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Army June 7, 2012
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By Bob Dikkenberg
Ghost Recon Future Soldier
Platforms: Out now on PS3 and
Xbox 360, coming to PC
MAJOR game developers decided
several years ago that nobody want-
ed to think and play video games
at the same time, so the big tactical
shooter franchises established in
the late '90s and early 2000s were
reinvented with sequels dumbing
down the tactical elements and
focusing on the shooting.
Returning five years after its last
major iteration, the latest instalment
in the Ghost Recon series, Ghost
Recon Future Soldier has stripped
out most of the strategic elements
of the original. But unlike Rainbow
Six: Vegas (another Ubisoft title) and
Operation Flashpoint: Red River, the
move towards more basic shooter
gameplay hasn't completely ruined
Any fan of the original or the
subsequent Ghost Recon Advanced
Warfighter games will probably be
disappointed with the direction taken
The ability to command fire
teams or individual team members
with movement orders has been
removed from the game. The fire-
control order system of previous
games, which allowed players to tell
their teammates to hold fire, fire at
will or suppress enemies has been
replaced by a fairly simple mechanic
allowing players to designate targets
for team members to take out in syn-
chronised shots during stealth mis-
sions and designate points to focus
suppressing fire during firefights.
With the addition of some on-rails
mounted machine-gun sequences,
GRFS is basically Call of Duty with
an interesting synch-shot mechanic.
So in terms of maintaining the
tactical shooter legacy of its prede-
cessors, GRFS is a failure. It is, how-
ever, a fun game in its own right.
The firefights are intense and
players get to use plenty of inter-
esting near-future gadgets, includ-
ing miniature UAVs, scopes that can
see through walls and Predator-style
The addition of cutscenes and set-
piece action sequences adds character
and improves story immersion.
The game also includes a strong
multiplayer component, allowing
players to take on human opponents
on a range of multiplayer maps or
team up to tackle the main story.
It's a shame GRFS has dropped
many of the tactical elements that
made its predecessors great, as it
seems major developers have com-
pletely given up on tactical shooters.
But GRFS is an engaging game with
slightly more interactivity and a long-
er campaign than the other big mili-
tary-themed shooters on the market.
-- John Wellfare
Action packed: The latest instalment in the Ghost Recon series is more exciting but lacks the strategic
elements that made the previous games great.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PS Vita
WITH the release of a new gaming sys-
tem it is only a matter of time before it
gets a shooter and it's great to see that the
Playstation Vita's first is a step away from
Unit 13 is a fast-pased third-person
shooter which gets you straight into the
action after a small intelligence brief and
choice of soldier to suit the mission.
Once in the mission you're not limited
by a strict storyline or order of objectives
and can choose your own method of com-
pleting the mission.
There are several different mission
types ranging from stealth infiltrations
through to direct action -- running full
pace through a building to clear the
enemy in a rush to meet a timed objective.
Having no strict storyline allows play-
ers to pick up the game and continue
Great for casual gamers
playing without attempting to remember
what has happened and is great for the
commuter or casual gamer.
The PS Vita's touch screen is also
used throughout the game to interact with
objects such as collecting intelligence and
deactivating booby traps.
With excellent controls and offering
great replay value with experience points
and alternative ways to play missions, the
game is rewarding and certainly worth
adding to the collection.
-- Cpl Nick Wiseman
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