Ghost Recon Wildlands

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Release Date

March 7 2017

Developer

Ubisoft Paris

Publisher

Ubisoft

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris. It is the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon franchise and is the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead feature a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. Ubisoft described it as one of the biggest open world games that they have ever published, with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts and salt flats.

There has been many Ghost Recon missions and it has been a while since the last one, since that is the case what could they possibly do to make things more exciting this time around? Set in Bolivia 2019 a drug lord has taken it upon himself to own the country by any means necessary apart from lying. Seriously, he would kill and do all sorts of criminal actions apart from lie. This is a man of integrity and would need to be taken down a peg or two so that is where the team of Ghosts come in.

This is a tactical shooter and best played with the co-op element in mind. If you and a group of friends all get this game with mics it will be a BLAST! Co-coordinating flanks, sync shooting, the full works can be pulled off so well with communication. If you are on your lonesome then you can always pair up with randoms online, this just leads to the other spectrum of madness as most players in 2017 still do not have mics and have their own agendas. This can still lead to fantastic and funny moments but also frustrating ones. Your last option is with the AI, which actually are not too bad. You can command them, sync shoot, help you spot and call out enemy positions, it just feels hollow and when you would rather have your Rambo friend run up on the last few guys and see if he doesn’t need you to be revived.

Enviroments are great and varied when it comes to different looks and feels. You will go from sandy desolte towns, classy masions to sparse icy mountains and grassy cocca fields. The map is very huge and getting around will take some time even with the fastest mode of transport. Thankfully there is fast travel but uncovering the map is no easy feat. There is LOADS to do to keep you occupied over such a vast map, going from story missions to side missions to collectables which actually help build your intel and your character.

Character building is good as not every player will play or look the same. There is a varied amount of customisation to change your elitle on a 5 day basis for those who like a different look everyday. There is also an alright amount of guns for your playstyle even though I feel there should be gun wardrobe to change on the fly as each situation can change quickly and just when you want your shotgun it could be seconds too late to equip it. Skills will eventually build you to be that eltie badass the Cartel are having nightmares about ranging from building your tactial arsenal to personal improvement.

 

The game has leveling up but this can be confusing as there is never a bar or numbers to show you how much XP you have gained or how much you need to the next level. Some of the skill wont make too much of a different until you have brought the upgrade twice as it can be a small percentage of a difference.

Unfortunately there are bugs in the game that can make Bolivia all more the harshest of places to take on the drug trade. At times you do not have to be in a mission for it to fail on you. That’s right, I was in another mission only to pass a side mission that includes a moving convoy going to opposite direction. The game must of thought I was starting this mission because it went to a MISSION FAILED screen and restarted me on a different part of the map. When I was meters away from completing my initial mission, this has happened TWICE! Once offline, once online. Just when you thought there was the beauty of the team splitting up into two, I fear if one team could fail their mission I don’t want to be moments away from completing mine only for it to be restarted. There has been markers on the map to say there is intel there, a collectible or even a story marker only for the game to say you got PUNK’D! You will be searching around for minutes trying to see what you came for what is on the map only to realise you have wasted your time.

Ubisoft really have to get their vehicle control in check, with such a huge map and the fast travel locations not being too convenient I am going to need to use a vehicle but they drive like these elite soldiers haven’t passed a driving test or never driven before in the military. Aircrafts are even worse and they cover the most ground, helicopters spin around as they take off and wobble all over as if the pilot is tempting you to sky drive in case he is thinking playing a sick joke on the team. When the actual case is that he is just trying to land the thing, but since he doesn’t have a mic how are we to know?

Yes there is a lot of explore in Bolivia, loads to do but all of this can get repetitive outside of the story. While the story elements tend to mix things up with how things should be approached, the rest of everything else is just the same just in different places to gain powers for the rebels. This isn’t too bad when playing with other players but if you are stuck with AI it is going to get bland quick. The same thing goes for the script, it wouldn’t of hurt to put a few more extra lines for the enemies to say? They literally say the same thing I am going to subliminally learn Spanish with a few short sentences. I hear it so often I am not surprised yo hablo espanol.

 

Is it worth the platinum?

There is no doubt you are going to put hours into this as it can be quite fun and entertaining, even moreso with friends. Story related trophies will be done in a cinch to get “The End”. The only thing to worry about is collectables, and there is a lot of them and traveling across a huge map but wont feel like a chore with a good team. Getting all upgrades to get “Only the Best” can take a while but this will be done in the same time span as the collectables. Missions can be replayed and you can join other lobbies too to help with their progress and show off how much of a badass you have become from your grunt days.

This is a tactial shooter and best played with the co-op element in mind. If you and a group of friends all get this game with mics it will be a BLAST!

 

To buy or not to buy?

This is easily recommended to those seeing to buy with friends as I cannot stress enough how much fun it is to wreak havoc with them and point the finger at the bozo of the team. Even without friends but AI and randomers still bring a good time when it comes to the story, after that things can get numb and boring. I can recommend this around the £30 price mark as you will easily get over 10 hours just tring to complete the story. Even with all the shortcomings it is still a good banquet to enjoy.

Reviewed by Sam

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7

Good

Pros

  • Co-op moments to be made
  • Character development
  • Bolivia to explore

Cons

  • Bugs and glitches
  • Bad vehicle mechanics
  • Can be repeptive after the story is done