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Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 64
  2. Negative: 4 out of 64
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  1. 90
    It’s quickly becoming my favorite first-person shooter of the year, thanks to its impressive landscape, captivating storyline and fully customizable characters. The short list of negatives pale in comparison its highlights. All and all, Ghost Recon: Wildlands delivers and should easily be a contender for 2017’s best first-person shooter, if not best game. It’s magnificent, unique, and certainly worth your time.
  2. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    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 to explore, with plenty to do and visuals that never fail to impress.
  3. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    A stunning open world, brutal combat, and deep customization combine to bring Ghost Recon roaring back from the dead.
  4. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    The action packed gameplay and well developed story make the time in Bolivia enjoyable, and the freedom to play solo or cooperatively through campaign caters to anyone’s preferred social level in gaming. Wildlands might not be what longtime fans were hoping for from a new Ghost Recon, but putting expectations aside, Wildlands is not a game to miss.
  5. Mar 6, 2017
    90
    Watching all this unfold feels like listening to a jazz musician tee up changes for other players to jam over. Slight variations ripple and become riveting permutations. We've seen and to a certain extent done much of this in games like Far Cry 4 and Watch Dogs 2. But never on this scale, or as deftly balanced.
  6. Mar 13, 2017
    87
    Ghost Recon Wildlands takes the series to the (vast) open world and largely succeeds. Like its predecessors, it’s best played with friends in co-op, and while it sacrifices some realism, it adds a lot of new opportunities for fun and mayhem against the bad guys.
  7. Mar 8, 2017
    85
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands is not a perfect game, but it is outstanding when it comes to its gameplay experience and every fan of action and stealth games should not miss it.
  8. Mar 6, 2017
    85
    Your enjoyment of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands is going to depend heavily on how you react to the game's fundamental changes. On the one hand, the move to an open world makes it feel less like a traditional Ghost Recon title, and the inclusion of a radio station that sounds like it belongs in Saints Row or Grand Theft Auto doesn't convert those who want that classic feeling. On the other hand, that same open-world setting combined with the more traditional gunplay mechanics plays out well, there's plenty to do at any time, and it's loads of fun either playing solo or with others. Wildlands is a great game that is worth playing, so long as you aren't averse to change.
  9. Mar 14, 2017
    83
    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands proves that Ubisoft has taken what they have learned from all of their previous titles and used it to work for the future. There are noticeable aspects from Rainbow Six, The Division, Assassin's Creed and Far Cry all at work here without ever making Ghost Recon feel like a copy. What may be lacking in the single player elements of the game are made up for over and over again when playing with friends. If you are on the fence about getting this to join with your buddies, bite that bullet and grab this game up. If you don’t have an online connection or anybody to play with, maybe hold off and catch it when it goes on sale.
  10. 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.
  11. Mar 9, 2017
    83
    Wildlands certainly offers a challenging and satisfying multiplayer experience: the new game affords the player the chance to choose his personal approach to the missions. Wildlands is also set in an enormous and varied open world in which we can play alone or with our friends.
  12. Mar 8, 2017
    83
    The new game on Ghost Recon series gives us a huge open world full of natural landscapes and missions to complete, unfortunately a lot of its content falls on the same repetitive formula than similar open world games. Besides that, Ghost Recon returns with a deep weapon personalization system, interesting tactical gameplay and tons of fun, especially when you play it on co-op.
  13. Mar 10, 2017
    82
    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands can really be an exhilarating game, thanks to the huge possibilities given to the player and the beauty of the Bolivian scenery (and the great fun when played in coop with other three friends). Unfortunately, a bunch of not insignificant flaws turn it into a missed opportunity, something that could've been bigger and better.
  14. Mar 7, 2017
    82
    A solid open world game that unfortunately falls short due to its repetition, even though most of its single player flaws are absent when playing online.
  15. Mar 13, 2017
    81
    A nice try by Ubisoft, but it lacks enough variety in its gameplay to retain players for long enough... Plus its narrative isn't as deep as we would have liked.
  16. Mar 21, 2017
    80
    Repetition notwithstanding Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a great way to blow off some steam with a few friends for a couple of hours at a time. Co-op gameplay is some of the best I’ve ever seen and this in-game world will take weeks to explore, just don’t expect to be wowed by the mission variety during the adventure. My world wasn’t rocked, but these Wildlands offered enough fun for me to recommend it to those looking for some co-op shooter fun.
  17. Mar 20, 2017
    80
    Wildlands is a fun sandbox open-world shooter from Ubisoft Paris with a massive amount of content that is best experienced with other players in its seamless drop-in, drop-out four-player co-operative multiplayer mode.
  18. Mar 14, 2017
    80
    On the surface, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a standard sandbox shooter to the max. But scratch deeper, and you’ll find an engaging tactical experience that gets by with a little help from your friends.
  19. Mar 14, 2017
    80
    As a shooter, [Ghost Recon: Wildlands] is tactical, refined, and precise. As a world it is open, sprawling, and filled with things to do/find. And as a co-op experience, it’s arguably one of the best yet.
  20. Mar 14, 2017
    80
    During the apex of Ghost Recon: Wildlands the open world and the tactical gameplay complement each other perfectly. However, we can't help but feel that Wildlands is the next game in many of Ubisofts standard open world games, with repetitive missions and boring collectibles.
  21. Mar 14, 2017
    80
    When you're able to play this title in co-op with a couple of friends, the resulting experience is almost elemental. When you're going in solo, however, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is less memorable as the cracks in the framework inelegantly show and the extremely repetitive nature of the gameplay slowly reveals itself.
  22. 80
    Sure, we’d rather they just remastered GRAW 1 and 2, and this is yet another open-world Ubisoft ’em up. But get over the initial deja vu, and lack of GRAWness, and fire this up with your online mates and you’ll get one of the best co-op games on the PS4. A high quality title but one that we reckon will be forgotten a lot sooner than its predecessors. In the meantime though, Wildlands has its hooks in us.
  23. Mar 10, 2017
    80
    If Ghost Recon Wildlands is the way to go for the franchise, we'll be looking forward to the next sequel already. It is an amazing open game with a tremendous amount of details and missions. However, it can be a bit dull to explore on your own.
  24. Mar 10, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands is too repetitive in the long term, but its main missions are exciting enough to bring an amazing cooperative experience.
  25. Mar 10, 2017
    80
    It’s actually a little hard to believe that Ubisoft plans to expand Ghost Recon Wildlands further via post-launch content updates which will add in things like new story content and even a PvP mode since the base game is already quite massive. Shooter fans who want a game they can sink many hours into while honing their tactical shooting skills (either alone or with some friends) should be immensely satisfied with the experience Ghost Recon Wildlands provides them.
  26. Mar 7, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is all over the place in terms of its quality. Some missions are frustrating, the game is not without its technical and design flaws, and its sandbox action can sometimes be repetitive, ludicrous and over-the-top. On the positive side, the game packs a vast amount of missions to keep you busy, features a magnificent open world, and is simply highly entertaining to play - especially cooperatively. Don't go in expecting perfection, but if you're into shooting, sneaking, and driving, Ghost Recon Wildlands is a lot of fun.
  27. Mar 7, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the most entertaining co-op experiences we've seen so far. Strong characters, solid gameplay mechanics and it also fulfills our expectations when it comes to visuals and sound. However, Ubisoft gets lost when they fill the game with generic content. This is the most wild, arcade and straightforward Ghost Recon to date, and that is both good and bad at the same time.
  28. Mar 7, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands betrays the roots of the saga, yet it's an entertaining open world, full of missions and collectibles. And the co-op, with the ideal group of friends, makes the game even more passionate.
  29. Mar 6, 2017
    80
    Although it ends up feeling repetitive, we've really enjoyed playing and exploring the world of Wildlands with friends. If you're looking for a coop game that can give you an arcade or a strategic approach to 3rd person open-world action, make sure you give this a try.
  30. Mar 6, 2017
    80
    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands marks the debut of the series in the open world genre and does a pretty good job at it, delivering a huge campaign playable alone or online.
  31. Mar 6, 2017
    80
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is a very good open world co-op game (that can be played in solo), with loads of content. On the other hand, it feels quite like any other Ubisoft open world game and lacks a bit in personality.
  32. 80
    Though far from perfect, Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the most effective franchise reboots in recent memory. It manages to build upon the key squad-based mechanics that set the series apart, while not feeling the need to pander to the established fan base. The result is a fantastically realized open world that legitimately feels like it could be a real geographic location. Now that I’ve had a taste of the new Ghost Recon, I couldn’t imagine going back.
  33. Mar 6, 2017
    80
    Despite the generic setting, and an over-abundance of Ubisoft-style menus, levels, and statistics, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a fun, tactical, engaging shooter with plenty of depth and good AI. The freedom and nature of the open-world mission approach, while familiar to Far Cry and Phantom Pain fans, allows for some truly creative tactical experiences and enjoyable gameplay moments. Stable matchmaking and the random nature of human players make the co-op a blast as well.
  34. Oct 19, 2017
    79
    Ghost Recon: Wildlands excels in the sheer size of it and has a ton of content which offers you and your friends endless possibilities and lots of fun. The gameplay, on the other hand, is often repetitive, which causes the game to be just a little less than fantastic.
  35. 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.
  36. Mar 14, 2017
    77
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world shooter that brings together a beautifully crafted huge map and a campaign that gives the player total freedom. The depth of the adventure is a bit flawed by the repetitiveness of the mission and a broken driving system.
  37. Mar 14, 2017
    75
    Wildlands is full of illogic gameplay and bugs, but with friends this co-op shooter is loads of fun.
  38. Games Master UK
    Jun 6, 2017
    74
    Variations on base clearing, enemy tagging, and weapon tinkering. Old, yet effective. [May 2017, p.70]
  39. Mar 29, 2017
    70
    Ultimately it's not a bad game, I kept playing and I enjoyed myself. I just question whether it really should have been made. The open world is beautiful but it doesn't set the stage for a Tom Clancy adventure, and this Tom Clancy game is too repetitive to carry an open world on it's own. The gunplay itself when you do engage is solid, and there is plenty of weapons and customization options of that armament to tailor to your own style. Its weakest moments come in between missions, as traversing the landscape by anything other than a helicopter becomes a burden. However if you have a helo, taking in the Bolivian sunset and you swoop down skimming the surface of a river is reminiscent of a modern day Apocalypse Now. That is a tremendous little moment of satisfaction, but it doesn't carry a whole game.
  40. Mar 17, 2017
    70
    If you can find a team of friends to enlist into your squad, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands is, well, wild. However, the sheer amount of travelling, planning and stealth required for numerous missions doesn't lend itself to online co-op with random drop-in muggles. But steaming through an endless line of ridiculous drug kingpins in a big world with an even bigger arsenal is intoxicating fun that'll keep you coming back for another hit. Just pick the right squad, or you'll become a literal ghost pretty quickly.
  41. Mar 16, 2017
    70
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is a fun romp in a huge world that allows you tackle each encounter in as tactical or non-tactical manner as you please. Your fellow players are what bring this game to life, so best not look at this as a single-player experience.
  42. Mar 14, 2017
    70
    Bugs and clunky controls can often stop an experience in its tracks. Fortunately, the beautiful world and strategic stealth of Ghost Recon Wildlands manages to overcome its hiccups usually and still deliver an adventure that is both fresh and familiar.
  43. Mar 13, 2017
    70
    For small groups of gamers that play together often, Ghost Recon Wildlands seems like a no-brainer and some of the most fun I’ve had in a video game this year. For any lone wolves out there, however, it offers a less appealing all-round package. Ubisoft has pieced together yet another sprawling sandpit to explore yet nothing stands out as truly inventive or remarkable and moving between provinces felt like I was checking items off a shopping list instead of spearheading the American the drug war. At a time where open world games are starting to push boundaries and transform the genre, Ghost Recon is almost at danger of being left behind.
  44. 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.
  45. 70
    A solid open world shooter with a tactical flavor that adds a bit of variety to otherwise repetitive objectives, Ghost Recon Wildlands is at its best when you join a squad of real people, and lay waste to the Santa Blanca cartel together. Just don't go into it expecting engaging characters or plot.
  46. Mar 7, 2017
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  47. Mar 6, 2017
    70
    While the experience is almost always better when playing with friends, the poor friendly A.I. wasn’t frustrating enough to ruin my experiences trekking across Bolivia. If you can look past the rather thin story and characters, there’s a smart, engaging shooter that begs for players to try new weapons, gear, and approach options. While this isn’t the definitive Ghost Recon experience, Wildlands is still an entertaining title for those looking for a more tactical experience.
  48. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    May 2, 2017
    60
    Top co-op, but solo is forgettable. Unpolished, too. Drug addicts with severe delusional parasitosis will see fewer bugs than a Wildlands player. [May 2017, p73]
  49. Mar 21, 2017
    60
    It feels like such a painstakingly created world could have hosted a more interesting and considered exploration of its themes. As it is, Wildlands is a vast, pretty and militaristic playground for friends to charge around in. And at that, you cannot deny its potency.
  50. Mar 20, 2017
    60
    There's a pretty decent core to it, but everything from the monotonous mission design to the way the characters are introduced and immediately discarded to the lame audio to the overpowered AI just chips away at different parts of the game until you're left with a game that's probably only enjoyable if you're playing with friends and ignoring large parts of the world building and lore. If "shoot first, ask nothing later" is your style, you'll probably have a pretty good time. It's a dumb game with decent combat and effective co-op. But the game isn't good enough to recommend to anyone in any other situation. If you like playing alone, I'd recommend you look somewhere else.
  51. Mar 13, 2017
    60
    While Ubisoft has proven adept at successfully applying its open world formula to a lot of games over the years, Ghost Recon: Wildlands feels like the first one lacking any real identity. While it gives a good first impression with its impactful gun battles, visually distinct open world, and wide selection of weapons, it's ultimately the war of intentions at its heart – between the freedom and unpredictability of an open world on the one hand, and the preciseness of a strategic cover-based shooter on the other – that makes for a title that'll leave both sides of the battle disappointed.
  52. Mar 13, 2017
    60
    This massive open-world is unfortunately full of dull objectives to complete that rarely vary from one to the next. There are some pretty sights in here, and it's more fun in co-op than solo, but that doesn't make Wildlands anymore than serviceable.
  53. 60
    As an open world co-op shooter there’s a lot to enjoy here, at least until you realise how shallow and repetitive the underlying action is.
  54. Mar 8, 2017
    60
    Ghost Recon Wildlands is a game that is hurt by its own ambition. Its blend of genres results in a game that tries to do everything, yet excels at nothing. The sheer scope of the world makes it impossible to be filled with interesting details, and Ubisoft manages to make the entire country of Bolivia feel boring. Nothing fits together as well as it should, and it all results in one very disappointing package.
  55. 60
    Dropping Ghost Recon's tactical action into an open-world is certainly an intriguing prospect, but the final product isn't nearly as interesting as it should be.
  56. games(TM)
    Jun 14, 2017
    50
    A buggy, uninspiring and formulaic shooter. [Issue#186, p.74]
  57. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 29, 2017
    50
    It feels like a game that's been buried in a time capsule, releasing just after open-world game design has moved on. Solo play is pointless, and fun with friends is fleeting. [May 2017, p.94]
  58. Mar 22, 2017
    50
    Wildlands offers a vast and beautiful open world but not much other than that. The map is filled with endlessly repeatable missions and objectives, the especially problematic cover-system creates frustrating stealth situations and the socio-political infused scenario could very well be considered as blatant propaganda. Coop may make the game just a bit more enjoyable, but it doesn’t alleviate the critical issues in the slightest.
  59. Mar 10, 2017
    50
    After more than 30 hours with Wildlands I was left wondering why it was set in such a massive open world. The huge space offers a ton of missions, but what’s the point if they feel so repetitive and dull? I did enjoy the combat and stealth, and when the game is working properly it can be exciting to take out a group of drug-runners silently. But, so much of it feels like little more than vast areas of land stuffed with filler. If Wildlands was smaller and more focused, it could have been fantastic. Instead, it feels bloated, boring and messy, and that’s something a few patches won’t be able to fix.
  60. Mar 10, 2017
    50
    Time and again, the overwhelming size of Wildlands‘s open world is used to disguise the game’s lack of real freedom within it.
  61. Edge Magazine
    Apr 16, 2017
    40
    In the areas money can't buy, it stumbles; its driving model, AI, and repetitive mission structure all cry out for more elegant design, and combine to leave Wildlands in the strange position of looking expensive but feeling cheap. Its blithely misjudged tone and directionless structure suggests design on autopilot, and empty bigness is no longer enough to carry an open-world game on its own. The game's premise may come straight from Trump's paranoid playbook, but its hollow extravagance is arguably the more damaging point of comparison. [May 2017, p.106]
  62. 40
    We live in a world where very serious questions are being asked of western interventionism and imperialism, colonialist attitudes, and the nationalism of western powers. With ISIS and Syria, we’re finally starting to realise that over a century of meddling, king making, and warring in places like the Middle East and South America has left many of those places in a state of endless humanitarian disaster. And in this context Ubisoft decided it was the right time to release a game that outright celebrates all of these things that we need to question about western – and particularly American – foreign policy. Wildlands is repugnant for the way it blindly celebrates the many evils wrought on the innocent in these places. It’s utterly unforgivable trash, and that’s tragic, because there is a decent – albeit derivative - game underneath all its posturing.
  63. Mar 18, 2017
    40
    As an open world co-op game Wildlands mistakes scope for depth and leaves the player with a monotonous and shallow action game consisting of a bare minimum of parts and elements most players will have already experienced many times before. Skip it.
  64. Mar 17, 2017
    25
    Wildlands is a bad fu.king game -- it completely fails at everything it aspires to be. It's a bad co-op game, it's a bad shooter, it's a bad open-world game, and the writing is terrible. At best, the game is boring. At worst, it's frustrating. I suppose the visuals are worthy of some praise, but you can just look at screenshots for free. I cannot recommend Ghost Recon Wildlands to anyone, unless you're directly related to someone on the development team. If that is the case, by all means, support your family! Everyone else: stay away.
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  1. Mar 15, 2017
    The result is a Ghost Recon game that doesn’t really feel like a Ghost Recon game and an online game that doesn’t seem like it has the legs to carry most players through to its finale. Wildlands has all of the beauty and splendour of any big-budget open world—its rendition of Bolivia might be the greatest space that Ubisoft has created since Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s artistic replication of Rome—but it’s sparse in variety and slipshod in execution. An abundance of bugs, terrible writing, and repetition do their best to mar what is a solid, occasionally laughter-filled co-op shooter experience.
  2. Mar 10, 2017
    Wildlands is an environment worth lingering over, but the mechanics and themes it propagates are wearing extremely thin.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 856 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Mar 7, 2017
    10
    Been playing since it went live solo, I do plan to play coop down the road, but I wanted to let people know solo is great. I had read peopleBeen playing since it went live solo, I do plan to play coop down the road, but I wanted to let people know solo is great. I had read people hating on A.I. during beta, but just put a couple early skill points in sync shot and it works great. The stealth and sprawling open world, the banter of your teamates really make for an immersive experience. I feel like this game took the best aspects of far cry, division and watchdogs and threw out the crap. I have no regrets on this purchase, and I doubt fans of shooters, stealth and open world games will either. Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2017
    1
    Do yourself a favor and skip this one. Ubisoft has failed miserably with both Watchdogs, For Honor, and the Uplay disaster. The customerDo yourself a favor and skip this one. Ubisoft has failed miserably with both Watchdogs, For Honor, and the Uplay disaster. The customer support is also a disaster. Only replying to those who approve of their downscaled games. Plauged with bugs, server issues, and framerate drop offs, this is game is going to die a quick death. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2017
    10
    Alot of fun.

    I do not even know how people can rate this game 0/10,if you don't like openworld games,then don't **** buy them maybe? I
    Alot of fun.

    I do not even know how people can rate this game 0/10,if you don't like openworld games,then don't **** buy them maybe? I don't buy peanuts with a peanut allergy and then complain about it either
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