Ghost Recon: Wildlands reviews round up

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out tomorrow on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We’ve loved our time with it in the betas to date – especially with friends. The open-world tactical shooter sandbox puts you and 3 other agents – player or AI-controlled – against a bunch of Narcos. The Santa Blanca cartel are a bunch of mean mofos, and it’s up to you, your pals and your high-tech gadgetry to put an end to their undue influence.

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Is it any good? Most seem to think so – especially if it’s played with others.

PlayStation Lifestyle – 8/10

Though far from perfect, Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the most effective franchise reboots in recent memory. It manages to build upon the key squad-based mechanics that set the series apart, while not feeling the need to pander to the established fan base. The result is a fantastically realized open world that legitimately feels like it could be a real geographic location.

Gamesradar Plus – 4.5/5

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A stunning open world, brutal combat, and deep customization combine to bring Ghost Recon roaring back from the dead.

Attack of the Fanboy – 4/5

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands can provide countless hours of thrilling sandbox shooter gameplay, but co-op is needed to make the most of it. Its massive, numerous and diverse locales are often gorgeous to behold, and navigating them tactfully with a good co-op team is a blast. Just don’t expect to have as much fun in single player, as your team limits your mission methods due to shaky AI and a lack of deep squad commands.

Destructoid – In Progress

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The cartel mechanic makes for a slick opening, but if the campaign is as long as I suspect, there’s a chance I’ll be sick of it by the time the credits roll. If Wildlands can keep things interesting (and the co-op works as advertised), then I’ll probably have a great time in the wilds of Bolivia.

Hardcore gamer – 4.5/5

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world thrill ride. The departure from the formula used in previous Ghost Recon games is a welcome change, as playing like a military-themed Grand Theft Auto or Watch Dogs is a blast. The in-game version of Bolivia is enormous and Santa Blanca is a large organization, so players will be spending a lot of time exploring the beautiful scenery in their hunt for El Sueño. The action packed gameplay and well developed story make the time in Bolivia enjoyable, and the freedom to play solo or cooperatively through campaign caters to anyone’s preferred social level in gaming. Wildlands might not be what longtime fans were hoping for from a new Ghost Recon, but putting expectations aside, Wildlands is not a game to miss.

It all sounds pretty damned good – and a lot better than I was expecting. Its biggest problem? It’s a great big open world, in a sea of them. We’ve just seen Horizon Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released – two great big open world sandboxes that are critical and fan hits. This one has guns though.

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Last Updated: March 6, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • HairyEwok

    I think the only people really unhappy about this games existence is the Bolivian government officials.

  • Captain JJ

    You have my attention. Definitely another game I’ll be picking up….on sale.

  • Way, way higher praise than I was expecting.

    • Captain JJ

      Yea. From all I heard post-beta, I didn’t expect it to be even close to this. I was just about ready to write this off as yet another Tom Clancy game gone down the drain, clearly not.

    • HairyEwok

      I’m amazed none of the reviewers speak of the rinse and repeat in the game. Missions start to handle the same way after a few hours of playing.

      • Matthew Holliday

        “The cartel mechanic makes for a slick opening, but if the campaign is as
        long as I suspect, there’s a chance I’ll be sick of it by the time the
        credits roll.”
        An honest review that actually agrees with the users? unheard of.

    • Viper_ZA

      Was waiting for it to hit the toilet, guess Ubi got SOMETHING right this time…

      • Matthew Holliday

        Still too early to say.
        The Division got alot of good early reviews aswell.

        • Captain JJ

          My trust in the end lies with user reviews.

        • Viper_ZA

          True but needless to say, I ended up getting The Division on my CNA account and actually enjoyed it immensely, bar a few initial issues 🙂

  • Ir0nseraph

    Well Zelda is too expensive sine I need to buy a Switch first :), and Horizon has no coop so wildlands will do fine, can’t wait to have some co-op nights start up again.

  • Original Heretic

    “It’s better if you play with friends”.

    Wow, you don’t say… So it’s just like 90% of games out there?

  • Jonah Cash

    Mark my words: This is just another Evolve. Great with friends, sucky with the internet dwellers that you will be matched up with… Wait till real people start playing it.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Well, my copy is coming tomorrow and I’m going to have hours of fun.

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