Have you jumped into Ubisoft’s latest behemoth, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint?
You might be overwhelmed. I don’t blame you. It’s a massive game, and it can be hard to know where to start. Never fear! I’m here to offer some not-expert but hopefully still-useful advice about how to get the most out of your play time with Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
Check your loadout often and equip the best gear
In Ghost Recon Breakpoint, you’ll find a lot of loot. Loads of it; from guns to hats to gloves to shoes to bulletproof vests. You can barely shuffle a metre on the map without a chest or an enemy ripe to drop his gear popping up. Everything is awarded a ‘gear score’ – the higher the better – so be sure to check your inventory often to ensure you have the best stuff equipped.
Don’t be afraid to change difficulty
By default, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is meant to be a bit more “realistic” than Ubisoft’s other games. Headshots are always an instant kill, for instance, even to the game’s toughest enemies. Normal difficulty shouldn’t pose too much of a challenge for players who are happy to take a stealthy approach to play, sneaking through base camps and sniping enemy troops off, one by one. There’s a harder difficulty, too, if you’re really looking for a challenge.
But there’s also an ‘arcade’ mode, which makes the shooting feel more akin to, say, The Division. It’s perfect for players who’d rather do a bit more running and gunning than taking things slow in cover. It also means your gear score has a little more relevance, as it directly relates to the amount of damage you can take or dish out. Headshots still instantly kill enemies, but unless you’re in an area populated with troops way above your own gear level, you’ll be able to withstand numerous bullets before it’s game over. An easier road isn’t for everybody, but it can drastically change the gameplay experience if being stealthy isn’t your thing.
Experiment with turning guided mode off
While most open world games will direct you straight to a marker on a map, Ghost Recon Breakpoint has a setting that allows you to take a more involved role in getting from A to B. If you toggle guided mode off, you’ll be expected to find your own way around the map by listening to descriptions from NPCs and finding clues in the environment. You’ll still have a map to make use of, but you’ll have to mark your own waypoints based on your gathered information. It’s turned off by default, but it’s worth toggling on for at least one or two missions.
Hang out in Erewhon
Erewhon is the massive cave you’ll find yourself in early on in Ghost Recon Breakpoint. It’s essentially your safe hub in the game. In there, you’ve got a bivouac – a resting point – a shop, somewhere to go to jump into multiplayer games, and numerous NPCs to talk to. It’s also the place where you’ll pick up a lot of missions. It’s worth visiting Erewhon regularly, even just to stock up from the shop and rest in the bivouac. It’s also a pretty stunning place, so it’s nice to soak in the view for a few minutes.
Spend skill points regularly – and equip skills
Every time you level up in Ghost Recon Breakpoint, you’ll gain a new skill point. They can accumulate pretty quickly, so make sure you head into the menu to assign these regularly. Some skills you’ll unlock are passive – meaning you’ll get their perk instantly – but others have to be equipped. You only have one skill slot to begin with; you need to spend skill points to unlock more. Make sure you do this when you can, and ensure you have the most useful skills equipped.
Redeem your Ubi Club freebies
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is an Ubisoft game, so that means it’s linked to Ubi Club. You’ll earn club points for completing certain tasks in the game, and you’ll also have access to a number of rewards. Some of them are free, or cost a small amount of points, so they’re worth unlocking. Make sure you visit the Ubi Club to grab what you can.
Take to the skies in a helicopter
There’s a massive range of vehicles yours for the taking in Breakpoint. But my favourite way to travel around Auroa is by helicopter. You can grab a helicopter early on in the game; you’ll find one parked (do helicopters ‘park’?) outside of Erewhon. Thankfully, there’s no complicated controls to get used to either; simply hit the throttle and head for the skies. Seeing the game’s massive map from the skies is breathtaking. It’s also the safest and quickest way to travel; unless you’re flying too low you’re undetectable by enemies. The downside is that if you’re too high up, you’ll not unlock the areas that you pass through on the map. But eh, a small price to pay for the sheer joy of soaring through the air like a propellered eagle.
Don’t stick to the beaten path
It can be tempting to simply go from one story mission to another. But to get the most out of Breakpoint, it’s a good idea to simply go wherever your feet take you. Wander around the map to see what you uncover. There’s so many points of interest that you’ll never find unless you simply stumble across them. Head to the next story mission, sure, but make sure you make stops along the way and explore the area around you. You’ll get much more out of the game – not to mention find a hell of a lot of good loot while you’re at it – if you take things slowly and uncover as much of Auroa as you can. Just – watch out for wandering into areas that are much higher than your gear level. They’re not marked on your map, but a warning message will pop up when you’re about to enter one.
Play with a friend, if you can
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a game that’s been designed with multiplayer in mind. Vehicles have multiple seats, and there’s a whole range of missions that are designed to be tackled by two or more players. An experience shared is always one that’s more fun, so if you have an online buddy you can play with, you may get much more out of Breakpoint by playing it in co-op.
That’s not to say that it’s not also fun by yourself. I’ve been playing solo, and I’m having a riot. It’s just that… sometimes it’d be nice to sit in the back of the helicopter while someone else does the flying, y’know?
A bivouac – literally meaning a temporary camp without tents or cover – can be deployed at numerous points across Ghost Recon Breakpoint‘s massive world. Bivouacs allow you to rest up, buy new equipment, get a free temporary perk, and summon vehicles. If your stamina is depleted, resting at a bivouac will recharge it. More importantly, they act as fast travel points. So the more you unlock, the easier it becomes to navigate around Auroa.
The trouble is, they don’t appear on your map unless (1) you’ve found intel that marks them on your map, or (2) you accidentally stumble upon them. It’s worth choosing bivouac intel whenever you come across any, and make sure you interact with a camp every time you find one.
Always have a sniper or scoped weapon in your inventory
Even if you’re playing on ‘arcade’ mode and don’t have to worry too much about being stealthy, being able to shoot enemies from a distance is a very useful skill to have. Besides, it’s a lot of fun and you’ll feel like a badass when you get a foe right between the eyes from half a kilometre away. You can upgrade most guns to add a scope, but there’s a whole sniper class of weapons, designed to be used at long range. They’re not the fastest weapons, so you’ll also want to have something quicker on hand when you’re at close range, but it’s very useful to have one on hand. Picking off enemies from a distance before you reach a target location can make your task much easier in the long run.