|Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike|
|Developer: Red Storm/Ubisoft
Release Date: 26/08/2005
Players: 1, 2-4 system link & online co-op, 2-16 multiplayer
We thought Ghost Recon 2 was an excellent game - it was loved by many people and has proved incredibly popular online. So itís great to see Ubisoft give us gamers what we want, with a new standalone update pack - they did the same for Rainbow Six 3 with Black Arrow, and now theyíre about to release Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike. Itís also nice to see Ubisoft not taking advantage of the Recon-addicted gamer by releasing the game at full price - Summit Strike will retail at £19.99 when it is released later this month.
The disc contains many new features, including weaponry and characters, and eleven brand-new campaign maps to play through in single player or online co-op. There are also six new multiplayer maps as well.
As this is an add-on pack (which doesnít require you to own the original game, in case you were wondering), the game is pretty much exactly the same as original Ghost Recon 2. The game engine, character animations, and even the menu system are identical. There are a couple of new graphical updates, like a blooming effect on explosions, but basically itís the same game as before. It really too early to tell if this is final, but it would have been nice to see some improvement in the menu system and interface, which is sluggish and not very well laid out. There are still some issues with aiming weapons like the rocket launcher which takes about 5 seconds of sitting completely still before you can aim and shoot. I found myself dying on numerous occasions because of this. Hopefully this will be fixed in the final code.
The missions themselves are very well designed as usual, and the gameís AI still impresses. The cut scenes are very high quality, as is the voice acting of your teammates Ė it really does feel like youíre part of a team when playing the campaign mode. I was unable to take this preview code online, but I look forward to the co-op play of the final code. If itís anything like Ghost Recon 2, it will be a fantastic experience. Full review to come over the next few weeks.