X360 Sunday, March 12, 2006 | 3:03 PM

The First 10 Minutes of Ghost Recon AW

The First 10 Minutes of Ghost Recon AW

Released a few days ago around the world, Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter is now on Xboxyde for its "10 first minutes" video. Available in standard resolution and, get used to it, in 720p, the video presents the tutorial mission. It's actually very interesting to see because it shows how the gameplay mechanics of the game work. And for those who were worried about playing a complex tactical game, you can be reassured, GRAW has been made for a broad audience, and is quite simple and natural to handle.



[IN MY OPINION]

Because that's what GRAW is: a mass-market AAA game. But even if the game is totally linear and scripted, what Ubi has achieved in terms of immersion is something you may have never seen before. In that, GRAW is a truly next-gen experience. And, needless to say, a brilliant success.

I'll be frank with you. Most of the game's well known features are nothing more than eye catchers. The crosscom, if sometimes usefull, is far from being as crucial as Ubi wanted us to believe. Same thing for the drones, that you only use when the game decides you have to. Needless to say, they're pretty anecdotic. In the other hand, the squad gestion can be a real help in some situations, and is totally justified in this context of cover-based gameplay. But once again, we would've appreciated more depth in the order system. "Go there", "Come back", "Frag this", "destroy that", and that's all. Nevertheless, my point is not to badmouth the game, because all these gadgets, if gadgets they actually are, contribute strongly in the actual feeling of being in the boots of an advanced warfighter. And when the feeling is as strong it is in the game, you can forget about the couple of serious flaws it encounters, as the whole AI (ennemies but also team mates, sadly). The devteam obviously focused on the visual aspects of the game. From the graphics to the animations and sound design, every detail of the game is polished to the edge. It's true AAA quality we're dealing with, and that's a fact.

So, it becomes quickly evident that GRAW has no other ambition than offering an accessible, immersive and spectacular experience. Nothing more, nothing less. And from this point of view, it totally rocks. The game is quite short, but the ingame scenario is gorgeous, with missions that oftenly lengths more than half-an-hour., without any break of rythm. And, most importantly, the immersion is complete. In other words, GRAW is, in every point, exactly what we were expecting of a next-gen AAA blocbuster. Mission accomplished, gentlemen.

[THE VIDEOS]

To discover the integral first ten minutes of the game (wich includes the tutorial mission, a helicopter ride and a few seconds of the first mission), get the 640*360 video. Concerning the HD video, because the 720p format is extremely heavy, we had to only keep the most interesting parts of the initial video. Have a nice watch !

The first 10 minutes: GRAW
Download: AVI
The first 10 minutes: GRAW 720p (best parts)
Download: AVI HD

All comments

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Commented on 2006-03-12 18:12:42
thanks snoopers - downloading now

i still havent decided whether to get this or not as ive never been a big recon fan but the more i see and hear the more im inclined to get it
Commented on 2006-03-12 18:14:51
I've always loved the ghost recon games!

my brother hated them, yet he loves GRAW!!
ubi did a great job!
Commented on 2006-03-12 18:24:03
I'll be getting this game tomorrow, ill play my own 10 mins :p.

Nice review though (typo on the word "enemies" Snoop) ¬_¬
Commented on 2006-03-12 18:47:14
The Heli part is awesome, love the music.. :P
Commented on 2006-03-12 18:48:05
GRAW definitely pulls the series back in the direction of the original a little more with the use of the UAV (and other assets) and tactical map but it seems to be even easier to use than Ghost Recon 2/Summit Strike.
Commented on 2006-03-12 18:54:01
Yeah the music's great!! even though I dont have this game, I (I have preordered it but still waitng:( ) i downloaded many videos and musics really rocks!

to xiler: I have never been fan of this series either...but this game is definetely must buy for me....
Commented on 2006-03-12 19:21:21
FInished the game today,its amazing,and must be played.
Commented on 2006-03-12 19:28:30
This is the X360's first real must have shooter..and I think it will bring in a lot of new fans (including myself) to the GR series..it's just realy good stuff all around--the sp campaign is the best I've played in quite some time..the mp is also pretty apealing, though a little different.

Not perfect, but damn good.
Commented on 2006-03-12 19:29:35
Snoopers,i saw the video when you played,hold down "A" and take full auto enable to your gun,its much much better even with zoom.
Commented on 2006-03-12 19:48:50
nice video getting this game in 3 days time.

can you add rebbles are bots what ever the name is in split screen multi player anyone now.
Commented on 2006-03-12 19:55:41
Well, I just downladed the GRAW video (and I have the game already) and it's almost five minutes and somehow they managed to get the file to be only about 20MB larger than N3's. So I guess they can get up to 5 minutes of footage with an acceptable file size. So yeah, probably "The first ten minutes" could be done on 720, I'd think dividing the 10 minutes into two files would be a great idea.

So, Blim.......
Commented on 2006-03-12 19:56:31 In reply to QuezcatoL
Posted by QuezcatoL
Snoopers,i saw the video when you played,hold down "A" and take full auto enable to your gun,its much much better even with zoom.
I'm the one playing in the video. And I prefer playing that way :)
Commented on 2006-03-12 20:40:47
Single shot is perfect for when you're moving slowly and picking unaware guys off at a distance, then switch up to Auto if and when you get into a firefight.
Commented on 2006-03-12 20:59:24
Trust me, playign this right now and its the fuckin shit. Its tactical without being too complicated and the visuals and sound are true next gen. Without a question, a must have. Period.
Commented on 2006-03-12 21:03:31
The trailer kicks @$$! And is it really out already, cause I didnt see any Saturday? Probably sold out...damn
Commented on 2006-03-12 21:15:44 In reply to QuezcatoL
Posted by QuezcatoL
Snoopers,i saw the video when you played,hold down "A" and take full auto enable to your gun,its much much better even with zoom.
full auto isn't better than single shot,

single shot alows for quick and accurate shots and is much better in most situations...
Commented on 2006-03-12 21:46:45 In reply to FireWire
Posted by FireWire
full auto isn't better than single shot,

single shot alows for quick and accurate shots and is much better in most situations...
Okay,but i finished the game in 2 days,basically all mission expect the last on the first day,and i played with full auto,i dont say its the "best way" but for me it worked way way way better tehn with single shot.
even on distance it worked great.
But mayby its about preference :P
Commented on 2006-03-12 22:25:00 In reply to QuezcatoL
Posted by QuezcatoL
Okay,but i finished the game in 2 days,basically all mission expect the last on the first day,and i played with full auto,i dont say its the "best way" but for me it worked way way way better tehn with single shot.
even on distance it worked great.
But mayby its about preference :P
yeah your right it's about preference :D
Commented on 2006-03-12 23:14:48
Its feel like that my game feel slowmotion compare when I look at this gameplay
Commented on 2006-03-12 23:50:19 In reply to Aurahead
Posted by Aurahead
Its feel like that my game feel slowmotion compare when I look at this gameplay
It feels like my game is in slowmotion compared to what I see on this gameplay video
Commented on 2006-03-12 23:52:22
Very nice thanks you guys!
Commented on 2006-03-12 23:53:26
More, More, More. :)

These were awesome!! Thank you.
Commented on 2006-03-12 23:55:03 In reply to chewbacaattack
Posted by chewbacaattack
It feels like my game is in slowmotion compared to what I see on this gameplay video
You to?
Commented on 2006-03-12 23:57:41
I need to get some money so i can buy this game now. It looks so fun :D
Commented on 2006-03-13 00:11:26
for some reason the graw 720p vid plays much better than the 99nights one
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