Having played a couple of sessions now, it's not a GR game.
There's moments of brilliance, like creeping up on a radio tower in the dark with a thunderstorm above, or picking off enemies one by one using squad commands. The core components are all there to make it better than Future Soldier or even the GRAW titles. Gunsmith is still there which is awesome, the drone is better designed, and your squad is fairly responsive to commands. Also, I thought the cover system is not only better then the previous games, but seems to work better than every other softlock cover system I've used.
But using an open world framework has killed this game tbh.
-The AI is thicker than 2 bricks (both the enemies and your own squad)
-Your squad aren't smart enough to use vehicle themselves and so magically spawn out of your arse when you hop off a dirt bike.
-An enemy can stand right next to a team mate and empty clip after clip into them without having an impact. Half the challenge of these games is supposed to be keeping your team alive.
-The vehicle handling sucks, but then using vehicles in the first place is only a necessity of the open world environment. The helicopter handling was particularly poor when compared to BF or GTA games.
-The free roaming choose-your-own-mission structure doesn't work imo, it's another open world trope that has removed what should have been a tight focus on tactical combat.
-There's so much unnecessary fluff. I get that it's part of the unstructured openworld game type, and it honestly works for most games in that genre, but it doesn't fit this franchise at all imo.
It reminds me of what was done with MGS franchise, the difference being that Kojima did a much better job of converting the gameplay mechanics for sandbox play.
Taken on it's own merits it's actually a decent open world shooting game ( though it doesn't really stand out much from all of the competition). But as a Ghost Recon game it's a flop. They should have gone the Sniper Elite 4 route and given you multiple smaller sandboxes for each mission, that kept the focus purely on the tasks at hand and ditched the need for all the unnecessary crap that's been shoehorned in.
So disappointed right now.