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Video Game / Ghost Recon Online

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A defunct free-to-play cover-based 3rd person shooter spin-off to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier with a focus on teamwork.

Players had 3 classes to choose from. Each of them had a choice of 2 class-specific equipment. Players could change classes between matches, but not inside the match itself.

  • Assaults were your bread and butter rifleman. They could deploy the HEAT system (renamed the ADS in Phantoms) to microwave enemies out of their cover or Blitz headfirst into the fray with a shield. Wielded an assault rifle or a shotgun. Had the most armor of all classes.
  • Specialists (Supports in Phantoms) were geared to support their team. They could Blackout enemy equipment and disorient them for a short period, or they could fire up their AEGIS (renamed the APS in Phantoms) bullet-stopping energy bubble to cover teammates. Wielded either an LMG or a shotgun. Balanced speed and armor.
  • Recons could choose between the all-seeing Oracle or the good old Cloak system. Wielded either a sniper rifle or an SMG. Had the highest speed of all three.

On April 11, 2014, the game was overhauled into Ghost Recon: Phantoms, featuring a more in-depth backstory to the game, improved graphics, enhancements to game mechanics and many other features.

Ubisoft closed Ghost Recon: Phantoms on December 1, 2016 due to a steadily decreasing player population.

The game provided examples of:

  • Awesome Backpack: In Ghost Recon Online, all devices with the exception of the Assault's Blitz (which is an expandable ballistic shield) come in this form.
  • Grenade Spam: Can happen but not encouraged since players pay a fee for their use, rather than being an equippable item you can use at will.
  • Gun Porn:
    • Gun Accessories: You can change the muzzle, magazine type, scopes and minor accessories like adding a bipod for stable shooting or a laser pointer to help you you tag a location for your teammates. But some parts of the gun like stocks, bipods or barrel types are not player customizable and are presented in the form of another variant of the gun instead. (The latter is changed in Ghost Recon: Phantoms with the arrival of fully-customizable ModMaster weapons)
  • Highly-Conspicuous Uniform: What a soldier with a full diving mask is doing on top of a skyscraper, or what a sniper in winter camouflage is doing on a sandy construction site is anyone's guess.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Will get you killed. Going alone also means that you will not get any bonuses given by teammates' squad support.
  • Right-Handed Left-Handed Guns: How the game allows you to flip the camera between shoulders causes this to happen.