Hours after the release of Ghost Recon Wildlands Narco Road, a large portion of the community has united against the DLC. There are quite a few issues players have with the expansion, such as characters being reset to level 20, most of the skill unlocks were reset, and the "new" weapons are actually uncustomizable variants of existing guns.
After looking through most of the threads on the Ghost Recon Wildlands subreddits and several Facebook groups, the gripes are all generally the same.
- You're forced to make an entirely new character, which starts at level 20.
- You don't have access to your full weapon loadout.
- The new guns added into Narco Road are simply named variants and aren't customizable. Technically they are new, but the only point in using them is because they are the only ones available.
- Skills you previously unlocked in the base game have been reset.
- Narco Road reappropriates the same map, but closes off the majority.
- The animals in the animal trafficking missions don't ever get out of their cages.
- Any semblance of the gritty world of the Ghost Recon universe was torn down by the flashy muscle cars, monster trucks, and nitro boosts.
- The planes' control schemes are awkward.
- Your character has no squad so they're forced to mutter their own thoughts to themselves.
Debating these points, Ubisoft stated Narco Road was always meant to be a standalone expansion, and a wholly different game experience from the base game. They didn't want to mesh Narco Road's features with the storyline of the original Wildlands.
Their line of thought screamed laziness to quite a few members of the community. Ghost Recon Wildlands will receive constant updates, yes, but you'll be forced to go back-and-forth between the base game and the DLC to experience them.
Take the Season Challenges for example. The feature was just added to Ghost Recon Wildlands a little under a week before Narco Road. The Challenges are to be updated weekly, but cannot be accessed through the expansion, only the base version. If you own the DLC, you'll be jumping between the two versions and the different storylines therein after every weekly Challenge update.
Because of the disconnect Narco Road imparted on its community, some have suggested holding a blackout event similar to the For Honor boycott weeks ago. If anything, the Ghost Recon Wildlands community seeks an open dialogue with the developers. Any dialogue would be ideal, but constant boycotts are not the answer. Threatening the same thing over-and-over lessens its weight and eventually, you'll just go unheard.
Hopefully, you've yet to lock yourself into the Season Pass. If you haven't, consider your options. You can buy the DLC as a single purchase, which will unlock on April 25 or you could wait for it to go on sale. Or, you could simply not buy Narco Road at all.
If you are locked into the Season Pass though, maybe the Ghost Recon Wildlands Fallen Ghosts DLC will be better than Narco Road — maybe.
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