The graphics are similar to that of the previous instalments by Red Storm, the game's developers, and the sound is superb, taking full advantage of Creative's EAX technology to bring you rolling thunder, tracer bullets as they whiz past and the echo of your own footsteps.
While there are plenty of options for the single player, Ghost Recon also offers great Multiplayer action and you can either play against each other or co-operatively.
If you're a fan of the original Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear this is simply more missions to chew on, but if you are looking for something a little more adventurous then you still can't beat Operation Flashpoint --Jason Denwood
Russia has fallen under the control of ultra nationalistic politicians intent on rebuilding the Iron Curtain. This leads to conflict with NATO as Russia attempts to reclaim the breakaway Republic of Georgia, and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. As the regional wars escalate out of control, the casualties mount, and the Ghosts are sent in. Take command of the Ghosts through a series of missions that range from demolitions, to search and rescue, to all out firefights.
Well, you'd be absolutely right; in fact, the level of detail in Ghost Recon is even higher. The graphics are superb, with trees blowing in the breeze, excellent weather effects and vast landscapes. Wonderful atmospheric sounds of trees creaking, birds singing, crunching snow.
The maps are great and varied: Towns with ruined buildings for cover, Mountainous terrain, Moscow city streets with snow underfoot, grassy hillsides and a sub pen.
The fireteam control interface is good, and with a little practice you will be able to flank the enemy before pinning them down.
Multifarious weapons: Sniper rifles, semi-automatic assault rifles with 203 grenade launchers and anti-tank rocket launchers, sidearms, claymores, grenades etc.
I found this title to be far better than Operation Flashpoint. It's far more realistic and tense. The operative word here is stealth. You don't rush in with guns blazing. You move slowly, searching out the enemy, lest they see you and cut you down in a hail of bullets.
On the multiplayer front I would say that unless you have a cable connection I wouldn't bother to play online. You'll find enemies popping up in front of you and disappearing again.
Also, pay attention to the system requirements: 128MB, 16MB 3D card, Pentium II 450 MHz (This really is the minimum). This game needs a faster CPU that Rogue Spear. I have an Athlon 650MHz with 256MB RAM and a 32bit TNT2 - before that I had 128MB, 450 Celeron and a Voodoo 3 3000 (16MB) and that would play with the bear minimum graphics. I've seen it at 64bit and was even more amazing.
If your system can take it I recommend you get it!
The levels are big! To say that they are nice to look at is an understatement, trees sway in the breeze and the vegetation is the best in game i have seen. The combination of the rich environment and the superb level of detail/camouflage on the in game characters creates an unparalled level of realism.
I have been playing this game in surround sound, which really is something else, the game makes excellent use of EAX software. It can get a bit scary with tracer fire flying over head, grenades exploding nearby and the rumble of a tank approaching.
Online play is well supported as usual, although a DSL connection would undoubtably improve the experience.
The AI could do with a few tweaks but all in all this game is must have for any combat sim fans.
PS: Can't wait for the inevitable Black Hawk Down mod.
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