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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 was the first Tom Clancy game I had ever played (the second being Splinter Cell). The first time I played this, I was expecting something like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, good 'ol classic shoot 'em up games. This is nothing like that.
Ghost Recon 2 is a tactical 3rd-person shooter. Running around guns blazing will get you killed in seconds. Don't worry, you'll still get to fire some of the most technologically advanced weapons known to mankind.. but you need to be careful about it. You can really only get hit 2-3 times before dying, it's not like many shooters where you can take an entire round and still be at half health.
The key to this game is your Ghost squad. You use most of the buttons on the controller to give them different actions. These consist of things like "Flank Left", "Flank Right", "Suppression Fire", things like that. It sounds harsh but it's better if a member of your squad dies than you, for if you die the mission is over.
Overall this is a very good game if you come in and play it with an open mind. Don't expect to be able to sprint around blowing 2 men's heads off every second.. because this just isn't that type of game. That doesn't mean it's bad though, just different.
Ghost Recon 2 got a pretty high rating of 8.8 from IGN when it was released on the Xbox. It's a very impressive sequel to the Ghost Recon series and another good Tom Clancy game.
The game is set in North Korea, and is a third person tactical shooter where running and gunning won't get you through the game.
Using some stealth and careful ordering of the three men you are in control of will make each mission much more successful. The great graphics and easy to pick up controls, are present just like in most Tom Clancy games. Choose from a large array of weapons and customisation, including sniper rifles, SMG's and assault rifles.
Online, the multiplayer is sub-par and the team deathmatch system doesn't fit well with the idea of using tactics to win a match, however the co op is better and very engaging. This can be played with friends, where tactics will be easier to deploy.
Overall, Ghost Recon is a pretty good sequel and can be picked up cheap.
I (being a fan of Tom Clancey) already owned his previous Ghost Recons. I baught the first Ghost Recon going on pure guess work whether or not it was a good game. I saw the cover (this is when I wasn't a game fanatic) and wanted it. Before long, I was hooked. And out came Ghost Recon Island Thunder, of course I had to have it. Next along the line, GR2. It was Tom Clancey, it was Ghost Recon... Need I say any more?
You're probably wondering how it compares to the other Recon's or perhaps you are wondering how it compares to other war shooters. Well, one improvement I can name is the new "over the shoulder" view, (as they call it) but keeping the original first person view an option.
Ghost Recon 2 is set in the year 2011, this is so the game can be modern and realistic, but still experiment with advanced weaponary. In this game we see birth to the "lone wolf" soldier weaponary. Allowing you to go through the mission entirely on your own, with the fire power of a whole team. Equiped with cameras so you can peek (and shoot) around corners, distance locking missiles, and of course... the ability to call in air support.
If you're worried about loosing all the great squad control interfaces that the first ones had, you are mistaken. Many missions are still squad based. You can control your team via voice, or hand signals for added stealth.
A big element of this game, as with the others, is stealth. You're not called the ghosts for nothing. The game is very challenging, and anyone who just wants to run around and shoot and be shot, this game is not for you. You need to think about this game, or you wont get past the first mission.
High recommendations, great weaponary, great squad control, great A.I. and above all... GREAT GAMEPLAY.
I had never really played the first Ghost Recon game apart from a brief hours play at a friends house so I started this game with an open mind other than the fact that my friend had raved about the first one and had been slightly disappointed with this follow up however after a couple of hours play I was totally hooked and could not see what their problem was with the game.
This game is a good third person action shoot em up with some excellent graphics and an addictive game play. In the game you control a team of three men through issuing some basic orders and then it is over to the games artificial intelligence to direct them after that as you concentrate on making sure you survive the mission and take out as many opponents as possible. All of the action takes place in North Korea as you seek to track down a local warlord who has his hands on a nuclear device.
Tactics play a big part in this game, if you just run around shooting the first thing you see then the game will be over before you know it, this game is all about creeping around and using the available cover to get close to your targets, there is still plenty of shooting though and I found the targeting system really easy to use and very effective.
I found all of the missions to be varied enough to keep it interesting and you can also play solo games where you have a very specific mission to complete on your own without the support of your team such as entering a base and using a silenced pistol to kill everyone and these area a fun variation on the main theme of the game.
As I said earlier the graphics are pretty good on this game, most of the fighting takes place in the jungle however there are a few urban battle scenes and these are well set out and very realistic and are supported by a good sound system which helps create the impression of a battle scene.
This game is well worth getting and copies can be picked up at Play.com for £9.99 including delivery which is a great price.
Ghost Recon 2 will continue the tradition of intensity and realism associated with Ubisoft's Tom Clancy brand, with an emotionally charged storyline, a completely redesigned graphics engine and the most intuitive gameplay to date, to fully immerse gamers into the chaos of a high tech war. The game will offer more action than ever before, as it puts players in command of an elite squad of special forces thrust into a tense political situation in East Asia.