Before stepping onto the battlefield, you'll need to choose your preferred Private Military Company (PMC), create a character and get kitted out in the Armoury. MAG takes a flexible approach to character classes, allowing you to tool up with any combination of weapons, attachments, armour and gear.
Once you're happy with your arsenal, you can head to the Mission Deploy screen to see the current status of the Shadow War and select which of the four game types to jump into.
Suppression is a mission type designed for 64 players with just one thing in mind: take out the opposition. While this game type has no bearing on the Shadow War, it's a great way to earn XP and try out new weapons. Sabotage is a 64 player game type in which the attacking team tries to steal intelligence from a rival PMC's home turf. Satellite uplinks are the initial targets - secure these and you'll gain access to the communications hub.
In Acquisition missions, 128 players vie for control of weapons, ammo and fuel by attacking or defending supply vehicles. In a Domination mission, 256 players fight for total control of the battlefield. The attacking team must destroy the enemy's fuel facilities by blowing up their cooling towers and capturing their pump stations, while the defending team tries to hold them back.