Review by Black Gold
""It's time to call in the Ghosts.""
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
As civil war rages in Mexico in the year 2014, rebels forces threaten the United States so it is time to bring in the Ghosts before the situation become to hot to handle.
Graphics: An amazing game to look at. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 has some of the best graphics for the system. I would say that they are just as good as Gears of War. The environment looks awesome and has great detail. The day to night transition is well done and gives the game a more realistic fell. A job very well done.
Sound: The sound for the game is quite good. The voice-overs are all well done. The in game sounds are the best part. The explosions and sounds that come for the guns are all incredible. Each gun has its own sound and they are very realistic.
Gameplay: First, I will begin will your squad. You are able to have a squad of three team members with you for a majority of the game. You get to choose from soldiers with a sniper, heavy machine gunner, assault rifle, rocket launcher and medic kits. The medic and two gunners are the most useful to have with you but the sniper is great from some mission with wide areas for the sniper to take out people from a distance. The thing about having the sniper over the medic is that when you choose the sniper you only have about 2 or 3 medic kits with you as opposed to the 6 or 7 with the medic. Your squad is a great asset Sometimes there will be mission that you will have to do alone and others where you receive help from Mexican soldiers. Controlling your teammates is very easy. Telling them where to go and when to shoot is simple. Controlling the tank and air support is just a simple. They are very helpful with taking out enemy tanks and for clearly deadly paths.
The Cross-Com is excellent. It allows you to see what your squad and other support see. Moving between the Cross-Com when you have multiple supports is easy. The drone and tactical map are helpful in viewing the larger picture. The drone or UVA allows to see what enemy is doing and where they are before you make your attack. It is probably the most helpful item in the game. Sometimes you have a personal mule that follows your around. It has its own min-gun and allows you to get ammo and restore your health at will. The counter snipe allows you to shoot through thin walls and boxes is an indispensable toll along with the gun cam that allows to shoot over and around objects your hiding behind. You can take out enemies without having to worry about return fire.
The game offers a very capable enemy that does prove to be a challenge. Strategy and wise tactics is what will get you through the game. Running and gunning will get you mowed down. The enemy knows how to shoot, take cover, and toss grenades. I played through the game on the middle and hard difficulty and I would say that there really was not a noticeable difference. I might have died more but that was about it. The game is split up into three acts and I would say it takes about 6-10 hours to beat the entire game. The quick mission mode breaks up the game into small sections. Therefore, if you really enjoyed some parts of the game more than others, you can replay them without having to run through the whole campaign again.
Controls: Once you have gotten hang of the controls, they are not at all difficult to use. In the beginning of the single player campaign, there is a short tutorial that you go through to get used to the buttons and I would say that it really helps. It shows you how function and use all the controls. After that, it is pretty easy. I would say that it should only take about 20 minutes to get used to the controls. In addition, you get to control and move your team around. There will also be situation when you will have support from tanks, helicopters, and a mule. A drone that allows you to scope out areas from above will also be to be controlled.
On-line: The on-line experience is probably the reason that most people bought the game and the will not be disappointed. Ghost Recon offers one the best on-line experiences for the Xbox 360. The graphics and sound on-line are just as good as the single player. The levels that ere offered are all very well done with a great detail given to the surrounding environment. The sizes of the levels are very playable. Not to big and not to small. Recently, 7 levels from the first Ghost Recon are available to play but they need to be purchased with Microsoft points. The Co-op missions are also fun. There are six missions and the completion of each will earn you an achievement. The levels are great and a lot of fun to play. They usually take about 30+ minutes to beat. The number of players in the room will affect the time. Also, rooms can hold up to 16 players. There are six different types of game modes including the co-op. This brings variety and the ability to change things up a bit. The matches are never the same. One of the downfalls of playing on-line is that during ranked matches higher ranked players will often boot lower ranked player, which can be very frustrating. The player matches are much friendlier.
Overall: Ghost Recon 2 is a great game and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is a game that should be apart of everyone's 360 library. If you are not sure about buying this, then it is definitely worth a rent. It is an awesome game that everyone should play at least once.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 05/22/07, Updated 01/12/11
Game Release: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (US, 03/06/07)
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