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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter follows in the footsteps of previous games in the series. You play as one of the 'ghosts' an advanced soldier with access to the newest military technology. In this title this is ever more prevalent with augmented reality displays. For example enemies and objectives are highlighted on your eyepiece.
In this game the ghosts are sent to mexico to diffuse a situation with rebels trying to overthrow government. The story is mainly told through in game communication which appears as a small video in your field of view. The story is probably one of the weaker aspects of the game as you do not care about the main characters.
Graphically, the game is impressive but it comes at a high price. You will need a high end PC to rum the graphics on a high setting. This is one of the first games to support the phys x cards but it isn't a requirement.
The gameplay is the redeeming feature of this game. The battles are engaging and tense. Enemies move very realistically and their death animations are superb. A squad will accompany you on most missions which is a great help against the many enemies.
Overall, the game does have some big flaws but if you have a PC capable of running it give it a shot.
More of a simulator shooter than I was expecting, that can keep you hooked for a while...before frustrating you senseless.
Im not going to go over the story, because despite finishing the game it never gripped me long enough to realise what was going on. Characterisation of your team only came through the fact that you will be relying on them to take down yoyur enemies throughout the entire game.
The basic premise is that you are part of a ghost squad in the near future, and are dropped into mexico to fight insurgents and terrorists etc. Whilst the locations and enemies change it reamins bland and rather confusing.
In terms of game mechanics, GRAW is actualy pretty damned good im most areas. Being standard FPS fare, with looking down the sites for extra accuracy, the game manages to separate from the pack with the more tactical nature of the gameplay. Using the several different stances the game allows you to sneak around your enemies, before using a map view or your fps view to send your squad mates to flank the enemy. You can link up commands to ensure that they stay in cover or just plain and simple go where you want. Whilst they run, you can see what they can see in your top left hand corner, or full screen if your safe.
Being able to slide into cover also helps to immerse you into the combat world. Unfortunately the rater small range of weapons feel weak and give no real feeling or packing a punch. They don't feel like they have weight either, with your player being able to swing about a rifle at the same speed at a pistol.
Wondering where it gets frustrating? Your health. Realistic games tread a fine line between real, and fun. This game unfortunately falls too far into the 'real' catagory. I understand tht in real life a few bullets are going to end your life, but in a game I don't expect to be gunned down again and again, with no regenerative life. The AI on the enemies isn't great, as they follow set movements, but can hit you in the forehead from 500meters away, faster than you can even see them. This break in the game flow damages it in my opinion, to the point of frustration. Even on the Even on the easiest settings your going to be hitting the restart setting far to regularly, taking away from the enjoyment of the game.
The games graphics arn't bad at all, even by todays standards aslong as your running it on a half descent rig. Unfortunately, whilst the lighting effects and textures are nice, along with the character models, the screen tearing and occasional frame drop mar the performance side of the game.
I came across this game by getting it free with a motherboard i bought. Before this game i was used to the shooting games where you can take 20 bullets before you fall and even after taking just under you can find something to get your health back up. This game was totally different and at first i didn't really understand or like the game. Struggled with only being able to take a few bullets as i was used to just stepping in the line of fire and letting rip. This game requires much more thinking and tactics. After an hour i started getting the hang of positioning my men and locating enemy positions. I really started to get into the game, and really liking it. It does get very tricky in parts but with a little patients it can be done. The only problem i had with the story line was that it was too short. Their were only something like 6 mission. This is when i discovered the on-line mode. Wow that takes even more getting used to, some of the guys on their i swear do it for a living or something. They are so good and very rarely get killed and manage to kill you like 10 times in the space of a few minutes. But once you get the hang of the on-line mode then you start to get a little street wise and learn what they do, helps you avoid getting killed by them to some what of a degree but you will still get nailed by them. The only problem i have with the only version is that there is nothing there to record what you have done, like how many rounds you have done, total kills, average kills per round, deaths, average deaths per round, all that kind of stuff, and no levels up to show how much experience you have. That would be one thing i would change. But if your into first person shooters then this is a game to try out, but make sure you have a good pc to run it on as the lag may get to you!!!!!
This was the first Tom Clancy game that I played, being a fan of the books I was not so sure what to expect.
Thankfully the game itself was very good, you play as Captain Scott Mitchell of the Ghost Recon squad in the US Army and command a squad in an attempt to complete all the missions.
You only directly command your main character and you give orders to your squad, like where to go regroup things like that.
The single player campaign is the best part of the game, it is much more of a tactical shooter than some of the more popular games, where you have to use cover much more to your advantage and plan your attacks rather than running in shooting.
The game is set in Mexico where you are assigned to guard a summit, whilst you are there Mexico rebels attack the summit killing one of the VIP's you are meant to be protecting and kidnapping two others it is your mission to try and locate and rescue them.
The controls are easy to use and master so controlling your character and the squad is pretty easy, alhough the AI is not up to much the game should take at least 10 hours to complete for an average gamer.
As in most of the games with Tom Clancy's name on it the graphics are pretty impressive, the detail is good and the area you can explore is large although to get the best out of it you will need a decent PC with a good graphics card.
The multiplayer version of the game is not really very good it has all the normal game types you would expect with this game type, if your going to get this game only buy it for the single player.