The Ghosts have always been on the bleeding-edge of military technology, and Future Soldier's new setting transforms the veteran team into the ultimate killing machines. Optical camouflage allows them to move unseen through the battlefields, queuing up synchronised sniper assaults on four targets - the devastating signature 'Sync Shot' - to take out entire enemy squads without them ever knowing they've been engaged. Players can mark priority foes and order their execution directly from the new cross-com system, either using a number of fantastic augmented reality modes (such as the Magnetic visor that picks out metal objects such as guns and fuel tans), or while controlling a hovering drone. Sensor grenades map out hostiles in their radius and overlay them onto the HUD, meaning that strategies can be formed on the fly and initiated with full situational awareness. If knowledge is power, then the Ghosts are Gods.
In terms of armaments, Red Storm's new Gunsmith system lets players personalise a huge number of real-world and prototype guns, right down to your gas system of choice. This new customisation suite is both phenomenally powerful and easy to use, granting warfighters the suppressed tools they'll need for stealthy infiltration and the massive, noisy toys for when things go south. Armed with both sensational weaponry and advanced intel acquisition techniques, the Advanced Warfighters of the future are uniquely capable of dictating the flow of battle, engaging on their terms and dynamically alternating between sneaky stealth, balls-out action and any mix of the two. In the preview sessions we attended pre-launch, it was clear that these slick new mechanics offer something we rarely see in the shooter genre: genuine freedom.
So it hurts that much more when you discover that Future Soldier's campaign gleefully takes this freedom away at every opportunity, taking obvious cues from more mainstream games that focus on modern warfare instead of looking to where the series began. And then it's so delicious to see the multiplayer bring it all home.Click here to read more...