Ghost Recon Wildlands – Open Beta First Impression

I just spent the last three hours playing Ghost Recon Wildlands with Lunaliah, and a good friend of mine. 

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Ghost Recon Wildlands is a really good game. It only took me three hours to realize that. Ubisoft has created a huge open world for us to get lost in and we did just that tonight. We didn’t do a single story mode mission tonight. We completely ignored the main story and did random shit the entire time. We went around the map completing side quest, stealing helicopters, upgrading our skills, and landing our vehicles on top of other vehicles while trying to get away from an angry mob of enemies chasing us.

It was a lot of fun and I think this game just became a day one buy for Lunaliah and I. I knew I would like the game, but I wasn’t sure if it was a day one buy until tonight. Wildlands even made my top 10 most anticipated games of 2017. Some people are really upset with Ghost Recon’s new direction, but I think it’s a breath of fresh air for the series. I can approach any situation in many different ways. One way was landing my helicopter in the middle of an enemy encampment and getting shot to death. Thanks a lot for choosing that horrible landing zone by the way Steve!

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Wildlands does have some bugs which is to be expected in a open beta, but I didn’t experience any game breaking ones. We couldn’t complete a mission because our target was stuck up in the clouds somewhere, but thankfully that was just a sidequest and not a main quest. I’ve also seen vehicles fly away, and I really hate how enemies can see us through solid objects. We played on the hardest difficulty and it was pretty intense. Most enemies died with one well placed sniper round in the chest or face, but so did we. I could only take about two or three shots before I died and I died a lot tonight. Most of the times that I died was completely my fault. I’m used to playing The Division and I thought I could take some shots, but I was wrong. I had to get back into Ghost Recon mode and it took awhile because it’s been so long since I’ve played the series.

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I’m glad it’s back and so far I’m really liking it. I’ve seen some people comparing to Far Cry, but I don’t see it. The only thing they have in common is the open world and maybe the way you collect things, but that’s it. I didn’t have to climb any towers to unlock the next sectionof the map. I really like that this game lets us choose how to play. I can aim down the sights in first person or leave the game in third person and shoot them. I think the third person mode could use some work because it doesn’t zoom in enough for me. First person is better, but I prefer third person. I’m a bit surprised that third person doesn’t work that well because it works perfect in The Division. Maybe they did that on purpose to separate the two games gameplay.

One thing I was really impressed with was how well Wildlands performed on PC. I got solid performance all round on Ultra settings with some settings turned down to very high. I always turn motion blur off in every game that I play. I also turned depth of field off on the iron sights because it looks stupid to me. I turned shadows down  to high, and the terrain quality down to very high. I averaged 45-50 fps and it should be even higher when the game ready driver releases for this game next month. Lunaliah on the other hand had some performance issues, but that could be because she needs to upgrade her rig. Her rig is nowhere near as strong as mine and she had some major fps dips.

She also had hard time starting the game. It took her almost an hour to join my friend and I. My friend Steve also ran the game on very high and averaged about 40fps. We both expect that number to rise when the game ready driver releases. Well… we hope it will anyway :).

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Ghost Recon is back and it’ll be here soon. The only thing that might keep me from buying this on day one is my Nintendo Switch. I know I’m going to be hooked on Breath of The Wild, but I might end up buying it anyway just so I can quickly play it whenever I’m not playing Zelda.

Have you played the Wildlands beta? What do you think of it?

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3 thoughts on “Ghost Recon Wildlands – Open Beta First Impression”

  1. I played the beta with a mate for about 2 hours, enjoyed it so much that I had to stop as I knew I’d get the full game on release and didn’t want to spoil story bits and pieces for myself. Excited for this one.

    1. I played with my wife and a friend of mine and we had a blast. Unfortunately I probably won’t buy it when it releases because of how stacked March is with games right now.

  2. I’m loving it so far and the story actually looks pretty intense! I’m stoked for the full game! I accidently keep throwing grenades also. That’s annoying. I’m used to that button being for less lethal things…

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