Posted: November 23
First of all let me say, this is a great game. As far as tactical squad-based shooters are concerned, this is very well done. The tactical planning seamlessly integrates into the game play, you get a number of really cool gadgets to help you plan your assault, but at no time does it feel that planning ahead hinders or dulls the game play. Very well done!
The instructions are clear, the objectives varied, and you get a great arsenal of weapons. The AI, especially your team members never gets in the way and sometimes it really does feel like you’re are part of a real time. The combat immersion is above the usual standard. As far as stealth/tactical/military shooters are concerned, this one is at the top of my favorite list for sure.
As far as performance is concerned, on any even semi-modern computer you will get decent frame rates at 1080p. If you're struggling, turn off DX11 and run on DX9. I've not noticed that much of a visual impact to be honest.
So, in short: If you like Tom Clancy based games, if you like tactical (FPS) shooters, if you have a little bit of a black sense of humor, get this. It's fun!
Out of context, once again I don't understand those reviewers who are attacking Ubisoft (and their UPlay platform). Seriously, Ubisoft constantly pushes AAA titles, usually highly playable and enjoyable games, not perfect, sure, but no game is. If you are a huge developer of big buck computer games, you should have the right to push your own platform.
I've never had any issues with UPlay; stand-alone or in combination with a Steam launched game. It provides cloud sync of save games, it provides rewards and ultimately, since a large amount of people (including me) never seem to have issues with UPlay, I would propose that whoever has, it's your problem. I'm tired of reading the flaming reviews of day-one releases and people picking on Ubisoft, just because they are unable or unwilling to maintain their computers properly and keep drivers etc. up-to-date.
I don't work for Ubisoft, never have, never will, but I am an IT Professional, and I know that computers require maintenance and care to keep running optimized. Don't blame a game developer for something they cannot possibly do: Test each and every single PC configuration; a logistical impossibility. If a gaming console ever had one advantage over the PC then it is that one particular console is exactly the same to the next. Hardly one PC ever is, because most PC gamers, even when buying pre-built brands, will eventually upgrade with something that matches their budget or performance expectations.
Just keep that in mind next time. And maybe, just maybe wait a few days with flame wars. If you want to let the developer know a game isn't working, fine, list what is not working, provide your specs and drivers, but don't do the whole "developer XYZ sucks" stuff. You know there will be patches. And seriously, if you don't meet the minimum, or recommended requirements, don't expect the game to run, or run well. Simple. Optimization is one thing, but I've read reviews of people that didn't meet the minimum requirements and then blame Ubisoft. My advice: Buy a console and stop insulting PC Gamers with your stupidity. </eom>