3 Things We Love (and Hate) About Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

3 Up, 3 Down – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Closed Beta Edition

The Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta took place over the last weekend and we had the opportunity to dive in and go hands on. The latest in the Ghost Recon franchise, Wildlands is the first Ghost Recon to feature an open world. Ubisoft has employed an open world in many of their games, and described Wildlands as one of their largest open worlds, with 21 regions. The closed beta only allows access to 1, but should be representative of the general gameplay of the title. Here are three things we loved and hated about the Ghost Recon Wildlands Closed Beta.

3 Things We Loved

Character Customization

When I first hopped into the Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta, I created a character very reminiscent of Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid 5. Although customizing a character’s facial nuances such as depth of nose, eyebrows, and the like were missing, the game offers enough to make your character stand out. While I made a typical badass at the outset of my adventure into Bolivia, I soon found myself rocking various outfits including dressing up as a visiting tourist, as a war journalist, and in a ghillie suit. The customization can result in some hilarious teams, and I cannot wait to hopefully see more options when the game releases.

Ghost Recon Beta Screen 1


Whether sneaking up in an enemy base and taking out soldiers via stealth melee kills or seeing the red mist spew from an enemy as you hit an oh so satisfying sniper shot, Ghost Recon Wildlands features some very satisfying combat. Is the combat ultra refined with great mechanics? Simply put, no. Where the combat shines is that it is just fun. Throwing up a drone and tagging enemies before clearing a compound or just driving straight in are just two of the strategies I employed. Although I entered the Beta by myself, I am sure that the combat will be just as fun, if not even more enjoyable, with three friends.

Vehicle Variety

The variety of vehicles in Ghost Recon Wildlands is nothing short of impressive. Of course, players can utilize the typical vehicles such as jeeps, helicopters, and motorbikes, but civilian vehicles, boats, sports cars, and even tractors were available to use in traversing the massive open world. The Beta was limited to just one of the twenty-one areas of the game. Hopefully, we will see different types of vehicles depending on the area, such as the potential for snowmobiles in the mountainous regions. Regardless, traversing the regions on bikes, jeeps, pickup trucks and like is sure to result in fun times.

Ghost Recon Beta Screen 4

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  • Twisted1

    There are very few Game reviews out there that I feel like the reviewer had the same experience as I did, but this one is exactly as I experienced. The over all Gameplay in co-op with just one friend was fun, and manageable, with my full squad of AI missions failed on a regular basis, the AI is awful.
    The vehicles, I felt they over all handled okay, but my friend and I would hop on a pair of dirtbikes, and at full throttle I could not go as fast as he could, i’m heavy, but not that heavy.
    Cars/trucks had the same feel, some of them I could drive at full speed, others moved like I was stuck in third gear. Helicopters I started getting the hang of and kind of enjoyed, until you tried to use them for combat, I could not hit anything with the guns mounted on the helicopters.

    Over all I think this is going to be a wonderful co-op experience game with friends, and I am looking forward to checking out some of the weapons, and vehicles we have not had a chance to experience in the beta.

  • Chet-The-Threat

    I just absolutely love crawling in on a enemy base in the jungle equipped with a gilly suit and silenced weapons. It felt like i was leader of SealTeam6! The map was huge and it was only like a 16th of the map and I just cannot wait for this game to come out!

  • FelixUnger

    I loved the environments and fighting the enemies. The only thing I hated was the controls for the helicopter, felt very awkward in comparison to the controls in GTA V.