Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) Ubisoft for Xbox 360 PROS: Highly realistic battle environments, intense gameplay scenarios, superb graphics and sound effects and loads of multiplayer options. CONS: The single-player campaign is far too short. Big guns and huge explosions immerse players in the chaos of battle zones in the latest Tom Clancy tactical shooter game, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2), published by Ubisoft for the Xbox 360. Gamers take on various missions as Captain Scott Mitchell of the 5th Special Forces Group, an elite US fighting unit also known as 'the Ghosts'. The year is 2014 and Mitchell has returned to the US 12 months after completing his GRAW 1 mission in Mexico. He is called back into action with the rest of the Ghosts after the US government is drawn into a civil war between Mexico's government and rebel forces, with the fighting threatening to spill across the border onto US soil. What made GRAW 1 such a great game was its fabulous graphics, which raised the bar for its peers. The sequel takes them to an even higher level, with the characters traversing frighteningly realistic war zones. Dynamic lighting and shadows are used to depict real-time day and night cycles, while constantly changing weather requires players to adapt quickly. The sequel serves up an improved artificial-intelligence system: the enemy doesn't just stand around waiting to be shot any more; the rebels duck for cover and employ flanking strategies. But these tactics pose few problems for Mitchell because his squad mates cover his back and supply useful information such as 'Enemy spotted behind red truck ahead'. Missions include defend-and-hold, attack-and-capture and even a rescue operation reminiscent of the movie Black Hawk Down. As well as a team of seasoned soldiers for support, a player can call in lethal air strikes, get up-to-date battlefield intelligence via air drones, replenish weapons using an unmanned multifunctional utility, logistics and equipment vehicle (known as MULE), and instantly heal Mitchell and company with the aid of a new medic class of soldier. What makes GRAW 2 a better game than the original is the abundance of competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes. Players can take on missions with up to 16 friends online and the virtual battlefields offer plenty of space for everyone to move around in. These help extend the life of the game.