GAME NAME: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
RELEASE DATE(S): May 25
Unmanned drones and invisibility camouflage used to be things we only ever saw in movies but they are now bordering on reality. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier tries to show how all this new technology can come together on the battlefield of tomorrow to give soldiers an advantage in combat.
Developers Ubisoft are once again behind this latest entry in the Ghost Recon series that gives players a glimpse into the future without the need for a crazy scientists and a time-travelling Delorean. The story sees you and your team of Ghosts tracking down the source of a dirty bomb that blows up a separate Ghost team in the beginning of the game. A trip around the world follows and has you taking out bad guys everywhere from Zambia to Russia. It wouldn’t be a Tom Clancy game without a few dirty bombs and terrorist trying to nuke something so you can check that box.
Nukes and terrorist aside the real fun comes in the form of all the state-of-the-art gadgets you and your team get to play with. You will have access to top-end toys like Active Camouflage that help players blend into their surroundings Predator style, remote controlled soundless drones for scouting ahead, sensor balls and a heads-up display in your goggles to help you manage it all. The weapons you choose are all handled through a feature called Gunsmith which lets you break down your weapon completely with just a click of a button, and then lets you customize every part from the stock to the barrel and even the gas system. You can get lost in this mode for ages as you meticulously tweak and customize every inch of your weapon to make sure it’s ready for the job ahead.
There is a cost to being a one-man army that has more tech than Iron Man and that is there is less emphasis on teamwork in the single player mode. The only real option you have to utilise your team for is to perform synchronised kills which, when set up and executed correctly, will slow the game down to let you take in the four simultaneous headshots, a feature that looks as cool as it sounds. Controls are sharp and responsive and the cover system is up there with the best. Visuals are impressive with the only downside being the characters faces that look like high res PS2 face models. You only really notice this in the cutscenes because the Ghosts wear masks all the time during gameplay so they dodged a bullet there.
The multiplayer is where the team tactics return. You can jump online with up to four buddies and tackle the campaign in co-op mode or keep the action on the couch with a split-screen survival mode called Guerrilla as well as the now industry-standard competitive multiplayer option. Ghost Recon: Future soldier is a meaty package. With so much to keep you and your friends busy the future of warfare has never looked so good. All that’s left for us to do now is to jump online and hunt down a civilian version of the active camouflage they use.