Ghost Recon: Wildlands launch event: We are Ghosts

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Some are soldiers, we are Ghosts. Or, at least, we tried to be! This past Saturday, Gavin and I had the… um… pleasure of attending the launch of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, courtesy of Megarom Interactive. We weren’t entirely sure what we were in for, and as it turns out that was a good thing. I’m not sure how willing we would have been had we known how tough it was going to be!

For an authentic Ghost Recon: Wildlands experience, Megarom arranged a day of real-life first-person-shooter warfare in the form of airsoft. Going in, I basically thought that airsoft was just paintball without the paint, but Paul and the guys from Airsoft HQ were more than happy to put us through our paces and prove me wrong. Airsoft is way more than just run-and-gun; it’s tactical, strategic and pretty damn tiring!

Gavin and I made our way to City of Dead, an abandoned town outside of Krugersdorp which was to become our playing field. Trust me when I say it looks exactly like you’d expect a place named “City of Dead” to look. After getting to the Safe Zone and being kitted out with rifles, bandages, rags and safety goggles, we got the low-down on how to play.

Airsoft is a game of honour, because the pellets don’t leave a mark you’ve got to call your hits. And trust me, when you get shot, you’re going to yell! We had to learn about respawn rules, how to treat our hits, bleed out times and the rules of being a medic. Once we had that down, we got the full game brief of the scenarios we would be playing. This is where the serious strategy came in to play.

We split up into two teams: Ghosts and Mercenaries. We all had different tasks, and our objectives were completely different as well. Based closely on actual scenarios from Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the Ghosts were doing their best to stop the Mercenary take over while the Mercs were – well – trying to take over. It was a bit more detailed than that, but that’s the gist of it! After our separate briefs, we were sent off to complete our objectives, and shoot the s&*$ out of each other along the way.

When I said earlier that airsoft is tactical, strategic and pretty damn tiring, I wasn’t kidding. Completing objectives like stealing an RV, moving the cocaine stash or having to hide dead “bodies” in the woods (yes, I was a mercenary for the first round) is no easy feat when the playing field is that huge. You’re hot, tired, sweaty and constantly on high alert for when the bullets start flying. Also, as my knees and shins can testify, it’s not easy running through those fields when there are holes and ditches lurking beneath the grass.

We managed to get in three different rounds of airsoft throughout the day, with a few breaks in between. I’m super grateful to the pro airsoft players who were there to guide and direct us, and make sure we didn’t screw up too badly. Between their expert knowledge of the field, many years of expertise and constant radio contact for the teams, they made sure we got a pretty realistic experience. At the end of the day I went home with more bruises than I could count, and two days later my legs are still aching, but what an adrenaline-fuelled, action packed day it was.

Thanks again to Megarom and Airsoft HQ for organizing such an epic event, and showing us gamers what it’s really like to be out in the fields. I don’t know how much of what I learned will carry over to playing Wildlands, but I’ll sure be grateful that I get to do that indoors!

All images courtesy of Megarom Interactive and Airsoft HQ.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the launch trailer:

Last Updated: March 7, 2017

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Sageville

    That one moegoe in the red shirt…

    Star Trek tells me he didn’t make it…

    • Ir0nseraph

      XD

  • I still hurt in places I did not know I had. 😛

    Was super fun though.

  • DragonSpirit009

    Man this looks fun… But I’ll skip the pain XD

    • Tracy Benson

      It’s not even as sore as paintball!

      • DragonSpirit009

        I don’t know anything flying at high speeds out of a gun sounds painful XD

        • Tracy Benson

          Never said it wasn’t painful… 😛

          • DragonSpirit009

            Very true XD

      • Original Heretic

        Ah no, that’s no good then. You should feel the PAIN after a day like this.

        • Tracy Benson

          Don’t get me wrong, I am still covered in bruises (those pics weren’t going in the article though!). The bullets hurt less than paintball, in that they don’t leave enormous welts, only little welts. They still break skin though

          • Original Heretic

            Heh, then I suppose it is well worth it.

            Y’all gotta bring this to PE! I got a cadre of companions that will jump at the chance.

          • HvR

            Check out airsoftza.co.za forum pretty sure there should be clubs around PE.

            Shop here in Cape Town rents rifles for R150/day so pretty sure there should be something similar in PE.

          • Original Heretic

            Thanks for the link.

            But a quick look there revealed that the last thing posted about the Eastern Cape was in 2015.

            Once again, it proves to me that PE is the red-headed stepchild of the SA cities.

        • I still have a massive black bruise on my ass from where I fell..

          • Original Heretic

            Thrills and spills are part of the game!

            Worst bruise I ever got playing paintball (not Airsoft, sorry, I haven’t had that pleasure as yet) was when I got shot on my inner thigh. It hurt like hell and the bruise stayed for about two weeks. At one point it resembled a rainbow.

  • Original Heretic

    Man this looks like fun. Been far too long since I don’t something like this.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Looks like it was fun.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Look who is wearing a COD cap. LOL

    • Yeah I thought wearing a bright blue cap was a bad idea

      • MonsterCheddar

        Probably would have been. 😛

  • MonsterCheddar
    • ENJOY IT, GHOST.

      • MonsterCheddar

        Oh, I most definitely will, thanks.

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