After a nifty auto-update that fixed several of the niggling multiplayer problems last week, Ubisoft has also deployed the first batch of downloadable content for tactical soldier orgy Ghost Recon 2 - and it's all free like a bird on Xbox Live.
For absolutely no money whatsoever you can get your hands on three new maps, two new multiplayer game modes, eight new weapons and two new skins including a new set of Korean enemies.
Even better, it's all available right now. Here's what Ubisoft has to say about a selection of some of the delights you'll get:
Train Yard Interior:
This level focuses gameplay exclusively in the complex train station section of the Train Yard map. Shadowed areas with heavy cover contrasted by unforgiving well-lit open terrain will provide for an intense close-quarters combat experience. This map is great for small Squad or Solo games.
Train Yard Forest:
Battle it out in the heavily wooded nighttime setting of the exterior forest from the Train Yard map. Keep to the shadows or brave the well-lit roadway to gain the advantage over an unsuspecting enemy. This map is particularly well suited for Squad gametypes or larger Solo games.
This level concentrates on the furious action provided by the wooded groves and rocky outcropping in the large valley of the Railway map. Players will be able snipe approaching enemies from behind boulders or stealthily attack from tree cover. This map is great for any size Solo or Squad gametype.
In the Ghost Recon variant of the classic Capture the Flag gametype players will battle each other to capture and return a flag to their squad base. Each time the flag is secured at a team's base they will score 100 points and the flag will be re-set back in the center of the map. Respawns are enabled to further [the] intense action experience. Solid Squad tactics and strategy are a must to dominate in this gametype.
In the Assassination gametype squads are pitted against each other to defend or, alternatively, assassinate an AI officer. When the game starts one squad will be chosen to defend the officer while the other is charged with eliminating him. Scores are based off of how long the officer is kept alive or how long it takes to eliminate him. There are no respawns in this gametype so every shot counts.
The M8 Compact is a shortened version of the standard carbine. It is highly maneuverable, although less accurate than other versions.
The MP5 is a popular submachine gun. This version incorporates a suppressor for quiet operation.
S9 SD Sniper:
The S9 is an advanced marksman version of the G36 rifle. This version is suppressed and fires special subsonic ammo.
Mk 48 LMG:
The Mk 48 LMG is an update to the Mk46, firing the more powerful 7.62 cartridge.
The bullpup FAMAS G2 is the standard infantry rifle of the French army. It is known for its high rate of fire.
This is a standard FAMAS G2 with an attached M203 [grenade] launcher.
Used by the German Army, the MSG-90 is a powerful sniper platform based on the battle proven G3.
Designed to increase the capabilities of the M4, the AS56 is essentially a belt-fed M4, creating a compact SAW.
New Ghosts Set with Digital Camo from the US Army.
New set of Korean enemies.
Head over to the official website at www.ghostrecon.com for more info.