Get ya’ trigger finger ready
TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
RRP: $ 99.95 ( Reviewed on Xbox 360)
D2674204 COMPARED with the sweat-inducing non- stop action of military shooters such as Battlefield 3 and the
Call of Duty games, the Ghost Recon series is like a stroll in park – albeit a dangerous one.
Casting aside city- levelling expositions and an all- guns- blazing approach, the long- running Ghost
Recon franchise is renowned for its emphasis on tactical planning, teamwork and self- control.
It’s an intelligent game that rewards strategic gameplay. And while there are plenty of exhilarating fire- fights to test your itchy trigger finger, the key is carefully planning each encounter and co- ordinating the efforts of your team.
This latest spin on the series has your squad of soldiers kitted out with hardware of the near future, such as invisible camouflage suits, drones, and robotic tanks that fire mortars and missiles on command.
The concept has that slightly plausible yet satisfyingly sci- fi feel to it.
Future Soldier serves up an abundance of weaponry, with seemingly endless interchangeable triggers, scopes, stocks, and other accessories to suit your preferred playing style.
But accessing futuristic toys is only part of the fun. It’s all about how those toys enhance the tactical approach.
Active cloaking technology gives you and your squad stealth- like abilities to sneak around undetected, while your heads- up display allows you to tag specific enemies from a safe distance.
You can even tag groups of enemies and then co- ordinate your team to take them all down simultaneously.
These synchronised attacks are particularly satisfying during multiplayer games, where you can make the most of all your hi- tech kit.
Aside from its cliched and mostly forgettable cast and storyline, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier offers solid combat gameplay that rewards thoughtful action as much as skilled marksmanship. If you’ve been seeking a more intelligent alternative in the shooter market, be sure to set your crosshairs on this one.