|Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike|
|Developer: Red Storm Entertaiment
Release Date: Out Now
Players: 1-4, 2-16 system link or Xbox Live
Ghost Recon 2 was a genuine surprise to us – we thought changing the well-established franchise from first person to third and simplifying the squad controls would both alter and dilute the game beyond recognition, to the point where everyone ignored it like that mad bloke who lives on the park bench, but as we often are, we were wrong and the game turned out to be a bit of a cracker.
What you have here is a stand-alone data disk at a budget price point, in the same vein as Rainbow Six Black Arrow, and it's of a similar high quality too. A superb collection of new missions, multiplayer maps and new game modes (we love ‘Helo Hunt’) will keep the multiplayer gamer (split screen, system linked or via Xbox Live) busy for weeks or months, the graphics have been slightly improved with better explosions and smoke effects... In fact, our main problem with GR2:SS is the solo campaign mode, and just how darned tough it is…
But, - and it’s a HUGE but - GR2:SS has something that keeps you coming back – wicked enemy AI for a start (they’re much sneakier than your dopey Ghost brethren anyway), massive, panoramic maps that make Halo’s look like your front room, clever, believable multi-stage missions that never seem to pan out the same way twice, and atmosphere by the truckload (aided in no small part by superb sound fx). The squad controls are still oversimplified and don’t seem to work very well (you can also use the Xbox headset to bark orders via the microphone but it seems quicker and more effective to use the buttons to us), and reload/weapon change animations take an annoyingly long time (you can’t cancel them by changing weapons or using a melee attack like Halo either)… And finally, the game still won’t let you walk up some little undulations in the ground (and we’re talking about teeny slopes and rises), but by some bizarre discrepancy bordering on the comical will let you clamber over some waist-high objects (although naturally enough for Ghost Recon, not all)…
- Play the game co-op online
- Helo hunt is great fun
- Looks and sounds amazing
- The AI is, at times, brilliant.
- The AI is, at times, just too good to believe, or hopelessly bad.
- Switching weapons takes too long…
- …and you can't cancel animations
- Squad orders are a bit crap.
- Still can’t use any vehicles.
- It's just too tough to be enjoyable throughout.