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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. 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 -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
  4. DaveT
    Oct 25, 2008
    6
    Overall an entertaining Game, but the Ai suck, Graphic not as good as Crysis, missions boring.And: their are no Civilians in the Game, no Overall an entertaining Game, but the Ai suck, Graphic not as good as Crysis, missions boring.And: their are no Civilians in the Game, no children and nearly no women.Next thing is, that the 2 partys in the Game, who should fight against each other, only fight against you, whether you are doing a job for them or not, it just doesn't matter at all, which kills the whole "civil-war in africa" scenario. Next thing is, that the map is to big.At the beginning its fun to drive through africa, but if you are driving from corner of the map to the other for the fifth time it's just boring. After all I'm very disappointed, it could've benn a great game, but after 4 hours of playing the Game, I'm done with FarCry2. Expand
  5. Sep 6, 2011
    4
    What's terrible is that this game would actually be good: If they allowed it to be modded. There were a lot of stupid design decisions, butWhat's terrible is that this game would actually be good: If they allowed it to be modded. There were a lot of stupid design decisions, but the engine is great, the production values are high and the world layout & map aren't too bad. Allowing things to be tuned like unrealistic spawns, strange object behavior, poor weapon and damage modeling and to extending the duration of bullet wound decals last would have made this a hit. Fallout games come riddled with issues, but after 3 months in the wild mods make them outshine everything else. Expand
  6. CarloF.
    Nov 10, 2008
    3
    Killed of a legend! It isn't Farcry in any detail., it is ONLY marketing and advertsiment on the Farcry name. Almost everything on this Killed of a legend! It isn't Farcry in any detail., it is ONLY marketing and advertsiment on the Farcry name. Almost everything on this game is weird, weak, confuse, repetitive and.boring. Looks like an "unfinished" game. You loose hours inside the vehicles going from a side to other and so, geting back in the same place various times. No action, no strategy, no infiltration, no surprise attacks, in few words, NO FUN! There aren't meele attack, no prone, no zoom for sniper and lack of many other commands/otipons which are necessary in the fps nowadays. Also, you don't get to see/find some enemies in sometimes. You get shooting in you but you don't get to know from where are coming the shoots. Gameplay and AI are horrible in all. Ok, there are some few cool things such as the landscape and fire. The graphics are good and the game run very smooth but the filed of view is restricted. I didn't get motived to keep playing the game, that was annoying to try arrive in the chapter two. Waste of time and money. I am totally dissapointed since they have used the name Farcry for it. Ripp-offs! 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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