Review of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for Xbox 360

Does Future Soldier make any progressive leaps for the third-person shooter genre, or is it just an advanced warfighter? Read on to find out!

Story: Some loony Russian terrorists overthrow the Russian government, bomb some elite U.S. soldiers and create downright chaos for everyone. So, as the most elite soldiers in the U.S. military it is your squad’s job to take them out and restore Russia in the process. Cold War: Phase Two.

Sound: The music is kick-ass! I’m not even sure what genre it is (obviously tech, but what division I don’t know) but it definitely feels futuristic and fitting for soldiers on a death-defying mission. The issue is, half the time in the online modes the sound altogether crashes, so the amazing soundtrack is only consistently heard in the campaign. Speaking of the campaign, the voice acting and trash-talk between soldiers is a hoot and very well done. Sound: 7.5/10

Presentation: Future Soldier has its gorgeous moments, and its ugly as fudge moments. There are times when you’re trudging through a photo-realistic snowfield in fantastic HD, and other moments where there are texture pop-ins. But ninety percent of the time the visuals are great, with little to no screen tearing or technical issues. Presentation: 8/10

Gameplay: Typical third-person shooter gameplay, complete with cover mechanics, flashy explosions and lots of vehicles to shoot down with turrets. The thing that makes FS stand out from others is the stealth and drone gameplay. The stealth is fantastic, with enemies being sharp as a needle even when you’re nearly invisible with your camo gear and the drone giving you a much needed overview of enemies’ positions. These two abilities work perfectly in-sync with each other and allow for some bad-ass moments, like you sneaking behind enemy lines and then using your drone to kill all the guards with your squad in perfect synchronization. And that brings me to the most important part of GR: FS, the squad. Your teammates are some of the sharpest AI I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with, and they are just as resourceful and helpful as any human player. This is vital because the game is very difficult, even on veteran difficulty. Checkpoints are scarce and certain missions put you under the stress of a time limit as waves of seemingly invincible enemies stop you from reaching your target, and you need to be a rock-solid player to handle some of the frustratingly tough situations the game presents. But with such awesome mechanics and smart teammates, the challenge is welcome. Gameplay: 9.5/10

Multiplayer: There are two kinds of multiplayer, Guerrilla mode and versus. Guerrilla is the typical horde mode, and isn’t very entertaining if you’ve played through the campaign. Versus, on the other hand, is a blast. Two teams are divided into four squads of three people, and they duke it out over various goals such as capturing command posts or planting bombs in opposing bases. All of the modes are fun, but at the core most are just team death matches with some added objectives, which brings me to the real issue with versus: The characters are unbalanced. Since two bullets instant-kills you and cover can be shot through, death comes swiftly to noobs and only one class can be abused, the rifleman. The rifleman is friggin’ OP and makes his opponents cower in fear (literally), with a gun that kills everyone in just a few shots and a body built to absorb enemy bullets. One gripe about the multiplayer as a whole is Ubisoft’s crappy servers, which had constant host-migrations and disconnections, a common occurance that has almost never happened to me in other games online. Multiplayer: 7/10

Length: With an extremely solid and action-packed ten hour campaign and an ever lasting multiplayer mode, Future Soldier should keep you busy for your sixty dollars worth. Or you can get it used (like me) and buy one of those mothertruckin’ online passes (complete bullsh*t by Ubisoft, might I add) cheaply on eBay. Hint hint. Length: 8/10

Overall: Future Soldier gets a solid 8 out of 10. With a couple technical hiccups and a slightly unbalanced multiplayer, the game takes some getting used to. But once you’re in the swing of things, you’ll feel like the coolest soldier alive.

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