Metascore
69

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Mar 14, 2017
    65
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a bugged and flawed game, but it is capable of bringing huge amounts of fun.
  7. May 11, 2017
    60
    Utilises the amazing PC technology of today to be, eh, okay. [Issue#261, p.68]
  8. 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]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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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
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 637 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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