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Gauntlet is the fifth episode of the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield Hardline. After being arrested, Nick runs into an old friend.
Three years after Nick Mendoza was framed by Captain Julian Dawes and his former partners Khai Minh Dao and Carl Stoddard for stealing thirty three thousand dollars from Neltz following his last money transfer, he is on a prison transfer bus on route to another prison.
Following harrassment from a guard posted on the bus, Nick is surprised to see that Tap is also on the bus in the seat in front of him. Before Nick can question, Tap, however, he is informed by him that something big is about to go down and that Tyson Latchford is involved. No sooner than Nick is informed this, they notice Tyson himself driving up next to the bus holding an explosive charge and nodding to Nick as he throws it on the bus. Tap immediately notifies Nick to grab on to something as the bus explodes and injures both men.
Tap drags Nick out of the wreckage and unlocks his cuffs, having somehow procured the key. He then tells him to meet Tyson at the nearby water tower as he stays behind.
Nick quickly makes a break for the water tower as law enforcment closes in. With the possibility of sneaking by the officers practically impossible, Nick sabotages a hidden meth lab and uses the ensueing explosion as a distraction to make it past the cops and is successful in making it to tower.
Upon arriving, Nick interrogates Tyson, demanding to know why he was broken out of prison and how Tap had gotten on the prison bus with his cuff keys. Tyson dismisses these comments, stating Nick should feel flattered and that Tap owed him one from when he sniched on him three years prior. He also told of how Tap needed to stay in prison as it was a great way to end his cocaine addiction.
Before Nick can question him further, Tyson tells him he needs to speak to the contact, handing him a flashlight and telling him to signal at the nearby billboard, which is quickly returned by the contact. As the two proceeded to make their way toward the contact, they are spotted by a police helicopter, propmting them to split up and meet up at the bill board as they avoid incoming law enforcement.
Upon reaching the rondezvous point, the contact is revealed to be Khai Minh Dao, deeping angering Nick at the sight at one of the people who betrayed and framed him for a crime he did not commit. Khai quickly explains to Nick that they him to take down Dawes, prompting Nick to question why as both of them had landed him in prison.
Tyson explains each of their motives such as Dawes putting him out of buisness and that like Dawes had done three years prior to Nick, he had finally screwed Khai over and that Nick was the best man to take him down as he hated Dawes the most out the three of them.
Nick asks Khai and Tyson what will happen if he doesn't want to help them, only to be told that he would go back to prison and that he had to make his decision fast as law enforcement was closing in on their location. Left with no other choice, Nick overcomes his grudges and decides to help them as they make they getaway.
Related Achievements and Trophies
The following achievements/trophies can be completed on this mission.