Ghost Recon: Wildlands has an open beta this weekend, and a little over a week until the full retail release. I played through the first region, and walked away excited for the full version.
Ghost Recon is a third person shooter that, in the past, focused on tactical military action. Taking place in Bolivia, the Ghost Recon team is there to take down the Santa Blanca Cartel. The story is paper thin, while the dialogue suffers from trying to be cool. In one mission, I interrogated a cartel member to find out where the leaders of the area are hiding. While holding a gun to his head, my character said “Okay f**ksticks, where are they?” It’s hard to take a story seriously while your character yells “S**tballs!” when a grenade lands next to them.
The gunplay is the real meat of the game. Being able to swap between ironsights and over the shoulder shooting is fantastic, and something I hope developers implement in future third person shooters. Every gun has different customizable options and weapon parts that you’ll find in the world. After taking down a faction leader, I also got a special gun that they used.
Various tools will help you scout out the area, including a drone and binoculars. Once you mark enemies, you can mark them with a Sync shot, which your partners can see. This makes taking out enemies easier as you’ll have a point of reference. When playing with the AI, the AI will take the enemies who are marked down after you order them to.
Co-op works well, with drop in/drop out play. Being able to join a friend who is higher level, and then go back and do the story missions you may have skipped is wonderful. Driving a car directly into an enemy base while you and three other friends jump out of the car to blazing gunfire is really cool. If your friend gets to far ahead and you don’t want to walk or drive to them, just simply pull out your binoculars, look at their character, and you can instantly fast travel to them. My favorite thing in co-op, is being able to hide in a car trunk. It’s the little things in life.
The beta runs through the weekend, and if you pick up the full game after playing the beta before March 31st, you’ll unlock an extra mission. Ghost Recon: Wildlands releases March 7th.
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