"A great game, but not very long"

*-*This is a single-player review only. Nothing of the multiplayer is reviewed*-*

GR:IT is advertised as ''Squad-based jungle combat'', if my memory serves me right. This is, for the most part, true. It is squad base and has some levels that remind you of a jungle, but it's no Amazon war. Most of the fighting will take place in hilly maps, sometimes with rivers, and several different weather conditions. You command two squads of soldiers, three people (including yourself) per squad. You can direct them to locations and have them complete one objective while you head to another, or have them come along with you.

Gameplay: 9/10
The style of the game can take a bit of getting used to. It's a first person shooter, but stealth is required. Running in, guns-a-blazing can work, but one hit kills are common, making such a tactic a big risk. The controls are simple, and won't take very long to get used to.

Sneaking is required, and as this is a twist on some FPS, such as Halo, it increases the game's fun. You get to take out enemies before they shoot you, and, often, before they know you're there.

Story: 6/10
The story lacks a bit, but for the setting they put you in, it's not too bad. Cuba is about to hold it's first elections in years, and you're there to prevent a group of rebels from stopping them. The story is mission-based, so you won't learn of anything such as what happens between missions, just what led up to you're current mission.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics are great, although they could have been touched up a bit. The environments look very realistic, although somewhat dulled (as in, not extreme contrasts between every object, and very bright colors are not used often). The downfall here, though, is mainly clipping. If you crouch, your back to a fence, and walk backwards, you'll actually see the fence move to in front of you. Mistakes like this are small, but seem so idiotically obvious that it brings the graphics rating down. Other than that, though, the graphics should immerse you.

Sound: 8/10
There's not much to critique out of sound. The voices are pretty good, and so are the sound effects. The guns sound realistic, etc. The only downfall here is the repetitiveness of some of the sound effects. If one of your teammates kills three enemies in a row, you might just hear them say the exact same thing three times in less than ten seconds. This can get annoying, but when you're watching for a horde of armed men that want to kill you, it kind of takes your mind off this.

Play time: A few hours, single player.
Replayability: The missions are pretty fun, and so are the quick missions, with options for Recon, Defend, Firefight, or Mission. The unlockables can also add some replayability to it (18, unlockables, mostly new, better soldiers).

Conclusion: This is a really good game. I recommend it more if you have Xbox Live, but if not, rent it first, and if you like it then, buy it. It's definitely worth a rental, although it is possible to complete the game and get most of the unlockables before it's due back.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 08/16/03

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