Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2|
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|Developer(s)||Red Storm Entertainment|
|Composer(s)||Bill Brown and Tom Salta|
|Series||Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon|
|Engine||Xbox - custom Red Storm Entertainment engine
PS2 & GameCube - Unreal Engine 2
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 is a 2004 video game and is the third console installment in the popular Ghost Recon tactical shooter video game series, published by Ubisoft. It is a direct sequel to the 2001 video game, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.
The game was released in North America for the Xbox video game console on November 16, 2004, for the PlayStation 2 on November 30, 2004, and reached the GameCube on March 15, 2005. A Windows version was canceled in April 2005 in favor of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter.
The game takes place on the Korean Peninsula, with slight variations between platforms. The GameCube and PS2 campaign occurs in 2007, while the Xbox campaign is set in 2011. Ghost Recon 2 sports an updated graphics engine, the Havok 2 physics engine, new multiplayer options, and voice command ability via microphone. The PS2 version generally received bad reviews, but the Xbox version was met with better reception.
In the single player campaign, the player assumes the role of Ghost Team leader, Captain Scott Mitchell; Mitchell is described as "a consummate soldier", being a veteran of several armed conflicts and can use weaponry from any soldier class. In several missions the player is inserted alone and must complete the mission without assistance from the other Ghosts.
There are several variations of multiplayer mode in Ghost Recon 2. Co-operative games are available in the campaign mission, battle, defend, firefight, garrison, recon, and scout modes, in which players must work together to accomplish a single goal. Garrison mode, for example is, when players must keep enemy troops out of a marked area, for a designated time.
Adversarial modes are divided into two categories; Solo, where players work separately, usually against one another, and Squad, where players are divided up into opposing teams.
PlayStation 2/GameCube (2007: First Contact)
In July 2007, North Korea faces heavy turmoil as a result of heavy famine sweeping the country. To at least repair the damage, the government redirects much of the military budget to civic projects. The reprogramming of the funds angers the Korean People's Army command, causing General Jung Chong-sun to plan a coup against the government and puts the military on high alert for combat across the DMZ. Since a Silkworm missile that sank the U.S. Navy intelligence-gathering ship USS Clarence E. Walsh (CG-80) came from a North Korean missile battery, the U.S. decides to deploy the Ghosts and attack behind North Korean lines. The missions include raiding a North Korean airbase, going after a shotdown OH-58 Kiowa transport, and preventing Jung's plan to blow up a dam just upstream from the DMZ. Having dealt the North Koreans sufficient damage, Pyongyang backs down.
However, four months later, one of Jung's subordinates, General Paik, activates a Taepodong-2 missile loaded with multiple nuclear warheads and prepares to launch them against South Korea and NATO countries. The Ghosts are sent back into North Korea to destroy the missile. With the destruction of the missile, Paik commits suicide while Jung plots revenge.
Xbox (2011: Final Assault)
Having recovered from the setbacks of the first game, Jung leads the KPA in revolt once more and gains access to the North Korean nuclear arsenal. Now ready for revenge, Jung prepares to launch a new Korean War and involve other Asian countries in the chaos. NATO and the United States, plus Australia deploys a peacekeeping force to the region. The Ghosts head back to the theater for the third time and wreak havoc among the North Korean forces. Determined to fight the West and quash dissent among the North Korean populace, Jung attacks some of North Korea's largest cities, such as Sinpo and Hyesan. With the Ghosts' strikes sapping the North Koreans of fuel, Jung gets more desperate in winning the war, and in one mission, the Ghosts have to seize three nuclear warheads from a train before they reach civilian-populated areas.
Now out of options, Jung leads the capture of a dam near Hamhung and installs a nuclear warhead. The Ghosts attack once more to stop the threat and eliminate the general.
Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike is a stand-alone expansion pack for Ghost Recon 2 available exclusively on the Xbox. Summit Strike included 11 new single-player missions, as well as new weapons (such as the FN SCAR) and an expanded multiplayer game. It was released on August 2, 2005.
The game has been criticized by the North Korean government for its storyline.
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- Official Ghost Recon Website
- GameRankings GameCube reviews
- GameRankings PlayStation 2 reviews
- GameRankings Xbox reviews
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 at MobyGames