Watch mode

Covert Operations includes an option where you can observe the entire mission instead of actively taking part. This is the ultimate test of your planning abilities. To choose Watch Mode for the mission, click on the button in the lower left of the Execute screen.

Planning Phase - Final Execute Screen

The Execute Screen is a summary overview of your plan. It also allows you to select which team you command when the mission begins.

Now go to the Execute screen. It contains a brief summary of your mission plans by listing the four teams and the operatives in each. By clicking on one of the teams, you highlight the team and select it as the team you begin in control of at the start of the mission. Regardless of the team you choose here, you can always switch between teams in the mission.

When you are ready to begin the mission and go to the Action Phase, click on the right arrow at the bottom. A window pops up to verify you actually want to go to the Action Phase. Make your decision and get ready to

ACTION PHASE The screen in the Action Phase Interface is divided into two parts: the Cinema Window I |\|"f £ RFAOE and the Action Bar.

CINEMA WINDOW

Action Phase - Interface

Action Phase - Cinema View

ACTION PHASE The screen in the Action Phase Interface is divided into two parts: the Cinema Window I |\|"f £ RFAOE and the Action Bar.

CINEMA WINDOW

Action Phase - Interface

Once you actually enter the mission, all action takes place on this screen.

The Action Phase is where you execute the plan created during the Planning Phase. It begins with the teams positioned at their insertion zone and ends when all the objectives have been completed, the mission is a failure or you abort the mission. This phase of Covert Operations is real-time and you issue commands using either a keyboard, keyboard and mouse, or game controller.

Unless you are playing in Watch Mode, you begin the Action Phase in control of one of the team leaders. During the mission you can jump from team to team; however, you are always in control of the team's leader. The only way you can take control of non-team leaders is if the team leader is killed or incapacitated and they assume command of the team based on seniority.

Action Phase - Cinema View

This window displays the view from the perspective of the operative you currently control. To change views, select the Change Field of View key. As you shift between teams, the view changes to whatever the new operative sees. You can play Covert Operations in either first or third person view. In first person view, you are looking through the eyes of the operative. This is the default view and the one you will most often use during missions. Third person view puts you behind the operative so he or she is centred on your cinema window. This view is good for moving across difficult terrain where you need to be careful where you place your feet. It also provides a wider angle of view. The other perspective is a cinematic view only usable during replays or as an observer in Multiplayer games. This perspective makes it difficult for controlling an operative because it removes the reticule.

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