'Ghost Recon Future Soldier'
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3, PC)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.5 stars
Old-school gamers have watched the "Ghost Recon" franchise slowly evolve from a strategic shooter into more of a high-tech tactical shooter. Now the latest version, titled "Ghost Recon: Future Soldier," has been turned into an action-oriented shooter with mild tactical elements. While the drastic change may alienate some people, this long-time fan of the series still appreciates the overall package!
Set in a realistic near future rife with terrorists and die-hard soldiers, the story follows a group of secretive military Ghosts as they track the source of a dirty bomb that almost made its way into the U.S. Players globe-trot their way from one country to the next as they escort VIPs, hunt down arms dealers, and blast every enemy they come across. If this all sounds familiar, it's because the story line is as played-out as top-40 hip-hop.
Fortunately, the game play goes beyond what is found in most modern shooters. For instance, I really like how running-and-gunning is discouraged by making it the quickest way to fail a mission and/or get the player's squad wiped out! This encourages team play in both single and co-op mode.
I prefer taking cover and using the handy "cover swap" ability to highlight an area and rush there while crouched simply by holding a button. It's also fun to become practically invisible by using optical camouflage and then sneak up on enemies for silent take-downs. Even more helpful is the ability to highlight enemies and then coordinate multiple kills with a single order!
In addition to playing the entire campaign in single and co-op mode, players can defend bases from seemingly endless waves of enemies in Guerrilla mode. Moreover, the exciting class-based adversarial combat offers four different modes over ten maps and is much more enjoyable than twitch-based shooters like "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare!"
"Ghost Recon: Future Soldier" is very different from past iterations, but it still ends up as a very solid and fun shooter!