Entering Narco territory
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
A whole new (open) world
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
Wildlands (herewith referred to as Wildlands) is an open-world game with an exceedingly simple premise: a drug lord known as El Sueno (Spanish for ‘The Dream’) has set himself up as the kingpin of a well-run, well-oiled, and well-managed drug cartel, turning one Latin American country into a Narco state. The powers of justice have decreed that the drug cartel must be destroyed, and the team to do this is the Ghost squad.
If you’ve seen the trailers and gameplay footage that sprung up online since its E3 2015 announcement, you’ll know just how well Ubisoft has managed to Xerox the country of Bolivia into Wildlands. Unlike the Ghost
Recon titles before it, Wildlands claims the milestone of being the first openworld title of the franchise.
Vast, expansive, and innately detailed, the landscape is painstakingly gorgeous. Its real-time day/night cycle provides players with the choice of conducting operations in broad daylight, or inconspicuously in the dark. Even the random weather generator is an added bonus, with thunderstorms and rain masking the sound of your presence.
But beautiful as Wildlands’ take on Bolivia is, the land is just as deadly. Danger lurks around just about every corner and can be found anywhere.
With a little help from friends
Gameplay and combat mechanics in Wildlands essentially lies on the edge of the coin. On one face, it’s a massive improvement over the previous titles. Engaging enemy combatants feels a lot more fluid and dynamic, and is very similar to the combat mechanics of Ubisoft’s Far Cry franchise (sans the brutal and stylized melee takedowns).
But that’s the other face of the coin: engaging targets in
Wildlands can be done in one of three ways: either you go in guns blazing, announcing yourself to the enemy, or simply kill them silently and complete your objectives like a ghost (pun intended). To that end, you can actually improve your character’s performance in either aspect via the game’s skill tree, with skill points gained either by experience or by picking up special medals scattered throughout the world.
Where Wildlands shines, though, is in its multiplayer mode, and more specifically, playing with random people. Yes, you may sometimes get paired with some less-thancapable players, but trust us, there’s just nothing more exciting and entertaining (hilarious even) than attempting to coordinate a sync shot or conducting a raid on an enemy base with said players. If anything, our writer was having a laugh at the way a simple mission could so quickly descend into chaos, and his group hadn’t even reached the target yet.
One of the core features is the customization of your gear, apparel, and character’s appearance.