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Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
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  1. Mar 16, 2017
    92
    Ghost Recon Wildlands does not really innovate. However, it offers enjoyable tactical stealth gameplay set in an impressive, vast world, and provides a fun, memorable and rewarding experience in both co-op and solo playthroughs. Main missions are well-designed and offer great variety and challenge, and although the story is rather predictable, it has great presentation and ample amounts of information to support it. It is, in its core, a true Tom Clancy title and worthy successor to the Ghost Recon series.
  2. Mar 9, 2017
    85
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands isn't perfect. For its strides forward, it takes some backwards in areas I feel should not be sacrificed. As a co-op title, it's awesome. As a single player experience, it's great. If you're looking for a narrative thriller, or even just a basic interesting story, you won't find it here. What you will find is plenty to see, and plenty to shoot along the way to take down the cartel plague of Bolivia.
  3. Mar 13, 2017
    83
    Repetitive gameplay loops aside, the cooperative tactical variety and vast open world make Ghost Recon Wildlands a singular experience unlike any other shooter on the market. Wildlands may not succeed with all its ambitions, but it’s a compelling direction for the series that points to a fertile future.
  4. Mar 6, 2017
    83
    Wildlands is a great mix-up of some of the best elements of Ubisoft's most prominent IPs, but struggles to find its own identity. Military-minded co-op fans will definitely want to check this out, while solo players can also expect up to 50 hours of open-world fun.
  5. Mar 19, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands offers an ingenious open world but a uniform mission design. Playing creatively in co-op offers the most fun.
  6. Mar 10, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is a game with two souls. If played with friends it can offer a huge map with lots of missions, and important strategy elements with the coordinated efforts of the team. Played in single player, it shows some technical problems, especially those related to the other Ghost, controlled by the AI.
  7. Mar 7, 2017
    80
    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands is equal parts new approach to a storied franchise and familiar and well-trod open world systems. While it doesn’t break a great deal of new ground for the genre, when played with friends this cooperative open-world game can be an amazing amount of fun. Those moments are tempered by technical mishaps and inconsistencies that can be patched, but as a result, this launch ride is going to have some technical potholes that put a damper on an otherwise excellent experience.
  8. Mar 6, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is a co-op shooter unlike any I've played before. It's a tactical shooter that doesn't throw tactics out the window as soon as you're discovered. Though much better played with friends, Wildlands is still a must-have for anyone who loves the tactical shooting genre. Even at the most basic level, there's simply so much to do in Wildlands because they've so carefully populated their open world with enough to do that you won't feel like you're simply walking over massive areas to get to the sporadic points of action.
  9. Mar 8, 2017
    79
    This huge, wide-open shooter constantly shows its flaws in its mission variety and vehicle physics, but its strong, sandbox-style gameplay and seamless co-op kept me coming back for more madness. If you must repeat experiences over and over, you could far worse than helicopter chases, assassination missions, or drug busts gone wildly wrong.
  10. Ghost Recon: Wildlands is visually one of the best games in the market. Moreover, it offers great gameplay, a huge open world, and a joyful co-op experience.
  11. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 24, 2017
    77
    Once you stop obsessively “clearing out” a province before moving to the next one, and instead start going after the nearest mission available, Wildlands suddenly becomes very diverse game: one minute you’re burning cocaine, next you’re chasing a convoy, and once you’re done, soon you might find yourself blowing up smuggler submarines. That’s why we weren’t bothered by absence of races, fishing and all other mini-games usually employed by open-world designers to break up the monotony. [Issue#218, p.60]
  12. Mar 21, 2017
    76
    Despite its very inconsistent tone, lack of polish and finicky vehicles, the solid core gameplay and gorgeous open world make Ghost Recon Wildlands a highly enjoyable co-op multiplayer tactical experience.
  13. CD-Action
    Apr 26, 2017
    75
    Great visuals and a huge map are perfect foundations for a good open world game, but Wildlands falls short of expectations (because of unpleasant driving and flight models among other things) and it’s up to Ubisoft to remedy that. [05/2017, p.46]
  14. Mar 14, 2017
    75
    Not every game should be a "sandbox" to become a hit. Sometimes it is better to maintain the essence of a title because that is precisely what makes it special. Ghost Recon is no longer special. It's another Sandbox. A good game, but just that ... another good game.
  15. Mar 10, 2017
    75
    My interest in the new Ghost Recon game was strong until the very end. But I have to emphasize: this is a game for very patient shooter lovers who don't mind doing the same thing over and over again. Ubisoft took the "rinse and repeat" formula to heart, but it was a deliberate move. Wildlands is made for cooperation; solo gamers will be bored.
  16. 70
    Many issues, like linear progression and limited AI, that I have with Wildlands are issues rooted to the ‘open-world’ genre, and therefore not worth holding against Ubisoft. Wildlands offers a tight finesse for a shooter, and is sure to be enjoyed by gamers; however, it does little to go beyond this.
  17. Mar 10, 2017
    70
    As only the second open world game in the Clancyverse, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a middlingly safe tactical shooter and a slightly wasted opportunity given the ambitious scope of its seemingly boundless map. While its main strength is its mission diversity, it doesn’t take long to lose the motivation after reaching El Sueno's doorstep. Even with a foursome of highly trained friends, Wildlands eventually reveals its diminishing returns. The feeling of positive immediacy and dopamine hits begin to wane sooner than you expected from a game with such a large and diverse world.
  18. Mar 9, 2017
    67
    Not worth it as a solo adventure. In co-op, Wildlands is an enjoyable stealth romp that too often gets in its own way.
  19. Apr 26, 2017
    65
    Fun shooting and open world are great, but there aren’t many Ghost Recon elements and game simply feels dull at times.
  20. Mar 19, 2017
    65
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is just another in the long line of Ubisoft's vapid open world games packed full of content (collectibles and quests) with no real meaning. The setting is absolutely stunning and a joy to view, but there's nothing in the world to actually incentivise you to travel around. It's a sturdy, but average shooter with no variety. At the end of it all, it's mostly boring interspersed with moments of fun.
  21. Mar 14, 2017
    65
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a bugged and flawed game, but it is capable of bringing huge amounts of fun.
  22. May 11, 2017
    60
    Utilises the amazing PC technology of today to be, eh, okay. [Issue#261, p.68]
  23. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 18, 2017
    60
    Wildlands will be undoubtedly a good choice for enthusiastic fans of military actions and players eager for cooperation. For others, however, much better games with an open world, which are much more fun, appeared this year. [Issue#273]
  24. Mar 18, 2017
    60
    Beautiful graphics and satisfactory gameplay. The impression is spoiled by stupid narrative and the low diversity of tasks together with limited tactical possibilities and stupid AI. That’s why the single-player experience gradually ends in stereotype and boredom. Cooperative mode is a completely different story – it offers another level of fun. If you would like to play Wildlands, it should be because of the experience with human co-players.
  25. Mar 15, 2017
    60
    Wildlands wants to be both an ultraviolent cartoon and a grounded, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. It can't do both, and it's much better at being silly and absurd. The mechanical experience of it is as freewheeling a sandbox as I've ever seen, but the frame, the tone and the script weigh it down like an anchor. While the winding roads and pastoral villages of Bolivia make for a great backdrop, it’s a backdrop seen exclusively from down the barrel of a gun and between the blinders of a trashy action movie aesthetic.
  26. Mar 13, 2017
    60
    Much like the physics glitches that will clog up YouTube channels for months to come, such quirks are inevitable hazards of open world gaming. A more pressing concern is whether the lack of human spontaneity can sustain the marathon commitment and repetition needed to complete the game’s herculean campaign. With friends in tow, Wildlands could well prove to be The Wall of its genre; but much like a Roger Waters solo album, it loses some of the sparkle on its own.
  27. Mar 12, 2017
    60
    Ghost Recon Wildlands delivers on the promise of a special operations sandbox, but its version of Bolivia is toothless, with its vivid colours and bright ideas coming together to create just a bland grey. The stealth gameplay is satisfying, and co-op gives the game more tactical depth than might first seem apparent, but technical issues and mediocre AI teammates and enemies lead to a performance that's more "meh" than "yeah!", and it's unlikely you'll hear anyone talking about Wildlands a month from now.
  28. Mar 17, 2017
    50
    Ghost Recon Wildlands offers a stunningly beautiful open world – and little else. The awful storytelling leaves much to be desired, and the mediocre shooting and driving.
  29. Mar 12, 2017
    50
    It’s just a shame so many of these worlds are about as meaningful as virtual bubble wrap. Wildlands is Far Cry, but with a weaker story and more repetition. It is Just Cause, without all the stupid explode-y bits and the potential for pure mayhem. It’s an unsatisfying, repetitive jumble, brilliant to behold and yet so numbingly empty.
  30. Mar 19, 2017
    40
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is what it would be like if Disney World had a section called Shootland. A swathe of geography dedicated to the theme of shooting guns, expensive looking, consisting of simple and contrived thrills interspersed with waiting in line, built to impress in a compressed burst rather than entertain over the long run. Great place to visit, sure.
  31. Mar 14, 2017
    40
    Proof that bad writing can ruin anything, Ghost Recon Wildlands feels like the death knell for a particular style of open-world game. Occasionally great moments, like the co-op play and the Sync Shot, are sadly drowned out.
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  1. Mar 13, 2017
    The result is rubbish. Wildlands’ gameplay is too chaotic to call back to Tom Clancy classics like Rainbow Six or the series’ earlier titles. Its politics are too vapid to compete with the Splinter Cell series’ pulpy yet prescient narratives. Wildlands wants to be everything. It succeeds at being nothing.
  2. After years of seeing the same thing, it has become clear that Ubi games cannot function on the strength of their formula alone. And they certainly can’t rely on the strength of your mate Greg. They need some hook and less bait. At the very least they need decent story-telling or likeable characters. However, the principal problem that will forever plague this developer is that the transparency and rigidity of their formula will always hinder them. You can always see it skulking over the surface of the game, like a man in stars and stripes facepaint trying to sneak into a cocaine warehouse. It has been detected: insta-fail.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 711 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Mar 7, 2017
    10
    There’s so much fun to be had here, and the co-op is probably the best I’ve seen in a long time. The country of Bolivia is massive and fun toThere’s so much fun to be had here, and the co-op is probably the best I’ve seen in a long time. The country of Bolivia is massive and fun to explore, with plenty to do and visuals that never fail to impress. Full Review »
  2. Mar 5, 2019
    0
    Changing old review to 0 for the reasons below

    Simply put, Ubi-soft broke the game and then blamed it on another party for their mistakes
    Changing old review to 0 for the reasons below

    Simply put, Ubi-soft broke the game and then blamed it on another party for their mistakes and even in the past 5 or 6 months since the major gamebreaking bug for RTX card users surfaced, Ubi-soft has done nothing to fix the problem, the bug is so severe that it completely breaks the game and the only sure way work-a-round is to play in offline mode until Ubi decides to fix this problem, which - they probably never will - but yeah! Its totally fine for them to throw in a huge array of new microtransations and loot crates since the last time I played /slow claps

    Please consider this game right now to be [Early Access]

    I decided to do my review now after spending about 50+ hours playing, maxing out my character and finding almost all the collectables - and I still have plenty to do, however that replayability will be limited once you have essentially seen and done everything that Ghost Recon Wildlands has to offer.

    Even though I've enjoyed my time playing the game, yes its FUN to play - its also frustrating and in classic ubisoft style - its full of bugs and glitches it is simply not finished right now and needs some big patches to fix a lot of the bugs, some of which are hilarious but totally ruin the co-op immersion. There is also a considerably amount of design flaws which seriously are stupid such as chain link fences which you can ram and destroy with vehicles, but you can't destroy them with grenades or C4.

    Stealth vs Loud; The former is one of the problems with the game as quite a few missions require perfect stealth to complete otherwise its instant fail and you have to restart; many of these are nearly impossible in public co-op for the obvious reasons, whilst failing or dying has little consquence it can become annoying having to keep backtracking in order to complete the missions and as for death, put it simply you'll die - most of the time you'll suffer WTF deaths or unfair deaths due to narcos or unidad spawning from thin air, this issue still persists and really ruins a lot of the fun when your suddenly surrounded by 10+ unidad troopers + attack helios in the space of 20 seconds, the balance here is just horrible, not to mention the unidad can, and will often disrupt your missions and even sometimes causing you to fail the missions just because 'they can'

    The AI is horrible, your team mates are literally just tag alongs most of the time- in fact, if you had the option to go alone it probably would be better since they are that dumb. Enemy AI is broken as well, some enemies function with zero brain functions and will just allow you to kill them easily, others will know exactly where you are at all times - they'll shoot through walls, fire mortars - enemy helicopters will circle you constantly until you can kill them, and by the way? Totally forget about surviving against unidad apache gunships.

    Driving is also a major problem and needs tweaking, this was one of the major concerns in the beta. Its essentially doesn't work very well, cars and ground vehicles feel like they wobble sometimes and its very easy to lose control, Helicopters are even worst and takes a lot of practice before you can fly like a pro; as for destroying targets in helios...forget about it, not happening.

    Wildlands greatest assest is the eye candy, They really made Bolivia look spectular, the graphics are 10/10 easily but its a shame about the rest - potentially in a years time Wildlands will be an awesome game but right now; be prepared for many issues.

    Pros

    Awesome Graphics and Scenery
    Plenty of collectables
    Good co-op experience
    Fun to play
    Character and Weapon Customization

    Cons

    Bugs and glitches everywhere
    Bad A.I
    Unidad soldiers are very unbalanced
    Bad Driving mechanics
    Potentially P2W
    Micro-transactions
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  3. Mar 7, 2017
    3
    Generic open-world shooter with a lot of repetitive activities, "excuse for gameplay" story type, nice graphics and awful amount of bugs andGeneric open-world shooter with a lot of repetitive activities, "excuse for gameplay" story type, nice graphics and awful amount of bugs and glitches.
    Co-op making everything better - but this feels like 3rd person Far Cry WITHOUT any main story missions. Capture, escort, defend, interrogate or forced stealth. Capture, escort, defend. Repeat 5 times for each region and they're 26 regions in the game.
    Yes, i agree - coop can do everything better. But let's be clean - in this case, you and your friends are the main sources of fun - nothing of it coming from the game itself. Try it solo to feel it - it's dead empty sandbox.
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