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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
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  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. 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 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. Expand
  4. MikeH
    Oct 31, 2008
    6
    Very disappointing really. This game could have been absolutely amazing. The reviews I read, particularly PCG's, led me to believe it Very disappointing really. This game could have been absolutely amazing. The reviews I read, particularly PCG's, led me to believe it WAS absolutely amazing. The mechanics of the game are brilliant even with the sub par AI. But the substance of the game leaves a lot to be desired. There's a lot to play 'with' yet very little to play 'for'. Repetitive missions, that smack of zero effort, are the games biggest pitfall. How PCG can say this game fulfilled their expectations is beyond me. Personally, I expected a lot better. Fun for a blast here and there but don't think you'll become engrossed in the gameplay. After a while, it's just a grind. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2017
    4
    This is my second review of Far Cry 2. OK. What's the point of reviewing such an old game? I don't know. But I've been playing it recently,This is my second review of Far Cry 2. OK. What's the point of reviewing such an old game? I don't know. But I've been playing it recently, and plugged in a lot of time, and I find this to be a really bad video game. I hate criticizing art, but this is not an enjoyable game. First person shooter games should be fun. This is not.

    1 - IT'S EXTREMELY REPETITIVE. Even on easy mode you will keep dying, and dying. You have to cheat to keep yourself alive. They make it so you have to keep doing things over, and over again. There is no rest, or safe spots. The enemies just keep coming at you, and following you around.

    2 - WHY DO I HAVE INCURABLE MALARIA? They keep sending you on malaria medicine missions. You don't just get the malaria pills once, or twice, and that's it. You are constantly sick, and have to keep finding malaria pills. This is just stupid.

    3 - YOUR CHARACTER IS A WEAKLING. I can literally run further in real life. Your character gets winded so easily in a few seconds. What's the point of running if you can't run? I can't run!

    4 - TRAVELING IS A PAIN. There is no fast travel. You can get in cars, but guess what? There are obstacles constantly in your way. Enemies will appear from nowhere, and shoot your vehicle, and then it will break down. And you have to kill everyone, and do repairs. Or your car will explode. Getting anywhere is a huge pain.

    5 - YOU GET STUCK. Because of the messy terrain there are so many parts where you get stuck. Your vehicle gets stuck, you get stuck, something gets stuck. This should not be the case. I shouldn't get jammed up because a small rock is in my way. The character ideally should walk over these without any trouble. But that isn't the case.

    5 - DUMB MAP SYSTEM. You have to constantly pull up your map, and it goes in, and out, and gets in your view. Why not have a little map in the corner? Or a compass? I don't know, something that doesn't block your way all the time would be great. And if you're going to have the map, why does half of it disappear when I'm running? That's when I want to see the map. Anyway, the map system just sucks.

    6 - DUMB QUEST SYSTEM. Again with the repetition. Any time I want a new mission I have to travel so far. Go here, and go there to be granted missions. Why can't I just go to someone, and get a bunch of missions? Each time I have to refresh.

    7 - LACKLUSTER CONTROLS - Some things should be automatic, or a button click should lead to the next thing. The controls while not the worst just aren't great. For example, when I'm holding the map, if I click my 'fire' button nothing happens. I stay in map mode, until I click the map button. When you're being shot at having to do this is not so great! How about when I'm at a door? I have press the 'E' button. Just let me press the left mouse button to get in. A hand appears letting me know what I can do, so it should switch over. Less buttons, and redundant clicking would be better.

    8 - UGLY SETTING. The world is ugly, and plain. There's not much to look at it. Everywhere looks the same. It's just endless garbage.

    9 - MEDIOCRE STORY TELLING. You're a mercenary, or something like that, and you go around killing people for acts of revenge, or to stop one of the factions from getting ahead. That's pretty much the deepest you'll get as far as story is concerned.

    10 - STOP WITH THE GUN JAMMING. In real life weapons don't jam this easily. And if my guns must jam, then let me keep clicking the left mouse button to un-jam it. Why make me press another button?

    11 - THERE ARE NO 'BOSS BATTLES.' It's just one mission to the next, with no graduation, or leaps. You know, a video game should be like a roller coaster, working its way up, and then at the top you have the exciting part next (i.e. the race down).

    12 - CRAP ACCURACY - When you shoot it's like what's going on? Even if you're fairly on point, unless you zoom, you keep missing, and these guys just don't die.

    13 - CRAP AI - I can't sneak around, or do anything right. They always know where I am, and they all come out of the woodwork right away. They shoot for no reason. How do they know who I am each time, and my precise location?

    14 - WHERE'S THE MUSIC? There's barely any music. The mood is flat for almost the whole game. Give us the option of music, even if it's not that great.

    15 - THE EASY MODE IS NOT EASY. Why does this exist? Easy Mode is still hard a.f.

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  6. DaveM
    Dec 27, 2008
    3
    First of all, as far as how beautiful Far Cry 2 is... This game by Crytek has worse graphics than their previous game Crysis. The main First of all, as far as how beautiful Far Cry 2 is... This game by Crytek has worse graphics than their previous game Crysis. The main campaign is bland and repetetive and feels like more a chore than an immersive or intense FPS experience. It seems like all it involves is driving around, dealing with annoying checkpoints that respawn full of guys 10 minutes after you clean them out, fighting your way into a stronghold, killing some guy, and repeating over and over again. This could be fun enough, but the gameplay mechanics are not enjoyable. The AI can see you through trees and the exclusion of the ability to lean makes firefights a chore in an otherwise semi-realism based FPS. The map/binocular interface is poorly planned, as your map covers up your line of sight but must be up in order to use the telescope thing. It makes scouting locations a hassle. I didn't even bother with multiplayer. 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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