Story - 90%
Graphics - 92%
Audio - 90%
Gameplay - 87%
Replayability - 85%
Welcome to Bolivia, where you get to see beautiful sites, get to meet helpful locals and the biggest cherry on top….Mexican drug lords. Yes they are quite rampant in Bolivia, but that’s why you and your Special Forces buddies are there to sort them out. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, is the tenth game in the Ghost Recon series of games and it’s an awesome game. Wildlands is an open world, tactical shooter that is based in a not so distant future (about 2 years from now). What this means is that it is not a futuristic shooter but based on guns and gear that is mostly available now. Almost all of the gear that you can get in the game is upgradeable and customizable to your own spec (I went for an Arnold type character that is a mix of Commando and Escape from New York).
A cool piece of tech that you get is a drone, the drone in the beginning of the game has a limited range but as you start playing the game and get more experience points you can upgrade it so that it has better range and battery life. The best feature of the drone is that you can use it to tag targets to be taken out or give your squad orders. With an open world design, you get to pick how you are going to get to your next mission, be it by air (chopper, small crop dusters, parachuting) or land (driving or walking) you will always get to see something awesome. The one thing that I noticed is that the NPC character AI is done pretty well and they don’t get in the way much…unless you want them to (I even saw one that waved as I drove past them). Wildlands also feature a day/night cycle and each cycle has its advantages to your overall strategy to get to your target, daytime gives you nice clear visibility (nice for you guys that like to snipe your target) and in the night cycle you have better sneaking capabilities.
Except for your main missions, there is also a lot of side missions that you can use to build up your character (they give you extra Intel and points for your customization) and quite a bit of backstory to the cartel dealers can be unlocked this way. Graphics wise, I must say that there are breath taking sceneries and I spent (to be honest) about an hour just walking about taking it in. Fill this in with the soundtrack and environmental sounds and you have a perfect mix to enjoy a game like Wildlands. Controlling the ground vehicles is very simple and is almost like GTA in this respect. The only thing that I struggled a bit with was the aeroplanes, especially the chopper. But after a while, you get used to it and just enjoy the game further. Wildlands also feature a Multiplayer aspect to it, this works almost like a hop on/hop off gameplay and you get to be one of the support guys in your buddy’s team or some random oak on the Ubisoft servers.
Lots of Eye candy, awesome soundtrack (which you can download from the Uplay store) and a great gameplay experience you cannot go wrong with this game. Overall I loved the game and it even felt a bit like the old Commandos series (from way back…for me that is). This is your local mad scientist signing out….now where did they say was that sniper rifle
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Age Rating: 18
Estimated RRP: R899
Release Date: 6 March 2017
- Love the open world that Ubisoft designed for this game
- Can customise almost everything!
- Chopper controls takes a bit to get used too