Hands-on Preview: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Remember Ghost Recon: Future Solider? Many gamers have found it hard to keep it in the forefront of their minds, as its development history has run rampant with delays and disappearances. Well, it’s time to make room in your brain to remember it, as Future Soldier is looking to take the military shooter genre by storm when it finally releases this summer.

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Available to play at Ubisoft’s PAX East booth, gamers were able to get their sweaty mitts on the recently announced 4 player Guerrilla Mode, a co-op, wave based survival game mode (similar to the oft compared Gears of War 3 Horde Mode).

Jumping into the Mansion map, players are given a few seconds to grasp their bearings and load up weapons, and then the first wave begins and enemies pour in. Sprinting out into the map, players will first notice characters move fluidly through the environment with ease. Gone are the claustrophobic camera angles and tank player movements of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter – movement is a whole new beast here. Players can navigate the environment quickly, easily take cover, and vault walls both low and impressively high.

Firefights in Future Soldier have a little something for everybody. The AI opponents in Guerrilla Mode are tactful, relentless, and big fans of flanking. The action is intense, and bullets are always flying. Players who don’t keep low can get ripped to shreds in an instant. When things get up close and personal, there are insane looking melee kills available. They’re not used often, but they’re effective and satisfying. While it’s all incredibly intense, there’s still such an emphasis on precision and strategy. It’s a welcome respite from most console shooters on the market.

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Success against waves grants you streak bonuses, allowing you to access radar, missile strikes, and more. You’re given a plethora of gadgets to use in the field too, from the ultra-modern stealth camouflage to a tactical drone. It’s all easily accessed and readily available at your fingertips within minutes of learning the controls.

Teamwork is key in Future Soldier. Most times, players will be cornered into a defend-able position, fighting off the waves. Lone wolf just doesn’t work here. Precision, stealth and support fire is necessary to win. This isn’t your little brother’s run-and-gun Call of Duty.

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is shaping up to be a potential hit for the summer. It oozes polish and features thanks to the many delays. It looks to be the SOCOM 4 people wanted but didn’t get: an awesome, addicting, and tactical third-person military shooter. It’s sure to make a splash when it releases for PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 22nd, and PC when it hits June 12th.

About Jake Baldino

Grocery store manager by day, video game journalist by night. Jake spends his limited non-video game-time tweaking his iPhone and reading the occasional comic book. A proud New Yorker with a big mouth, you can find him talking games on The Nerd Word and the Pretty Much It show on YouTube.

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