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Released on October 21st 2008, Far Cry 2 is the long awaited sequel to the popular first person shooter of the same name.

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Pros

Amazing fire feature; fire lives, breathes and spreads realistically

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gorgeous graphics with a high level of immersion

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No loading when going into buildings or new across areas

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Far draw distances

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buy upgrades and weapons with credit gained from completing missions

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Destructable environments

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many combat strategies - completely dependent on the user's style

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Convincing enemy AI for the most part

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Free, open world environment

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great animation of the player's character

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large variety of primary and secondary missions

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supporting characters are fleshed out well

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best-buddy mechanic is a cool idea

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unique scenario and setting (not many games take place in Africa)

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great surround sound design

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the fire is very very realistic and it spreads

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enemies use strategies to take you down

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Cons

Game-play becomes repetitive after some time

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Takes a very long time to get from one area to another, there is a transportation system but location points are limited.

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driving around is constantly interrupted by enemy vehicles making transportation a big pain

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Attacking the same gaurd posts over and over gets old

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malaria

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Side missions are often all the same

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Enemies are back as soon as you leave and come back to an area

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story really makes no sense at all

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enemy weapons constantly jam which can be frustrating

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Slow vehicles

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can't sprint for very long

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there is a very low population; no people in except in the HQ (there is no people walking in the dessert road, no people in bus stations, no people driving around)

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Once you commence the final mission set, you can't go back and finish what you left behind

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DRM for PC version. "Securom PA" Protection.

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you get all the best weapons by 60% - somewhat unimpressive

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no civilians

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Vehicles need to be repaired far too often (take too much damage)

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stealth is no use

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the m249 mounted jeep is faster than the JEEP Liberty and JEEP Wrangler

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Weapons fire is "too" realistic.

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enemy units AI/health is poorly executed

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the enemies are too sensitive

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fundamental issues with the game - disappearing NPCs etc... - interrupt progression for a select group of players

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enemies always kills you if they see you

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Released on October 21st 2008, Far Cry 2 is the long awaited sequel to the popular first person shooter of the same name. With the same open world concept, Far Cry 2 abandons the plot and science fiction elements of the first game to focus more on bringing the storyline into line with the 'realistic' elements that made the original a success. Similar to games such as Fallout 3, the game will be released on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as well as PC - bringing the overall system requirements for the later down considerably. The game still remains quite demanding, however, requiring very powerful video cards as well as powerful RAM and CPUs to attain decent frame rates at higher resolutions and levels of detail.

PC System Requirements
  • Minimum: Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, Pentium D 2.66 Ghz, AMD Athlon 64 3500+ or better, 1GB of memory (2GB for Vista), 6GB of free disk space, NVidia 6800 or ATI X1650 or better; must support Pixel Shader 3.0
  • Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo Family, AMD 64 X2 5200+, AMD Phenom or better, 2GB of memory, 6GB of free disk space, NVidia 8600 GTS or better, ATI X1900 or better
Post Review
Omar
07/07/2009 12:01
Update: I've given up on this game. There, I said it.

I overlooked the repetitive missions, the respawning checkpoints, the fast-talking voice acting, the drudgery of traveling, the slow sprinting, the broken weapons, the lack of vehicles, being unable to experiment with weapons, the breaking down of cars, the annoying save system.

I was able to overlook ALL of that.

But what finally got me to stop playing was when I realized that the fundamental plot and motivations of the game were completely arbitrary and made no logical sense. The game starts off as you going to STOP the Jackal, but you end up becoming the worst mass-murdering monster the world has ever seen.

You can argue that stories in games don't matter, but they do to me, and they at least need to make SENSE in their own world and logic. This game is just a complete disaster in that regard, and unfortunately fantastic technology can't save it.

It's a damn shame too, it really could have been something incredible. If the design team had the same talent and skill as the technical side, it would have been a landmark.

As it stands now, it's simply a technical showpiece to what could have been. Hopefully other games will take some of the innovative concepts and ideas introduced and make a FUN and compelling experience out of it.
Omar
04/16/2009 01:05

I just started playing this game recently, and so far it's a pretty sweet experience. The graphics really are gorgeous and really shine with the dynamic day/night system. I had an experience where I had to ambush some bad-guys, they started driving away and so I chased them traveling towards the sun just as it was rising. It looked friggin amazing with the light streaming through the trees and dust, very cool indeed.

There are some consistently annoying aspects to the game though. Enemies do pop-up too much when you're just traveling around which exacerbates a few issues with the game: Traveling/saving at safe houses is tedious, you don't GAIN anything by fighting random enemies, and you have to travel A LOT due to the layout of the map and how the missions are structured. So because you want to be stocked up on a fresh weapon, and good medical supplies before your REAL mission you'll be traveling to your safe house a lot while trying to GET to the mission because of the stupid random battles. This wouldn't be SO bad if you were actually rewarded for fighting them, but there's literally nothing to gain from them.

For now though, the game is compelling enough that I can overlook these issues and haven't brought it down for me. We'll see if this continues for another 10 hours though. The fact that I know about these issues though means I'm going to take on side missions sparingly, so I don't burn myself out on the tedious stuff before finishing the main story.

BrileyKenney
11/13/2008 06:29

Far Cry 2 is a decent game overall. Certainly compared to other shooters such as Fallout and Bioshock it doesn't completely hold its own, but it does provide a unique experience. The multi-player is solid, always has been (Far Cry multi-player was nothing to sneeze at) and the game comes bundled with easy to use map and mission creation software. The single player does get old after a while as trekking across the African safari takes a long time to get from one place to another; there are quick travel locations but they are limited and take a while to reach as well. Enemy vehicles frequent the land, and while this is a cool concept it does happen a little too often as it seems you spend most of your traveling time fighting off random enemies who pull up in a jeep. On the positive side the game offers lots of weapons, upgrade possibilities and beautiful visuals. However if you are not into the online multi-player this game will get old after some time. I still enjoy it, and I'm still running around the safari setting the land ablaze with molotovs and plowing into zebras with autos (a little sadistic I know but how often does one get to).

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