November 28, 2013

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Content Rundown (Areas of Concern)

Is it just me or do games with the words "Ghost" or "Ghosts" in the title end up being extraordinarily mediocre?


This Content Rundown had a rather interesting start about a year ago when I was really psyched to review it, only for it to disappear amongst a mountain of other games.

So, with a quick visit to the past, I wrapped up yet another loose end. Now only for that long awaited article promised in my Modern Warfare 3 Review.....

Basic Plot: 

When a group of "Ghosts" are massacred, the rest of the Ghost Recon take it upon themselves to avenge their deaths in a very bland plot involving something about conspiracies and other things that explode when needed.

Oh, and a very abrupt ending.

Release Date: May-June 2012.

Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft.

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC.

Genre: Stealth-Action Shooter.

Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg.

Areas of Concern:


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--(We see the following through a camcorder) A building is blown up by a missile, and several buildings nearby are shredded as glass rains down on several people, slicing them. One man is impaled in the chest, blood spurting out. A man is shown lying on the ground, gore pooling out beneath him, and a man is hit with a car off-screen shortly afterwards.

It is worth noting that the framing and the panic of the scene may remind some of 9/11.

--Shootouts can occur: Blood sprays are shown in detail, staining the environment, cries of pain are heard and in some sequences, blood sprays from people suddenly and jarringly, sometimes staining the camera. 

(For example: In a close-up sequence, a man is shot in the head, and the resulting blood is shown to be on the screen.)

--Explosions are portrayed, resulting from bombs, grenades and projectiles; shockwaves and wreckage are shown, with characters being knocked back by the blast. For example: One sequence portrays a runway being decimated by the player with an entire airliner being ripped apart in the chaos, wreckage everywhere.

In an extended interactive sequence, a mech armed with missiles fires upon several soldiers and vehicles. 

--In one scene, a man's arm is shown to be on fire, with fiery holes appearing on his forearm very briefly before he falls to his death.

--A man is interrogated with an electric prod: He screams in pain. 

--Throats can be slit: A slicing motion with a little blood is shown, along with some gurgling.


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--A man seems like he is attempting to take advantage of a woman, but she rebuffs him when he tries to kiss her.


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Infrequent Uses of F**k, S**t, B**ch, B**t**d, A*s, H**l, D**n, and an obscene gesture.

--God and Jesus' names are used in vain.

Spiritual Content: 

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--List of symbols:

-Skulls. (Death: Used as an emblem by the Ghosts.) 

-Six point Star. (Witchcraft: Seen as a decoration in a Middle-Eastern country.)

-Five point Star. (Satanism: Standard military symbol, and is seen on the label of soda water bottles.)

--A definition of "Ghost" is shown onscreen at one point, referring to them as the spirits of the dead who come to haunt the living.

--A man mentions that it may be a good time to pray, to which another man rebuffs and says that a government can save him instead.


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--Cigarette smoking is portrayed. 

--Beer drinking is portrayed by soldiers.


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Standard Action Movie Morality: Good guys save the day and keep the bad guys at bay! Yay!

....Except for one scene where the good guys leave a bad guy to a rather horrific death. 


--Heavy metal is featured in the game's soundtrack at one point briefly.

Thoughts & Impressions:

IGN: (8.5/10) Ghost Recon: Future Solider is a refreshing change from the current trend of thoughtless shooters, and in the moments when everything clicks together, it’s hard to think of a more absorbing shooter. Unfortunately it doesn't always click though, and forgettable dialogue, poor facial animations and inconsistent visuals dent what is otherwise a great game, plus there’s no denying a little extra polish would’ve made a huge difference. 

But if you’re after a superbly paced, thoughtful shooter that boasts a strong campaign and enjoyable multiplayer, Future Soldier is bang on target.

GamesRadar: (4/5) Ghost Recon: Future Soldier feels like a welcome relief from the run-of-the-mill, run’n gun shooters. Co-op involves actual team coordination with the delightful full co-op campaign and horde modes, the team-focused multiplayer is a blast to play with friends and earning unlocks in the in-depth Gunsmith customization system is incentive enough for you to stick with these online modes.

Although Ubisoft missed the mark in creating a genuinely unique, futuristic setting, the tactical, slow-paced gameplay and unique squad-based experience sets Future Soldier apart from the typical shooter.

Destructoid: (9/10) Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is the type of title that might be easy to overlook if you're not partial to the franchise, or even if you are tired of warfare in post-modern times, but it's a great title nonetheless. Between the impressive campaign, the myriad of co-op options and the added replayability of the mission challenges, as well as the expansive multiplayer component, it's as solid a package as military shooters provide.

Edge: (8/10) Future Soldier exemplifies a developer honouring the ‘fun first’ ethos of its publisher’s canon, even as it stays true to the seriousness of its espionage licence. Yes, it’s lost some tactical edge, but a disciplined commitment to entertainment focuses the experience. In the overmasculine world of the thirdperson shooter, this is a game that stands out for being delicately beautiful even as it delivers brutal thrills. 


Violence: Very brief, with a little bit of blood. There are some more graphic moments, like the opening scene and an intense scene of destruction halfway through.

Language: Infrequent but occasionally strong. Misuses of Jesus' name do occur.

Spiritual Content: Some very mild spiritual references revolving around the Ghosts.

Verdict: 14+

For Moderate Violence and Infrequent Strong Language.


After a year's delay, the Areas of Concern is here at last. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I'll see you next week with our regular scheduling.

See ya then!

Writer Bio:

Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of KVR Gaming. He likes cookies.

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