There are a lot of games out there that involve shooting people. I’d dare to say that more than half the video game market is made up of these types of games. Sure, there are different spins to these games like past, present, future, third person, first person, space, land, sea, air, and cover based to name a few. There are also a lot of successful series in this populated genre. Ghost Recon is one of them, but is Future Soldier fun and interesting enough to make it stand out from the others?
Starting off the game, you and your squad are killed in an explosion, which leads your squad to fulfill the missions they were given to get some sort of revenge as well as to stop a terrorist plot. I bet you are on the edge of your seat, filled with excitement, as you can’t believe such originality. Kidding aside, that whole plot base has been used a million times, but at least with Ghost Recon, the campaign has a nice flow to it. So while it isn’t new, it’s still sort of entertaining and keeps you playing.
Graphically, the game looks good. It definitely looks as good as a game of this generation should. Attention to detail in weapons and equipment is well done. There is also a sort of user interface aesthetic that represents what your goggles display that looks pretty neat. Random bits of information floating in the air connecting to things on an imaginary grid give the game its “future soldier” feel. The active camo is pretty sweet too. It reminded me of Metal Gear Solid 4, and we all know how awesome that was.
The coolest thing about Future Soldier is the Gunsmith mode. With Gunsmith you can totally customize your guns from the trigger, the sight, the barrel, and everything else guns are made of. These other parts of the guns are unlocked by completing missions or completing challenges. The amount of customization options for these guns is unreal. You can essentially build a gun for every situation. How you customize your guns definitely affects how you perform in the campaign.
The game play feels pretty good. For the most part it is a lot of finding cover and shooting the other guys in cover as well as sneaking about and taking out enemies silently. One thing that’s really fun is being able to mark up to four enemies. Then on your go, you and your squad mates kill the four marked targets at the same time. Really gives you that feeling of being in a squad. The AI in your squad is pretty good too. They will help you stay alive as long as you don’t do anything silly. At the same time, they don’t make the missions a cake walk either.
The multiplayer is what most people getting this game will probably be interested in. It does not disappoint. You have access to three classes that you can level up and customize. Engineer is a support class that has access to scanning probes and what not. They essentially help you find the enemy and try and keep you hidden. Soldier is pretty straight forward; he’s the guy with the guns on the front lines. Scouts can use active camo and sniper rifles. As you play matches, you gain experience points from killing, defending, capturing, and winning. As you level up you unlock new guns and attachments. The gunsmith mode in multiplayer is a little different in that you also unlock attachment credits. These you use to unlock the various parts to customize your weapons.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
|Pros||Great graphics, GUNSMITH is awesome! Addicting Multiplayer|
|Cons||Typical foil terrorist plot. TWO TITLE SCREENS?! Each title screen has a long loading time too.|
|Verdict||The new Ghost Recon is a great addition for fans as well as a good starting point. It really doesn’t do too much different, but it still does it well.|