Translation of German Site KGN's
Ghost Recon Review
Translated by Rocky and Akira
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to Operation Flashpoint, the newest Tom Clancy Shooter Ghost
Recon sets it's sights on Russia.
However where the Codemasters tactics
Shooter was set in the 80's the Russian enemy is to some extent
plausible , Ghost Recon is set decades into the future and
still the former Soviet Union poses a persisting threat -
which stretches the plausibility of the overall plot; few
regard Russia nowadays as an enemy of the west . But nevertheless,
is only fiction; -)
A New Direction
However, Red Storm has taken a new direction with Ghost Recon:
In place of a anti-terrorist team, like with the predecessors
Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear , the player this time commands
a military elite troop, the so-called " Ghosts ".
However this new troop is limited to 6 men,
rather than the 8 of Rogue Spear, which is to probably serve
the clarity. There is also a major difference in the kit selection.
This time the primary weapon is already selected for each
operative, leaving only the secondary and kit items for the
player to select.
The standard operative carries a modern
M16-Version for a primary while the player can select a pistol
(with or without silencer), a grenade thrower option (M203
Grenade Launcher) for the M16, or an additional magazine as
There are 4 different character types:
Standard Operative, MG contractor, Demolition unit, Sniper
(with Ghillie suit camouflage). Each type has its own particular
strengths. Only the demolition unit for example can use explosive
charges. The sniper's zoom mode (also every other type of
rifle has a limited zoom function) sees only a circular window,
the remainder of the screen is black, by way of an additional
handicap. The consequence of this is that the Sniper loses
field of vision while zoomed in and must quickly make his
shot and return to normal view.
The night-vision device is standard
equipment for all operatives, and is an extremely effective
item, bringing detail to dark areas superbly.
After the introductory Briefing the crew is quickly organised,
the initial waypoint planning stage of Rogue Spear is totally
omitted. Individual units are quickly and easily assigned
waypoints during the actual mission by means of a control
map that can overlay the screen.
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