GRAW2 Spotlight Part 3 - Environments

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 is almost upon us, and we take one final look at the game's environments before it ships.

With Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 hitting the shelves next week, we're taking one final look at the game before it ships. In previous spotlights we took a look at the new Crosscom 2.0 system and the co-op multiplayer gameplay. In this final spotlight, we're going to examine the new environments that you'll battle in as a member of the fictional 5th Special Forces Group, otherwise known as the Ghosts.

The rural environments of GRAW2 have very few places to hide.

The setting of GRAW2 is the US-Mexico border, specifically the area around the cities of El Paso and Juarez. This is a fairly large metropolitan area that will offer the type of intense urban battles seen in the original GRAW. At the same time, there's also enough open countryside around both cities that you'll also participate in wilderness battles reminiscent of those seen in some of the first Ghost Recon games. Battles will take place around several key areas. For instance, there's a mountain range near El Paso that will provide a rocky and rugged battlefield. Then the action shifts to US soil as you go into downtown El Paso to defeat invading Mexican rebels.

Tactics will be dictated by the nature of the battlefield. In rural and wilderness areas, the long lines of sight and fields of fire will require more stealth, especially since there's little cover in the open. Urban battles will be much shorter range and brutal because you can turn a corner and find yourself face-to-face with enemy soldiers. The urban environments will also be much more vertical than in GRAW, which means rooftops and balconies play a bigger role, especially for snipers. The downside is that being in an elevated position makes it easier for the enemy to see you.

Since the action takes place in two different countries, the art in the game reflects this. You'll know which side of the border you're on just by looking at the environment. The US side is relatively untouched by the fighting, so it's fairly clean. Mexico, on the other hand, is experiencing a civil war, so it has a lot more destruction in the form of destroyed buildings and wrecked vehicles littering the streets. As a result, the urban battlefields in GRAW2 feel much more "war torn" than they did in GRAW.

Welcome to the urban jungle of Juarez. Have fun.

The environments also benefit from the improved visuals in GRAW2. The game builds upon the excellent engine introduced in last year's GRAW, which was widely regarded as one of the first true "next generation" games. GRAW2 raises the bar even higher thanks to the improved lighting and weather effects. We've been involved with battles where the lighting conditions changed drastically because of a setting sun or a sudden overcast. The desert sunsets are picturesque. It's just too bad you're usually getting shot at, so you can't really appreciate them.

It goes without saying that GRAW2 looks great, and we're sure that you want to play the game by now. You don't have to wait much longer, because GRAW2 will ship next week, and you can experience these visuals for yourself then. We'll have a full review next week, so be sure to check back later.

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65 comments
DoctorFu
DoctorFu

onetetsuok- "No more spawn camping? *crosses fingers*... " Ha, sorry but I was just playing my fresh copy of GRAW 2 and got spawn camped three times in a row. There will always be spawn killing like this and good players to abuse it. Unless you want huge boring maps with no excitement that is..

gveiga
gveiga

I agree with you Beesond... lol

Beesond
Beesond

I think Potlacey works for Ubisoft lol

maxfire45
maxfire45

I loved the first one I got a while ago and it is sweet. Tom Clancy knows how to make video games.

chineolee
chineolee

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moedaho
moedaho

That is simply KICKASS

Bruceleeman
Bruceleeman

"slimezombie Hey for those of you who live in Juarez and(or) El Paso, have you noticed the pictures where you see the AJUA'S and Amazonas...cool!!!!" Yeah and did you see the Asarco Tower next to the border highway :lol:

samjcb
samjcb

CANT WAIT WENT OUT AND BROUGHT THE 1ST ONE WHEN I SAW THIS ONE COMING OUT ITS THE DON OF ALL SHOOTERS CANT WAIT....

call1
call1

A little ecessive, and optimistic potlacey, but I can't wait for the game.

potlacey
potlacey

GRAW 2 will define the "Tom Clancy" era of games, while other shooters will be left in the dust. GRAW opened the door, Splinter: Double Agent broke the rules, Rainbow Vegas broke new ground. GRAW 2 paves the way to Gaming Heaven, it will define the way "video games" should be made. Ubisoft is one hell of a company,keep up the work.

chico129
chico129

"looks like a souped up shooter just something with better graphics" Haha! Looks like jaywalker9876 has never played any of the GR games or GRAW (I know they are the same thing but GRAW seems to be becoming a different series altogether!)

kicken711
kicken711

oh great i cant wate to be in the desert again! you have to love all teh diffrenent colors and environments. Some of teh colors i am looking forward to are brown,tan,blue,and possibly some red, and oh wait i can't wait to get my self sandy. GRAW needs to move on from crappy locations that are so friggen boring and offer no variation. The first GRAW was good but i dont think i can stand to go back to teh desert. Its so plain and boring i hope teh GR devs figure out that instead of making an expansion pack tehy should make a new game. Heres to maybe a new GR game with otu teh same old boring settings. Ps I could never stand to live any where in the us or mexico where there is more brown than green.

slimezombie
slimezombie

Hey for those of you who live in Juarez and(or) El Paso, have you noticed the pictures where you see the AJUA'S and Amazonas...cool!!!!

CrimzonTide
CrimzonTide

Should be great and hopefully the online achievements will remain a challenge worthy of completing.

Bruceleeman
Bruceleeman

I'm only living in El Paso so there should be nothing new here for me :P

onetetsuok
onetetsuok

No more spawn camping? *crosses fingers*...

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Not long now, I will probably end up getting this game but I want to see good reviews before I part with my money. I liked the first game but I want variety, if this does not deliver then I will stick with RS Vegas.

WaylanderFW
WaylanderFW

awsome! yet I am not sure if it's better then Vegas! But the graphics are amazing 4 sure!

Jaywalker9876
Jaywalker9876

looks like a souped up shooter just something with better graphics

Azn_PlayBoi323
Azn_PlayBoi323

man this game is gonna kick ass! The graphics looks amazing & I love how the upgraded the cross com! Im totally geared up for next week...its gonna be awesome:)

Destroyeron13
Destroyeron13

Hopefully the PC version will be as good, though I doubt it.

dcoy8
dcoy8

yeah GT406 is right...they should have made it like socom, so you can build relationships with ppl...and play in the places you want. I still think socom has the best online system/interface around...still yet to be surpassed

sircrayzie
sircrayzie

i still play graw to this day and now I finally can put away to rest after one year of running in my 360. can't wait for graw 2 loved the demos.

GT406
GT406

Tobad i still cant chose with wich people i want to play with. Like country or something like that.

alienware7
alienware7

GRAW2 is my all time favorite Xbox Live Demo! IMO they improved upon every aspect. The AI, controls, and graphics and seem better than the original GRAW (and I loved the first one). This is no GRAW 1.5...this is most certainly a worthy $60 investment in fun times.:)

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

why are they they only previewing the console version and not the PC version

saugh
saugh

I was playing the multiplayer online demo for this. I can't stress how good this game will end up being.

datniccah187
datniccah187

o boy let me tell you, GRAW 2 is where its at. Can't wait.

Stalker700
Stalker700

i just hope that the second part will be MUCH better than the first one for the PC,it's clearly noticable that ubisoft focused more on the console version than the PC version,and a lot of things existed only at the console version and not in the pc,so i hope they will add the same features that in the console version,to the pc version in the second GRAW...

Nickolai1979
Nickolai1979

This great-looking game is in my Gamefly queue. However, I won't be able to play it until I get my X360 back from Microsoft (which I may not get back for another 2 weeks). Argh.

Seanoriver
Seanoriver

to bad they didnt talk about the multiplayer maps and locations:( i really didnt like the single player in graw1 and it doesnt seem much better in this game so i really dont care about single player

einsp
einsp

Sounds good enough.

ShibbyMan
ShibbyMan

I only have 1Gb of RAM and GRAW runs fine on my LT

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

the anit aliasing still needs work, and the style isn't for everyone. but i like it

eva360
eva360

graw one was good. Might give it a shot. Beat it on hard mode as well.

arnab9385
arnab9385

the PC version of GRAW 1 ran like crap on a machine with 1 GB ram. i wonder how much GRAW 2 will need now? (( 2 GB ??)) see a pattern emerging? :-)

gmax
gmax

Something for the GRAW fans...

esbshalo
esbshalo

Nice......btw, is everything bigger to you guys or is it just me?

trenken
trenken

Yes, I'm so excited to pay $60 for GRAW 1.5

ztron370
ztron370

I've already pre-ordered GRAW 2 and am confused if I made the right decision.I played the demo and it took a few seconds for my guy to shoot and in war that's not cool.I hope the final version is going to be better.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

It is awesome! Cant wait! Dont have to wait that long!

themc_7
themc_7

looks pretty nice, nothing really special