5 things you should know about the new Tom Clancy game, Ghost Recon: Wildlands
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I've been lucky enough to get my paws on Ghost Recon: Wildlands this week. Here are the top things you need to know.
You can play it your way
My mammy always said that I was a special snowflake, which I obviously took to mean that, like a snowflake, I'm made up of water. However, apparently she was only trying to tell me that I'm unique.
Every gamer's playstyle is unique too.
Whether picking targets off from a distance, parachuting right into the heart of a battle or just steamrolling into an enemy compound with a big truck to cause mayhem, Wildlands really does let you approach your objectives from any angle.
It's better with friends
I spent the majority of my time with the game playing solo, with three witty-yet-still-not-quite-sentient A.I. teammates.
Only when I'd finally taken the plunge online did I discover just how much sweeter it is bashing through missions with friends.
It's fantastic being able to blend the multiplayer and story mode experience so that you and your friends are seeing the campaign's plot unfold together.
You can also slag each other off over headset chat, which might be the most important aspect.
Sync Shot is class.
Wildlands introduces a new gameplay feature whereby you can mark targets for your squad so that you can fire off a synchronised shot without alerting anyone.
There are few things more satisfying in this game than lining up your shots with your teammates and firing off a round at the exact same time for peak stealthiness.
Bolivia is beautiful
The development team spent time in Bolivia in 2012, taking all sorts of reference images and getting a feel for the place.
They've done a bang-up job. The setting feels alive with different sounds, environments and characters going about their lives while you run through it.
If playing Wildlands ends up giving you serious wanderlust, check out the South American travel diary of our own Joe Harrington...
It feels like a Tom Clancy story
The plot to the game might be fictional, but it's got that same grounded near-future feel of other Tom Clancy games. From the military lingo and the weapons ballistics to the Bolivian radio or the weather patterns, it all feels like the real deal.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is out now in Ireland for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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