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Ghost Recon 2 is a good entry in the long-running series of tactical shooters based on the input of author Tom Clancy that began with Rainbow Six. This game combines great graphics with gameplay that borders on realism, so much that it sometimes is very difficult. This game is available on both the Xbox and PS2 video game consoles, though most gamers agree that the Xbox version is far superior.
This is a tactical shooter, meaning that you don’t just charge in with guns blazing and expect to find a health pack or some other restorative aid after the battle. In this game, if you run up into an enemy encampment you’ll be quickly gunned down just like you would in real life. This is the kind of game where you have to move slowly and methodically, and by all means you must pick the right approach. A large part of the fun to be had in this game is just trying to figure out the best way to take out enemies, since you are always going to be outnumbered and outgunned. It takes away many of the arcade combat aspects you find in a lot of shooters, and makes for a more realistic experience.
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A variety of soldier classes and weapons are at your disposal in this game, and each serves a purpose. Although you play the lead in the game, you do have command over a squad of soldiers, and this plays a major part in the tactical part of the game. With the right balance of classes and weapons being used, you can assemble a pretty tough team of soldiers to complete your missions. Just don’t rely on your squad too much since you are expected to do most of the work.
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The missions in this game can sometimes be very difficult, and often because your options are so limited. You don’t have as much freedom as you sometimes need to properly flank an enemy position, and at times your lack of options can be frustrating. For example, the game forces you into situations that would have been easily avoidable in real life if you had been allowed to move into another area. This is the kind of game that requires patience, so the gameplay may end up being frustrating to people more used to Unreal Tournament type games where you run around shooting wildly.
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At times, the graphics in this game look really good and other times not so good. The problem is that you do a lot of stop and go with your movement, and you often wind up in close-up with some overly blocky texture like when a tree gets in the way. It’s not such a big deal, but it can be off-putting in contrast to the amount of detail given to the other characters and environment. For the most part, though, I would say the graphics are pretty good. The characters and their guns are pretty realistic, which helps add to the game.
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In the end, Ghost Recon 2 is a pretty solid game, but isn’t the best of the series. If you are a fan of tactical shooters, it presents a tough enough challenge to make it worth playing. If you are more into the arcade type shooting games, you’ll find this one to be a real chore.
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