Blending action and an intelligent storyline is always difficult, thankfully Ghost Recon has its feet firmly on the ground, when it needs to
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has certainly been a long time coming, plagued by development pickiness and the constant desire to get it perfect the game has only now just reached the shelves.
Is that really such a bad thing though? The extra time gives the developers the breathing space they need and – as we hope in the case of BioShock: Infinite – it also ends up with the game being ultimately, everything you hoped for.
Luckily in this case, the plan has worked. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a game about adapting to your surroundings, something which Ubisoft has also done with the Ghost Recon series in a world where CoD reigns supreme.
Don’t panic though, that doesn’t mean all intelligence has been ripped from the game in favour of big explosions. What it actually means is the game looks so much prettier that its predecessors.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Plot and Characters
The plot is pretty simple, a Ghost team has been wiped out after trying to recover a nuclear warhead. You and your team are then tasked with both finding the warhead and avenging the death of your comrades.
It’s emotional stuff and is in many ways the closest you’ll get to actually playing out a Tom Clancy novel.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Gameplay
This is where opinions will begin to be divided. There will always be those hardcore Ghost Recon fans who liked feeling in total control of their team.
While this feature is still a key aspect of the tactics needed to complete the game it is no longer the most important. Instead Ubisoft have done some spring cleaning with the CrossCom, replacing the HUD for a visually impressive Augmented Reality display which throws information onto the sides of buildings and into the sky.
It works perfectly and immerses you instantly into the world of future warfare combining technologies that both seem feasible and downright impossible.
The most obvious example would be the adaptive camouflage, crouch and the camouflage is engaged almost removing you entirely from sight. As we mentioned in the preview it looks fantastic and demonstrates some hugely impressive work from the developers.
Elsewhere there’s the remote drone, back and as vital as ever in helping you gain tactical superiority. Finally of course there is Gunsmith. First shown off at E3 last year Gunsmith ha the unique feature of letting you use your hands to custom-build your own weapon.
It’s enormous fun and is, despite the appearance, is more than simply a gimmick letting you create genuinely different weapons and allowing you to create set ups for different situations.
While there have been some significant changes Ghost Recon remains a wonderfully difficult game to play, punishing you mercilessly for sticking your head above cover for too long and forcing you to play the tactical game.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Multiplayer
With a fully fledged co-op mode those who want to team up with their mates will be able to experience the campaign at its best. The already tense storyline is taken to a new level when you know that any mistake could be your fault.
Online and it’s another original take on the multiplayer genre by Ubisoft. There’s no sign of typically dull gaming modes. Instead Ubisoft has come up with a series of challenge based game modes that honestly feel inventive in a multiplayer world that has become at worst, repetitive.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Verdict
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is very much more than just a new lick of paint. While still retaining all the elements that make a Ghost Recon title great Future Soldier manages to make it relevant to today’s world of CoD fanatics combining a blistering thriller of a storyline with some very well done set pieces.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier availability: Available now
Ghost Recon Future Soldier price: £49.99