Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands Review - PC Gameplay And Performance

Dropping In Hot With Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon: Wildands takes gamers back to squad-based tactical shooter country, albeit this time we’re dropping in hot, to cartel-controlled Bolivia. Our mission is to gather intel to systematically take down each cartel leader until the head of the snake is dispatched. The operation is playable solo or with three others in 4-player co-op. Ubisoft has also made this one available for would-be operatives on all Platforms (PC, Xbox One and PS4).

Ditching the futuristic theme of the previous Ghost Recon installment, Wildlands is firmly set in the present and brings a new, completely open-world setting to the franchise, in what Ubisoft is calling "one of the biggest games it has ever published."

Ghost Recon Wildlands outside a small village

That’s a promise we can attest to. It’s also one of the most immersive and visually stunning games the company has made with the widest variety of richly detailed locations and environments for players to test their skills in, with mountains, deserts, salt flats, forests, valleys, jungles, inhabited villages and more. The world is teeming with wildlife, unassuming civilians, rebels taking the fight to the cartel and of course the violent and evil cartel itself.

Experiencing And Evaluating The Latest Ghost Recon Installment

On the following pages we'll give you our initial thoughts on the game itself, its playability, its ambitious open world dynamic and how it all performs on various levels of GPU horsepower across screen resolutions. Let's dive in...

Ghost Recon Wildlands - Taking down the cartel
It's time to take down the cartel...

It’s amazing how Ghost Recon: Wildlands comes together in a hyper-realistic, virtual-Bolivia. In preparation, the developers spent two weeks taking pictures and speaking with the residents of real world Bolivia to deliver a co-op experience unlike anything available before in triple-A big budget titles. To bring it to life, Ubisoft used a modified version of the popular AnvilNext game engine. The same game engine was used for Steep, For Honor and the past couple Assassin’s Creed titles. In this iteration for Wildlands, we get a healthy list of PC settings worthy of the "Master Race." The game also leverages NVIDIA GameWorks to great effect, with settings including HBAO+, Temporal AA, Resolutions Scaling, Long Range Shadows, Turf and Vegetation effects, 4K support, High Quality DOF and support for 3D and VR screenshot capturing with NVIDIA Ansel.

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Graphics settings can be tweaked and dialed for playable performance across a variety of GPUs and gaming PCs. However, only capable enthusiast rigs need apply when employing maximum IQ settings at 1080 and above, as we will soon see.

Our Ghost Recon: Wildlands Test Rig

We’re conducting our mission in Bolivia on an Intel X99 platform. We have an Intel Core i7-5960X, installed to an ASUS X99-Deluxe motherboard, equipped with a 16GB kit of Corsair Dominator Platinum 3000MHz DDR4 memory. Windows 10 is installed on a 512GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD and our game files were installed on a 240GB Corsair MP500 NVME M.2 SSD, which helps tremendously (more on that in a bit).

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Next we’ll briefly talk about gameplay and what it’s like to be an operative moving stealthily about in Ubisoft's virtual Bolivia. Then we’ll speak more on the visuals, check in on performance across some common graphics cards and wrap it all up with our closing thoughts and recommendations.

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