Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars - 3DS
I haven't played too many strategy games, but the minute i heard about this, i suspected potential. From the screen shots, it looks as if the classes are well planned, and it's gonna take thinking to balance what's important for a certain mission. Anyway, a buy for me when the 3ds comes out!
This game is awesome! it is very long, and you can also do skirmish missions andall that jazz. Also, if you did a level on rookie, you can go back and do that level again on veteran or elite. I'm pretty sure i'm on chapter five level five and i still enjoy the game.
Great Gameplay is what makes this game worthy
The gameplay is setup so you cant just trample over the enemy and get through the stage. Terrain being in your way, or dampering the damage you do, and you being higher or lower affects damage. Also, if you or an enemy is attacked, and a teammate is close enough, they will cover fire, and you and the enemy will return fire if your weapon can allow it (eg: sniper rifle= no return fire). If even one of your squad members is killed, game over. Sounds stupid but makes you really think your moves out like a game of chess. The game is turn based, your team goes then the other team goes and the map is grid based. Playing through the campaign unlocks challenge stages where you are given a predetermined situation and characters and objective to complete, like having all snipers and needing to pick off a horde of enemies coming at you.
Graphics are a step back. The environments are pretty sweet and 3d actually. All characters are 2d 'sprites with little detail and a cartoonish like shaping. No videos, storyline is done with screenshots and text dialog. No multiplayer or online options available except playing against another player by physically passing the same 3ds back and forth. A real big bummer. Because of this, lasting appeal takes a beating.
Down to the nitty gritty:
If you love turn based, grid based gameplay, this one is a must in my book. If not or you need the social advantages that are available in the 3ds to really enjoy a game, pass it up.
This game is great. It is very fun and addictive. It is a grid and turn based strategy similar to advance wars, drone tactics, etc. It is different because you dont have to be on an adjacent square to attack. Each of the six upgadable characters have different guns with different shooting ranges and power. The environment is also very important. There is cover and different things to pick up. The best thing about it is the length. I checked my activity log and i have 26 hours on it.... That is including multiplayer that i predict to be like 1/5 of it. I am only 24% done with the game. It probably will not take everyone that long because i have done everything on elite so it takes a few tries sometimes. There are only two things that I dont like, and they would be an easy fix for a sequel. There is no online multiplayer. And there are no checkpoints. Some missions have like 5 objectives. You could end up spending like 30 minutes on a mission and lose, and have to start over. This is the type of game that you can buy and play like an hour or two a week, and have it for a long time.
Not your Daddy's Ghost Recon, but better?
I am a huge turn based strat. rpg fan so let me get my bias out of the way now. However being a Ubisoft made product I was very sceptical of how the game would turn out. I have ZERO regrets with my purchase and would recommend this game to any SRPG fan. No the game does not have the depth and length of a Disgaea game or the finesse and story of FF tactics/ Ogre Battle. The game is just different...A simple yet easy level up system based on the mission objectives gives basic upgrades for your troops/hero's. A very hardcore take on death (if a unit falls you fail the mission.) ..Note* The gameplay AI isnt cheap in any way, makes great use of the word Strategy. If you are looking for a killer story you wont find it here but if that is the only downfall a SRPG I can manage just fine. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and hope the continue the series on the 3ds in the future.
Best gaming expirience ever had!!!
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars is maybe the best game out there not just for portable devices, but also for home consoles and computers. Here is a list of the ratings and some info:
____Gameplay___: 10 - this game is very addicting!!! it is hard to put it down if you already started playing it. It is a turnbased game and in my opinion much better than 1-person shooter games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc
____Sound_____ : 9 The sound of the game is also great. It adds a lot to the gameplay.
_____Graphics____ : 8 The graphics aren't that bad considering what other people think.... I think UBISOFT focused this time about GAMEPLAY and not GRAPHICS or REALISM which is SMART!:
_____ Lasting Appeal_____ : 9 - as I mentioned in the GAMEPLAY section, this game is very addicting. after you get past mission 2 (or whatever they call it) the game begins to be much more addicting because 1 and 2 are mostly tutorials
______Overall_______ Overall this game is great. It would be nice if they would add online multiplayer (which they said they would) but that does not hurt any of my scores.
If you are planning on getting a 3DS and you need a game, you should probably pick this one up even if you are not a big fan of shooting games because this is much more.
Part time gaming
This game is not very addictive nor would I suggest anyone buy it until the price drops. It's not a bad game but hardly one that demonstrates the 3DS' capabilities.
The graphics are nothing too special and the game play isn't much different from most other tactical role-playing games. It is good in small doses but the missions often times drag for too long and change objectives too often. They also could lead one to believe they have finished the mission without actually doing so.
It is a good game, no doubt about it, but there are far better titles to start out with that have better game play.
Advance Wars meets Tom Clancy
For those of you that know the Tom Clancy series thinking this is a Tom Clancy stealth game, think again. For those of you who know and absolutely love the Advance Wars games for the Game Boy/DS, this game is for you!
The basics are all the same between the two games. It's a turn based strategy game, where each unit can move X amount of spaces and attack an enemy unit. I'll outline the differences and similarities between the two:
*Turned based. Each unit can move a certain amount of spaces and then perform an action. Almost identical to the Advance Wars games, it will show you in red with the click of the button the bounderies for movement and attacking.
*Missions. The layout of the map and missions is very similar. As you complete a mission, it moves you along to the next one on the map. At the same time you unlock side missions that you can try to complete whenever you want. Not part of the storymode, it just gives you an extra mission on the side. Each of these "Skirmish Missions" is different in nature: you may be required to destroy all eneemy units, or it will try to make you survive an attack, you may need to capture multiple flags etc.
*Taking cover. If your unit is in a bulding, in a bush, or water it will take less damage if you are attacked, much the same as it worked in Advance Wars.
*Your Squad. The game starts you off with a couple units in your team. As the missions go on you get a total of six units in your squad.
*Capture. In Advance Wars you captured buildings for money. That money was used to build new units. In this game you capture flags, and the currency is used for Special Powers (including an airstrike similar to Call of Duty).
How it all works:
When you start a mission, it will give you an objective. Once that objective is complete it will give you a new one, then another one, until the mission is complete. You may choose to play it on 3 difficulty levels. The more difficult you choose, the more stars you are awarded when completing the mission. This is where Shadow Wars is way different and way better. Every member of your team has a different skill. There are six members is total: Sniper, Medic, Gunner, Recon, Mechanic and the team leader, Commando. After the mission you upgrade these members so their weapons and abilities get better. Depending on the mission, you may have all six members at the beginning, or you may have to choose 3, 4 or 5. So you have to assemble your team based on strategy. Aside from their main specialty, every member has a secondary weapon (granades, rocket launcher, knife).
The difficult part, is that none of your members can die. If one dies, the mission is failed.
To sum this all up this is by far the best game on 3DS right now for the pure gamer, definitely if you enjoy war/stealth games (until tomorrow, when Zelda 3DS comes out, as I write this). If you even remotely liked Advance Wars you will love this. It has all the great things about that game, plus additional elements like the upgrading system to make this game much, much better! The visuals are incredible. The details of the canyons, waterfalls, bushes, explosions.... AMAZING! I think it's more geared towards older players due to the level of tactics that are involved. The replay value is good due to all the skirmish missions that you can redo over and over again, by yourself or with a friend. It will always be different every time you play! Pick this game up, you won't be sorry!
Suprisingly Fun. Good starter game!
Due to the mixed reviews online, I was very hesitant to get this game so I bought the used one (just in case, I wanted to return it within 7 days). To my SURPRISE, this game was actually pretty fun. It is turn-based but the missions go by relatively quick. As soon as I started feeling the grind of a long mission, the mission ended to my satisfaction. So if you have just a tiny bit patience, this game will definitely be fun for you. It's also pretty neat that every character has their strength and weaknesses as they level up through the story. (Oh yeah, the storyline is simple and easy to understand... very straightforward) This is also not one of those games where you have to consider and think about everything. I rarely failed missions on Veteran level (medium difficulty) and the game is very easy to get used to. The levels also get progressively harder BUT your squad members also get to level up after every successful mission. The graphics or the game play isn't something novel but it's a FUN game. If you are stuck on which game to get for the 3DS system, this would be a great one to start off until all the Mario, Pokemon and other RPGs start to hit the shelves at game stores. Even after this review, if you aren't sure, get the used game so you can return it if you hate it. This game grows on you. =) Note: I am more of first person shooter (Call of Duty, Battlefield) type of gamer and not a hardcore handheld gamer. So this game was perfect mix of typical DS strategy games and military shooter-type.
A Little Messy.
I'm kind of a big fan of strategy games, so I thought I'd give this game a try. When I first popped the cartridge in and started playing, I felt like I was forced to do a lot of reading. I wish that the Ghosts would actually talk. The menus are fine and the controls are easy to work with for the most part. The graphics are a little shabby. They don't look much better than some of the old DS games. The soundtrack is okay, but the sound effects aren't so great. The style of gameplay is fun for strategy fans, but it seems to get somewhat repetitive after ten or fifteen hours of gameplay, but if you enjoy the gameplay, then you'll be playing for a while. It has a pretty lengthy campaign mode. But anyways, if you're a strategy fan like me and you have a 3DS, you might just want to stick with Fire Emblem Awakening.