Review by ChronosX

"A Run of theMill Squad-Based Action Game"

The Tom Clancy games are those of quick deaths, trail and error frustrations and the most true-to-life action ever presented in gaming history. Yet, just because they’re the most realistic in no way classifies them ahead of the over the top action that gamers have been indulging in since the golden days of video games. Ghost Recon is the latest in the line of Tom Clancy console titles to be ported from the PC. Ghost Recon is another squad-based action game in the line of others like “SOCOM: Navy Seals” and the very first Tom Clancy game “Rainbow Six”, and just Clancy’s latest game “Splinter Cell”, it greatly stresses stealth.

Ghost Recon is easily the most realistic action game I have probably ever played, however that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. In the world of reality one gunshot can kill you, just as it can here. In the real world soldiers must face enemies who may be invisible to the naked-eye, just as you will here. The gameplay is literally identical to the “Rainbow Six” series, but on a larger scale. Players control an elite military squad of soldiers from around the world and tackle a variety of missions spanning the globe. Just like “Rainbow Six” and “Conflict: Desert Storm” players can flip on the fly between members and issue orders allowing you to strategize and move as a team to overcome overwhelming odds with stealth measures.

However, stealth is where the problems start. Being Ghost Recon has such an immense focus on realism means you’ll spend more than half of your time being picked off by enemies and the other half is spent trying to find those enemies. I was hardly ever able to make it through levels without losing nearly all of my team. Just like Clancy’s “Splinter Cell” the game is more a trial and error of getting killed countless times until you memorize all the locations of the enemies for the next time through. Yet even then you’ll still run into numerous little bugs that further frustrate your experience, according to Tom Clancy’s rule, apparently highly trained soldiers can’t shoot while moving. When strafing or charging enemies your accuracy drops to virtually zero. While side-stepping and empting my entire machine gun clip five feet from an enemy, every shot missed.

The end product of Ghost Recon is your run of the mill squad-based action game. There’s really nothing here that hasn’t been done before, Ghost Recon does have a select audience that will enjoy its slow pace and contained action, I’m not one of them. Xbox owners receive the definite bonus here will online play allowing players to go head-to-head in deathmatch action, and for those without Xbox Live, Ghost Recon does also support a 2-player co-op mode through the single player campaign. It’s a must-have for fans of this genre but for all those others who are uncertain a rental would be best before you fork over your $50.

Graphics- 8.5
Gameplay- 7.5
Sound- 7.5
Overall- 7.5

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 07/04/03, Updated 07/04/03

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