Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

 
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Learning(i)

Lifelike third-person military shooter has bloody combat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Weapons and other military hardware are glamorized. The game's depiction of military combat, while realistic in some ways, is often sensationalized, with the player's troops handily and stylishly fighting their way through skirmishes that ought to be un-winnable.

Positive role models

The main soldiers are depicted as honorable, courageous, and duty-bound. They bravely fight through missions with terrible odds, and help each other when wounded. That said, they use violence to solve virtually all of their problems, and show little regard for the enemies they kill.

Ease of play

The game's controls aren't quite as intuitive as most military shooters and require time to learn and master. The campaign mode provides ample instruction, providing good practice before players decide to begin playing online, where they can put their skills to work against more challenging human opponents.

Violence

Players spend their time engaged in military combat from a third-person perspective. They use a variety of traditional weapons, including rifles, shotguns, and grenades, as well as some slightly more futuristic implements, including a walking robot that fires missiles. Players will also see soldiers cutting enemies' throats with a knife. Characters spurt blood when wounded and sometimes call out in pain.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The game's soldiers are prone to harsh language, including the words "s--t," "damn," and "f--k."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. The game's online modes -- both cooperative and competitive -- allow and encourage players to freely communicate with one another using headsets. Players may be exposed to bad language and inappropriate conversations, and risk sharing personal information with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a third-person military shooter. Military hardware, including traditional rifles, guns, and grenades, as well more futuristic gear, such as drones and remote-controlled mobile artillery, is glamorized, as is the combat in which players engage. Players frequently see small groups of soldiers fighting huge groups of enemies and coming away with hardly a scratch. Characters shout out as they die and bleed red. Parents should also note that this game supports online play with open voice communication.     

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection
  • set objectives

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

While elements of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier focus on teamwork, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • geography
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection
  • set objectives

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

While elements of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier focus on teamwork, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

What's it about?

Set in the near future in countries ranging from Pakistan to Russia, TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER has players controlling a squad of four elite American soldiers attempting to avert foreign attacks on friendly soil. Working through highly tactical missions with either computer- or human-controlled allies, players use an enormous arsenal of powerful and highly specialized weapons, as well as futuristic military technology such as enemy tracking gear, mobile artillery, and quadricopter drones. Once they're through with the story, players can hop online and fight with both friends and strangers in a variety of competitive modes, leveling up their soldier with experience points along the way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The first new Ghost Recon game in half a decade, Future Soldier isn't likely to be easily confused with any of the other military shooters currently lining store shelves. Its third-person, squad-focused, cover-based combat feels sufficiently different from the competition, and its technology-of-tomorrow arsenal of military hardware helps create some interesting and original strategic missions.

However, it's also plagued by several minor problems. The grainy, bleached-out graphics don’t stand up well against those of other blockbuster shooters. Plus, its campaign, while drawing inspiration from popular films, lacks the sort of glossy cinematic spectacle that’s become a hallmark of the genre and makes other games feel like interactive war movies. It can still be a lot of fun, especially when playing in its highly competitive online modes, which have a distinctive, tactics-heavy vibe you won't find in other shooters, but a Call of Duty killer this isn’t.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how war makes them feel. What do you think of the soldiers who fight in far off places to keep their families and countries safe?

  • Families can also discuss online safety. What would you do if you encountered an online predator or bully? When is it best to simply ignore them, and when should you tell your parents or an adult about what you've encountered?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:May 22, 2012
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byTheDuster13 May 26, 2012
 

Assasins creed with guns

This game is not for you if you just want a shooter game. This game is meant for stealth not strafe killing your way to victory. Language is very infrequent but strong. You fail missions if you kill civilians and a high body count does not get you points and tends to lead to failing a mission.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Parent Written bygimmickdude May 26, 2012
 
LEARNING

great game, for teens

Great game. Involves lots of language including the occaisional F**k but nothing a teenager hasn't heard. there is some blood when enemies are shot but it is not as bad as most mature shooters. note I only put learning in the rating becuse it requires players to use tactics rather than a head on attack like in most current shooters. Beyond requiring players to think through problems it does not apply.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 11 year old Written bymckbran August 5, 2012
 
LEARNING

how bad it really is

I think that the game is not as bad as what you might think. It dose have violence and as much blood as the first Ghost Recon (rated teen). The cussing is ok in my standers because I herd worse on a PG movie (A Bridge to Far). I think you should caution on some parts but after that I think it is okay. I am 11 years old.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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