Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – First Impressions
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter set in Bolivia in the year 2019, where the Ghosts take on the world’s leading cocaine producer. The game has both single player and multiplayer/co-op elements.
Bolivia has become increasingly unstable as the Santa Blanca Cartel, a previously minor Mexican drug cartel, gains more power and influence while turning Bolivia into a narco-state and the world’s largest producer of cocaine.
Wildlands can be played solo or in four player co-op multiplayer as a member of the Ghosts, a ficitional United States Army elite team. US Special Forces Detachment Delta aka Combat Applications Group aka Delta Force in movies.
Missions can be accessed in various ways. You can drive, fly, parachute in or walk to your destination to start a mission. And you can complete missions via stealth, melee combat or use mid-range or long range weapons.
This the first Ghost Recon to feature open world gameplay with different terrain types: Mountains, Forests and Deserts etc.
True story: The real life Bolivian government filed a formal complaint with the French embassy about Ghost Recon Wildlands, which was produced by Ubisoft Paris, because they felt it portrayed Bolivia as a country controlled by drug traffickers.
Per Ubisoft the game had been in development for four years and they have refined the core gameplay and technical offerings to meet the PC and Console communities. The beta had almost 7 million downloads.
The PC version of Wildlands has some nice options: 4K, No FPS cap, Full SLI/Crossfire support, Multi-monitor support. Full mouse and keyboard support. Gamepad support and input device auto-switch. The game also has an excellent benchmark tool and visual preview feature.
Minimum specs: Windows 7, 64 bit version only. Intel i5-2400S @ 2.5GHz or AMD FX equivalent. Nvidia GTX660/750Ti or GTX950 or AMD equivalent. At least 6GB system memory is required.
On my Windows 7, Intel i7 4790 @ 3.6GHz, Nvidia GTX980, I was able to get 55 fps on high setting. Ultra settings was a no go.
From my very limited single player gameplay, the gunplay, AI and story are great. Flying a helicopter will take some figuring out. Co-op should be a blast.