Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. A Sherman Tank of a game - tough, armed to the teeth and... erm... more heavily armoured at the front!
  2. Not a massive leap forward from Advanced Warfighter, but it's definitely a worthy addition to any tactical shoooter fan's collection. [Aug 2007, p.58]
  3. Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter 2 is one of the most visually impressive games we have come across, but it doesn’t end there, it’s also one of the most polished and satisfying games to play online.
  4. The story is forgettable, the dialog in the cut scenes is cheesy, the single-player campaign is short, and the AI leaves much to be desired — but the fighting is top notch, the battles are intense, the strategic options are myriad, and the immersion factor is so compelling I can give it a strong recommendation.
  5. But despite the visual inadequacies of the graphics engine, the game more than compensates for deficiencies with its constantly challenging gameplay. [Oct 2007, p.54]
  6. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 is actually GRAW 1: Part 2. Although well made, military shooters could use some evolution. [Sept 2007]
  7. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 may vex even gamers with nerves of steel from time to time, but it's still a good game with an excellent multi-player mode.
  8. GRAW 2 is not a revolutionary title, but it is a generally solid sequel that offers gamers a much wanted opportunity to become Ghosts again. Definitely worth a buy for fans of the genre.
  9. 80
    Despite obvious problems with the AI, GRAW2 is a solid, polished game that will draw you in and keep you hooked to the end.
  10. As follow-ups go, it's certainly up ther with the best, if not quite the elite. [Sept 2007, p.66]
  11. GRAW 2 is a step in the right direction even though the game, technically, may require more polish.
  12. 79
    If the idea of having complete control of every aspect of your squad and planning the action down to the last detail floats your boat then the PC version is ideal, if you'd rather feel like you're in charge of a team of real people surviving moment to moment on your instincts alone then you'll have more fun with the console version.
  13. Where a game like "SWAT4" manages to be fun, GRAW2 just feels a little bit too much like hard work. The fireworks don't crackle with the kind of spectacle we're paying for, and there just isn't enough juicy meat on the tactical bones for us to regard this as a feast. [Aug 2007, p.74]
  14. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a quality tactical shooter with excellent feeling and addictive multiplayer, you should definitely give Advanced Warfighter 2 a try.
  15. If you’re a military hardware nut who likes the thought of intense firefights with realistic consequences, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 is for you.
  16. 72
    The added features for the PC version are certainly appreciated, and the more punishing level of difficulty definitely heightens the intensity of battle, but the AI problems really hinder the potential benefits.
  17. So, an improvement on the (initially) buggy port that the first GRAW on PC was, but even with the pleasingly significant interface and visual tweaks over the console version, this is still very much a an adequate but not spectacular sequel to an adequate but not spectacular tactical shooter. It's GRAW, but a bit better, and that's it.
  18. The artificial intelligence becomes a little questionable at times, requiring some extra babysitting to keep teammates alive, but players willing to deal with these quirks will definitely find some extremely challenging gameplay in line with the GRAW tradition.
  19. The PC version of GRAW 2 is custom-built for the platform, and it's so difficult that it appears to have been custom-built for masochists, as well.
  20. 70
    Reasonably competent, but otherwise fairly unremarkable.
  21. 70
    What's most important to us is that this game has come closer than ever to recapturing everything we loved about the first Ghost Recon and for that alone we think it's worth checking out.
  22. For the most part the game has been intelligently repositioned for the PC platform, but a lack of polish means that many minor flaws coalesce to make the experience a rather uneven one, often obscuring the creators’ worthwhile efforts. [Sept 2007, p.96]
  23. If you're content playing pretty much the same game in pretty much the same place with pretty much the same toys, GRAW2 is a good way to recapture the same fun you were having a year ago. And you'll get the cool new multiplayer mode thrown into the bargain.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Jul 21, 2011
    7
    Graw 2 is nothing like its console brethren. Graw 2 is developed by Grin, the company behind Graw 1 on the PC, however not the company behind the console versions of the two games. Grin tries to make the game more tactical and difficult than the console versions. The PC version of Graw 2 plays in the first-person mode, unlike the console version. They differ greatly, including the AI, which is very imbecilic in the PC version, the gameplay mechanics, and the overall feel. They do not feel like the same game at all, with the pc version playing like a very slow paced tactical shooter, with the console version being more of a laid-back over the shoulder shoot em up. The PC version is tremendously harder, and will make even the best gamers cringe. The teammates are also very dumbfounded, they usually have no idea what to do and will always make bad decisions, and you will constantly need to babysit them and make sure their every need is taken care of, which happens much too often. Graw 2 is not the best PC game i have ever played, and its not a big step up from Graw 1 on the PC either, and the console versions just seem more polished, with the graphics on the PC being very inadequate, as the game is not demanding in the least bit. Graw 2 is not a horrible first person shooter, fans of Graw 1 on PC should check the game out and fans will most likely appreciate the approach taken to bring it back to the older-style Graw games. The missions are very long and boring, and all feel jumbled together, and the whole game feels like it is a mod of something else. Full Review »
  2. May 29, 2012
    1
    Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 is a first person shooter, where a squad of elite solders have to infiltrate, shoot some bad guys and carry out some objective. It's pretty bland, boring and did not provide me with any satisfying experience. First of all, I bought the game to play co-op with a friend. We started on normal, but quickly got bored - the game was just very, very easy. We then upped the difficulty to the hardest level, but we were still bored. This, mind you, is a setup where two human players who only played the game for 30 minutes takes over for a squad of one player and a group of three bots on the very hardest difficulty and the game still fails to challenge us in any way. The story is seen before, and details the eternal conflict between good Americans and some filthy foreign dictator or such (yawn). The briefings are absurdly long but with very little content. We ran into a bug where the game would crash upon us reaching a certain trigger - this had been reported years previously, but the developer apparently couldn't be bothered fixing it and assumed that players, like we did, would google the problem after crashing at the same place a few times and simply take another route through the map. There is no save-functionality in co-op, so a crash means starting the map over. The co-op is not well-executed either. Only one of the players get to use the map (who came up with that design decision?). The map will go to another player if the first one dies, and with more than two it can be difficult to figure out who can actually use it. The game has nothing going for it and only the most dedicated fans of the genre should even consider buying it. It pains me to see so many good models and so many programming hours going into a game this uninspired. Maybe it's just about time to stop making these Tom Clancy games? Full Review »
  3. Jul 4, 2012
    1
    Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2... yeah, it's so advanced there's no "jump" key. The PC version was developed by Grin, using their appropriately named "Diesel" engine. Diesel makes me think of smog, which explains why the graphics are so damn blurry and washed out (you can barely tell the difference between an enemy soldier and a palm tree).

    The story is bland and uninteresting (blah blah Mexican rebels blah blah nukes, mercenaries, blah blah) and is told through loooooong booooring briefings. The voice acting, however, is where GRAW2 really shines: it's so poor you can't help but laugh. Add to this the fact that Grin decided to make this a more realistic tactical shooter and what do you get? A "realistic" shooter with hammy voice acting, blurry graphics, poor controls, useless teammates that you have to constantly babysit and some good old fashioned "we-can-see-your-toe-sticking-out-from-a-mile-away"-AI. Lovely... just lovely! We do however get a happy ending, since Grin filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors in 2009.
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