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Combat Hardened

Complete the single player Campaign on Veteran or Realism difficulty.

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The only way to do it, is to just do it. There aren't many tips or tricks to complete it, but this doesn't mean there aren't any tips.

SMOKE GRENADES
They are your best friend. The A.I. in this game is laughable, to say the least, so smoke grenades are perfect for getting out of a sticky situation as they practically become blind everytime you use them. Trust me, it makes Operation Chaos so much easier.

COVER
Use it at every opportunity. Going out guns-blazing will get you killed faster than you can say "Solovetsky".

YOUR ALLIES
They can't die and they can kill enemies. Use this to your advantage. If you find yourself overwhelmed, fall back and let Woods or Adler thin the ranks.

PLAY THE CAMPAIGN BEFOREHAND
I originally played the campaign on Hardened, so I could have a faint memory of where all the enemies were and develop my own strategies for each mission. Of course, this tip is optional if you're just really a glutton for punishment.

LIE TO ADLER AT THE END
Ashes to Ashes is a far easier mission than The Final Countdown. Make sure to radio Perseus before setting of to Duga however, and don't light Adler's cigarette for a calling card. Or attempt to light his cig, I don't control you.

TIPS FOR OPERATION RED CIRCUS
The few people with rocket launchers on the roof are not a big threat, as most of the time, they're gonna miss. The snipers should be your biggest concern however. Throw your evac smoke near the building you killed Rudnick in, and sit and wait for the enemies to flood in and pick them off. Use your smoke grenades to safely get to the chopper. Also, you don't need all of the evidence to successfully identify Perseus's key assets. You'll get a calling card if you identify all 3 suspects correctly

TIPS FOR OPERATION CHAOS
Use cover, abuse your friendly A.I., abuse smoke grenades. Also, pick up the M76! Keep in mind that you absolutely need all of the evidence to shut down Aldrich's spy ring. You'll get a calling card if you do.