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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. 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 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
  3. 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 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
  4. EdS.
    Oct 27, 2008
    6
    I have played the original Far Cry, and this game has nothing to do with it, in other words this is not Far Cry 2, its some other game. This I have played the original Far Cry, and this game has nothing to do with it, in other words this is not Far Cry 2, its some other game. This game has elements stolen from STALKER (Chase Strelok instead of the Jackal) Except STALKER with a patch that fixes the glitches is a way better and more captivating game, with a far superior AI, and more fun combats. Now after stealing the story from Stalker and removing the fun elements from it, such as leaning, and inventory, Ubisoft tried to add cars to make this game seem like Grand Theft Auto, but miserably failed at that too. You cannot lean behind trees and just peek to look at the enemy. And when you are behind a tree and you shoot just over the edge, the bullets will hit the tree, which means that the precision in this game is pretty bad. I know Ubisoft is ticked off at Crytek for working with EA and creating Crysis. Now if you want to show Crytek that you can make a better game, you should at least adopt the good things Crysis did, and get a decent story (Crysis has great technological achievements, but the game sucked). NOT adopt the bad things from Crysis and make it worse. I want some of my money back, but I doubt that it will happen, maybe I can say it was fraud, due to the fact that they sold me "Bad Version of Grand Theft STALKER Rwanda" and not Far Cry 2, where ever they might be keeping the real game. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2015
    4
    I was bored with this game sooner than expected. Sure I am playing it now, and maybe, for it's day, it was fine.
    The graphics seemed to
    I was bored with this game sooner than expected. Sure I am playing it now, and maybe, for it's day, it was fine.
    The graphics seemed to impress me even in 2015, as they feel more real (to properer scale?), than even Far cry 4. But that's about it. I think it it very repetitive mission-wise and it's tedious to travel from point a to point b. The enemies also look and play quite awkward. I did finished it, but it was from pure stubbornness.
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  6. TrevorA.
    Nov 22, 2008
    3
    It is difficult to understand how this game could ever have been conceived of as a sequel to Far Cry. The location, characters, weapons, It is difficult to understand how this game could ever have been conceived of as a sequel to Far Cry. The location, characters, weapons, vehicles, and enemies are all different to the original. The style of game is different, so is the upgrade system and the map system. Even the graphics engine and music is different. It would seem that Ubisoft has exploited the name to sell a game that on closer inspection appears to be a pale imitation of Grand Theft Auto set in Africa. The original Far Cry was a brilliant game. The graphics were superb, the enemy AI challenging and realistic, and the levels were well conceived. Far Cry 2 fails to live up to its predecessor, though some of its graphics occasionally are on par, which is sad given that the original came out nearly 5 years ago. It is a boring, repetitive game that tries to make up for its deficiencies by endless amounts of mindless violence. The battles are the worst I 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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