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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AOG (Army of Ghost Recon) is one of the oldest Ghost Recon clans with the longest running Ghost Recon game servers on the internet for both adversarial TvT/PvP battles, as well as cooperative play against AI. They recently added a new server with the Heroes Unleashed mod, catering to both newcomers and veterans of Ghost Recon multiplayer, so drop by the AOG forums and join in for some online games.

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Ace781 Oct 5 2012 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 Creator
ApexMods Oct 6 2012 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 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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harvey2670 Aug 11 2012 says:

there is to much thing in ur mod one weapons take up few section is quiet hard to get the weapons i want spent few minute of constant clicking to get to my weapons make me few so sad but is not ur fault

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ApexMods Sep 18 2012 replied:

And just imagine... there will probably be even MORE weapons in the future. Unbearable, eh? :)

But seriously, I'd like to implement a separate app for launching the game with preselected equipment, but it is a little further down on my to-do list, so I may have to ask for your patience a while longer.

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lordtui Jun 17 2012 says:

Damn i thought it was dead... really a great mod, thank you very much!

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods Jun 25 2012 replied:

You're welcome! Sorry that the update took so long, but I had loads of work obligations. I hope the new features make up for it, though.

I have lots of new and exciting stuff planned for many future versions to come, so I think this mod will live to fight for the true tactical shooter genre yet another day. ;)

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Raptoid Jun 5 2012 says:

Excellent mod, only thing is that I shouldn't have to click 100+ times to select the weapon the weapon I want, it's too time consuming in quick play missions. It's hard just to find a rifle with a grenade launcher, a list or load out save system across all game-modes would be nice.

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods Jun 7 2012 replied:

First of all, thanks! Glad you like the mod. :)

Going through the entire equipment selection surely requires a bit of patience, but regretfully the system is hard-coded in the game and cannot be changed through "soft" modding (there is no public access to the source code).

A load out save system would have to be implemented as a separate application, which is actually on my to-do list, but admittedly pretty far down that list, as there are still loads and loads of in-game features I'd rather implement first.

Your suggestion of a written list of available equipment kits for each soldier class sounds good (I think that's what you meant?), and is certainly doable short-term, so I'll try to put that in the next update.

Hopefully I'll get the next version ready a lot faster than this release. :)

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Computica Jun 6 2012 replied:

I disagree with you.

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods Jun 7 2012 replied:

LOL :)

You disagree with him? Come on, you have to admit the kit selection is a bit of a chore at times with over 1,000 equipment combinations to choose from. But I guess it's still better to have too much equipment than too little, right? :)

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Computica Jun 10 2012 replied:

If he doesn't want to click 100+ times via quick play all he has to do is make a LAN Server and let that baby shuffle through missions at random.
Though he won't be able to really change the AI's equipment he'll be able to change his.

Besides, what's not to like about this mod and not the actual game engine itself. >:D

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