Lightspeed Posted February 12, 2011 Share Posted February 12, 2011 I have been browsing these forums for many years looking at all the posts from old school GR players who pray for an updated GR with better graphix. I too, used to moan about not getting the true sequel to GR for way too long, and gradually accepted that maybe it wasnt coming and I needed to expand my horizons and give other games a good shot. Tried them all for a while - the CODs, the MoHs, the BoBs, and the list goes on...but they just didnt cut it. I even tried vanilla OFP (and that was just horrible!!) Years later, when Arma was released I thought maybe the time had finally come for a successor to the great game that was original Ghost Recon, but sadly, the clunkiness of the controls, the cover that wasn't cover, and the super AI skills made it a failure in the end. So much potential but too many bugs and too many game killers. Would Arma2 be the breakthrough I wondered - OFP:DR definitely wasn't? Well I knew that Bohemia Interactive Studios seemed to learn from their mistakes and shortcomings and always tried to fix the issues. Indeed, their efforts in making cover work like cover involved a complete rethink and rebuild in the engine, and it works really damn well now. The AI in GR were the best I've ever played against, and I also wondered whether BIS would be able to create AI to match their skills and human-like behavior. Well they have, and in many respects their AI have surpassed those of GR. Coupled with modding scripts like Urban Patrol Script, and you have some seriously intelligent and dangerous AI - you need to think very carefully about how to beat them. So where am I going with this? And what is the challenge? It goes like this - I have been saying for a while now that the future of Ghost Recon is here now, and it is called Arma2. This is not new - you're probably tired of hearing it. So I want to offer up a simple challenge if you could call it that - and the only ones that can win and lose are you guys. I am so convinced that Arma2 can be our/your Ghost Recon today that I wanted to demonstrate it to the GR fans by recreating Island Thunder campaign using Arma2. I have taken the modding skills I learnt in GR plus those learnt using the Arma editor and have spent the last few months trying to recreate that GR-feel and gameplay as closely as possible. And now I want you to try it out - SP or MP 7-man Coop. If at the end of the campaign you honestly don't enjoy and don't see what I see, then I will only be sorry that Arma2 didnt give you that feeling that GR is not dead, but alive and kicking. But you will need to open your eyes wider too - you will have to get used to ballistics, bullet drop and wind effects. You will have to get used to a weapons view not a reticule. Essentially, you are not loading up GR but a different game that has some new things that you will have to get used to - it takes a little time but if you give it a chance, you may just come away smiling. Ghost Recon was/is brilliant - no doubt about it and I am as diehard as any GR player ever was, but I am also looking ahead not living the past. GR was not perfect and part of moving forwards means that you have to accept its flaws. No weapons view. No bullet drop. No live insertions. No medic. No destructible environments (in the true sense, yes some scripted stuff). No thinking armor. etc etc brilliant game but still with its flaws. Arma2 is no different - it has flaws but it is brilliant too. Many ppl may have tried Arma2 on huge servers with foreign ppl playing wierd gametypes with the stock clunky gunsway and hazy view. This is not Arma2 - just one incarnation of an almost limitless array of configurations. This is the most moddable milsim ever made and I have painstakingly tried to mould GR into it. Please give it a go if you're dying for your new GR - and maybe, just maybe you will see what I have seen. (I will post a link in the next few days to the first release) And for those who may think this is for personal gain - I have never modded anything for personal gain unless you consider my enjoyment in creating and sharing what I do to be so. Give it a shot - and I hope you enjoy it. Lighty 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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