Ghost Recon takes the next step in battlefield realism with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon™: Island Thunder™. Cuba, 2009: Castro is dead, and the first free Cuban elections in decades are thrown into turmoil by a drug-funded warlord. The Ghosts, an elite team of U.S.
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Release Date: Sep 25, 2002

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Ghost Recon takes the next step in battlefield realism with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon™: Island Thunder™.

Cuba, 2009: Castro is dead, and the first free Cuban elections in decades are thrown into turmoil by a drug-funded warlord. The Ghosts, an elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, are sent to Cuba as part of a UN peacekeeping force to destroy the rebel forces and their mercenary leaders and secure the elections for a free Cuba.

  • 8 new single player missions in an all-new campaign set across the island of Cuba.
  • 5 new dedicated multiplayer maps.
  • 12 new multiplayer weapons including the M4 SOCOM rifle and the MM-1 automatic grenade launcher.
  • 2 new multiplayer game types.
  • New Cuban enemy vehicles, new allied vehicles, and insertions by helicopter.

System Requirements


    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® 2000/XP
    • Processor: Pentium® II 450 MHz, AMD K6 III 500, or equivalent
    • System Memory: 128 MB of RAM or above
    • Video Card: 16 MB DirectX® 8.0-compliant 3D card; Voodoo™ cards not supported
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8.0-compliant sound card
    • DirectX Version: DirectX® version 8.0 or higher
    • Hard Disk: 2 GB available hard disk space
    • Multiplay: Properly configured TCP/IP connection at 56 Kbps or faster
    • Note: For an up-to-date list of supported chipsets, video cards, and operating systems, please visit the FAQ for this game at:
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2014
The difficulty level will undoubtedly spur a few people away. It's not crazily impossible or unreasonable but it's not as easy as some of the missions presented earlier.There are no huge new strides in gameplay, but the story-driven campaign is top-notch.The graphics are quite goods, as are the maps, with lots of little places to work around and use for cover. For the snipers out there, you will be pleased.It captures all the essence and excitement of the series even if it doesn't offer a lot of new elements.
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27 of 38 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 15, 2014
Really fun back in the day. Now it looks really bad due to the bad graphics, but still a good game, brings back good memories.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
The last installment for the original Ghost Recon game, this expansion is the pinacle of the game. The AI is even more responsive and their movement makes for many surprises throughout probably making this the toughest the game gets, which is already at a do-or-die. The jungle settings are also quite interesting and allow for lots of cover for both your squads but also for the enemy. As always, approaching the targets is important in itself as it will probably alter the way you play out the rest of the mission.

This is perhaps the pinacle of not only the game Ghost Recon series but also as a tactical FPS genre. A missed shot here or there will probably cost you a soldier or two so be wary. This expansion should be in every library.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Ghost Recon Island Thunder is the second and last expansion pack for Ghost Recon. This one was released in 2002, in same year as the first pack. It still feels like yet another mission pack, not adding much. 8 more missions, more weapons, more multiplayer stuff. It also came out on Xbox. And there was some edition of Ghost Recon with content of this pack for PS2 as well.

Well, seeing that multiplayer isn't a living thing, I don't think that you will care about whatever multiplayer new things, leaving us with single-player content.

As for new game mechanics, well, I guess it retains unblowable enemy jeeps from Desert Siege. And that's about it. And I guess that new specialist that has grenade launcher as primary weapon, which teammate AI never bothers to use. Oh, and stationary grenade launchers that are placed in some levels, for usage by enemies. They just never place it to be useful for player, despite letting him use them.
It's not like you will count intro cutscenes of each mission where they come in helicopter or a boat as a new mechanic.

As for 8 more missions, then eh, at this point it's more of same. Not as fun as Desert Siege, it mostly has more of missions in style that annoyed me in original Ghost Recon. Like, having to know that there is enemy who is hard to see and can shoot you down accurately somewhere at the edge of fog. It's a bit harder, with tree covers and such. Still quicksaving like no tommorow.

Plus it also got 5 more maps for Custom Missions, quite interesting ones. Actually, they put a new mode there, Defend, where you must "defend the base". I think that previous expansion pack had it, but it was multiplayer-only deal.

Well, it's not amazing. But still good. Well, no, still fine. Even meh.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
Absolutely brutal and unforgiving.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
This "Island Thunder" expansion is more to my liking than "Desert Siege". The lush thick foliage, heavy fog, and higher enemy density make it more visually appealing and challenging. Convoy escort missions have been excluded.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2012
All of the islands in this game are shaped like bags of garbage.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
It is still a great game and it works well. It looks good too. If you missed out, I recommend it. Too bad GR, DS and IT are separate on Steam, well they do combine and require the original, but they are not sold as a pack.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 24, 2013
Ghost Recon. good ol' tom clancy. like actually some of the oldest clancy games. the campaign offers a great coop exp. and a for ever frustating complex SP bot experince. MP is classic. and for 2001 its pretty good. except the rugged geometry, the sprite explosions. the rough models. and the lens flare sun. OK so this isnt BF3. but BF3 aint no GR. If you are a fan of tactical shooters then you have already played this and I dont need to remind you of how good it is. Revisiting it is fun. and is still worth gathering a bunch of friends together for a no spawn elite run. dont forget the vent.

7.0/10 (expansions included)
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2012
Its a good game, i love the realism in it.
You really feel how a normal day in a soldiers life is, and the blood features made it especially realistic.
4/5 from me :)
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Shadow Ops
1.5 hrs
Posted: July 27
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Island Thunder
fast game with modern day graphics with easy controls that moves from location A to B to C and so on,
good amount of action and special effects

good game.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: July 2
This game is awesome. It took me 3.5h to complete the whole game.

I will do some pros and cons for the game

-The game graphics are pretty decent comparing the game to other games from '02
-The mechanics of the game are awesome. It's not like shoot them up, you have to think of your own startegy to pass the Mission
-This game is one of the more realistic games, when they shoot you 1 time, you'll probably die
-In this game it is required to commander 1 or 2 teams(depends on how many teams you will take), and you can send your troops across the map with your orders because they will not move if you don't tell them to move
-Max number of teams is 3(including your own team), so the game is not that hard to play
-No bugs or crashes at all
-The game is forgotten but it doesn't need any updates or patches
-You can make a perfect teams of Ghosts waiting for your command
-The game is 8 Missions long. Too short if you ask me but that doesn't bother me at all
-Community isn't dead but there aren't many players that patrol through the Community Hub
-Models for the game are ok, they have made some new ones and they added some new weapons to the arsenal
-Enemies now drive other vehicles besides tanks and SAMs
-They have added some Mission opening cinematics

-Multiplayer is dead, isn't working for the game. Only GameRanger supports Multiplayer now, and I have found only 1 server online
-You can't jump in the game
-Enemy's A.I. is improved to the point where they scope you with AK-47 from the distance you even can't see them and your Ghost's A.I. is the same

I recommend it. 8/10 Would save Cuba with Ghosts again!
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2.2 hrs
Posted: June 5
I wanted to like Island Thunder; I really enjoyed the original game and Desert Siege, and this second expansion pack's missions feature some great maps, environments and atmosphere. But the increased difficulty throughout is infuriating, even on the Recruit (Easy) setting and even in the expansion's early missions.

Ghost Recon's always had unnaturally accurate AI--but it was forgivable in the original and the first expansion because the difficulty was balanced. It was challenging, but not frustrating. This time, however, the AI will see you from miles away, take you out in one shot with an automatic weapon from miles away, and will swarm towards you from all directions or camp in alcoves and take you down the instant you present your hitbox. The enemies, which are supposedly some sort of amateur Cuban rebels, are in fact basically more aware, more accurate and better trained than a squad of Ghosts. It just feels like some sort of broken, halfhearted attempt to increase the length of the game, but instead damages what was once enjoyable gameplay, and will ♥♥♥♥ you right off when you find yourself restarting a mission for the tenth time.

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18.7 hrs
Posted: August 15, 2014

+Great dlc.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: March 3, 2014
I only recently into the game, although its operation makes me feel difficult to accept, but the degree of fun with the game, I will give praise
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