Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands launches next week

If you’re a fan of The Division and Ubisoft, you’ve probably already got your eye on Ghost Recon Wildlands, yet another entry in the ubiquitous Tom Clancy franchise. It’s been labeled a tactical shooter, but gamers comfortable with calling games like Destiny MMOs will be at home in four-man multiplayer mode, particularly given that it features one of the studio’s biggest open worlds ever, thanks to the gorgeous deserts of Bolivia being used as backdrop.

The game is launching for PC, PS4, and Xbox One next week on March 7th, though the game’s open beta just closed down, hence the buzz (which is mostly positive, mind you, though folks are side-eyeing performance on console). Are you giving it a go?

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Yes, I’m going to get the game after playing in Open Beta. It’s a really decent game with multiplayer co-op. It’s by no means an MMO, as much as some people would like to try to pretend it’s okay to call games with limited co-op MMOs (there’s no “massively” in games like this). But it’s still fun, it’s still playable with a few friends, it’s still a very interesting RPG shooter. There’s a lot to do and look for and I really enjoyed the gameplay from testing the Open Beta. I’m really looking forward to it coming out this month.

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John Kiser

It has some connection/net code issues to work out still (like actually syncing properly if someone has a silencer or not and some jankyness with intermittent latency and vehicles), but it still pretty fun overall. I got it to play with some of my group and will be enjoying it. Then i will get lost in Andromeda when it comes out and we’ll end up doing multiplayer in that til god knows lol. Even got a new SSD just to toss these onto and some other stuff.

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Manastu Utakata

The picture beckons a strange and enticing deserted world where pigtailed playable creatures frolic and battle against the evils that threaten it. The videos suggest jar heads with heavy assault rifles and more jingoism and “Roger that” than a John Wayne GI movie. The latter is certainly not my thing. But I love the pic in the header. And worthy of many Sunday One Shots. <3

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Peregrine Falcon

Buyer Beware. Why “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands sucks.”

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bobfish

Did the video person actually play the game?

1. Interface – it is relatively uncluttered, providing only need to know information. Popups occurs for tutorial points, completing objectives and obtain skill points/equipment, all of which flash on screen for a few seconds before going away by themselves, no button pressing required. The only popup that doesn’t go away is the join/dismiss mission alerts when playing in coop, because either you want to play with your friends or you don’t.

2. Controls – gun play is tight, movement is fine, the only minor issue is the cover system, sometimes it doesn’t snap to the cover when you want it to. Vehicles are hit and miss, cars are a bit light with sensitive turning, helicopters are admittedly awful, planes are okay, more responsive than they perhaps should be but that makes them easier to fly and bikes, well they are just amazing, best bike handling I’ve come across in an open world game so far.

3. Combat – just what you’d expect from any Ubisoft open world game, guns lack the satisfaction of something like Rainbow Six, but are as good as GTA or Farcry and infinitely better than the Division, because they actually kill things in this. Enemies use LOS and an alarm system, it can mean you get away with some silly things, but is more realistic than the magic zone of awareness you get normally in games, where they have eyes in the back of their head. LOS does mean it can be very easy (pick em off right and none will know) or very hard though (having a helo in the air will ruin your day).

4. Performance – not sure what his problem here is, I have a similar setup, only its a laptop, no issues at max settings. Visual palette is expected, given it’s a Tom Clancy game and is set in Bolivia. Bug wise, it is a little rough around the edges, but works better than For Honor, not exactly great praise, but is basically the same as every other multiplayer Ubisoft game of the last three years.

Really did get the impression he is expecting more than any other open world game has ever delivered, with the possible exception of GTAV.

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Crowe

Not sure if your comment is supposed to link to something or stand alone…?
Anyways, I enjoyed the hell out of myself but stopped playing after I finished the first territory. I don’t want to spoil anything for myself.

Steely Bob
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Steely Bob

i couldn’t put the beta down, it has all the elements of a shooting & world system i love (huge distances, realistic sniping, squad control). the textures aren’t latest/greatest but when looking at the huge world through your binos or a scope it works really well. it reminds me a lot of the original Operation Flashpoint when it came out, but not as complicated. the gun mods and skill trees are a lot of fun.

the driving system needs work. the game didn’t really impress me when trying to coop but i’m sure with real friends it’s much more fun.

it’s not trying to do pvp so comparing it to the division seems off to me, it’s also a 1-2 shot per kill game (which I much prefer), not the unload 3 clips into a boss who’s still at 95% health kind of game.

it is repetitive however, it is exactly what Far Cry 3 & 4 should have been imho (loved FC2 but not the others much).

i loved the gameplay tho, despite the repetiveness. i’ll probably wait a few weeks or maybe for a sale before i pick it up, but i will pick it up eventually. great game, just in no hurry to pay full price for it.

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Valkyriez_Gaming

Surprising. FC2 is generally considered the weakest of the bunch and the latter ones were much better.

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Jack Pipsam

I am interested, but I will hold off.

I really dig Rainbow 6: Siege, but its launch was problematic.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

I’m going to pick this up. I have friends that I am going to play with.

That said, I am not expecting much. It is a Ubisoft game which means it will be really buggy. I won’t be surprised if microtransactions make an appearance.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

WTF is up with this new comment system? How do I sign into my old account? The one I backed this site with?

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

Livefyre was discontinued, and Massively was forced to switch comment systems a couple weeks ago. They’re still working out some kinks.

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Bryan Cole

I’m excited for it. It feels like a mix of the Division, Grand Theft Auto V and Metal Gear Solid Phantom pain which is a good thing.

Going to be hard to pull me away from the amazing Horizon Zero Dawn but it will definitely be on my PS4 alongside it.

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enamel

I am not as productive while alive as Tom Clancy has been posthumously!

Looks neat. First devs came for Arma’s mods, and now they have come for Arma itself.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

i wrote a write up on it in the last division post and cross posted to my blog: http://qpla.ca/post/157824687302/ghost-recon-wildlands-open-beta-write-up-grw-vs

basically alot of complaints about division from me and the larger audience solved it seems. alot of fun even when failing at missions.

if you hate uplay for some weird or old reason you’re misssiing out – uplay is really no worse than steam for many years now.

get in and have fun with friends. or don’t. it’s on you.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

btw thanks brree for putting together the article. hope to have more to discuss on as we adventure through it in the coming weeks.

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Danny Smith

Uh Huh, after The Division my wariness for ‘Ubishit’ is at an all time high. I expect a bland open world map of 6 kinds of task on repeat to check off across it when you aren’t falling through the world of blasting into space. Forgotten by 80% of its userbase who call it a dull, buggy experience and then they recycle the idea again as the Ubi cycle continues.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

6 kinds of quests is at least 3 more than the average mmo quest type tbqh.

but no, here you just get legit missions to approach from different directions. it’s actually super refreshing even when failing them.

but i suppose you’ve already made up your mind so no worries.

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Van

Game is an absolute blast. Ya it needs more polish – but the correct ingredients are there.

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Archebius

Played a bit over the weekend. It didn’t seem bad, but it also felt like it would get pretty repetitive. And I got the feeling that the writers were trying too hard to make it “mature.”

As cool as the idea of driving around with a few buddies and staging ambushes sounds, not sure it’s for me.

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

After last weekend I really feel it needs a couple more months to polish. I’m getting it, because I ordered a new video card yesterday, and it’s coming with it, but I would have waited otherwise.

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Koshelkin

As Nier Automata, Torment: Tides of Numenera AND Mass Effect: Andromeda are all coming this march, or released today like Torment, I have only 2 words for Ghost Recon Wildlands: Not with me.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I want all three.

But Nier is on console and I’m currently not a console gamer.

And MEA is already preordered so here we go!

And I kickstarted Torment so I already have it – I’m just maybe gonna wait for any patches.

So s’all good.

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Koshelkin
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Malcolm Swoboda

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS PLZ.

But I want the first on PC too.

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Koshelkin

Well, cross your fingers&toes&buy the game. https://www.pcgamesn.com/nier-automata/nier-remaster

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Malcolm Swoboda

MOREEE PLZZZZZ.

It is one of the few games I’m keeping my 360 for. Others being Lost Odyssey, some Halo titles, um that’s mostly it (the rest I have PC versions, etc).

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Xijit

I forgot about Nier ….

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Koshelkin

How could you! (Anyway it won’t run away <.<)

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Xijit

true, but now that I have the money for it; I like to try to support quality RPGs that buck modern conventions.

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Xijit

Eventually.

I am still just getting started on NIOH (just got to the first boss fight after a week … just to show that (A) the game is big, and (B) I have a pathetic amount of time to spend on gaming) and I do not feel like blowing another $50 on a brand new game.

Besides, this is a Ubisoft game: I expect more than one major patch within the first month (if not two) and a major balance patch that will gimp whatever style of play I end up liking.

So I may as well just wait and let the dust settle.

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Koshelkin

As this is a Ubisoft Multiplayer game I’d give it close to a year to mature, then get in on sale with all DLC’s. <.<

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Van

Ubisoft hate is sooo 2015.

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Dug From The Earth

Pretty fun game …. however it is HORRIBLY optimized. This will eat your computer hardware alive. Want to see your i7 6770 and GTX 1080 sweat? Play this game

The game itself is like if Farcry 3 slept with The Division and GTA V, and didnt know which one was the father.

Steely Bob
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Steely Bob

i’ve only got a 2k i7 and got amazing fps at full blast – i have 16gbs and a 980ti.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

got 45 -90fps solid on 2600k and 970gtx on default/high over teh open beta.

some beautful vistas too.

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Van

Agreed. It’s an interesting formula. I do hope they add some interesting PVP.

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Noel

Had great fun with this in the closed and open beta. I expect to be immersed in it at least until Mass Effect: Andromeda comes out. With Destiny 2 out in the Fall, it might be my first MMO-free year yet.

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Byórðæįr

I am actually looking forward to the open endedness where you get to pick your crew as you go. The halo to the platue should be almost as fun as it was in real life, without the oh my god I’m going to miss the far edge of the platue, what happens then? Just like modern warfare was not real it is just stress relief running and gunning. You know actual people do it far more desperate situations it brings to light the horrors of war in a way that normal people can get a handle on. The guys and gals who have been there welll for us I would have a blast redoing the halo jump a hundred times but not the slog through the areas with war torn villages. So ya I am looking forward to seeing how the story plays out and running through it when my life is not risk thousands of miles from home. It should be a lot of fun.

Oh quick thing I don’t know if Magdalena, Colombia is in but Andréane Meunier knew about it and yelled at me if I had kept my mouth shut she could have gotten me a job. snicker.

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Boom

From the meagre hours i managed to put in solo I enjoyed it, sync up shots, my little drone picking out targets, driving off cliffs & taking out the cartel was all good fun.
Finger is hovering over the buy button atm but im always wary of buying titles on release these days & prefer to let the initial hype dust clouds settle so I know what im really getting into.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

BUY IT AND AMORE THAN THAT ACTUALLY PLAY WITH US! LOL
caps intended. all the shouting intended.

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Bannex

If it’s anything like the current form of the division, yes. No idea how it was at launch but It’s pretty fun atm

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spacejesus3k

It doesn’t really have much of the RPG elements the Division has.

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