Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed, the ruthlessly unforgiving tactical shooter experience. Unofficial expansion pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon with 150+ maps, 250+ weapons, tons of new content, packed with ass-kicking realism and countless other gameplay improvements. Maybe it's time to revisit the King of tactical shooters!

Welcome to Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed!

Heroes Unleashed is an unofficial expansion pack for the squad-based military tactical first person shooter Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, and before I introduce you to this mod (as in modification), please allow me to tell you a little bit about the game it is made for.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

On Tuesday, November 13, 2001, a game developer in North Carolina's Research Triangle, not far from U.S. Army Special Forces installation Fort Bragg, released their opus magnum - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. The company, Red Storm Entertainment, had been founded five years prior, in 1996, by famed author Tom Clancy, best known for authentic and technically detailed military science thrillers, and his friend Doug Littlejohns, a highly decorated British Royal Navy Captain.

RSE gained major critical acclaim with their release of the first true tactical FPS - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six - in 1998. In stark contrast to the ubiquitous run'n'gun shooters that had gone before, Rainbow Six rewarded tactics and planning over twitch reflexes, and its "one shot, one kill" introduced gamers to the concept of unforgiving realism. RSE's brainchild of realistic tactical first person shooters - a genre unheard of before Rainbow Six - was taken even further and ultimately reached its apotheosis three years later in Red Storm Entertainment's next groundbreaking release: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon.

Expanding Rainbow Six' narrow counter terrorism CQC settings with open non-linear sandbox environments of military battlefields, and adding unequaled realism and streamlined realtime cooperative squad controls, RSE's Ghost Recon won multiple "Game of the Year" awards, topped many "Best Games of All Times" lists, and earned the ultimate accolade of being named "The Thinking Man's Shooter". Ghost Recon strikes a perfect balance between action game and realism simulator by side-stepping both the unrealistic hollywood-esque action approach of e.g. Call of Duty and Counter Strike games, as well as the overly cumbersome complexity of scale simulation minutiae employed by e.g. the Operation Flashpoint and ArmA series.

Focused squarely on realistic nonlinear tactical play, paired with its natural intuitive controls, unrivaled immersion, and vivid situational awareness, Ghost Recon facilitates and also unconditionally demands the undistracted use of tactical faculties, consequently adhering to Bushnell's theorem of being easy to learn and difficult to master. To this day, over a decade after its release, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is widely considered to be the greatest tactical shooter ever made. While later games were published under the Tom Clancy and Ghost Recon brands, developed after RSE's buyout by French publisher Ubisoft, none ever came close to the uncompromising concept of the original.

Until today, no game developer has presented a single valid contender to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, the ruling King of tactical shooters.

Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed

Heroes Unleashed is my tribute to the greatest tactical shooter ever, the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, released in 2001, developed by Red Storm Entertainment, and brought to the Mac by i5works and Aspyr. The mod aspires to honor makers and fans of this timeless masterpiece, to be a token of appreciation for all the people contributing to the undying and ever-expanding universe of classic Ghost Recon.

This unofficial expansion pack is the redux of content and ideas from a myriad of other Ghost Recon mods, and it aims to incorporate those elements into an ultimate collection, meticulously complemented by a host of significant enhancements and many novel features. Among its numerous additions, Heroes Unleashed contains 150+ different maps (available in all single and multiplayer game modes), provides over 100 game types (for SP and MP combined), and offers more than 250 authentic weapons to choose from. All add-ons feature a consistent professional finish and are painstakingly integrated and balanced.

The mod also tries to improve and refine many aspects of the game to further increase its perennial appeal and addictive replayability, while remaining true to Ghost Recon's unique character and concept. Heroes Unleashed strives to intensify Ghost Recon's realistic feel and immersive qualities, to make the game more challenging and emphasize the hallmark of Ghost Recon gameplay: realistic tactical play, rather than the asinine wanna-live-forever run'n'gun found in other shooters.

If you are looking for killing sprees or frag fests, move right along, there is nothing to see here. Just as the original game, this mod is about tactics and teamwork, and a focused mind and good strategy will serve you better than twitch reflexes and an itchy trigger finger. With the combination of all of its features, Heroes Unleashed seeks to create the optimum Ghost Recon experience to accommodate all kinds of players - casual gamer, clan regular, and league contestant alike.

I hope that Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed will provide you with many additional years of fun in playing one of the best games ever devised.


PS: To enjoy Ghost Recon and the Heroes Unleashed mod to the fullest, I urge you to join the most awesome fan community on the web at the forums, as you won't be able to find a nicer crowd of people and more in-depth Ghost Recon game and modding resources anywhere else on the web!

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14 comments by ApexMods on May 21st, 2014

Thought I'd abandoned this, didn't you? Nope, even after more than a decade of one-man development I still cannot stay away from this monster for too long, and while my spare time for modding is more and more limited nowadays, I recently found a couple of hours here and there to keep churning away at Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed.

The next update will be big… incredibly big, actually. There's a huge amount of under-the-hood work going on, because I'll try to make it the last beta before the (ta-dah!) feature complete final release… but I should probably not promise anything. :)

Anyhow, here's a bit of teaser info:

  • ETA for next version of Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed (v1.0.0b9): Late 2014
  • Current installed v1.0.0b9 mod size: > 11 GB
  • Changes & additions: Too many to list here
  • Happiness with progress so far: Limitless

Ghost Recon forever! :)

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justinas91 Dec 5 2012, 11:20am says:

Can someone please tell what do i need to play this.
Do i have to have Ghost Recon with all the expansions and latest patch?

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ApexMods Dec 6 2012, 8:36am replied:

Yes, both expansions (Desert Siege and Island Thunder) as well as the latest Ghost Recon update patch (v1.4) are required.

Full system requirements and further details can be found at the mod's official web site at

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justinas91 Dec 7 2012, 3:47am replied:

This mod is perfect but still i am getting confused on the multiplayer side.
Is the xfire server still alive?
Or do i have to connect to
IP Address:

Join Port:
2346 (Ghost Recon Default)

Because when i add it it tells it is unknown

and i cant find any heroes unleashed servers on xfire or gameranger

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods Jan 15 2013, 8:40am replied:

There's a PDF with weapon stats in the XTRAS folder of the mod.

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MIAPsycho Oct 9 2012, 5:18am says:

Very good mod i cant stop playing new missions over and over again

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods Nov 10 2012, 4:35am replied:

Glad you like it! Thanks a lot for posting!

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Ace781 Oct 5 2012, 7:18pm says:

hey firstly i would like to thank you for making this mod... GR is an all time favourite of myself and my friends but we had to admit despite its still high fun factor and highly playable selection of game modes... we all had to agree without mod's out there this game would've been dead quite some time ago...
don't get me wrong we think even now the odd vanilla GR is great for a retro blast, but it does show its age alot... classic though... but your mod has really allowed the heat to raise in our games and has brought that once intense feeling back when u know ur just about to get shot... but the difference is you know but ur not sure as nothing is on map :)

so my only question is after quite possibly sounding like a total kiss a$$... when's the next installment coming out?

also personally my self and my buddies think the weapon and kit selection is just fine... the various kit choices are what also make the game fun to play...

but a suggestion Cat & mouse, u ever tried it where you get grenades only? not GL's but normal frags... and the mouse gets the mp5 thats where the real fun starts ;) quite difficult tbh as u have to predict the mouses next move :) could u have that as an option in a future release? if not np but thnx anyways :D

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ApexMods Oct 6 2012, 4:50am replied:

Thank you very much for the kind words. I very much appreciate this, as it is always an inspiration for me to hear people enjoy the mod. Gives me that warm fuzzy feeling that someone cares. :)

I'm working on the next version as we speak, but v1.0.0b8 just came out about a week ago, so the update will probably take some time, especially since it should be a major one with a lot of new content and features. If all works out as planned (it seldom does), I hope to release it before the end of the year, in December.

I'll look into the Cat & Mouse suggestion. Frankly, I don't recall the equipment kits you are given in that game type. If this is an easy implementation, you can consider it done. :)

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Ace781 Oct 6 2012, 12:42pm replied:

i eagerly await teh next release and will say if it cannot be implemented that it wouldn't put a damper on an already awesome mod :)

many thnx again :)

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