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GamePro (US) (Aug 04, 2003)
The best part of Island Thunder is its price tag. At $10 less than a regularly priced Xbox game, this shooter is a bargain. Though it may seem to be a simple add-on, Island Thunder has enough features to make it feel like a brand-new game.
The Xbox Live play still drags everyone into Ghost Recon. It still is the best online experience available for the Xbox Live. For only $30, ($40 with a $10 Mail-In rebate inside the box) it is well worth the experience. There are 8 different levels spanning through vast jungles, run down cities, and lush mountain sides through the post-Castro era in Cuba. There are 5 downloadable desert levels to get from XBL by the end of 2003 that will add to the experience making this $30 game seem like it should have been $50. With 12 multiplayer levels, 4 from the original game that the fans voted on, Ghost Recon still brings it all to the table for your Xbox and Xbox Live. Go and pick this one up today. For only $30, how can you lose with this outstanding game with upgrades on the original?
Game Chronicles (Aug 25, 2003)
Ghost Recon: Island Thunder isn’t your typical FPS. It is more much calculating and often more about team management than blazing gunfire. You setup and execute elaborate tactical assaults working as a leader of a team. If you don’t enjoy these management aspects then you will either want to pass on this title or rely strictly on the online elements where all of the players are humans rather than AI.
GameZone (Sep 20, 2003)
Island Thunder isn’t simply a Ghost Recon add-on with different maps and enemies. This is, simply put, yet another stellar Ghost Recon experience with an interesting premise, challenging missions and the same great online multiplayer experience we’ve all come to expect from a Tom Clancy tactical action game. If you’re a fan of the Ghost Recon games, Island Thunder will make a wonderful addition to your library.
IGN (Aug 08, 2003)
Ghost Recon Island Thunder is an expansion pack to Ghost Recon in every sense except that you don't have to own the original to play GRIT. The additions to the single player campaign are outweighed by the frantic multiplayer action, making this a game for those who seek Live play over another squad-based single player experience.
In parts of southwestern Minnesota, there’s a saying. It goes a little something like this: "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it." Obviously you can see the wisdom behind this statement; feel free to use it when appropriate. To this end, the Red Storm people have taken their popular Ghost Recon franchise and simply added new missions. Yeah, they’ve implemented some online functionality as well, but it’s basically the same game. Not that that’s a bad thing – GR was and still is a fantastic game. The question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you’re interested enough to plunk down more cash for a few new levels and online play. Let’s see if we can figure it out.
82 (Sep 24, 2003)
Obwohl es sich rein technisch gesehen bei Ghost Recon: Island Thunder "nur" um ein Mission-Pack handelt, können auf Taktik spezialisierte Shooter-Experten, die gerne durchs Gebüsch schleichen, bedenkenlos zugreifen. Zusätzlich zu den vorhandenen acht Einsätzen hätte man sich sogar noch weitere Missionen in Kuba gewünscht. Der Titel verkürzt jedenfalls großartig die Wartezeit auf das demnächst für Xbox erscheinende Rainbow Six 3.
80 (UK) (Sep 23, 2003)
So we reach pretty much the same conclusion we did back in January, except we're all the more charmed thanks to the low price. Island Thunder may not be the best-looking tactical shooter ever made, nor does it bring anything to the genre in terms of progress, but there's little else on Xbox worth looking at in the genre until Rainbow Six 3 shows up. At under twenty quid, this standalone expansion's Live features will give you more joy than most full-price titles, and any Clancy-style shooter fan would be doing themselves a disservice to miss out.
games xtreme (Sep 12, 2003)
With the amount of modes, customizable kits and equipment in the game – Sixteen player battles, Ghost Recon: Island Thunder builds on the original and offers a much more rounded experience especially if you’re on LIVE. I’d recommend getting this game if you don’t own the previous and you like the kind of game it is. If you’re on LIVE and you have GR then you owe it to yourself to get this expansion and because it’s stand alone, you don’t have to worry about upgrading your original.
Xbox Gazette (Sep 02, 2003)
Island Thunder est donc un complément à Ghost Recon fort agréable, qui permet de rallonger la durée de vie de celui-ci. Les huit missions de la nouvelle campagne vous tiendront en haleine plusieurs heures et le jeu en ligne vous promet des dizaines d’heures si vous y prenez goût. Il peut valoir son achat même si vous n’avez pas le premier, mais pas si vous n’avez pas le Live. Dans ce cas là, privilégiez Ghost Recon premier du nom, qui comporte plus de missions solos (prévu en gamme Classic pour la fin de l'année). L‘aspect tactique et l‘ambiance générale, et surtout sonore, seront les arguments qui pourront vous convaincre. Dommage tout de même que les développeurs aient choisi la facilité en ne cherchant pas à améliorer ou corriger les aspects du jeu qui laissent un peu à désirer, graphismes et IA (un peu meilleure que dans le premier volet quand même) en tête.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 26, 2003)
Ultimately, the decision to purchase Ghost Recon: Island Thunder should come down to one thing: whether or not you have Xbox Live. Xbox Live gamers will find that it's a great game to play online, but I think a lot of non-subscribers will find the game not worth the price-tag. If you absolutely want to play the series, try and get your hands on the first game as the single player is much better. If you're a diehard Ghost Recon fanatic who has to have it all, then pick it up too, as it's basically an enhanced version of the first.
Game Over Online (Nov 30, 1999)
If you're looking at Ghost Recon: Island Thunder from a single-player perspective, you'd be best off making it a weekend rental. The single-player campaign is half the size of the original and the dossier is thin, resulting in a shortage of replay value. On the other hand, if you're looking to take your tactical skills online, Island Thunder breathes new life into the multiplayer experience, and the promise of additional missions in the coming months via Xbox Live is icing on the cake. If you fall into the later category, add Island Thunder to your arsenal and I'll see you out there on the battlefield.
GameSpot (Aug 11, 2003)
Is Ghost Recon: Island Thunder for you? That's an easy question to answer if you played the original Ghost Recon. If you liked that game and were left wanting more, Island Thunder is exactly what you're looking for. However, if Ghost Recon didn't particularly wow you, there's nothing so fundamentally different here that your opinion will be changed. Finally, if you're completely new to the series, Island Thunder functions just fine as a stand-alone introduction to Ghost Recon, and with the full single-player campaign, the large number of maps and weapons, and the solid online support, there's a lot of bang for your buck here.
78 (Sep 11, 2003)
Der Inseldonner ist ein Bilderbuch-Add-On zu einem fairen Preis, das zudem auch noch vollkommen eigenständig spielbar ist. Anhänger des Vorgängers bekommen für gerade mal 30 Euro neben der eher kurzen Einzelspielerkampagne stark erweiterte Multiplayer-Modi, die mit vielen neuen Karten und noch mehr Optionen zum Live-Spiel lockt. Wer allerdings nichts mit dem Ursprungstitel anfangen konnte, wird auch trotz des günstigen Preises nicht eines Besseren belehrt werden, da die gewöhnungsbedürftige Steuerung und die nicht optimale Grafik mit nur wenigen Verbesserungen gleich mit übernommen wurden. Trotzdem: für spannende und taktisch geführte Multiplayer-Gefechte gibt es derzeit nichts Besseres.
75 (Sep 03, 2003)
Si vous avez aimé Ghost Recon, alors ne vous privez pas de cet Island Thunder pour sa campagne solo toute neuve et ses 12 maps multijoueurs.. Toutefois peut-être serait-il sage de vous demander si l'achat d'un titre au gameplay déjà pratiqué vaut la peine quand une relève très sérieuse est prévue pour Novembre. Je vous laisse seuls juges de votre capacité à patienter ou à dépenser.
For those of you looking for the not quite so action oriented FPS and like a little challenge, this might be your game. With so many strategy shooters coming out this series wrote the book on how it should be done. While this isn't a complete redesign or even modifiction of the series, the new layouts, maps and weapons are a welcome change and will keep Ghost Recon fans satiated untill the next installment.
GameSpy (Aug 23, 2003)
Yet, for hitting owners of Ghost Recon with a $39.99 price tag, you'd expect a little more than what you get, which is a short campaign and some new maps for multiplayer. For others, it's a so-so single-player experience with some pretty annoying flaws, along with good multiplayer once you get some experience with it.