Far Cry 2 PC

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  1. CameronR.
    Nov 6, 2008
    10
    A brilliant and absorbing sandbox shooter. Something I've been waiting for for years. May be an acquired taste for players used to linear progression and structure, but I for one loved being set a task, immersing myself in the setting and then applying myself to pulling off the job. AI is fantastic, as are the graphics and gameplay. The action is wonderful, dynamic and the whole A brilliant and absorbing sandbox shooter. Something I've been waiting for for years. May be an acquired taste for players used to linear progression and structure, but I for one loved being set a task, immersing myself in the setting and then applying myself to pulling off the job. AI is fantastic, as are the graphics and gameplay. The action is wonderful, dynamic and the whole thing has immense replay value due to the dynamic nature of the thing. Two very big thumbs up. Expand
  2. DavidB.
    Nov 5, 2008
    10
    One of the most beautiful and immersive games ever created. I generally have a hard time getting into open world games like this...but after slugging through the first few hours and getting a feel of how everything works...I'm totally addicted. (And I haven't even tried the multiplayer or map editor options yet!) Fav PC game of 2008 so far. (Although L4D isn't out One of the most beautiful and immersive games ever created. I generally have a hard time getting into open world games like this...but after slugging through the first few hours and getting a feel of how everything works...I'm totally addicted. (And I haven't even tried the multiplayer or map editor options yet!) Fav PC game of 2008 so far. (Although L4D isn't out yet...might be a close call between those two.). Expand
  3. Sergerqqlala
    Nov 6, 2008
    10
    This game is just cool. The reason it is such a good game is a combination of many small but important game elements. Instead of crushing you under tons different role-playing elements Far Cry 2 breaks it all down into three different sections: Daimonds, Drugs and Guns. The game is gritty without being frustraiting (except on Infamous difficulty). Your guns wear down and you heal yourself This game is just cool. The reason it is such a good game is a combination of many small but important game elements. Instead of crushing you under tons different role-playing elements Far Cry 2 breaks it all down into three different sections: Daimonds, Drugs and Guns. The game is gritty without being frustraiting (except on Infamous difficulty). Your guns wear down and you heal yourself by performing first aid depending on your injuries. These elements alow you to feel in tune with your charicter, and your buddys almost take death out of the equation. Instead of constantly pressing the quickload key you are instead asisted by your buddy in question, who drags you out of harms way and covers you as you patch yourself up. This is a refreshing change from haveing to replay a sequence because of some bad luck. On the other hand you do run into a AI glitch every once and awhile but thats a total nitpick. And some animations are a bit stiff, however this anomaly is few and far between and no where as bad as other games. In fact I couldnt help but but admire Far Cry 2's fluidity, sequences are smooth and the graphics in some places are breathtakeing. The story is interesting and changes depending on what charicter you choose. It is NOT Cliched, yes it is set in Africa and involves daimonds but that doesnt automatically make it cliched. I wont talk about the finer parts of the story but let me tell you some scenes are innovative and unique for a FPS. Over all this game may look like a generic jungle shooter on the surface but if you play it you will not regret it. And as a side note I played Far Cry 2 on my PC and had no problems with the controls. The game crashed once throughout 44 hours of gamplay. Truth be told it is an excellent PC game. NOT a Console Port. Granted there is no lean and no prone but i never found the absence of these to be a problem. Truly a one of a kind game. Expand
  4. AlanG.
    Oct 30, 2008
    9
    I own the pc version and i think its bloody brilliant!! I cant believe the amount of people who have given this a low score. I also own crysis but you know what, i think i prefer FC2 over crysis. The AI is smarter in FC2, they dont get confused when you snipe them. The only down side so far is that the enemy take a few too many shots to take down (crysis was the same pre-patch) but 1 head I own the pc version and i think its bloody brilliant!! I cant believe the amount of people who have given this a low score. I also own crysis but you know what, i think i prefer FC2 over crysis. The AI is smarter in FC2, they dont get confused when you snipe them. The only down side so far is that the enemy take a few too many shots to take down (crysis was the same pre-patch) but 1 head shot still does the trick. I can only assume this problem is made worse on ps3 as aiming with the control pad is difficult. But everything else is just really really good. Anyone who doesnt like this game just cant be playing it right, yes you have the same checkpoints that you have to keep attacking but there's many ways to approach just like crysis but with the added ability of using fire. For instance as you approach a check point take a little time to see where people are, if they're all inside the buildings then why not lob a couple of molotov cocktails into the surrounding fields and watch as the enemy is forced out into the open by the incoming fire (make sure the wind is blowing in the right direction of course) then you can take them out with whatever gun you happen to prefer, or with a bit of planning you can place some explosive in a strategic place then use fire to force people into that area then BOOM, detonate via remote. People have said the cars always break down?? I've been playing for a week and the only time i've had a break down is when my motor has been shot to pieces by the enemy. Even then you can just get out and fix the car yourself. There is a problem with online play as the connection keeps dropping but i'm sure this will be sorted out. Otherwise i love playing online, all the game mechanics still apply online. You can set fire to just about anything, drive vehicles and mend them. You can heal your fellow team mates when they've fallen which in itself can be dangerous and exciting as you never know whether its a trap, the enemy sniper could still have his sights aimed on the fallen man waiting to take down anyone who trys to help. For me this game takes all the good elements from games like crysis, far cry, and even GTA and blends them to make a superb gaming experience. Cant understand how anyone can hate this game Expand
  5. RichardK.
    Nov 18, 2009
    9
    It's evident from other user reviews here that there are two distinct types of shooter fan. The first type demands a deep story, relishes in highly dramatic scripted battles and so is necessarily kept 'on rails' by the game, since this caliber of storytelling is still impossible to do dynamically. Well, Far Cry 2 isn't your game, get back to CoD! The second type It's evident from other user reviews here that there are two distinct types of shooter fan. The first type demands a deep story, relishes in highly dramatic scripted battles and so is necessarily kept 'on rails' by the game, since this caliber of storytelling is still impossible to do dynamically. Well, Far Cry 2 isn't your game, get back to CoD! The second type relishes in freeform, dynamic gameplay, i.e. sandbox games. We enjoy a bit of storyline too, but not so much that it distracts from our main reason for playing shooters: inflicting epic amounts of violence on unsuspecting, virtual people, choosing our grim methods from a range of options. For us, Far Cry 2 is an absolute blast. First the negatives, since it's far from perfect. Weapon damage isn't at all realistic, with both you and the virtual fodder being able to soak multiple shots. Respawn times for the endless patrols is far too high, and you're rarely able to drive around for more than one or two minutes before being intercepted by another jeep full. The good stuf: both the engine and the virtual piece of Africa you get to roam in look absolutely stunning and realistic. Weapon handling is flawless. Vehicle handling is flawless, easily beating e.g. GTA. Love sniping? This is your game. Love brutely murdering goons with the best in-game flamethrower ever? Got it. Just watching how fires spread will convince anyone with any feel for quality that this is something special. And it still has drama, dynamically employing scripts to create involvement, where LESSER games like the Call of Duty series have to rely on stupid virtual people casually waiting until the player's arrival before displaying their wafer thin emo. It's a shame Ubisoft refused to release an SDK for this, resulting in a distinct lack of mods which could (and would) solve the few annoying faults of this masterpiece. At its current price, anyone who relishes freedom, fun and great graphics should get this. Expand
  6. PaulB
    Nov 1, 2008
    9
    Come one people. This game is a good time. The weapons are well modeled and fun to use. The sound is excellent and the graphics are very good. The story is entertaining and the drive time adds to the ambience. Running a road block and putting a set of tire tracks across a few henchmen
  7. ShawnPowell
    Oct 30, 2008
    10
    I like the openness of this game. It is set up so that driving and being with your vehicle is a major part. But also I was impressed that the terrain maps are made so that you can traverse the country side off road if you want. It is a challenge to navigate your jeep off road while the benefits in so doing in evading the roving soldiers is advantageous sometimes. I was surprised how I like the openness of this game. It is set up so that driving and being with your vehicle is a major part. But also I was impressed that the terrain maps are made so that you can traverse the country side off road if you want. It is a challenge to navigate your jeep off road while the benefits in so doing in evading the roving soldiers is advantageous sometimes. I was surprised how realistic and fun the driving can be. Boats and walking or running are other ways to reach points on the map. And because of this there is plenty of freedom in approaching your goals in missions. The goal of completing the missions in the game are fun and addictive. The scenery and music lend to this but are not distracting. In fact I have noticed that nothing as far as trees or rocks seem to be repetitious and each detail of the scenery is rendered naturally and realistically. Out of the graphics area in the game one weapon, the rifle with a scope is a little big and takes up a lot of my field of view in the game- but that is nit picking some. Frequent saves are an annoyance but that is balanced by absolutely no load times or cut scenes. You don't know when you could die so before going through check points it is a good Idea to save. There are no load times in the game in going from one part of a region to another (except for bus rides) which is impressive to me considering the speed at which the amazing graphics are blazing by at times in lengthy journeys. Combat is a little too easy at times. I would suggest an experienced FPS player start at the game at Hardcore. Also the game plays fine and looks wonderful on my system a middle range computer with a 3ghz single core processor and good graphics card. If you plan to buy a game for yourself and enjoy long single player missions this game is for you. The multiplayer component looks promising but I may save it for later. After about 20 hours of game play I have not finished it and killed the Jackal. But I suspect it will be a fulfilling and climatic ending. Expand
  8. mike
    Aug 1, 2009
    9
    Well after going through the posts one thing is clear...if you expected this to be exactly the same as Far Cry 1 - (expectations will always lead to disappointment in life in any endeavor - you kids will eventually learn this), then you will likely be disappointed. It's different, but just because a few whiners think different is bad so doesn't make it true. I played very little Well after going through the posts one thing is clear...if you expected this to be exactly the same as Far Cry 1 - (expectations will always lead to disappointment in life in any endeavor - you kids will eventually learn this), then you will likely be disappointed. It's different, but just because a few whiners think different is bad so doesn't make it true. I played very little of the first game, had no expectations for this one, and was thoroughly delighted. AI is decent, Fights are fun and intense, flame thrower's a joy to use (get up-wind of a complex, burn baby burn and peg them off when they flee, or watchem squirm - priceless). For those who are bitchin that this "too" real (old guns jam, you get malaria, etc) - go play doom 1 or tetris - that's likely more up your alley, lol - who ever bitched a game was too realistic? go do puzzles or something. Expand
  9. Sergerqqlala
    Nov 3, 2008
    10
    This game is just cool. The reason it is such a good game is a combination of many small but important game elements. Instead of crushing you under tons different role-playing elements Far Cry 2 breaks it all down into three different sections: Daimonds, Drugs and Guns. The game is gritty without being frustraiting (except on Infamous difficulty). Your guns wear down and you heal yourself This game is just cool. The reason it is such a good game is a combination of many small but important game elements. Instead of crushing you under tons different role-playing elements Far Cry 2 breaks it all down into three different sections: Daimonds, Drugs and Guns. The game is gritty without being frustraiting (except on Infamous difficulty). Your guns wear down and you heal yourself by performing first aid depending on your injuries. These elements alow you to feel in tune with your charicter, and your buddys almost take death out of the equation. Instead of constantly pressing the quickload key you are instead asisted by your buddy in question, who drags you out of harms way and covers you as you patch yourself up. This is a refreshing change from haveing to replay a sequence because of some bad luck. On the other hand you do run into a AI glitch every once and awhile but thats a total nitpick. And some animations are a bit stiff, however this anomaly is few and far between and no where as bad as other games. In fact I couldnt help but but admire Far Cry 2's fluidity, sequences are smooth and the graphics in some places are breathtakeing. The story is interesting and changes depending on what charicter you choose. It is NOT Cliched, yes it is set in Africa and involves daimonds but that doesnt automatically make it cliched. I wont talk about the finer parts of the story but let me tell you some scenes are innovative and unique for a FPS. Over all this game may look like a generic jungle shooter on the surface but if you play it you will not regret it. And as a side note I played Far Cry 2 on my PC and had no problems with the controls. The game crashed once throughout 44 hours of gamplay. Truth be told it is an excellent PC game. NOT a Console Port. Granted there is no lean and no prone but i never found the absence of these to be a problem. Truly a one of a kind game. Expand
  10. RussH.
    Oct 30, 2008
    8
    First off, this game has little in common with far Cry other than the name and it has guns. For me personally this is a huge bonus...i say hooray because i hated Far Cry after the first few levels. Stupid AI that you had to pump 10,000 rounds of ammo into before they died...rubbish! This game has a slower pace and a brilliant open environment. I'm happy to drive about taking in the First off, this game has little in common with far Cry other than the name and it has guns. For me personally this is a huge bonus...i say hooray because i hated Far Cry after the first few levels. Stupid AI that you had to pump 10,000 rounds of ammo into before they died...rubbish! This game has a slower pace and a brilliant open environment. I'm happy to drive about taking in the sights. Sit on a hill scouting out a target before attack. Yes some of it is repetitive and it's highly annoying the two opposing factions don't actually fight each other. And it would be nice if everybody in the game wasn't out to kill you. Graphics are lush, sounds are nice. Vehicle models are good. Weapons feel good. I can see why people are upset with this game and why it's scoring so low with quite a few users. It's simply not fast paced or moving seemlessly from mission to mission like COD4. The story and characters in COD4 were excellent, this doesn't compare. The lame multiplayer doesn't help. But i'm happy. It's nice to have something slower and open ended. Expand
  11. AnonymousMC
    Nov 2, 2008
    10
    People giving this game a negative score are obviously irrelevant and pathetic. Firstly yeah there is a gameplay problem with enemies respawning far too quickly at camps -nothing that can't be fixed with a patch- i.e. IF you use the road and play it like rambo. There is also some minor problem with the field of view (16:10 here) and the mouse sensibility but both can't be fixedPeople giving this game a negative score are obviously irrelevant and pathetic. Firstly yeah there is a gameplay problem with enemies respawning far too quickly at camps -nothing that can't be fixed with a patch- i.e. IF you use the road and play it like rambo. There is also some minor problem with the field of view (16:10 here) and the mouse sensibility but both can't be fixed easily. Now if you think the game is repetitive -this is a FPS FFS- just don't use the road, free roaming, stealth, incredible setting and engine, etc, this is the best FPS of the year. The game -in this state- deserves a solid 8 but I give it a 10 to counterbalance some irrelevant "0" ratings... Expand
  12. JacobN.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    This game is really amazing. I am one of a few lucky people to get this game early, and I must say.. BUY THIS GAME! The environment is the best i have ever seen graphically. The map editor is amazing and really, really simple. THe guns look awesome, and it's amazing how they degrade over time. (They rust and go all grimy with constant use!) I love the new engine used, as it really This game is really amazing. I am one of a few lucky people to get this game early, and I must say.. BUY THIS GAME! The environment is the best i have ever seen graphically. The map editor is amazing and really, really simple. THe guns look awesome, and it's amazing how they degrade over time. (They rust and go all grimy with constant use!) I love the new engine used, as it really adds realism to the environment. The fire and Storm effects are 11/10, and this is possibly one of the best graphical games to date. I am addicted, and after 2 days of straight playing, I don't think that addiction is going away any time soon. Overall 99.9/100. Expand
  13. Stephane
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    Now I have tried the PC version as well at my friend's place and I like it as much as my 360 version. I was actually quite surprised that it ran so smooth with high quality settings. The game has its little flaws like it had them on xbox 360 but damn, so little flaws for so many good things, I simply wish there were more games like this one. Time to create a map for a multiplayer game.
  14. jaequinn
    Oct 25, 2008
    9
    Everyone has their opinions, but has anyone that has rated this game a 5 or below actually played the whole game?? When I started I just thought it was okay, but after about 2 hrs it rlly took off, only game that has gone beyond the norms in the while.
  15. ChrisS
    Oct 25, 2009
    8
    This game captures the feel of what I'd imagine it would be like to be an amoral merc / black ops agent in some war torn African country. What I don't like so much is the repetitiveness of certain aspects of the game and the voice acting could be better. However, the main "quests" are well designed and a hell of a lot of fun to play through. Heck, all the combat in this game is This game captures the feel of what I'd imagine it would be like to be an amoral merc / black ops agent in some war torn African country. What I don't like so much is the repetitiveness of certain aspects of the game and the voice acting could be better. However, the main "quests" are well designed and a hell of a lot of fun to play through. Heck, all the combat in this game is really fun to play through and you can take a variety of approaches to any scenario. As I said this game gets repetitive, but the main missions and the wonderful combat and atmosphere totally make up for it. I give it an 8 of 10. Expand
  16. anujv
    Mar 4, 2009
    8
    Well !! i dont know what do the gamers mean by respawning issue..coz i dint face one.There are only a no of enemies at every checkpost and once you have dealt with them thats it.....moreover you dont have to empty the whole of your magzine to take down a single guy...just aim for the head.any one who has played Counter strike will not have any difficulty in the gameplay as such. The Well !! i dont know what do the gamers mean by respawning issue..coz i dint face one.There are only a no of enemies at every checkpost and once you have dealt with them thats it.....moreover you dont have to empty the whole of your magzine to take down a single guy...just aim for the head.any one who has played Counter strike will not have any difficulty in the gameplay as such. The graphics are good But yes reaching every mission on a geep makes it quite dull. The game lacks action like Crysis or COD. But overall its a good game. Expand
  17. JohnS.
    Nov 1, 2008
    8
    I dont understand why people give this game a bad rating. The graphics are excellent, sound is very good, and story is okay. But the enemies are a little mind less but that really doesn't make a difference unless you play on hard (I play on medium) This game is enjoyable.
  18. JelleW.
    Nov 12, 2008
    8
    -1 for enemy respawn rate -1 for enemies spotting/shooting you even when you're in heavy cover, and never ever breaking off pursuit when in their cars -1 for everyone shooting you exclusively. For warring factions, they're pretty damned friendly to eachother -1 for lack of non-combatants. Where is everybody else? Sure, there's no cities or towns except for the central -1 for enemy respawn rate -1 for enemies spotting/shooting you even when you're in heavy cover, and never ever breaking off pursuit when in their cars -1 for everyone shooting you exclusively. For warring factions, they're pretty damned friendly to eachother -1 for lack of non-combatants. Where is everybody else? Sure, there's no cities or towns except for the central mission hubs, but I'd expect women and kids there at least. -1 for enemies taking too many bullets. +1 for graphics. It looks great, fire looks awesome, the changes in weather and day/nights are breathtaking at times. +1 for no aliens. I stopped playing Far Cry after half a level of those mutants. That completely broke the game for me. +1 for malaria, jamming guns, "field surgery", cars being fixable instead of either brand new or exploding. Yes, the animations can be tedious but I actually enjoyed having to be rescued by a buddy after a gun jammed while I ran in Rambo-style and I got swamped. It's not a "run in guns blazing" game for me, so these little interruptions add a bit of depth for me. +1 for the map system. I rock at getting lost in any single game, but the paper map guides me without breaking immersion. What may make the difference between me and a lot of people that give low ratings is that I am in no way in a hurry to finish the game. I enjoy looking around, circling a camp a few times to plan my assault. I am fine with spending time to drive to my missions, it adds realism and gives me a chance to look at the scenery. I just love the different subzones, ranging from desert to almost jungle-like. If they patch the respawn rates and amount of bullets the enemy can take, I'll be playing a near-perfect game. Expand
  19. EM
    Nov 14, 2008
    8
    I'll say it right off the bat, this game is essentially a first-persion version of GTA set in Africa. The graphics are great, and my "meager" 8800 GTS was able to run it on almost full settings. Sweet. I could complain about the myriad of minor issues such as occasionally dim-witted AI or robotic sounding NPCs, but the game is still plenty fun. The missions may be repetitive, but how I'll say it right off the bat, this game is essentially a first-persion version of GTA set in Africa. The graphics are great, and my "meager" 8800 GTS was able to run it on almost full settings. Sweet. I could complain about the myriad of minor issues such as occasionally dim-witted AI or robotic sounding NPCs, but the game is still plenty fun. The missions may be repetitive, but how you go about completing them certainly is not. It may not be the "best gaem EVAR!111", but it's definitely worth the $50. Expand
  20. Toby
    Nov 2, 2008
    8
    This game is great. I dont know whats all the hoopla about the DRM problems but if you buy the game on steam, you have no DRM problems. Sure the missions are repetitive and there is a ton of driving, but the missions are exhilarating and the driving is interrupted with guard posts that keep the game exciting.
  21. RogerM.
    Nov 23, 2008
    10
    Unequivocally the best game ever. They have captured the mood and lighting of Africa, and the realism and details and game play are excellent for thinking people. Will not appeal to the bunny hopping crowd. Nees a very good graphics card to really enjoy the experience of being in Africa.
  22. MarshallR.
    Nov 3, 2008
    9
    Great story and environment. Ruthless. It has the best "feel" of any fps I've ever played. The weapons really do seem to have weight and they are fun as hell to use. You can use flamethrowers and stuff to distract enemies but the minute they see where you shoot from, they basically just come at you, using cover along the way. Some of the nuances of the AI are interesting but the sum Great story and environment. Ruthless. It has the best "feel" of any fps I've ever played. The weapons really do seem to have weight and they are fun as hell to use. You can use flamethrowers and stuff to distract enemies but the minute they see where you shoot from, they basically just come at you, using cover along the way. Some of the nuances of the AI are interesting but the sum total is not great. It's kind of cool to hide nearby and hear them arguing over whether or not to pursue. The realism in the environment is great but two parts of the realism are terrible: no matter who you pull jobs for everyone wants you dead, and it takes way too many shots to kill people. If you're only wearing a pair of shorts and flip flops and you get hit in the chest with an AR-15, you're dead. In this game it takes like five hits at least. On the other side, the game is more immersive than anything I've played and well worth it. Expand
  23. MikeR
    Nov 4, 2008
    9
    The strongly disparate user reviews show extreme bias in their rating. No game out right now deserves a "1". Grow up children, and try making a game from scratch yourself. On to the review: The story seems a bit lacking in depth and history. The ability to choose your protagonist was a good one in theory, but it seems to have toned down any character development that could have occured. The strongly disparate user reviews show extreme bias in their rating. No game out right now deserves a "1". Grow up children, and try making a game from scratch yourself. On to the review: The story seems a bit lacking in depth and history. The ability to choose your protagonist was a good one in theory, but it seems to have toned down any character development that could have occured. As to gameplay, the more I play this game the more I appreciate being able to choose my own style of play. This is not a game for Halo-style single-objective play. I really enjoy that I don't have to execute my objectives in the way set to me by the game developer. How may times have you played a shooter where you have to run-over-there-and-blow-up-that-AAgun? Nothing kills immersion faster for me than an objective that doesn't make sense. "Why do I have to run up to that tank? I don't want to." In Far Cry 2, no matter what your playing style, there is an alternative. I've been impressed (mostly, but there are some flaws) by the AI in Far Cry 2. Here are some things that impressed me: 1. Cover matters. If they haven't seen you, they don't know you're there. There are no times where enemies just start chasing you. You have to catch their attention before they notice you. On the other hand, they can be a little short-sighted until you start shooting. 2. VISUAL cover matters. Hiding in a bush, tall grass, or behind a thin cover of foliage keeps you hidden, at least to some extent. 3. The AI uses tactics. If you stand on a ridge (or somewhere else you can be seen from), fire off a few rounds, then get under cover and change locations, the enemy will go to the last place you were seen and search from there. This opens all kinds of tactics to be used. I like laying out IEDs then luring the enemy into an ambush. All in all, it's a solid title. I'm excited to see it with a bit more polish. Expand
  24. PatrickD
    Dec 10, 2008
    9
    Many folks do not 'get' FC2, believing it to be a proper sequel to the original Far Cry. That would be Crysis. Others are looking for action packed mile-a-minute COD or GOW type gameplay. A closer comparison would be STALKER. FC2 is about negotiating the world--dealing with threats, managing your resources, exploring, and keeping it together long enough to finish the mission and Many folks do not 'get' FC2, believing it to be a proper sequel to the original Far Cry. That would be Crysis. Others are looking for action packed mile-a-minute COD or GOW type gameplay. A closer comparison would be STALKER. FC2 is about negotiating the world--dealing with threats, managing your resources, exploring, and keeping it together long enough to finish the mission and get back to resupply station. I recommend playing it on one of the harder difficulties, since the game gets better the more you have to think tactically about what you can and can't do. The game deliberately hamstrings your ability to travel and resupply to heighten the tension you feel when you are in the wilderness and low on ammo. It works, but you have to buy in. Definitely a must play on Hardcore or Insane. Expand
  25. Sal
    Oct 21, 2008
    9
    The large consistant world without load times (unless you transport by bus) really refreshes while the RPG elements like buffing weapons and gaining allies are brilliant twist on the traditional FPS. A very original and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended! (Just don't expect it to play like a typical sequal, it doesn't have much in common with the original Far Cry besidesThe large consistant world without load times (unless you transport by bus) really refreshes while the RPG elements like buffing weapons and gaining allies are brilliant twist on the traditional FPS. A very original and enjoyable experience. Highly recommended! (Just don't expect it to play like a typical sequal, it doesn't have much in common with the original Far Cry besides the title and the general shooting mechanic) Expand
  26. DanielImre
    Oct 21, 2008
    10
    Amazing game. The story immerses you from the beginning and keeps you glued to the screen to the very last plot twist. The graphics are absolotely amazing, a definite landmark for gaming. The map editor is worth the 60$ alone. Altogether, this is the best FPS I have played in my life. A must buy whether you're into the genre or not.
  27. AnonymousMC
    Dec 15, 2008
    9
    Just a terrific game in all respects. Yep, the silly DRM sucks bigtime, but I tried to move past it and actually experience the game, and BOY!!! what a great piece of work by the whole crew that built it. Its beautiful, VAST, immersive, interesting, and amazing. The action is sometimes repetitive, and occasionally briliiant. It is repetetive as many have pointed out though, andJust a terrific game in all respects. Yep, the silly DRM sucks bigtime, but I tried to move past it and actually experience the game, and BOY!!! what a great piece of work by the whole crew that built it. Its beautiful, VAST, immersive, interesting, and amazing. The action is sometimes repetitive, and occasionally briliiant. It is repetetive as many have pointed out though, and sometimes, it is slower than all heck to get around. But in general, it really seems to deliver what it could be really like to be involved in this conflict in this place.

    Too bad lots of people threw up on it simply because of the copy protection scheme instead of just playing it.
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  28. DamirH
    Oct 22, 2008
    9
    Far Cry 2, although not on the same story path as the original PC game (not including the shady port on Xbox 360), does a great job of moving the FPS genre forward. It has an ambitious single player campaign, and a great multiplayer Map editor, which sure, will expand the life of this game for some time to come.
  29. AlexKirwan
    Dec 2, 2008
    9
    A awesome game that despite having repetetive missions like all other FPS is fun and keeps you going as you attempt to complete all that you can and find everything that it has to offer. Needed to include more in the environment as it is hard to believ that all but a few animals would have fled the country
  30. VladimirR.
    Oct 23, 2008
    9
    Very good, quite in-depth and overall satisfying experience. Graphics are a bit shabby, though.
  31. Simon
    Oct 25, 2008
    9
    If you like weapons, fire, and immersive real world environments you'll probably like this game. Also if you liked movies like Lord of War or Blood Diamonds, you can get a bit of the same vibe here. However, if you like more straightforward and simple action shooters, this isn't one of them. For those who want instant constant combat action, this might get boring. But for those If you like weapons, fire, and immersive real world environments you'll probably like this game. Also if you liked movies like Lord of War or Blood Diamonds, you can get a bit of the same vibe here. However, if you like more straightforward and simple action shooters, this isn't one of them. For those who want instant constant combat action, this might get boring. But for those who like to wander around a bit (and maybe shoot a Zebra or two), plan their moves and then execute them, this game should provide some great fun. The graphics are great and the environments amazing. However, it seems that this game is better played on a PC: a) with more memory the world doesn't need to load that often b) you can save whenever you want. From what I've gathered, these have been reported as drawbacks on consoles (not completely sure though, haven't tried myself). Expand
  32. RobertH.
    Oct 26, 2008
    9
    This game does not deserve lower than an 8 at least... The game is amazing! Vast landscapes, No clipping, there is an animation for every action... if you open a crate you see the hand open it.. it doesn't flick open... The fighting I admit isn't as good as say COD 4, because you can shoot a person with a pistol 9 times and he wont die... Although the fighting is really fun. The This game does not deserve lower than an 8 at least... The game is amazing! Vast landscapes, No clipping, there is an animation for every action... if you open a crate you see the hand open it.. it doesn't flick open... The fighting I admit isn't as good as say COD 4, because you can shoot a person with a pistol 9 times and he wont die... Although the fighting is really fun. The AI is brilliant at times, although sumtimes the AI is dum.. But they actually search for you, you can outsmart them with some effort, but they actually have to see you to shoot you.. Unless its a sniper... The graphics are amazing, the fire is an awesome feature, you can blow trees apart, swim ,drive .. fly... wat more do you need? IT really is a great game, you feel as if your actually in the world.... In my opinion the traveling miles and miles for each mission doesn't tire.. I love every minute.. and being stopped by random enemies is great, as you would get bored without them... I must admit the world does seem lifeless at times, with no cars traveling on the roads etc... But it is an amazing Triumph of a game... Not a GImmic at all... I am happy i spend my money on it. Expand
  33. PaulClarke
    Dec 6, 2008
    10
    Wow.

    Amazing how many of the reviewers below spell the same words incorrectly in the same way. "we're" is the abbreviation of "we are" not "where" Seriously, if you are going to post a dozen reviews under different names, you're going to need to clean up your act. I know how easy it is to set up hundreds of e-mail addresses, and then spam away. You are
    Wow.

    Amazing how many of the reviewers below spell the same words incorrectly in the same way.

    "we're" is the abbreviation of "we are" not "where"

    Seriously, if you are going to post a dozen reviews under different names, you're going to need to clean up your act.

    I know how easy it is to set up hundreds of e-mail addresses, and then spam away.

    You are misrepresenting the game by this obvious and deliberate deception. (which although not a groundbreaker, is ok really).

    I now expect the same guy to write back under about 12 assumed names telling me how wrong I am.

    Get a life
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  34. OlliB
    Dec 7, 2008
    9
    One of the finest FPS games out there. I was hyped for this game from the time I saw the first screenshots and techdemos showing off the fire and world dynamics. And the game play did not disappoint. Admittedly, it takes a little getting used to finding your way around this massive and immersive world full of thugs and rabid warmongers. But once you get the hang of it, it just keeps One of the finest FPS games out there. I was hyped for this game from the time I saw the first screenshots and techdemos showing off the fire and world dynamics. And the game play did not disappoint. Admittedly, it takes a little getting used to finding your way around this massive and immersive world full of thugs and rabid warmongers. But once you get the hang of it, it just keeps getting better. I spent the first 5 hours or so trying to figure out how to play this game. And yes: I ran into those checkpoints full of respawned gunslingers time and time again. I was assaulted by some dude in a civilian car while just travelling along time and time again. I ran out of ammo or jammed my weapon or failed to administer first aid and died because of it time and time again. Until I figured out that you don't HAVE to go THROUGH that checkpoint to get from A to B - you simply go around it. You don't HAVE to travel along roads - you can travel off the beaten track or take a boat or bus - and you're much less likely to get shot at. Plus this kind of evading strategy takes you places where diamonds or Jackal tapes are hidden. You don't have to get a jammed weapon every clip - just go and stock up on purchased weapons from the shop before you head out. And suddenly those checkpoints become valuable destinations to refill your ammo, syringes and explosives, not just some tedious affair. FarCry 2 is not meant to be a linear, highly scripted, action-every-5-seconds CoD clone. If you play it like that, you are bound to be disappointed. It is meant to be explored. You are meant to find your own way around this world. And if you do, you'll be rewarded with epic firefights, some truly amazing F*%$-off! moments, and an experience that will stay with you for some time to come. Expand
  35. RemingtonW
    Oct 27, 2008
    9
    For fans of very linear FPS stay clear of farcry 2 as you will find yourself bored. I say this because this game makes you think in a full 360 view, not just down a hall or a street. For people used to playing rpgs the travle does not seem bad at all "i play ffxi were it can take an hour to get to were you going, 5 minuets is nothing" The AI has its issues, but even when this happens it For fans of very linear FPS stay clear of farcry 2 as you will find yourself bored. I say this because this game makes you think in a full 360 view, not just down a hall or a street. For people used to playing rpgs the travle does not seem bad at all "i play ffxi were it can take an hour to get to were you going, 5 minuets is nothing" The AI has its issues, but even when this happens it does not take away from the game experience. Try and stand your ground when you fight, you will be flanked, enimies will use cover and you will die. Think full scale open world and u will live much longer. There is no correct way to complete a mission, the fire propagation is an amazing tool graphicly and for use in combat. Each weapon has a real feel to it, breaking weapons and jams add to a sence of fear that you may have to improvise weapon choise greatly effects the outcome of a mission and the way you deal with any give situation. Pick a sniper rifle and dominate from far away, but if you fire several shots from one place be prepared to be swarmed and killed. Pick a shotty and move in close, but stay moble and think "i cant say this enough" think about what you doing or you will die. Farcry 2 is a thinking game, if you dont think then u wont have fun, i smell a cult classic more then a main stream game as, its just to much for people used to tunnel shooters. For others like me that have been waiting for freedom in our fps thank you ubi. Expand
  36. AnonymousMC
    Oct 28, 2008
    9
    What people don't seem to realize is that this game is not Call of Duty 4 because it is not supposed to be Call of Duty 4. What this game does with player freedom actually puts COD to shame. This game is about survival at its most intense. Please do not compare games that have little in common because this game is not your standard shooter. For those that have doubts based on otherWhat people don't seem to realize is that this game is not Call of Duty 4 because it is not supposed to be Call of Duty 4. What this game does with player freedom actually puts COD to shame. This game is about survival at its most intense. Please do not compare games that have little in common because this game is not your standard shooter. For those that have doubts based on other reviews (for example GameInformer's 8 out of 10) you should know that most of the flaws mentioned in their reviews are either minor and irrevelant or just overexaggerated. Far Cry 2 is worth your money, or at least a rent. Expand
  37. HarryW.
    Oct 29, 2008
    9
    I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Far Cry 2 and I'm absolutely loving it. Amazing visuals and effects make this game look amazing, although the LOD changes of foliage and geometry are sometimes a little jarring. Attacking the various checkpoints and, indeed, targets is always a fun bit. Although sometimes the AI seem to have magic eyes and are able to spot you amazingly I'm currently 2/3rds of the way through Far Cry 2 and I'm absolutely loving it. Amazing visuals and effects make this game look amazing, although the LOD changes of foliage and geometry are sometimes a little jarring. Attacking the various checkpoints and, indeed, targets is always a fun bit. Although sometimes the AI seem to have magic eyes and are able to spot you amazingly well (normally rocket dudes too!) it makes sense that they should be able to see at least as well as you. One particularly memorable combat for me was a sneaky-sneaky infiltration into an enemy base. I snuck around dart gunning and knifing my way through enemies that I came across, occasionally launching a grenade at an ammo stockpile to divert attention from my position. By the time I actually reached my objective I had most of the NPCs running around screaming that they wanted to go home! There isn't an enourmous variety of weapons (compared to say, Jagged Alliance 2 1.13 :-P) but rather than pack the game with a million different guns which are all more or less reskins, the developers seem to have attempted to have one or two different styles of weapon for each slot. For example, it's possible to equip sniper weapons to primary or special, or explosive launchers to any slot, which means more or less that although you are restricted to 3 weapons with one from each slot, they don't have to be assault rifle, pistol and rocket launcher as you might expect. One thing that does frustrate me is the total lack of climbing ability. It kind of levels the playing field a bit (otherwise you could just sit on top of a giant mountain and snipe everyone on the map) but it seems a bit strange to say you have an amazing open-world game and then restrict you to only 1 or 2 paths into each area. The sniper weapons are a little samey too, with each one being more or less a one-shot kill, and there are no bullet physics to speak of which makes sniping your way through encampments ridiculously easy. Bullet physics, especially wind, would fit very well into the game as well, since you can watch trees and flames blow in the wind. I'd just like to point out that perhaps the developers of Far Cry 2 saw the title reflecting the paradisic nature of the setting which has been reduced to a war zone - a 'far cry' from the paradise it appears to be. Expand
  38. TheOne
    Oct 29, 2008
    9
    Far Cry 2 is not for everybody, it
  39. NicolajN
    Dec 22, 2009
    9
    Far Cry 2 is a good game, but there are to mutch driving in the game. its a little stupid that it takes so long time, just to get to a mission. but still, its a greate game, with an awsome graphic engine
  40. MattK
    Jan 28, 2009
    9
    I am honestly surprised by the low user ratings for this game. I guess it just isnt for most people, but I love it. If you are expecting a set-piece, cinematic, story based shooter, this is not for you at all. Instead, you are dropped in the middle of a beautifully rendered Africa with the freedom to tackle a variety of missions as you choose. The gameplay reminds me to Grand theft Auto, I am honestly surprised by the low user ratings for this game. I guess it just isnt for most people, but I love it. If you are expecting a set-piece, cinematic, story based shooter, this is not for you at all. Instead, you are dropped in the middle of a beautifully rendered Africa with the freedom to tackle a variety of missions as you choose. The gameplay reminds me to Grand theft Auto, a comparison I'm surprised more people havent made. Yes, pretty much everyone will attack you, but it is a shooter. Most people also complain about the long travelling times, and the repeated guard post attacks. The guard posts are a small minus for me, mainly because of how they instantly respawn when you go just about 100 feet or so away from it. But the travel is actually fun for me, and if it really takes you too long then you obviously should only be playing scripted, linear games where the next predictable objective is always directly planted right in front of your face. No, Far Cry 2 is for those of us who actually want to live and breathe our character in his setting. Yeah, the story could be better, but the varitey of weapons and different ways you can tackle missions make it really fun. I do wish stealth was easier too, you cant really sneak around compounds knifing people in the back ninja style, but you can use stealth to bypass guard posts, especially at night. I only wish there were other African animals like lions and alligators. Expand
  41. JT
    Jul 25, 2009
    9
    Probably the second best game of 2008 after Fallout 3. Completely immersive and way fun. The AI is a little bit psychic at times and you definitely don't want to run and gun your way down the road because you end up fighting jeep and outpost after jeep and outpost...but if you slow down and play a little bit stealthy this game really opens itself up to you. Overall I'd recommend it!
  42. TerrmanD
    Nov 18, 2008
    9
    Yeah, the missions are bit repetitive, but look at the flexibility of the game. You can manage which missions to do and when, how to get around (on foot, jeeps, buses), and most important the approach you take to a situation. You can take the roads and deal with patrols and checkpoints head-on (good
  43. MattT.
    Nov 3, 2008
    9
    The best part about this game is that it feels like it's very upfront and honest about what it is. It doesn't pretend to be an RPG. It doesn't pretend to be something as pretentious as Crysis. No, this is Far Cry 2, and it actually lives up to the name. Plot doesn't seem to figure much into the game so far, but that's okay...because the game truly IS open-ended. The best part about this game is that it feels like it's very upfront and honest about what it is. It doesn't pretend to be an RPG. It doesn't pretend to be something as pretentious as Crysis. No, this is Far Cry 2, and it actually lives up to the name. Plot doesn't seem to figure much into the game so far, but that's okay...because the game truly IS open-ended. Sure, you have to go take on missions and there are certain objectives that you have to do, but the world is VERY open. The way I see it is, this is like a MUCH better, fully polished version of what a game like STALKER should be...minus the inventory system. It literally sticks you into the world and there you are. You can find diamonds and upgrade weapons and safe-houses. And the graphics in this game are AMAZING. I'm running it on an 8800GT and it's letting me run it at 1280x960 with all the DX10 features and most details turned all the way up. It looks really great. The lighting and foliage and atmosphere are wonderful. The editor is great too. They've made it even more intuitive than the one for Far Cry is, and it allows you to literally plop yourself right down into your map AS you're making it. Excellent game. And the filesizes are amazing. I was surprised when the game was less than 4GB. Not sure how they did it, but it's good to see a game that isn't an 8GB monster. Expand
  44. BobBobson
    Nov 30, 2008
    9
    Admittedly, the title of Far Cry 2 was just capitalizing on the success of Far Cry, and was a pretty cheap move on the part of Ubisoft. Avoiding any parallels to Far Cry 1, this game is a truly amazing game. It's realistic fire makes weapons like the flame thrower even more fun than usual, and it's open environments gives you the chance to make all the discussions on how toAdmittedly, the title of Far Cry 2 was just capitalizing on the success of Far Cry, and was a pretty cheap move on the part of Ubisoft. Avoiding any parallels to Far Cry 1, this game is a truly amazing game. It's realistic fire makes weapons like the flame thrower even more fun than usual, and it's open environments gives you the chance to make all the discussions on how to accomplish a goal. It's missions can get repetitive, but burning stuff never gets old. It's main problem is that after things get burnt, nothing happens. They are not destroyed, they just stop being on fire. This was a major let down. Expand
  45. ToddG
    Dec 17, 2008
    9
    I really, REALLY can't help but laugh at some of the comments below. Yes, you do have to clear out enemy checkpoints (guard posts) every time you go through them. What so many of them fail to grasp is that YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM. Maybe someone used to Halo or even Call of Duty expects to perform the same action over and over again, but this game is NOT Halo or Call of I really, REALLY can't help but laugh at some of the comments below. Yes, you do have to clear out enemy checkpoints (guard posts) every time you go through them. What so many of them fail to grasp is that YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM. Maybe someone used to Halo or even Call of Duty expects to perform the same action over and over again, but this game is NOT Halo or Call of Duty. For my playthrough, I adopted a full stealth strategy. Silenced Pistol, sniper rifle, and a rocket launcher if I needed a lot of bang. When I first started, though, I was popping caps left and right with a shotgun and flamethrower. But the thing about this game is that you're NOT relegated to any one experience. As I said, I adopted a stealth strategy. How do I deal with checkpoints? Either sneak around them in the brush, or shoot a guard from a distance, wait for all his buddies to come looking for me, then sneak through while they're busy searching. And the game ENCOURAGES this. Or, if I'm not in the mood for sneaking, I can borrow a boat from the Dock at the bar and take the river route. Very few guard posts and they're less likely to chase you. So if you think you're having a hard time, CHANGE your strategy. You're not limited by the game, you're limited by yourself. As for the game itself, its quite beautiful, at least before you start blowing it up. The fire effects are pretty awesome but still have a ways to go. Best I've ever seen, though. You can actually predict where the flame will go based on wind direction and terrain. What else can I say? The world is very immersive. AI is frustrating, but in a good way. Often I'll think I was perfectly hidden when someone will spot me becuase I poke a gun barrel around a corner. Often I'll kill a guard, think i'm in the clear then find out he had a buddy just down the road who saw me kill him. And sometimes that buddy will shoot off a flare and call MORE of his buddies to finish me off. All in all, this game punishes your mistakes to be sure, but definitely rewards good performance. So if you play this game, don't think that you're limited to roads or checkpoints. Don't think you have to kill every enemy or do every mission. Make the game yours. Kill some buffalo or zebras. And most of all DON'T get discouraged, where theres a will (and a lot of ammo) theres a way. Expand
  46. MarkT
    Dec 19, 2008
    9
    The game is magnificent. In terms of atmosphere, it is second to none. Today's impatient run and gun on rails set will find it irritating - no worries, not for everyone. It has its faults.. patchy AI, instant guard post respawns. But overall a fabulous gaming experience, if only you will let it enfold you in its sweaty embrace.
  47. Cody
    Oct 22, 2008
    10
    One of the best fps experiences ever. It feels like a mix of stalker, crysis and grand theft auto all mashed together in a big heap of action and pure fun. Great stealth action as well as straightforward explosions and such. The open world is an awesome gameplay design thats been pulled off flawlessly. The only complaint is that theres not enough (or any) emphasis on hunting or killing One of the best fps experiences ever. It feels like a mix of stalker, crysis and grand theft auto all mashed together in a big heap of action and pure fun. Great stealth action as well as straightforward explosions and such. The open world is an awesome gameplay design thats been pulled off flawlessly. The only complaint is that theres not enough (or any) emphasis on hunting or killing the wildlife, which could have been a lot more fun. Expand
  48. PatrickR.
    Oct 25, 2008
    9
    No it's not perfect by any means and noone has argued it is. Whats bothering me is that im seeing scores as low as 1's in here and thats just absurd. one person who gave it a 1 complained that there was "no strafing whilst sprinting"...wtf?? i mean, go outside right now and start trying to sprint sideways... yeah, you have fun with that. i'm a huge fan of the original No it's not perfect by any means and noone has argued it is. Whats bothering me is that im seeing scores as low as 1's in here and thats just absurd. one person who gave it a 1 complained that there was "no strafing whilst sprinting"...wtf?? i mean, go outside right now and start trying to sprint sideways... yeah, you have fun with that. i'm a huge fan of the original farcry and i love this game. infact i know alot of people who love this game. And as far as people being made that this "has nothing to do with FarCry", actually the developers always said that the island was the main character of the game. the name itself is meant to imply a sense of isolation and survival against all odds, and that is still the theme and character of this game. before you dis a game, i suggest you know what you're talking about. this is a game for hardcore gamers (as far as the campaign) they didnt make a game to try to apeal to everyone, they made a game to apeal to the people who are jaded by the WW2 clones and space . this game was a brave attempt at doing something new with the genre and they've produced a well polished, beautiful, and sometimes punishing game, that i assure you, noobs need not apply. If you're jaded than go back to playing crysis or COD. I'm sold on Farcry 2. i suggest anyone rent it, and if its for you, than it's well worth the purchase. nuff said. Expand
  49. Meatcritic
    Oct 25, 2008
    10
    My favorite game of the year. Crysis = Stunning visuals, mediocre gameplay, terrible voice acting and optimization COD4 = Fantastic gameplay, subpar visuals, neutered campaign HL2e2: Impressive extension of Source engine, creative environment, boring gameplay scenarios little different from HL2 and HL2e1 FC2 = Immersive visuals, unique storyline and characters. Yes, the game is repetitive My favorite game of the year. Crysis = Stunning visuals, mediocre gameplay, terrible voice acting and optimization COD4 = Fantastic gameplay, subpar visuals, neutered campaign HL2e2: Impressive extension of Source engine, creative environment, boring gameplay scenarios little different from HL2 and HL2e1 FC2 = Immersive visuals, unique storyline and characters. Yes, the game is repetitive and the voice acting of combatant NPCs over the top, but the environment's open range and weapon combo choices allow much freedom for player creativity. Makes me forget I'm not a Sao Paolo-born mercenary in a God forsaken African nation, and justified in sneaking around like a cockney weasel with a silenced MP5. Expand
  50. CH
    Oct 26, 2008
    9
    Everything Crysis should have been! Crytek will be crying whilst playing this, as Far Cry 2 is by far the best and most innovative fps 2008 will surely see! A mix of GTA4, Mercenaries 2, Frontline Fuel of War and COD4, FC2 takes a lot of inspiration from other titles and wraps it all up with a sense of freedom, delight and utter terror! The new game engine should be a crowd pleaser. Everything Crysis should have been! Crytek will be crying whilst playing this, as Far Cry 2 is by far the best and most innovative fps 2008 will surely see! A mix of GTA4, Mercenaries 2, Frontline Fuel of War and COD4, FC2 takes a lot of inspiration from other titles and wraps it all up with a sense of freedom, delight and utter terror! The new game engine should be a crowd pleaser. Obviously you are going to need a reasonable rig, but a reasonable rig will provide more than reasonable performance. Expect your same hardware to perform with detail you could never achieve with Crysis or the tweaked warhead. The multiplayer mode looks promising, with Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Diamond (Flag), and a capture the zone mode. However, the terrible browser and connection issues are marring a potential very pleasant addition to what is surely the best single player fps of 2008! Expand
  51. StephanK
    Oct 27, 2008
    9
    A very well done FPS. Open environment is a breath a fresh air. The game is what you make of it. Every mission had a TON of possibilities, which is great. If for one mission, you don't want to go in to blow up an objective, then use a mortar from a distance. Or you can sleep until night with stealth clothes and a dart rifle and silenced SMG. The reason people are giving this game low A very well done FPS. Open environment is a breath a fresh air. The game is what you make of it. Every mission had a TON of possibilities, which is great. If for one mission, you don't want to go in to blow up an objective, then use a mortar from a distance. Or you can sleep until night with stealth clothes and a dart rifle and silenced SMG. The reason people are giving this game low ratings is 1) They haven't even played it. 2)They are making it actively boring Seriously, what YOU do is what makes the game fun. Hate travel? Take the bus. Like travel? Drive or take the boat. Hate stealth? Run and gun with a SAW and RPG's at noon. Like stealth? Sneak in at 1 AM with silenced weapons. One of the best things about this game is the "calm before the storm", as you scout out an enemy camp with your binoculars from a hill high above, planning your attack style. Expand
  52. Nyaos
    Oct 28, 2008
    9
    If you like to shoot things in a straight line like Halo or Call of Duty, you're going to not like this game. So leave and don't review it. If you're at all creative and you respect a beautifully open ended world, this game is absolutely amazing. The world is beautiful, I almost crapped myself when I found out the original map was not the only place you could go. Guns If you like to shoot things in a straight line like Halo or Call of Duty, you're going to not like this game. So leave and don't review it. If you're at all creative and you respect a beautifully open ended world, this game is absolutely amazing. The world is beautiful, I almost crapped myself when I found out the original map was not the only place you could go. Guns perform terrificly, and the all of the guns require you to unlock them first, making them ever so satisfying. The game is about survival and accomplishing your goal of killing the Jackal, in one way or another. It's great fun, and if you are a fan of the GTA series you may enjoy this. This really is a new shooter, the best way I can describe it is as a well pulled off first person Mercenaries, with much more realism. Sniper rifles perform as you'd expect, however don't expect too much long range shooting. Assault rifles are great up close, the weapon degradation is never very annoying as long as you maintain your weapons and don't use the rusty stuff the bad guys drop. Everyone complains about Malaria, but you have like 10 pills per bottle, and the attacks occur every 30 minutes to an hour, so you can potentially run 7-10 hours on average before having to do a short delivery mission to get more. People complaining about it are twitch gamers that should honestly stop whining and go back to xbox live. Visually the PC version is brilliant and left my mind boggled, even at DX9. I'm running and HD4870, 4GB of RAM, and 3.0Ghz E8400 and I get a good 30-50 FPS on ultra high, which looks a hell of a lot nice than the Xbox or PS3 version. Even on those versions the world looks very good, except for a dip in FPS. This is a great game, I highly recommend it! It does have DRM, but you get a install back if you uninstall the game! You get 5 installs, and with uninstall it's not a big deal. My only issues with the game: A few main missions are rediculous. I had to defend a barge that was under fire from all directions, while repairing it. I blew up a gunboat, and it landed on top of the boat, the part where I needed to be to repair the damn thing. It let me repair but I was hurting due to fire... If you dont have quicksave like on PC, that would have been ungodly hard to beat. Driving takes a long time. I wish they would have had some ambient radio like in GTA to keep you occupied. Checkpoints are annoying, but you eventually learn how to buzz past them or around them. Great game overall! Expand
  53. Josh
    Jan 18, 2009
    9
    This game is incredibly fun once you take the time to experiment and be creative in the way you tackle missions. Love the weapons, and the flanking tactic I see AI's employ. I love the open ended-ness and open world, but I think this is where some of the (ameteur) user-reviewers disagree. It is very true that you can't play this game like you'd play more linear games, This game is incredibly fun once you take the time to experiment and be creative in the way you tackle missions. Love the weapons, and the flanking tactic I see AI's employ. I love the open ended-ness and open world, but I think this is where some of the (ameteur) user-reviewers disagree. It is very true that you can't play this game like you'd play more linear games, because thats the opposite of what its designed for. So basically, if you get into it and experiment with it its a blast, and if you don't, I pity you. I also give it an extra point for graphics and more specifically portraying Africa so beautifully. I can't think of any other game which does Africa remotely well. But, this (unlike say Halo 3) makes you feel like your really in Africa. Expand
  54. BrianJ
    Jan 22, 2009
    8
    I love this game. Once I got over the little annoying things, and started to treat it as a tactical-rpg-shooter, I enjoyed it much more. People buying this game hoping it's a great FPS like COD will be disappointed. Even though it is widely considered a 100% FPS, The open ended world makes it act almost like an RPG, which is why lots of people hate it.I enjoy planning out missions, I love this game. Once I got over the little annoying things, and started to treat it as a tactical-rpg-shooter, I enjoyed it much more. People buying this game hoping it's a great FPS like COD will be disappointed. Even though it is widely considered a 100% FPS, The open ended world makes it act almost like an RPG, which is why lots of people hate it.I enjoy planning out missions, creating distractions, using fire against them, etc. The weapons ARE different, including a wide variety of weapon types, each with it's own range and fire rate. Vehicle driving can get tedious, however. Expand
  55. Kaiser
    Dec 3, 2009
    9
    I haven't even finished the game yet but I believe that I can say this is a GOOD game. I love the open world combat and the nonlinear gameplay. No matter what anyone says, I like it.
  56. BrianJones
    Feb 18, 2009
    10
    I'm only giving this game a 10 because everyone else is not giving Ubisoft THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT! I mean come on now! They are one of the leading developers in the industry and they wouldn't even think about releasing a finished product unless they were possitive that it would be recieved well by the masses. Now having said that, I think Far Cry 2 isn't truly deservableI'm only giving this game a 10 because everyone else is not giving Ubisoft THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT! I mean come on now! They are one of the leading developers in the industry and they wouldn't even think about releasing a finished product unless they were possitive that it would be recieved well by the masses. Now having said that, I think Far Cry 2 isn't truly deservable to carry on the Far Cry name in many aspects BUT it's still a wonderfully crafted fps and should have a home in any fps fans collection. Anyone who loves a mixture of open-world gameplay and intense fps action should definitely pick this one up! Expand
  57. DanielB.
    Nov 14, 2008
    9
    This is gaming marmite, your either going to love it or hate it. After the first five hours of game-play the scale of the game really starts to hit you and suddenly it becomes a sheer joy to play - if the game was a drug the effects start to kcik in and it feels great. its when you realise that ever mission in the game (there are about 35) is EXACTLY the same that you start to feel a bit This is gaming marmite, your either going to love it or hate it. After the first five hours of game-play the scale of the game really starts to hit you and suddenly it becomes a sheer joy to play - if the game was a drug the effects start to kcik in and it feels great. its when you realise that ever mission in the game (there are about 35) is EXACTLY the same that you start to feel a bit betrayed. SURE, you can approach each identical mission in a new and expressive way and SURE - each mission takes place in varying environments. HOWEVER, the objective is ALWAYS one of two things: Kill a man or Blow up an object with explosives. That is just two missions repeated roughly 15 times to make 35 missions. I find it baffling that the creators could produce such a detailed and imaginative environment and such a beautifully crafted fighting system only to come up with the most unimaginative and simply boring mission system to go over it! Assassination or Sabotage, thats it, thats all you will be doing for 30 hours and every time you go to get a mission your heart sinks a little bit 'Oh! What a surprise! you want someone dead! I didnt see that coming! ive only gone and done that 13 times already! Its ok..This time ill try using nothing but a flare gun.' I would give this game 10 if they had spent the time varying the missions how about these possibilities: Undercover Missions, Hunting Missions, Decoy Missions, Puzzle Missions, Rescue Missions, VIP Missions etc etc . The game may be the best SinglePlayer FPS ive ever played but its also the most disappointing - a bit like a one night stand with a beautiful woman who doesn't really like me. Expand
  58. MitchellW.
    Nov 19, 2008
    9
    This game is nothing short of brilliant. The graphics are mind-boggling and the AI is fantastic. That said, there are some few problems. One is that you can't seem to kill people while they're moving from a car turret into the driver seat. Next is the fact that no one doesn't want to kill you. And lastly, there are too many people who seem keen on hiding 1 diamond in a This game is nothing short of brilliant. The graphics are mind-boggling and the AI is fantastic. That said, there are some few problems. One is that you can't seem to kill people while they're moving from a car turret into the driver seat. Next is the fact that no one doesn't want to kill you. And lastly, there are too many people who seem keen on hiding 1 diamond in a suitcase in the middle of nowhere. Even so, this game is great and is endless fun to even just run around Africa shooting places up for no good reason and setting things on fire. Expand
  59. ToddG
    Dec 17, 2008
    9
    I really, REALLY can't help but laugh at some of the comments below. Yes, you do have to clear out enemy checkpoints (guard posts) every time you go through them. What so many of them fail to grasp is that YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM. Maybe someone used to Halo or even Call of Duty expects to perform the same action over and over again, but this game is NOT Halo or Call of I really, REALLY can't help but laugh at some of the comments below. Yes, you do have to clear out enemy checkpoints (guard posts) every time you go through them. What so many of them fail to grasp is that YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM. Maybe someone used to Halo or even Call of Duty expects to perform the same action over and over again, but this game is NOT Halo or Call of Duty. For my playthrough, I adopted a full stealth strategy. Silenced Pistol, sniper rifle, and a rocket launcher if I needed a lot of bang. When I first started, though, I was popping caps left and right with a shotgun and flamethrower. But the thing about this game is that you're NOT relegated to any one experience. As I said, I adopted a stealth strategy. How do I deal with checkpoints? Either sneak around them in the brush, or shoot a guard from a distance, wait for all his buddies to come looking for me, then sneak through while they're busy searching. And the game ENCOURAGES this. Or, if I'm not in the mood for sneaking, I can borrow a boat from the Dock at the bar and take the river route. Very few guard posts and they're less likely to chase you. So if you think you're having a hard time, CHANGE your strategy. You're not limited by the game, you're limited by yourself. As for the game itself, its quite beautiful, at least before you start blowing it up. The fire effects are pretty awesome but still have a ways to go. Best I've ever seen, though. You can actually predict where the flame will go based on wind direction and terrain. What else can I say? The world is very immersive. AI is frustrating, but in a good way. Often I'll think I was perfectly hidden when someone will spot me becuase I poke a gun barrel around a corner. Often I'll kill a guard, think i'm in the clear then find out he had a buddy just down the road who saw me kill him. And sometimes that buddy will shoot off a flare and call MORE of his buddies to finish me off. All in all, this game punishes your mistakes to be sure, but definitely rewards good performance. So if you play this game, don't think that you're limited to roads or checkpoints. Don't think you have to kill every enemy or do every mission. Make the game yours. Kill some buffalo or zebras. And most of all DON'T get discouraged, where theres a will (and a lot of ammo) theres a way. Expand
  60. Apr 28, 2011
    10
    Finally, an open world shooter where everyone wants to kill you and not the other way round. At first this game did indeed seem to be a bit boring, but after about five hours of game play I really got stuck into it. Sure, it doesn't cater for all markets, but if you want a serious, realistic FPS this is the game to buy. Maybe there could have been a bit more interactivity with the map andFinally, an open world shooter where everyone wants to kill you and not the other way round. At first this game did indeed seem to be a bit boring, but after about five hours of game play I really got stuck into it. Sure, it doesn't cater for all markets, but if you want a serious, realistic FPS this is the game to buy. Maybe there could have been a bit more interactivity with the map and a few more side missions as well although I must give the Map Designers a big round of applause, I have lived in Africa for 9 years now and this game truly brings out the rugged, harsh, dangerous yet beautiful landscape that is, Africa. Expand
  61. Jun 10, 2011
    10
    Love this game, I know that its got a lot of bad thing(like character voices, not so good scenario, and some times get boring). But still its awesome/ Very big and beautiful world, excellent made guns, finding diamond. It makes game so cool.
  62. Sep 3, 2011
    9
    It may be called FarCry 2 but it really has no connection to the story as far as I could tell. Just a name that would get it more sales but that doesn't make it bad. Quite the opposite! It's a huge non-linear game based in Africa where you, one of eight other characters is sent undercover to kill Jackel, someone arming both sides of a civil war there! It's very enjoyable and has the usualIt may be called FarCry 2 but it really has no connection to the story as far as I could tell. Just a name that would get it more sales but that doesn't make it bad. Quite the opposite! It's a huge non-linear game based in Africa where you, one of eight other characters is sent undercover to kill Jackel, someone arming both sides of a civil war there! It's very enjoyable and has the usual shooter elements that were done amazingly as the FarCry series has always done. The animations, physics, graphics and everything else is brilliant and looks almost real... That is if you get past the vehicles. They're fun to drive but two things make them to unbelievable. One, being that the break down waaay to easily and the second reason being that their physics is way off. Hitting a bush with a car in real life doesn't make the car completely stop and raise the back wheels into the air, a wall would do that! Other than the vehicle physics and strength this game is amazing and anyone who loves open world or shooters should defiantly take a look at this! Expand
  63. JesseA.
    Mar 9, 2010
    9
    This game although nothing like the first far cry, absolutely nothing I expected, and really boring at first, turned out to be one of the greatest most memorable games I have played for a while. At first the long car rides to everywhere you go are really frustrating but it just gives you a chance to sit back and enjoy the beautiful graphics and to concentrate on finding precious diamonds This game although nothing like the first far cry, absolutely nothing I expected, and really boring at first, turned out to be one of the greatest most memorable games I have played for a while. At first the long car rides to everywhere you go are really frustrating but it just gives you a chance to sit back and enjoy the beautiful graphics and to concentrate on finding precious diamonds scattered around the map so you can buy new badass weapons to fight off enemies in intense fights. I would recommend this game to anyone patient enough to play a game more realistic than the average game instead of teleporting everywhere. Expand
  64. DanB.
    Oct 26, 2008
    9
    Yes, some of it is repetitive. But it is huge, and the milaria isnt that bad. It more forces you to do a underground mission once in a while to get more pills. The map is huge and I was surprised as to how well the over all game played. I expected many bugs and even some fatal ones that once encountered Id be pissed about. I wasn't hit by the marketing, I read about the game before Yes, some of it is repetitive. But it is huge, and the milaria isnt that bad. It more forces you to do a underground mission once in a while to get more pills. The map is huge and I was surprised as to how well the over all game played. I expected many bugs and even some fatal ones that once encountered Id be pissed about. I wasn't hit by the marketing, I read about the game before ti was releaced and noticed it behind the counter of gamestop the day it was released and picked it up while getting Fable 2. The variety of guns is great, there are enough ways og getting about, and every mission is different. Expand
  65. QuintonR.
    Oct 29, 2008
    9
    Repetitive missions and mission structure, yes. Entertaining action, yes. I don't look for diverse and in depth missions in fps' (but I hope for them), I look for intuitive and fun ways to do them, which the game was good at supplying. The malaria was more or less a way to emphasize the realism. Did it work? It depends. Either way I didn't find it much of a bother to Repetitive missions and mission structure, yes. Entertaining action, yes. I don't look for diverse and in depth missions in fps' (but I hope for them), I look for intuitive and fun ways to do them, which the game was good at supplying. The malaria was more or less a way to emphasize the realism. Did it work? It depends. Either way I didn't find it much of a bother to retrieve medicine or to get guns, I focused on the action, something this game delivers. Expand
  66. FrederickN
    Sep 10, 2009
    10
    First of all I want to state that I do not work for and am in no way associated with UBIsoft or Far Cry 2 other than being a gamer. I have, however, been a professional in the computer industry for over 40 years, building, repairing, designing, programming, and playing. The game's Story Mode is interesting and different than most I've played and displays the most awesome First of all I want to state that I do not work for and am in no way associated with UBIsoft or Far Cry 2 other than being a gamer. I have, however, been a professional in the computer industry for over 40 years, building, repairing, designing, programming, and playing. The game's Story Mode is interesting and different than most I've played and displays the most awesome realistic 3-D graphics I've ever seen in a game. You create a profile and select who you are in the game and go from there. The beginner weapons are not to powerful or accurate, unless you get the Fortunes Pack add-on with the game, which has some very powerful weapons, vehicles and extra maps in it. The way that fire propagates with the direction of the wind and type of grass or brush adds a sense of reality to the game. The dynamic weather component and time of day (24 hour clock), adds realism and dynamics to the entire game environment. The story is simple and after you perform the minimal training required to open the game up into 1 of 4 starting points, your play options are almost endless. Healing yourself is a graphical experience you may or may not enjoy, because there are several types of heals that you do to yourself. Unlike most of the shooter games I have, you don't play the game in levels, you simply play the same game with changing dynamics and weapons. The game opens options as you make choices of how you want to customize your game experience as you play, which is like reading a book that you just can't seem to put down. I played this mode for a couple of months before playing multiplayer mode. The multiplayer mode is a first-class first person shooter game. The action is as intense as the graphics is gamer eye-candy. The server interface really needs to be re-engineered, in my opinion, but there are ways to get around the difficulties, which I have found very easy to do. The Far Cry 2 team developed one of the most awesome games I have, but that's not all you get either. There are many more freebies that are also included with the base game. 1.) There is a Far Cry 2 Benchmark test so you can test your system to perform and look any way you customize it and then you can tune the game to play according to reported results. 2.) There is one of the most powerful map editor programs I have ever seen. You can download any map, look at it and even go into the map in "game mode" and walk, run, or drive through the map. You can shoot, get ammo, heal yourself, blow stuff up, and even start fires, just to see how the map looks. The map creation tools are among the best. If you like designing and making game maps, you need to put your creativity hat on and get to work with this feature rich editor. The old phrase; "Amaze your friends." comes to mind when I saw how powerful this editor's tools are. 3.) Launch Server, which needs some brain power to discuss, but not here and now. The UBIsoft forums have great help in getting your server online, which may be a cool thing for you to do, just so you can play with your friends and family. I was looking for a game that I could afford to purchase for myself and some of my family and have it cheap enough that some of my gaming friends could also afford to purchase a copy. The current price for both the base game and the Fortunes Pack made it very affordable. Expand
  67. I.R.
    Nov 2, 2008
    9
    Don't listen to Rad T. , he's probably played this game for a whopping 10 minutes on easy difficulty. Let me debunk all of his theories: I don't know why he thinks that GPS system is pointless. It's easy to use. I doubt that you'd be able to find your way around this large world without it. The day/night cycle is great. My only problem with it is that the night Don't listen to Rad T. , he's probably played this game for a whopping 10 minutes on easy difficulty. Let me debunk all of his theories: I don't know why he thinks that GPS system is pointless. It's easy to use. I doubt that you'd be able to find your way around this large world without it. The day/night cycle is great. My only problem with it is that the night could be a bit darker. AI on hardcore or infamous is very good - they hide behind cover, flank, cooperate with each other, take the injured to safety, shoot you with their sidearm when badly injured and lying on the ground... Well, I wouldn't call fc2's saving system console like - there are quicksaves on F5. No women ? Then what about Michelle, Nasreen...? The rest of his "objective" thoughts is just nitpicking or plain bullcrap. The only thing I didn't like about this game is the respawning rates of guards on the posts. It gets annoying after a while. Oh, and Far Cry 2 had already been in development when The Blood Diamond came out. Expand
  68. Aidan.
    Dec 24, 2009
    9
    Great game, EASY to play and get the hang on. Point, shoot and on to the next mission.
  69. JamesR
    Feb 13, 2010
    9
    Look at the scores people are giving Far Cry 2. Theya re either really high or really low. That obviously tells you that it's not a question of whether the game is good or bad, but rather the game is suited to certain types of people. Don't think of Far Cry 2 as a 'Far Cry' game. It is basically a totally new series with new characters, a new setting and a new gameplay Look at the scores people are giving Far Cry 2. Theya re either really high or really low. That obviously tells you that it's not a question of whether the game is good or bad, but rather the game is suited to certain types of people. Don't think of Far Cry 2 as a 'Far Cry' game. It is basically a totally new series with new characters, a new setting and a new gameplay style. I love this sort of open-world shooter. Far Cry 2 does have some bad points though. Enemies respawn way too quickly, guns degrade way too quickly and there are too many enemy jeeps driving around. I also wish the map was a little more open as a lot of the time the roads just go through canyons. It would be really cool if it was just uninterrupted savannah for several kilometres. Unfortunately, however, cliffs and canyons appear every few hundred metres even in the most open areas. This game should have had civilians because not all people should attack you on sight. Ubisoft said before the release of the game that it had wicked car chases but I just find myself switching to the gun as soon as I see an enemy vehicle and blasting the crap out of them. They really should have made patrolling enemy vehicles equipped with no weapons. I would have prefered to work for one faction with an in-depth storyline because I found the story to be the only major let-down in the game. Yes, the game has a lot of flaws but the reason I rate it so high is because it attempted something no other game has before. To get the most out of this game, just enjoy the open-world with heaps of awesome weapons and the ability to kill mercenaries in any gruesome way you see fit. If you don't like this game, it isn't so much that it is a "bad game", but more that it isn't your style of game. Expand
  70. AdamB
    Feb 18, 2010
    9
    Great game, this game makes the mercs in subsaharan Africa look downright cool! This nonlinear sandbox of a game isn't for the impatient, but for those willing to invest a bit of time in a game, the reward is enormous! One last thing: find a big truck and hold on to it for dear life. Your truck is your transportation, your shield, your weapon and your portable road blockade, all in one.
  71. MattM
    Dec 25, 2009
    10
    Awesome game. I lived in Africa for 18 years and spent a good deal of time in the bush......this allows me to roam through very well portrayed landscape. A short coming would be that there should have been the big 5... and adding danger to the roaming. Gunfights were great and I loved the story. Scenery was awesome.
  72. JudgeE
    May 18, 2009
    9
    Love it! I started playing it on a PS3 where the graphics and setting are astoundingly gorgeous. The sound track and atmospherics haunted me into getting it for PC. It is a game I wanted to finish from the moment I ran my first mission. Now I play on infamous and NEVER get tired of sneaking around No belly aching for me. Bring it. A soldier of fortune isn't going to last ten seconds Love it! I started playing it on a PS3 where the graphics and setting are astoundingly gorgeous. The sound track and atmospherics haunted me into getting it for PC. It is a game I wanted to finish from the moment I ran my first mission. Now I play on infamous and NEVER get tired of sneaking around No belly aching for me. Bring it. A soldier of fortune isn't going to last ten seconds in a place like Africa if he rushes in where fools fear to tread and thinks he's bullet proof. If that's your MO, stay out of this jungle. Expand
  73. AntonioM
    Mar 17, 2010
    10
    I have always loved Ubisoft games, such as Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell, but lately it has been seeming to me like video games have become less entertaining over the years. But than I downloaded Far Cry 2 and lets just say with more games like this everyone should still be amazed by video games. Unforgettable game. A must play.
  74. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    i love this game!its so amazing i don't have enough words to describe it.
    the graphics are very cool and unique, the shooting is amazing and i especially like the blood after you shoot and the sound of it .there are alot of amazing maps in the game and some only for sniper that are very good also.there are alot classes to choose from and the gameplay is amazing in multiplayer .
    the
    i love this game!its so amazing i don't have enough words to describe it.
    the graphics are very cool and unique, the shooting is amazing and i especially like the blood after you shoot and the sound of it .there are alot of amazing maps in the game and some only for sniper that are very good also.there are alot classes to choose from and the gameplay is amazing in multiplayer .
    the singleplayer is less fun its the same concept over and over again but its still isn't bad.the only bad thing in it is the multiplayer bugs but you can live with it.
    i cant wait for far cry 3!
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  75. Stephen
    Jan 18, 2009
    9
    Oh come on. A bunch of whining 14yr olds. When they realized that Far Cry 2 has almost nothing to do with Far Cry 1, they decided that they hate it, then they tried to look for every fault in the game to back up their opinion. I never played Far Cry 1, so I'm unbiased. Far Cry 2 is an amazing game in its own right. Are there problems? Sure. A few minor ones (por exemplo, guards Oh come on. A bunch of whining 14yr olds. When they realized that Far Cry 2 has almost nothing to do with Far Cry 1, they decided that they hate it, then they tried to look for every fault in the game to back up their opinion. I never played Far Cry 1, so I'm unbiased. Far Cry 2 is an amazing game in its own right. Are there problems? Sure. A few minor ones (por exemplo, guards shouldn't respawn so quickly, and why can I carry Ak47 and Rocket Launcher, but not Ak47 and Sniper Rifle?). But a fair-minded gamer comes to this game and says WOW. The Meta-critic score is higher than the User Score because, unlike 14yr old Far Cry 1 fanboys, professional critics know how to give nuanced reviews and scores that don't drop down to zero the instant a fault is found. Really, great job on this game! It's fun. Expand
  76. steveo
    Jun 27, 2009
    10
    This game was absolutely incredible. That gay ass samuel has no idea what he's talking about. he's probably mad because he doesn't have the brain power to figure out missions. He obviously has a terrible view on games. I mean look he like FAR CRY 1. That game was horrible. Go to hell Samuel W.
  77. Jan 1, 2011
    9
    I would tend to agree with the professional reviewers rather than the users on this one - Far Cry 2 is an immersive, graphically excellent, and reasonably realistic game. It's extremely atmospheric, and the unusual setting - an unnamed war-torn African nation - gives it a unqiue feel.

    It's clear from many of the other user reviews here that people expect certain things from a first-person
    I would tend to agree with the professional reviewers rather than the users on this one - Far Cry 2 is an immersive, graphically excellent, and reasonably realistic game. It's extremely atmospheric, and the unusual setting - an unnamed war-torn African nation - gives it a unqiue feel.

    It's clear from many of the other user reviews here that people expect certain things from a first-person shooter, and Far Cry 2 isn't ticking those boxes. Personally, I am not a big fan of linear gameplay, preferring open, 'sandbox' games like the GTA series, so to me Far Cry 2 is a breath of fresh air. Being able to move around at your own pace, in a very realistic world (in terms of audio/graphics, at least), and come up with your own tactics rather than having to follow a set path makes this a lot of fun.

    I've dropped 1 point because of the instantly-respawning enemies (as mentioned in many other reviews) and because if you cause trouble, run away, and come back, everyone seems to have forgotten about you, which is weird. The story is a little weak, but honestly, who really wants 20-minute-long cut scenes? In short, this beautiful and open-ended game doesn't stick to the conventions of FPSes, and that makes it something unique.
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  78. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    The issue with Far Cry 2 is that it's marketed incorrectly. They sell it as a shooter and so people think they should run around and engage enemies whenever they see them. If you try to do that in Far Cry 2, you'll die - first in the game, then of boredom.

    It's a realistic, stealth based shooter and that's how it should be treated. Imagine that you're actually running around in Africa
    The issue with Far Cry 2 is that it's marketed incorrectly. They sell it as a shooter and so people think they should run around and engage enemies whenever they see them. If you try to do that in Far Cry 2, you'll die - first in the game, then of boredom.

    It's a realistic, stealth based shooter and that's how it should be treated. Imagine that you're actually running around in Africa trying to survive and you'll do better. You avoid combat unless you need not to or have a great advantage, if you are discovered by a multitude of enemies, you wreak havoc and run for your life. You infiltrate during the night, not the daytime. You don't drive around on the road near checkpoints in a country at war. You kill without mercy and you get better at it as the game goes on. Not through XP and levels, but just by improving. That's an amazing experience in itself.

    If you think carefully, stealth around a bit and plan your approach, there's literally no game ever made that'll reward you like this one will. You can choose to go in hard with granades and LMGs, or snipe from a hill top or sneak up close and take them down one at a time (or not take them down and just do what you came for). You'll pull off amazing infiltrations and assassinations, you'll experience an enemy truly scared of you and you play a story that transcends any attempted in a shooter before. Based on Conrad's great novel "The Heart of Darkness" (like Apocalypse Now is), you'll get an interesting and raw approach to Africa and the wars that ravage the continent. This game actually has something to say and it knows how to say it. It is, however, not a sandbox, casual fun shooter and it was a mistake to market it as such.

    A word of advice, put the game on top difficulty. The AI seems broken on the lower ones and the game doesn't become too hard on the hardest one. Just as long as you remember that if you're outnumbered five to one and they know where you are, you're not going to win. At least not always.
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  79. Aug 11, 2011
    10
    Im certain that my taste in games would be highly respected by my peers if any of them were gamers so hark my words. you get out what you put in to this game.
    I put off playing this game for a while because of the reasons stated in the low scoring reviews but then I remembered, actually, I prefer making my own conclusions.
    get blazed, relax, difficulty to hardcore, tactically plan your
    Im certain that my taste in games would be highly respected by my peers if any of them were gamers so hark my words. you get out what you put in to this game.
    I put off playing this game for a while because of the reasons stated in the low scoring reviews but then I remembered, actually, I prefer making my own conclusions.
    get blazed, relax, difficulty to hardcore, tactically plan your approach to combat and suck in the vibe.
    To all those people rating this low... I can understand why.
    However, when you get older and your tastes start maturing you'll start to appreciate this game.
    You are probably looking for that stunning girl with amazing personality and deep conversation, with a cracking body and a good sense of humour. Far Cry 2 is more like a 45 year old woman, past her prime but still attractive, and delivers where it really matters... the bedroom.
    I have no idea where im going with this analogy....
    ..oh yeah.
    The latter is definitely much more of a challenge to get involved with but once you crack it and those stilletoes are diggin into your back and shes calling you a piece of dirt... you will be way more satisfied.
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  80. May 5, 2012
    9
    Erm, why has this got a user score of 5.6? The console version is terrible compared to PC. On consoles it's running at 720, 30 FPS and on lower graphics and FoV. Not to mention the hideous controls, which are unresponsive and make movement more awkward than any other game. Hence why on multiplayer there is practically auto-aim rather than aim assist. On PC however, the framerates areErm, why has this got a user score of 5.6? The console version is terrible compared to PC. On consoles it's running at 720, 30 FPS and on lower graphics and FoV. Not to mention the hideous controls, which are unresponsive and make movement more awkward than any other game. Hence why on multiplayer there is practically auto-aim rather than aim assist. On PC however, the framerates are smooth, graphics are better in every way due to DX10 support controls are better... I guess it's because PC gamers compare it to Crysis and the first Far Cry whereas those console kids haven't seen the good stuff. Whilst it's true that this is notthing like the first game, I think that it makes it better because it shows there's been some work done and it isn't just copy and paste. The actual gameplay experience is more similar than you might think, but you couldn't tell it's a Far Cry game without the title. Regardless, it's still a fantastic game, with my only criticism being the lack of players in ranked matches on multiplayer. Expand
  81. Dec 7, 2012
    9
    I love the setting and mood of this game, not to mention the lack of a HUD which increases immersion. Combat is very fun, with capable AI opponents that turn psychotic in vehicles. There is nothing like shooting a flare pistol at someone in the dark and lighting them and the surroundings on fire. Missions do get repetitive, but the incredible landscape and enjoyable combat compensate forI love the setting and mood of this game, not to mention the lack of a HUD which increases immersion. Combat is very fun, with capable AI opponents that turn psychotic in vehicles. There is nothing like shooting a flare pistol at someone in the dark and lighting them and the surroundings on fire. Missions do get repetitive, but the incredible landscape and enjoyable combat compensate for everything else. I came back to this game after playing a bit of Far Cry 3. Expand
  82. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    I only just recently got into Far Cry 2. Previously, I had played the first one, and enjoyed it greatly. When I noticed that a second one had come out, I decided I had to try it out. My first impressions, before even playing it, were slightly low, seeing that the game was not released by CryTek, but instead, Ubisoft (not a huge fan of them.) However, Giving it a try, I was met with a newI only just recently got into Far Cry 2. Previously, I had played the first one, and enjoyed it greatly. When I noticed that a second one had come out, I decided I had to try it out. My first impressions, before even playing it, were slightly low, seeing that the game was not released by CryTek, but instead, Ubisoft (not a huge fan of them.) However, Giving it a try, I was met with a new experience on this game. It ran great on my computer, a lower-end machine (running Intel HD Graphics) with a close to 35 FPS and only had issues with slightly lengthy loading periods. I was amazed by how the atmosphere of the game was. The landscape portrayed many elements of the African area it takes place in, from deserts, to forests, to grasslands and everything in between. Even more amazing to me was the implicated weather system and realistic natural elements, such as being able to burn vegetation, and the sun moving relative to the time of day (in game time.) What sold me most on this score of 10 was the fact that all this was done, and so much was fit into the game, without me having to close processes to free up memory. This game is one of the few games I would give a 10 to, and it deserves it. I will be looking forward to Far Cry 3, and hope that it amazes me once again. Expand
  83. May 21, 2012
    10
    well... it maybe true its repetitive, but open world, and nice graphic is priceless. i like the way we roam the big world, doing things we want to try... and it is not really that boring, if you are the types of person who like it. But, i believe FarCry3 would be the best because it really have soul in its character (i saw the trailer and it was amazing).
  84. May 21, 2012
    10
    Awesome game with cool story and graphics, the cinematics are great i love this game the IA are very worked and the concept of this game is interresent (sorry for my english i am french)
  85. Jun 26, 2012
    10
    Really brilliant! Awesome! The gameplay and the AI are just perfect to the entertainment of the gamer. I liked so much, but I only think that sometimes the game is too difficult, and complex to novice players.
  86. Apr 27, 2013
    9
    Far Cry 2 does not deserve a 5.6. It deserves an 8.7 IMO, because this game is amazing and was way ahead of its time. The fire spreads, which means that if you need to retreat, use molotovs, flame throwers, or the flare gun and create a fire boundary to keep your enemies at bay. Also, enemies are extremely realistic. If you surprise them they jump back, if they're on the ground they moanFar Cry 2 does not deserve a 5.6. It deserves an 8.7 IMO, because this game is amazing and was way ahead of its time. The fire spreads, which means that if you need to retreat, use molotovs, flame throwers, or the flare gun and create a fire boundary to keep your enemies at bay. Also, enemies are extremely realistic. If you surprise them they jump back, if they're on the ground they moan and scream, if they need help they call their friend's names. The driving is just what it should be. Vehicles steer nicely and are easy to drive. The vehicles are what a poor African country would have (old cars, buggies with a place for gunners, heavy assault trucks, ammo trucks, ATV's, and rare jeeps). The towns may not be what you expect; they have no civilians and look extremely poor. The missions are good and the game really creates a sense of "you're in it for the money, nothing else." This is a great game, and I hope you get it! Expand
  87. Mar 27, 2013
    10
    Nice game,graphic(i dont care)good weapon store GOOD story,there is a outpost or house must be captured and got a home helping people got medicine its nice to helping people and i almost like it is Hunting Diamond that was i like it Far Cry 2 NICE GAME EVER
  88. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    There is nothing wrong with this game EXCEPT for the bullet-sponge enemies; this I can definitely attest to. Far Cry 2 is tough as nails but if you actually have a backbone then you should be willing to accept the challenge. The hyper-realism in this game really works and the self-op elements such as looking for medicine, fixing your car, repairing your weapons add an amount of tensionThere is nothing wrong with this game EXCEPT for the bullet-sponge enemies; this I can definitely attest to. Far Cry 2 is tough as nails but if you actually have a backbone then you should be willing to accept the challenge. The hyper-realism in this game really works and the self-op elements such as looking for medicine, fixing your car, repairing your weapons add an amount of tension that is truly hard to come by. The environment is eerily barren with the exception of some wildebeest and about 6000 mercenaries. Fire mechanics are something special and the combination of a rapidly spreading fire and a gunfight with twenty mercs never gets old. If you want a really brutal experience that doesn't resort to cheap arcade tricks then give this a try, but this should be required reading for all FPS fans. Expand
  89. Dec 8, 2013
    9
    This is a really fun, really good game. Let's the the AI out of the way first. It's very impressive, the way they react to your every move. If you stumble upon a small outpost of like 5-7 enemies, they might not give chase if you take off right away, but if you charge into a stronghold like outpost, with something like 20 guys, they'll hop into cars and chase you until they kill you, orThis is a really fun, really good game. Let's the the AI out of the way first. It's very impressive, the way they react to your every move. If you stumble upon a small outpost of like 5-7 enemies, they might not give chase if you take off right away, but if you charge into a stronghold like outpost, with something like 20 guys, they'll hop into cars and chase you until they kill you, or you manage to shake them off. The graphics for this game are pretty, and I'm never disappointed with the graphics, I'm just not always in awe, which is okay. The NPC "buddies" system is really cool. If you save a guy from a outpost, in free roam or mission, he will them become your 'buddy". This is cool already, but get this: One time I was running on foot, with little health and no syringes. Suddenly I get brought down from a accurate enemy shot, and then I think i'm dead. After a short black screen, the game comes back to one of my NPC buddies helping me up, and handing me a weapon. Then me and him get into an epic firefight against the remaining 8 enemies. We actually won, but the realistic manner in which the enemy attacked was marvelous. I was amazed how a few of them left to run through the foliage to get a better shooting position on our exposed flanks, while the percentage of the enemies stayed and continued to engage us head-on. My NPC buddy was also very helpful in combat, and he actually killed a couple more guys than I did. The whole firefight lasted something like 10 mins, and to this day was one of the most epic non-scripted video game firefights I've been in. Expand
  90. Dec 3, 2012
    10
    An island for me to do lots of funny or crazy things thats one of what i need.Although it may takes a feel of bore as time passes by.Seek for diamonds or just sit into a car to drive casualy,complete quests of two opposite forces-a good game.
  91. Oct 16, 2012
    10
    Wow, this game is realy nice, the graphic are magic and the story is amazing. This a game for player that like fallout or RPG game. This is fantastic and the third is coming soon :)
  92. Nov 13, 2012
    9
    Certainly not a game for everyone, this game challenges your imagination. While it does feel like a bunch of land with very few missions, you create your own fun. Use your sniper and go big game hunting, find every diamond briefcase, etc....There are almost no limits in this game. Plus, this game has some of the best gunplay i've ever seen . 31 weapons (with DLC) and i've tried themCertainly not a game for everyone, this game challenges your imagination. While it does feel like a bunch of land with very few missions, you create your own fun. Use your sniper and go big game hunting, find every diamond briefcase, etc....There are almost no limits in this game. Plus, this game has some of the best gunplay i've ever seen . 31 weapons (with DLC) and i've tried them all. Like all, and use all except for about 5. Sure, some of the missions are repetitive, but most shooters have this mechanic of "go here and shoot." This game allows you to approach the objective from literally any angle, with any plan of attack, making each battle feel fresh. Expand
  93. May 1, 2014
    10
    Brilliant game. No fancy schmancy crafting. No lame RPG crap. No HUD. No hand holding. No Jason Brody. FC2 is the essence of immersive gaming. Clean, beautiful, realistic.
  94. Sep 26, 2013
    9
    A misunderstood game. People bash it for being repetitive, when it's really no more repetitive than the player.
    The progress you get for doing missions are diamonds, which means new equipment, which means new ways to approach and deal with what Africa throws at you. It gives you plenty of toys, but it seems the average player sticks with the full-auto approach the whole way through.
    A misunderstood game. People bash it for being repetitive, when it's really no more repetitive than the player.
    The progress you get for doing missions are diamonds, which means new equipment, which means new ways to approach and deal with what Africa throws at you. It gives you plenty of toys, but it seems the average player sticks with the full-auto approach the whole way through.

    The AI is not dumb, the game just isn't holding your hand with visual/audible pointers of how close you are to being spotted.
    They can get suspicious, team up to search the area they saw something in, or they'll deem it safe enough to check out alone.
    They'll carry their wounded, hear a body dropping to the ground if it's close enough, they'll attack the last position they saw you in, they'll lose track of you.
    Is it night? They'll have a harder time seeing you.
    Is it windy and/or raining? They'll have a harder time seeing you.
    Is it broad daylight? Take big detours and watch out for snipers if you want to stay hidden.
    That's a heck of a lot more intelligence than the average FPS.
    They also feel human compared to other shooters, they'll shoot the breeze with each other when undisturbed, communicate with each other under combat, pep-talk, become terrified as they realize they're on their own with a guy who just killed everyone they worked with.

    The game has flaws, such as enemies re-spawning when you get a certain distance away from a checkpoint (really though Far Cry 3's system meant there was nothing to do in an area ever again after clearing them). The lack of any friendly AI, and overly aggressive drivers that will not stop chasing you. The weapon degradation system is incomplete, with the only way to avoid it is to grab a new gun often. The malaria attacks doesn't really add anything but an annoyance. The buddy rescue system is a genius second-chance mechanic that won't abruptly end your story, but other than that the buddies are shallow and without use.

    Immerse yourself in a game that 'll never take you out of your character's view, you'll reach out to grab stuff, you'll snap fingers back into place, pull shrapnel and bullets out of your arm. Watch your character pull and bang on his weapon when they jam. Even the shop shows you pull out the chair and sit down in front of an old monochrome monitor.
    Plan ahead with your equipment, scout the locations to look for opportunities, and watch the game react to your actions. There's nothing like starting a fire at a safe distance, and hear the AI panic, only to later have a rocket stash ignite and send rockets everywhere.
    The missions are simple because it's up to you to make it interesting with the mechanics the game provides. The world is a box of fireworks waiting to go off one by one. Don't put on blinders and look straight at the mission objective, the mission is also to get there. The journey is part of the mission, part of your story.

    Overall, if you're the kind of person who likes to put some thought and creativity into his shooting, hates being led by the nose in his FPS, a game you can play over and over without it ever being the same, there's no game that will reward you more than Far Cry 2. And it remains my all-time top 5 single-player game.
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  95. Aug 11, 2014
    9
    Just an unforgettable open world FPS game. Amazing African landscapes graphics. The shooting is realistic, as well as fire and explosions. The ability of driving vehicles and boats. You can use them to escape if you wish, but they are vulnerable against bullets and rockets. The repairing is ridiculous but I can close my eyes on that one. The scenario is a bit repetitive but not boring. FarJust an unforgettable open world FPS game. Amazing African landscapes graphics. The shooting is realistic, as well as fire and explosions. The ability of driving vehicles and boats. You can use them to escape if you wish, but they are vulnerable against bullets and rockets. The repairing is ridiculous but I can close my eyes on that one. The scenario is a bit repetitive but not boring. Far Cry 2 is an amazing video game that worth to be played more than once. Expand
  96. Sep 9, 2013
    8
    Far Cry 2 is a flawed gem: a blood diamond in the rough, if you will. It's repetitive, frustrating and outright illogical in its design at times, and yet it manages to still be a good game: a solid game even.
    It's different to the first Far Cry in a lot of ways, and more punishing than FC3 so it falls into its own niche in the series.
    Graphically, it's one of the best of 2008. The jungle
    Far Cry 2 is a flawed gem: a blood diamond in the rough, if you will. It's repetitive, frustrating and outright illogical in its design at times, and yet it manages to still be a good game: a solid game even.
    It's different to the first Far Cry in a lot of ways, and more punishing than FC3 so it falls into its own niche in the series.
    Graphically, it's one of the best of 2008. The jungle environments are lush and the lighting effects are gorgeous. It's gritty and realistic but done better than the majority of brown and bloom shooters.
    Gunplay is tight and brutal and rewards sneaking up on enemies. Having a friend/companion with you makes it all the more fun, and it can get really
    There is an emphasis on exploration and while it is rewarding and fun to find new locations your primary means of transport is a jeep. This would be fine if the driving mechanics weren't so awful.
    The survival elements are well designed and for the most part well implemented. There are also elements that make no sense, an example being guard outposts simply respawning their guards ridiculously quickly. A better way to do handle this could have involved new guards driving out the outpost from bases and replacing the old one: even if this happened in real-time it would take longer than vanilla FC2's magically respawning guards.
    All in all Far Cry 2 is nowhere near perfect but gets criticized a lot harder than I believe it should and I definitely recommend trying it out, especially if you played 3 and wanted something harder.
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  97. Mar 3, 2013
    10
    This game is amazing. The whole country is detailed and beautiful, the guns are realistic and the AI is pro. The country is amazing because of the realistic graphics and details are put in everywhere. The guns are realistic because if you steal guns from bodies, they may not work and can jam and such, so unlike most FPS games, you will find yourself buying new guns when you already have aThis game is amazing. The whole country is detailed and beautiful, the guns are realistic and the AI is pro. The country is amazing because of the realistic graphics and details are put in everywhere. The guns are realistic because if you steal guns from bodies, they may not work and can jam and such, so unlike most FPS games, you will find yourself buying new guns when you already have a used model of the same gun. Finally, the AI is pro because of how they respond to anything, if there is only a few of them and you are running away, they will let you go, if there is like 7 of them they will pursue you and do everything possible to kill you, including drive you off the road or smash their car into yours. They will also use flanking maneuvers and split up. If thats not enough, the whole game is free roam and theres a whole bunch of NPC "buddies" that have different storys and can help you. This is a great game Collapse Expand
  98. ERB
    Jul 29, 2013
    9
    Why does users hate this I mean It is an enjoyable game and very addicting as well.
  99. Tre0n</>
    May 17, 2009
    8
    I'm going to start like this: To the guy that complained about how it crashed; computers are complicated business. Crashes are rare normally, and if you had an issue with them, consult the Steam support team. Also, if it took 2 hours to download, that's your problem only. If you have that slow a connection, don't pin that on the game, and don't buy games from Steam.I'm going to start like this: To the guy that complained about how it crashed; computers are complicated business. Crashes are rare normally, and if you had an issue with them, consult the Steam support team. Also, if it took 2 hours to download, that's your problem only. If you have that slow a connection, don't pin that on the game, and don't buy games from Steam.
    Onto a review :)
    Far Cry 2 is a complicated game. Hard to get the most out of, but if you do, you're in for a treat. The gameplay is essentially like that of any other FPS, but tweaked towards realism.
    The immersive aspect is executed brilliantly, except for the very few graphical glitches to be seen about 2 - 4 times in a play through. Most of the time though, it's something that you see and think "Oh, that's wierd. Oh, wait. It's gone."
    Graphically, the game is impeccable. The environment interacts with all of the tiny little models and everything you can see. Trees blow realistically in the wind, and fires will soon see them nothing short of a black stump with branches.
    Vehicles are nicely implemented. Helping you get from A to B with minimal effort. Just watch out for guard posts. While most people complain about the guard posts, I like them. I'm a fan of tactical gameplay. Which is something you'll have to learn to be able to properly enjoy FC2. Anyone used to running and gunning may want to stick to playing online.
    The scope of the world is amazing. Every little detail is beautifully rendered thanks to the technical mastery behind the Dunia engine. Anyone that doesn't like this game is probably just not a fan of the style of play. The game itself is impeccable. If you're a fan of tactical gamplay, mixed with realism and immersion, buy it. If you're looking for just another shooter, go back to CoD4.
    I'm giving it an 8/10.
    It'd get a 10 if it had Co-op. :(
    Oh, you might want to invest in a computer with at least 1.5GB of RAM and a9600GT or better :)
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  100. May 4, 2011
    8
    this game was not as good as the first far cry but does lend a decent sequel to the original crytek far cry. what makes the game boring is the long walks, missions, but there are parts of game that make it fun. i never finished the single player but i did host a dedicated server (the first to show everyone how to config server and host a game actually). i had one of the most played mapsthis game was not as good as the first far cry but does lend a decent sequel to the original crytek far cry. what makes the game boring is the long walks, missions, but there are parts of game that make it fun. i never finished the single player but i did host a dedicated server (the first to show everyone how to config server and host a game actually). i had one of the most played maps played more than any other map because the map maker was truly easy to use and i took the best objects and made a small run and gun map that was a lot of fun to play. multiplayer is worth the purchase of this game however the campaign is not as exciting as fc1 Expand
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Combat is thrilling – each weapon packing a solid, vicious blast; movement suggesting heft and momentum. [Dec 2008, p.80]
  2. By adopting a laissez faire attitude to player discretion, Ubisoft has crafted a brilliant follow-up.
  3. 89
    More importantly, it has nowhere near as many bugs as something like "S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl," a title that bears many similarities. Add to the roughly 25 hour single-player campaign a remarkably easy-to-use map creation tool and a full multiplayer suite, and you've got one of the most complete overall gaming packages of the year, as well as one of the most ambitious.