Ghost Recon Wildlands Review (Xbox One)

Jari Välimäki

Story

The game takes place in Bolivia in July 2019. The country has become increasingly unstable as the Santa Blanca, a previously minor Mexican drug cartel,
gains more power and influence within the country to the point where Bolivia has become a narco-state and the world’s largest producer of cocaine.

The rise in power of this drug cartel concerns the United States Government, as Santa Blanca’s influence has begun to spread beyond Bolivia.
The last straw comes when a bomb targets the U.S. embassy in La Paz and its intended target, DEA agent Ricardo “Ricky” Sandoval, is kidnapped,
tortured and then killed by the Santa Blanca. As a result, the United States initiates Operation Kingslayer, a joint operation between the CIA, DEA, and JSOC.
The United States Army dispatches a fireteam of elite special operations unit called “Ghosts” to destroy the cartel and
reveal the connection between Santa Blanca and the local government.

The Ghost team consist of Ghost Leader “Nomad”, Tactical Gunner “Midas”, Engineer “Holt”, Sniper “Weaver”. The Ghosts individually make their own way into Bolivia.
They rendezvous and are brought to the mission area in Bolivia by helicopter along with their CIA contact, Karen Bowman, who was also a close friend to Ricky.
When they land in the province of Itacua they are met with Pac Katari, leader of the Kataris 26, the only resistance against Santa Blanca.

Pac Katari gives them their first mission – to recover Amaru, an older man whose ideologies inspired him to found the Kataris 26, now captured by the Santa Blanca.
After this mission the Ghosts are, more or less, free to tackle the cartel in any way and order they see fit.

As the Ghosts dismantle the cartel piece by piece, they eventually are given the option to go after El Sueño

Open World

It is truly as massive as Ubisoft said when announcing that this is the biggest open world game to date, from intimidating Sicarios to blowing up radio stations, finding
evidence/documents or guns and gun parts… there is so much to do in the open world besides the Story Missions that you can get overwhelmed.

But if you take it a step at the time to explore the 21 regions, you will have plenty of things to do for the coming weeks or even month(s) depending on how you want to play,
which is a good thing.
Story wise, Sueño’s cartel army is commanded by 26 lieutenants. Uncovering intel along the way reveals the location of the six key missions in each province.
These missions then lead to a showdown with the lieutenant of that region, that once is taken down you are one step closer to going after El Sueño.

The game can be played either by your self, which gives you 3 AI computer controlled companions to help you out, or team up online with up to 3 friends to tackle the cartel.

The latter option is what makes the game so much fun, roaming around the open world with 3 of your friends blasting your way through missions.

There are also plenty of vehicles to use in the world, Helicopters, Airplanes, Motorbikes, Boats, Cars, APC’s etc.. some which do control a bit better than the other.
The driving is not the best in game, but it’s not so bad that it would put you off from driving

What does the future hold?

Besides the already announced free PvP addon, if you are a season pass holder here is a brief quick update from below UBI link.

http://blog.ubi.com/ghost-recon-wildlands-post-launch-content-season-pass-detailed/

The Ghosts are ready to take on the Santa Blanca drug cartel on March 7, but their mission in the wilderness won’t end there – a free PvP update (featuring 4v4 team combat)
is coming to Ghost Recon Wildlands after launch, along with two major paid expansions: Narco Road and Fallen Ghosts.
In Narco Road, you must infiltrate a gang of smugglers and earn their leader’s trust by competing in races and challenges.
Yes, you have to take them down…from the inside! Fallen Ghosts, the second major expansion for Wildlands,
has your squad running from their downed helicopter to escape some powerful new enemies that are hot on their trail.

Which sounds good, and cannot wait for the new content to arrive.

Graphics

Visually Ghost Recon Wildlands is stunning, from snow covered mountains, to the salt plains and everything in between.. there is a total of 11 eco systems to experience in game.

Sounds

The sound team has managed to capture the gun sounds and the enviroment sounds pretty well, on the exception of the radio stations blasting out pretty much the same messages
over and over again in the game.

In conclusion

I’ve enjoyed the 60-70 hours I have put into the game so far,
There is so much to do in this one, and with the upcoming season pass content and PvP mode this should last you a long time.

I can recommend the game to everyone who likes open world/action shooter styled games.. anyone whom wants to spend countless hours in Bolivia having a party!

Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Developer : Ubisoft Paris
Platforms : Xbox One / PC / PS4

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