• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Aug 6, 2003
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. This game oozes replay value. From the Xbox Live! to the improved interface, this game has legs.
  2. 91
    Newbies may be shocked at the strategy and planning this game requires, but they'll most likely enjoy the quick learning curve, thanks to Ghost's user-friendly interface. [Sept 2003, p.60]
  3. Weather effects are, believe it or not, even better now, highlighted by the blowing rain in the final single-player mission. [Sept 2003, p.79]
  4. 90
    The best part of Island Thunder is its price tag... Though it may seem to be a simple add-on, Island Thunder has enough features to make it feel like a brand-new game.
  5. My only real beef about this and every Tom Clancy game, PC or otherwise, is the inability to step over small rocks or other obstacles coupled with no jump function. I know for a fact that Green Berets can either climb or jump over objects over 11 inches high.
  6. Yet another stellar Ghost Recon experience with an interesting premise, challenging missions and the same great online multiplayer experience we’ve all come to expect from a Tom Clancy tactical action game.
  7. Island Thunder isn’t your typical FPS. It is more much calculating and often more about team management than blazing gunfire. You setup and execute elaborate tactical assaults working as a leader of a team.
  8. 84
    The additions to the single player campaign are outweighed by the frantic multiplayer action, making this a game for those who seek Live play over another squad-based single player experience.
  9. I wouldn’t consider scooping Island Thunder unless you are a Live subscriber, because as good as the game’s story and single-player missions can be, there’s simply not enough levels and gameplay here for going solo.
  10. If you're the methodical type who loves to drown in the details, set up intricate raids, and get your hands dirty (so to speak); I see no reason why you won't enjoy this release. [Aug 2003, p.96]
  11. Enter Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder, an expansion pack, to give fans of the original more of the same heart pounding, squad based action.
  12. Although the single-player campaign is relatively short (only eight missions), the heart and soul of Island Thunder is the Xbox Live gameplay. [Sept 2003, p.81]
  13. The massive update of maps will draw any Live gamers to Island Thunder for sure. Add to that the fact that there will be downloadable maps and single player missions and this game is easily worth the discounted price tag.
  14. A must buy for Xbox Live players.
  15. Other than the less-than-perfect graphics, there's nothing to complain about in Ghost Recon's emphasis on undercover method and leadership.
  16. May not be the best-looking tactical shooter ever made, nor does it bring anything to the genre in terms of progress, but there's little else on Xbox worth looking at in the genre until "Rainbow Six 3" shows up.
  17. Continues the good work of the original release, and takes full advantage of the expanding Live universe. Few games today really represent value for money, but Gamestyle is confident in stating that this release is certainly money well spent.
  18. if you’re looking to take your tactical skills online, Island Thunder breathes new life into the multiplayer experience, and the promise of additional missions in the coming months via Xbox Live is icing on the cake.
  19. Admittedly there is not much here for the Ghost Recon vet. Beginners will get the most bang for their buck with this purchase.
  20. Island Thunder offers an experience much different to the gun blazing rampage games out there such as Unreal, Mech Assault and many other shooting games. It offers a fairly realistic wartime experience to people without all the inconveniences of bullet wounds, battle fatigue syndrome and death.
  21. 80
    Smart, different, and engaging, it gives action gamers something new to test their mettle with, both on and off-line.
  22. My only minor complaint is an aesthetic one: I like to see my guns in a FPS, and not seeing anything at all except an open screen with a cursor on it is somehow not as satisfying and can tend to lead to some inaccuracy when shooting.
  23. If you're completely new to the series, Island Thunder functions just fine as a stand-alone introduction to Ghost Recon, and with the full single-player campaign, the large number of maps and weapons, and the solid online support, there's a lot of bang for your buck here.
  24. 8 / 7 / 8 / 8 - 31 silver [Vol 796; 19 Mar 2004]
  25. While it is a technically well-made game, it’s just not as exciting when you’re playing on your own.
  26. Online, however, Thunder deserves a salute for its wide selection of match types and well-designed multiplayer maps - the burned-out bases and beachside cabanas make for great playgrounds. [Sept 2003, p.120]
  27. What these scenarios lack in creative inspiration, they more than make up for in strategy and gameplay design. [Aug 2003, p.86]
  28. A predominately online game, and though the game is excellent, the rules strong and the setup often flawless, how entertaining you find it depends entirely on circumstance that is all too often out of your control. It depends on other people. [Nov 2003, p.108]
  29. Jump online, and you'll immediately reconsider Thunder. [Oct 2003, p.76]
  30. Eight missions, plenty of multiplayer maps (including the most popular four from Ghost Recon) and the promise of at five downloadable desert missions means this is worth your cash.
  31. 70
    There's lots of tension, and brief bursts of action, but completing a mission is not so much dependent on tactics as it is on your teammates having much faster, more "aware", and more accurate aiming AI than the enemy. Thankfully, they do.
  32. The appeal of this Island Thunder expansion, however, is limited to only those who loved the original, played it to exhaustion and are looking for some new content to rekindle their interest.
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. SimonT.
    Jul 8, 2004
    8
    Another merciless outing into the world of Tom Clancy's Ghost recon which plunges you deep into the hear of Cuba. This game offers a wide range of team members with the cool capacity of upgrading them as the game progresses not a bad game at all especially with online firefights and downloadable content via xbox live. Full Review »
  2. FSWMaster
    Jul 2, 2004
    9
    This is a great piece of software. Probably the greatest since the first Ghost Recon. Rainbow 6 is all about moving indoors and trying to keep your bone-headed team mates from getting killed. They are nothing alike. Also the graphics were not re-done but do look better with less draw-in, the sound is still up there with the best and plenty of atmoshere, although the game is a little short. Too bad Ghost Recon 2 won't be set on the events of the Middle East: that would make it as great as FSW or Close Combat, if not better. As for Greg, I know you were probably hung up on the lackluster PS2 with it's dead-ass graphics and sound hardware, as most PS2 geeks, I mean freaks, are, but please don't ever compare a good but arcadey PS2 "game" to any great XBOX "experience". In real life you don't see yourself from behind so first-person views will always be more realistic. Full Review »
  3. UiUi
    Feb 8, 2004
    10
    Best game ever besides the first ghost recon.