I am however, attempting to be somewhat more well adjusted and kick start my gaming habits once again, along with some exciting new things in the works.
On that note, here are (finally!) my thoughts on Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Yes, perhaps a little late to the party, but figured I'd get it out there nonetheless.
Future Soldier is the fifth game in the Ghost Recon franchise, a third person shooter that departs somewhat from the tactical shooting of the previous Ghost Recon games in order to become more... in your face. "Bombastic" I've heard it called.
I'd go into the narrative, but it's somewhat predictable and a bit tired. After all, there's only so many times you can reinvent the story of the arms dealer in Bolivia.
Or the local warlord in Zambia.
Or the nuclear missile in Russia.
Or the... you get the idea.
If you're playing this game for it's amazing story, go be amazed somewhere else. I'd linger more on the narrative failings, but well... I just really don't want to.
Moving on to gameplay: the stealth section are pretty impressive, and the squad deployment makes ensures that missions are given extra dimension and depth. The cover system particularly is easy and quite satisfying. The adaptive camouflage in particular is very well implemented. The camouflage is only in effect when you're moving slowly, which to be honest makes sense. When you're running, firing or taking damage, it disappears, so don't think you're going to wander around all invisible like, taking out your enemies easily. This is not that kind of game!
What is also pretty cool is the fact that there is no one method to completing a mission. With the wealth of tools at your disposal, including the drone, marking targets is simple and intuitive, and you are offered multiple methods to solving a problem. It is here that Future Soldier really excels, as it attempts to intellectually challenge and engage the player.
It unfortunately falls flat in many other respects however. The inevitable comparisons with games like Battlefield and most obviously the Call of Duty games, mean that Future Soldier comes off second best in this contest. If I felt that that MW3 was lacklustre and merely a reinvented version of MW2, then Future Soldier is the not quite as sophisticated cousin. Which is a pity because it draws heavily not only on games like MW3, but also on the Splinter Cell franchise (also Ubisoft) particularly when it comes to the stealth aspect of this game. In fact, the stealth missions are where it excels, making the rest of the game appear formulaic and stale.
Visually the game isn't bad looking, but somehow I expected a bit more. Decidedly average with some clunky facial animation. Impressive looking moments are completely counteracted by terrible cutscenes and inordinately long, boring sections where nothing of worth happens.
There's also a new feature called Gunsmith, which I didn't overly take advantage of myself, mainly because I couldn't really be bothered to spend that much time on this. If you're someone who likes to customise their weapons however, Gunsmith allows extensive, and I do mean extensive, customisation of optics, triggers, magazines, barrels, muzzles, stocks... ok, sorry I've lost interest now. Anyway, all the parts of a gun you can think of, you can pretty much customise to your hearts content. Yay.
Conclusion? Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is not bad... in fact it has moments that are quite lovely, but it's just... meh. Forgettable.