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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon


 

If all the Tom Clancy games Ubisoft makes are one big family, then the Ghost Recon series is definitely the awkward middle child. Rainbow Six is the cool older brother, confident in its tactical-shooter identity and already growing up. Splinter Cell is the younger sibling, a rebellious teen spiraling out of control. The Division, obviously, is a toddler that can barely feed itself. (H.A.W.X. and EndWar are dead, and we do not talk about them anymore.) Ghost Recon, though, has always been a little ungainly and a lot unsure of itself. Is it Rainbow Six, but outside and more like a real war? Is it a generic futuristic shooter? Ubisoft certainly couldn’t come up with a compelling answer.

Until now. Ghost Recon Wildlands seems to present a compelling solution for that long-standing identity crisis, reimagining the game as a sprawling open-world game with a heavy co-op focus. Whether the makeover will impress gamers enough to stick is an open question, but at least Ubisoft has finally had a long, hard think about how to raise its most neglected series.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (March 7th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris

Why we’re excited: The real-life drug war sucks, but this co-op heavy shooter based in a fictional version of the drug war looks pretty neat. Sure, it might be a bit buggy, based on what we saw in the beta, but even the bugs are hugely entertaining. The early buzz: The game currently sits at an 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, and EGM’s Nick Plessas told me the game’s “rough edges surround an otherwise epic adventure of action and camaraderie.” Look for his full review soon. Uh-oh: The Bolivian government isn’t too happy about how the country is depicted in the game. In fact, it caused a diplomatic dustup last week.

Nier Automata

NieR: Automata (March 7th)

Available for: PS4 (PC out March 17th)
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: PlatinumGames

Why we’re excited: Listen, I’ve been reading news stories about NieR: Automata for months now, and I still have no idea what it is. I guess it’s about a sexy, blind robot in a French maid outfit beating people up? But PlatinumGames made it, so it’s gotta be good—whatever the hell it is. The early buzz: A sizable number of reviews are already in, and the game is at a redonkulus 90 out of 100 average on MetacriticGood Robot: In her review for EGM, Mollie L Patterson gave the game an 8.5 out of 10, calling it “unconventional narrative design meets tightly-developed combat gameplay.”

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (March 7th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom, Eighting

Why we’re excited: PS4 owners got to pick up this Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 port months ago, but now Xbox One and PC gamers can revisit this fighting classic, too. The early buzz: No reviews for the Xbox One or PC version have made it onto Metacritic yet, but the PlayStation 4 version is holding down a 77 out of 100 averageInfinite waiting: There’s still no word on when exactly the next game in the series, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, will be out. In the meantime, though, you can read up on everything we know so far.

Also releasing this week:

March 7th

Atelier Firis: the Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PS4, Vita, PC)
Clicker Heroes (PS4)
Cyber Danganronpa VR: The Class Trial (PS4, PSVR)
Darknet (PS4, PSVR)
Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival (PS4, Vita)
Disc Jam (PS4, PC)
Gem Smashers (PS4, Vita)
Leaves: The Journey (PC, Mac)
Lego Worlds (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Locus Solus (PC)
Loot Rascals (PS4, PC)
Mountain Mind (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Nier: Automata (PS4)
One Sole Purpose (PC)
Shift Happens (PS4)
Sublevel Zero Redux (PS4)
Superhot VR Forever update (PC, Rift)
Switch (PC, Mac)
Talisman Digital Edition (PS4, Vita)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Total Jigsaw (PS4)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox One, PC)
Unearthing Mars (PS4, PSVR)

March 8th

Buccaneers, Bounty & Boom! (PC, Mac)
The Filmmaker – A Text Adventure (PC)
Fix Me Fix You (PC, Mac)
Ghost Blade HD (PC, Mac, Linux)
Spacetours VR – Ep1 The Solar System (PC, Rift, Vive)
Verdun (Xbox One)

March 9th

Avalon Legends Solitaire (PC, Mac)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch, 3DS)
Danmaku Unlimited 3 (PC)
Davyria: Heroes of Eternity (PC)
hack_me 2 (PC)
Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery (PC, Mac, Linux)

March 10th

2Dark (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Blink (PC, Mac)
Chess3D (PC)
Clicker Heroes (Xbox One)
Fated Souls 3 (PC)
Helium (PC)
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker (Xbox One)
Streets of Rogue (PC, Mac, Linux)
Table Top Racing: World Tour (Xbox One)
Ticket (PC)
Turn (PC)
Where is my Brain!? (PC)

March 13th

My Boyfriend: He loves me, he loves me not (PC)
Save Our Souls: Episode I – The Absurd Hopes Of Blessed Children (PC)

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About Josh Harmon

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Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy

The biggest new games out this week: March 7th–13th

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week.

By Josh Harmon | 03/7/2017 04:15 PM PT | Updated 03/10/2017 07:15 AM PT

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If all the Tom Clancy games Ubisoft makes are one big family, then the Ghost Recon series is definitely the awkward middle child. Rainbow Six is the cool older brother, confident in its tactical-shooter identity and already growing up. Splinter Cell is the younger sibling, a rebellious teen spiraling out of control. The Division, obviously, is a toddler that can barely feed itself. (H.A.W.X. and EndWar are dead, and we do not talk about them anymore.) Ghost Recon, though, has always been a little ungainly and a lot unsure of itself. Is it Rainbow Six, but outside and more like a real war? Is it a generic futuristic shooter? Ubisoft certainly couldn’t come up with a compelling answer.

Until now. Ghost Recon Wildlands seems to present a compelling solution for that long-standing identity crisis, reimagining the game as a sprawling open-world game with a heavy co-op focus. Whether the makeover will impress gamers enough to stick is an open question, but at least Ubisoft has finally had a long, hard think about how to raise its most neglected series.

Read on to get the lowdown on all the new releases, including our picks for the most exciting games out this week. And if you’re wondering about future release dates, check out EGM’s full list of gaming release dates in 2017 and beyond, updated regularly as new dates are announced.

EGM’s top picks for this week:

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (March 7th)

Available for: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris

Why we’re excited: The real-life drug war sucks, but this co-op heavy shooter based in a fictional version of the drug war looks pretty neat. Sure, it might be a bit buggy, based on what we saw in the beta, but even the bugs are hugely entertaining. The early buzz: The game currently sits at an 82 out of 100 on Metacritic, and EGM’s Nick Plessas told me the game’s “rough edges surround an otherwise epic adventure of action and camaraderie.” Look for his full review soon. Uh-oh: The Bolivian government isn’t too happy about how the country is depicted in the game. In fact, it caused a diplomatic dustup last week.

Nier Automata

NieR: Automata (March 7th)

Available for: PS4 (PC out March 17th)
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: PlatinumGames

Why we’re excited: Listen, I’ve been reading news stories about NieR: Automata for months now, and I still have no idea what it is. I guess it’s about a sexy, blind robot in a French maid outfit beating people up? But PlatinumGames made it, so it’s gotta be good—whatever the hell it is. The early buzz: A sizable number of reviews are already in, and the game is at a redonkulus 90 out of 100 average on MetacriticGood Robot: In her review for EGM, Mollie L Patterson gave the game an 8.5 out of 10, calling it “unconventional narrative design meets tightly-developed combat gameplay.”

UMVC3

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (March 7th)

Available for: Xbox One, PC
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom, Eighting

Why we’re excited: PS4 owners got to pick up this Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 port months ago, but now Xbox One and PC gamers can revisit this fighting classic, too. The early buzz: No reviews for the Xbox One or PC version have made it onto Metacritic yet, but the PlayStation 4 version is holding down a 77 out of 100 averageInfinite waiting: There’s still no word on when exactly the next game in the series, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, will be out. In the meantime, though, you can read up on everything we know so far.

Also releasing this week:

March 7th

Atelier Firis: the Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PS4, Vita, PC)
Clicker Heroes (PS4)
Cyber Danganronpa VR: The Class Trial (PS4, PSVR)
Darknet (PS4, PSVR)
Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival (PS4, Vita)
Disc Jam (PS4, PC)
Gem Smashers (PS4, Vita)
Leaves: The Journey (PC, Mac)
Lego Worlds (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Locus Solus (PC)
Loot Rascals (PS4, PC)
Mountain Mind (PC, Rift, Vive, OSVR)
Nier: Automata (PS4)
One Sole Purpose (PC)
Shift Happens (PS4)
Sublevel Zero Redux (PS4)
Superhot VR Forever update (PC, Rift)
Switch (PC, Mac)
Talisman Digital Edition (PS4, Vita)
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Total Jigsaw (PS4)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox One, PC)
Unearthing Mars (PS4, PSVR)

March 8th

Buccaneers, Bounty & Boom! (PC, Mac)
The Filmmaker – A Text Adventure (PC)
Fix Me Fix You (PC, Mac)
Ghost Blade HD (PC, Mac, Linux)
Spacetours VR – Ep1 The Solar System (PC, Rift, Vive)
Verdun (Xbox One)

March 9th

Avalon Legends Solitaire (PC, Mac)
Blaster Master Zero (Switch, 3DS)
Danmaku Unlimited 3 (PC)
Davyria: Heroes of Eternity (PC)
hack_me 2 (PC)
Lost Grimoires 2: Shard of Mystery (PC, Mac, Linux)

March 10th

2Dark (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Blink (PC, Mac)
Chess3D (PC)
Clicker Heroes (Xbox One)
Fated Souls 3 (PC)
Helium (PC)
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker (Xbox One)
Streets of Rogue (PC, Mac, Linux)
Table Top Racing: World Tour (Xbox One)
Ticket (PC)
Turn (PC)
Where is my Brain!? (PC)

March 13th

My Boyfriend: He loves me, he loves me not (PC)
Save Our Souls: Episode I – The Absurd Hopes Of Blessed Children (PC)

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0   POINTS



About Josh Harmon

view all posts

Josh picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn’t looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Find him on Twitter @jorshy