Posted: June 26
Let me get straight to the point: Did I have lots of fun playing with my friends on co-op? Absolutely! Do I recommend the game? No, not at all! Let me tell you why.
The only reason I bought this game was to play its story with my friends, being blinded by the full story co-op mode and the awesome Steam sales. Of course we had to install the infamous (and useless - you'll see why) Uplay to play the game; we started the game and tried to connect to each other in co-op, but I could not connect to neither of my friends, so I spent the next 3 hours searching for a solution... I've tried every single thing I could find, from opening every port of my router or connecting without a router to reinstalling the game and checking its files. And guess what? Nothing worked. Finally, I decided to do a fresh Windows install, which managed to fix the problem somehow, but that was a big turn off for me, as you should not reinstall your operating system just for a game... at least the game was working now. Everything went smooth after that, until I had to do another fresh Windows install, when I forgot to save my progress, being so sure that Uplay's cloud save feature would take care of that... boy, I was so wrong! Neither Steam, nor Uplay could save my progress, even though it is mentioned that cloud save is enabled on this game on the latter, so my whole progress was lost (this was also confirmed by one of my friends, who lost his progress too). Luckly, we only had to replay one mission, as the career progress is saved on each player's computer, but we had to change characters because I had been the host before.
Also, I have to mention that the game is a rushed PC port, a great example being the low frame rate, even on lower settings and the console button that is permanently present on the HUD without having a controller connected, but by no means the worst port ever. The story has nothing outstanding attached to it, so don't expect much if you intend on playing this game alone - what you shoud expect instead is a typical military shooter plot (don't get me wrong! it is not bad... but it is not the most intriguing one either).
However, I have to admit that this is a fun game to play with friends because of its tactical and team-based approach, with pretty good graphics, lots and lots of customization options and challenging AI on higher difficulties. Also, the campaign is long enough to justify its price, with no major glitches regarding the gameplay or technical problems, with the exception of those mentioned earlier. Consider buying only if you are aware that this game's co-op mode/multiplayer may or may not work on your system (as a last resort, a fresh Windows install may likely fix the problem).
In conclusion, this is good game, if not a great one, but the connection and the cloud save problems made me go for a negative review because of the time I lost searching for a solution.