|Dev: Ubisoft Sofia|
|Release: March 27, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Mild Violence|
The game's progression system is definitely one that sucks you in, but if you are in it just to win it, you can certainly beat the campaign mode using the lowest difficulty setting every time and still have a worthwhile experience. However, if you are looking for an awesome story to hold your interest, I'm sorry to say that you won't find it here. Essentially the setup involves some bad Russians that must die. Now go kill. The end. It's not very compelling, and you'll forget about it fifteen minutes into the gameplay, but it's obvious that the real star of this show is the gameplay, which more than makes up for the story's lack of depth.
The 3D visuals in Shadow Wars look great, but aren't essential to the gameplay. The 3D mainly adds depth to the top-down visuals, and immerses you in the game. However, if you are looking to save on battery life, you can turn the 3D off completely and not lose any of the experience.
The only feature that is somewhat disappointing here is the multiplayer. Shadow Wars includes a simplistic single-system multiplayer mode that has you passing off the entire system when it is your opponent's turn. This mode is really barebones, and I wish they would have used the 3DS' feature set a little better and included either download play options, online multiplayer, or even some kind of StreetPass mode. I can't really see anyone using this mode very often, which is a shame, as tactical multiplayer matches are always fun. If this handheld ever gets the sequel treatment, I would hope better multiplayer would be first on the to-do list (followed swiftly by a better story!).
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is an excellent game, and its tactics-based gameplay is extremely addictive. The game does a great job including content for both strategic newbies as well as stalwart tacticians, and I can't think of any group of gamers that wouldn't get some enjoyment out of this title. With at least ten hours of gameplay (more if you want to unlock everything), some decent replayability, and a well-designed tactics system, Shadow Wars is definitely a 3DS title not to be missed.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer