Gamer's note: I'm using the Zeus Mod, which allegedly gives the AI a bit more wisdom. In this particular night mission, I hope the mod improves the AI's awareness to noise. This mission makes use of the plain vanilla "guard" waypoint, which will drive enemy AI units towards any detected infiltrators. So, our plan is to stay undetected.
The Takistani Army has a colossal shortage of night vision equipment. At the combat outpost, there is no less than 3 good old searchlights fanning out in several directions. Note: searchlights will orient towards detected threats, even with the vanilla version of the game. If we get detected and thereby illuminated, even enemy units without night vision equipment will move to find us.
|Our first bet for an unobserved approach was that tree line in the base of the hill we stand right now. A searchlight is blazing it. No go.|
|The headlights of an enemy vehicle suggest an enemy patrol around the non-illuminated area to our right. The blind patch in front of us looks inviting and we decide to scout it from our left.|
|Our chosen infiltration route is the dark cone between the illuminated areas, right in front of us. The combat outpost is on the top of the hill.|
|A new attempt, now on the right flank. After moving back around the hill, we slowly move towards the combat outpost, carefully avoiding the searchlight's illumination cones. That enemy patrol on our right worries me.|
|But the real deal is less than 100 meters in front of us. The enemy patrol covering our infiltration route depends on the IR targeting system of the BMP, and these damn NVGs of mine don't let me see if the armored vehicle is facing towards us or not.|
|My scout (front) and me. This is beyond scary, but pushing forward nonetheless.|
|Just to give you an idea of how dark is the night, this screenshot of the world without the night vision goggles.|
|Crossing the road without being seen. Note the BMP on the other side of the built up area.|
|With the enemy patrol in our backs, now we are climbing up to the combat outpost on the top of the hill. The wire perimeter is visible now.|
|Climbing up. Avoiding the searchlight.|
|We made it! The wire is nimble and can be breached with a conventional vehicle. We keep our heads down because we can hear an enemy dismounted patrol along the perimeter. Time to pull out.|
Stay tuned for part 2.