With Ghost Recon: Breakpoint getting its highly anticipated release early next month, I decided to revisit its predecessor. Ghost Recon: Wildlands takes place in present-day Bolivia. You play a customizable main character who leads a black-ops special forces squad trying to dismantle a drug cartel that has more or less taken over the country.
I played Wildlands when it first came out, but it eventually fell out of favor as I began to play other games with my limited time to do so. In revisiting it, I discovered my likes and dislikes of the game remained pretty much the same. The one thing that is clearly the standout of the game is how gorgeous the setting is. The developers clearly spent a lot of time recreating painstaking details about that Bolivian countryside. Your journey through the open-world story takes you through rural areas, urban centers, and mountain peaks, and it all looks amazing.
The controls are much like any first-person shooter, with some exceptions that take a bit to get used to. The story is interesting and it is enjoyable to take part in dismantling different aspects of the villainous cartel. The open-world nature of the game allows you to choose whether to tackle missions in a stealthy manner or go in guns blazing. This can lead to some pretty epic gunfights, both during missions against the cartel and outside of missions against the corrupt Bolivian police/military forces.
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The game’s biggest flaw is the lack of variety in both its story missions and side missions. Both get repetitive really fast as most involve doing pretty much the same things in different locations. This is the main reason I have yet to be able to complete the story missions. I become bored with the game before I can play long enough to make decent progress.
With that said, I think the good outweighs the bad with Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Even if you aren’t playing the main story, it’s a fun game to pop in and take advantage of the open-world gameplay to explore beautiful locations and get in spectacular gunfights with cartel dirtbags.
Note: This review only covers single-player gameplay, as I have not delved into the online co-op to this point.
Rating: Wildlands is definitely worth buying on sale.