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POSTED 5/6/12


TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON FUTURE SOLDIER

Ubisoft
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)

War. It’s complicated.

But we learned most everything we know about it from Daffy Duck, so if put in a real situation we’d know how to turn our beak back the right way and that’s about it. All that weaponry stuff? Umm...

There’s fucktonnes of it in this third-person tactical shooterama with Tom Clancy’s name sticky-taped to it, or at least fucktonnes of combinations. Pick something shooty, customise it, paint it pretty (drab) colours then kill somebody. Seriously, if you’re into fantastical gunnical permutations then your dacksular washing pile is gonna be huge.

If you’re a singular kind then you hit the campaign with three crack bots as your buddies. Well, they’re human, but the PS3 controls them – and by ‘crack’ we don’t mean meth or plumber’s jacksie, rather highly-trained. Strangely – nay, amazingly - they actually behave as they should. Intelligent AI? You betcha! Get gunned down after being too clomp-clomp-clompy rather than stealth-stealth-stealthy and they’ll cover you, save you, hell, maybe even make you brekkie the next morning.
 
It’s all futuristic-like, so you have scads of speccy gadgetry which Maxwell Smart’s mate Carlson would drool over. One of the specciest is a motion sensor that outs enemy peeps, even through walls. SPLOT! SPLOT! SPLOT! Bring on the next evil drug cartel goons… or whoever. You can even go Steven Seagalgasmic, playing ‘Marked for Death’ tagging baddies before you and squaddies go all shootacular – when appropriate, natch.

The singular campaign, also playable with allies of choice, is hyper-fun. Well, in a fucked-up I-just-killed-shitloads-of-humans kinda way. Go full-on multiplayer and tackle four typical do this, don’t do that scenarios, assuming that you don’t get saddled with random international douchewits.

TCGRFS isn’t as “look at me!” as much of its competition, but that’s a compliment. Think more Black Hawk Down than Rambo. Sorry Sly.

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