I know that the game was released on 7 March 2017, but I don’t see many recent reviews about the current state of the game so I thought I should write one.
I will split this review into four parts. Firstly I will talk about the storyline, then about the gameplay, afterward, I will talk about the visuals and finally, I will tell you my personal thoughts and give you a rating for the game from 0-10 (10 being the best).
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It will take you about 25 hours to complete the story and see the ending cinematic but if you complete the story 100%, you will see an alternative ending.
It will take you about 50 hours to complete the story 100%, so the game has a lot of content if you’re wondering about that.
When I played the first mission in Ghost Recon Wildlands, I was amazed by how good the game mechanics were. I really liked Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain and Ghost Recon Wildlands reminded me of that game a lot.
Before I go into any details about gameplay, I should mention that, as you do objectives and missions in the game, you gain experience, and with that experience, you can unlock new abilities or make your current abilities stronger. Now let’s start:
The game most of the time allows you to approach a mission however you want. You can go in guns blazing, or you can hide and use a drone to spot enemies around you and have their locations constantly shown after you spot them.
Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages. If you choose to go in guns blazing, for example, you will probably end the mission faster but there is a higher risk that you will die.
It depends on the difficulty level you have set and how good you are at the game. It’s a high risk/high reward kind of situation.
I didn’t use this approach when I started the game because I hadn’t unlocked many abilities that help you survive more, so I chose the stealthy approach.
This approach takes more time, but it is safer and more realistic. It makes you feel like a ghost that goes in a base and kills everyone, without them even realizing what happened.
Although it should be noted that going stealthy is kind of hard, because depending on your gun stats and how effective the gun’s silencer is, enemies might hear you when you shoot, the alarm will go off, and all hell will break loose.
This has happened many times to me, and it’s not pleasant. The alarm will also trigger if the enemies find a dead body and again, all hell will break loose.
At this point, I should also mention that you have 3 AI players as your teammates that will help you finish your missions. The AI of your teammates in this game is decent, nothing too special.
There is an ability that you have that is called Sync Shot where you can mark enemies and order your team to kill them. It’s a very useful ability when you solo.
In my opinion, playing this game solo becomes boring fast. The most fun I’ve had with this game is when I played with other players.
It may take you some time to find people that are decent enough and play seriously, but when you do, the game becomes hundreds of times more fun. I personally found some good and serious players and we had a lot of fun together.
The vehicle control in the game isn’t bad but it’s not good either. Don’t expect GTA-like vehicle control. The only vehicles that feel somehow good are the helicopters and the motorcycles.
There are also a lot of side missions and objectives on the map that you can do to get experience and unlock more abilities.
This game also has a variety of weapons for you to choose from and all the weapons are customizable to fit your playstyle.
At some point, you will have more weapons than you’ll ever need. I personally have only used 5-6 weapons while playing. Some weapons can be unlocked only as a reward when you finish a story mission and some other weapons can be found at certain locations on the map.
To unlock the locations of weapons in the map you must find intel either by interrogating some person or by hacking computers and taking pictures of documents. You will understand better when you play the game.
The missions in the game are fun but they do get repetitive. You will find yourself doing the same kind of mission many times.
When you reach level 30 you can unlock tier mode. You begin from tier 50 and you can level up, up to tier 1. Tier mode makes the game more difficult and allows you to make your weapons stronger by upgrading their damage output. To level up tiers in the game, you should replay missions or do the side missions on the map.
I am personally tier 40, and I didn’t really play that much after I 100% completed the story. I just find it boring doing the same missions over and over just to level up tiers.
There are two other modes in the game, the Ghost War and the Ghost Mode.
Ghost War is a PvP mode that was added in the game a few months after its release. In this mode, you can play against other players in the game either Ranked or Casual games. There are many classes in this mode and each class has unique abilities.
I won’t analyze it further because it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. I played a few games in this mode but I didn’t find it any fun. I wouldn’t recommend this game if you are looking for a good PvP shooter. This game is a PvE shooter mostly.
The Ghost Mode is the same as the campaign but with one difference. If you die once you lose all your progress and you must make a new character and start over.
I don’t particularly enjoy Ghost Mode because the game has some bugs that can make your life a living hell in Ghost Mode. For example, you may get stuck between rocks when you try to escape from an enemy base when the alarm goes off and if you’re stuck there you can’t escape, so you’re basically dead.
Also, when the alarm in a base goes off the enemies might spawn behind you and kill you instantly. This is a huge problem even in the normal campaign and it’s still unfixed.
Moreover, in Ghost mode, it isn’t such a good idea to use motorcycles cause if you hit a rock or a tree you might die instantly, and your AI team might not be able to revive you depending on where you land.
You should also watch when you cross the road as a car might hit you and kill you, and it’s not a good idea to use helicopters either because there are missiles on some bases that target helicopters and they will kill you instantly if you don’t dodge them.
So, to sum it all up, for me Ghost Mode is not fun because it makes you focus on stuff that doesn’t really matter to me. Of course, this is my opinion, and many of you may disagree.
The graphics in this game are absolutely astounding. This game has gorgeous scenery. Bolivia looks amazing and realistic. Some locations on the map look stunning at certain times of the day (this game has day-night cycles).
You can also customize your character with the clothes and accessories that you want. There aren’t as many options as I would have liked, but there are a lot.
I haven’t seen many games with these levels of graphics, so if you are one of those people that love amazing graphics in games then you should check this game out.
The cutscenes in the game look amazing like the rest of the world and the voice actors are very good.
I don’t have much to say in this section because a game with this level of graphical detail leaves you speechless.
The game, for me, has a solid campaign and its fun while you complete it but after you complete everything in the campaign there is no reason to play it. PvP is ok but nothing special.
If you pick this game for the PvP you will be disappointed.
Ghost mode is very good for those that want to be careful in every step they make in the game because one wrong step and you are dead, and you must start all over again (as I said I don’t like it).
If you want a game to spend 50 plus hours doing the campaign this is a good game, but I wouldn’t recommend you pay full price. Wait for the sale (don’t give more than 20 euros for this game) and the gold edition isn’t worth it, at least for me.
I bought the Gold Edition and I regret it. I purchased the game on sale and it was just 8 euros more, but it still wasn’t worth it.
General Rating: 8.5
That’s it for my review. I hope you liked my review. If you want to add something or ask something write in the comments below. See ya in the next article.
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