‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ is Open World Military Madness
For fans of the long-running Ghost Recon series, a third-person military shooting and strategy action game franchise, the next iteration is sure to have players elated as the new title, called Wildlands, is going open world, something all previous entries lacked. Let’s talk.
A surprise announcement as E3 2015, the Tom Clancy game earned a lot of praise for its depth of gameplay, massive environments and options for accomplishing goals and missions. Featuring single player or up to four-player coop online, the story is set in Blovia, where industrial amounts of cocaine are being shipped around the world and are the target of the titular Ghost Recon team. The drug cartels are rampant, led by one powerful organization that has ties to the local government and surging forward, causing a potential global threat. The mission of the Ghosts are to take out the bad guys by any means, and that’s where the fun of the gameplay get’s exciting.
Like many open-word games these days, this first military shooter set in an open environment, allows teams to utilize a variety of mission types to accomplish objectives. From distance sniping, to infiltration and stealth, to run and gun, the options are wide. Missions begin with parachuting or driving and with terrain varied from high snowy mountains to sweltering deserts, getting to these mission could be half the fun. Like recent games such as Far Cry 4 and Metal Gear Sold V, the spaces between these story-driven quests are populated by outposts and side missions that can be taken on independently and at the player’s will.
The game is shifting away from its previous title Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, putting the action more present day and with weapons and load-outs more in line with the original game, however, drones will be a significant part of the experience. Players are expected to observe and plan before tackling objectives. Naturally, it will feature changing weather patterns as well and have a full day and night cycle that will provide different opportunities for players in terms of approaching missions. Cover is key. The game will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Windows.
No release date has been set, but expected to be in 2016, though with Tom Clancy’s The Division on everyone’s radar, we might see this pushed to early 2017.