Ghost Recon Online used it’s super hi-tech gizmos to sneak into open beta late last week.

Ubisoft quietly pushed GRO from closed beta into open beta with nary a sound to be heard. The free to play shooter set in the GR universe has been in beta for several months. Unlike most F2P shooters available, GRO aims to provide a more tactical experience for players. Players can seek cover behind walls which alter their firing stats, allowing them to shoot with less recoil for example. There is also a class system in place which each class gaining significantly different abilities/perks including; a bullet proof mobile bubble, heat ray, personal cloaking, and more.

We go a chance to try out Ghost Recon Online during the closed beta. Check out our First Look to find out what we thought of the game.

If you want to try out Ghost Recon Online for yourself you can signup and download the game here

How do you think GRO will fare versus other more conventional F2P shooters?

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. dont play the game now it have a tutorial bug where it forces you to buy grenades without giving you any credits to buy them , forget about this game and go find another , this game is going down the drain from the start

      • cant u read is a bug ? the credits are not given thats why it is jamming many new players on it , a good waste of time and space just to try the game , the company didnt even test update and just pump them out like a bunch rubbish waste from a city and it creates more problem than solving it

  2. If you guys need help on how to get started if you’re new, just look me up! you can reply here and/or find me at the GRO forums!

  3. The game is really good. Well worth the money that you put aside for gaming. I do not claim this lightly by the way. But only as long as you have a near beastly computer, as Payback above has mentioned, the engine is quite unoptimized, it looks great but not that much. Warface looks just as good if not better and runs pitch perfect on my computer.

    Outside the engine department, where Warface wins over Ghost Recon easily, it would be really hard to say which one is a better game. I enjoyed them both very much, on multiple occasions, sideways.

  4. The game is lovely. The third person perspectives, teamwork, equipments, and best of all, it’s not pay-to-win. You can get virtually almost anything with both in-game credits and real cash. The only thing I don’t like is, the unoptimized game engine. Plus the cover system is a bit buggy. I’ve been shot through thick covers tons of times.

  5. PS, if you dont believe me. GO TO THE FORUMS of this game right now. IT SUCKS. Everyone plays RECON because it is super OP at the momment.

    Unbalanced, especially leveling up:

    Player review, bad game:

    OVER POWERED guns; and if this is fixed, just image what is in the cash shop.

    When you play a strategy game; you should limit classes that enter a match. Sadly, this game cant do that. All of its population want to be snipers, you cant block class…So, everyone rolls snipers and the game is crap. The solution is to nerf snipers, but you take realism out of the game. SERIOUSLY, wait for WARFACE.

    • FYI…. i’m a specialist, i kick recon ass, i do not share my food. And the community in the forums is super friendly, the new guys right now, plenty of assholes, we are trying to fix that.

    • That’s a load bullshit you’re pulling.
      1. Guns are not OP. You’re just can’t play shit right.
      2. Is Ghost Recon a strategy game? No. Is it a 3rd Person Shooter with tactical play? Yes. Snipers are doing their job. Defending a point.
      3. Player review??? You’re the only one saying it’s a bad game. What if there’s others who like it?
      4. What if I don’t wanna play a FPS but a TPS instead?

    • Cacalips. I understand you don’t like the game, but all of your arguments are extremely invalid and make your opinion irrelevant. Your need to hear other people agree with you make you forget that this is in open beta, and that the very forum threads that you have linked are what the devs are hoping for, it is those reports that they based their tweaking on.

      The game doesn’t rub you the right way, you simply don’t like it. It’s perfectly OK. But please don’t pretend that you are either the voice of reason or majority, you are neither.

  6. Cacalips here to tell you. This game is not all that. Sorry. 1) There is a game I am currently playing in Russia called WARFACE, Crytek3 engine F2P-FPS. Now, with WARFACE being launched first (all files english by the way with only a russian englishpak as they test market), I noticed GHOST RECON COPIED all the features that make the FPS unique. That includes A: The blue outline of a buddy behind walls or another room B: The E and Spacebar to hoist over walls and last but not least C: The SLIDING FEATURE!
    I am shocked at how similar these games play out and it is interesting that warcry holds back out of the english market right now, even though the game is designed and operates perfectly with an english language pack. Just more market manipulation.
    Long live the private servers on both of these titles ^^

    • Hmm !
      To quote you :
      July 16, 2012 at 8:20 am
      I Agree. Already unsubscribed. Lots of other sites a little more up to speed

      Thought you left 3 weeks ago !


    • You are poorly informed, my friend.

      Team outline through the walls have been around for quite a while and it doesn’t make either game unique in any way. The HUD gimmicks have been done in the same way in all of Tom Clancys games for a few years now ( for a good reason, the HUD is awesome) and Ghost Recon does it in a much different way then Warface. Either way, trust me, there was no copying done by Ghost Recon. Sliding, E, Spacebar none of it is Warface original concept, it has all been around for a while.

      What Warface brings to the table as an original concept, is the two man wall climbing and some of the aspects of its coop system. Everything else has been done before, but never quite so good in my opinion. It’s engine, for example, is a thing of beauty.

      Warface will be launched globally, on many many different languages, with each country having it’s own type of cash shop payment methods and different available shop items. It’s not market manipulation, it’s beta testing. In Russia. Because the development team is in Ukraine. Which is covered by the same publisher.

    • The blue outlining a buddy has been way before Warface. (Can’t remember which game was it but there definitely was a game with that feature). Hoisting over walls has been in so many games, Battlefield, Call of Duty and tons of other games. About the sliding, take a look at Battlefield 3, it has sliding features too.

      So to conclude, you’re pulling loads of bullshit.

  7. Well i just installed and tried to play this game. I have no idea why, but I lag sooooo badly in game that I can’t even move hardly. I more than meet the minimum requirements…so I have no idea what the problem is.

    Any help here guys?

    (I even used gamebooster 3 and set the graphics on low)

    • Sorry to be the one to tell you, but minimum requirements are as BS as the supposed gas mileage your car gets. Meeting the sys spec simply means the game MIGHT start for you. It certainly means the game will barely run. Recommended requirements are also loosely based, you might get 30 frames if you meet them. Aim above and beyond if you want a good 60 frames.

  8. I’ve played this game since it was in close beta, and it’s great. one of the things I like about this game, is that you actually need some skill in this game(unlike Call Of Duty XD). If you don’t like working with a team then this game isn’t for you, you’re team mates are essential if you wan’t to do well. So if you like games that are pretty realistic, and where you really on your team mates then you will love this game. Otherwise, this game just isn’t for you.

    • Team work is essential in the game and its good to have a variety of classes in your team. I remember once i had a team full of recons and i was the only assault and we couldnt get anything going we were stuck in our spawn the whole freaking time. What makes me laugh is that COD strives to be realistic in a realistic time period but this game is in the near future and this game is a hell lot more real than COD. Im telling you if your unsure about this game get it and try it out even if you suck at it (like me lol) its still really fun to play.

  9. I dont have luck with this game.
    1. got CB key but my land is dont supported for CB. 🙁

    2. OB: I try for last few day to play it, but ther is a bug with the launcher so i cant start the donwload from game client, and u need Internet Explorer.
    Who use today Internet Explorer???

    Hope ther fix it fast want to test it, after so long waiting.

    sry for bad English.

    • Same thing i told Kudilus, get the error message up with the Launcher.application.exe, use task manager and search for launcher.exe, then right click it and click the option to open the path of the file. And then just use the Launcher.exe in that folder.

      • Thx for try, but i use WIn XP,
        and in the task manager is no launcher.exe to find.
        my error is:
        Cannot start application.
        Application cannot be started. Contact the application vendor.

        posted on GRO forum and send to support, but for now no answer how to fix. 🙁

    • Its for both. German, French, Russia.. etc. all have their own channels.
      If there are not enough players playing from your own language you play with
      ppl from the other channels.

    • Yeah i tried the game its really fun. Problem is lol, i suck at it because only shooters i have played are fps and bf heroes (is it a 3rd person shooter? I cant remember) but all you really have to do is get use to it and always run from cover to cover,dont try run n gun it wont work (even on themain lobby interface it says “dont run n gun”) and you really dont need to spray just fire in bursts. Just master mthose things and you should be decent at the game 🙂

    • If you have a problem with framework 3.5 and internet explorer, get the error message up,
      then ctrl+alt+del for task manager, and then search for launcher.exe, right click it and check
      where it is located.

      And then just start the launcher.exe manually. Dont forget to start it as admin with win7.

  10. Have been playing it for a few days, and I think it is pretty good.

    It does have its bugs, and weapon damage really needs to be buffed. But other than that, it seems like a good F2P game.


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