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Back on track,
This review is from: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike (Video Game)
Created as a stand alone expansion for Ghost Recon 2, Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike, is crammed full of high quality content that will surely satisfy fans of Ghost Recon 2, as well as newcomers to the Ghost Recon series.
Game play in SS is essentially identical to that found in Ghost Recon 2. For those who found the changes to GR2 disappointing you may find this better if you have adjusted at all. For those who are new to the Ghost Recon series, Summit Strike is essentially an tactical outdoor military shooter set in the near future. It can be played in either a 3rd or 1st person perspective which is quite a nice option.
The single player campaign guides you through 11 missions based in Kazakhstan. The levels are vast and you can tackle the objectives in any order you choose. This gives the missions an open-endedness that I find very liberating. There's a nice diversity of environments, ranging from snowy mountains to cities to deserts. The weather effects like sandstorms, rain, and falling snow are all very well done. Most of the missions will have you leading a four man squad, but there are a few where you are alone (but are equipped with better weapons and equipment). The campaign can get pretty tough at times, but luckily you can save at any point in the mission. You can also replay single player missions in different modes, including Helo-Hunt, where you must survive against waves of enemy helicopters. Overall the campaign is highly enjoyable and superior to the linear and shallow one that was used in Ghost Recon 2.
Xbox LIVE multiplayer is arguably the best aspect of the game. There are 24 unique and interesting multiplayer modes, and approximately two dozen maps. All the levels from the single player campaign are available as maps in multiplayer, and there are also some fan favorites back from Ghost Recon 2. The maps are diverse and come in all different sizes. There are also various co-op modes, but I haven't tried those yet. The tactical shooter game play works especially well on live. In order to survive online you must have a keen eye, good aim, and be able to proceed with caution and under cover. In team games you have to use communicate and cover each other's back. All of these elements come together to form a fantastic addition to the GR series.