Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed, the ruthlessly unforgiving tactical shooter experience. True hardcore realism, with nonlinear play, real-world physics, and ultra smart AI. Infinite replayability, with tons of worldwide maps, missions, game types, international special forces units, and a massive arsenal of authentic weapons and equipment.

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INTRODUCTION

Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed offers a ruthlessly unforgiving tactical FPS experience by maximizing realism in every aspect of the game. Weapons match their real-life counterparts in accuracy, effectiveness, and handling. AI displays terrifying acumen in trying to outmaneuver you. Missions take place in open-world locations and are entirely nonlinear, with a minimum of scripted events and utmost randomization, for infinite replayability.

Heroes Unleashed pushes tactical realism to the extreme, setting it light years apart from anything you are accustomed to in today’s ubiquitous action shooters. One shot can kill. There is no magical healing, fantasy gear, sci-fi enemy markers, handholding, or guide towards certain victory. It is just you and your squad, on your own behind enemy lines, with caution as your best bet to survive.

Whether you choose to play online or alone, with friends or AI, Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed delivers a rivetingly realistic squad-based military combat you won’t find anywhere else.


FEATURES

• Absolute focus on true hardcore tactical realism
• Nonlinear gameplay, real-world physics, ultra smart AI
• Huge single player and cooperative multiplayer campaign
• Infinite replayability with hundreds of maps and missions
• Massive arsenal of authentic weapons and equipment
• Various international special forces multiplayer teams
• Detailed 3D models, hi-res textures, realistic sound
• Included add-on mods for personal customization
• Cross-platform compatible for Mac and PC



TESTIMONIALS

"You will literally never need another shooter. Ever."

"Hands down one of the most well put together mods of any mod from any game I've played."

"It's not even funny how much better this is than every other Ghost Recon game."

"Breathes new life into the old classic in a way I didn't think was possible."

"One of the most ambitious mods I’ve ever seen. There’s so much new stuff, it’s insane."

"I love the attention to detail on everything, that amount of polish and consistency."

"A complete overhaul to make the game better in every single way. The dedication is amazing."

"Do yourself a favor and download the Heroes Unleashed mod."


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REQUIREMENTS

• Mac OS 9.2 - 10.x, Windows 9x/ME/2k/XP/Vista/7/8/10 (x86/64)
• 1.0 GHz processor
• 1 GB RAM
• 128 MB graphics card
• 30 GB available disk space (up to 40 GB during installation)
• TCP/IP connection (for network / internet play)
• Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (2001)


INSTALLATION

Drag-and-drop. Unpack the .7z file and read included instructions.


DETAILS & DISCUSSION

Visit the official web site at www.HeroesUnleashed.net


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Get ready for the most hardcore military shooter simulation ever made. Heroes Unleashed is a mod for the original Ghost Recon, the game that kicked off the realistic shooter series back in 2001. Its creator, Apex Mods, has seen the more accessible direction the later Ghost Recon games have taken, and has been working since 2002 on a mod that not only returns to the original game’s form, but goes above and beyond in creating a realistic tactical military shooter.

Now, after 16 years, Heroes Unleashed has finally released its 1.0 version for download. To play the mod, you’ll need a copy of Ghost Recon, which you can find on Steam or GOG.com. We spoke to Apex Mods about the intention behind the mod, and where the Ghost Recon mod and player community is at in 2018.


“The mission statement for Heroes Unleashed is its absolute focus on hardcore realism, and I'm not willing to deviate from that course in the slightest, come hell or high water.”



ModDB: What is your opinion of the most recent entries in the Ghost Recon series, when compared to the series' origins?

Apex Mods: The direction the series took after original Ghost Recon just saddens me, and that goes for all sequels, including the latest. What had started out as the epitome of a deeply engrossing gaming experience in realistic squad-based infantry combat, has turned into a shallow slugfest of superficial Hollywood action and eye candy, all for the sake of mass market appeal, all to satisfy casual gamers with the attention span of a fruit fly.

Sadly, the same is true for other big-budget titles. Instead of truly involving gameplay, many newer so-called AAA games provide little more than cursory distraction and a quick release of endorphins via instant gratification of lower instincts.

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Given the mod's focus on hardcore realism, were there ever any points where you found that realism to be too unforgiving, or too frustrating in gameplay, and had to change your approach?

No. Admittedly, unforgiving hardcore realism gameplay may be frustratingly difficult at times, but just as in real life it is invigoratingly liberating to overcome those difficulties, to succeed against all odds. Only faced with real challenge will you discover your full potential, only with your adrenaline pumping will you give it your all, will you fight lock, stock, and barrel, and only winning an unforgiving uphill battle will provide you with a true sense of well deserved achievement.

“Unforgiving hardcore realism gameplay may be frustratingly difficult at times, but just as in real life it is invigoratingly liberating to overcome those difficulties, to succeed against all odds”

The entire concept of tactical realism is based on this notion and stands squarely in the way of surrendering to difficulties. At the core of its philosophy is the idea to simulate reality in such a way that real-life tactics applied to gameplay will always prevail, and that to succeed in the game, all you need to do is think and act just as you would when facing the same situation in reality. A tactical realism FPS needs to adhere to reality, in order to replicate any given situation and its consequences in the most authentic way.

Accordingly, as an infantry soldier in a tactical realism shooter, you are extremely vulnerable, facing an unknown enemy in hostile territory, so you better be cautious and act deliberately, just as you would in reality, where your very own skin would be on the line. And here, the real fun begins, because unfettered realism paired with deliberate tactical gameplay leads to one of the most important aspects of the gaming experience: Immersion. Once your mind acknowledges the plausibility of the situation, you are being dragged deeper and deeper into the game's atmosphere, until the subconsciousness accepts your surroundings as reality. This "suspension of disbelief" is the holy grail of gaming.

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ModDB: How difficult was adding new technical features, such as realistic physics, into Ghost Recon's ageing engine?

Apex Mods: Original Ghost Recon provides a reasonably solid physics foundation; character stance and movement, fundamental weapons handling, projectile flight, hit detection, penetration and ricocheting, damage model and wound lethality, are already fairly realistic in the vanilla game, especially considering that we are talking about an engine from 2001.

Being able to build on strong fundamentals, Heroes Unleashed simply takes realism that final step further by eradicating any remnants of handholding, linearity, and artificial balancing … Although limited by some hard-coded (unalterable) restrictions, Ghost Recon is quite "moddable", allowing far reaching modifications e.g. of weapons accuracy, ballistics, damage mechanics, as well as AI planning levels, randomness of mission execution, etc. to bring the simulation much closer to real-world infantry combat.

“Heroes Unleashed simply takes realism that final step further by eradicating any remnants of handholding, linearity, and artificial balancing”

Starting with a comprehensive collection of real-world data for each and every gun, e.g. exact weights, dimensions, and technical design of all parts and accessories, empiric external ballistics tables with its specific ammunition type etc., I constructed an elaborate system of mathematical equations and formulas, and after an endless procedure of in-game trials, finally determined a method for authentic weapon simulation. To give you just a rough idea of the difficulties and actual labor involved, this single mod feature alone took years worth of work hours and countless iterations to develop.



What kind of actionable feedback did you receive from your open beta, and how did it shape the final mod?

From initial public beta until today's release there has been a steady stream of feedback, not the least of which with reasonable suggestions and feature requests. I've tried to accommodate input from fans wherever it would fit into the bigger picture, the long term goal, which is to combine uncompromising hardcore realism with infinite replayability.

The mission statement for Heroes Unleashed is its absolute focus on hardcore realism, and I'm not willing to deviate from that course in the slightest, come hell or high water. However, the best way to maximize realism within a simulation is debatable, and there has often been feedback that sent me back to the drawing board.

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How healthy is the hardcore Ghost Recon community in 2018? Do you think the release of this mod will bring a number of players back to check it out?

Ghost Recon has a loyal die-hard following keeping it alive. Among tactical realism and MilSim fans the game enjoys cult status, and many consider it to be the best tactical shooter ever devised. You can always find active servers online, and there are still regular events like tournaments scheduled, although it's naturally a far cry from Ghost Recon's prime, when it dominated competitive online gaming.

“You can always find active servers online, and there are still regular events like tournaments scheduled”

Of course, I hope that Ghost Recon: Heroes Unleashed will help grow the community of true tactical shooter fans, but the tough challenge of unforgiving realism obviously isn't for everyone.

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What’s next for Heroes Unleashed?

On the long journey from initial concept to today, Heroes Unleashed has gone through major changes on many fronts. Whenever a novel idea for enhancement seemed feasible, I tried realizing it. Whenever a new plan promised to improve realism, I tried implementing it. It's basically a never ending story. The more I work on HU, the more things I find to put on my endless to-do list. Even today I honestly can't say if there'll ever be an end in sight. There's enough on my worksheet for another two decades.


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Raptoid
Raptoid

Does this come with a completely new campaign? Is the original still available?

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Guest
Guest

I have a question: Is there any way in this mod to increase the speed of the soldiers other than to activate the arcade mode? Or is there any way for the dead soldier to be reborn near where he died?
I and some friends like to play cooperative missions with a few extra lives and back from the point of insertion of the map makes the game more tiring as time goes by.

I would greatly appreciate the answer, as it would greatly help in our experience with the game and the mod itself which is wonderful. Thanks also for the effort and commitment of the producer (s) of this mod.

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods

Movement speed of soldiers is hard-coded in the game and cannot be changed.

(Re-)spawn locations are fixed to certain zones on each map. Theoretically, this could be circumvented through scripting by "teleporting" respawned actors, but this would entail a boatload of other issues, as the game engine expects all teleporting to be finished before game start.

As mentioned in the mod's manual, I'd wholeheartedly recommend that you and your friends try to play without respawning. It's more realistic (and that's what the game and the mod are all about), you'll find that your play style will become much more deliberate and tactical, and last but not least your game experience will be a lot more demanding and therefor ultimately a lot more thrilling.

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Guest
Guest

oh and please fix the zoom for non scoped weapons. i want to focus in on enemies, not squint and struggle with the choppy aiming.

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods

Check out the add-on mods in the XTRAS folder. They let you customize (almost) everything.

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Guest

ok i know this is supposed to be "realistic" but i dont know why you had to completely remove enemy marking and threat indicator instead of having the option to disable them... i also want to disable the scope cuz it is mostly in the way, heck i would actually like to change the scope to look a bit clearer and not have so much of the scope frame being so chunky.

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ApexMods Creator
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Check out the add-on mods in the XTRAS folder. They let you customize (almost) everything.

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Guest

is there a way to know what the xtras look like before i install them?

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ApexMods Creator
ApexMods

The XTRAS folder comes included in the mod folder. The add-on mods are archived as 7z files and can be installed just like the mod itself and activated/deactivated in-game. Just give them a whirl to see what's what.

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Any advice here? I reinstalled the 1.0 and now none of the voice lines in the briefings or from soldiers in game will play.

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Probably corrupted the 7z. Best use original 7-Zip to extract 7-zip.org

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I had to come back to this mod so I can review. There really aren't any words to explain how much I love this mod. It should probably be called Ghost Recon Perfected. It adds all the ghost recon content in one whole Mod then adds as a ton of more content on top of that. This mod and the ARMA series are just about the only two realistic tactical shooters I only play. This one shoots at 2nd on my list. With the new XL XXL mission types I can have even more fun! The amount levels make an endless server…

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