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

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands Story And Gameplay Format

The ruthless Santa Blanca drug cartel holds Bolivia in a vice-like grip, turning the country into a narco-state and becoming the world’s largest producer of cocaine. Tension between the U.S. government and Bolivia reach a boiling point when the U.S. Embassy in La Paz is bombed and DEA agent Ricardo "Ricky" Sandoval is kidnapped by Santa Blanca. That’s when a Joint Task Force is formed including the DEA, CIA and JSOC. They dispatch an elite team of four “Ghosts” to loosen the cartel’s hold over the community and crush it one evil leader at a time.

Ghost Recon Wildlands bad guys
As a Ghost team operative, your targets are varied, known and unknown.

From the start, the game takes place in a completely open world. You can begin with side missions to dabble in the campaign or just roam the open Bolivian landscape and see what happens. The story unfolds in a manner that supports the new open world mechanic. You are briefed with gathered intelligence on the venue, your targets and new story missions as you enter and discover each new location, allowing you to leave an area and return at your leisure.

Ghost Recon Wildlands surveillance before action
Ghost Recon: Wildlands takes place in a vast, open world environment.

We should also note that Ghost Recon: Wildlands can be played solo with three other NPC squad mates or cooperatively with three of your real-word mates. Friends can drop in and out of each others play sessions (unless toggled otherwise) at in any point in the game.

Ghost Recon Wildlands weapons loadout

Basic gameplay setup includes simply roaming the landscape in a mission, using your trusty drone to scout out opposition placement or patrols and planning your attack. Be it stealth or full-auto mayhem; the choice is yours and that freedom is quite satisfying.

Ghost Recon Wildlands choose your alliance
Missions objectives include, shooting a lot of bad guys, both grunts and heavily armored militia, escorting vital personnel, stealing vehicles, blowing up sensitive materials, acquiring intel and the like. While the mission types repeat often, the game stays dynamic where no mission play-through is the same. There are a ton of vehicles to check out, plus the physics, wildlife, civilians and more introduce a lot of random adventure and chaos. It gives the game a great deal of dynamism and replayability. Nothing about this game feels tedious or "canned" in any way.

Ghost Recon Wildlands customize your weapons kit
Dial in your Ghost weapons kit just the way you like it.
Each new area holds much to discover, including intel on weapons and supply locations. A combination of supplies and skill points are used to upgrade player capability and effectiveness with weapons and gear. The game also brings back Gunsmith, the franchise’s elaborate weapon customization system. Gun fans will love tweaking everything including rails, barrels, triggers, muzzles, stocks, scopes and more.

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