The Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series has spanned over a decade. In that time, the franchise has gone from a pure first person shooter that relied on team tactics and squad commands in the originals, to a fast paced third person affair in its Advanced Warfighter chapters. Content to evolve the franchise yet again, Ubisoft has Ghost Recon: Future Solider on deck, and it takes the franchise even deeper into the world of high tech warfare.
Information trumps marksmanship in this recent release. Taking a different approach from other shooters on the market today, Future soldier asks players to be more tactful on the battlefield by using information gathering tools to swing the tide of a gunfight. Whether examining it in its campaign, cooperative, or multiplayer modes, the emphasis on high tech gadgetry is more pronounced than ever before. Motion sensors, cloaking abilities, reconnaissance drones, and other military technology give Future Soldier a different feel than it competitors like Call of Duty and Battlefield.
Instead of grading you on how fast you can aim down the sights of your weapon, you’ll be judged on the precision of your operation instead.
A self proclaimed tactical shooter, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier shows its most promise in its single player offering. The mode gives the game room to breathe, allowing for all too cool synchoronized take downs, stealthy mission types , and the best the game has to offer from a visual presentation perspective.
The four-player cooperative Guerrilla Mode will be familiar to anyone that has played a horde style game type in recent years. You’ll infiltrate areas, silently take out your enemies, and then perform different objectives as wave after wave of enemy are unleashed to deter your progression. Weapons drops in-between waves will allow you to restock your supplies, or outfit an area to help you hold off an attack. Setting up sensors, claymores, and other items will give you plenty of information on how best to deal with your attackers and progress to the next round.
This latest Ghost Recon takes an ambitious detour in the multiplayer department
Fans that have been with the Ghost Recon franchise over the years will notice that some mainstay gamemodes have been eliminated, like standard team deathmatch and the traditional Last Man Standing. Fortunately, their replacements like Saboteur and Conflict are welcome additions that allow the gameplay to remain in-line with the theme of the game. An XP system will have you leveling up and unlocking weapons, attachments, character skins, and other customizable features for your avatar that can give you significant benefits on the field of play. The game’s gunsmith and shooting range feature will allow you to customize and test any weapons which you create, giving you the pitch perfect companion to take with you into a fight.
Alot of these features are fairly standard protocol for most shooters these days, and bring Ghost Recon: Future Soldier up to speed with the competition. Though its not really fair to compare the methodical pacing of Ghost Recon with the games that are considered to be in the same genre. Definitely a game that goes outside of the popular conventions that twitch based shooters adhere to, Ghost Recon Future Soldier has alot to offer for gamers who prefer their shooters of the more cerebral nature.
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