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  1. “... Being a gaming reporter and playing video games for a living sounds like a fun job. Breakpoint was the first game, just two weeks into the job, that felt like a chore. Breakpoint is 2019′s worst game, the sum of all gaming’s worst habits in a single title.“ Full article here
  2. This is all absolutely beautiful work, Jack! I‘m inspired, and may need to „borrow“ some stuff for HU in the future. Hope this falls under our „Sharing is Caring“ policy?🙂 Meanwhile, there’s still no download entry for Tertia Optio here at the GR.net download section. Rocky? 😬
  3. Man, I missed when it happened! But anyhow, we now have over 120,000 posts in the modding forums for original Ghost Recon alone, meaning that roughly every fifth post (out of over 600,000) on this site is about modding good old classic Ghost Recon from 2001. What a testament to the longevity of this beautiful game, and to the lasting enthusiasm it still invokes after all this time.
  4. The Ghost Recon Modders Hall of Fame will be updated shortly. There are still a few older omissions, and I’m happy to say that we have brand new contenders. Isn‘t it just unbelievably great that this list keeps getting new entries after two decades of Ghost Recon? I love it. 🙂
  5. Aaaaaaasrrrrrrrrrggghhh! Why won‘t you land, you stupid helicopter?!? Damn, it’s been a long time! 🤣
  6. And then there’s... the boofening!
  7. Another good one. „This game is a pure nostalgia trip. It takes me back to the days before I'd played a ton of shooters. Back to the times when I didn't really know what Call of Duty was, and my perception of a proper shooter was a title where Lieutenant Colonel Gordon's life was thoroughly and entirely fragile. One bullet has ended dozens of his adversaries, and one bullet may well be all it takes to end him in turn. Your squad is a persistent unit, like in XCOM. If a trooper dies, they're gone. Sure, you can cheat and reload the save, but where's the fun in that? Better to play the game Ironman-style and see the team through to the end, thick and thin. I don't have much to say about the actual shooting mechanics. They're serviceable enough. The story? Meh. Frankly those things just aren't what drives the title. What Ghost Recon has in spades is immersion. You can feel the tension spike as you painstakingly set up your ambush and prepare to give the order for your base of fire element to suppress while you take up the assaulting position. You've thought through the contingencies. You know how this needs to play out: you're outnumbered, sure, but ideally the base of fire element will successfully suppress the enemy while your assaulting force moves through the objective and picks off those who don't survive the initial salvo. If it doesn't play out that way, your team may be outmatched. You need rapid dominance, an almost immediate conclusion to the firefight. And you're convinced you can win. That's what this title is going for: high stakes, high reward. The thrills aren't cheap. There are no masterfully choreographed set-piece automobile chases or massive explosions to distract you from shallow gameplay loops screaming aim-shoot-kill-repeat. This game rewards calm, collected evaluation of every situation and patient, thorough execution. If you miss a detail, a digital avatar from your squad will die permanently. That's what you're working with in every mission. It's one hell of an experience, and I highly recommend it.“
  8. Sorry to hear that. I feel your pain, my little MacBook is falling apart, too. Guess the times when Apple produced quality are long gone. Ever since Steve left us, it‘s been going downhill. Shame.
  9. So, everything working now? Hello? Buller? ... Buller? ... Buller? 🙂
  10. Yep. Here goes day three for a ten second Little Bird extraction cinematic. Even with my script template a single mission takes weeks to complete. Patience required. 🙂
  11. I had forgotten how much of a pain in the ass scripting helicopters was! Hours and hours of trial and error for a few seconds of flight. 😫
  12. Nice one. “Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon was the first game I ever played on the PS2. When I saw this on Steam I was worried my fond (11+ years ago) memories of this game would be ruined. The graphics are so pointy and sharp you could cut glass with them and the enemy AI is almost suicidally stupid at points. Yet despite this, my rose-tinted view was not disappointed, and I am happy to say I still love this game and it is an immensly valuable piece of shooter history. The tension scouting and slowly crawling through foliage to sneak up on an enemy position is still incredibly satisfying. The ability to instantly switch between squad members is seamless and it amazes me that more games do not utilise this function. The tactical map is spartan but functional and can be used to co-ordinated squad tactics. This game was ahead of its time in so many ways, it correctly predicted the Russian invasion of Georgia 2008 (Although in real life the international community didn't particularly care) it has shooting machanics that make you feel like a cold-blooded, calculating killing machine. I wish there were more shooting games that captured the high stakes and suspense that each engagement in this game brings. I look forward to playing through it many more times.“
  13. Dude, I just checked your collection of Russian insignia. Marvelous! When I see how much work you put into this detail alone, I know we can expect amazing things from your next mod! Respect!
  14. Keep in mind that you will loose all RSB properties (blending, sampling, animation, scrolling, AI transparency and surface tagging etc.) in the process, which you would have to add manually.
  15. Another brilliant one. „Up until today I hadn’t played this game for over 11 years. I originally had this game on disk with the two expansion packs, Island Thunder and Desert Siege. I had almost forgotten about the game until I saw it on sale today. At first, I was hesitant about buying it, thinking that it would no longer be as good as when I last played it back in 2006. Once I booted it back up for the first time in over a decade, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia from the games menu music, which plastered a big fat smile over my face without me initially realising. I then proceeded to adjust the settings and check the key bindings before finally plunging into the castle quick mission. Considering that its almost 16 years old from the time of writing this review, I was pleasantly surprised with the graphics. Sure, they look dated by today’s standards, but they weren’t nearly half as bad as I was worried they were going to be. It took me a short while to get used to its gameplay mechanics, as up until today I had only really been playing the typical bombastic shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield, and some of the newer Tom Clancy games *sigh*. I forgot how fun tactical shooters like this were. I wasn’t used to AI that was this good, especially considering it’s from a game made in 2001. All of my previous doubts about replaying this game were washed away like tears in the rain. I wish Ghost Recon games were still like this nowadays, not the dull open world to-do lists that they are now… thanks Ubisoft. I urge those that haven’t played it in ages like me to do so again, as any lingering doubts you may have about its lasting appeal will vanish once you “scratch another one”. I would also recommend it to those who have never played it before, as long as they are aware that they will be going into an experience unlike typical shooters, where you can kill in one shot, and die in one shot. Oh, and save regularly, there’s nothing more annoying than spending half an hour on a mission, and losing the last member of your squad to an unseen assailant.“
  16. Install Delta Force 1990 and activate in options, so mod options read: Desert Siege Island Thunder Delta Force 1990 In this order (top to bottom). Don‘t use other mods than that. You‘ll play Deltas in both SP and MP.
  17. Pretty much all effect textures will get a facelift for the next HU, e.g. muzzle flash, smoke, lens flare etc.
  18. This one sums it up really well. 🙂 „Immersion is a warm gun. Immersion is also crawling on your belly in a guillie suit, for 20 minutes, all the way across an entire map because one shot=one kill and it goes both ways in this game. I've probably played almost every military shooter out there, across all console and PC titles, all the way up to the most recent Tom Clancy's Wildlands. But this game.... Look, just buy it and both its expansions for dirt cheap, search out the Heroes Unleashed mod on ModDB. which is the 15 year long masterwork of one man, and then find the first and third person view mod on the ghostrecon.net forums which brings the game up to modern FPS speed. Then enjoy the feeling of tension, the feeling of actually being scared to get shot, or scared that one of your teammates will get gunned down, but also the feeling of victory when your tactical plan comes through and you eliminate all tangos. You will literally never need another shooter. Ever.„
  19. Just discovered this gem of a user review at steam, and there’s more treasure where this came from, so I think a new thread is in order. „♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, do you know what you're about to buy? Do you have any idea what is this ♥♥♥♥? "B-but I've p-played Rainbow S-Six and..." Don't even start. You think Rainbow Six is the unsurpassable work of Tom Clancy's history with video-games? Guess what, you're wrong. If you buy mother♥♥♥♥ing Ghost Recon, you're in for the ride of your life. Ghost Recon is the apex of Clancy's strategy shooters. Rainbow Six series was a mere distraction. In this baby you play as a team of highly trained, combat-ready soldiers from the fictional Delta company, part of the not-so-fictional 5th Special Forces Group. Google it up, kids. These guys are so good they call themselves Ghosts, as in "I'll kill you, your friends, your family and no one will ever know who did it". When ♥♥♥♥ hits the fan in Georgia (the country), the Ghosts are called in to kick some russian ♥♥♥. Turns out ♥♥♥♥ has hitted the fan way harder than expected, and you get to kill ultranationalists all the way to the heart of Russia itself. Now, to the gameplay. You liked the strategy system in the Rainbow Six series? All that planing ahead, sending the teams in the exact same moment into a room full of terrorists? Well, ♥♥♥♥ that ♥♥♥♥, that's for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Ghosts get to do that in the field, as the moment call for it. Ogranize your team from anywere, anytime, and you're good to go. It feels amazing, the gameplay is quick and action-packed or slow and strategy-full, as you wish. Wanna go in guns blazing? You go get them, champ. Wanna stealth the ♥♥♥♥ out of the stage and kill every living soul before anyone spots you? You got it. Complete all the missions the way you want, you control the whole ♥♥♥♥. And don't forget to keep as many of your guys alive as you can, since they get upgrades and become ungodly soldiers if you get them through ten or so missions. The engine is the same as the other Rainbow Six's games in the same generation, so don't expect anything out of the ordinary. Graphics are a little outdated, but who cares about graphics anyway? Right guys? Right...? Well, at least I don't. The menus look like ♥♥♥♥ on most screens these days, but the game itself supports high resolutions, so you won't cry tears of blood from watching so many edges and pixelated ♥♥♥♥. Animation on soldiers and vehicles are actually pretty great, even better than your "next-gen" FPSs from nowadays. Multiplayer is dead, forget about it. It was never good anyways. Trust me, I've played it when it came out and went straight back to Return to Castle Wolfenstein. The singleplayer campaing is where this ♥♥♥♥ shines. All in all, this game often gets crazy cheap on Steam Sales and is worth every cent, including Island Thunder and Desert Siege. If you are not a fifteen years old kid who can't stand ♥♥♥♥♥♥ graphics and hard, thinking-heavy gameplay, you WILL like this game. Oh, one more thing. There is only one Ghost Recon game, and it is this one. If you ever mention the sequels in front of me, you will be dead to me. That ♥♥♥♥ ain't Ghost Recon. Gameplay - 10/10 Soundtrack - 10/10 Graphics - 6/10 Content - 8/10 Challenge Level - 9/10 Replayability - 4/10“
  20. These are all playlists, for those of you who, like me, prefer binge watching GR gameplay over TV. 🙂
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