YMMV / Ghost Recon

  • Anticlimax Boss: Most of the franchise's final bosses are simply ringleaders surrounded by a lot of bodyguards. In some cases, you might not notice them die because you were shelling the bodyguards with grenades.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The Advanced Warfighter games caused some controversy in Mexico with some Mexican news channels claiming that the games "promoted" an USA = Good, Mexico = Bad conflict and portrayed Mexico as a militaristic desert third world country, the state of Juarez even banned the game for a short time. Funny enough, Mexican players were glad that a game was set in their country.
  • Awesome Music: The first game's main theme.
  • Broken Base
    • Most fans don't see to agree if the Advanced Warfighter series was worthly to bear the name Ghost Recon or if they were good games on their own merits.
  • Critical Research Failure: In the first game, in the Tbilisi mission, the signs in the city are in Cyrillic. However, in real life, the country of Georgia uses its own alphabet, instead of Cyrillic like other former Soviet states. The mistake seems a bit odd, since the the rest of the game's locations are very well detailed and well researched.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • In the first game, if you destroy an enemy tank, artillery piece, or APC/IFV with a rocket launcher (or if it is destroyed by a friendly tank), you'll hear the muffled voices of the crew inside screaming to death, making the kill extremely satisfying. On the flip-side, if a friendly tank is destroyed, you'll hear muffled screaming as well, making it a bit horrifying.
    • In the first game, seeing a friendly M1 Abrams tank destroy an enemy APC or tank with its main gun is quite satisfying, especially in the Vilnius mission.
  • Dork Age: Many fans considers every game after Advanced Warfighter 2 (and both Ghost Recon 2 games) to be part of one due to the constant changes in the formula in an attempt to make the franchise more action-packed and/or to appeal to a wider audience.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Ghost Recon 2: First Contact (the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube version) is considered the worst game in the franchise and most fans (and Ubisoft) pretend it doesn't exists. That was one of the reasons a PC version was cancelled and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter removed the 3 from the title as it was originally announced as.
  • Game-Breaker: The M-109 Ballista (an antimaterial rifle) in Advanced Warfighter. Since weight does not really matter, players can run around with this monster rifle, lay down and kill just about anything in one shot. One does not even need to get too good a hit due to the high-explosive shells. It was typically forbidden via House Rules due to these traits.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • In Advanced Warfighter, you team recovers 100% if you quit the game and reload.
      • Also in AW1 was a mistake with some of the weapon statistics. In particular, the SCAR-H held 50 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, and therefore became hands down the best rifle in the world. In real life, it usually has a 20 round magazine. They fixed it in the sequel, but as of yet, the Xbox 360 version still has that error. Why is it not just a fancy high-cap magazine? Because visually it's just a standard-sized 20-round magazine... a 50-round 7.62x51mm mag would either be at least as long as your forearm, or a large drum.
    • Advanced Warfighter 2 fixed a bug (from the previous game) where teammates wouldn't use suppressing fire. As such, it's harder to get them to act like soldiers and simply cover a zone, rather than engage soldiers in that area.
    • Future Soldier has a rather amusing selection of bugs owing to its long development time. The timer in the multiplayer level Rig would often break and make a round last forever until the host quit in the early months. Using your secondary weapon to rescue Paez near the end of the first mission would make any co-op partners see you holding your primary weapon like a pistol in the cutscene immediately afterwards. The single-person sneaking mission had almost no effort put in to compensate for people playing it in co-op anyway, leading to the second through fourth players teleporting around to keep up with the first player during cutscenes. One of the DLC levels would have people respawning on top of their own corpses without a single word or alarm a couple times if the last section was played in stealth. Weapon crates would sometimes offer weapons with attachments that were completely invisible, because those weapons don't actually support the attachments the game gave them (such as a PDR with a drum magazine, letting it somehow hold more than twice the normal magazine capacity by not having a magazine attached). Some challenges are also glitched, sometimes to the benefit of the playernote , and sometimes notnote .
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The opening scenario in the original game (a team of elite operatives go into Georgia to deal with Russian invasion forces backed by ultra-nationalists... in the far-off date of 2008) becomes even more disturbing once you consider the Russian invasion of Georgia - which also happened in 2008.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Advanced Warfighter 1 and 2, the Mexican president's name is Ruiz-Peña. Coincidentally, the Mexican president from 2012 to 2018 has a similar name, Peña-Nieto.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In the first game, whenever an armored vehicle is destroyed, you'll hear the muffled voices of the crew inside screaming as they burn to death.
  • Porting Disaster: Future Soldier on PC. Not only was it delayed several times (including a cancellation at one point, with Ubisoft planning on having Online as the PC's equivalent to Future Soldier), but ingame menus all show 360 controller prompts, and the keyboard and mouse for the longest time did not work. Also, even after the last patch, you still can't bind the drone controls to any keys other than WASD. The game is also very poorly optimized; max settings are a lag-fest even though the graphics are comparable to much smoother games like Max Payne 3, and the forest mission Valiant Hammer grinds to a slideshow even on medium settings. Also, several challenges in Guerrilla mode that unlocked weapons for the player to use in the campaign had to be changed so that the weapons were unlocked just from completing certain missions, because these challenges which the consoles were able to track and count progress on just fine were somehow completely, irrevocably broken on PC.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The first minute of "Anthem" from the first game sounds suspiciously like this track from Air Force One.
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