In complete contrast to Ghost, the Assault playstyle has dramatically different requirements:

  • Detection by enemies is required for actions to be considered “Combat/Assault.”
  • Lethal and nonlethal attacks are permitted when neutralizing hostiles.
  • To maximize Assault scoring and efficiency, remain “Detected” while in combat.

Assault
When deciding to go Assault during a mission, the attempted difficulty level plays a deciding factor in the mission loadout. The Perfectionist difficulty presents the challenge of not being able to restock at Supply Caches. Take this into account when choosing your Ops Suit and weapon. When selecting your loud weapon, it is best to choose a weapon from the Alternate Weapon category to serve this purpose. Even this early in the campaign, you will have the option of an unsuppressed weapon and the funds to purchase an Extended Mag.

Here is a brief list of purchases to consider when preparing for an Assault playthrough:

GADGETS—PROXIMITY MINE

After detection, placing these inconspicuous mines in your wake can ensure efficient kills as your pursuers approach your last known position.

GADGETS—INCENDIARY GRENADE

These red grenades are efficiently lethal, allowing for a large area of hostiles to be engulfed in a flame that consumes armored and unarmored foes alike.

OPS SUIT/TORSO—AB GEL

The investment in the AB Gel upgrade to the Ops Suit’s torso is well worth it despite your play style of choice. Not only does the equipment afford a substantial increase in armor, but additional Gadgets and Magazines as well. The slight decrease in Stealth is easily offset by equipping upgraded boots.

AMMO—ARMOR PIERCING

When you have chosen your Alternate Weapon of choice, be sure to invest in it by equipping the Armor Piercing ammo. Aside from the increase in stopping power, this comes in handy against Heavy Infantry soldiers by penetrating their helmets and armor.

CHALLENGES - ASSAULT

Category Challenge Prize Criteria
Assault Hostage Taker $30,000 Kill 20 enemies with a loud weapon while holding a human shield.
Assault Loud Headshots $10,000 Get 10 loud headshots without using Mark and Execute.
Assault Loud Head Shot Streak $10,000 Get two loud head shots in a row without dying.
Assault Helmet Pops $10,000 Shoot five helmets off the heads of helmeted enemies using a loud weapon without Mark and Execute.
Assault Loud Executioner $10,000 Mark and Execute 15 enemies with loud weapons.
Assault Human Shield Kill Streak $10,000 Kill two enemies in a row with a loud weapon while holding a human shield.
Assault Combat Hand to Hand Kills $10,000 In combat, kill 10 enemies using lethal H2H.
Assault Combat H2H Kill Streak $30,000 In combat, kill three enemies in a row using lethal H2H.
Assault H2H Heavy Kills $10,000 In combat, kill three Heavy Infantry using lethal H2H.
Assault Frag Multi-Kill $30,000 Kill three enemies using a single Frag Grenade.
Assault Incendiary Multi-Kill $30,000 Kill three enemies using a single Incendiary Grenade.
Assault Proxy Mine Multi-Kill $30,000 Kill three enemies using a single Proximity Mine.
Assault Sticky Cam Multi-Kill $30,000 Kill three enemies using a single Sticky Cam explosive.
Assault Breaching Charge Kills $10,000 Kill two hostiles using Breaching Charges.
Assault Breaching Charge Kill Streak $10,000 Kill three enemies using a single Breaching Charge.
Assault Self Destruct $10,000 Kill five enemies using a single Tri-Rotor explosive. Tri-Rotor must be upgraded to Level 2.
Assault Kamikaze $30,000 Kill three enemies using a single Tri-Rotor explosive.
Assault Hip Shot Kills $10,000 Kill 10 enemies with an alternate weapon without aiming down sight.
Assault Hip Shot Kill Streak $30,000 Kill five enemies in a row with an alternate weapon without aiming down sight.
Assault Human Grenade Kills $30,000 Kill two enemies with a single human grenade.
Assault Backfire $10,000 Kill two Drone Operators by blowing up their Drones.
Assault Riot Suppression $10,000 Kill five enemies while holding a riot shield.
Assault Explosive Execute $30,000 Mark and execute environmental explosives and kill two hostiles in a single Execute action.

 

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