The last time a Ghost Recon title saw the light of day on a home console was in 2007 in Advanced Warfighter 2. The year is 2012 and much has changed over the last 5 years for the genre. Call of Duty has become the juggernaut of the shooter genre and has gone on to sell millions upon millions of copies worldwide. While the inevitable comparison will arise, it should be noted that these two titles are similar in theme but offer two different playing experiences. Stealth is your friend in this stunning title and gives players a sense of feeling like a total bad ass.
Does the latest entry in the historic Ghost Recon franchise stand out or does it end up being just another shooter to play until November? Read on and find out.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier takes place in the near future. A dirty bomb has taken out a Ghost team, and another Ghost team (consisting of Kozak, Ghost Lead, Pepper, and 30k) is tasked with tracking down the source of the dirty bomb. During the campaign, the Ghosts will visit a number of places such as Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and Norway to name a few. It’s a typical backdrop for the genre but one that seems to never grow old.
What sets Ghost Recon apart from its competition is that this series relies heavily on stealth and pacing and not run and gun. Matter of fact, if you play this like I play Call of Duty, chances are you won’t survive too long. The sweet part is that you feel like a stealthy assassin and cover becomes your new best friend. It’s an honest game that will keep players thinking and stratigizing rather than run and gunning. Players tell competent AI companions what to do and, for the most part, carry out their orders as told.
The pacing of this title strikes a sublime balance between action and stealth and truly help GRFS stand out amongst other shooters. Players will not only be able to play the game with a ton of action but often times have a choice on HOW they want to play…. Players can take out enemies using a user-controlled drone or play as the ghost and take out enemies staring down the barrel of their highly customizable gun.
Graphically speaking, the game looks very impressive and the production values are out of this world. Locals are gorgeous and the character models are outstanding. Every now and again players will see some so-so backgrounds but overall the game looks and runs nice.
The multiplayer is another great component to this stand out game. I strongly urge readers to at least try the online-4 player co-op and let me know what you think. I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t play online with a local friend but playing online with 4 other players via XBOX Live was very satisfying.
In conclusion, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is refreshing. In a genre filled with over the top action and set pieces, it was refreshing to take on the role of a more stealthy warfighter and felt satisfying in doing so. The game is polished, different from the normal “Call of Duty” war shooters and overall fun to play. The new entry in the historic Ghost Recon franchise deserves your attention and should go very nice in your video game collection.
Overall Myvideogamenews Score:9.0 out of 10.
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