The free Fallen Ghosts (which I still haven’t played) got me to finally start playing Wildlands. I’ve been really enjoying it. I have killed every boss, El Sueno twice to get the good ending, and have 100% of the weapon cases, attachments, and story items. Moved into Tier Mode after hitting Experience Level 30 somewhere along the way, and am currently up/down to Tier 15.
Still having fun grinding towards Tier 1 & farming convoys for resources to level up damage for my favorite weapons. My character skills are fully maxed-out & I have every bonus medal, which turn out to make little difference when you are shot at high Tier levels.
Since each Tier increases incoming damage, and leveling your weapons in Tier Mode increases their damage, the game becomes like a very large version of the original Rainbow Six PC games. If you don’t plan your way into a base, spotting and shooting enemies first, you will die. I miss games with instant death gunfights, so I’m still having a blast (or dying in one, the AI frequently uses grenades).
Bonus fun: calling in a mortar strike gives me happy flashbacks to Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction (released January 2005, but still holding the title of Best Player Artillery Support Evar).
Bonus Un-fun: the AA missile launchers still regenerate too quickly. Playing solo, I believe it is impossible to kill all six of the launchers around El Sueno’s Mausoleum at once. As soon as a destroyed one is out of sight for a minute or so, a new one pops in to replace it. This creates some no-fly zones in the game. One or two launchers I can handle (missiles can be dodged if you are in a Little Bird), but 4+ means I’m driving in.
For posterity’s sake, I am sorry to report that the Predator mission was removed in December 2020. Ubisoft didn’t want to renew the license for an old game.
Now a question for you all. With the benefit of hindsight, and keeping in mind I’m nursing some seriously old hardware (i5-3570K & Z77 motherboard from 2012, and a GTX 770 I bought in 2014, but at least I have 16GB of memory), what old open world game should I dig up next? Division 1/2? Did Breakpoint get patched into greatness? Fallout: New Vegas? Far Cry ___? I did play Just Cause 1 & maybe 2. Hunter: Call of the Wild? I’ve got a lot of stuff in my Steam library, though I know a lot of Ubisoft stuff is exclusive to other online stores.