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  • Summary: Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other,Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit your their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force. Real-time story telling, systemic auto-healing, minimal in-game interface are just few of the features that make you feel the tension of being alone against barbarous warlords that threaten thousands of innocent lives. Choose from a wide range of weapons to make your way to your primary target. Meet the fight head-on with your machine-gun, go berserk with your machete or make stealth kills as a Sniper. If you feel that the atmosphere is not warm enough, light up your flamethrower and let your enemies and everything around them feel the heat. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. PC PowerPlay
    100
    The unique setting, brilliant AI and palpable atmosphere, make Far Cry 2 a quintessential PC gaming experience. [Dec 2008, p.63]
  2. After playing Far Cry 2, I'm simply unable to go back to straight and simple first-person shooters. This game has executed my expectations. [Nov 2008, p.62]
  3. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    90
    Unusual in that a first person shooter shows you the fictitious African country where real crimes against the civil population are fought in the name of profit. An intense experience in all aspects. [Nov 2008]
  4. It has its shortcomings, but it still makes its mark as one of the best releases of the year, at this point. The graphics and setting alone make it a real stand-out, and I like the fact that Ubisoft tried to go after something a bit more unique in a genre that is known for rampant replication.
  5. Edge Magazine
    80
    Combat is thrilling – each weapon packing a solid, vicious blast; movement suggesting heft and momentum. [Dec 2008, p.80]
  6. Visually impressive and ambitious but ultimately falls short of the hype. Attempts very hard to immerse you in a realistic sandbox world but fails to be anything but a simple, repetitive shooter. Driving across beautiful but lifeless world while fighting infinitely respawning enemies to complete unimaginative missions for people who all try to kill you can be summed up as beautiful but disappointing.
  7. In 2007, Ubisoft sent to Africa a whole team of Far Cry 2 developers so they could record sounds, take pictures and soak in the spirit of "Heart of Darkness". Judging by the promotional videos, the guys had the time of their lives. It's a pity that the game fails to convey even the tiniest fracture of their emotions.

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  1. 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 forAn 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. Expand
  2. ERB
    Jul 29, 2013
    9
    Why does users hate this I mean It is an enjoyable game and very addicting as well.
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2011
    5
    It seems reviewers played another game than mine. Despite of fantastic grphics and open worlds, here's nothing deserves for higher rating.It seems reviewers played another game than mine. Despite of fantastic grphics and open worlds, here's nothing deserves for higher rating. Innumerable enemy spawns and the same quests (main and side) ruined everything what make prodecessor very good game. Expand
  5. JonD
    Dec 29, 2008
    4
    Ubisoft is consistently making very pretty games that are failing on the game play front. The graphics are not bad, they make up for Ubisoft is consistently making very pretty games that are failing on the game play front. The graphics are not bad, they make up for lower-poly models (console port) with lovely DX10 shaders. Likewise the fire propagation and realistic day-night cycle is wonderfully done, and capturing the sense of Africa is absolutely spot-on (Lived there for 14 years). Also Combat is also done well, and the jamming and healing animations are pretty facking sweet. Otherwise, everything else just screams port. The story has some thought in it, but feels thrown together with the unnaturally sped-up dialogue. The open world is fun, until you realize that you'll be shooting through the same checkpoints quite literally hundreds of times, making combat extraordinarily repetitive. The fabled destructability is so-so, nowhere near the level you'll see in Crysis (again, console port). There are factions, but they're not tied to any checkpoints... so the story ends up doing one factions missions until finished, then repeat ad nauseum. Ubisoft evidently tried to add some staying power with GTA-esque collectibles and small side missions, although they are no where near the quality shown in GTA. Unlocking guns means doing the exact same mission 8 times, albeit in different parts of the map. Multiplayer is practically a joke, the interface was obviously designed for the console community. And if multiplayer is a joke, who will bother with the map editor no matter how well it has been done? In conclusion, Far Cry 2 was a fun experiment in open-world first person shooters but reeks firmly of being thought out for console, and then brought over to the PC for maximized profits. Expand
  6. ACCol
    Nov 6, 2008
    3
    This game gets a 3 for graphics the intro and advertising....THATS IT! This game is worse then Super Mario Bros. 3. It's GTA 2 rehashedThis game gets a 3 for graphics the intro and advertising....THATS IT! This game is worse then Super Mario Bros. 3. It's GTA 2 rehashed with better graphics except you only get Jeeps and Pintos as your vehicles of choice. The weapons are fun for a while but blow up in your hands while you are killing your thousandth mercenary. The quests suck and are completely unimaginative. The story sucks because it's completely unengaging...not worth suffering of hours and hours of boredom and repetition to actually see what happens. The characters seemed cool at first but then they end up falling into the 'repetitive' category. THIS GAME IS SIMPLY A 'SEQUEL' MEANT TO FLEECE FPS JUNKIES OF CASH AND LAUGH IN YOUR FACE WHILE UBISOFT RAKES IT IN. DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE! DON'T LET UBISOFT MAKE YOU THEIR BITCH! Expand
  7. FredWhatever
    Oct 17, 2008
    0
    In case nobody noticed, the two critical reviews of this game which are being displayed on the main page are written by the same person, andIn case nobody noticed, the two critical reviews of this game which are being displayed on the main page are written by the same person, and almost quote each other.

    For all the site admin bitch about user ballot-stuffing, it seems they're content to let PC Gamer do it. Probably because PC Gamer pays for the space and we don't.
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