E3 2010 games to watch: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier preview

With E3 nearly upon us, we're taking more snapshots of the games we're hoping to learn more about at the bustling trade show. As the second part of our twice-weekly previews showcasing the most aniticipated titles, we're breaking down everything we know about the latest in a long line of Tom Clancy games. Do you suppose he has anything to do with these anymore? Must be nice to slap your name on something and watch the money roll in. Still, that doesn't affect the game, which could be badass-tastic anyway.

Above: A very real future in store for tomorrow's soldiers

Why Future Soldier is one to watch:

  • The crazy, seemingly ultra sci-fi technology used by soldiers in the game is based on real prototypes the military is developing.
  • Because your squad relies on stealth tech to sneak behind enemy lines, a big focus of the game is on close quarters combat, which is unusual for a shooter. There will be a lot of sneaky, brutal melee kills. The bone-crunching moves are inspired by Krav Maga, the martial art of Israeli commandos.
  • Unlike so many current-gen shooters, Future soldier isn't washed in browns, oranges, and more browns. We've seen a slicker look with a sharp palette of bright blues, greens and whites. It still maintains a cohesive "look" but one thankfully away from the endless deserts we're so tired of. 

Above: Glowing eye-goggles and swirly inviso-camo can be a part of our arsenal any day

  • The game will attemp “seamless transition” between single-player and multiplayer. We're likely going to see split-screen, jump in/jump out co-op – with possibly for up to four players.
  • The Link-Up system allows you to tether squadmates to a radius around you with the tap of a button. Not only should it make worrying about dumb AI extinct, but it may even make for some interesting "driving the ship" multiplayer dynamics.
  • In multiplayer matches, going solo could get you captured by the enemy, giving away precious info about your team. Hopefully, this won't be a favorite tool of griefers.
  • New toys: Turrets on ground drones, direct steering for air drones, shoulder-mounted rocket launchers that can fire independently of your aim, and bullet-eating electromagnetic shields.
  • Instead of fighting through the same crumbling Middle Eastern villages and American suburbs, Future Soldier takes you to Europe, from the fjords of Norway to icy woods of Russia.

So does Future Soldier sound like it carries the tactical, realistic tone of Tom Clancy faithfully into slightly sci-fi believability, or does it just seem too out there and cartoony? Let us know in the comments or through our portals on Facebook and Twitter.

May 8, 2010


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  • CAPST3R - June 4, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    I think that the Japanese/Americans have begun experimenting on a stealth suit (it'll probably be more like the camo on MGS4), so I don't think that the technology on FS is too far-fetched
  • outtao - May 10, 2010 7:13 a.m.

    love the all the ghost games
  • CountFenring - May 10, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    I hope this a lot like old GR. The three things I still want are: 1) Give direct orders. 2) Have anyone (including myself) die in one or two shots. 3) Lots of tech and guns and stuff.
  • killerrpgfan - May 9, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    I don't really know if it will be good.... i hope it will. i like the idea of a squad but sometimes it just screwes the game up and makes it hard to control. I guess i will see with the beta that came with my Convction! I am still the most excited for Red Dead Redemption and Alpha Protocol!!!
  • Felixthecat - May 9, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    Whoop's, I posted that last comment in the wrong article.
  • Skykid - May 9, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    I said this before, see the European trailer for this game (Ghost Recon:Future Soldier) on YouTube. It'll blow your mind.
  • Felixthecat - May 9, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    Updating from my last comment, the game is fuggin' awesome. It's pretty damn hard - probably the most challenging game I've played for a while. Seriously, when it comes out for you Americans, just buy it, it's the definition of awesome.
  • Tommykrem - May 9, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    I'm looking forward to see Norway. According to National Geographic Channel Norway has the world's most beatiful nature.
  • TooSpliced - May 9, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    @CH3BURASHKA The 360 slim is a hoax. look the image up on google non r the same and even 1 pic is the ps3 slim but with different colors. and it resembles a ps3 soooo...
  • Felixthecat - May 8, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    It look's awesome. I want to have more details and footage on it before I make any decision on it though.
  • Cleanser247 - May 8, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    I have to admit, the trailer did look pretty awesome, and I hope the actual gameplay is good as well.
  • bluscorp - May 8, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    cant wait to play the beta when i buy splinter cell
  • Leadman - May 8, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    this game looks amazing although im not sure whether to spend the green on the Medal of Honor reboot or this any suggestions
  • Leadman - May 8, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    This game looks amazing. Not sure if I should spend the green on this or MoH. Any suggestions
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 8, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    @sterlins16 - Me too, but I'll wait until E3: perhaps they'll announce the 360 Slim. Just maybe...
  • Teazey - May 8, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    I have never played one either, but this sounds interesting. The problem is FPS's are generally developed more for multiplayer. I am more into single player campaigns. Will there be enough to keep me interested?
  • sterlins16 - May 8, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    man i need to get an xbox
  • Wolverine08 - May 8, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    @sarge 51 completely agree with you, never really cared for ghost recon, well until I saw this
  • sarge_51 - May 8, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    I've never played a Ghost Recon game, but this looks like it could turn out to be quite awesome. In any case, it'll be a nice change from the same-y shooters we've been seeing recently. Less brown FTW.

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