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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. Jun 30, 2016
    9
    Even to this day, this game is good. Born in an age for better graphics, better story line, better simulation, this game takes it all for theEven to this day, this game is good. Born in an age for better graphics, better story line, better simulation, this game takes it all for the Far Cry nostalgia. Cars are easy to use BECAUSE of the simplicity the original Far Cry style. Everything from this game is colored in a way that can only speak realism and immersive. The characters speak all in a very serious voice, as if the world has shaped them into becoming this more psychopathic person. Unlike Far Cry 3, not all the villagers are dumbass sheep, they know what's happening... although I'll agree sometimes the voice acting is too dull. This game has a great sequel and a greater sequel of a sequel, but they're all missing aspects that this game alone has adopted: partners to save you before you die on the battlefield, a world you can truly explore without limit, all missions are main missions which means you can truly choose what to do first and second. All parts of the map are enjoyable although not defined properly. overall 9/10 even for 2008. Expand
  3. Mar 31, 2022
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In 2022 it is hard to belive this game is called Far Cry. The medicine feature was so unique, and diamond hunting had the feeling. Expand
  4. TorbjörnG.
    Nov 3, 2008
    6
    Overall, the game is actually pretty playable, but.. It fails miserably in a few, but important key areas. First one. You cant change fire Overall, the game is actually pretty playable, but.. It fails miserably in a few, but important key areas. First one. You cant change fire mode.... I mean, ooh my god. I just dont get it... I mean, in reality, you never, EVER use automatic fire mode on a rifle. The reason why is also apparent in the game. It aims horribly BAD. If you just could switch to single fire, stealth, and long range battles would be a lot more enjoyable. Also the AI is terribly bad. Its stupid not to be able to pick more then one quest at a time. (wtf!?) And finally, the whole "friend" system is completely stupid. They appear sometimes, and sometimes not. And when you meet them in game, you cant ask them to tag along on a mission.. they just sit there.. Or want you to kill stuff. Good game, bad game? If it weren't for these, very "small" flaws, Id say that Its a good game. But, the flaws are there. Laughing you in the face. Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2012
    4
    Bought it after seeing some positive videos on the tube. I regretted it. The graphics are absolutely stunning but the game per se is terrible.Bought it after seeing some positive videos on the tube. I regretted it. The graphics are absolutely stunning but the game per se is terrible. Far Cry 2 is basically a terrific map with a terrible game spawning sporadically. Expand
  6. AnttiL
    Jan 14, 2009
    3
    Graphics are good, sometimes bad. There are lots of weapons, which have no stopping/killing power. Most of them are too much alike. AI is Graphics are good, sometimes bad. There are lots of weapons, which have no stopping/killing power. Most of them are too much alike. AI is stupid. If one person sees you even for 0.01s before he dies, everyone knows where you are. Stealth is practically impossible. Enemies can sometimes see you through walls. Fire is nice, although it doesn't really burn anything except grass and trees. Other stuff just becomes black/darker. It also doesn't spread enough and enemies are stupid and run into it. There are lots of bugs. Enemies under ground shooting you etc. Most of the missions are like this: You get a mission, your "buddy" calls you, if you accept, you get extra job, then do the original one, then save your "buddy" who has somehow got into trouble and then you are finished. All characters other than buddies are your enemies and shoot you. Even if you work for them. The more you play it, the less sense the story makes. You don't really have any freedom. Do a mission or do extra mission for bonus stuff. Ok.. I got bored of listing bad things. I can't really remember any good things other than ok graphics. 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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