Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is nearly upon us, launching on March 7th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The closed and open betas have seen some rather mixed reactions and while not representing the final game, they do familiarize us with the kind of game we can expect. With so many awesome releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Nier: Automata coming up, here are 7 things you should know before buying Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
We’re not going to lie – the story for Ghost Recon: Wildlands is just kind of there. You head to Bolivia to dismantle the Santa Blanca cartel, working alongside your CIA contact Karen Bowman and the local rebels, the Kataris 26. Right off the bat you’ll notice some fairly “meh” writing, especially for Bowman. Her dialogue seems like she’s trying too hard to be authentic and is full of cheesy lines not unlike those seen in The Division. While the full story could surprise us, the current cast and set-up isn’t going to outdo Mass Effect: Andromeda any time soon.
Not Quite Tactical
Ghost Recon: Wildlands feels more like an action stealth shooter rather than a picture-perfect resurrection of Advanced Warfighter. Cover is automatically taken behind objects but you can’t blind-fire. Enemy AI isn’t all that fussy about your location if you manage to hide (contrast this with situations where the enemy knows where you are at all times). Load-outs can be changed on the fly and even on Extreme difficulty, you can respawn. If you’re looking for a title that lives up to the brutal realism of Ghost Recon, then Wildlands may leave you wanting.
With the open world approach, does Ghost Recon: Wildlands provide more freedom for how you can tackle missions? Most definitely. Vehicles like cars and helicopters are around for quickly reaching objectives. When infiltrating a camp, you can choose a number of approaches. Send your drone to do some recon, marking targets all throughout the camp and pick them off accordingly. Go in guns blazing and simply annihilate everyone around. You can even tackle the same missions at different times of day, with darkness bestowing different advantages depending on the situation.
Empty Open World
Aside from side and story missions, the open world of Bolivia feels a little…empty at this point. From a visual standpoint, even if it doesn’t look as good as the initial E3 2015 reveal trailer, Ubisoft has worked hard faithfully recreate Bolivia. So why isn’t it populated with more open world activities? There may be an escort here and there to attack but we expected more dynamic events and missions, especially from the publisher that brought us Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed. Maybe Ubisoft was waiting till launch to show off all this supposed content?
Subpar Vehicle Controls
You could argue that the large open world, Ubisoft’s biggest till date, was made to more easily facilitate traveling. This is all well and good but the current vehicle controls aren’t the best. Car physics glitch out at the weirdest times. Helicopter controls are slightly better but trying to manoeuvre these birds of war is a lot harder than crashing them. Again, this is one of those things that could be improved with the final game but you’ve been warned in advance.
Crazy Character Customization
Of all the things in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the system for building your own Ghost is surprisingly robust. After selecting a gender, assigning a face and general build, you can go absolutely crazy with hats, pants, shirts, tactical cloaks, glasses and so on. Want a tattoo of the American flag adorning your entire arm? It’s yours. Wildlands’ character creation tool is like the polar opposite of The Division’s and for that we’re eternally grateful.
Fun with Friends
Despite all the problems – the somewhat repetitive missions, mediocre vehicle controls, cookie-cutter story and glitches – Ghost Recon: Wildlands is tons of fun with friends. You can simply mess about, running enemies over with a car or tossing grenades willy-nilly, killing each other in the process. You could all parachute in to a base, the helicopter erupting in flames because you got too close, and hijack vehicles to make a grand escape. Or you can work together as a unit and stealthfully eliminate the opposition (which the friendly AI certainly isn’t very capable of). Whether it’s messing around or playing seriously, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is enhanced all the more by co-op.
SOURCE – IGN(India)
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