So, I see that old-school gamers tend to dislike the GRAW games, but I've seen very little explanation why. I can get these games so cheap. Will anyone weigh in with their opinion?
Sure. The PC versions of GRAW and GRAW 2 are frankly pretty fuckin' great. Perhaps not up to the original's level, but still wholly enjoyable. They do require a slow pace, some thinking, and they generally contain a lot of elements of what made the original so amazing. You only have one squad, though, (and you can command each member individually) and the levels aren't as wide-open as the originals were, though there's almost always multiple ways to get the drop on an enemy. You can't switch to one of your other team members, so if you go down, it's back to the last checkpoint. and this is where the game (GRAW 1, since GRAW 2 has quicksaves) is both great and annoying for me. The checkpoints are the only available saves... and they aren't forgiving with them, especially since they don't account for the instances where your AI teammates might die. So there was this one mission where my teammates were being retards and didn't immediately run out of a bunker set to explode, and they died and I went the rest of this rather long, and very difficult mission by myself, with every death meaning at least 10 minutes I had to redo. This is annoying, but also very, very good because it makes the game incredibly tense. When an enemy you didn't know was there barely misses you, you'll jump pretty hard and make a mad dash for cover. GRAW 2 is more forgiving since you can have quicksaves, but it's also harder, especially with the last few missions of that game, which are extraordinarily brutal and will require a lot of patience.
Still, I recommend them both. Hell, I recommend the console and the PC versions, since they're so different in how they play, and both versions are just fantastic to play. But yes, GRAW and GRAW 2 on PC are proper Ghost Recon games. Get them and have fun.