Some games cause players to fall hard for them. Long before the game has even been purchased a player knows that it is something they have to buy. I had that feeling for Ghost Recon: Wildlands, I just wish I had played the game longer when I rented it before buying my own copy. Don’t make the same mistake I did and rent this game first for a long period of time.

Story

A group of four “Ghost” soldiers meet up in Bolivia after two instances of terror that was caused by the local gang. This gang called Santa Blanca has taken control of the entire country and its influence is spreading out of the border. Did I mention that this country is also the top manufacturer of cocaine in 2019? Taking down this gang sounds like a lot of fun until you have to do all the work. Luckily players will get a chance to take down the main boss El Sueño before finishing everything. The story has some good points yet it overall just feels like something you might see in a really bad Steven Seagal movie.

Graphics

This is honestly one of the best parts of Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The landscape is fantastic to look at the whole time you are playing. Even when a glitch happens, it looks good. The dynamic weather is really cool to see in a game of this size. I honestly wish the rest of the game was this good. It would’ve gotten a perfect score if they had just spent some more time testing out the bugs and other features. Check out some of the screen shots and videos in this review to see how good this game looks.

Audio

Listening to the squad talk is another great feature of Ghost Recon: Wildlands. The banter between the four squad mates really is great to listen to. It is the only thing in the audio department that actually made me want to listen. Now for the most of the time I  actually just played music in the background and read the text on the screen. It should be completely unnecessary for me or anyone else playing this game to have the volume up. Even with the squad talk it just wasn’t worth wasting my time.

Gameplay

In this game you have to be in a squad of four. It doesn’t matter if you want to play alone or online, you will always have someone watching your back. Literally most of the time the A.I. is just watching your back as you’re being riddled with bullets. This is one of a few gameplay problems that you will notice. My squad did have moments of clarity that caused absolute destruction on the enemies of Bolivia. This moments where strung out between those awful moments that caused my death. It became a little frustrating to enjoy Ghost Recon when you die all the time.

Switching over to some of the other things that became somewhat annoying in Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Having to constantly find resources for the rebels to pay to upgrade a skill became a tedious task, I once heard people didn’t like Mafia 3 since you had to do a task more than once over and over. Those players would hate this game. Not only do you have to grind all the time to pay for your skill, but the only way to go against a boss is to do the same thing over and over. Starting off you have to find some intel, this then leads you to interrogating lieutenants.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I finished a mission by killing everyone with Mortar fire. No one would react or ever set off an alarm. This is not how a game should be played, I understand some people might enjoy this kind of easy completion of a game. I’m not a fan of it.

Aside from that rant on the things I really didn’t enjoy in the game I do have some positive things to say about the gameplay. The weapons along with vehicles are some of the best things to just mess around with. Given that you have to take down some bosses for some of the better weapons I had a blast looking around for a few of the top guns in the game. I enjoy a game that gives you the chance to drop in and out of multiplayer in a snap, I think communication is key though when playing this game. If you’re not talking to each other then you will fail.

Verdict

I honestly can’t recommend this game to anyone. I bought it in hopes of playing some co-op with friends. This was such a pain to get some kind of working when everyone gets so tired of doing the same thing over and over. I’m disappointed with Ubisoft even after I had such an amazing time playing Watchdogs 2, their previous big release.  The idea is great, the execution is flawed right now.