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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: 66 out of 75
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  1. 100
    The objective of Far Cry 2 as a game is to get out of the way and let you experience the game world. And there is no other game world quite like this one: haunting, spectacular, meditative, explosive, violent, and serene, all at once, and all in a mere shooter.
  2. Games Master UK
    92
    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. Better than an excellent game, Far Cry 2 is an excellent idea of a game. Despite of its poor AI and repetitive mission design, Ubisoft's new proposal delivers a solid shooter in a beautifully rendered open-world environment that packs some fun for the not so demanding player. Although better than the previous installments in the series it just comes up short of its and ours expectations. Rental recommended.
  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: 41 out of 92
  2. Negative: 28 out of 92
  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 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. May 25, 2011
    10
    i love fp shooters. i enjoyed most cods, most halos, all half life games, first far cry, crysis 2 etc but this game not only makes u work hardi love fp shooters. i enjoyed most cods, most halos, all half life games, first far cry, crysis 2 etc but this game not only makes u work hard just to do a bit of shooting, its controls are sluggish, its frustrating just trying to get from one point to another, always looking at the map which is a pain and annoying, and to be honest just plain boring. the first far cry was way better, trust me. i realize its meant to be be an rpg light fps, but its just a crap one thats all. dont waste your money and time. 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 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. Mar 19, 2011
    7
    Far Cry 2 is an ok FPS which is technologically brilliant, but has the fun sucked out of it due to a number of problems. This (from what I'veFar Cry 2 is an ok FPS which is technologically brilliant, but has the fun sucked out of it due to a number of problems. This (from what I've heard) seems to have nothing in common with the original Far Cry, or even the Xbox/Xbox 360 game, Far Cry Instincts. It just shares the same name with the original game. Anyway, Far Cry 2 drops you in to an African-like sandbox landscape, which is huge by the way, to kill an arms dealer known as "the Jackal". Instead of playing as Jack Carver (from Far Cry and Instincts), you pick 12 different characters, each with their own back story but they all have one thing in common: they all have malaria! The graphics are lovely with beautiful landscapes to admire with lush grass (which blows with the wind depending if it's windy or not) and organic plant life. At its heart, Far Cry 2 is an open world FPS with a meaty single player campaign and you're not constrained into completing missions in a linear fashion; you have freedom to do what you want like complete side missions, scavenge for diamonds and upgrade your arsenal of weapons. The huge range of weapons is impressive from the traditional FPS assault rifles and pistols to a portable mortar that you can use to rain death on your enemies. As you rescue people around the landscape as part as normal progression, they will become your buddy to help you by helping you when your pinned down by enemy fire or offer you an alternative mission to the one that you're going on at the time. To help you transverse the huge African environment, you have a bunch of vehicles to choose from like boats, jeeps and buggies. They are nippy to drive although the engine noises of some of the vehicles are dull. When the action gets going, the game is a joy to play with frantic gun fights and encounters with the enemy. You can even use stealth tactics to eliminate your enemy although the branch whip and claymore mine tactics that you can use to silently kill the enemy from Far Cry Instincts are gone. The guys you fight can soak up a few bullets so to conserve ammo, you gotta nail those headshots. What is really good about this game is the physics. Far Cry 2 is built on Ubisoft's Dunia engine and this allows you to shoot individual branches off a tree. The animations that play when you're trying to fix yourself because you're nearly dead by pulling a bullet out of your flesh or twisting your leg back because of a huge fall is pleasing to watch. The way fire spreads is so realistic: A small fire can soon turn into a huge problem! The grass and the bushes blows (when it's windy) convincingly with the wind. It may seem a really good action packed FPS but there are a few problems that dampen the experience. The game can get incredibly boring while you travel across huge distances just to get to your destination/start of a mission and you'll just be begging for something to happen. There are a few ways to travel to your destination like using a bus stop to warp large distances or drive there but if you lose your vehicle when you're nowhere near a bus stop or your destination, you face walking for a long time. The save system is flawed. You can only save your game manually at any of the safe houses scattered around the gaming environment. There may be an abundance of them but you'll find yourself saving at everyone you'l come across on your way to a destination because if you die, you'll spawn at a safe house you've recently saved at. Dying is imminent while walking towards your destination because an enemy vehicle can suddenly run you over or trying to attack an enemy owned camp and then getting killed because you have run out of syringes and you face going back a long way from your destination if you don't save regularly. Why can't the game have an auto save feature? The jamming gun feature is a nice touch - basically the more you use a specific gun, the more worn out it will become and will be more prone to jamming - but can be tedious when you're in the middle of a gun fight and you'll have to constantly un-jam your gun. Basically to solve this problem, you have to continuously swap out your old weapons for new ones. Also, why do you have to play as a character that has malaria? What happened with the bad ass feral abilities from Far Cry Instincts which made you a powerful force? Now you are a weak character that can't run 50 yards without tiring out. You have to keep on top of your sickness by taking malaria tablets that have to be earned by going on side quests. It's just an unnecessarily distraction from the main game. Going on missions for the weapons vender to unlock new weapons proves pointless considering the weapons unlock through normal story progression. There isn't much mission variety: just kill this guy, collect this document and return it, turn this knob and that etc. Far Cry 2 is a good FPS in general but I feel it's a big step down in storyline and game play from Far Cry Instincts Expand
  5. Mar 20, 2019
    5
    At the time of the release, the graphics was quite good on this game. There is some cool mechanics here that was way ahead of its time, likeAt the time of the release, the graphics was quite good on this game. There is some cool mechanics here that was way ahead of its time, like shooting branches of trees, and setting fire to the grass never feels more rampant. And you also got guns that jams up, and even breaks apart totally in the middle of a firefight. Maybe the devs was far too optimistic in terms of realism.
    You start the game having a Malaria fever which will hunt you for the majority of the game. Every now and then you have to pop a pill to supress the fever and keep you going. If you run out, you have to take a small side mission to get more pills. These affects gameplay a little, and can be annoying at times.

    There is a story in this game, You hunt an arms dealer called "The Jackal" but its story direction is almost immediately fragmented as soon as you start the game. You find yourself in the middle of a war between two factions, These two factions are pitted against each other towards a 3rd mercenary group that you ally up against trying to intervene them both . You never take sides in this war, and you will find yourself knocking on both doors of the factions. If you have seen a movie called Last Man Standing from 1996 with Bruce Willis, you will get the idea what i am talking about.
    Often you can handle the mission two ways, straight on, or with your AI buddies.
    The AI buddies are a neat and well executed part of the game. You meet them as you progress. Often they will interact and call you before a main-mission where they offer to execute mission in a different direction.
    The AI can also jump in and revive you if you go Solo and die during any mission.
    Another cool and realistic thing about AI. They too can get wounded and you have a choice to revive or leave them there to die. If you choose the latter, and he dies, he dies for good. Thats it. You will never see him again. So take care of your buddies.
    You can also undertake assassination missions to to break away from the faction one. You find these at various radio towers spread around. They usually gives you an mission to go to somewhere and kill someone.

    The developers designed this game to have the gamer struggle for most part. But it can get tedious at times while you progress.
    To mention the worst of them. Around the sandbox map there are several guard post scattered around. all tied up to sectorisation. Meaning, after you kill all enemy forces, as soon as you leave the area, the guard post will reset and enemies respawn.
    Also the AI is pretty naff and dumb in this game. Soldier can just shoot at you and suddenly run around doing nothing. Also, i never played a game with such aggressive opposing enemies as this game. Everyone and their mother will go at you if they spot you. You pass by any oncoming traffic and they will turn and chase you down every time.
    The guard posts i mention, often just driving trough the bulletstorm is sometimes impossible. You are damned that most of them have 2 guards ready to jump in a gun mounted jeep as soon as you pass. And they will NEVER stop chasing you until you are shot to bits. Every checkpoint you pass, you most likely HAVE to kill them off to move on alive.

    The majority of the time in this game is spent behind the wheel going from A (contractors) to B (assassination target) And its just that. There are fast travel bus stops. but they are too few

    There are two major maps in this game. Halfway trough you get to start at a brand new map to explore. Either you will do a huge sigh and carry on or burn your copy of the game.

    The game does take time to finish. And if you do, you will most likely vow to never play this game again.

    In true Ubisoft style, there are collectibles in form of diamond cases to collect. There are over 220 cases to look up (someone at Ubisoft is really a sadist)
    Diamonds are the main currency in the game. You use them to buy and upgrade weapons at the arms dealer. To expand the selection, you can take missions from the vendor. These are always; go to a part of the map where a convoy drive around in circle and blow it up.
    Funny enough, the game gets more stable and a little more fun when you get better guns.
    Guns bought at arms dealers also are in excellent condition. but they do degrade too over time, so come back to the arms dealer to switch out your old shooters for new fresh ones every now and then.

    The game could have been something. But overall it lacks excitement to move on with its too linear and non existent story line that weighs the game down

    Way ahead of its time on game mechanic, but dull and tedious to play overall. Far Cry 2 remains a double edged sword by todays standards.
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  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, drivingA 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 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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