Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 88
    Its slow pace, one-hit kills, and ugly graphics may turn off some gamers, but those willing to put some time and effort into the game will find a rewarding first-person shooter.
  2. It would have been nice if the game had updated graphics and better squad AI, but as it is, this is a great game nonetheless.
  3. Even if you’re not a subscriber to the Xbox Live service, this game packs quite a punch with plenty of modes and missions.
  4. It's nice to see that developers taking the time to make this game true to Tom Clancy's vision.
  5. Surprisingly, there is very little graphical degradation that I could detect, and the control scheme has been shunted over to the Xbox controller with a decent amount of effectiveness. [Dec 2002, p.141]
  6. 82
    It's fun. Not mind-blowing, but fun.
  7. A fantastic port - and unquestionably best on Xbox - but it suffers in part thanks to last century's tech and in part because pathetic team killing gits thrive in the current Live community.
  8. 80
    Surprisingly, the graphics look much better than the game's PC counterpart - the faces are much more detailed and the environments look crisp and sharp. [Dec 2002, p.170]
  9. Its unwavering adherence to tactical gameplay will exclude a number of quick twitch gamers, but for those with a little patience, this is a solid, engrossing port.
  10. Dated visuals, inconsistent AI, and lack of dynamic enemy placement cost it a few points. With that said, if you’re looking for an engaging and thoughtful shooter for the Xbox, I highly recommend you add Ghost Recon to your arsenal.
  11. 80
    Where its online options are concerned, Ghost Recon is simply one of the best reasons to get Xbox Live.
  12. The mix of stealth, assault, night-time and other types of missions means that things never get repetitive. [Dec 2002, p.140]
  13. Caution and calculated planning provide the most satisfying rewards, taking the single-player experience into some unexpectedly satisfying territory. [Jan 2003, p.81]
  14. Intense, exciting and hella fun. [Dec 2002, p.270]
  15. The simplification of the controls from the PC version to the XBOX version makes it much more accessible to those that are unfamiliar with the Rainbow Six/Ghost Recon games.
  16. The controls and interface for Ghost Recon have been streamlined very well for the console controller.
  17. A thinking person's shooter, and provides some solid, tense gameplay... The single player mode is good, the multiplayer outstanding.
  18. A tired old game with very little to say for itself. Please Tom Clancy, we know it made for good source material for your books but leave the Cold War behind. It's over already.
  19. A little sluggish in the graphical department. While in no way is this game painful to look at there are just some minor things that kept it from being a visually stunning title.
  20. 85
    Though the Xbox version has a very fun multiplayer mode, Ghost Recon has a lot to offer solo players even after the game's 15 missions are completed.
  21. There's not much of a graphical upgrade from the PC version, but the interface and audio is improved. Goes great with Xbox live. [Feb 2003, p.95]
  22. A blast to play for those who enjoy strategic and realistic games, and is one of the first of its kind on the Xbox... [but it] does host an array of problems including dull and uninspired graphics, atrocious lag in multiplayer, and some diminishing gameplay design flaws.
  23. Although it's by no means a cakewalk, Ghost's single-player campaign works as sort of a live fire exercise for the real deal on Xbox Live. [Winter 2002, p.101]
  24. The gameplay is very nice, but we’re lacking seriously in the visuals department. While the levels are huge, there is this thick fog around most of them.
  25. If you like Tom Clancy, first person shooters and outdoor combat, this game is a must buy!
  26. The need to command troops might not suit everyone, or the slower, more measured approach to combat. But if you want a unique war game for your console, Ghost Recon is your only choice.
  27. What sets Ghost Recon apart from other squad based shooters is its command map.
  28. A great game... [but y]ou'll need to ask yourself if your attention span can tolerate a game requiring planning and strategy with sporadic action as the payoff.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jul 3, 2013
    This is not "Call Of Duty". You'll need more than good aim and a quick finger. It's about planning, defending, thinking, and hiding. TheThis is not "Call Of Duty". You'll need more than good aim and a quick finger. It's about planning, defending, thinking, and hiding. The graphics are solid, the sound draws you in. The narrative isn't the most compelling, but it does what it's supposed to do. Plenty of customization is available. The sense of accomplishment is certainly there. A well-designed challenge. Full Review »
  2. ShaneT.
    Aug 6, 2005
    i have over 100 games most of them are first person shooters, they all collect dust because i play GR 97% of the time, Best Game Ever!.
  3. UiUi
    Feb 8, 2004
    Best game ever.