Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. The single player campaign is a little shallow but the games fantastic multiplayer support more then makes up for it.
  2. While single player missions are very good, you will only have access to a third of what this game has to offer – and you should get Xbox Live!
  3. I and many other fans of Tom Clancy games enjoyed the uniqueness of Ghost Recon and the way it was previously and if they could revert to the game style of having controllable teams and set up plans of attack, while still having the new additions in graphics and features, it would make for a lot of happy gamers.
  4. An enjoyable tactical FPS. Although an add-on, it offers more content than many full-priced games do. [Sept. 05]
  5. 80
    Great multiplayer action, a decent single-player game, excellent presentation, and hard-hitting action all equal a topnotch military action game.
  6. The PS2 version is a little less realistic than the Xbox and lacks the latter's first-person view. It also suffers from a lot of graphic pop up, while the Xbox's graphics are much more detailed. But the Xbox pays a price for these lush visuals with an iffy frame rate.
  7. A game with a severe identity crisis, clearly trying to appeal to the action-loving masses while attempting not to alienate fans of the slow-paced gameplay of yore. Problem is, it's unlikely to truly grip either group, and may well estrange many core fans. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  8. The visuals have been greatly improved. Nice touches abound, from the shimmer of the water to the sway of the grass.
  9. 70
    Gone is the non-linear design of each mission. Each objective is now clearly marked one after another, eliminating secondary (optional) objectives and different ways of approaching a target, which were key and exciting components in the original Ghost Recon game.
  10. If you want to feel like you're immersed in a heavy conflict, with combatants screaming commands, bullets zipping through the air and grenades exploding, Ghost Recon 2 is the game for you due to its powerful audio engine. The key weakness? The weapons sound like toys.
  11. One of the, if not the best, best squad based shooters on the market today.
  12. A great package that any squad gaming fan will take to immediately - it's not everything we hoped it would be, admittedly, but don't let that put you off what is still a worthy offering.
  13. They do have some patchwork to do as far as menu interface and Lobby environment go, but as a friend remarked to me recently, "we don't buy games for their interface, we buy them for their gameplay", and gameplay is where Ubisoft's talents have shined brightest.
  14. Despite its change in perspective, Ghost Recon 2 remains to be a solid action-packed shooter that will make you proud you own a Xbox.
  15. You'll have a blast with both the campaign and the great multiplayer support.
  16. 90
    While the changes that have been made are pretty major, they were all implemented to enhance the experience, and it's definitely become a much more enjoyable game because of them.
  17. 88
    The Lone Wolf mode is inspired and using technology that won't be in the field for another six years is pretty exciting. The camera gun will be your new favorite toy and Ghost Recon 2 may just become your favorite third-person shooter on Xbox.
  18. The multiplayer maps are gorgeous but tend to be too large for small team battles. Ghost Recon 2 is one of the best shooters of 2004 and a worthy successor to the previous games in the series.
  19. Bottom line, when it comes to squad-based tactical shooters, it doesn't get much better than this.
  20. It's a good single-player shooter with a terrific multiplayer component.
  21. Whilst the missions are incredibly fun and engaging, the new watered down approach adopted by the developers seems to have hurt the game in my opinion, yes I prefer the original set up a lot more.
  22. While fans of the original might be disappointed by the amount of gameplay changes, it should appeal to mainstream gamers.
  23. Ghost Recon 2 isn't the best shooter on the Xbox nor is it the best Live title, but it is one of the best choices for a gamer looking for a realistic take on modern warfare.
  24. If it weren't for the somewhat unpolished enemy AI and placement, Ghost Recon 2 could have been a very realistic and engaging shooter. As it is, it feels a little out-of-kilter and more like a standard (but very good looking) shooter with some pacing issues.
  25. I just wish the gameplay had evolved more. It feels pretty familiar to me, but those who haven't played every tactical shooter in hte last couple years will find a fresh and exciting experience. [Jan 2005, p.130]
  26. Unfortunately, the end result is a game that falls somewhere in between the two extremes, and will likely satisfy neither the main-stream gamer they were trying to court, nor the hardcore strategy fan they had in their back-pocket.
  27. 75
    The physics issue on its own isn't that big of a flaw, but when you combine it with the occasionally questionable bullet hit detection, it becomes more aggravating...So though it's far from perfect, it is a good overall game.
  28. This is the game that fans of simulated modern combat and Clancy fiction have been waiting for.
  29. Most everyone else will appreciate this slightly faster game with excellent online play and much-improved graphics. The strategic, thoughtful play is still there, but it's not the same Ghost Recon you knew.
  30. What was once an intricate, tactical action game has effectively been dumbed down to appeal to a wider audience, and the technical issues and inconsistent A.I. leave the fun relatively AWOL for the hardcore Ghost Recon vets.
  31. The changes made could have easily spelt a disaster in the GR series, but they've been skilfully handled and form the basis of a good, solid shooter that's entertaining and tough without being overly difficult.
  32. This sequel closes its single-player chapter with a whimper. [Jan 2005, p.94]
  33. Unquestionably, Ghost Recon 2 is a more well-rounded and intense experience than before, but despite some beautiful locations and powerful sound effects it still errs on the side of cold simulation rather than an emotional and dramatic war experience. But that's exactly what some people want. [Christmas 2004, p.83]
  34. Luckily, the insipid offline game serves as a training ground for its exciting online counterpart. [Feb 2005, p.86]
  35. A brave sequel that tries a little too hard... Its lack of accessibility will annoy "Rainbow Six 3" die-hards, while the new direction will leave fans of the original feeling rather cold. [Christmas 2004, p.102]
  36. Ah yes, multiplayer. It is an incredible experience...While single-player is mostly solid, multiplayer is, like the original game, GR2's real star. [Holiday 2004, p.74]
  37. Considering how amazing the graphics look compared to the first Ghost Recon, it's amazing there isn't more slowdown - although I'm thankful there's not. The online games are surprisingly smooth.
  38. One of the most real military games I've seen in a very long time. Even outperforming "America's Army," which was a pretty good game. This is by far my new favorite of the Tom Clancy games.
  39. Just as the SNES is frequently called the "RPGers' console," games like Ghost Recon 2 are giving Xbox an enduring reputation as the "shooters console."
  40. 90
    The multiplayer is the best part of the game on or offline. The levels of co-op tension within the game is unmatched by any other title.
  41. "Ghost Recon" was not a bad game but what Red Storm have done this time around is definitely more action packed and the online play really tops it all off to make Ghost Recon 2 one of the best tactical shooters of the year, if not the best.
  42. The gameplay this time around is much more refined, and even more mainstream one could argue, in an effort to appeal to a broader range of gamers. The missions are much more hectic, intense and dynamic.
  43. Far more accessible than the first and loads more fun. If you want more realism than "Halo 2" can offer, look no further. [GamesMaster]
  44. While the interface between you and your squad has been simplified it streamlines the process and therefore requires less jumping out of the action to control your team and makes the game more accessible to new players.
  45. 87
    Graphics are improved, and gameplay is far superior to that of its predecessors.
  46. Definitely an improvement over the original-which was not exactly a bad game itself. The controls are executed well, which makes the gameplay close to terrific.
  47. With a myriad of multiplayer game types and the simple fact that this game is more fun to play with other humans makes this a great pickup if you have Xbox Live. If you don't have Live you probably want to steer clear of this game.
  48. Ghost Recon 2 completely outdoes the original Ghost Recon in every way possible. Good graphics, amazing sound and sound effects, very fun gameplay but a lacking story and campaign mode.
  49. Whereas other shooters may have a 'just one more go' factor to them, the careful build-up to events in Ghost Recon 2 can crush the will of the less-dedicated gamer when it comes to repeating the same level for the fifth time. Even the addition of a save anywhere feature doesn't quite remove the teeth-grindingly annoying aspect of playing certain levels.
  50. This is one of those rare experiences where the follow-up actually surpasses the original in terms of playability.
  51. By no means an essential purchase, Ghost Recon 2 is a war game that's simply outstanding in its field.
  52. There's nothing in particular that demands to be played or can't be found elsewhere. [Jan 2005, p.136]
  53. If you run and gun like an idiot, expect your men to follow you straight into an early grave...A thiking man's firefight.

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