April 05, 2017
By Tim Webb
Continuing with the Tom Clancy franchise, developer Ubisoft Paris and publisher Ubisoft have released their newest open world tactical shooter game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Wildlands is the 10th installment from the Ghost Recon series but is the first to feature an open world environment. Released on March 7 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game includes different locales such as forests, mountains, deserts, salt flats and more.
The game takes place in Bolivia which has been overrun by a previously minor Mexican drug cartel known as Santa Blanca. The Santa Blanca are led by El Sueño who has tortured and killed an undercover DEA agent Ricardo “Ricky” Sandoval. Because of this killing, the United States dispatches an elite special operations team called “Ghosts” to take down El Sueño and his Santa Blanca gang.
Being that the game is open world, players have the choice of when and how they encounter each mission as they transverse nine different types of terrains which also are impacted by a dynamic weather system as well as a day-night cycle. In addition, a variety of vehicles, such as dirt bikes, helicopters and dune buggies, are featured in the game for the players to use.
Players are free to explore the video game’s world as they please and can tackle missions using a variety of tactics that include stealth, long range weapons, short range weapons and melee attacks. The game utilizes an experience system which allows players to customize abilities and weapons as they level up. The game also has a co-operative mode in which a player can team up to three other players online. If gamers prefer to play solo, the other three players will be controlled by three AI teammates.
The game is stunning and Ubisoft has done a wonderful job with the map of Bolivia they’ve created for this game. The size is unbelievable and is even on a greater scale than Grand Theft Auto V’s map. Also, Ubisoft have given players the ability to customize their characters and weapons with hundreds of options to keep things fresh and unique for each player. There was little to find wrong with the game except for occasional bugs here and there, but nothing that made the game unplayable.
With a huge open world that gives total freedom and limitless customization options, Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the best games this year. Playing co-op with friends is very sufficient and entertaining. Ubisoft have already announced several downloadable content missions and even a new multiplayer mode that will let gamers take on each other in the future that will be sure to keep this game relevant for a long time to come.