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Aeres Anastasia's Adventures in Gaming: Review: Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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Aeres Anastasia's Adventures in Gaming: Review: Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Aeres Anastasia

 Ghost Recon: Wildlands is hella pretty... and dangerous.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is hella pretty... and dangerous.

   Amazon did this super awesome thing a ways back called "Prime Day." Billed as a thank you to those of us who fork over $99 for a year of free shipping and other nice little "extras", there were some very good deals. Really though, there was only one deal I'd been waiting for. Mind you, my brother and I played Ghost Recon back in the day... on a console. I'm not sure which one honestly because, well, we had most of them. The game where when you threw a grenade up a hill, it rolled back down at you. The game that made me test the physics of other games, which is how I sticky grenaded my own face in Halo. Yes, it was hilarious. Yes, I made my Spartan run in circles until I blew up.

 Why, yes, that IS an armored Loader. Taken moments before it was leveled by a train that we did not hear coming.

Why, yes, that IS an armored Loader. Taken moments before it was leveled by a train that we did not hear coming.

   Ghost Recon. Tom Clancy, I may not have read your books, but am I ever grateful for you inspiring these games. Now, I've played Call of Duty but for some reason, just didn't care for them. Probably it's the people. Nearly everyone we faced in that game acted like a disrespectful 12 year old. Ghost Recon, however, I don't have to play with a bunch of jerks. Unless you count the AI when you can't find a friend to play with. My brother and I specifically picked this game up to play together, so I don't use the AI teammates... and for the 20 or so minutes I did, well, we've logged well over 100 hours in this game and I've used the AI for 20 minutes. That should tell you all you need to know. Now, I probably just don't properly comprehend how to use them to their optimum usefulness but I really have no desire to spend any time figuring that out. 

 If you look closely, our boat is filled with water. Also, trucks don't float, as you can see. 

If you look closely, our boat is filled with water. Also, trucks don't float, as you can see. 

   You play as a member of an elite military team sent in to help rid Bolivia of the country's far reaching drug cartel problems. The customization options are decent- not super extensive but enough to let you feel like you've made a character you aren't going to run into a ton of. The game is pretty. Like, really pretty. The sunsets are gorgeous, until they blind you. Lens flares are a thing, and they suck in a sniper rifle scope. As do flash bangs.

 Sunsets are pretty. 

Sunsets are pretty. 

   The brother and I have had such fun with this game, two more friends were convinced to purchase it as well. We've all spent many hours exploring our way through Bolivia. We tend to enjoy the blow everything to hell missions, but we're not too shabby on the sneaky stuff either, generally. I'm a sniper. I don't run into a base full of bad guys and do the whole guns a-blazing thing. I go down way too quickly doing that. Instead, I perch up high somewhere and pick off the snipers and stragglers and tell my team mates whats the what. We've gotten it down to a pretty good rhythm. Some of the guys are trying the harder difficulty levels, called Tier One. I'm not yet that brave. I have my nights where I'm on point, let me tell you, but then I have nights where I blow up the chopper the whole team is in by inadvertently launching my drone mid-flight. Or, set a new record for how far one can be thrown from a dirt bike when you didn't see that cliff coming. 

 Brindle llamas? Sure, why not.

Brindle llamas? Sure, why not.

  Overall, I'd highly recommend this game to anyone with a group of friends to play with. I really don't solo it, so I can't speak to it's awesomeness all by your onesie. I've greatly enjoyed it and look forward to many more hours put into it. There have been some bugs here and there, as most games seem to have nowadays. The other day I was booted mid-mission and upon returning found myself locked out of completing it. The more fun bugs are when my brother repeatedly falls from the chopper while he's piloting. Or the boat you can ride in that has taken on an absurd amount of water. None of the bugs are game breaking, and most have been amusing more than annoying. 

 He was actually piloting that chopper on his game. In mine, he's precariously perched on non spinning blades. Even more fun when it's flying with stationary rotors!

He was actually piloting that chopper on his game. In mine, he's precariously perched on non spinning blades. Even more fun when it's flying with stationary rotors!

   Overall, I'd highly recommend this game to anyone with a group of friends to play with. I really don't solo it, so I can't speak to it's awesomeness all by your onesie. I've greatly enjoyed it and look forward to many more hours put into it.