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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  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: 42 out of 95
  2. Negative: 29 out of 95
  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 24, 2014
    10
    Far cry 2 is like the dark souls of fps: open world, difficult, realistic and with re spawning enemies. This is exactly what i love most inFar cry 2 is like the dark souls of fps: open world, difficult, realistic and with re spawning enemies. This is exactly what i love most in the game: you never feel safe! Playing Fa Cry 2 in hardcore mode is probably one of the best experiences that a ever had with a game! Bu this game is not for everyone, a lot of people love and hate FC2 for the very same reasons. Far Cry 3 may be a better game overall,but it never gives you the feeling of constant fight for survival that FC gives you! Expand
  3. Charlie
    Jan 14, 2009
    9
    Men, it is one of the best games of Ubisoft, the game mod, the plot and the weapons are awesome!!!
  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. Mike
    Oct 27, 2008
    6
    This was my most-anticipated game for a long time, after being let down repeatedly by overhyped games that didn't stack up. My friends This was my most-anticipated game for a long time, after being let down repeatedly by overhyped games that didn't stack up. My friends and I have been DYING for a good fps multiplayer, and Far Cry 1 was our favorite game of all time. Well, if you are hoping for the same spark in this one, you will be sadly disapppointed. They bascially took everything that made Far Cry 1 fun, and removed it. Prone? gone. Predator? gone. ATV? gone. Jetski? Gone. Speedboat? gone. Radar or compass on HUD? gone. Ability to see who's speaking? gone. Ability to jump vehicles far distances? gone. Place weapons on maps in editor? gone. Pick up weapons in multiplayer? gone. My favorite mp games at the moment are GTA and COD4, and this is quite literally a far cry from either. I am struggling through the tediousness of single palyer just so I can somewhat get my money's worth at this point. Multiplayer is clunky, awkward, and one-dimensional. Horrible character movement. Heinous multiplayer maps. I couldn not believe Crytek would let us down like this, until I discovered this game wasn't made by them!!! WHAT!? This game was made by Ubisoft, the original makers of FC had nothing to do with it, which explains everything. It doesn't deserve the name Far Cry. Expand
  6. Jan 22, 2013
    4
    It's a game I so desperately wanted to like. The storyline and location interested me greatly, the game looks amazing and the idea of playingIt's a game I so desperately wanted to like. The storyline and location interested me greatly, the game looks amazing and the idea of playing the game how to want sounded fantastic, however this was the most disappointing game I have ever purchased. In a nutshell it's over repetitive, the stealth mechanics seem to be almost broken, every character outside the safe zones attacks you and getting around is just a drag especially when you lose a vehicle. I can see how some people could love this game with so many great ideas, but it just wasn't the game I was expecting. All my complaints have been corrected by Far Cry 3 which is excellent and was the game I think I was expecting from Far Cry 2. 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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