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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

Available on Nintendo 3DS (Ubisoft)


What happens when you take one of the best first-person shooter franchises and make it into a tactical RPG? Good things, apparently. You command a team of ghosts, super hi-tech soldiers who are in Kazakhstan attempting to foil a plot by an ultranationalist Russian political party. Did I mention this is under the Tom Clancy banner? The story is completely throwaway cold war fantasy, but the mechanics of the gameplay are so well designed, you won’t care. In the same style as other turn-based tactics games, you control several unique units, each with special abilities in order to complete objectives, levelling them up as you go. The single-player campaign is the real winner here with 37 missions and 20 stand alone missions separate from the story. There is a multiplayer mode, barely, as you just pass the system back and forth between two people---lame. In the end this is a deep and complex strategy game, which will keep you coming back for more.

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