Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Hands-On - Multiplayer

We got our first recon of the upcoming PC version of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, and it's considerably different from the recent Xbox 360 game.

While the Ghost Recon franchise has become incredibly popular on consoles, the series hasn't forgotten its PC roots. That was evident in last year's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, which featured a PC version that was entirely different in content and style than the best-selling Xbox 360 version. And with Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2, it looks like Ubisoft will stick to the formula again, as PC gamers will get a version custom built for them, one that differs considerably from the recent Xbox 360 game. We got our first taste of this new GRAW recently, as we were able to check out the closed multiplayer beta test for some initial impressions.

In GRAW2, the US Army's elite special forces unit, the Ghosts, is again deployed to Mexico to deal with a force of rebels threatening the United States. The PC version is being developed by GRIN, the Swedish studio that also handled the work on the first GRAW PC game. The action in GRAW2 remains in first person, as opposed to the Xbox 360's third-person gameplay, so you're always looking through the eyes of your character.

The Ghosts are back in first-person action on the PC.

The multiplayer beta test only features one level and two gameplay modes, though it gives us an idea of the changes that are in store. The first mode is team deathmatch. Basically, two teams enter a battle, and one team survives. Since GRAW2 is set in Mexico, the two factions are the Ghosts and Mexican Army rebels, though both sides mostly have the same weapons and equipment, so things are relatively balanced. The second mode is called recon versus assault. The Ghosts must destroy three air defense antitank systems (ADATS) on the map, while the rebels must stop them. However, the rebels are more heavily armed than the Ghosts. Ghosts can only respawn when an ADATS is destroyed, while the rebels are penalized by longer respawn times and fewer respawn locations whenever an ADATS is taken out. There's also a veterancy system in this mode, as players can unlock more powerful weapons over time.

Classes are a major new addition to GRAW2's multiplayer, and they define your role and armament on the battlefield. The first game didn't feature different classes; you simply selected from different weapon types. Now, there are five major classes in the game: demolitions, assault, rifleman, support, and sniper. The demolitions class is armed with a grenade launcher-equipped assault rifle, whereas the assault class is armed with a carbine that's good for close-quarters battle. The rifleman class is the most versatile class, since it's armed with a standard assault rifle. The support class provides heavy fire in the form of a light machine gun, while the sniper specializes in picking enemies off from afar.

The single level in the closed beta test is called Calavera, set in a Mexican shantytown positioned in a gully. The level itself is fairly large, and it could easily accommodate 32 players. Calavera is a tactical nightmare, as the outer edges of the town are elevated, providing a line of sight over most of the map. However, the lower levels of the town are a warren of buildings, narrow alleyways, dirt streets, and fenced-in yards. Snipers can climb atop any number of buildings, while infantry can stream through the built-up areas of the town. There's something here for everyone.

Cover is your friend, so use it or else.

The one thing that hasn't changed is the pace of the game. If you're expecting a fast, Counter-Strike-style run-and-gun shooter, look elsewhere. The movement speed in the game is very slow and deliberate, and your rifle is usually at the ready. You can sprint, but it comes at the cost of lowering your rifle and being unable to shoot. You can hunch down into a crouch, as well as go entirely prone on the ground, but this reduces your movement speed considerably. So to be effective, you must use cover effectively, you should lean around cover to shoot at the enemy, and you should definitely work together in a team. The weapons modeling feels very authentic, which means that hitting someone is going to be difficult thanks to the incredible amount of recoil in the rifles. The best thing to do if you spot someone is to crouch down and bring the rifle up to use its iron sights. Trying to shoot from the hip is very inaccurate.

That's just a taste of GRAW2, for now. Keep in mind that there's a full single-player campaign as well as other multiplayer maps and modes that we haven't seen yet. GRAW2 looks promising, and Ubisoft should be recognized for publishing a version of the game that's designed solely for the PC. It would have been a lot easier to simply port over the Xbox 360 version of the game, but then it wouldn't have felt like a PC shooter. GRAW2 is scheduled to ship in June.

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Lonelynight
Lonelynight

jenei_zsolt no it doesn't use the ut3 engine, it uses the same engine as GRAW 1

jenei_zsolt
jenei_zsolt

i am not sure but is this game made with Unreal engine as same as R6 Vegas??? pls someone tell me...if it is why didn't they make it with the coversystem of Vegas!!! to me that was the coolest part !!! I know it wasn't entirely realistic but it offered an unusual combat situation every time. I hope they make a better AI for GRAW cause in Vegas it was a little bit odd to say the least. My opinion is that GRAW's gameplay will never be as good dough... Oh...and by the way...anybody who thinks that HL2 is crap should get in a tub of gasoline and start smokin' !!!

Phatmista
Phatmista

Just found out, not allowed to share this info while beta testing :-X -Phatmista

radik87
radik87

2 SOKMHeadShot as for me these game aren't even similar so i think they can't be compared

SOKMHeadShot
SOKMHeadShot

HL2 crap? for me the first GRAW for PC sucks! i hope they fix the mess they did! i prefer Rainbow Six Vegas :d

Kicken
Kicken

yeah jamserver, if this had a 3rd person pespective, it would be sweet, and I would probably buy it

invictuslemming
invictuslemming

So long as they improve the friendly AI in this version.... The AI in the first GRAW for PC was practically braindead :P

prism0718
prism0718

Hmm.. nothing about the medic class or a cover system..

coolio26
coolio26

I hope it has the same (or better) graphics as the XB360 version!

war3
war3

this game has unimpressed me just like all the other tom clancy games. It is a shame indeed. Oh well, more copies for everyone else.

toolnet
toolnet

second that! HL2 was friggin awesome

hrking222
hrking222

Somini if you think HL2 is crap, you don't even deserve to call yourself a gamer

UltraWoody
UltraWoody

There's nothing wrong with Doom 3. Granted, the PC version is better than the Xbox version, it's still a great game. Same goes for Half-Life 2. GRAW is great fun and most prefer the 1st-person shooter-style over 3rd-person view anyway. If you want 3rd-person view only, then go get the Xbox 360 version -- it is fantastic!

jamserver
jamserver

i really wish it was third person

Somini
Somini

I loved the first GRAW for the PC, so I'm going to get this one as well sooner or later. IMO, GRAW was one of the best FPS's that I've played for the PC in many years, much better than crap like HL2 or Doom 3.

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

Jesus. The use of console vs. pc is only personal preference. I play halo 2. I play counter-strike source. I'm good at both. Why can't everyone just shut up? I mean, when the team making Shadowrun (the first cross-platform FPS) started playing multiplayer, the console dudes owned at every aspect of the game except sniping. With a console, you can move around better, whereas in a PC game, you have slightly better pinpoint aim. I hate having to retype this over and over, but so many people JUST DON'T GET IT. Whatever you're better with, that's the system you should buy a game for. I like the analog stick more and enjoy splitscreen with friends. So I have the game for 360. But everyone should stop whining, because the reality is that nobody cares. I'm not saying PC is bad, or that 360 is bad, just that people need to calm down a bit. I have friends that could preach to me either way for hours. But I tell them to SHUT THE F*** UP and it usually works. This is even more pointless than telling a mac user that they suck.

MxAa
MxAa

it will suck... the multiplayer portion at least... if u all love boring repetative deathmatch crap well then have fun. DOD source does a better job then graw or graw 2 on mp part if u want deathmatch... Single player was good tho on graw...

datniccah187
datniccah187

The mutlipayer is very good on 360 i think. I'm sure it will be bomb on pc as well. To bad it aint come'n out until June.

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

i agree, personally i think that FPS is better for PC, Altho that doesnt stop me from playing console FPS games too. I prefer to have Mouse/Keaybaord for FPS games, but i dont want to gt Pwned on the consoles, hence why i play both. Still a bigger fan of 3rd person shooters tho This game looks great, ill prbably pick it up for PC, since im gtting Rainbow 6 Vegas for my Xbox. no point having 2 copies.

ufopuller
ufopuller

PC version would be a good thing

star-stratus
star-stratus

Good. I don't want that kiddie gameplay that there is on Xbox 360. It's way too forgiving.

nem1
nem1

Im fine with mine for the 360, plus i dont think that my PC could handle that game (im not really a PC person) but it seems like it will be cool. Plus the multiplayer is FPS sooo, it'll probably be pretty sweet

kicken711
kicken711

rofl ghost recon is ghost recon graw was a great game why not put it on pc considering its a totally different experience being and fps. I can't wait i have graw for my xbox 360 but multi player on a console and a computer cant be matched. thats why they made it for teh pc because pc multi player is deeper than xbox 360 or any console for that matter. ps people who cant afford a good comp dont say consonsoles are better than pcs. becasue you truely havent experienced a great multiplayer experience

Jac5232
Jac5232

"daveg1: i wonder why they do this for geaw on the pc?" Cause people who played the original Ghost Recon games on the PC liked the more tactical approach. In that regard Ubisoft hasn't forgotten about them, which is always a good thing.

toolnet
toolnet

Yeah well, waiting for crossgaming with the xbox dudes..

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Bloody consoles... I hate them! I remember the days when consoles got it second or not at all as well... such fine days they were.

absinthewfaust
absinthewfaust

UBI should be ashamed for what they have done to the Tom Clancey franchises.

daveg1
daveg1

i wonder why they do this for geaw on the pc?

cezeon
cezeon

I don't have a 360,So I never knew there was a major difference from the PC and the 360 Version.

1337pwnage
1337pwnage

"buggy, unoptimized crap" amen to that

lithus
lithus

Remember the days when the console gamers had to wait for the PC version? Ahhh, and the times they are a' changin! "YES!!! first person and 32 players!!! a real GRAW!!! " Relax kiddo. It's not like it's going to be lag free or anything. Good luck with that chug fest.

frankeyser
frankeyser

YES!!! first person and 32 players!!! a real GRAW!!! so glad i did not buy 2 for the 360!

ahyumifan
ahyumifan

My laptop wont be able to run this game anyway... GRAW1 runs like crap on my PC even at the lowest setting for some reason.. although it was better than my desktop PC specs... maybe the Vista problem

cajunXLVII
cajunXLVII

need a multi and single player demo before i buy.

FanaticFirearm
FanaticFirearm

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jk80
jk80

lucky PC owners won't have to put up with GRAW's terrible lobby system for multiplayer

PXM5000
PXM5000

havent they learned from Vegas two make one edition for all platforms...

jordan1
jordan1

The first graw was awsome, I didn't find any issues with it on the pc... I liked it more than the 360 version this one is going to be awsome

ptown58
ptown58

"(buggy, unoptimized crap)" ha ha ha That pretty much sums up all new games.

dave1388
dave1388

Let's just hope that the game is actually functional unlike the first GRAW (buggy, unoptimized crap)

ptown58
ptown58

Wheres the frickin DEMO already and if they havnt forgoten the pc base then why is the 360 version out and not the pc version ?

stu_godd
stu_godd

they better put it in 1st person 4 d ps3,and if the 1st person is clearly better why was it in 3rd person 4 the 360

Lonelynight
Lonelynight

Are they using the same game engine?

Mohamed_h
Mohamed_h

Hope this could better than the first boring game !

t3h_sauce
t3h_sauce

GRAW bothered me because the graphics were limited by the amount of video ram you had on your system. I really hope they change this for the next game because cheap directx 10 cards like the 8600GTS are coming out, and although they may perform better than many DX9 chips that run on 512 MB GDDR3, they will only have 256 MB of RAM. Having the graphics immediately limited because of the video ram is just plain stupid.

F1sTDaCuffS
F1sTDaCuffS

this makes me mad, id rather have fps on 360 then pc. maybe they'll make it fps on ps3