Recon winner. So excited over this.

7Ezra7
7Ezra7

Bad*** I cannot wait.

Inde_
Inde_

I am starting to like this game.

shadow8787
shadow8787

is the demo for xbox live silver membership yet?

marsslayer
marsslayer

I'm not sure if this game is going to be any good i didn't like the first graw.

anders925
anders925

why cant they give us real co-op like gears or crackdown