Ghost Recon: Wildlands review: "A stunning open world, brutal combat, and deep customization."
A stunning open world, brutal combat, and deep customization combine to bring Ghost Recon roaring back from the dead.
A huge open world with ultimate freedom
Endless customization keeps things fresh
Taking down the cartel with a friend is really satisfying
Small bugs make their presence felt frequently
Playing solo is disappointing once you’ve tasted co-op
You can’t ride the llamas
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It’s hard to believe that the first Ghost Recon title is over a decade and a half old, and it’s equally shocking to think that it’s been nearly five years since the most recent entry, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Other Tom Clancy titles have helped fill in that gap, but the typically excellent Ghost Recon sub-franchise has laid dormant. With Wildlands, it’s most certainly back, but it’s almost unrecognizable. Surprisingly, that’s not nearly as dire as it might sound.
Like most of the Ghost Recon series, Wildlands throws you into a troubled, war-torn land that is absolutely overrun with bad guys who need to be dispatched as efficiently as possible. This time around the action takes place in the South American country of Bolivia. Plenty of artistic liberty has been taken with both the landscapes and politics of the region, but the game does its best to fit the story arc into something resembling modern-day world affairs. Thankfully, you’ll be too busy flying helicopters, rescuing rebels, and sniping heavily armed cartel members to care how well it pulls that off.
From the very first seconds of initial mission it’s made clear who your final target is: El Sueño. El Sueño is the top boss and leader of the Santa Blanca cartel, which holds control over the entire region thanks to the massive wealth generated by its thriving cocaine business. Every single thing you do in Wildlands is ultimately just another small step towards finally taking El Sueño down, and even if you pause your story missions for a bit to take care of some side quests, those objectives are still linked to the overarching goal of putting ‘the Boss of Bosses’ six feet under.
Wildlands is an open-world game in every sense of the word, with complete freedom of movement and frequent clashes with both cartel members and nefarious local law enforcement, which also happens to be extremely corrupt. You’re given total control to approach each objective the way you want, whether that means stealthily stalking a jungle hideout while sniping militants or driving a farm tractor into a military base and lobbing grenades at everything that moves. Sometimes stealth is necessary to survival, but other times doing your best impression of Rambo is not only extremely effective, but also a whole lot of fun.
The singular goal structure is really what helps Wildlands separate itself not just from the rest of the Ghost Recon franchise but also from most other story-based open world games. The overworld map is like a directory of the smaller players in the Santa Blanca cartel, and each one has to be taken down in order to make progress, but it really doesn’t matter what order you do it in. Some of the areas of the map might have more enemy reinforcements, heavy units, or simply better tactics than those elsewhere, but there’s no arbitrary walls or invisible barriers stopping you from heading anywhere you want on the massive map.
If you’re playing alone you’re given a compliment of three AI partners. They’re not terribly smart, but they’re definitely useful, and can be commanded to follow orders with reasonable accuracy. However, the game is really meant to be played with friends, and that’s made apparent once you add another player to your squad. As soon as a second human is present, all of your AI partners disappear, taking you from a four-man squad to a duo. Still, two human players are usually enough to carry out just about any mission in a few tries, so it’s not exactly game-breaking, but it’s also never really explained. The only glaring issue is that even after the AI soldiers disappear, they continue to chat and make small talk while traveling around the map. At one point I had just two player-controlled female soldiers in the car, but the drive to the next objective came with a humorous chat between two dudes.
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Customization is another huge strong point for Wildlands, and it’s clear that Ubisoft took many of the criticisms of The Division’s cookie cutter protagonists to heart because there’s an absolute wealth of ways to tweak how your character and weaponry look and behave. Your warrior can be as intimidating or ridiculous looking as you want him or her to be. A friend I teamed up with was decked out in full black tactical gear, while I chose white cargo pants, an orange plaid shirt, blue camo backpack, ski goggles, and cowboy hat. The best part is that the cutscenes are rendered using your in-game characters, so watching my ponytailed gal talk shop with other deadly agents while gazing through a pair of shiny, pointless ski goggles really made the entire experience worthwhile.
That level of customization extends to your weaponry. There are dozens and dozens of guns to find in the world and add to your loadout, and each of them has a number of different components that can be swapped out. New barrels, sights, scopes, triggers, grips, launchers, stocks, and other bits and pieces are littered throughout Bolivia, and if you’re a completionist you’re going to want to rethink things a bit. Oh, and each individual component can have its own color scheme, too, in addition to the full-gun paintjobs available to choose from. This is a very, very deep game.
Actually using the guns is a similarly blissful experience. Assault rifles like the M4A1 and AK-47 will quickly become your new best friend, and they’re extremely useful in just about any scenario. More specialized weapons, like sniper rifles or sawed-off shotguns, are either dreadful or a godsend depending on the specific scenario. If you find yourself in a long-range engagement with just shotgun ammo left in your reserves, your options become quite limited. Firefights feel tense and you’ll find yourself repeatedly toggling between the aim-down-sights and over-the-shoulder firing modes as you hop between the various types of cover and swap between weapons. Each firearm behaves slightly differently in battle, and each component can further modify that behavior. Learning the recoil patterns and managing the ammo capacity of a gun makes it a much more efficient killing machine, but branching out to new weapons never feels like you’re deliberately hindering your own effectiveness, which is a big plus.
As you collect new guns and accessories and use them to take down terrible people you earn experience points which can then be spent, along with credits you get for aiding the friendly local rebels, on upgrades to your soldier. These can range from new abilities like a deployable parachute to more stamina and health. Many of the skills have several levels, but the skill tree itself is fairly short. That’s not really a drawback, however, as it allows any soldier to be good at just about everything, which is crucial during solo play.
The sense of scale in Wildlands never ceases to impress, but that ambition can also cause some headaches. The world map is absolutely massive, and although the exact measurements haven’t been revealed, it’s clear that it puts Grand Theft Auto 5 to shame. That’s a heck of an accomplishment, especially when you get a glimpse of the variety of environments Ubisoft managed to cram into this make-believe Bolivia, There’s salt flats, jungle, desert, tundra, grasslands, and everything in between, with no loading screens or stops. Unfortunately, while the game looks really impressive (on a standard PlayStation 4 even), the framerate can get a bit choppy during particularly hectic scenes. Battling a dozen soldiers? Everything is smooth. Add in a couple of helicopter explosions, a few waves of reinforcements, and a herd of 30 llamas kicking up dust in the glare of car headlights and suddenly things start to slow down a bit.
That brings me to my only real issue with Wildlands: it’s too ambitious for its own good. Ubisoft has repeatedly said that this is the biggest open world game it’s ever made, and it truly is a stunning achievement as a final product, but the sheer size and depth of every aspect of the game has left many, many crevices for bugs to creep in. It’s not just the phantom AI soldiers having conversations in your ear. It’s the fact that the radio and NPC conversations aren’t synced for both you and your real-life co-op partners, the surprisingly frequent glitches that prevented me from reviving my allies in battle, and the bug that made me appear to my partners to be running behind every car I hijacked, when I was clearly in the driver’s seat on my own screen.
None of those recurring glitches or other, one-time bugs I experienced were game-breaking, and most of the time they resulted in a fit of laughter rather than any actual frustration, but they’re definitely present. Still, it’s hard to look at those shortcomings as anything other than the small unwanted side effects of building a game as massive, detailed, and rich as Wildlands is. In fact, Wildlands is so far removed from what most have come to expect from a Ghost Recon title that it could have benefitted from shedding its sub-franchise namesake and simply standing on its own. It’s certainly got the legs for it.
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Ghost Recon Wildlands review
Tom clancy's ghost recon wildlands is a good co-op game spoiled., our verdict.
Not worth it as a solo adventure. In co-op, Wildlands is an enjoyable stealth romp that too often gets in its own way.
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What is it? Tactical stealth and helicopter larceny in an open world Bolivia. Reviewed on R9 Fury X , i5-3570K CPU , 16GB RAM Price £40/$60 Developer Ubisoft Paris Publisher Ubisoft Multiplayer 2-4 co-op Link Official site Buy it Humble Store
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Ghost Recon Wildlands is better with friends, which means, if you follow the statement to its logical conclusion, it's worse without. Wildlands' co-op mode isn't an extra or an afterthought. It's the driving force behind design decisions that make for a poorer singleplayer experience. There are problems no matter how you choose to play, but grouping up with pals is the difference between a repetitive, systemically sparse to-do list and a somewhat messy, oft entertaining engine for anecdotes, shenanigans, and—every now and again—thrilling moments of tactical prowess.
You play as a Ghost—one of a squad of four US spec-ops operatives sent to Bolivia to bring down the Santa Blanca Cartel, a monstrous drug empire that became your problem when its members bombed an embassy. Your job is to bring down the kingpin, El Sueño. Cutting off the head of the snake first requires systematically removing all the other, lower bits of the snake. It's a big snake, too—a reticulated python of drugs, murder and trafficking.
The Cartel is divided up into four operations: security, smuggling, production and influence. At the top of each is a head, and below them an underboss. Each underboss oversees up to five buchons , who each control an area of the map. Each area contains a handful of missions—usually around six—that culminate in you killing or capturing the associated buchons. Destabilise an operation enough and you'll unlock missions to take down the higher ups—first the underboss, and finally the head.
The upshot of this structure is a large number of missions across a massive map. This is where Wildlands' co-op bias comes into sharp focus. Missions rarely feel scripted. Most involve going to a village, base or outpost to retrieve an item, or capture, rescue or kill a person. Between missions, you can visit other villages, bases or outposts to complete side-ops, or hunt for collectibles to earn new skills, weapons and attachments.
These incursions into enemy territory resemble Far Cry's outposts, except here they're the entirety of the game. That isn't to say there's not great variety within the design and layout of each base, but the few basic mission templates remain broadly the same. Playing alone, the repetition becomes wearying—and hurt further by the relatively few toys you have to play with. Another comparison is to MGS5's side-ops, but they at least benefit from a vast possibility space, from heavy weapons to horse poop.
In co-op, though, the structure becomes a strength. What feels uninspired in singleplayer, feels streamlined in co-op. There are no long cutscenes, nor linear set pieces. Each buchon has a target briefing, but it's optional, and can be viewed at any time. Wildlands' design removes all the chaff that would prevent you and your friends from getting out into the world. And, while a few more tools would be welcome, Wildlands understands that its most entertaining aspect is the tension between stealth and chaos that arises when four people attempt to silently infiltrate a village. In this context it doesn't feel lacking. In fact, it's the opposite. Any more and you'd risk confusing the issue—taking the focus away from your squad's cooperation.
I find this fascinating, because it's rare for an open world game to make co-op play so central to the design that it actively sabotages the singleplayer experience. In a way, it's laudable. Wildlands is a better co-op game because of its choices. But it's also happy to let people play solo, despite it being a poorer experience.
Played alone, Wildlands fills your squad with three AI teammates. They're almost entirely inconsequential—to the point where they can be crouched next to a hostile guard and he won't ever see them. They can be given basic orders, and can revive you if you're downed, but, unless you've triggered an alarm, you'll be doing the majority of the killing. The AI's most useful function is synchronising shots. This is classic tactical stealth, and executed well. You can mark another enemy for a squadmate to target, letting you bring down two (and later, more) soldiers at the same time. It removes the need to wait for two nearby guards to lose eyeline with each other. Take them both out, and move on.
Even this is better in co-op. Syncing shots marks them for your fellow players, making it easier to communicate a joint takedown. There's a nice UI touch where the target marker flashes when you aren't aiming at your marked guard—letting the other players know whether or not you're ready, and making the experience of setting up simultaneous shots feel smoother and more professional.
However you play, Wildlands feels better as a stealth shooter. It revels in the build up, as you use your drone and binoculars to mark targets and plan out the most effective path to take them out. Assault rifles feel best in semi-auto firing mode, with a silencer attached. The subtle noise of a perfect, unseen headshot provides the sort of positive feedback that reinforces the feeling of being a spec-ops agent. That feeling doesn't extend to pitched firefights. In a full-scale battle there's little sense of weight or power to the weapons. They all feel a bit feeble, even while retaining their lethality.
Another comparison is to MGS5's side-ops, but they at least benefit from a vast possibility space, from heavy weapons to horse poop.
Despite the allure of stealth, WIldlands sometimes takes things too far. Certain missions require that you remain unseen—with an instant fail penalty for being spotted. These missions are worth picking apart, because there's a lot of them and they're badly judged—one of the few areas where Wildlands sabotages its co-op focus. Forced failure can be frustrating at the best of times, but here you fail even if you take out the guard who spots you before he can raise the alarm. If you shoot a man in the face before he can make a sound, has anyone detected you? It's an interesting philosophical quandary, but not one that makes for a satisfying fail condition.
Not to belabour the point, but, if you apply this rule to the fiction, the only way it makes sense is if my team jointly decides to abort the mission out of a misplaced sense of professional pride. It's frustrating not just because it forces you to restart a potentially long, arduous infiltration, but also because killing a guard in the split second before he raises the alarm is an impressive clutch save. It's a satisfying, relief inducing moment that directly taps into the fantasy Wildlands is trying to create. I find it bizarre that you're penalised instead.
Wildlands is often bizarre and confounding. It's a tonal mess—ostensibly a near-future thriller about an ultra-violent drug cartel, but filled with broad stereotypes. Its radio station takes a stab at GTA-style comedy, but, in the context of its themes, it feels more dissonant than parodical—often unpleasantly so. The banter between squadmates regularly falls into the common trap of imitating the detached, fatalistic gallows humour of shows like Generation Kill. The key difference is there's no sense here that the Ghosts are in any way affected by the world around them, or their own actions within it. Without that humanising personalisation, they just sound like jerks, or worse.
As an open world, Wildlands is aesthetically muted—a lush, varied expanse of South America that doesn't feels slightly too subdued in its attempts at realism. The variety of landscape is impressive—as is the size of the game's world—but it doesn't feel as vibrant as Far Cry, or as detailed as The Division. Nevertheless, there are fun, interesting aspects to the world. The roads are rough and twisty, winding around mountains in a way that makes for just the right amount of challenge as you move from place to place.
The size of the playspace comes at the cost of performance. In terms of pure frames per second, Wildlands performs pretty well. In my tests, a GTX 1070 could run 1440p at Very High preset at a mostly smooth 60 FPS. The R9 Fury X did slightly less well, dropping to the low 40s while driving at 1440p—but the graphics options are extensive, and it's fairly easy to achieve a more consistent framerate with a few tweaks.
The real problem is with loading textures. Pop-in is frequent and noticeable, even at higher graphics presets, and every so often the game will hang for a few seconds. It's by no means unplayable, but it is annoying when it happens. Even beyond the performance problems, there are other issues, like the specific, intangible species of tree that you can drive straight through, or the way the AI cars aren't capable of navigating around a parked vehicle. It can be hard to immerse yourself in the world when it undermines itself so often.
I like a lot of aspects about Wildlands, specifically its co-op experience. It's easy to assume that any game can be fun with some friends, but Wildlands makes specific, clever design decisions that make for a better multiplayer experience—albeit to the detriment of solo players. If that consistency of vision had run through the entire game, Wildlands could have been something special. Unfortunately, there are too many mitigating factors—from design and tone, to performance and AI. Wildlands is often good, and infrequently great. In the main, though, it's a bit of a mess.
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Ghost Recon Wildlands
Get Ghost Recon Wildlands and experience the game that blazed the path for Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Enter a vast open world that challenges you to explore, discover cartel operations, and shut them down however you see fit. Use any combination of weapons, vehicles, and tactics to destroy the cartel’s assets, take out its bosses, and strike at the heart of its leadership.
PLAY YOUR WAY
Enter the Wildlands in up to four player co-op, or play solo with AI-controlled squadmates. Coordinate your attacks or issue orders to stealthily dismantle the Santa Blanca cartel – or smash it with brute force.
YOUR GHOST, YOUR STYLE
Take full control of your squad’s appearance with a wide range of clothing, tactical gear, and accessories. Choose the weapons that work best for your playstyle, and tweak your firearms’ performance with new muzzles, magazines, optics, stocks, and much more.
OWN THE ROAD, WATERWAYS, AND AIR
Commandeer more than 60 different vehicles to transport your squad across the vast Bolivian landscape. Take to the highways with motorbikes, buggies, or supercars, ride the waves in a range of watercraft, or storm enemy compounds with an armored military vehicle or attack chopper.
SURVIVE UNTIL THE EXTRACTION IN THE BRAND NEW MERCENARIES MODE
Mercenaries is an 8 player free-for-all PvPvE gameplay experience. Your objective is to call for rescue, locate and reach the extraction point, then be the first to board the chopper.
The Free Trial will provide you with full access to the content of the main game until you reach 5 hours of playtime. Once you hit this limit, you will not be able to play anymore but your progression will carry over if you purchase the full game.
The Santa Blanca drug cartel has transformed the beautiful South American country of Bolivia into a perilous narco-state, leading to lawlessness, fear, and rampant violence. With their corrosive influence growing, the cartel plagues the citizens of Bolivia but all hope is not lost. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, are tasked to combat the cartel and save the country from collapse.
March 7 , 2017
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Beautiful yet callous, Wildlands is a serviceable open worlder with strong co-op that doesn't quite put the Ghosts back on the map.
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Not worth it as a solo adventure. In co-op, Wildlands is an enjoyable stealth romp that too often gets in its own way.
This huge, wide-open shooter constantly shows its flaws in its mission variety and vehicle physics, but its strong, sandbox-style gameplay and seamless co-op kept me coming back for more madness. If you must repeat experiences over and over, you could far worse than helicopter chases, assassination missions, or drug busts gone wildly wrong.
As an open world co-op shooter there's a lot to enjoy here, at least until you realise how shallow and repetitive the underlying action is.
A stunning open world, brutal combat, and deep customization combine to bring Ghost Recon roaring back from the dead.
A game best experienced with friends, Wildlands is a surprisingly long adventure that gives players a lot of tools for tactical experimentation. Solo play is viable as well, but with by-the-books companion A.I., your strategic options are more limited
Wildlands wants to be both an ultraviolent cartoon and a grounded, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. It can't do both, and it's much better at being silly and absurd. The mechanical experience of it is as freewheeling a sandbox as I've ever seen, but the frame, the tone and the script weigh it down like an anchor.
Ghost Recon is a large scale cooperative shooter rich in content but with questionable lasting appeal.
There's comfort in falling into a tactical routine with your buddies as you reach the perimeter of every enemy outpost.
If you're the sort of person who just wants to mindlessly shoot through co-op games with a chatty group of friends, Wildlands is fine for that. Anyone else should probably look elsewhere.
Wildlands' gameplay is too chaotic to call back to Tom Clancy classics like Rainbow Six or the series' earlier titles. Its politics are too vapid to compete with the Splinter Cell series' pulpy yet prescient narratives. Wildlands wants to be everything. It succeeds at being nothing.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is all over the place in terms of its quality. Some missions are frustrating, the game is not without its technical and design flaws, and its sandbox action can sometimes be repetitive, ludicrous and over-the-top. On the positive side, the game's open world is magnificent to behold, packs a vast amount of missions to keep you busy, and is simply highly entertaining to play - especially cooperatively. Don't go in expecting perfection, but if you're into shooting, sneaking, and driving, Ghost Recon Wildlands is a lot of fun.
Wildlands is a bad f***ing game -- it completely fails at everything it aspires to be. It's a bad co-op game, it's a bad shooter, it's a bad open-world game, and the writing is terrible. At best, the game is boring.
Even at the most basic level, there's simply so much to do in Wildlands because they've so carefully populated their open world with enough to do that you won't feel like you're simply walking over massive areas to get to the sporadic points of action.
For small groups of gamers that play together often, Ghost Recon Wildlands seems like a no-brainer and some of the most fun I’ve had in a video game this year. For any lone wolves out there, however, it offers a less appealing all-round package. Ubisoft has pieced together yet another sprawling sandpit to explore yet nothing stands out as truly inventive or remarkable and moving between provinces felt like I was checking items off a shopping list instead of spearheading the American the drug war. At a time where open world games are starting to push boundaries and transform the genre, Ghost Recon is almost at danger of being left behind.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is not a perfect game, but it is outstanding when it comes to its gameplay experience and every player of action and stealth games should not miss.
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Though I found the repetition too much, those cathartic moments of perfect planning in multiplayer are enough to warrant giving it a try, as long as you have a squad of friends to back you up.
If you've got some friends to play with, give Wildlands a bash, but better open-world games are out there.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world shooter that brings together a beautifully crafted huge map and a campaing that gives the player total freedom. The depth of the adventure is a bit flawd by the repetitiveness of the mission and a broken driving system.
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One nice try by Ubisoft but lacks enought variety on its gameplay to retain players for long enought... Plus its narrative isn't as deep as we would have liked.
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- OS *: Originally released for Windows 7, the game can be played on Windows 10 and Windows 11 OS
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz or equivalent
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 / AMD R9 270X (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
- Storage: 50 GB available space
- Sound Card: DirectX-compatible using the latest drivers
- Additional Notes: Game contains EasyAntiCheat (https://www.easyanticheat.net/) anti-cheat technology and Denuvo (https://www.denuvo.com/) anti-tamper technology.
- Processor: Intel Core i7- 3770@ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz or better
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX970/GTX 1060 or AMD R9 390/RX480 (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)
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- Tips and Tricks
This page contains helpful information for all players that are playing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands. If you've just begun playing and haven't put a lot of time into exploring Bolivia, this is important information you're going to need to start off right.
These are standard gameplay tips that will be useful to anyone playing in either single player or online multiplayer with a group. Though some information here may be basic to some, everything listed here is important to keep in mind as you play through Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Things to Do First
When you first start playing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, these are some of the very first things you'll want to do to get started right.
USE your Tacmap TO GET Around
Once you finish creating a character and finally get inside the game, these tips will be useful while you explore the immense landscapes present in Wildlands' take on Bolivia. The Tacmap is essential for getting around Bolivia. There is a lot of information that you can find just by taking the moment to view your Tacmap.
As you complete missions and gather new information, more icons will appear on the tacmap to reveal various points of interest. These include enemy strongholds, side missions, skill upgrades, and weapon items. You can access dossiers and mission listings through your Tacmap.
Optimize Your Loadout from the start
Before you go looking around Bolivia for missions and side ops to complete, you need to make sure you're equipped for the job. Take a moment when you first start playing to look through your weapon loadout and choose the best weapons and equipment for the task ahead. Playing alone during missions may require a different loadout than if you were playing with others online.
A good loadout to use when playing alone is to have a medium/long-range weapon with a silencer and a light machine-gun or sniper rifle. This will give you the ability to be both stealthy and equipped for assaults against enemies. Either combination you go with will be enough for you to tackle any situation on lower difficulty levels, though it won't be the same if you decide to play at a higher difficulty.
Tag all supplies You Find
When exploring the open world or clearing enemy encampments, keep an eye out for any valuable supplies - either shining in the world or marked with a green icon on your minimap. These supplies are Fuel, Medicine, Food, and Communication Supplies.
Make sure to interact with these items to mark them for pickup. Tagging these supplies will allot more resources for you to use towards purchasing new skills within the character skills menu. Later skills will need much more resources to unlock them. So the more you have, the better.
Upgrade Your Character Skills
As you complete missions and gain experience, you’ll be able to improve upon various skills and abilities of your character. In order to obtain or improve a skill, you need a certain number of skill points and specific resources to purchase skill upgrades.
You can obtain extra skill points by leveling up from completing missions and side missions, as well as finding extra skill points that you discover while exploring. In addition to Skill Points, you will need different supply types to purchase specific skills .
You can also unlock EPIC SKILLS that give massive boosts to one type of skills for your character. This may be faster regeneration from injuries or a larger explosive radius for all explosions. However, in order to unlock these skills you will need to be at a minimum level for your character, as well as have at least one point purchased for every skill within the same skill tree. Once you have fulfilled both requirements, you will permanently have the EPIC SKILL unlocked for your character.
Open Rally Points for Fast Travel
You have the ability to fast travel between locations. It's a great alternative to driving around in a car to a given location that is far away. When possible, you'll want to discover as many Rally Points as possible around Bolivia. This will significantly cut down the time it takes to get from one side of Bolivia to the other.
It should be noted that you can only fast-travel between specific Rally Points when you aren’t engaged in combat with enemies, or discovered and are being hunted by them. Rally Points are locations color coded white on your tacmap, while any locations you can't fast travel to are outlined in black.
The more missions you complete and places you explore, the more Rally Points you will open up to use for fast travel. This will save you an immense amount of time when looking for any collectibles you may have missed or while you're trying to reach the next primary objective.
When fast traveling, try not to be seen by nearby enemies and get forced into combat. You won't be able to fast travel away from an encounter if you're discovered, even when there are only a few enemies in the area. If you're spotted, you will either need to eliminate all enemies or flee the scene to open up fast travel once again.
Pick up Collectibles along the way
You will occasionally find collectibles on the map while playing missions. Make sure you take a moment to pick them up when you find them, even if they aren't your biggest priority at the time. Every collectible you find, including weapons , kingslayer files, and intel, will give you more XP towards your character.
This will be helpful for when you're looking for collectibles later on, especially if the majority of the ones you found are located in places you've previously visited during missions. It will save you an extra trip to the same area. The locations of collectibles are revealed when you find Intel or interrogate enemies.
Complete Main Story Missions
Completing Story missions in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands opens up more missions and bonuses, as well as give you XP to level up your character. These core missions relate to the main story of the game, and be expanded upon the narrative.
However, you can't play some story missions without gathering specific intel or obtaining new information from civilians or enemies. When you complete a mission, you will need to gather more new information in order to open up the next mission. Try to find all of the main intel whenever possible in order to open up more missions and gain bonus XP towards your character early on. During this time, you can also partake in side-missions that open up for even more XP.
The necessry documents you need to obtain to unlock new missions are marked on your tacmap once you finish a story mission. You can collect them at any time once you have their location marked. Gathering these as soon as possible will open up all of the main missions for you and give you additional XP towards your character.
Complete Easy Rebel Side Missions
You don't have to immediately start and finish all of the main missions right away, but can instead explore Bolivia and complete side missions. Completing some of the Rebel Side-Ops missions will begin to open up the Rebel Support Skills for later use. You will get notified when you're within the area of a Rebel Op, or when you obtain intel on specific locations for them.
Most of the first Rebel Ops you find in Itacua will be fairly easy, which allow you to call in a vehicle drop or distraction against enemies. But in addition to opening up these first skills , you also gain a nice boost in XP for your character, which makes them all the more useful early in the game.
Things Wildlands Doesn't Tell You
Here is some really important information that you should know that isn't explicitly told to you in anywhere within the game. While playin Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, these are things discovered not included within any tutorials or game menus.
Each of these tips will help you stay efficient in completing missions, navigating your surroundings, and taking out enemies as you play solo or with a group.
If you have any extra tips that you discover while playing Tom Clancy's ghost Recon: Wildlands, feel free to add them to the list below!
Whenever you see an object that is flashing lightly, that is something you can tag for the Rebels to pick up. These are resources that you can use to purchase new upgrades on your character. Whenever you see something you can tag, make sure you take the time to do so, every bit of resources you find can help you gain new abilities and better skills .
There are four different kinds of resources you can gather while roaming around; Gasoline, Medicine, Comms Tools, and Food. There are some side missions that can give you a huge bonus of one specific resource when completed, which can make all the difference when obtaining helpful skills for your character. These will range from executing raids on enemy Armored trucks, attacking a stronghold, or even protecting a radio broadcast from being stopped.
You can also gain extra resources by finding smaller collectibles that appear on your Tacmap when exploring. Most buildings or structures will have a few extra resource pickups nearby that you can quickly grab while completing missions. Just walk up to them and tag them to gain their bonuses.
Driving Efficiently Around Bolivia
Getting around in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands can be a bit time consuming, if not frustrating in some instances. Here are some things to remember while you navigate the country of Bolivia.
While it might be faster to cut throw areas to reach a destination while driving, most of the landscape in Itacua doesn’t lend itself to off-road driving. There are many hills, bumps, rocks, and large foliage that will make your path much harder to drive through towards your destination.
Most of the time, its a much better idea to drive along the main roads and paths towards your destination. Even off-road vehicles , like trucks or jeeps, can be difficult to drive around offroad away from roads or highways. Not all situations are like this however, and you can sometimes cut corners to avoid something ahead of you.
But sometimes doing so will be a very bad idea and will lead to you falling off a cliff, or even slamming right into a large rock or tree. Most of the time, your car may end up flipping over after going over a chain of bumps, or even being heavily damaged.
Using Other Vehicles while Traveling
Sometimes you can find a different vehicle to use that may be faster than a typical car you find. You can drive motorcycles, large trucks, and pilot helicopters and planes to move around the country. These are more efficient ways of traveling greater distances and avoiding unwanted attention from enemies. The only exception to this is using helicopters to fly over enemy bases, which always leads to having missle launcher detect and fire at you.
If you aren't able to fast travel to a location, but still want to get there fast, try looking for a different mode of transportation nearby. There will alwyas be something you can drive or pilot wherever you are. By helping out the Rebel Forces, you can even gain the ability to emergency drop in an extra car or helicopter if needed.
Fast Traveling to Teammate Positions
When playing online multiplayer with any number of other player, you can fast travel to another player's position when not engaged in combat. This can be helpful for getting around Bolivia and completing missions together that some players may not have activated. Players that don't have some Rally Points unlocked can still fast travel to players who are still able to do so.
Fast Traveling to another player's location also allows everyone to regroup should anyone fall in combat and not be revived. Any player who is left to bleed out can choose to spawn on another player's position after a set amount of time from being downed. This can only be done during online multiplayer sessions and not with A.I. teammates when playing solo.
You Can Skip Main Missions in Multiplayer
When you are playing online with other teammates, you actually have the ability to skip some of the main missions. This can only be done however if another player has already opened up or completed a specific mission you are trying to play. This allows some players to bypass some of the lower bosses and immeditaely take on missions that have prerequisites.
If at least one player has a mission open or completed, they can start the mission up and prompt everyone in the squad to join in. When the mission is complete, everyone in the group will get credit for finishing the mission. Even if you haven't unlocked the mission yourself or completed any of the other main missions below it, you'll still get credit and the rewards for completing it. This is an easy trick to bypass most of the game and go straight for any of the Santa Blanca Cartel bosses, or even the final boss El Sueno.
This can be done with any number of players in the squad and doesn't necessarily need a full group to be done. You can also use any XP Boosters you have in your inventory to gain additional XP from these missions as well.
Boosters Give Additional XP - Power Leveling
When you complete missions and take down enemies, you gain XP towards your character to level up and obtain Skill Points. However, you can gain additional XP by utilizing Boosters that you can obtain from pre-ordering the game or through the Ghost Recon Wildlands in-game store. Boosters improve the percentage of additional XP you gain for everything you do, but only last for a certain amount of time.
When playing in multiplayer , you can use a Booster to increase the XP you gain, as well as give an additional boost to the XP that your teammates gain. If you have a full 4-player squad online, it may be possible to stack the effects of the XP boost you gain from Boosters.
NOTE: This is still unconfirmed and has not been properly tested fully to see if true. Some players have reported that the effects of each booster from a player in a squad DO stack effects for more XP gains, but this might not fully be the case.
Things You Should Not Do in Wildlands
There are some things that you should try very hard not to do while playing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Most of the time, going about a mission or approaching a situation one way will lead to failure, especially when playing on higher difficulties. Enemies will capitalize on your mistakes and kill you if you aren't careful.
Here are some important things to avoid at all cost. If you discover more tips on what to be wary of, feel free to add them to the list below!
Don't Go into Missions Unprepared
Its very important to bring the right weapons and equipment with you when taking on different missions in. You should definitely change your loadout and equip the best weapons to your character for the right situation. If you neglect to do this, you will end up making situations and scenarios harder on yourself, and nearly impossible to complete in some cases.
This is equally as important for your Character Skills . If you don't spend Skill Points to unlock new abilities and skills , you may find some missions incredibly more difficult to complete. Some skills you unlock are necessary for a select number of missions that require a stealthy approach. So its best to update your character skills frequently as you progress through the game's various missions.
Don't Ignore Picking Up Supplies
Skill Points are very important for obtaining new skills as you level up, but you still need supplies to purchase them. Better skills on the Skill Tree for your character will cost more and more supplies to obtain them, so you need to constantly have enough supplies.
When exploring around, make sure you pick up supplies you see laying around the area. Whenever possible, try to take on a few of the supply side-missions that give you large boosts of different supplies to spend on new Skills . If you ignore doing any of this, you will not be able to purchase some of the later skills that are vital.
Don't Casually Approach Bases and Strongholds
When approaching places that have a concentrated amount of enemies in one spot, its best to avoid directly entering the area. Doing so is almost guaranteed to alert them, as well as put you in their direct line of sight. This is especially true for bases that have turret guns stationed along the perimeter or snipers posted in high areas nearby.
This is also true for approaching bases or strongholds while piloting a helicopter or another vehicle. Unless you are driving a vehicle that is from the same Faction as the nearby base or stronghold, you will be spotted and alert enemies into firing on you. In some instances when flying a helicopter, bases will have missile launchers nearby that will fire if you fly too close within the area. Its always a better idea to fly far away enough to land nearby without alerting the base of your presence.
Don't Interrogate Enemies While in Combat
This may sound like common sense, but its important to know that you are NOT invincible when interrogating enemies or speaking to civilians. When doing either of the two, you temporarily lose control of your characters until the dialogue exchange is complete.
During this time, you can be shot and killed quickly without any way to defend yourself for the time. This can be devastating when you grabbed a key enemy and can't do anything as you are gunned down during the dialogue. You can stop the exchange mid-talk, but most of the time you or the enemy will be killed.
Grabbing important enemies for interrogation is also a sure way to fail a mission quickly if there are enemies firing on you nearby. When you grab an enemy, you use them as a human shield against gun fire, which can kill them quickly before you. If you have a person-of-interest in hand, you will want to run away behind cover immediately if you notice any shots being fired your way before interrogating.
Don't Constantly Kill the Unidad Soldiers
The Unidad Faction is the army of the country that will constantly attack you are noticed or if provoked via gun fire. This will increase the Unidad Patrol rank for the given moment. If you kill more soldiers or destroy Unidad vehicles , the rank will increase and provoke more Unidad soldiers with bigger guns and stronger weapons to appear.
Its best to avoid fighting the Unidad if you can, especially when you are trying to complete missions and side-missions. The higher Unidad Patrol will make things very difficult for you to complete any tasks and make it just as difficult to get away and lose notoriety. At some point, usually between Rank 3 or 4 Unidad Patrol, the Unidad will start calling for mortar shots on your position. When this happens, it will be increasingly difficult to get away unscathed.
Tips for Combat and Stealth
You'll be engaging enemies in many battles while you complete missions. Here are some tips to help you take down enemies quickly and efficiently.
Use Your A.I. Teammates
Your teammates, whether AI or human controlled, are your biggest asset in any given situation. They will have your back when you're focused on completing objectives or taking down another enemy. While human squad members are superior in most situations, working together with your A.I. squad mates can make most scenarios easier to approach.
Should you get shot enough in battle and fall, your A.I. squad members can revive you back one time in combat. As long as you're within a close range of at least one ally, they will move to your location and revive you. While online with other players in multiplayer, you will have to communicate with your teammates if you need to be revived.
If you happen to fall once again, you will respawn at the previous checkpoint before the engagement. Always make sure you have a nearby ally whenever you predict you'll be in a fire fight. It can be the difference between success and having to replay an entire section over again.
Your allies can also attack enemies while you are driving a vehicle. This is helpful for on-road engagements, as well as when you're trying to escape from a location. When you're playing single player, you want to be the one in the driver's seat instead of you A.I. squad members.
Not only do they have great aim while the vehicle is moving, but you will be able to go in the direction you wish to travel, rather than random directions because of the A.I. being behind the wheels.
Sync Shot with your allies
The Sync Shot ability is a great way to take out multiple enemies at once. When you're playing solo, you can use your drone or aim down the sight of your gun to mark different enemies that your allies will focus on and engage once you fire upon an enemy. This is great for raiding enemy strongholds or checkpoints when you need to maintain a stealthy approach.
You need to unlock the the Sync Shot ability with your Skill Points, and boost it up with more skill points to mark more targets while engaging. Its an invaluable ability that you will frequently use on most missions when you want to have a stealthy approach, but the Sync Shot can still be helpful when you're assaulting a location.
Using Stealth Helps A Lot
Unlike some Ghost Recon games in the past, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands doesn't harshly punish players for not being stealthy during missions. However, approaching things with stealth can be incredibly rewarding in almost any situation.
Try to keep enemies unaware of your presence when you are executing mission objectives and you'll be able to dwindle down enemy numbers. Taking out lots enemies while undetected will help limit the difficulty of a situation when things get loud.
Enemies that you fail to kill when you are spotted will call for reinforcements and make things more difficult for you. You won't get a game over immediately when this happens, but you will have a much harsher fire fight to deal with. But if you stay quiet and remain hidden, you'll have a much smoother time completing your objectives.
Extra Weapons for Gunsmith
Hidden throughout the environment are weapon cases that unlock new guns to add to your weapon loadouts. You need to find these cases to unlock new kinds of weapons at Rally Points, which you can customize your individual loadout. There are a select number of weapon cases you can find; their locations are revealed on your tacmap.
If you find yourself struggling with a given mission or side ops, try taking some time to gather these extra weapons and give yourself a better edge in combat. You will notice a difference in how you approach missions when you have more gun options open to you.
Gather Information From Civilians to Find Collectibles
The civilians of Bolivia can be super helpful when finding out the locations of points and items of interest. Make sure you take the time to stop and speak with local civilians for information on where you can find Skill Upgrades and Weapon Items. Whenever a civilian that you can speak with is nearby, an icon will appear over them.
When you speak with civilians, you can choose which locations you want to know about and have appear on your Tacmap. You can choose to reveal Side Missions, skill point locations, weapon items, or resource locations. The selected option will immediately appear on your tacmap. You will need to find other civilians in order to select the other options.
In addition, interrogating enemies and finding intel caches during missions can also reveal locations on your Tacmap. You can grab and interrogate certain enemies that are marked on your map when you get close to their location or tag them with your drone. Intel caches are handled the same way, but can be found in buildings and a variety of other areas.
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The 10 Best Assault Rifles In Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Ranked
If you want to be the best of the best in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, you need the best weapons. Here are ten of those weapons.
For players making their way through the battlefields of the wild in Ghost Recon: Wildlands , a trusted weapon should be the first thing you're trying to obtain. If you hold a weapon that you're not comfortable with it becomes little more than a walking giveaway for the enemy. With plenty of weapons to choose from, players will get to customize their playstyle around the weapon of choice.
Assault Rifles belong to the middle ground with some wiggle room in between. Sporting the widest variety of attachments, Assault rifles become the most adaptable weapon in the game. Being the in-between is always beneficial as you can fall into surrounding roles with little adjustment. For that, players require only the best the game has to offer.
The AUG assault rifle lends it's all-around high stats to any situation players may find themselves in. Good damage will mount up and with the consistent aim you receive throughout a burst, it won't be hard to nail down an enemy once the scope is on the target.
Used mostly as a mid-range weapon, it has range capabilities that can give you reliable performance at the back of the squad. Luckily, the search for this versatile weapon doesn't take you down a rabbit hole. In fact, you can get it with relative ease, in the Barvechos province you'll find it hidden in a weapons case along the border.
As far as magazines go, the 556xi supports an impressive range all leading up to the 50 round drum that can be purchased in La Cruz. Good luck to any enemy that has to wait out the relentless onslaught that can be delivered at a steady pace.
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Combined with the great damage at range and you can spray bullets so far away the enemy has a hard time returning fire. Los Hombres Jaguares is where you'll find it, right in the middle of a human hunting camp. It's not always easy pickings when it comes to high powered weapons.
8 ACR Assault Rifle
The hint is in the name, adaptable. Sometimes the best thing about a gun is it's lack of negatives, meaning you can trust it at every point combat. Even the picky player will struggle to find a flaw in the weapon, as it can attach almost every accessory available and can be tampered with to no end.
Once the player has it, it's common to stick with the gun until the end. Although getting your hands on it is the hard part, as it's protected by an enemy outpost that the weapon happens to be right beside. That means you'll have to take out the whole squad before claiming the prize.
Acting as a 2 for 1 drop, the location of the MK17 is an armory with another highly coveted weapon. If that isn't enough to entice you, the MK17 deals a massive amount of damage per hit. That balances the scales considering its fire rate is quite low.
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Now considering the combo deal you get if you plan on entering the armory, it comes as no shock that players can't just stroll on by. A well-guarded area that comes with its fair few risks, it might be a wise move to scout the defense before you jump into battle.
For the renegades among us who like to be dead center in the middle of the action, The Tar 21 provides a rate of fire that put most other guns to shame. reactions are key to getting the most out of its capabilities as you will hit first and fast.
The stability also plays a big part in its accuracy at close range. The recoil of the rapid-fire shots barely moves the crossfire, leaving you to hold down the trigger. At long range, things tend to get a little blurry so if you like hanging out in the background, it's not for you.
Though the G2 isn't an underpowered weapon by any means, the speed at which it fires bullets it wouldn't matter anyway. As long as you have a steady hand and keep the end of your gun pointed at the target, it's pretty hard to not put the enemy down.
Close range is where players will likely have the most success, before the enemy has a chance to react, the trigger has been pulled. This also gives players a high level of confidence jumping into a firefight situation, preventing the usual jumpy gameplay when entering tight spaces.
One of the weaker damage dealers of the bunch, the P416 is mainly a stealth weapon that can be used even in the most delicate situations. Its high noise suppression makes it barely detectable, especially amongst environmental noise or other gunfire.
Night missions are where you'll really notice the difference. Unsuspecting enemies will aid the underpowered rifle by giving up vulnerable positions and handing players a great shot. Make sure to pick the shot carefully, even the quietest gun will be detected on a miss.
The real test of a gun is how consistent it can pull off its job in great fashion. While the G36c doesn't look like a superstar on paper, you'll find it catches out a lot of impressive weapons with its ability to outperform in the weak spots.
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This is only accentuated by the range of attachments that can take the gun to the next level. Burst shots are always going to be an advantage, especially when you're dealing with an especially tricky enemy that only gives you a small opening to get the job done.
Rate of fire is an overlooked aspect when players consider a weapon, it's all about damage output and accuracy. Both those things are obviously critical, but if you aren't a hawkeye and occasionally have to reply on a few shots to take an enemy down then the rate of fire moves into the top spots.
Even being a team player has a major impact because if you have to suppress fire from a group, a speedy reload is a near requirement. Not that the SR3M slacks in other aspects because it has a good all-around stat list but as far as speed goes, this gun reigns supreme.
The ultimate symbol of stealth has been a sniper for many years, though the soldiers who get in at close range often need silence as well. The R5 RGP offers you the highest damage rate when you throw a suppressor on it. This means you're not only dealing big damage but getting caught also becomes less likely.
When you're tucked into a tight urban situation, giving away position by firing can cause a slow road ahead as you constantly maneuver the enemy. The stealth protection is great, but the fewer shots the better and with high damage, it won't take many.
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Ghost Recon Wildlands Best Skills
Here’s where you should invest your skill points early on in ghost recon wildlands.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is as much an RPG as it is a tactical 3rd-person shooter. With an XP system, skills, and loot to collect, you may be looking at ways to maximize your abilities early on. This guide will walk you through the best skills to get early on in Ghost Recon Wildlands, broken out by each skill tree.
Let’s get started!
Wildlands Weapon Skill Tree
The weapon skill tree in Wildlands focuses mostly on your combat ability when it comes to firearms. While nearly all of these have some degree of usefulness, there are a few that stand out as critical, depending on your playstyle.
This skill boosts your damage against enemy vehicles, and will be incredibly valuable at every point in the game. You can’t go wrong tossing extra skill points here.
This one unlocks the underbarrel grenade launcher as an attachment for assault rifles. If you need to lob an explosion at a longer range than you can throw, this is going to be your best option!
If you plan on engaging at longer range this will help reduce scope sway. Snipers, take note!
This removes the damage penalty from suppressors. Unless you’re playing a more immersive “realism” style, you should be using a suppressor on everything you can, and this is essentially a damage boost at that point. Note: This does NOT negate the impact suppressors have on muzzle velocity.
Wildlands Drone Skill Tree
The drone tree is quite possibly one of the most critical skill trees in the game; nearly every skill here is critical, and the only ones I’d not concern myself with are noisemaker and armor. Out of all of the others, though, here are the ones I’d grab first.
Battery Increase & Range
Both of these are your most important skills in this tree: Max these as soon as possible.
Night Vision & Thermal Vision
Grab both of these early too; they make scouting out your targets much easier.
Wildlands does rely on stealth mechanics, so making your drone stealthy is pretty important.
While explosive drones are nice, EMP allows you to just disable vehicles rather than explode them, making capturing targets that are escaping super easy.
Wildlands Item Skill Tree
The one absolutely critical skill in Wildlands is in this tree, but there are a few others I’d strongly recommend you get as early as possible.
Whether infiltrating a base quietly, or getting out of a helicopter targeted by a SAM launcher quickly, you’ll need a parachute when plummeting from the sky. This should – hands down – be your first skill unlock.
Ever want to feel like the Predator? This is how you do it. At night thermal vision can help you isolate targets even better than night vision can, so grab it early!
Wildlands Physical Skill Tree
Much like the Drone tree, all of these are going to be useful in your career as a ghost. The only one I’d consider to be less than critical is Stamina, but you might as well max it, too. Below are a few that I recommend boosting over others if you have to make a tough decision.
Quiet Running & Detection
These two skills are critical for stealth. Quiet running allows you to dart from cover to cover without alerting your foes, and detection .. Well, makes you harder to detect. Pretty much a must-have in any stealth game.
While you may think Aircraft Shield is more important, in most cases you’ll be running into other cars and taking more fire in a car than you will in an aircraft. Max this one quickly.
Wildlands Squad Skill Tree
While all of these are useful (especially the full-tree unlock “Last Chance”), there is just one that I’d say is a must-have.
Extra Sync Shot
If you want to eliminate groups of enemies without alerting the base, you need to make use of all your sync shots. Fully maxed this allows you to eliminate 4 targets at once (including your own shot) easily.
Wildlands Rebel Support
While these aren’t unlocked with skill points, since they live under the skills tab we’ll call them skills here. All of these are useful, but here are the ones you’ll want to max out sooner, rather than later.
When fully maxed out you can get all the enemies marked within a large base easily.. But this skill’s real claim to fame is the fact that it’ll reveal enemies behind cover or inside buildings!
While you can certainly use this one as a diversion, my favorite use? Flanking maneuvers. Just summon them at an alternative entry point and use them as the anvil to your hammer.
Need a specific kind of vehicle? This will give it to you. Whether a fast car, armored vehicle or helicopter, the rebels will be able to supply you.. Well, most of the time. Unfortunately, you can’t designate WHERE it’ll be dropped off, and sometimes the location is a little.. Inconvenient.
That’s it, ghosts! Good luck, and happy hunting!
Ghost Recon: Wildlands – 11 Best Mods
Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands has developed into a very good game, but that doesn't mean it cannot be improved with a mod or two.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is another installment in the ongoing Tom Clancy franchise, which allows players to jump into the shoes of a professional ghost operative working in Bolivia. Like many other Ubisoft sandboxes, the game's expansive map is packed with side quests and collectibles. The game provides hours of content for fans of third-person, open-world shooters. Wildlands continues to receive updates, including a recent DLC featuring Jon Bernthal from The Punisher .
Due to its reliance on a constant online connection and Ubisoft's own policies on fan-made content, the pool of mods available for Ghost Recon: Wildlands is diminutive at best. There are, however, a few choice mods available. Players who wish to boost the game's graphics or unlock content without the need to grind have a great interesting options. It bears mentioning that none of these mods are supported by Ubisoft, and installing them will often require altering game files and starting Uplay in offline mode. Those who do wish to try mods should always remember to back up their original game files in case problems should arise.
Updated August 7, by Patrick Armstrong: Years after the game’s 2017 release, Wildlands remains a popular entry in the Ghost Recon franchise. Its gorgeous open world is packed with Ubisoft’s patented blend of objectives, making sure players always have somewhere to go and someone to shoot. Though the game still has only a handful of available mods even years after its release, those that are available offer some quality improvements to gameplay, ensuring that players get the best covert ops experience they can.
Sadly, mod support for this game remains one of its weaker points. However, some ingenious fans have found ways to alter and exchange game files, opening the possibility for more mods to eventually be released. This article has been updated to include a couple brand new mods for Wildlands , as well as information on how to safely mod the game without corrupting files.
How To Install Mods For Ghost Recon: Wildlands
The instructions for altering Wildlands will vary from mod to mod. It is extremely important to read any instructions very carefully before replacing game files, as it is possible to accidentally ruin the game. Helpful tips for installing most mods include:
- Locate the game files. For the Steam Version these will most likely be under C:/Program Files(x86)/Steam/Steamapps/Common/Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
- For copies of the game purchase from Uplay, the game files will be under C:/Program Files(x86)/Ubisoft Game Launcher/Games/Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Refer to the instructions for the mod to find exactly which files within this folder need to be replaced.
- Back up anything being replaced to prevent corrupting the game
- Only use mods in offline modes. Since they are not officially supported, many will cause the game to crash when played online.
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11 First Person_plus Extras
The First Person_plus Extras mod by intifofo enables players to experience the game from a first-person POV. Anyone who has played difficult first-person shooters knows what a dramatic difference this change can make for immersion, difficulty, and the overall quality of the experience, so it’s a welcome option in Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
The “extras” in the mod’s title are a variety of bonus features. These include the removal of Out of Bounds, the ability to lean while aiming down sights, the ability to used locked weapons, and a greater FOV range. All in all, First Person_plus Extras is an excellent all-around addition.
10 Ultimate Overhauled Ray Tracing GI And Lighting Reshade
It can be hard to explain exactly why ray tracing and reshade mods make such a difference. The important thing is that they do. For those who don’t want to change the game mechanically but just want it to look its best, the Ultimate Overhauled Ray Tracing GI and Lighting Reshade by Griffterthefirst is perfect.
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If reshading mods aren’t done well, they can end up making the game look worse. This effect can be especially pronounced during night-vision sections, something that Ghost Recon: Wildlands has plenty of. This mod does an excellent job, however, ensuring that whether the character is standing in an open field in broad daylight or sneaking through a compound with only the green tint of their goggles to guide them, the game will look gorgeous.
9 Ghost Recon WaReshader
Ghost Recon WaReshader by intelfactor aims to improve Wildlands’ color scheme by simulating HDR. Mods that attempt similar things often end up exaggerating colors, leading the game to feel cartoony or otherwise off. The WaReshader is specifically designed to improve that, and it does its job well.
This mod also strives to avoid unintentional sharpening. The result is a game that looks better and cleaner, but is otherwise the same basic package as players started with. Given the all-around quality of Ghost Recon: Wildlands compared to some other games in the franchise, that isn’t a bad thing.
8 Adjust FOV for Ghost Recon Wildlands
Adjust FOV for Ghost Recon Wildlands by cowlick035 gives the player much more control over their FOV (frame of view). Crucially, the player can set different FOVs for primary stances such as standing, crouching, aiming, and taking cover. The mod even affects the vehicle's FOV.
Using this mod isn’t a cheat the way that flying or invincibility would be, but it definitely gives players an advantage in many circumstances, allowing them to see more of the battlefield than they otherwise would. While it may not be right for difficulty sticklers because of this, it’s a great QoL option for other players.
7 Remove Detection Sounds From The Game
Most mods available for Ghost Recon: Wildlands are cosmetic packages that only alter the game's appearance. However, inspired by the invisible Deimos Crossbow Mod, one fan who goes by the handle Rafi managed to take things to a new level. They created a mod that significantly alters the actual gameplay to provide an interesting challenge.
The idea behind this mod was to remove the sound when an enemy soldier detects the player. Without preemptive warning, players will find it much harder to know when they have been spotted. Not only does this make combat more realistic, but it also provides an interesting challenge. Players must push their stealth skills to the max trying to take out guards before they are noticed.
6 [WotC] Ghost Recon: Wildlands: Cosmetic General Assets
The only mod available for Wildlands on the Steam Workshop is a general collection of assets, textures, and meshes from the game. This mod is an integral component of other existing mods; it makes it easier to unlock cosmetics and other features in the game. The textures are just from the base game and do not include files added later, such as the predator skin .
Made by Steam user ∑3245 , this collection contains all the assets for cosmetics and textures in Ghost Recon: Wildlands . It also streamlines the game by removing duplicate files. Thus, it should be very useful for players looking to reduce the amount of space Wildlands occupies on their hard drive. This mod is compatible and necessary for getting the most out of other texture updates available on Nexusmods.
5 The Invisible Deimos Crossbow Mod
Many players are drawn to the Ghost Recon series for its realism as well as its high octane action. Wildlands allows players to play as ghost operatives. The game heavily emphasizes stealth as well as combat, which is why it made a perfect fit for a crossover event with Sam Fisher the developer of Splinter Cell . One fan, Wander_SOTC, created a mod to remove the player character's second primary weapon. This was partly for the cleaner aesthetic; however, the main intention was to make them look more like a real ghost agent.
Normally, players can only carry one primary weapon when they are playing in ghost mode. Otherwise, they will often have two slots on their character's back for weapons. Most won't care about this feature, but for those who do, this mod will make the second primary weapon invisible. For some reason, the mod works best on the Deimos crossbow, which is generally considered one of the worst weapons in the game.
4 Cinematic Excellence Lighting Overhaul
Ghost Recon: Wildlands does a great job of bringing the spectacular Bolivian landscape to life. The scenery in the game is stunning in its own right. The maps are not only visually impressive, but are also packed with side quests and loot boxes containing rare items . Nonetheless, some fans may still want to improve the graphics and give their game a fresh look.
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The cinematic lighting overhaul mod by TheMercsAssassin does what it says on the tin. It aims to make the game look more like a movie with improved depth of field, film grain, optional bloom, and lens flares. Replacing the game's washed-out filter with a starker contrast and brighter colors, this mod is highly customizable. It's great for players looking to improve Wildland's graphics.
3 The Supreme Operator Cheat
Mod support for Ghost Recon: Wildlands is all but non-existent. As such, many of the mods that do exist focus on unlocking the game's features rather than adding new ones. The gold exoskeleton suit is the rarest suit in the game, and very difficult to acquire. However, there is a cheat available to unlock this suit and spare the player hours of grind working their character up to tier 1.
This cheat will allow players to access the suit without having to restart their game in ghost mode. This will enable them to use the suit in single-player. Unfortunately, it may not be compatible with the PvP that was added back in 2017 . It will require certain game files to be altered, so it is advisable to save a backup of the game in its original state to prevent unforeseen issues.
2 Unlock Tier 1 In Campaign Mode
Players who have spent hours in Ghost Recon: Wildlands may wish to make the game more challenging or try new things. Doing this in-game can take a while. After all, it takes a lot of to work up to tier 1, where players can unlock every item and feature.
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To skip this grind, there is a mod that will unlock the whole game. It will allow the player to start the campaign in tier 1, with everything from new suits to the best snipers in the game . This might make the game considerably easier; however, increasing the difficulty and treating the mod as an unofficial new game plus will help add a fresh layer of challenge to the game.
1 The Lighting Overhaul Inspired By The Game's E3 Trailer
Often, games look better in their trailers than as a finished product. The magic of editing and pre-rendered cinematics is great at highlighting the best aspects of a game while glossing over the underwhelming elements. TheMercsAssassin made a Ghost Recon: Wildlands graphics mod that succeeds in making the game look more like its original 2015 E3 release trailer.
This mod adds a greater depth of field, improved lighting, and enhanced textures . It brings Wildlands up to the graphical standard its trailer promised players. One notable feature is how wet surfaces glisten and reflect light, making the game almost photo-realistic. This mod is perfect for players who love Ghost Recon: Wildlands but aren't fond of the game's washed-out aesthetic.
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