Arctic Strike is the first downloadable content for Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The DLC pack contains three multiplayer maps, a Guerilla map, a mode called Stockage, some weapons, an increased level cap, and two new achievements. The title, Arctic Strike can seem a bit misleading at first. For starters, there's not a single flake in the three multiplayer maps. The only map that contains snow is on the Guerilla map. With that said, Arctic Strike is still a fairly decent package for the price.
I will begin with the maps. These are at a much larger scale than the retail maps. It's great for the hardcore gamers, and especially snipers. The first map is called Skyline. This takes place ontop of a large rooftop. It's filled with solar panels that you can walk along, ladders, and outbuildings. There's also a flying helicopter the cicles the building, making it a bit more lively.
The other two maps, Evicted and Riot both take place on ground. They are two of the largest maps here. Riot is set in an urban environment, filled with destroyed cars, and a long train placed in the centre. Evicted takes place around old-school Russian architecture. It's filled with parks, plenty of trees, and many tight alleyways. This is one of my favourite maps of the three.
Stockage is the new game type. This is more for the hardcore gamers. When players die they go to a respawn queue called the Stockage. When a player gets a kill, a member from the Stockage will be freed. There's also a number of objectives to complete, with each complete objective freeing every team member. The game ends when a full team is in the Sotckage. It's an interesting mode, but I didn't find it very fun. Hardcore gamers will certainly enjoy it, but waiting a long time to respawn can become tiresome. Having said that, it's nice to have an added mode to the list. I'm just hoping team deathmatch makes a return in another pack.
The new Guerilla map takes place in a large base camp. There's plenty of tent-like buildings to hide in, and some ladders to climb. The objective still remains the same as it does on the other maps. You will need to take down a number of enemies, and progress through the waves. It's simply a horde based mode, which requires a good amount of players to succeed.
On to the weapons, there's a few available for each class. Each weapon I tried seems to handle well. Many people will customise them to their taste, but they seem powerful and smooth from the get go. The good thing is, you don't need to be a high class to use them. So newcomers can have a fighting chance when they begin.
If you are still playing Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, there's no reason why you shouldn't pick up Arctic Strike for 800MP.
Review by Gareth Smith