I’ll admit. I’ve been an oblique fan of the Ghost Recon series from Ubisoft/ Red Storm. They’ve been good but they haven’t yet captured the imagination and excitement on the level that the Call of Duty series or even Bad Company series has.
Part of the reason I think is that a lot of the other shooters out there have been fairly linear with a focus on micro-task completion. You need to go from one place to another place shooting bad guys and performing certain objectives. Each of the shooter games have accomplished those things with a certain level of success and polish. However, the Ghost Recon series seem to have a more tactical and squad level management that can distract the player from the tasks at hand and have them focus on squad movement, positioning and the real tasks of infantry based warfare.
Now we’ve been given a look at the new Ghost Recon: Future Warrior live action trailer.
Holy hell does this look good. Now, before you say that this is a live action trailer and not representative of the actual game, I think what this shows is the level of interaction, interoperability and skills the player will have when making squad based combat decisions.
The scout will have control over aerial drones, the engineer will have mobile gun platforms, the sniper… will… kill things from very far away and the assault class will be an “F-16 on legs”. There will be some brutal takedowns and the missions will be varied.
Ubisoft and Red Storm have promised more of the amazing video footage for us later and I cannot wait to check it out. While the past games have always been competently done and great adaptations of modern squad warfare, they’ve yet to reach the collective praise and success of the entire gaming community. With this edition, I’m getting the impression that they’re doing it right this time.
Lastly, a multi-player beta is being planned to launch this summer and if you’ve already picked up Splinter Cell: Conviction, save your beta code… you’re already in.
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