Back in 2012, when Ghost Recon: Future Soldier was about to be released, Ubisoft decided to commission a short film, giving us a live-action feel of what the game was supposed to feel like.
And while some of it translated into a different experience, we ended up with a short that actually does a good job being a movie, more than a promotional video.
Directed by French short-film duo François Alaux and Hervé de Créc, GR:A starts off in a village in Russia. This is a covert op and the Ghosts technically don't exist.
After this introduction, we find ourselves in a middle of a covert op, to stop a bad guy from buying something. That something being a nuke, of course.
There are a lot of good things about this short. The action is balanced, the shaky cam isn't all over the place and besides a few animations, overall, this is a pretty solid movie.
The best part about all of this, is that they went all out to make this a show. Between a drone (with it's decent drone view), cloaked soldiers and a freakin' mecha, even Hollywood would find it a hard time to make it all work.
The only downside to this is that it's not longer and because of this, these characters don't have enough time to feel meaningful. We pretty much end up knowing nothing about their personal lives.
So, Ghost Recon: Alpha might not be a must-watch, but is a positive promo movie that begs the question: Why doesn't Ubisoft go bigger? Oh wait... Assassin's Creed comes out later this year!
You can watch the full short-film below: