Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Out Now On PC; Supports Exclusive NVIDIA GameWorks Effects

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A third-person open-world shooter (with an FPS aim-down-the-sights mechanic), Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Wildlands contains a wide variety of exotic regions. You'll scout out and partake in combat in jungles, salt flats, lakes, coca plantations, mines, highlands, and canyons. Each area is vividly detailed, and designed to immerse you as much as possible into the action. Enhancing the natural vistas is a persistent day and night cycle and a varied weather system, making each adventure feel unpredictable and different. In an effort to make the country as authentic as possible, the developers took a two-week field trip to get a first-hand look at its many environments. Ubisoft also utilised military consultants and certified botanists to further develop the game's systems, and they claim that the regions' numerous non-playable characters behave like normal people, complete with their own jobs, allegiances, and motivations. All of this makes Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands feel like a lived-in, unscripted world.

But before you start planning coordinated incursions, brave rescue missions, and political upheavals, you'll start the game by creating a personalized character with a highly malleable appearance. You can adjust almost everything imaginable: hair colour and style, musculature, eyes, facial structure, beard length, scars and burn marks, camouflage designs, and lots of others. You could likely spend an hour or more creating your ideal in-game persona, but you could just as easily pick from one of many randomised motifs as well. Once your character is set, you'll find yourself inside a helicopter with the rest of your crew, ready to deploy.

From any point in the game, no matter how far you've progressed, you can play solo with three other AI teammates helping you out, or you can have three friends join in for some four-player co-op. If one or more people drop out, the action isn't suspended—the AI will simply take over in their absence, allowing you to continue on without hassle. You can issue orders to your AI teammates too, ensuring they stick to your plans accordingly. And when it comes to those plans, the sky's the limit. You can go the stealth route, parachuting your group well outside of a target's location and using drones to sneak up unnoticed. If you favor blunt force instead, your squad can go in peppering the enemy with torrents of gunfire. For the sniper-focused, you could even encircle an outpost, and then coordinate with the other Ghosts on firing simultaneously, taking out multiple key targets at once.

Building off the different approaches to combat, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands encourages player-created ingenuity and improvisation, and the results can be highly entertaining as well as effective. For example, you and a pal could steal a couple of nearby tractors, drive them right up to the front gate of a camp, use them for cover while you hurl grenades as a distraction, and then have the two other operatives fly a chopper in from above during the commotion, spraying the confused enemies below with lethal, cyclical lead. Haven't unlocked landmines yet, but need to take out a convoy? No problem. Hijack a few cars, pile them up on the road, and shoot them full of holes until they explode, creating a horrifying yet practical flaming barricade.

Finding new missions is easy, and you'll have plenty of them to choose from. When you open up the tactical world map, you can survey potential operations rated by difficulty. Each mission, if successfully completed, provides awards in the form of weapon parts, skill points, bonus medals, files, and more. As you begin making progress, you'll also gain XP through actions like discovering new provinces, or by participating in combat, with such tasks as making headshots, marking enemies, and taking out opponents. Once you level up, you can spend skill points in different areas, including weapon, drone, item, squad, and rebel support. Each of these skills are further broken out into additional upgrades, such as the drone path, which contains battery, night vision, cooldown, speed, mark area, and others. Eventually, you'll have the ability to unlock a single epic skill in each skill tree, which further increases your Ghost's fighting capabilities.

Accompanying the upgradable skills, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands has an extensive weapon-tweaking system. By clicking on the Loadout tab in the game's menu, you'll be greeted with a breakdown of a given firearm, which can include items such as the stock, scope, trigger, magazine, underbarrel, rail, barrel, and muzzle. Most of these can then be swapped out and adjusted, with different effects on weapon performance and utility, including overall gun damage, accuracy, handling, range, rate of fire, noise reduction, and penetration. Furthermore, each part can then be painted a certain style or color. Fancy a coyote brown P416 assault rifle with a zebra-striped silencer and magazine covered in dead leaves? No problem. Of course, many of the paints and swappable items are earned as you make your way through the game, incentivizing you to complete tasks and missions to unlock new gear.

In-between combat operations, you're free to roam Wildlands' gigantic locales, and you can meet up with NPC's, including rebels and citizens who oppose the cartel. How you decide to interact with them can have a lasting effect on the in-game world. Do you build up a friendly relationship with an opposing faction and use them as teammates against the cartel? Or do you plant seeds of unrest in an attempt to create faction in-fighting, weakening both sides in the process? Do you ignore everyone entirely? It's all up to you, but no matter what you decide, some choices might make your missions easier, while others may create unwelcome barriers. Because of this, it's usually a good idea to observe character behaviors before acting (or opting not to). As Ubisoft Senior Communications Manager Giancarlo Varanini puts it, "Players need to be aware of relationships between these groups and how one decision might just set off a chain reaction of events in the world."

Ubisoft and NVIDIA partnered up while making Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, adding some exclusive NVIDIA GameWorks effects, making the game look best on the PC. The game supports HBAO+ ambient occlusion shadowing, DX11-enhanced volumetric lighting, and enhanced grass powered by NVIDIA Turf Effects. For an in-depth analysis of all the game's NVIDIA effects, including interactive comparisons, be sure to look at our recently released article.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is also compatible with NVIDIA Ansel, allowing you to take in-game screenshots in 360 degrees or in Super Resolution (up to 33 times higher than standard resolutions). You can then show off your work by uploading the images directly to your favorite social media sites, including Facebook and Google Photos.

Ubisoft officially recommends the GeForce GTX 1060 GPU (or GTX 970) for those gaming with a resolution of 1920x1080 at high settings. For steeper resolutions such as 2560x1440 with the video settings pumped up, we suggest using a GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1080 (check out our Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands PC Systems Requirements feature for more info on what it takes to run the game). And as always, using a GeForce GPU allows you to install GeForce Experience, which unlocks useful assets such as Game Ready Drivers, Optimal Playable Settings, GeForce Experience Share, and more.

You can purchase Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands on Uplay or through Steam, or get it for free by taking advantage of the Prepare For Battle NVIDIA GeForce GTX Bundle. For additional info on the game, have a look at these videos provided by Ubisoft, and read over some hands-on previews from Games Radar, PC Gamer, and GameSpot. There's also a live-action promotional prequel that you can watch, which provides some extra plot points and backstory to the notorious Santa Blanca cartel.