Eastern Europe, 2008. War has broken out on the borders of Russia, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. That's when the call goes out for the Ghosts - an elite handful of specially trained U.S. Army Green Berets armed with the latest technology and trained to use the deadliest weapons. Their mission: Spearhead the way for a NATO peacekeeping force, and keep the lid on the conflict before it mushrooms...literally.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon may still be going strong with the release of the open-world Wildlands early next year, but it’s the 2001 first entry in the series that many still feel offers the best in tactical, squad-based action. While Rainbow Six was Ubisoft’s urban-focused tactical shooter, Ghost Recon took the action outdoors with wide open environments that promoted planning and careful execution.

Now, a mod for that game created by the one-man team of developer “Apex”, called Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed, has released its final open beta version. It’s a significant moment, as the mod has been in development since the game’s debut 15 years ago, and arrives on the anniversary of the game’s release.


First publicly released in 2008, the mod aims to be a definitive compilation of original improvements, refinements, and additions, many of which are inspired by the classic and most-loved mods that have endured over the game’s lifetime. Heroes Unleashed also aims to make Ghost Recon and even more demanding and hardcore tactical experience, as Apex describes:

“Weapons perfectly match their real-life counterparts in accuracy, effectiveness, and handling. Your AI opponents display terrifying levels of tactical acumen in trying to outwit you through flanking, laying down suppressive fire, hiding, taking cover, etc. Missions take place in realistic open-world environments and are completely nonlinear, with a minimum of scripted events and lots of random elements for infinite replayability.”

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You can download the final open beta here, for Mac or PC, in a 6.2GB package. Though this is just the final beta, Apex says that the full “version 1.0” of the mod will be released “when it’s ready”. The original Ghost Recon can be purchased via Steam or GOG for US$9.99, and the mod requires both the Desert Siege and Island Thunder expansion packs. To discuss the mod and find game servers to play it online, make sure to join the fan community at the GhostRecon.net forums.

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vol4ok
vol4ok

I still got the disc :)

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Schneiden
Schneiden

Anybody looking to play online:

Ghostrecon.net

Server gets into the high 20s. Make sure to join the mumble server too

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adfjkndjklnhdfs
adfjkndjklnhdfs

Such a great game, I remember played on this one woodland mission, as a sniper with my ghillie suit on, id go out in the middle of a field, fire a couple shots, then run and hide in the bushes and trees, wait for people to come until there was about 10 of them, and take them all out.

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TripleRX
TripleRX

Is this a stand alone?

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Turkeys
Turkeys

This game will always have a special place on my hard drive reserved for all those badass late 90's - early 2000's video games. Anyone know if the multiplayer still has any following? I remember the COOP being great fun in this game.

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xaGe
xaGe

..I can't believe how much fun this game still is 10 years later. Its aged well especially the game play department. So many add-on's for this 10 years later as well that there are endless hours of play time.

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r

i just replayed the game and i have to say it has not aged well :(
but it still is and was a great game

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Mavis130
Mavis130

Has anyone noticed the bullet simulation?

I see it all the time; where one of my bullets goes right through an enemy, and then will fly off in some odd direction!

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SCΛRECROW
SCΛRECROW

One of the best Tactical Shooters ever.

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ApexMods
ApexMods

Hear, hear! Ghost Recon is one of those very rare oldschool hardcore realistic non-linear tactical shooters. They don't make them like this anymore. Today we are force-fed arcade rail shooter console shovelware with nice graphics, poor bunny-hopping twitch gameplay, and almost zero replayability. Good thing the flame still burns in classics like this one.

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