Suit up Ghosts, we’re heading back out.
I enjoy a good map pack as much as anybody else, but I what I really love is when a developer releases new story or campaign missions as DLC instead. In my opinion, it’s not something that happens often enough when it comes to Shooters, so it was great to hear that Raven Strike, the second DLC installment for Ghost Recon Future Soldier, would include new campaign missions. Let’s take a look at what we get.
What You Get
There are three new Campaign missions, which you can play Solo or Cooperatively, in the Raven Strike DLC: Secure Dawn, Cold Walker and Argent Thunder. First up is Secure Dawn, which takes place in the swamps of Kazakhstan where Ghost Team Hunter have been deployed to rescue a Russian General that has been taken hostage by Raven’s Rock. During this level you won’t have access to any of the advanced technology such as Optical Camouflage, Sensor Grenades or Drones, so you’ll have to rely on your squad and night vision to complete this mission.
The second mission, Cold Walker, is all about stealth since no alerts are allowed for the majority of the level but luckily all of that advanced tech is back. It’s basically a long series of sync shots, but with groups of enemies so close to each other and two helicopters circling overhead, it requires a lot of patience to wait for your targets to be in the right spot before taking your shot. The last part of the mission is up to you as you can sneak around and silently clear out the train yard, or just go in full blast and have a good old-fashioned gun fight.
The last mission, Argent Thunder, takes place in downtown Moscow where classified Russian intelligence data has been stolen and Team Hunter has been sent in to retrieve it, and take out some high value Raven’s Rock targets as well, before the Russians can recover it. The city atmosphere in Argent Thunder is a nice change of pace from the swamps in Secure Dawn and the country side train yard in Cold Walker. Overall I really enjoyed all three missions and can’t wait for the next round of them.
Fans of Guerilla mode will be happy to know that Raven Strike also includes Sawmill, a new map set, well, in a sawmill. It’s a fairly large and foggy map which adds another layer of difficulty, but overall Sawmill is a nice addition to this great co-op friendly mode.
The content in Raven Strike is great and fans of GRFS will be satisfied with every minute of it. The other important thing when it comes to DLC is the price and in the case of Raven Strike, I think this price is right based on the amount and length of the content. I’d rather pay $10 for a few solid campaign missions than a few maps any day of the week.
Price: 800 MS Points ($10)
Release Date: September 11th, 2012 on Xbox 360 and PS3, TBA on PC