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POSTED 31/3/17


TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: WILDLANDS

Ubisoft



The Wildlands are calling on their way back from the fire...

What’s this got to do with Duran Duran? Nothing. But as usual we needed a prompt to get the writing juices making us, well, write. Especially when we wanted to keep playing this tactical third-person shooter, as we kept finding bits we liked, then bits we didn’t, then bits we did and...

The 413th* Tom Clancy game from Ubisoft, Wildlands (Wildlands! Wildlands! AGH! Stop it, Simon!) offers a chance to partake of Bolivia’s finest in a collision of the Far Cry games and The Expendables movies. Which is definitely preferable to a collision of the Far Cry movie and The Expendables games.

It’s a big open world thing, with more Bolivian countryside to savour than has ended up in the nostrils of North Americans – which incidentally you are, of the ghostly Special Forces persuasion. As is de rigueur these days you have main missions and side missions, as you aim to eliminate the dastardly Santa Bianca cartel and its big cheese, El Sueño. Oh, and collectibles! Fucktonnes of collectibles! Stealth is handy, bullets are handier, vehicles are often even handier (get to da choppa!) and patience for many a tailing mission is saintly. If the latter pissed you off up, down and sideways in the Assassin’s Creed games then, erm, maybe you should look elsewhere for shooty-shooty thrills.

You’ve some fun toys to aid your missions, with drones being the most funk-laden. You can use them to tag baddies, and let loose rather satisfying ‘sync shot’ bullet hell.

Hit South America in co-op and it can be more engaging, assuming you’re not saddled with amoebic-minded online dick fritters – who are all too often encountered.

There’s good, there’s bad, but ultimately if you like repetitive shooting to the tune of an often (unintentionally?) hilarious B-movie story then on the razor’s edge you’ll trail. Because there’s murder by the roadside in a sore afraid new world...

* Give or take 370

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