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Six Tips For Getting Started in Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a massive game. The world Ubisoft has crafted is sprawling and quite imposing.

Because it feels a bit overwhelming at times, it’s easy to overlook the small things. These little tips aren’t necessarily hidden or secret, but helpful for the beginning of your journey into the game. These tips work for both solo and co-op play in Wildlands, but I’ll make note if it is specific to one or the other.

Squad Control (Solo)

If you find yourself in a sticky situation, as you likely will in Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ world, don’t worry about leaving your men behind. Getting in any vehicle with four seats – like boats, planes, helicopters and SUVs – will force your team to teleport into the vehicle with you. Even if you ride a motorcycle, they’ll teleport to you right when you get off.

Also, your sync shot ability is insanely powerful, so level that up ASAP. Your AI teammates can spot, and eliminate, enemies that are clearly out of sight. Don’t ask questions, just tell them to shoot. Oh, that’s another thing. When bullets start flying, make sure you open the command wheel and tell them to open fire otherwise they’re a bit passive.

Search For and Complete Rebel Ops

When playing Ghost Recon: Wildlands solo, it’s beneficial to get as much outside assistance as possible. Running around and taking care of Rebel Ops tasks will enable you to call in scouting reports, mortar strikes, vehicle drops and more.

While you’re at it, invest a skill point or two into increasing the fighting prowess of the rebel forces. This will make your job much easier after freeing rebels in an occupied zone. It never hurts to have some extra muscle in your AI friendlies. Not to mention, with a solid group of friends with you in co-op, these tools can mean the difference between a simple mission and an impossible one.

Invest in a Diversion Lure or Flashbang

When you are staring down a group of ten or more enemies, the proper approach is difficult to decide on. Having a diversion lure can let you and your team selectively manipulate guards and flashbangs can disable large groups of enemies for easy takedowns.

Keep in mind, when playing Ghost Recon: Wildlands solo, mark your enemies for sync shots before doing these things. This way, when you open fire your squad will take down the right guys at the right moment wihtout causing too much commotion. As you progress into higher difficulty areas, these tools become more and more useful. Get em’ early, and put em’ to use.

Upgrade Your Drone

Your drone is arguably your most useful, almost over-powered tool in your kit. I would venture to say the most useful upgrades to the drone are your range and battery. This will allow your drone to operate for longer, and at greater distances. When your whole squad has a beefed up drone, it’s a great way to scout areas from far away without being noticed. This is multiplied with Wildlands‘ other upgrades like night vision, quiet movement, and better detection capabilities. Use your drone well, and often. Scouting areas is a necessity.

Get a Sniper and a Better Scope

Without a Sniper Rifle in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, you’re limited to only a few ways of tackling each mission. Finish the first story mission before wandering out into the world to earn your first sniper. A much more powerful sniper can be found in the mines of Montuyoc, but beware of the high level difficulty of the area.

I’d also advise heading to San Mateo, to the North/Northwest of the starting area. There, you’ll find a long barrel and a new scope for your sniper which will most boost your range considerably. With these in hand, you’ll fare much better as a team, and it will allow you to keep an overwatch over your AI squad when playing solo.

Movement, Mechanics, Quirks

Don’t forget that you need to invest skill points to sprint longer. Getting behind cover is automatic when you crouch behind cover. Keep in mind, however, the not all covers allow you to contextually lean (or peak) over or around them; it’s a system in the game that is not balanced. When tagged, enemies have circles over them. A dim circle means you have no line of sight, bright means you do. Bullet collision detection is excellent, any tiny window you have to an enemy is viable, make use of that. Your ability to ‘sprint swim’ far outweighs your running, so if you really need to book it, find some nearby water – even your stealth swim lasts a long time. Fall damage is horribly calculated and unbalanced. You survive when you shouldn’t, and die when you shouldn’t. Take chances; just don’t be surprised by the result. Also, cars will always flip right-side up when possible. Don’t be afraid to take a chance.

Well, that should help you get a better footing in the massive world of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. Obviously, there’s much more to this beast of a game. Keep your eyes out for our full review, coming in the next few days! Got any other tips or tricks? Leave a comment below.

Matt has been an avid gamer since he first ventured to Zebes in Super Metroid. If he's not there, he's probably racking his mind over a puzzler, running through a JRPG, or grinding Dark Souls again. You can find him at your local bookstore, disc golf course, or friendly Smash Bros. tournament otherwise. With a background in Linguistics and Creative Writing, he loves writing about anything from gaming to semiotics.