Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Updated Impressions

We're talked through a demo of the next Ghost Recon game at Ubisoft's E3 2010 booth.

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Earlier today, we paid a visit to Ubisoft's sizable E3 booth to get a look at Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. We were hoping that the game was going to be playable, but what show attendees are actually standing in line for is much the same demo that was shown at Ubisoft's press conference a couple of days ago. We already posted impressions of that demo, but we were at least able to glean a little additional information from the Ubisoft representative who was narrating on this occasion.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is set in the not-too-distant future, "sooner than you think" according to the dateline that appeared at the bottom of the screen. In the E3 demo mission, the Ghosts have received intel that an American convoy is going to be attacked by Russians and so their primary objective is to recon and, if possible, secure the area. As they land on a war-torn beach somewhere in Europe, debris from wrecked ships affords the Ghosts (and their enemies) plenty of places to take cover. The Ghosts have a significant advantage, though, in that their active camo equipment renders them more or less invisible provided they don't run, fire their weapons, or get wet.

By moving slowly with the active camo in effect, the Ubisoft representative playing the game was able to get extremely close to enemies who he then proceeded to execute with his silenced weapon. As the Ghosts proceeded up the beach toward a city in ruins, the player requested a satellite recon that handily highlighted the positions of all enemies in the vicinity by overlaying yellow icons on them. It was at this point that the Ghosts learned a person of interest was close by, and so what started out as a relatively straightforward reconnaissance mission, immediately became a capture mission.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier's entire campaign will support cooperative play for up to four players, but on this occasion we were watching a lone player accompanied by three AI squadmates. They appeared to be behaving intelligently, and the no-nonsense radio chatter going on between them definitely added a lot to the atmosphere. One memorable moment, which occurred shortly after the team had simultaneously taken out a number of enemies both on a raised walkway and on the ground below it, was when the player snuck up behind an enemy manning a turret. After carefully avoiding the enemy's gaze because he was wearing thermal goggles that see through the active camo, the player but a bullet in the back of his head and then--upon realizing that another enemy was walking nearby--propped up the dead soldier for a few seconds so that his body wouldn't slump over the turret and alert the other enemy that something was wrong.

Upon reaching the city, and after showing off one of the 12 different close-quarters takedowns that the Ghosts have in their repertoire, the team spotted the target and took up positions close by. The player was going to be the Ghost responsible for actually grabbing the target and needed to time his attack for the same moment that the other three Ghosts shot and killed the target's trio of bodyguards. One especially cool touch during this sequence was that the trajectories of the other Ghosts' guns as they lined up their shots were superimposed on the screen, and after a countdown from three, it was great to see all three bodyguards get shot in the head and fall to the ground as the player grabbed the target and slammed his head against a nearby vehicle.

The final sequence of the demo saw the Ghosts inside a building overlooking a beach where an enemy chopper was airlifting in a powerful drone tank. The player was able to snipe the helicopter pilot, causing the helicopter to crash, but the tank still made it to the ground safely. Down on the beach, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier looked a lot like a stop-and-pop shooter, as the squad moved between positions of cover and took out enemies who were doing much the same thing. The aforementioned drone tank was making short work of the destructible cover, though, and the demo ended on something of a cliff-hanger as the Ghosts tried to figure out how to defeat the tank.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is currently scheduled for release early next year. Based on what we've seen of the game at E3, it should be a lot of fun regardless of whether you're playing solo or with a squad of up to three friends. We look forward to bringing you more information on the game as soon as it becomes available.

Discussion

59 comments
eliebaz
eliebaz

looks like a great game but im doubting the fact that it is multi platform usually multi platform games are glitchy and the graphics lack where they should be and always fails to give you that extra edge. I appreciate that each platform has its own team still if they specialized say in one or two systems they would have a greater team to improve the game looking forward to it though can't wait to see the reviews im guessing a gamespot 8.5

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Although this will be a 'Day 1' for me, i only wish Ubi would give us an all new R6, then i would be ultra happy.

Cortana101
Cortana101

Hopefully this game won't involve you to tell your buddies to do everything. If you liked that aspect maybe they could integrate both command and being commanded into the game. Wouldn't mind seeing my gun when I go into first person at least. Hopefully this game will be well done and knowing Tom Clancy's history in gaming it certainly looks promising.

_SCB_
_SCB_

Haven't played ghost recon since the original, can't wait to try this out!

eightisgreat
eightisgreat

This gunna stay a third person game or are they going first person?

codesplease
codesplease

Never played a Ghost Recon game before. This looks pretty damn good though. Not much hype for it yet... looking forward to 2011!!!

inhumanninja
inhumanninja

@Tentaculat For the record, were you in the former USSR, you would not have been allowed to make that comment against it. Or most of the countries America is/has been at odds with. America sure as hell isn't perfect, but it's a better alternative to the totalitarianism that most communist countries devolve into. Thought I'd just throw that out there.

mosamania
mosamania

next year is going to be a shooter exravagenza

shabulia
shabulia

This is the one I can't wait for

donofmy16
donofmy16

nice overall game wish it took place in south america or something i'm getting tired of us vs. russ. or US vs. Someone in Asia oh wait there's the new medal of honor =]

H-Revolver
H-Revolver

Why does it always have to be the Russians? Looks great though.

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

This game looks fantastic, nice to have a great tactical shooter in a market saturated by arcade shoot-em-ups nowadays.

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

@Tentaculat Are you dissing America? I wouldn't want to live in any other country.

chingchow48
chingchow48

got Splinter Cell Conviction for the beta... should start sometime in the next school year... no studying when that happens lol

deekanter
deekanter

If this is even half as good as either of the GRAW games it'll be worth every penny.

samuelcolbourne
samuelcolbourne

I may even purchase this one when it comes out, which is very rare fore me. I don't care that much about the story when the game play is always so good. I still play GRAW2. Love em.

Sticker704
Sticker704

I'm gonna enjoy blasting some shoulder missile at a tank, call a drone with a hell load of firepower to take down 50 men, and then disappear into the mist :-D

ParaBellum71
ParaBellum71

GRAW sucked hard. Give up the future stuff, quit tying the hands of your dev's, and let them make Ghost Recon again. No fancy words after Ghost Recon, just Ghost Recon 3. Half of you next gen kiddies would poop yourselves if you played Ghost Recon 2 for the Xbox. It had better matchmaking and clan matchmaking/scheduled events integrated in then Halo 2 did.

gorygorefest45
gorygorefest45

the old graws were pretty good i mean i dint like em that much but they were still well made games so this game should definitely be pretty good at least

Tentaculat
Tentaculat

I'd be more intrested in this game if it had a story, but since it says "Tom Clancy" on it, I can already guess how it goes...Evil NonAmericans do something to endanger the world. Americans, defenders of everything that's good and holy can't concieve of something so terrible and send a few guys to deal with it. While it's only 4 guys, they are americans, and chosen by good and freedom, so they take out a few thousand of the NonAmericans with little trouble, because they are evil and corrupt and hate democracy. Eventualy the few guys win just before the NonAmericans do something terrible and save the world because they are God's chosen and pure hearted people and return the world to America's slav...protection.

taino1128
taino1128

@mAniaCinBLACK If it was Mexicans killing whites, you'd think it's OK. And another thing dumb***, in that game Mexico was in a civil war and the rebels were threatening the U.S. with a nuke. It wasn't a U.S. gov't vs Mexican gov't war. Know your facts before you speak.

davonas
davonas

this game look like an upgrade but i don't thing it's that cool

themadsheep2001
themadsheep2001

@Gungriffin 1) They are working from the tom clancy universe and so that is the state of play. 2) Even now there are people in power on both sides of the Atlantic (albeit the small minority) who believe that the other side is still the "enemy" and that the Cold War hasnt really ended. In some ways you could argue that the Cold War still simmers on, for the talk and action on cutting nuclear weapons etc, and increased ties, both the US and Russia are determined to make sure that neither side gains a real advantage over the other, look at the massive drama for the last few years about the missile shield and the ever increasing power of N.A.T.O Back to the game, really looking forward to a more realistic shooter in terms of difficulty and gameplay. And for those who think that this is too futuristic, the US, UK, Russia and several other leading countries all have "Future Warrior" programs ( The US has Future Force Warrior, and the UK has Future Infantry Soldier Technology). and a few of the initial developments are already in current use (US 2007, and the UK earlier this year). I dont know about the US but the UK,expects to have its F.I.S.T program fully up and running between 2015 and 2020

DC5_Maverick
DC5_Maverick

can't wait for this game... but better delayed for the best, than release it early but buggy...

mAniaCinBLACK
mAniaCinBLACK

ok im sorry about the whiteboy comment im also an american but i know how stupid people can get when your playing a game shooting at the race you deal with every day. but anyways i liked ghost recon ever since ps2. hope this one is as great as it sound.

Drake988765
Drake988765

@ GunGriffin I agree with you it's abit old but the thing is maybe they are going off the fact that besides america they are the only country that spends a large amount of dinero on weapon manufacture and research

blaze11987
blaze11987

I like how there is a guy complaining about GRAW2 making white people racist against mexicans while calling us 'whiteboys'. I can't think of a nationality i hav'nt killed in my gaming career, yet that does'nt make me inherently racist... But anyway, to the point...The game looks good, sounds like a litre of GRAW mixed with 2 tablespoons of Splinter Cell and left to simmer for a few years, judging by the talk of close quarter kills etc. I'l keep a beady eye on this one :)

Tacoholic23
Tacoholic23

I swear, this country is so insecure about race now.

mAniaCinBLACK
mAniaCinBLACK

i know all you whiteboys are probably anticipating this game. i just hope it doesnt make you racist against mexicans like graw2.

meleekill989
meleekill989

@ GunGriffin yes, because soldiers fighting in high-tech suits worth millions of dollars in a game that looks to me like a hybrid between the original ghost recon games and halo will have a ton of connections to the current state of global politics won't it? IT'S A VIDEO GAME! p.s. you spelled gryffin wrong.

Tacoholic23
Tacoholic23

@Fz1994 Then wait for a review of the game to come out before you buy it..these games are usually good, they can be a little buggy but this game looks to be a forward step for the ghost recon collection. But, dont get suked into buying it by prerelease fan boys

Fz1994
Fz1994

a little hestitated cuz I bought lots of games already but never the less looks very tempting . Even though I wont buy it directly and keep an eye incase more good games come out

lukasr1
lukasr1

this game is looking nice i can wait fot it

Tacoholic23
Tacoholic23

@GunGriffin amen..im also tired of that crap..b4 that it was WW2, MoH is the only ww2 game i've played and now that they are going to make a new one(not ww2) im f***ing stoked!! Also..I find it funny how many games they have made with 1 book(6 or 7)

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

I'm so sick of Evil Russians! So glad I'm going to pre-order Medal of Honor to get away from that old cold war BS........... Ubisoft needs to get away from it too! The USSR is dead Ubisoft died in the 1980s, they are known now as the Russian Republic! The Nationalists lost! Get over the cold war already! It's one thing if it's like BFBC2 where it's a game your not always fighting Russians. (In fact in BFBC2 the jungle missions are all fights with local militia forces not Evil Russians, thats not till later in the game........ which makes perfect sense that not all enemies in the modern day war fiction that is BFBC2 is not Evil Russians) Medal of Honor is going to rock because it's in real locations with real weapons, and a real war going on right now. Not some pipe dream of WW3............ They need to drop Tom Clancy books and move on to new IPs. At least Splinter Cell has more plot, and is more fun because your not some super solider just a man with a plan and fighting for somebody. Not political bull crap!

issa3703
issa3703

this game is the best with best technology they have

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Looking forward to the game, but against the Russians again? I may start missing shooting Nazis soon.

ppg4all
ppg4all

TROLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (1) is easily one of the best games on the xbox 360. Hope this is good too.

prince_2009
prince_2009

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