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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier: Khyber Strike: launched: trailer inside: yes

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Marsh Davies at

The Khyber Strike DLC for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has now launched, bringing with it several new maps, a new game mode, new achievements, a 10 point raise to the level-cap and a new trailer to show these very things off.

The new maps are: Switchback, a close-quarters deathtrap of twisting alleys; Palace, a palace; and Transit, a Moscow metro station with hazardously mobile trains. Meanwhile there's an additional sniper-friendly map for the Guerrilla game mode, called Village, plus Takeover, a game mode in which your regular kills are multiplied by territorial possession.


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier review

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Marsh Davies at

It may be the future, but the Kevlar-padded embrace of the Clancyverse feels much the same as ever, with its geopolitical gibberspeak of Zambian warlords, Bolivian gunrunners, PMCs, coup d’etats and Russian rogue spears.

In other ways, too, Ghost Recon seems to have gone forward to come back: recent console outings have seen the military shooter series regress to a bro-squad arcade gunblam rollercoaster, all slow-mo exploding helicopters, tactical nukes and fist-bumps.

With this latest instalment, however, there are substantial concessions to its more subtle, tactically-minded origins. Sure, it resorts to gruesome-looking cinematics, tired turret sections and bombastic slaughter, but when it’s at its best, Future Soldier discards the pop-up scripted corridors that have recently maligned the series and becomes a sandbox of sightlines and sentries, a battlefield puzzler solved with well-timed bullets.


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier released. Day one patch included

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Tom Hatfield at

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is now Ghost Recon: Present Soldier. Except in the UK, where's he's Ghost Recon: Coming Out Tomorrow, Honestly Guv Soldier. Yes the high tech manshooter has finally arrived on PC, after the customary last minute Ubisoft delay. That's not all either, he's brought along his good friend, Private Day One Patch.


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PC delayed until June 29

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Tom Senior at

In today's news, the Earth turned, the sun rose, birds sang and a Ubisoft PC game was delayed by a couple of weeks at the last minute. In a move almost as predictable as Prometheus, Eurogamer note that Ubi have pushed back Ghost Recon: Future Soldier's release date to June 29, it was due to come out tomorrow. No reason has been given for the delay, but it gives its high tech soldiers a chance to hang out in the future for a little longer before they make the near-instantaneous transition through Present Soldier into Past Soldier. They'll still have access to their armoury of neat gadgets, though, including fighter drones and cyber-awesome war-goggles. Find out a bit about how those work in this Ghost Recon: Future Soldier trailer.


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier trailer shows co-op modes, vision modes, exciting 'splodes

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It might not be a good idea to play with Ghost Recon: Future soldier's iPad application openly on the bus, or generally in public. It's about as close to "gun porn" as a no-nudity app is likely to get. The weapon customisation system lets you explode weapons into dozens of pieces, rotate them for inspection and then snap them all back together with a few hand motions like a fascinated, gun-lovin' Jedi.

The gunsmith app is one facet of Future Soldier's obsession with sensory war-gadgets and smeary vision modes. Utilising these in tandem during Future Soldier's four-player co-op modes could be rather satisfying. It's out now. You can check out the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier site for more details, or, if you're feeling brave, challenge yourself to sit through the entire Ghost Recon prequel film. Good luck.


Ghost Recon Future Soldier prequel movie Ghost Recon Alpha online in its entirety

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Henry Winchester at

Ubisoft have put the entire 23-minute film Ghost Recon Alpha online via the LoveFilm service. The movie serves as a prequel to the upcoming Ghost Recon Future Soldier game, and apparently includes a secret code to unlock an exclusive weapon in-game.

We're currently too busy and important to watch the whole thing, but flicking through reveals that it's basically about terrorists getting shot in surprising ways. And then a big stompy robot thing turns up, with the added surprise that it has wheels, which does make you wonder why it doesn't just drive everywhere.


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier trailer swaps stealth for incendiary shotgun

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier trailer has all the best toys, uses them to kill

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Tom Senior at

Ghost Recon Future Soldier release date and PC-specific features announced

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Tyler Wilde at

Ubisoft has announced that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier will be available for PC in stores and as a digital download on June 15 in the UK and June 12 in the US. The PC version will require one-time online registration with Uplay, but not a continuous broadband connection for singleplayer.


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier coming to PC after all... in the future

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Nathan Grayson at

One man's loss is another man's gain. Or game re-announcement, as it were. Late last year, Ubisoft sent The Ghosts on a one-way mission to infiltrate consoles and ordered them to not even so much as send PC gamers a "Wish you were here" postcard. Instead, we were to settle for the (admittedly interesting looking) Ghost Recon Online, because - in Ubi's words - "95% of our consumers will pirate" a non-free-to-play offering. Now, though - hot on the heels of yet another delay for the almost-in-position shooter - Ubisoft's once again singing a different tune.

The good news: Future Soldier's officially got PC in its sights again. And the bad news? Well, the new launch date of May 22 (May 24 in EU) only applies to Xbox 360 and PS3. The PC version, meanwhile, will - true to incredibly vague Ubisoft form - arrive at "a later date." Still though, something's better than nothing - especially if that something can turn invisible, silently knife some poor sap in the back, and then hold up his lifeless body and pretend like everything's peachy. I doubt even the Ghostbusters could handle that.


Ghost Recon Online being free-to-play is a counter to piracy, says Ubisoft producer

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Ghost Recon Online producer Sébastien Arnoult says that free-to-play games are a response to piracy - and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that's annoyed PC gamers in so many recent Ubisoft games.

"We are giving away most of the content for free because there’s no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, 'Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you’re asking for. We’ve listened to you - we’re giving you this experience. It’s easy to download, there’s no DRM that will pollute your experience.'"

While Ghost Recon Online is exclusive to PC, Ubisoft's other Ghost Recon game, Future Soldier, uses a traditional payment model and will only be available on console.

"We’re adapting the offer to the PC market. I don’t like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be €60’s worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we’re adapting our model to the demand."


Ghost Recon: Future Soldier confirmed for March 2012 release date

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Nathan Grayson at

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier has been delayed so many times that I was afraid it'd eventually be released as a historical documentary. Fortunately, my fears have now been "put to rest" (read: brutally assassinated) by Ubisoft's crack squad of stealthed soldiers.

After just about every retailer short of GameStop's oft-rumored branch in the lost city of Atlantis listed the game for March 6, Ubisoft confirmed the date with Joystiq. So yes, this is a reason to be excited. The advanced war-fighting shooter looks fantastic, after all. Now then, let's just hope that Ubisoft gets over its case of inexplicable-PC-delay-itus before that date rolls around.


E3 2011: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Trailer is posh as hell

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Tom Hatfield at

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Jeeves my good man, fetch me my copy of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will you? We're just out for a night of light opera and horribly murdering enemy insurgents, it's extremely cultural, very in. What what? Tally ho!