The last couple of weeks I’ve been busy playing many hours of Ghost Recon Online, and it’s been a blast. It’s a free to play game, but with much higher production value than your typical free to play shooter. You can pick between three classes; Recon, Assault, and Support. They each have two distinct abilities at low levels. I’ve played all three and each one plays completely differently and it’s fun trying out a class on a map you know well for one class and seeing how differently it plays.
I really like how the game plays with running in third-person and turning into a more traditional first person shooter when you aim down the scope of your gun. When you are running around in third-person you get a better sense of the action around you than in a standard first-person view. You can also slide and shimmy yourself against the wall of many boxes and obstacles in the map. I love sliding forward towards cover when I see an enemy poke his head out and open up a clip on me.
Many times I’ve been running up with my group; the opposing team will starting firing at us, and the smart players will immediately seek cover or return fire. The action and paces of the matches are for the most part intense and as exhilarating as some of the older Rainbow Six games that I loved playing on the PC and Xbox.
I do have one complaint about the game and that is it doesn’t have enough maps! There are only 5 different maps to play. They did add one map within the last couple of weeks, and I hope they continue to add more maps as the holidays approach.
If you are looking for something to play while you patiently await the release of Halo 4 or Black Ops 2 I definitely recommend trying out Ghost Recon Online if you have a powerful enough computer to run it.