The Future is here and it’s deadly.
The Pitch: Staying true to its roots, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a tactical shooter that doesn’t fall prey to the mindless running and gunning of the most popular military games of the moment, instead rewarding thoughtful strategy, stealth and teamwork.
What It Really Is: Given the focus on gadgetry and stealthiness, Future Soldier actually feels a bit like a hybrid of the Metal Gears and The Modern Warfares. It never reaches the lofty heights of storytelling of the former or the balls out chaos of the latter but it does create an enjoyable experience for players that value a more thoughtful approach without being bogged down by the virtues of patience. Uniquely well-done is Future Soldier’s emphasis on teamwork, with squad control being implemented in a streamlined, functional marking system and teammate AI actually laying claim to some impressive intelligence. Future Soldier’s cloaking and spying gadgets go far in impressing the idea that recon and foresight is essential to success but even the best laid plans can be ruined by a numbskull squadmate who can’t follow orders. That’s never an issue here. Your squad’s made up of solid soldiers who don’t lack discipline and it’s one of the best selling points of the game and a huge credit to the series. We think Tom Clancy would’ve been proud, God rest his soul. (Wait, what? Tom Clancy’s not dead? GTFO!)
Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “The only thing missing from Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a Jean Claude Van Damme cameo.” -Maxim.com
Fun Fact: Ubisoft put together Team Ghost, a four-person squad of celebrities to help promote the game who each brought something to the table. The NBA’s Kevin Love for strategy, The NFL’s Justin Blackmon for muscle, rapper Kendrick Lamar for commentary and Ice T’s Coco for, presumably, her vast gaming knowledge and personality.
Who’s It For: If Modern Warfare is too dumb and Metal Gear is too slow then Future Soldier should be just right for you, Goldilocks.