Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Trilogy - PC

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Trilogy (PC)
Requires: Mouse, Keyboard
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Combat Game: Infantry
Strategy: Combat
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Red Storm Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 19 Apr 2013 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+
Connectivity: Internet Connection



Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (popularised and, thankfully, shortened to GRAW) focuses on the deployment of the "Warfighter” of the Future into the chaos of urban warfare, set against the backdrop of a hot and humid future Mexico City.

The story goes like this. It is 2013 (once upon a time, that was the future) and the U.S. Army can finally now deploy its Integrated Warfighter System (IWS), a complex combination of cutting-edge technologies that transforms an individual soldier into the ultimate fighting force. IWS combines advanced weapons systems, satellite communication devices and enhanced survivability into one fully integrated combat system that is finally ready for the true test of the battlefield.

GRAW includes a wealth of features, including the Cross-Com, a communication device attached to the soldier's monocle and powered by satellite technology, which will deliver constant and complete battlefield awareness seamlessly within the action.


Following the failure of the coup d'état in Mexico City, Mexican rebels have gathered their remaining forces along the US border, and the whole of Mexico is undergoing a full-scale civil war. The Ghosts have fewer than 72 hours to stop a nuclear attack. It's the first time on US soil that you get the chance to lead your team of elite Special Forces - straddling the border between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The Ghosts are the last line of defence and must do what it takes to protect the country. You'll battle enemies in mountain terrains, barren deserts and on your home turf in El Paso. Each environment comes with its own benefits and challenges and thus require new tactical approaches.

The Cross-Com 2.0 gives you more information than in its predecessor. You can see what your friendly forces see in the top left display and the click of a button expands that to a full-screen view for a more precise picture. This will give you a more comprehensive view of the entire battlefield. The new Full Command View allows unprecedented precision in developing and issuing tactical plans on the battlefield. While on the battlefield, you can command air strikes with jet fighters, get mobile cover for difficult situations, and replenish armaments on the battlefield using an unmanned artillery MULE. Wannabe soldiers can now heal their team on the battlefield too, including squad leader Scott Mitchell, with an all-new Medic class of soldier.

Future Soldier

Many war-based shooters have nailed the feeling of being in a battlefield. Explosions everywhere, bullets flying by your head, squad mates yelling commands, and countless ‘do or die’ situations. But few have actually conveyed the feeling of being a badass soldier. The Ghost Recon series is different - and Future Soldier really ups the ante.

A lot of it is down to the fluid, refined controls and visceral sound direction - from the very first mission, you can get a real sense of the slower, rhythmic pace of this third-person tactical shooter. Whilst sneaking around, you are handed many opportunities to cap unsuspecting terrorist soldiers in the head. Each shot feels powerful, and every kill returns a satisfying ‘thud,’ making you feel a little bit like Superman every time.

In Future Soldier, America’s worst enemy has once again become the Russians. A para-military faction looks to overthrow the current Federation and re-establish the country as a superpower.

Where Ubisoft has really laid down some impressive work is in the artificial intelligence. Your squad mates are smart enough to know where to go, what to do and how best to assist you without the player issuing any commands whatsoever. Similarly, the enemy AI has been improved to the point where you will be fighting against formidable opponents. Without paying attention to the benefits of the future-age gadgets you wield and the nuances of the game’s mechanics, you’re going to fall pretty hard.