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Review: Ghost Recon: Commander – a free-to-play Facebook game – 3

By: Musa Afridi

  |   July 13th, 2012   |  
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With the details of the game out of the way it is time to finally give the game a rating and identify what gamers will enjoy and what they won’t.

The Good:

The first thing that one will enjoy about Ghost Recon: Commander is the fact that the game is free-to-play. This is not because it does not require a subscription fee, as many games on Facebook are free-to-play, but rather because of the fact that it shows Ubisoft’s interest in the social gaming platform, which could lead to other titles heading this way in the future.

Next up is the fact that Commander is linked to its console and PC version, Future Soldier, so content unlocked in Commander can be transferred to Future Soldier, which is  a neat little tie-in.

Also comes the fact that Ghost Recon Commander’s gameplay is smooth and immersive. Missions are enjoyable, as is the team mechanic. Even though the game is in the beta stage there is plenty of promise that it can be built on and improved in the future.

The Bad:

There are no major gripes to be had with this game apart from a few minor annoyances and irritants. Firstly, HUD tends to interfere with the game, as one will often end up with enemy AI shooting at the player but the player will not be able to shoot back. This is due to the fact that the cursor cannot highlight the enemy AI who happens to be hiding behind the HUD options on the screen.

It may not sound like much but it proves to be extremely frustrating especially when one is low on health.

Another thing that gamers, who opt not the pay for the in-game content, will find annoying is the fact that although Ammunition regenerates over time, the only way one can purchase extra ammo is with Facebook credits.

Most of the content is available to purchase using in-game cash, yet some of the more powerful items can only be purchases using Facebook credits, which although fits the free-to-play model will be annoying for many who chose not to pay.

At the same time players will find themselves in the battlefield without any ammo some of the time and will have to wait until it regenerates after the stipulated time period.

The Verdict:

For a beta version of the game, Ghost Recon Commander shows plenty of promise of being the Farmville that core gamers will enjoy. Couple in the fact that content can be unlocked for Future Soldier it should be a title that Ghost Recon fans will enjoy, that is, until the full version comes out.

Final Score: 7.5

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