Reviewed by Niall Tourney 30th August 2007
Tom Clancyâs Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 is easily one of Ubisofts most lucrative franchises. Spanning across two different generations of consoles, Tom Clancy certainly has made a name for himself within the gaming community. When the original Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter was showcased at E3 2007 it shocked the globe. Stunning everyone with its realistic graphics and fast paced action, GRAW was sure to be a hit. Now two years have passed, and with sales of the sequel already into their millions across the PC & Xbox 360 platforms, its only fitting that the Playstation 3 share in the greatness that is GRAW 2.
GRAW2 is at heart a third-person tactical shooter. This isnât your run of the mill action title, stealth, skill and patience must be shown when playing in order to progress. Fans of straight forward action titles will need to think twice before purchasing. You will constantly be tested and sometimes frustrated but perserverance is the key as dedication will reward players with one truly fabulous gaming experience. Controlling your squad and your own character is quiet simple and with a steady learning curve, GRAW 2 shouldnât really alienate even the most casual of gamers. Along with controlling your squad members ( simply done by issuing commands), you also get the use of a UAV, an extremely useful device allowing you to see what lies ahead and in turn deciding on a specific tactic to clear the area. Just be careful not to fly too low, your UAV can take direct hits from ground troupes.
Like most first person and third person action titles, the majority of the games main campaign will be dealt with on foot, but on occasion you gain control of gunners placed within the games levels. You will also get gunners on Humvees and to a greater extent , Blackhawk Choppers. Every level throughout Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 have been developed with the greatest of care. Level design is second to none, never feeling forced or linear and character AI certainly is up there with the best of them. The Playstation Network also allows some fantastic co op battles as well as death match, capture the flag etc. Unfortunately the online multiplayer pales in comparison to the Xbox 360 version. With Xbox live in full swing when GRAW 2 was in development, this really is a shame the developers didnât quiet get to grips with the Playstation alternative.
The original Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter on the Xbox 360 boasts one of the greatest visual experiences on any console and one would think that the sequel would only build upon this. Unfortunately thatâs not the case here. The Xbox 360 version of GRAW 2 certainly took the graphics to the next level but on the Playstation 3, everything seems a little washed out if comparing the two side by side. Donât get me wrong, GRAW 2 on the PS3 is a visual treat and holds some of the greatest lighting effects to date on the console but it also lacks that certain feel of the 360 version. Maps appear slightly duller and while civilians where notably absent from the original, the PS3 version has even less. Again, graphically, GRAW 2 is very competent but after seeing Killzone 2, we all know the PS3 is capable of far greater.
Audio on the other hand remains fantastic. Commands are shouted with pristine realism, bullets whizzing off screen simply scream out at anyone with 5.1 surround sound and with ear drum melting explosions and even the slightest change with character footsteps over different terrain show that a lot of effort has gone into making this title as realistic as humanly possible. Every weapon has a distinct sound, you may even find yourself ducking for cover in some of the more intense battles.
Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 really is a top notch title. Itâs a shame it arrived so much later on the PS3 than on other platforms as the novelty certainly has worn off at this stage which will greatly diminish sales. If you havent already played the 360 of PC version then we urge you to pick up this title now, but for gamers who have already played through the original, there simply isnt enough added here to warrant an extra purchase. On its own, GRAW2 is a fantastic game, and for fans of action titles then you should really consider a purchase.