Ghost Recon Wildlands free trial weekend starts today

Something for the weekend, madam? Invading anywhere nice? You might want to consider rounding up some chums to maraud across Bolivia in Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site], as the full game is free to play this weekend. Or you could play the open-world sneak-o-shooter on your tod, I suppose. Or against other warmen, as Ubisoft added PvP with the new Ghost War mode this week. Brendan and Graham enjoyed playing co-op together for a few hours, so it might be a lark even if you don’t fancy the full game. A few hours of fun for free is an acceptable prospect.

The free weekend starts today and will end on Sunday. It’s not live just yet but you can start preloading through Ubisoft’s Uplay client. It will be on Steam too. Wildlands already has a free five-hour demo but this is certainly longer.

It’s fine if you download a trial and play for a couple days with no interest in picking up the full thing, isn’t it? It can be enjoyable in itself rather than being seen as evaluating the full product for potential purchase. A game with an open world, a variety of sneak-o-shooty options, vehicles, and explosions seems like a good place to muck about with some mates for a bit. Brendan’s Wildlands review thought that was perhaps the best use for it:

“I’m sure if you have the three pals and a determination to make small roles for yourselves (“Let me drive!” – “Okay, I’ll snipe from the hill” – “And I’ll be the spotter”) you’ll find that nugget of enjoyability that the game is selling itself on. The lark of pretending you’re all competent and likeable human beings. But I guarantee that before long it will become clear to you what’s really going on below the surface level of shooting Latinos in the head – you are all simply doing a checklist together in an open world with none of the madness of the Far Cry series, and certainly none of the inventiveness of MGSV, a game which already perfected the genre of open-world political interference a whole year and a half ago. Imagine if that game had co-op. Herein lies the fatal flaw – previous Far Crys introduced your own friends for extraneous chaos. Wildlands uses your own friends as a crutch.”

Potentially fun for a weekend, then?

The full version of Wildlands will also be half-price this weekend, so those who take a shine to it can keep playing. Progress will carry over from the weekend trial.


  1. Ghostwise says:

    Did you know that “Bolivia” is short for “Beauteous Olivia” and was thus named to celebrate actress Olivia Wilde ?

    True story.

    • Minglefingler says:

      You’re wrong, it’s derived from the latin phrase “boo, Livia” which was used to shout down uppity women from the time of Augustus Caesar onwards. Not that the Bolivians knew this. Simon Bolivar was summering in Italy when he heard some children chanting the phrase at a cantankerous grandmother. Not speaking Latin, he misread the situation, believing the children to be honouring their elder and thus named his country after what he perceived to be a celebration of feminity. When he realised his mistake he’d already had stationery printed and had to choose to either bankrupt the state for some new headed paper or live with a name he now found abhorrent.

  2. mukuste says:

    How big is the download?

    • Velko says:

      Seems to be about 50Gb.

      • AthanSpod says:

        Indeed it’s 49.72GB to download in Uplay (I’ve never had it installed before).

        I’m more wondering exactly when this starts. Noon Pacific time ?

        • AthanSpod says:

          Ah, already live, just needed the download to complete, duh.

      • mukuste says:

        Uh. I guess that gives me enough time to download it just in time for the weekend to be over!

        No thanks.

  3. TheSplund says:

    I tried the previous free time – has it actually improved or is it still godawful?

    • Buuurr says:

      The PVP is amazing. The single not so much… the PVP though… the turnovers. The comebacks. Its a nail biter.

  4. wombat191 says:

    I was excited for this.. hoping it would be an open world version of ghost recon but yeah.. bog standard ubisoft open world ggame

    • Buuurr says:

      ? Ghost Wars is literally just like Ghost Recon, third person but pretty much dead on.