Emerging out of the murky depths, four enemies stand mere feet from you and your squad. What do you do? You stay hidden, coordinate with your teammates and take them down in one synchronised, stealthy attack. That is the first experience of the hands on preview of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and it sets the tone for the adrenaline rush that will follow.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier takes place in a near future where soldiers are armed with optical camouflage. As it is still in early development, the camo will only deploy at certain instances. If you thought that Future Soldier would be an invisible stroll in the park, you are sorely mistaken. One moment that it kicks in during the preview level saw the team take differing routes. One member crept up an embankment, while others took the bridge. On the other side, groups of soldiers playing soccer could be seen. The temptation was too much for one individual who let a grenade fly. The group scattered and the air was filled with the sound of gunfire and the clink of cover being chipped away.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is set to be packed with cinematics and theatrics. Many may cringe at the thought that we’re going to see the equivalent of Ghost Recon: Black Ops, but sometimes an extra bit of oomph is needed. At particular points during a cooperative mission, players will be directed to a unique waypoint before being instructed to “breach”. This leads to a cinematic of rushing a room and requires the player to clear the area. The final act in the preview is something special, and shouldn’t be spoiled as a result. But if you thought that the set pieces up to now were good, you will be blown away by the grand finale.
Ubisoft has said that it is trying to find its place in a Call of Duty world. This can be seen from the preview. The worry up to now has been that the franchise may forget its roots. The implementation of camo in the preview level would indicate that there is still life in the old dog yet, while the development team has promised that players will be given the tools to outwit and outmanoeuvre the AI.
The graphical detail does require a little polish, but with a release date of March 2012 there is time to put the finishing touches to the title. Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is shaping up to be an adrenaline filled thrill ride, but hopefully some of the old tactical spirit still remains intact.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is coming to Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Wii, DS and PSP in March 2012.