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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, 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: 66 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. 100
    Far Cry 2 has its annoying quirks, no doubt. But they can be solved via patch – the quality of fights, atmosphere, graphics and gameplay still reaches a very high level.
  2. A challenging and technically impresive FPS set in gorgeous but treacherous surroundings...It's one of the most engaging shooters we've played for ages. [Dec 2008, p.67]
  3. Far Cry 2 is a slog for the first few hours of gameplay, but you've got to stick with it because it soon turns into one of the most revolutionary FPS games of the decade.
  4. Although you can't say the same for the plot, Far Cry 2's first-person action squeezes every last drop of potential out of the unique African setting.
  5. A picturesque, open world environment and some simply brilliant fire physics make up for incompetent AI and a lot of repetitiveness in the missions.
  6. Ubisoft has managed to strike some potent emotional chords with Far Cry 2. Combined with the depth and breadth of the sweeping African environment, they may very well be enough to overcome a combat system that isn’t nearly as intricate as the game world in which it is housed.
  7. Far Cry 2 is a game that we wanted to love. It started off very well only to sink lower and lower into tedious territories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 82
  2. Negative: 24 out of 82
  1. GrahamM.
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    No game is perfect, but Far Cry 2 is amazing on many levels-first and foremost, having the ability to EASILY create maps (that foster the style of 1st person shooter gameplay YOU prefer) and the ABSOLUTELY STUNNING visuals, not to mention the complete freedom to destroy anything and everything in the environment is truly AMAZING. It is a must to own, and this kind of game development should be supported and encouraged--user maps help increase the lifespan of the game and keep it fun for months to come. I bought both the XBOX360 and PS3 versions, and I haven't noticed all of the feature differences, but both look and play amazingly--if I had a PC with enough horsepower I would buy the PC version on steam--KUDOS to UBISOFT for VASTLY improving upon the original. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2010
    10
    Far Cry 2 is one of the most under-appreciated games of all time. It has an awesome single player story, (might have a few glitches, but what freaking game doesn't?), amazingly simple and powerful map editor, awesome graphics, beautiful environments, and fun online multiplayer. Don't listen to all of these overly negative reviews. Far Cry 2 is one of those must play games. It's so much fun, and I'm still having fun with it 2 years later. Expand
  3. AaronS.
    Nov 3, 2008
    9
    its a great game once you get into.The things that make it such a great game is 1.The life like fire and destructable environments 2.The upgrades and new equipment to buy at the shop 3.The map to free roam on that is filled with diamonds to find in seceret or open areas 4. 100's of missions to make you sitting on the couch for ages before you actully clock the whole thing and last but not least #5. Great grathics and sound to make you feel like your there. Expand
  4. Rem
    Jul 12, 2013
    7
    Far Cry 2's biggest sins isn't one of the forgettable and lame story, but rather on its gameplay. It's not that it doesn't deliver, but rather it delivers TOO much. The game takes place in an African nation undergoing civil war. What I remember most from the game is the beauty of the world. Not only is it massive, but it has a variety of locations such as deserts, savannas, and even tropical forests. The biggest drawback about the world is traveling. The vehicle controls aren't the best but what irks me most is the fact I have to do it all the time. It doesn't help the guard posts keep res[awning, hindering me from my destination. It feels like padding in a tedious way. However everything else beyond that is well done. Searching for diamonds is always worth it, and the gunplay feels very tight and responsive. I could even bear with the realism if the weapon degrading didn't happen too quick. It took me 28 hours to complete along with optional sidequests. The new map editor puts Halo's forge to shame. I spent a chunk of time creating wonderful maps to play online. All in all, Far Cry 2 does a wonderful job in immersing me. Gameplay overall was solid though the annoyances keep it from becoming something much greater. Expand
  5. KipP
    Oct 28, 2008
    6
    I was a huge fan of the original Far Cry. And although the graphics and African setting are amazing...the game play went down a notch or 2 in my opinion. It plays more like a GTA style game...which is great if that's what you like....exporling environments and driving around doing nothing....but I'm a let's get to the point kind of gamer. I find the pace of this game tedious. The AI is pretty dumb as well. Having just come off Rainbow Six Vegas 2...the difference between the game play is stunning. As a first person shooter, RSV2 is far superior. If you have a lot of time to kill buy it. I'm 15% through it, and I probably won't bother to finish this one. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2011
    4
    A good game that could be a masterpiece. But it didn't. One of the things I hated is that half of the game is just driving. Driving, driving and guess what...driving. The maps are huge and you can explore them just to collect diamonds in order to buy guns. Expand
  7. Anthony
    Nov 27, 2008
    0
    This game is the biggest fucking waste of an amazing series idea. A tuned up version of far cry 1 would be better then this pile of shit. The A.I is retarded, the graphics look pretty amazing until you start seeing the same design over and over, trees start too look the same, rocks, cars, buildings. I mean for such a shitty game you would figure they would produce something great in these categories. The controls are appalling, extremely clunky, after playing #1 i found it impossible to accept the fact that they would produce #2 with anything less but they did alot less. The multiplayer was a neat idea though i love the twist they put on team death match can't get enough of the same....NOT! Terrible, farcry did not need multiplayer the first one had it but it was terrible, because they focused on the main game and if every stupid generic pile of shit gaming today didn't need that farcry 2 could have been much more epic, co-op is where its at, if farcry 2 had been co-op i am sure alot of its other countless flaws could have been lessened to a countable amount but no, they took an amazing game and decided too make a few extra dollars off a good name with a bad game! Expand

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