Product Type: Ubisoft Nintendo 3DS Game
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A competent, enjoyable tactical turn-based strategy game for the 3DS
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (3DS)
Member Name: Kodoku
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (3DS)
Advantages: Lots of missions and solid gameplay for turn-based strategy fans
Disadvantages: Bland graphics, characters and story
This is the first game I picked up for my 3DS as I had heard good things about it from other gamers. I have since found this to be a solid if slightly uninspiring strategy game that's well suited to the console.
The game involves you taking control of a small squad of specialist soldiers, "Ghosts", as they make their way through a series of campaign missions fighting enemy soldiers and securing objectives. At 37 missions and three skill levels, the campaign certainly feels meaty enough to ensure value for money, and additional missions are available outside of the campaign as well if you wanted a little more from it.
Gameplay involves you moving your squad of Ghosts, plus the occasional allied guest characters, across the map and setting up position to attack or use their abilities in one turn while the enemy then moves their soldiers in their turn, continuing until either the enemy soldiers are beaten or the declared objectives are met. Each one of your Ghosts is of a different class (commando, sniper, recon, gunner, engineer and medic) with different abilities to contribute to the squad that you'll need to be aware of in order to complete the missions. Positioning of your soldiers is key, as is the knowledge of the terrain as you take cover in buildings and foliage while securing higher ground from which to attack the enemies while exposing your people to return fire as little as possible.
All in all I am finding it quite enjoyable in small doses, suiting portable play perfectly. Away from the gameplay, the visuals aren't terribly impressive, being more functional than anything outstanding. The characters and dialogue isn't terribly well written and the story is uninspiring so as to be completely forgettable, but that doesn't really impact much on my enjoyment of the game as I can just treat it as a pure strategy game and ignore the other elements.
In addition to the campaign, there is a number of skirmish missions as I briefly mentioned earlier, which are unlocked as you finish campaign missions. These are one-off battles that task you to complete objectives under set conditions (such as only having one class of soldier available to you) and should satiate anyone who still hasn't had their fill after the campaign is done. There is also a limited multiplayer option, which basically boils down to sharing the console with a friend as you take it in turns to battle one another. That there isn't an online option or even a local wireless option does seem a bit of a disappointment, although to be honest I never bought this game with any expectation of multiplayer so this barely registers as a negative in my opinion.
To conclude, I consider this well worth a look for anyone who is a fan of turn-based strategy games in general. It won't win any new fans over to the genre, but it's enjoyable enough for those of us who already love this sort of thing.
Summary: A solid tactical strategy game, undermined only by a lacklustre story
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