SOCOM US Navy SEALs Tactical Strike
FAQ/Walkthrough V. 0.300
Written by: Freddonzolo

Sorry about the lack of ASCII art - I couldn't sit here for three hours trying
to make this game's logo. Feel free to send me some, though, and you'll get
full credit and I'll be very impressed. See the Contact section if you want to
take me up on that.


UPDATE HISTORY
12/30/07: V. 0.140: FAQ begins. Added Table of Contents, Disclaimer and Story
Introduction, Mission 1: Insurgence- Insertion Point A Walkthrough, Training
Guide, Contact, and Legal sections.
12/31/07: V. 0.142: Updated Story Missions Section with "Suggested Auxiliary
Equipment" element, added Thanks Section, and added an outline of all story
missions, so I can just add whatever goes in each field when I go through each
mission again.  (Also, I beat the game.)
01/03/08: V. 0.147: Updated Missions Section with more detailed Objectives
descriptions, added an Instant Action Mission section of the Table of Contents
and put it after the Mission Section in the FAQ itself. Also, NotePad was being
a royal pain in the ass, so I transferred the FAQ to Word (and spent the next
hour reformatting the text).
01/05/08: V. 0.201: Updated Weapons Guide, added Mission 2: Gone To Ground-
Insertion Point A Walkthrough.
01/17/08: V. 0.201: Added to list of sites allowed to host this FAQ (I’ll be
getting back to walkthrough-writing this weekend hopefully)
01/18/08: V. 0.202: Updated Controls Section.
03/08/08: V. 0.209: Updated Controls Section, added Mission Objectives,
Difficulty, and Suggested Auxiliary Equipment for Mission 3: Walkabout, and
started Mission 3: Walkabout- Insertion Point A Walkthrough (remains unfinished
at this point).
03/09/08: V. 0.210: Completed Mission 3: Walkabout- Insertion Point A
Walkthrough and updated the Weapons Guide.


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DISCLAIMER AND STORY INTRODUCTION: [000]

CONTROLS: [001]

STORY MISSIONS: [002]
     Mission 1: Insurgence [003]
                    Tutorial Walkthrough [003a]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [003b]
     Mission 2: Gone to Ground [004]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [004a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [004b]
     Mission 3: Walkabout [005]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [005a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [005b]
     Mission 4: House Call [006]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [006a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [006b]
     Mission 5: Double Cross [007]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [007a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [007b]
     Mission 6: Devil's Due [008]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [008a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [008b]
     Mission 7: Nowhere to Hide [009]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [009a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [009b]
     Mission 8: Diplomacy [010]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [010a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [010b]
     Mission 9: Eleventh Hour [011] (isn't that fitting?)
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [011a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [011b]

INSTANT ACTION MISSIONS [012]
     Insurgence Missions: [013]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [013a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [013b]
     Gone to Ground Missions: [014]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [014a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [014b]
     Walkabout Missions: [015]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [015a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [015b]
     House Call Missions: [016]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [016a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [016b]
     Double Cross Missions: [017]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [017a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [017b]
     Devil’s Due Missions: [018]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [018a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [018b]
     Nowhere to Hide Missions: [019]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [019a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [019b]
     Diplomacy Missions: [020]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [020a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [020b]
     Eleventh Hour Missions: [021]
                    Insertion Point A Walkthrough [021a]
                    Insertion Point B Walkthrough [021b]

TRAINING GUIDE: [022]

WEAPONS GUIDE: [023]

CONTACT: [024]

LEGAL: [025]

THANKS: [026]


Now, onto the show.


DISCLAIMER AND INTRODUCTION . . . [000]

DISCLAIMER:

Before you start playing this game, you should know that it's NOT like any
SOCOM game that's ever been on the PSP (there's a good chance that if you're
reading this you've probably played both of the PSP SOCOMs, but I just want to
say it anyway. It helps me sleep at night). I can't attest to the nature of the
console SOCOMs, because I've never played them, but if they're anything like
the two PSP SOCOMs, then Tactical Strike is completely different.
Stealth is what will complete a mission for you. If one person sees you and
starts shooting, at least two more people will come after you, sometimes more,
and sometimes from different directions, including your flanks. Cover and
stealth are your best friends.
In summation, if you're thinking "Yeah, he says stealth's important, but they
say that in all the SOCOM games and even if you don't keep stealth you can
still easily beat the mission," then you're in for an extremely rude awakening.


STORY INTRODUCTION: (Note: This is for the SEAL version of the story, as I
haven't played the game as any of the other countries' Special Forces teams)

The precise year is unknown, but some time has definitely passed since the
operations in Combined Assault and Fireteam Bravo 2, as is evident by the fact
that Wraith, formerly a member of Fireteam Bravo under Commander Sandman, is
now a Commander himself. But to the story.
The US Ambassador to Panama is enjoying a discussion with the Panamanian
Interior Minister in the Minister's office in Panama, about, of all things,
insurgency in Panama, when a group of La Mano Los Gente (literally Spanish for
"the Hand the People," but it should be La Mano de Los Gente, which would be
"the Hand of the People") insurgents busts in and takes them both prisoner.
Special Operations Command (SOCOM) immediately activates your SEAL fireteam and
you're sent to Panama to get back the Panamanian Interior Minister and our own
Ambassador.


CONTROLS . . . [001]
While the in-game Options Menu (located on the Main Menu) and the game manual
that comes with the game both have a very good list of the main controls, there
isn’t much about using the controls in concert with one another, or commands,
so that’s what I’ll put here.
The following is a list of commands that I’ve found useful, what they do, the
reasons why I found them useful, and how to implement them.

1. The “On Signal,” or as I call it, the “On My Command” action, is the one of
the most useful things you can do. It allows you to assign an action to the
whole team, Able or Bravo, or an individual SEAL, and then have them take that
action whenever you want them to, at your own discretion. It’s invaluable for
moving either squad past an area where a patrolling enemy might see them, but
they can’t see the enemy or know where he is until they’re potentially in his
sight. Using this, you could position one squad somewhere where they could see
this patrolling enemy, and know when his back was turned, and then send the
other squad safely. To do the “On Signal,” you must first know what action
you’re going to take. The actions that are compatible with the “On Signal” are
as follows: Moving (all types), using your gun (field of fire, single target,
etc.), knifing, sniping, throwing grenades, performing jobs (hacking, picking
locks, etc.), breaching doors (all types), collecting Intel, telling escortees
what to do (tell them to bypass security, etc.), reviving fallen allies, and
breaking windows. To my knowledge, the only time you CAN’T use the “On Signal”
is when you’re using a Medpack. A good rule of thumb is this: UNLESS it’s a
Medpack, if you have to hold X, Circle, Triangle, or Square to bring up the
action you’re about to do, you can do the “On Signal” with it. Once you know
what action to take, highlight it, then move over to the little lightning bolt
to the right of the action, and release whatever button got you to that menu.
Now you can switch to either the other team or the other teammate (i.e. Able to
Bravo or Wraith to Bronco), and all you have to do is tap X and whatever action
that you set up will be done.
2. The Double-Knife is a very useful technique that comes from the “On Signal.”
There will be times when you will have your whole team behind cover, close
enough to knife two guards that have their backs to you. The Double-Knife not
only is quick, but it looks badass too. Select the team closest to the first
enemy, then hold X to bring up the Attack Menu, highlight “Stealth Kill”, move
right to the lightning bolt, and release X. Do the same with the other team,
and then switch back to the first team, make sure the reticle is NOT on an
enemy or interact-able object, and tap X to send one SEAL from each team out to
knife the two enemies.
3. The Throw and Mow is also a very useful technique that, like the Double-
Knife, stems from the “On Signal.” Part of being successful in this game is
knowing when you’re overwhelmed. Yes, these are highly skilled spec-ops
soldiers, but when faced with an area with ten or more enemies, you have to
know that you’re going to need a strategy. This is where the Throw and Mow
comes in. What you do is hold Square to bring up the Inventory menu, and select
the HE, position the throw how you want it, move to the lightning bolt and
release Square. Then, switch to the other team and hold X to bring up the
Attack menu, choose Field of Fire, set the field where you want, move to the
lightning bolt and release X. Then, switch back to the first team and tap X to
have them throw the HE, while the other team mows the enemies down. Best done
with the enemies sandwiched in between the two teams, so while the enemies
retreat from the grenade blast, they’re flanked by the other team.

I remember there were a few more, but I’ll have to play through again to find
out where I used them and what they were.


STORY MISSIONS . . . [002]
The way this section will be laid out is as follows:
1. List of mission objectives. Primary Objectives will be in ALL CAPS,
   Secondary Objectives in normal type, and Bonus Objectives will have
   (BONUS!) before their names in the list. If objectives are added
   during the mission, they will have (!) before their names in the
   list, and if objectives are subtracted or change in priority (i.e.
   Primary Objective changes to a Secondary Objective), they will have
   (E) for Eliminated, or (D) for demoted, respectively, before their
   names in the list.
2. Difficulty on a 1-10 scale, 1 being "I could do this asleep and
   upside-down with one hand in a cast" and 10 being "What in ****'s
   name were the developers thinking!?" As a note, I’m writing a walkthrough
   for all the missions on the Lieutenant difficulty level.
3. Suggested Auxiliary Equipment for the whole team (meaning everything
   BUT which guns to bring, because it really doesn't matter much in
   the long run).
4. Mission Walkthrough for Insertion Point A.
5. Mission Walkthrough for Insertion Point B (most likely, this will be
   the same as Insertion Point A's walkthrough after reaching a common
   area, so I'll just say "refer to Insertion Point A's walkthrough
   above for the rest" once this common area is reached).
6. My Mission Stats from that particular run-through, and my personal
   best time next to it in parentheses (not to show off, but to show how much
   easier the game gets once you've grasped the basics, you’ve upgraded your
   SEALs' attributes - each best time will be a run-through with SEALS that
   have completed their training 100% - and you’re going through the mission
   without writing down every move you make to create a walkthrough.)

Whenever you have to move your team as two separate units instead of as a whole
team, I’m going to default to moving Able first (assuming there isn’t an
escortee with Able). Obviously, it doesn’t matter which team you move first,
but it saves me time, because I don’t have to keep alternating, or say “move
one team,” I can just say “move Able” which also saves me typing one letter, as
“Able” is one letter shorter than “Bravo.” That said, if one team is more
injured than the other, send the non-injured team ahead always. If the non-
injured team is escorting someone, put the reticle over the escortee, press X,
switch to the injured team, put the reticle over the escortee again, and press
X again. This way, the injured team will be escorting, allowing the non-injured
team to scout ahead for enemies without the risk of three or four shots killing
them both because their health is so low.
Also, I'd just like to point out that each mission walkthrough that follows
assumes that whatever you've done up to the action you're taking now has been
done in complete stealth. I have no idea how things change with regards to
enemy placement and number after stealth is breached past the point I breached
it myself playing through for the first time, which I'll do my absolute
damnedest to keep as low as possible while I go through the game again to write
this guide, to keep things fair. That said, if you do get into a firefight, the
walkthrough will still tell you where to go and what to do, but any and all
references to enemy placement, number, and patrol patterns will go out the
window.

Now, to the missions.


MISSION 1: INSURGENCE . . . [003]

Objectives:
(E) LOCATE THE AMBASSADOR
(!) SECURE HOSTAGES
(!) INFILTRATE WAREHOUSE
(!) SECURE THE WAREHOUSE
(!) EXTRACT PSF AGENT SANTOS
(!) Collect Intel - Shipping Manifest
(!) (BONUS!) Collect Intel - Map

Difficulty:
2. Maintaining stealth may be difficult at some points the first time through,
but you shouldn't have much trouble with this mission. After all, it IS the
first mission.

Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:
None really, besides a medpack for each person. If you're having trouble
maintaining stealth, have one person on each team not bring a Medpack and bring
a set of AN M8 Smoke Grenades instead. I can't remember how many inventory
slots you have available when you first start the campaign, and I'm not about
to restart mine to find out, so if you just got the game and can tell me how
many auxiliary inventory slots you have, or if you remember off the top of your
head, shoot me an email and tell me, and I'll credit you as such.
Oh, and I find that a Red Dot Scope on all guns (primaries and secondaries,
except for Wraith's sniper rifle) makes them slightly more accurate. Even with
maxed-out Marksmanship and Weapon Skill, the SEALs DO miss (again, with the
exception of Wraith's sniping - if you've maxed out Marksmanship and Sniping
Skill, he CAN'T MISS if there's a clear shot). I'd very much advise against the
Rifle Laser, however; not only will it be absolutely useless to you unless
you're on a night operation (and there's all of three night ops in the entire
game), but it will give away your position if an enemy sees it.
So, Wraith: Sniper Rounds first, and if you can, the rest Medpacks.
Bronco: If Wraith can only hold Sniper Rounds, Medpacks; if not, AN M8
Kahuna: Medpacks or AN M8
Aztec: Whichever Kahuna doesn’t have.

Tutorial Walkthrough: [003a]
I will not be including a Tutorial walkthrough, because that would be like
giving a "walkthrough" walkthrough, which makes no sense. Follow the prompts
the game gives you and do what it says when it says and you'll get through the
mission.

Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [003b]
Move Able to the third car in the line (a white one on the right side of the
street (Note: Unless otherwise stated, every movement is to be done with
stealth). If you want a good teamwork score, after you drop the skimmer and
place it at the back of the car, hold Circle so the Movement Menu comes up, and
press right to get on the little lightning bolt. Then, switch to Bravo and
press X. This will make Bravo tell Able to move. A good rule of thumb for
getting an A in teamwork is to do this as much as possible; ten or so times
will get you an A about 99% of the time, and every time you do it after that
just gets you more CE to unlock weapons. And the great thing is, it can be done
with pretty much any action (the only exception is using a medpack, I think).
Anyway, keep Bravo one car behind Able (i.e. when Able leaves one, Bravo takes
its place), until Able is behind a green car. Ahead, there is a sort of wagon
made of wood, a white truck, and a pacing La Mano insurgent. Select Wraith and
snipe this guy (you can do the "On my command" trick here if you want to try it
again. However, if you do use that, make sure when you press X you're not
aiming at any enemy, or else you'll start shooting instead of giving the go-
command, which has forced me to start over many a mission because of total loss
of stealth.)
Once he's taken out, move Able forward to a second wagon, and Bravo to behind
the white truck. Two enemies will approach from ahead. Time to knife some
fools. One of them will almost always be walking slightly ahead of the other -
for me, it's usually the guy on my right - so when the patrol route is
finished, he stops first, then the other guy. Then the first guy turns around
to start back, and then the second guy does. While you're waiting for
the second guy to turn around, put your reticle over him and hold X until the
Attack Menu comes up. Choose "Stealth Kill" and move over to the lightning
bolt, and let go of X. Now hit L to switch to Bronco and wait until the second
guy turns around before pressing X - MAKE SURE YOUR RETICLE IS NOT ON EITHER
ENEMY! As soon as you press X, press L again to get back to Wraith. As he's
sneaking up behind the enemy, put your reticle on the other enemy, hold X, and
select "Stealth Kill" but don't release X until you've stabbed the first enemy.
As soon as you release X to have Wraith kill the second enemy, turn your
reticle around and drop the skimmer, putting it behind the grayish car ahead of
the wagon thing that Bronco is hiding behind. As soon as the enemy is killed,
confirm the move and watch as two more enemies come patrolling, somehow not
noticing the dead bodies of their fellow La Mano insurgents, sprawled on the
street. They'll stop, then turn and go back to the right, around the corner of
the building and out of sight. As soon as they're out of sight, send Able to
the brownish car ahead, and bring Bravo to the car that Able just vacated.
Wow, we've been here before, haven't we? Time to knife these guys, same as you
did the last time. This time (for me, at least), it's the guy on the left who's
the fast one, so first take down the guy on the right (unless it's not the same
for you).
As soon as you release X to have Wraith knife the second enemy, drop the
skimmer and put it behind the grayish car in front of where Bronco currently
is. After the enemy is dead, confirm the move. There's another enemy ahead.
While his positioning qualifies him as a sniper, I don't think he has a weapon
(I couldn't see one, anyway). Select Wraith and snipe him (he's smoking, so
you're just saving him the pain and financial burden of cancer). Now select the
whole team (hold R), and move them down to the gates ahead. It's going to take
two trips, because you can only extend the skimmer so far from your current
position, but no worries, it gives you another chance to use the "On my
command" action. Once you're at the gate (denoted by Navpoint Echo), have
someone pick the lock. If this is your first time through this mission, it
doesn't matter who does it; they all equally suck at lock picking so it'll take
the same amount of time for all of them (about 10 seconds, but you can cut that
in half or more with the proper training - see the Training Guide, below).
Once the lock's been picked open, select the whole team and put them close to
the door. Point the reticle at the door and hold X to bring up the Action Menu,
and choose "Breach with Stealth." As soon as it's executed, the team will take
cover. Ahead, there are two La Mano insurgents with their backs to you (God
knows why they're looking AWAY from the door, but whatever).
Now we can do something fun. Able and Bravo's respective members stand next to
each other behind cover, two on the right edge of the cover, two on the left.
Take control of whoever's on the right and put the reticle over the enemy on
the right. Hold X and bring up the Attack Menu, select "Stealth Kill" and move
onto the lightning bolt before releasing X. Now, switch to the other team and
do the same thing with the other enemy. Switch back to the first team, point
the reticle somewhere other than either enemy, and press X. This will send
Wraith and Kahuna out from behind cover to simultaneously knife the two
enemies. Pretty badass.
Now select the whole team and move them down the ramp and to the door slightly
to the left. Breach this door with stealth. There are two enemies out here: one
pacing back and forth on a very short route on the other side of some boxes up
north, and a stationary one to the west behind some more boxes. Keep Able where
they are for now - you'll see why later. Move Bravo west behind the stacked
crates, so that the orange dot on the radar before you confirm the move is as
close to the stationary enemy as possible, but still behind the crates. You
need to be able to put your reticle on him from a covered position.
Once the move is complete, put your reticle over him and bring up the Attack
Menu, select "Stealth Kill" and put on the lightning bolt. Switch back to Able
and watch the patrolling guard up ahead for two complete laps of his patrol
route, or until you know exactly where and when he turns his back on the
stationary guard. Wait until a second and a half before that point, then press
X to send Kahuna to knife the stationary enemy. I'm not sure the patrolling
guard can see you at all, but I never took the chance.
Now move Able behind the boxes on the other side of which the guard is
patrolling. This may not be possible the first time through due to the low
stealth attributes everyone has, so if you feel safer, snipe him from where you
hid after breaching the door, then move Able up to the boxes ahead. If you
didn't snipe him, wait until a second before his back turns and knife him too.
Move Bravo first to where Able is, then to the stack of crates to the north. On
the radar, it looks like an arrowhead, with a rectangle on the left, a square
forming the point, and another rectangle on the right - this last one is the
stack I'm referring to.
Just before you reach the crates, two La Mano insurgents will come running out
of God knows where and take up positions behind the two boxes ahead - THEY KNOW
YOU'RE IN THE AREA, BUT HAVE NO IDEA EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE SO DON'T SHOOT THEM!
Switch back to Able and have Wraith snipe the one on the right, because he's
sticking his head out. There was one time I played through where he wasn't
snipe-able from Able's position, so if that's the case, move Able back to where
you hid after you breached the door and the enemy should be snipe-able.
About two seconds after his buddy gets capped, the second enemy rushes over to
investigate. Snipe him too, then bring Able up to where Bravo is. There are two
enemies behind that window up ahead to the northeast, but for some strange
reason, they can't see you.
Now there's a couple ways of handling this next part. First of all, you're
going to need at least one team to go to the Objective Star to the east. It
doesn't matter which one. From here, have them Breach with Stealth. There are
two guards, again, with their backs to you. Common sense is not a strong suit
for La Mano, apparently. Kill them both however you please, just keep it quiet.
Now here's where the decision comes into play. Through the door to the left of
where those guards were standing is the room you saw the two guards in through
the window outside. You can either have all four men breach the room (I'd
suggest Breach with Frag in this case), or you can have two breach and two stay
outside and shoot through the window, or two breach and two come inside and
around the corner, where there's another window, and do the same. It's really
up to you, because the two guys are outnumbered, outgunned, and outskilled, so
the firefight should be short, and they can raise all the hell they want to,
but no one's coming to their aid regardless, so deal with them however you
want. Once they're eliminated, take the Intel laptop on the desk, completing
Secondary Objective "Collect Intel - Shipping Manifest".
Leave the room and head north towards the Objective Star. Around the corner are
some boxes, take cover behind those. Quickly select Wraith and snipe those two
La Mano insurgents ahead, then run in and revive the Panamanian Security Forces
Agent on the ground before he dies. Once the two enemies are down, Primary
Objectives "SECURE HOSTAGES", "INFILTRATE WAREHOUSE" and "SECURE THE WAREHOUSE"
are complete, and a new Primary Objective is added, "EXTRACT PSF AGENT SANTOS,"
once you've revived him.
You're now escorting Agent Santos, and if you put your reticle over him,
pressing X will either make him stay put or follow you, depending on what he's
already doing.
Select the whole team and send them west up the ramp and put them behind the
boxes directly in front of the metal bridge/catwalk that leads across the
warehouse to another room, with another enemy inside. Send whichever team ISN'T
escorting Agent Santos across the bridge/catwalk to outside that room. Once
again, there are a few ways to play this next move. One, if you're feeling
stealthy, you can Breach with Stealth on the door and knife the guy. Or, if
you're feeling more badass, you can break the windows and shoot him, or Breach
and Clear, or if you're really twisted Breach with Frag. No matter how you kill
him, after he's dead, grab the Intel map on the desk, completing the Bonus
Objective: "Collect Intel - Map". Regroup with Able, either by manually
dropping the skimmer and moving over there, or by switching to Able, holding
Triangle, and selecting "Regroup Fireteam." The latter is a bit faster, as
Bravo will run over to Able as opposed to moving with stealth. Usually I don't
recommend using "Regroup Fireteam" for that reason, but as you've just cleared
the warehouse of all threats, nobody's going to see or hear you, so why waste
time? Once the team has regrouped, select the whole team and move them to the
doors to the west. Have someone hack the door on the right, and eventually it
will open. At this stage, I say do the door on the right, because that leads
directly to cover, unlike the door on the left, and since your stealth
attributes are likely to be pretty low if this is your first time playing
through, you're going to want to maintain a low profile as long as you can.
Select whoever's NOT escorting Agent Santos and put them behind cover. If the
three enemies ahead see you and engage, kill them, if they don't, don't. Either
way, move this team to the left, behind the building with the green awning.
Move the other team to where the first team just was. As a rule, you always
move the team WITHOUT the escortee ahead of the team WITH the escortee - you
don't want to get ambushed and have your VIP die.
Move your two teams in this fashion - non-escortee team ahead of escortee team
- around the corner, until you see two barrels and a box in the middle, a
planter with a tree to the right, and a stack of crates to the left. Move the
non-escortee team behind these crates, and watch your flanks, because the same
enemies you saw after hacking the door to the warehouse are there, to the
north.
Face south, and there will be two paths to take. Take the left path with both
teams. Careful, though, because there's an enemy to the west, down the right
path, behind some boxes. He most likely won't notice you.
Move the non-escortee team down the path, with the escortee team one cover-zone
behind (although I've never encountered another enemy from this point until the
end of the mission any of the times I've played through it, which were many -
see the Training Guide, below). Go around the corner, past the planter on the
right and keep going west along the building. Once you reach the corner, get
behind the first brownish car on the left side of the street with the non-
escortee team. Then, move northeast across the street behind the next car, a
brownish convertible, and bring the escortee team to the car the non-escortee
team just left.
Now, I seem to remember, when I first played through this mission, that the
enemy ahead - the same one I warned you about before, when I told you to take
the left path - somehow saw me, something I blame on low stealth attributes. If
you're at higher stealth levels, he won't notice you, but if I'm remembering
correctly, it may be a good idea to have Wraith snipe him (you should have two
or three sniper shots left). Once that enemy is out of the way, move the non-
escortee team to the edge of the wall near the Objective Star that denotes the
extraction zone, so they can provide cover in the odd, almost impossible event
that enemies swarm (crazier crap's happened to me in SOCOM games, this one
included). Finally, move the escortee team to the extraction zone for Mission
Complete (the non-escortee team will be close enough to the extraction zone
that you won't have to move them again).

MISSION STATS:

Time to Complete: 01:06:09 (00:18:54)
Command Equity: 4485
Local Influence: Great
Mission Summary: A

Primary Objectives: 4/4
Secondary Objectives: 1/1
Bonus Objectives: 1/1
Objective Summary: A

Breaches Completed: 5
On Signal Used: 9
Jobs Completed: 4
Teamwork Summary: A

Close Combat Kills: 0
Stealth Kills: 11
Stealth Maintained: 100
Stealth Summary: A

Final Grade: A

(After completing this mission for the first time, I highly suggest you read
the Training Guide, below)


MISSION 2: GONE TO GROUND . . . [004]

Objectives:
(E)LOCATE THE AMBASSADOR
(!)LOCATE HOSTAGES
SECURE GHETTO COURTYARD
INFILTRATE LA MANO STRONGHOLD
MOVE TO EXTRACT
Secure Ghetto Alleyway
(!)(BONUS!) Search for Intel


Difficulty:
3. You only HAVE to get into one extended confrontation (not even shootout,
because “shootout” means they’re shooting back, and it’s possible for them to
never shoot at you) in this mission - every other enemy can be taken out with
stealth by knifing or sniping. However, since the area is so rife with enemy
soldiers, any amount of gunshots will bring the whole place down on you pretty
quickly.

Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:
Once again, AN M8 and Red Dot Scopes are your friends. By now, you should have
a lot more carrying capacity than you had last mission (even if you didn't
replay the first mission to rack up the training points like I suggested you
do). One set per SEAL should do the trick, and then once you have that set, one
set of HE grenades for each SEAL BUT Wraith, who gets as many Sniper Rounds as
he can, minus one for a set of Medpacks. Everyone else, once they have one set
of AN M8 and one set of HE, fill up the rest of their slots with Medpacks.
So, Wraith: One set of Medpacks, one set of AN M8, and the rest Sniper Rounds.
Everyone else: One set of AN M8, one set of HE, and the rest Medpacks.


Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [004a]
Send Able southwest, up that little ramp and behind cover next to the second
ramp, behind the lone stationary La Mano insurgent standing up there. Knife
him, then move Able to where he was standing. Look northwest and you’ll see a
bridge with a patrolling enemy. Snipe him.
Now from here you can snipe a few more guys and make it easy, or save the
sniper rounds and go for some knife kills, which takes timing and patience. If
you opt for the sniping, turn a little more towards the north and look up at
the structure across the street. There’s a stationary enemy in between two palm
trees on the porch-ish thing up there. Snipe him, then look down and snipe the
two enemies patrolling the street below. Then regroup with Bravo and refer to
the paragraph below marked with an asterisk (*).
Now if you want to save your sniper rounds, switch to Bravo. Drop the skimmer
and bring it down the ramp to the northwest and then to the left slightly,
behind the nearest end of a long, low wall. Activate the “On my command” move,
then switch back to Able. Look down and watch as the enemies patrol below. When
they both have their backs to where Bravo’s moving to, give the signal and have
Bravo move there.
Switch back to Able and move them back to where you were when the mission
started. Now repeat the process of getting Able to the low wall like you did
for Bravo, except with Bravo looking out and giving the signal. Then put the
skimmer across the street behind the wall as close to the street as possible
(still as Able), and wait for the enemies’ backs to be turned before moving
there.
Lastly, put Bravo behind that bombed-out car on the other side of the wall.
Once everyone’s in position, have Able do a Stealth Kill “On my command” on the
enemy closest to them, and Bravo do the same on the enemy closest to them. You
need to wait until the enemies are patrolling in the same direction at roughly
the same place (like they need to be pretty much next to each other, not with
one way far ahead). This may take some time (hence the patience I mentioned
above). Once this condition is met, send both Wraith and Kahuna out to knife
them both. I’d recommend just sniping everybody, as there’s not much sniping
that needs to be done later (as long as you have enough Sniper Rounds, that
is).
*Regardless of how you play that little bit, let’s move on.
Move everyone up the staircase, around the roof-looking thing, and up the next
staircase, and put them all behind cover at the edge of the building to your
right. Send Able around the corner and put them behind the corner of the bridge
ahead (it’s the same bridge the first enemy you sniped was on). Be careful,
there’s a patrolling enemy ahead, and for some strange reason, both teams have
this thing about moving in a huge arc to cover instead of going right to it,
which sometimes gets them seen by this enemy.
Anyway, once this guy starts going away from you, move Able up to the orange
wall. Once he makes another pass and starts going away from you again, knife
him and bring Bravo up to where Able is.
There’s a passage shaped like a weird T that faces south a few steps ahead of
where you knifed that guy just now. Go to the corner of it and below you’ll see
a patrolling enemy, and on your level, to the right, is a sniper with his back
to you. Knife him, then snipe every enemy you can see on the street below
(there should be three: one to the left next to a car, one off to the right
patrolling around a fountain, and one in the middle that goes between the other
two).
Move Able back to where Bravo is, and then move everyone west to the top of a
staircase. To the southwest there’s another enemy on a balcony. Snipe him, then
move everyone behind the fountain. A new enemy will come out of nowhere and
start patrolling almost directly south of where you are. Send either team to
the bombed-out car ahead when the enemy’s not looking, wait for him to come
back and start walking away again, and knife him. Immediately after you knife
him, put the team behind the corner in back of the gray car in front of where
the enemy was patrolling – two more enemies pop out of the ground, one on the
street ahead, the other on the bridge above him. Snipe both of these enemies,
then move towards Navpoint Echo with everybody. Go up the stairs, then up the
ramp around the corner. From the edge of this wall, snipe the two enemies
ahead. Move everyone forward until you see a staircase. Send Bravo down the
first flight and hold at the top of the second flight, because there’s another
enemy on the street to the east. Keep Able up top, where you’ll have a clear
sniper shot to get this enemy.
Once he’s dead, bring Able to where Bravo is and continue down the staircase to
the street.
As soon as you get to the other end of that alleyway ahead, that “mandatory”
confrontation happens, albeit briefly, if you act quickly and do what I say.
Move Bravo to the wall as far east as you can go and be roughly next to the
bathtub. Kahuna will get behind a part of the wall, and Aztec will get behind a
pillar. Next, move Able to the next farthest wall past where Bravo is. This
will trigger the mini-cutscene, as you’re blocked off from behind by cars
without drivers (apparently, because no one gets out of these cars and tries to
shoot you).
As soon as the cutscene is over, move Able behind the bathtub, and proceed to
snipe every enemy you can see, but DO NOT MOVE FROM BEHIND THE BATHTUB UNTIL
THERE ARE NO MORE ENEMIES YOU CAN SNIPE FROM BEHIND THE BATHTUB.
Once you can’t snipe any more enemies from there, move to the left slightly,
and you’ll see an enemy up on another balcony ahead, so snipe him too.
Closer at hand, there’s a square-shaped hole on the second story of the
building to your right, with a small railing in front of the edge. Get a good
angle (but DON’T MOVE OUT OF THE ALLEY), and lob an HE in there to take out
another enemy. You may want to throw two just in case, but if you know that the
guy’s dead, don’t bother.
Move both teams up to the edge of the staircase to your left. Send Able up the
stairs to behind cover at the top of the stairs. There’s a little hut-like
thing to the northeast on the second story, and there’s an enemy there. Usually
he’ll be in plain sight and snipe-able, but the time I played through this
mission to write this walkthrough he wasn’t, and I had to throw a grenade into
his little hut to flush him out. The grenade landed right at his feet and he
tried to dive away, but since it was such a confined space, he hit the wall and
landed right on top of the grenade. Yet, somehow he not only survived, but
didn’t take any damage at all, so I had to shoot him, but I maintained stealth.
There’s another enemy to the north-northeast, so snipe him, then bring Able
back to Bravo. After sniping that last enemy, Primary Objective “SECURE GHETTO
COURTYARD” and Secondary Objective “Secure Ghetto Alleyway” are complete.
You’ll see the green arrows that denote Breach-able doors ahead, but we’re not
going to use them. Send the whole team up the stairs to the right of those
doors, then up the short flight of stairs to a pair of glass-less windows and a
door to the right. You can either snipe the enemy below (through the glass-less
windows), or Breach the door with stealth and go down there and knife him.
If you do the latter, leave one team up top to watch the enemy’s route through
the windows and send the other team down the stairs to the bottom step. Drop
the skimmer and put it behind the low wall to the north, then do the “On my
command” move and switch back to the other team. Once the enemy has his back
turned to the staircase, send the first team.
Now this next part will be your trickiest knifing yet, but it’s not hard. Since
the enemy patrols past the edge of the low wall you’re hiding behind, you can’t
move any closer to him without him spotting you. So, drop the skimmer and put
it around the corner of the low wall, and when he turns around, confirm the
move. As soon as you’ve confirmed the move, target the enemy and select Stealth
Kill. The team leader will continue after the enemy and knife him and the other
teammate will stay where the skimmer put him. After knifing this enemy, Primary
Objective “INFILTRATE LA MANO STRONGHOLD” is complete. Bring the teams together
again in front of the staircase going down even further, and send the whole
team down both flights. Ahead, there are two hostages (denoted by orange dots
on the radar). As soon as you get to the second landing, Primary Objective
“LOCATE HOSTAGES” is added. That’s not too hard, so just walk close to them,
target them, and press X on both to complete Primary Objective “LOCATE
HOSTAGES.”
Next, move the whole team west, then down the slight ramp and head north
through the short tunnel to behind a couple boxes (there will be a mini-
cutscene that shows the inside of the area ahead).
From the boxes, move to the low wall ahead of them. From here, snipe the enemy
on the second story, then another enemy on that same level will rush over to
investigate, as they so love to do, so snipe him as well. From here, you can
either snipe the remaining three guys or take them out silently; I’m going to
snipe them this time, but it shouldn’t be too hard to knife them, it’s all
about timing and positioning.
At any rate, after all the guys on the floor below are dead, move Able to the
table closest to the far west wall, on the west side of the table itself. Then,
move Able a bit closer to the table against the wall, until you get a “Take
Photo” action prompt. Take the picture, completing Bonus Objective “Search for
Intel.” Move back to the table you were just behind, and snipe the enemies that
appear to the east (there are two).
Once these enemies are dead, move the whole team to the two doors to the south
of where those enemies were standing, and breach the one on the right with
stealth. As soon as you’re through the door, put the whole team behind that
pile of what looks like cement and sewage pipes ahead, because there are two
patrolling enemies ahead. Do the “On my command” double-knife attack with
Wraith and Kahuna, but be careful, because there’s another enemy ahead, and
another one around the corner watching the extraction point.
After the patrolling enemies are dead, you can do one of two things. If you
have sniper rounds, you can snipe the enemy ahead, and then snipe the other one
around the bend. If you don’t have sniper rounds, send Bravo back to the pile
of crap that you hid behind when you came through the door, then send them west
around the lower path to behind one of the large oil containers (at least I
think that’s what they are). From there, send Bravo further west to behind a
big stack of boxes. Then, send Bravo up to the enemy and do another “On my
command” double-knife attack with Kahuna and Wraith. Once both enemies are
dead, move the whole team to the Objective Star for Mission Complete.

MISSION STATS:

Time to Complete: 00:51:14 (00:35:09)
Command Equity: 5580
Local Influence: Great
Mission Summary: A

Primary Objectives: 4/4
Secondary Objectives: 1/1
Bonus Objectives: 1/1
Objective Summary: A

Breaches Completed: 2
On Signal Used: 12
Jobs Completed: 1
Teamwork Summary: A

Close Combat Kills: 0
Stealth Kills: 10
Stealth Maintained: 100
Stealth Summary: A

Final Grade: A



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [004b]
There is no Insertion Point B, as far as I can see.



MISSION 3: WALKABOUT . . . [005]

Objectives:
(E)LOCATE THE AMBASSADOR
LOCATE DOWNED HELICOPTER
(!)INFILTRATE WAREHOUSE
(!)FIND CONTROLS FOR BUNKER DOORS
(!)EXTRACT INTERIOR MINISTER
(!)Destroy Helicopter
(!)(BONUS!) Photograph Contraband
(!)(BONUS!) Sabotage Drug Packaging Equipment
(!)(BONUS!) Recover Data From Computers
(!)(BONUS!) Photograph the Smuggled Weapons

Difficulty:
6. The first two missions were really designed to get you used to the control
scheme and the idea of using the commands and not having singular control over
a specific SEAL, but over the entire four-man team. This mission assumes you’re
acclimated to the controls and the mindset, and if you’re not, this mission is
a bitch. Even if you ARE, it has its moments. The main reason that this is a 6
is because there are many shootouts throughout, and if you lose stealth, no
less than three enemies – in addition to however many there were present in
your immediate area when you lost stealth – will descend upon you with utter
quickness. This is also the first mission where maintaining 100% stealth is, if
not impossible, near-impossible. However, as long as you maintain around 85%
stealth you’ll still get an A rating. Watch your ammo, and watch your
surroundings before making any moves, and you’ll be fine.

Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:
Wraith: As many sniper rounds as possible, plus a set of Medpacks.
Everyone Else: No AN-M8s this time, as they’re pretty much useless, so two sets
of HE, and the rest Medpacks. Make sure you don’t use the HE’s just for the
hell of it, either, because you’ll be kicking yourself in the latter stages of
the mission if you do.

Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [005a]
Move the whole team behind the first box-shaped thing on the left, then move
Able to the next one ahead, on the right. Knife the guy ahead (yet another fool
with his back to you).
This next part can potentially be tricky. There’s an enemy patrolling to the
southwest on a southwest-northeast patrol route, as well as another one on an
identical route about ten yards further southwest than the first one, and a
stationary enemy on the other side of another one of those box-shaped cover
things. However, you can’t see any of them from behind any kind of cover
available right now. So, drop the skimmer and put it as far to the southwest as
you can. This will pan the camera out and allow you to see around the corner.
Wait for the nearer of the two patrolling enemies to enter the screen, and as
soon as he turns back around, put Able behind the first box-shaped cover thing
to the south. Once the move is complete, bring Bravo up to that archway that
Able was just at, and then switch back to Able. When the patrolling enemy’s
back is turned, move Able to the next box-ish cover.
Switch back to Bravo, drop the skimmer and put it where Able just was, and use
the “On my command” action, switch back to Able, and when the two patrolling
enemies’ backs are turned, send Bravo to the cover, then switch back to Able.
Watch the two patrolling guards ahead. With me, the one closest to you always
starts back towards the southwest first, so wait for both of them to be looking
away before knifing the closer one and getting behind the cover with the enemy
on the other side. Switch back to Bravo and do an “On my command” action to
move them to where Able just was. Switch back to Able and as soon as the last
remaining patrolling guard turns his back, send Bravo, and then knife the
stationary enemy, and finally return to behind cover. Snipe the last enemy.
Move Able and Bravo up so that Bravo takes Able’s vacated cover spot until
you’re in front of two pillars. Ahead, there’s another patrolling enemy. Wait
for his back to be turned, and then move Able to behind that fallen log ahead.
When his back is turned again, knife him, then return to cover. There are two
enemies in the surrounding area that you can see: one due south, one south-
south-west. Don’t worry about the first one. Snipe the second one – he’s pretty
far to the south-south-west, across the bridge.
Once he’s dead, move Able to the West, along the short vertical hill face to
your right, until you see a small path that leads north. Put them behind the
log there and switch back to Bravo. Move Bravo up the path to the west, and
have them hold behind the log, for support if needed. Ahead, you’ll see the
burning helicopter that you’ve been tasked with locating, as well as two
enemies guarding it. Thankfully, they are of the same batch of idiots as the
rest of the La Mano Los Gente insurgents are, and they BOTH have their backs to
where Able is currently positioned, so switch back to Able and knife both of
them, first the one closest, of course (weird thing: every single time I played
through this mission, there were ALWAYS two enemies here. This time, as I’m
playing through in order to write this walkthrough, there’s only one).
Once the enemy(s) are dead, look at the helicopter and take whatever the Intel
could be that survived a crash and subsequent fire, then watch the mini
cutscene as a helicopter carrying more insurgents flies overhead, and a few
more enemies on the ground flood the area below.
As soon as you have control of your team, you’ll have completed Primary
Objective “LOCATE DOWNED HELICOPTER”, and two new objectives will be added:
Primary Objective “INFILTRATE WAREHOUSE” and Secondary Objective “Destroy
Helicopter” (the one that you saw flying, not the bombed-out one in front of
you – I scratched my head a bit at that to at first).
Move Able behind the log in front of the team, and then move Bravo back down
the path they took up to where the downed helicopter is, and have them hold at
the end, behind cover and still on the path, before switching back to Able.
Watch the enemies below for a bit, until a group of two or more gathers as far
away from Able as possible without being on the bridge. Snipe one of the
members of this group. As soon as the shot’s off, the other enemies will rush
over to that area, allowing you to switch to Bravo and attempt to flank them.
Move Bravo east-south-east behind the low wall and then switch back to Able.
This time, as I’m going through to write this walkthrough, I was unable to
flank them, because of the patterns they ran (it’s different every time,
depending on who you snipe, when you snipe them, and it differs a bit from run-
through to run-through, but usually you can flank them). Make sure you snipe
the guy across the bridge BEFORE you have Bravo flank them, or you’ll get shot
in the back.
Snipe and/or knife everyone in the area, then switch back to Bravo and regroup
back on the lower area. Select the whole team and go across the bridge as far
as the skimmer will allow you, then send the whole team to the edge of the huge
rock to the south.
Send Able around the corner and behind the similarly huge rock ahead. Below is
a sort of village area, and the helicopter you’re supposed to destroy, as well
as five enemies below and one around the path above to the east. Send Able to
the west and up the small hill to behind the log to get a good sniping spot.
Move Bravo south to behind the rock just before the path down to the village
area. There are two enemies close, one that’s very close with a sniper rifle –
you’ll snipe him in a sec – and another patrolling up and down the path. Switch
to Able and do an “On my command” snipe of the sniper, then switch back to
Bravo. When the patrolling enemy turns around, send Kahuna to knife him, and
when Kahuna is close enough to kill the guy even if he is alerted to anything,
press X and have Wraith snipe the sniper, just as Kahuna knifes the patrolling
enemy. Then return Kahuna to where Aztec is. Do another “On my Command” action
to place Bravo behind the blue pickup truck below in the village area. Switch
back to Able, wait for all enemies to be looking the other way, and send Bravo.
Once Bravo’s in position, snipe the enemy furthest away from your position.
This is only possible if Able is as far left along the log as possible, and
will make everybody run towards the helicopter.
Now you can do something pretty funny, if not a bit pointless. Move Able back
down the hill and then take a left at the bottom of the hill to go west-south-
west down a short path past a house to behind barrels about ten feet from the
helicopter. From this position, you should be able to set the C4 charge on the
helicopter without the enemies nearby noticing. Once it’s set, clear both teams
the hell out and get as far from the helicopter as possible. Then blow the
charge, completing Secondary Objective “Destroy Helicopter.” What’s stupid is
that the enemies somehow survive, but it’s fun anyway. Kill the rest however
you like, but just keep it quiet.
Once the area is clear, head towards that tunnel northeast of the helicopter
with everyone. Move through the tunnel cover-to-cover in a team-by-team
fashion, with Able ahead, until you reach the end of the tunnel. Ahead are
three enemies, two stationary and one patrolling in an east-to-west route. Move
Able to the log ahead, and bring Bravo up to where Able just was.
When the patrolling enemy has his back turned, move Able to the right into a
sort of sunk-down path that goes to the right of the three enemies and have
them hold there. Then switch back to Bravo and move them along the left side
into a similarly sunk-down path (make sure the patrolling enemy has his back
turned first, of course).
This is the first of a few unavoidable firefights – unavoidable if you want to
save your sniper rounds for when you really need them later, that is. In
addition to the two stationary and one patrolling enemy in the immediate
vicinity, there are three additional enemies, only one of which you can see
from your current position, and he’s stationary due east of your position. The
other two come from the east as well, but only when the shots start going off.
I’d suggest sniping the one to the east that you can see and just mopping up
when they all go to investigate, but it’s up to you. Regardless of how you do
this, you’re going to end up in a firefight (unless you snipe everyone, because
you can’t knife them – at least I couldn’t, and I tried a bunch of different
ways. If you find a way that works, shoot me an email and fill me in and I’ll
update this and credit you).
Anyway, once everyone’s dead, move Bravo east until you see a path that goes
down to the north. Down the path there’s an enemy facing towards the left
behind a log. Send Bravo east around the large “island,” turn back down the
path and approach this enemy from behind and knife him, then move Bravo up to
the gate/door thing in the fence, but don’t pick the lock yet.
Switch back to Able and move them east and then north past the “island” and to
a log on the right side of the path. There’s an enemy ahead, so get closer
behind another log and knife him, then get back behind the log and snipe the
remaining enemies (don’t forget the sniper in the tower to the north). Once the
area’s clear, move Able ahead to the log that’s at a 45 degree angle, and then
have Bronco hack the doors. While he’s hacking, have Wraith cover the eastern
approach if necessary, because most likely enemies will be coming, but they
don’t know where you are for the first few moments. You won’t have to snipe
many of them if you concentrate on the enemies closest to you, who would be the
first to spot Bronco hacking and open fire. Once Bronco’s done, it gets a
little tricky on the other side, as there are three enemies – two right next to
the door and one about twenty feet away – that are waiting to greet you. Greet
them with an HE or two thrown over the wall (one at a short distance and the
other a little further, so nobody gets left out), then go in and start mopping
up. Once the initial three are down, two more will come, so take them out as
well. They’re not hard, as they come by themselves, and don’t know where you
are, so just have both Wraith and Bronco attack together and they won’t even
have time to find cover before they’re killed.
At this point, switch back to Bravo, pick the lock and enter. Ahead are two
patrolling enemies, but don’t engage yet. Get behind the barrels in front of
you, and then when the enemies are moving together to the right, you move to
the right behind the boxes.
Back with Able, move forward a bit, and there will be anywhere from five to
seven additional enemies in the area beyond the truck, as well as a sniper on
the balcony to the west. Clear a path to a place where you can get a clean
sniper shot of the sniper and take him out before clearing the rest of the area
out with Able, then move forward and take out the sniper in the tower to the
south-south-west, then move west with Able to behind the pickup truck angled
towards a pair of trailer hitches (one red, one white-ish). There’s a sniper on
the balcony to the north, so take him out, and watch for the enemy that comes
from around the corner to the north-north-west. Throw an HE over there, and as
soon as you finish entering the command, set a Field of Fire there, so as soon
as the HE goes off, you’ll be ready to pop him the couple of times it’ll take
to kill him when he comes out.
Switch back to Bravo and take out the enemies patrolling however you want. I
don’t think it’s possible to knife them both, so just do a field of fire.
You’ll catch them by surprise and kill one almost instantly, and the other will
go down pretty quickly as well. Then, to the west, two or three more enemies
will appear. In order to save ammo (you’ll need it for later, trust me) move
Bravo west to behind the green tarp-covered boxes and use a grenade to cause
significant damage before setting a Field of Fire to finish up. Then move Bravo
west to the door and hack it. Make sure you’re watching your back, because
enemies will come from behind you while the door’s being hacked. Engage if you
have to now, but if not, once the door is open regroup with Able. Move the
whole team down the corridor to the north, past the door, to the end. There are
three enemies on the ground level – two patrolling and one stationary – as well
as a sniper up on the balcony. Snipe the sniper, and then move Able to the
boxes nearest the corner, watching the closest patrolling enemy. Once his back
is turned, move north-north-east to the next set of boxes. Watch both the
patrolling enemies – the stationary one YET AGAIN has his back to you - and
wait for them to have their backs turned again before knifing the closer one
and returning back to the boxes.
Next, bring Bravo up to the first set of boxes that Able was behind, and then
around the south-facing side of the green tarp-covered boxes on the right.
Switch to Able and move them to the west-facing side of the green tarp-covered
boxes to the left. Switch to Bravo and do an “On my Command” knife on the
patrolling enemy, then switch back to Able and do the same on the stationary
enemy. Once the patrolling enemy has his back turned on Bravo, press X to send
both teams. Since the stationary enemy is closer, he’ll get killed first, but
if your stealth is maxed out, the patrolling enemy won’t see you and react
until Bravo is right on him, and he’ll be knifed before he can do more than
swear at you in Spanish.
Once the area is clear, send everyone up the stairs and Breach the door above
with Stealth, completing Primary Objective “INFILTRATE WAREHOUSE” and adding
Primary Objective “FIND CONTROLS FOR BUNKER DOORS.”
There are two enemies here: one stationary along the balcony to the south-
south-west, and another patrolling along a north-south route to south-south-
east. Move Able to the boxes ahead and slightly to the right, watching for the
patrolling enemy. When the patrolling enemy is going away, knife the stationary
one and return to the boxes. Watch the patrolling enemy, and when his back is
turned, move Able to the pillar at the end of the northward part of his route.
Knife him when he turns back south.
In the area below are two enemies currently, but as soon as you move south
towards the door and control room they’ll see you and another enemy will arrive
and start shooting. Take them out however you like, then move everyone to the
south, through the door into the control room. Ignore the random enemy that
appears right underneath where Able currently is.
Once inside, hack the controls along the north wall of the control room to
complete Primary Objective “FIND CONTROLS FOR BUNKER DOORS,” watch the mini-
cutscene of more enemies coming up from the bunker, and get ready for another
firefight. This is made an extremely quick encounter by having everybody use
the window and using grenades as necessary.
Once all enemies are down, move to the door on the west side of the control
room, breach the door and go down the stairs. Go north from the stairs, then
turn right and go up the ramp into the room below the control room. Straight
ahead are a bunch of boxes that say “Sabroso” (“delicious” in Spanish) on them.
Photograph them to complete Bonus Objective “Photograph Contraband.” Next, move
further east into the room and you’ll see a large green machine. Plant an
explosive on that, then get as far as you can from the thing, and then blow the
charge to complete Bonus Objective “Sabotage Drug Packaging Equipment.”
Once that’s done, move the whole team to the bunker doors you just opened and
down the two flights of stairs, stopping at the end. There are two patrolling
enemies around the corner to the north, patrolling on a north-to-south route.
When their backs are turned, move Able around the corner to behind the first
set of boxes against the right side of the hallway, then wait for them to turn
their backs again before moving to the next cover-area, which looks to be some
sort of radiator-ish thing. Target the closer of the two enemies and do an “On
my Command” action to knife him with Wraith, then switch to Bronco and as soon
as the second enemy turns his back, target him and knife him WITHOUT the “On my
Command” action, pressing X (WHILE THE RETICLE IS NOT ON EITHER ENEMY), to send
Wraith after the other guy. Once both enemies are dead, bring Bravo up to where
Able is, then look to the east, where there is a computer and some servers.
Hack the computer to complete Bonus Objective “Recover Data From Computers.”
Once that’s done, move west to behind the low banister/wall. Below, there are
two enemies. Using the whole team and a Field of Fire, take these guys out. It
shouldn’t last more than a second or two, and when you’re done, move down the
stairs and if you need to, have Wraith grab the fallen enemy’s UMP (it has a
full magazine and extras, if you need them). There’s a door ahead, and I’m
going to say Breach and Clear this one, because there’s an enemy on the other
side, as well as the Panamanian Interior Minister (SO DON’T BREACH WITH FRAG,
OR YOU’LL KILL HIM). After you kill the enemy, the Interior Minister will say
some stuff that’s not really important. Press X while the reticle is over him
to secure him and replace Primary Objective “LOCATE AMBASSADOR” with Primary
Objective “EXTRACT INTERIOR MINISTER.” Press X while the reticle is over him to
have him follow you. Go back outside and have Aztec collect as much ammo as he
needs from the enemy with the MG. 43 machinegun (if that’s what Aztec has), and
have everyone else but Wraith collect the little ammo Wraith’s secondary had
when he switched it for the UMP (again, if that’s what you did).
Move Bravo (we’ll have them be the non-escorting team for simplicity’s sake)
north, until you see two staircases and a bunch of crates on the ground in
between them. Photograph these crates to complete the final Bonus Objective,
“Photograph the Smuggled Weapons.” Move Bravo up the stairs and behind the box
and barrels against the left side of the hallway. Shoot the enemy ahead
(shouldn’t take too long), and then move up to the next set of box and barrels,
bringing Able (escorting the Interior Minister) up behind to where Bravo just
was. Move Bravo around the corner and up the stairs to behind the two boxes out
in the outdoor area. Ahead is a stationary guard, to the left up on a sort of
hill is another stationary guard with a sniper rifle, and there are two guards
to the south-south-east patrolling together on an east-to-west route.
First off, go get the sniper. Move up the path to the east to come up behind
him. There’s no cover here, but if your stealth is maxed out you won’t need it.
Wait until the patrolling enemies are going back to the east before knifing
this enemy and returning to the boxes below, then moving ahead to the log
behind the stationary enemy. Knife this enemy when the two patrolling enemies
are heading back east, and then move to the log that’s perpendicular to the
first log and to the south, directly in the path of the two patrolling enemies.
Wait for them to come back towards you, and as soon as they turn back east,
knife them both.
After they’re dead, bring the whole team east along the perimeter of the wall
until the corner. Make sure Wraith is closest to the corner, and snipe the
stationary enemy ahead to the east-south-east. This will make the patrolling
enemy rush over there. If you have sniper shots left, snipe him and go to the
paragraph below marked with an asterisk (*).
If you don’t have sniper rounds left (like me as I’m writing this and playing
through the mission), move Bravo to the corner and then around the corner to
behind the log to the south. The enemy will now be stationary on the other side
of the log, within stealth kill lock-on range. For some reason, it’s not
letting me knife him (even though the “Stealth Kill” is an option and I’m using
it), so I just got really close and shot him pretty much point-blank.
* Anyway, regardless of how you played that bit, bring the whole team south and
then to the east, towards Navpoint Hotel, for extraction and mission complete
(you’ll have to go a few feet past it for the end-of-mission cutscene for some
reason).


MISSION STATS:

Time to Complete: 01:55:51 (01:33:05)
Command Equity: 6825
Local Influence: Great
Mission Summary: A

Primary Objectives: 4/4
Secondary Objectives: 1/1
Bonus Objectives: 4/4
Objective Summary: A

Breaches Completed: 6
On Signal Used: 24
Jobs Completed: 10
Teamwork Summary: A

Close Combat Kills: 0
Stealth Kills: 17
Stealth Maintained: 78 (that was a bad run-through, but I was experimenting
with a few things that got me spotted. The run-through before this I got an 85)
Stealth Summary: B (again, experimentation got me spotted. The run-through
before this I got an A – yes, an A, even with an 85. Go figure)

Final Grade: A



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [005b]
As far as I can see, there is no Insertion Point B


MISSION 4: HOUSE CALL . . . [006]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



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Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [006a]



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [006b]



MISSION 5: DOUBLE CROSS . . . [007]

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Difficulty:



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Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [007a]



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [007b]



MISSION 6: DEVIL'S DUE . . . [008]

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Difficulty:



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Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [008a]



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [008b]



MISSION 7: NOWHERE TO HIDE . . . [009]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



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Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [009a]



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [009b]



MISSION 8: DIPLOMACY . . . [010]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



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Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [010a]



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [010b]



MISSION 9: ELEVENTH HOUR . . . [011]

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Insertion Point A Walkthrough: [011a]



Insertion Point B Walkthrough: [011b]


INSTANT ACTION MISSIONS [012]
This section will be laid out exactly the same as the Story Missions Section,
so refer back to that if you’re confused.

INSURGENCE MISSIONS: [013]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:

     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [013a]


     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [013b]


GONE TO GROUND MISSIONS: [014]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [014a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [014b]


WALKABOUT MISSIONS: [015]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [015a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [015b]


HOUSE CALL MISSIONS: [016]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [016a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [016b]


DOUBLE CROSS MISSIONS: [017]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [017a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [017b]


DEVIL’S DUE MISSIONS: [018]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [018a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [018b]


NOWHERE TO HIDE MISSIONS: [019]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [019a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [019b]


DIPLOMACY MISSIONS: [020]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [020a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [020b]


ELEVENTH HOUR MISSIONS: [021]

Objectives:



Difficulty:



Suggested Auxiliary Equipment:


     Insertion Point A Walkthrough [021a]

     Insertion Point B Walkthrough [021b]




TRAINING GUIDE . . . [022]
Besides the obvious difference in gameplay style between Tactical Strike and
the other SOCOM games, there's another huge difference, in the ability for the
player (you) to make the SEALs better at what they do. The following is a quick
guide to which traits to upgrade first.

First off, max out Wraith's sniping skill. Sniping is THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL
you have at your disposal in this game, and once maxed out, you CAN NOT MISS.
Distance doesn't seem to be a problem either (for me, anyway) - basically, as
long as your reticle turns red and you have sniper rounds left, you can snipe
your target.
Secondly, max out everyone's stealth rating. If you don't have the points
available to do everyone at once, do the leaders of Able and Bravo (Wraith and
Kahuna, respectively). I say this because it's more likely that you'll use one
of them to do stealth kills, because when you switch between teams you control
the team leaders by default. But definitely max out EVERYONE'S stealth as soon
as Wraith's sniping skill is maxed out.
Thirdly, max out everyone's carrying capacity. This way, you can carry a LOT
more sniper rounds, as well as a LOT more Medpacks, and, hell, a LOT more of
ANYTHING.
Fourth, max out everyone's marksmanship. That's an obvious one.
Fifth, max out everyone's job specialist attribute. This makes picking locks,
hacking computers and security systems, and perhaps most importantly of all,
reviving people, a HELL of a lot quicker.
Sixth, max out everyone's grenade weapon skill. It increases their grenade-
throwing range by an impressive amount, as well as grenade accuracy, which is
sometimes more important.
Lastly, max out everyone's toughness, although, I must say, I didn't notice
much of a difference in anybody's resistance to bullets after this was maxed
out, and I maxed out everyone's at once.
After that's all done, max out everyone's weapon skill that's associated with
their weapon. Wraith is sniper and light weapons, Bronco is medium weapons and
light weapons, as is Kahuna, and Aztec is heavy weapons and light weapons. And
once that's done, max out all the other weapon skills, especially if you plan
on trying the insane Instant Action Missions for the last couple of mission
areas, one of which sends you in with everyone carrying only sniper rifles,
another with everyone carrying only HK7 SMGs, and another with everyone
carrying only two AN M8 Smoke Grenades apiece, and NO GUNS (they call it a
"Stealth Mission." I call it "stupid," but that's me).

Now, there's a pretty quick and painless way to do all this, and that way is .
. . do Mission Redeploy on Insertion Point A of the first mission, Insurgence.
At most it will take you half an hour (I get it done in an average of 23 or so
minutes), and each time gives you 2500+ points, as well as upwards of 4000 CE
with which to buy weapons and equipment. Those 2500+ points can max out three
or more skills, depending on their current levels. At most, you'll do the
mission over three or four times and you'll have steps one through five done,
from which point you can keep doing missions and use the campaign to increase
your attributes instead of Mission Redeploy.


WEAPONS GUIDE . . . [023]
Now let me just preface all this by saying that, in my experience, it doesn’t
matter much which gun you take (Primaries or Secondaries). The Auxiliary
Equipment, however, can make a mission a walk in the park or a walk in Hell.
That said, these are the most useful weapons/equipment available to you.

1.	Medpack: This is an obvious one. You get hurt, you use it, you’re fine
again. Not rocket science.
2.	AN M8: Smoke grenades WILL make Devil’s Due possible to beat (I think that
it’s safe to say that without an extreme amount of luck, Devil’s Due is
IMPOSSIBLE to beat without AN M8). There’s the obvious advantage of being
temporarily invisible to your enemy as long as you move with the smoke
between you and them. However, there’s also the (not-so-realistic) advantage
of you being able to use it without arousing the suspicion of your enemies!
3.	Sniper Rounds: Like I said in the Training Guide above, sniping is THE MOST
VALUABLE SKILL you have in this game, and the more times you can use it
during a mission, obviously the more useful it gets. A word of advice,
however: if there’s a way for you to take the enemy out WITHOUT sniping him,
even if it may force you to rearrange your team or wait for enemies to turn
around so you can move closer, whatever – DO IT. If I had a dollar for every
time I whisked through the first bit of a mission, sniping everyone I saw,
and then got to the hard part at the end and had no sniper rounds left, I’d
be rich. Even once you can carry up to thirty rounds, you can NEVER have
enough, so use them wisely!
4.	HE: The ability to take out or seriously wound a large group of enemies . .
. ‘nuff said.
5.	Red Dot Scopes: They actually DO increase accuracy, I’ve found – not by a
HUGE amount, but it’s noticeable.
6.	Everything else.

Also, just in case you’re wondering what weapons and equipment I bring into
missions, I’ll tell you.
Wraith: M82A1A with a High Scope and a Bipod, and an HK7 with a Red Dot Scope
and a Suppressor 1, with a Model 18 Pistol (although I’ve never had to use the
pistols before, and don’t know how to anyway). Three sets of Sniper Rounds, one
set of Medpacks, and one set of AN M8 grenades.
Bronco and Kahuna: SFCR-LW with a Red Dot Scope and Suppressor 1, and an HK7
with a Red Dot Scope and a Suppressor 1, with Model 18 Pistol. Three sets of
Medpacks, one set of HE grenades, and one set of AN M8 grenades.
Aztec: MG. 43 with a Red Dot Scope and a Bipod, and an HK7 with a Red Dot Scope
and a Suppressor 1, with a Model 18 Pistol. Three sets of Medpacks, one set of
HE grenades, and one set of AN M8 grenades.


CONTACT . . . [024]
If there's something I missed, such as Bonus Objectives or tricks to make
missions easier, or if you want something explained further, or you want to
hook me up with some sweet ASCII art, or pretty much want to talk anything
about this game, email me at freddonzolo (at) gmail (dot) com (spelled out to
avoid those damned spambots).


LEGAL . . . [025]
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike (c) 2007 Sony Computer Entertainment
America, Inc. Developed by Slant Six Games, Inc. This guide and all its
contents (c) 2007 Wilfredo S. Duran. GameFaqs, Cheat Code Central, Neoseeker,
and Supercheats are the only sites allowed to have this guide. If you see this
guide somewhere other than those sites, please email me immediately with a
link.


THANKS . . . [026]
I'd like to thank Sony and Slant Six for making this game interesting enough to
spur me to write my first FAQ about it, I'd like to thank my dad for getting me
the game, and I'd especially like to thank the actual, real-life U.S. Navy
SEALs who put their lives on the line every day for real, to keep us safe.