Tom Clancy''s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfi
Published by: FinalCloud on 2007-01-22
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Lets lock and load ladies, this ain't no picnic....
The latest installment in the Ghost Recon series, Advanced Warfighter, follows a group of elite Ghosts as they attempt to rescue the American and Mexican Presidents, who have been attacked by Mexican forces. Its not your average first person shooter and the run and shoot tactic a lot of games use will not work here. You play Scott Mitchell, leader of the Ghost squad as you battle your way through Mexico City in 15 exciting missions.
So, lets start with the gameplay. The single palyer missions are excellent, with only two difficulty settings available, normal or hard. The AI offer a good challenge, they will take cover, hide behind walls as well as come and attack you. Lets be totally honest here, there are going to be levels on this game where you are going to get your ass kicked mainly due to the AI. Its not the smartest I've ever seen, but its good enough to make you work for that victory. The game varies from system to system, but in the Xbox version, you have support from one AI player, who will follow your commands and execute your orders, but be careful, once he's dead, he's not coming back! While on the most part they do the smart thing and respond well, from time to time they get stuck and you have to force them to come to you. Moving to the multiplayer, the game comes alive. You have 2 - 4 player in co-op or adversarial for local fun, but of course, with Xbox Live! the action gets really intense!
Your hands will be all over the control pad during this game as there is so much to do. Crouch, switch weapon, change the firing mode, zoom in, sprint, these are the things that you're going to be doing a lot of the time. Couple that with giving team orders and executing strikes, your fingers are going to get one hell of a workout. Saying that, with all the amount of button pressing going on, its easy to navigate and execute the things you need to. Once you've learnt what button does what, you'll be an Advanced Warfighter before you know it. The guys at Ubisoft made improvements to the 360 version which are greatly missing from this title. The ability to shoot around walls, have more than one AI ally and heal co-op players are but a few. Still, considering all the equipment, weaponary and team components you have to control, the control system works out well.
Well, sound and audio in this game is first class. Each weapon makes a unique and rich sound when fired, allies and enemies have excellent voice work and music is a deep orchestra of patriotic melodies, designed to inspire and uplift. You can hear the ground beneath your feet as you walk, the sound of water from lakes and rivers, birds in the sky, it really is a vast open world rich in sound. Briefing come in the way of link-ups via a small window in the top right. While it would have been nice to get some better more involving FMV in the game, it does its job well and again, all voice acted with belief.
So, in review, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is an excellent game. Although missing elements that make the 360 version an unstoppable game, it holds its own on the system and gets you involved. The game excels in multiplayer, especially co-op but also has enough depth in the single player missions to last a long time. The game should last about 10 - 15 hours depending on how good you are and how profficiently you move through the level. The graphics are good, not mind-blowing, but good enough to be noticed. Coupled with great audio and gameplay, the game is a true test of players skill in urban warfare. This game is a must have for all Xbox owners, whether you're a fan of this style or not.
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