6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Possibly the Best 3DS Launch Title,
This review is from: Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
Having pre-ordered a 3DS to replace my well-used and gradually crumbling NINTENDO Nintendo DS Lite Console - Black DS Console I had to select a couple of launch titles, I picked up Pilotwings Resort (Nintendo 3DS) based on my love of the old SNES game and Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars based on the initial reviews it was getting online.
As other reviewers have said, from first appearances (and the history of the franchise) you may assume that this is a first-person shooter but in fact it's a top-down, turn-based, tactical RPG along similar lines to the excellent Advance Wars: Days of Ruin for Nintendo DS games that were available on the original DS. You're put in charge of a six-person unit, each with a different set of skills (sniper, medic, engineer etc.) in addition to some extra classes you get to control during specific missions, including robot-drones and other soldiers. While this may not sound like a lot of variety you're able to customise each squad-member's equipment and unlock new abilities for them as you progress through the game.
The game is also remarkably well-balanced, each character-type has clear strengths and weaknesses and in the missions where you're required to choose your squad selecting the right people is often key to your success. Many games of this sort present you with a range of choices of whom some are completely useless and others are so good as to almost 'break' the game by making it so easy, Ghost Recon manages to avoid these pitfalls and in doing so adds significantly to the depth and challenge of the gameplay.
It's a genuinely fun game and - unlike Pilotwings Resort - there's a lot to keep you occupied, according to the 3DS 'activity log' I've put in over 30 hours of play-time and I've still not finished the game - particularly not on the hardest 'elite' difficulty level, or the extra 'skirmish' missions that you unlock as you progress (which include fun gimmicks like taking on hordes of zombies).
My only criticism would be the lack of online play, this kind of game really lends itself to challenging friends and strangers on the internet and adding that feature could have extended the game's lifespan even further. It also doesn't take advantage of the 3DS' 'streetpass' features in the ways that games like Super Street Fighter IV in 3D (Nintendo 3DS) and Samurai Warriors: Chronicle (Nintendo 3DS) do, which feels like a missed opportunity.
That said I can heartily recommend this game, it's a perfect combination of fun and challenge and contains enough content to keep you entertained until some more 3DS games start to appear.