Action games based on warfare can easily boil down to simple point and shoot. The Call of Duty games, especially Modern Warfare do feature story led features but they do tend to lead to more action than thinking. Ghost Recon: Future soldier looks to add a bit more intelligence to its storyline and even though it’s full of action, get the brain working more.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a game that has been a long time in coming. This can often be a bad sign with games, but not this time. The developers have been picky and looked to perfect the game and provide something that the fans wanted, not a quick release to get the quick bucks.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier takes you as the solider and puts you in a situation where you have to adapt to your surroundings, not just run and fire at anything that moves. This is something Ubisoft have always been good with when developing these types of games. It’s a nice change from Call of Duty which even though it is fun is not the most intelligent of shooters.
Storyline and Characters
A nuclear warhead has gone missing and in the attempt to retrieve it a Ghost team has killed. You and your team are given the mission of finding the warhead and avenging the other team. In putting in the story of avenging the other team the developers have looked at adding more emotion to the situation and this has worked well.
In previous Ghost Recon games the control system and User Interface looked to put the game player in total control of their team. In Future Soldier this has been given a complete overhaul. The biggest difference is the use of Augmented Reality to provide you details with the environment around you. There is no HUD now with all the details; the information appears next to areas of interest giving you the details at the sides of the buildings and characters. The developers have obviously worked on perfecting this and it really works well.
Another new toy you are given is adaptive camouflage. When you crouch and it is engaged you become invisible to the surrounding area obviously when stealth is a huge element of the gameplay this is a very nice advantage. Along with this is the use of remote drones which allow you to fly cameras over the area of interest and map out important points and enemies. Adding to that also is the Gunsmith feature that lets you custom builds your weaponry. This allows you to adapt your weapons to your style.
The multiplayer comes in the usual co-op mode and head to head but the actual missions available are quite inventive and interesting. Not just looking to re-create what Call of Duty obviously does best Ubisoft have looked at the online and gone for challenge based gameplay. This is a nice alternative than just having an all-out fire-fight.
The amount of time the developers have been given to perfect the new game really shows. This is not just a game that’s been given a quick update to rush it through for a yearly release; this one has been thought out and in some elements completely rewritten. With an exciting storyline and intelligent gameplay this is a very good alternative to the many Call of Duty games.