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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Windows)

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The year is 2013 and you play as Captain Mitchell, commander of a Ghost Recon team, on a mission in Mexico City where rebels are attempting a coup, putting Mexico and the USA in danger.

To deal with the different situations you have to face, taking out AA-guns or defending injured personnel until the rescue team arrives, you do not only have access to top-notch weapons like the different versions of the MR-C, but also to futuristic equipment like a drone that flies over the battlefield to spot enemy units.

The PC version was developed almost independently from the Xbox 360 version, so there are notable differences between the two. The most important changes can be found in the Cross-com design. It is split into 3 parts: the support list, the video feedback and the order system. The support list is always displayed on your HUD and allows you to see all units at your disposal at all time. Through the order system, you can give them commands on the fly. The video feedback section allows you to see through the eyes of one of your team members, but unlike the Xbox 360 version, you only see rough shapes of the environment. To see it in its full glory, you have to link yourself completely into the video feed, which then obstructs your own view.

The tactical map allows you to see a satellite feed of the mission area and provides micromanagement for your team by setting waypoints for each team member and deciding when to execute them. You can also spot enemies early when they are on open ground, to better plan your attack route.

Other differences to the Xbox 360 version include the lack of a third-person view, along with the sniper rifle which has a scope in the Xbox 360 version to spot enemies through walls. In the PC version, the levels are much bigger and they were tweaked to allow more tactical possibilities, which are much needed as the AI is a lot smarter in the PC version.

Before each mission, you can equip your squad with different weapons. There is room for multiple weapons, but each member has a maximum weight he can carry and it also influences how fast you become fatigued when sprinting. Your weaponry can be modified with silencers, front grips, red dot sights or grenade launchers. Additional ammunition can also be carried along. During fights, you can collect ammo of dead opponents, but not the weapons themselves.

When you are tired of your teammates' AI, you can play through the entire game in the co-op mode for up to 4 players (missing players are replaced by bots) or play against up to 32 players (16 more than the Xbox 360 version) in the Domination mode where two teams of Ghosts fight over the control of different zones, scattered over the map and connected by supply lines.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Windows Candid camera in your teammate goggles.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Windows Debriefing.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Windows Choose your weapon for the next mission.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Windows City overview at the LZ site.

Alternate Titles

  • "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 3" -- Working title
  • "GRAW" -- Common abbreviation

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The Press Says

games xtreme May 25, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
1UP May 01, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Gamesmania May 23, 2006 89 out of 100 89
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2006 89 out of 100 89
PC Action Jun 16, 2006 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) May, 2006 85 out of 100 85
IGN May 18, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
PC Powerplay May 31, 2006 81 out of 100 81
ActionTrip May 09, 2006 79 out of 100 79
Game Chronicles May 12, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79

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Sicarius (61025) added Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Windows) on Dec 09, 2006