Thursday 9 December 2021

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm (Nokia N-Gage review)

Developer: Gameloft
Publisher: Gameloft
Released: 2004

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm is a first-person shooter that was also released on the PlayStation 2 (2004).

Armed with deadly weaponry such as submachine guns, rocket launches and grenades, your job is to eliminate the Colombian drug cartel and stop an all-out revolution. Campaign mode consists of eight missions, while Challenge houses 24 tasks where you must (for example) clear the level within a particular time-frame. The controls are perfectly mapped to the N-Gage keypad / buttons, and once you've taken a moment to memorise them you constantly feel like everything is at your disposal in an instant. Your team-mates are ultra responsive too and while they're available for orders they will engage in combat if the situation arises without you having to hand-hold. The frame-rate is solid and the excellent draw distance makes it easy to spot enemies in the field before quickly zooming in for a kill. The graphics are decent with some nice animation and texture detail, and I like the fly-through cut-scenes prior to each mission which provide a cinematic feel. Each mission is the perfect length for handheld play and features assorted objectives such as planting demo charges, rescuing hostages and destroying trains; however, it is displeasing that there's only around two hours of total playtime due to the paltry inclusion of just eight missions. The 24 challenges are a fun diversion, but they're more of a novelty than anything truly worthwhile. The ability to choose your preferred weapons before each battle lends some strategy though and it's rewarding how new guns are unlocked after each triumphant mission. There's not much in the way of music, but the real-world sound effects do create somewhat of a tense, foreboding atmosphere.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm is a highly polished title that successfully translates the series to the smaller screen. Each mission is a joy to play thanks to the superb control scheme and compelling objectives, and the only real criticism is that there's not more content to keep you playing beyond a couple of hours.

Random trivia: Gameloft developed five other N-Gage titles including Asphalt Urban GT (2004), Rayman 3 (2003) and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005).

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