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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for Xbox 360 / Suitable for 18 years and over / Release Date: 2008-10-24 / Published by Ubisoft

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      28.05.2010 17:27
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      4/5 - looses one star as it can take a while to get into and used to the vastness of the landscape

      --- Plot ---

      Far Cry 2 is set in Africa and follows your quest to try and stop a war but more to the point, to stop the person who is arming both sides of the war, The Jackal, a ruthless arms dealer.

      --- Concept & General Gameplay ---

      The concept is an unusual one that blends open world interactivity with FPS and strategy. Move amongst the land and villages to find allies and acquire Safe Houses which can be used to save your game (also be upgraded later on to give you easy access to health and ammo). At the Safe Houses you can set your alarm and wake up again at night or in the day allowing a strategic night attack on unsuspecting enemy.

      A negative point needs to be raised unfortunately which is that everyone wants you dead, literally (with the exception only of your buddies that you make along the way and those you can accept missions off) so expect to have to stop your car or boat to deal with enemy frequently.

      The weapons system is nice in that it is gradual, allowing you access to new weapons upon mission completes and staggers this throughout the game. The landscape is vast and so expect to do a lot of driving which can be viewed as positive in terms of realism but also negative in that trees can get a little 'samey' after a while.

      The buddy system is nice in that you begin on your own and by rescuing people along the way you'll earn their friendship and have them help you should you run into a little trouble along the way. Realism wise it is good to see that your buddy can die too, you can then either try and help them or put them out of their misery.

      --- Graphics ---

      Beautiful rich plains of Africa can be set alight given the right ammunition and aim and within seconds spread across the land, scaring the enemy and panicking them into thinking there's more than one of you (nice bit of strategy).

      Whilst the loading times could be quicker, for such a vast game there is very few times whereby it'll need to stop and load to the point where you feel as though its crashed and usually along the way it'll give you a bit of a reminder of what's happened so far (story wise) in text across the bottom.

      Aside from fairly samey missions to begin with (persevere they get better and a bit more varied) the most noteworthy moments occur when you're running very low on health and you attempt to heal yourself. At this point you'll have to perform first aid of some nature, from putting out a burning leg to bandaging a wounded arm or pulling a bullet out (nice touch as opposed to simply miraculously healing in most games)

      --- Price ---

      £6 from CeX.co.uk (Computer Exchange) second hand, a bargain for such a massive game!

      --- Overall ---

      A great game for fans of FPS and BIG games, expect a lot to do, a free roaming system to do it in, a lot of gunfire and clever enemy a.i along the way.

      4/5 - looses one star as it can take a while to get into and used to the vastness of the landscape

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      19.12.2009 13:54

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      great game. must buy

      this game is a great example of a fps and a different one as well.
      you can actually free roam. how cool is that!! for a first person shooter!!!
      you can do any missions you want, so its not like halo or quantum of solace where it is always the same story line in the exact same order. you work for either the ufll or the apl two gangs at war with each other.
      weapons have to be bought by collecting diamonds from missions. and new ones can be unlocked by missions aquired by the gun store owner.
      the map is enourmous but you can travle by bus to save time.

      guard posts are a fun way to stock up on syringes(healing packs), ammunition and cars that are very realistic to drive. the map making feature is one of the best ive ever experienced, with tons and tons of objects to put down and a unique terrain tools feature that allows you to edit the ground and water level and even edit the time of day.
      overall a great game
      :)

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      12.11.2009 01:48

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      Good game basics, but annoying story line

      Far cry 2 had the potential to be an absolutley amazing game, but well it failed miserably.

      The originall Far Cry game was awesome, everything you wanted from a First person shooter, so when i heard this game was on the way i couldnt wait, even more when i heard it was using the crytek platform used in crysis (another hot game).

      So i started playing the game, which has a long introduction but demonstartes the physics and graphics really well which impressed me. All is good by this point, i play the first missions to get used to the controls and im strating to really love the game. The the game basically says go explore this huge map, (oh and i mean huge) and find and kill this guy called the jackal. Great i thought, so i wondered about found a few side missions, i played for hours on end slowly loosing intrest as you dont get any hint of the fact that you are getting close to the jackal. And eventually i just got irritated, a game this big needs soem structure on telling you where to go, it got to the point that i have now stopped playing the game and i really have no idea if i was ever even close to completing it.Far cry 2 had the potential to be an absolutely amazing game, but well it failed miserably.

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      05.11.2009 16:58
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      It's not quite perfect but at a budget price is great entertainment.

      I can't help thinking that Far Cry 2 could have been one of the best games of this current generation. First impressions when starting the game are very good; the setting is very original as it's the only game I can remember playing that is set in Africa - it makes a change from the grey brown hues common in many Xbox first person shooters. In fact the graphics are stunning, I have found myself on occasion just standing and staring at a sunset, with the beams of light shining through the clouds.

      Once you start getting into the game you will notice that a lot of time and imagination has been put into the physics effects - the fire effects are particularly amazing - you can start a fire during a strong wind, and if you set it in the correct place it can completely decimate an enemy outpost. It is once you have got into the game, however, that a few problems start to appear. The main issue I had was the respawning enemey soldiers at each outpost - no sooner have you levelled the outpost and walked away, if you look back you can see the soldiers are back where they were. I should also mention that it is a bit off a hassle getting between different places of interest, with regular enemy patrols making this difficult. Finally I should point out that my game was a bit buggy in places - for example having unlocked a save game hut it would not let me enter the dwelling. This is a shame as the potential of this game is truly awe inspiring.

      Despite these problems, though, I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys FPS games and would like something a bit different. It is also quite easy to pick the game up fairly cheaply too - about a tenner, I think. Considering I spent well over 50 hours on this game, that has to be good value for money.

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      02.11.2009 12:18

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      Worth a tenner!

      I loved farcry 2. I have read many reviews saying it was a very poor game but i disagree. I feel it was much more enjoyable than the first.
      The graphics are pretty good, not the best looking game on the 360 but not bad. (Fire looks especially real). The sound is great, both background noise, gun shots etc, everything gives the game a realistic feel.
      The storyline is pretty weak, roaming around Africa basically killing people and blowing stuff up, but i liked it. I love free roaming games, and this is one of the biggest i have played. It will take agesssss to drive around the entire map. There are always items for you to discover and collect which makes the game more fun. There are many side missions etc and a ton of guns to collect, making this a good value game. You will get many hours gameplay from this.
      You will be able to pick up a copy for around £10 second hand, which is a bargin considering how many hours of gameplay you get.
      I have not triend any multi player yet so am unable to comment on that.

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      04.09.2009 19:56
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      AVOID!!

      Eurgh.

      Far Cry 2, released with much fan-fare and got some good mentions from many people, but once you pick it up and play it, you realise why this game was only in the charts for a few weeks.

      Based on an almost exact replica of the Call of Duty 4 engine, many people said this would be the game for the COD players to sink their teeth into while waiting for another installment from Infinity Ward (the Developers of COD4) but this is a bad, bad imitation.

      Its not good. And I mean that. The guns, which, again, seem to have been influenced by the Guns available in COD4, are slow and the aiming is horribly lethargic. Killing someone can take four or more bullets, even though your in the middle of East Africa - a place where not many if any, wear Bullet-proof vests.

      Although the games graphical presentation is impressive, the most annoying thing about it, is the amount of waiting you must do. Unlike Grand Theft Auto 4, which keeps you entertained while you drive to destinations in whichever car you stole from the gangsters of Liberty City, in Far Cry 2, your stuck with this yellow crap-heap which needs repairing every now and again, and has a top speed of about 15 Miles an hour. Put that on top of having to drive to and from destinations, talk to people, listen to their endless whining (much like this review, actually) and then go shoot some angry Africans that dont d likike they should, your in for a stressful and unenteaining gaming g experience with Far Cry 2.

      Developer Ubisoft you missed the boat here. You had a chance to get the crowd of COD players in and sell a lot of games. Instead, you managed to take COD, make it slower, and give open-ended video games a bad name.

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        04.08.2009 17:10

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        A brilliant game and i would recommend it to everyone.

        A VERY good game!

        This game wowed me with everything that it had from the graphics to setting down mines in the middle of a road and blowing up convoys. The graphics in this game were simply impecable.

        I could not find a single fault or glitch within this game. I could not believe this as all other games that i have played are simply full of glitches and other faults that the companies just overlook.

        The wide variations of maps and areas to discover made this game exciting and long. Although most games ae not exciting when they take many hours to complete i believe that far cry made a brilliant compensation by packing the game full action and things to do round every corner that it didn't matter how long i plaed the game for i just couldn't pull myself away from the screen.

        The only thing that i found dissapointing with this game was that after completing it you coud not go back and complete any side misions that you just didn't have time for during the game itself. This really did let the game down a bit but apart from that this game is as near to perfect as can be!

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        04.08.2009 10:38
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        A great game

        Far cry 2 is a first person shooter in an extremely large map. You take the role of a mercenary who comes to Africa to kill "the jackal" and you take on a series of missions and side missions to progress and find the jackal and to increase your armoury with such weapons as sniper rifles, grenade launchers and a mortar.

        The exploration in this game is immense and travelling by land or sea allows for quick and tactical manoeuvres to assault camps pr bases. Travelling by air in my opinion is a bit redundant as travel is very limited and you have no form of defence while flying.

        Far cry 2 allows for a tactical approach to offensive manoeuvres, including easy to use maps, night time raids and hiding in long undergrowth. I personally enjoy this aspect of the game because I believe this is where you can be most creative, I personally enjoy a good scout of the base and using a mortar to destroy any vehicles and start a bush fire, afterwards a quick round up of survivors with an assault rifle.

        The use of bus stations is a very good addition to the game which stops the monotonous travel by car or boat to each destination. I have played this game for a long time and it has really got me back into first person shooters you really get a lot of play time from this game and I truly recommend it.

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        09.06.2009 23:12
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        Excellent for the 1st week or 2.

        I was expecting awesomeness when I bought Far Cry 2..

        I was partly impressed with the realism (gun jamming, fire spreading, self healing), but the rest was not so good.

        The story is pretty immersive, You play as one of the characters from a selection, the landscape is set in a war torn Africa, Your mission is to kill the 'Jackal' who armed both sides and basically started the war.

        But.. there is a catch.
        You catch Malaria, and of course this interferes with your everyday life as you need to take pills often and keep stocking up.

        The graphics in this game are pretty 'wow', the sun is probably one of the best features, just sitting on top of a hill watching the sun rise through the trees is a wonderful experience, also, sneaking through the bushes to try and hunt wildlife with your machete is great fun!

        Most of the missions involve getting intel and finding diamonds, which are used to buy new weapons, which is good.

        My favorite weapon is the Flamethrower :P

        I would give this game a 7/10,
        The story is quite cool, the graphics are nice but it does get quite repetitive, just sneaking through bushes, you could always try and shoot at the enemies with your dart gun or sniper rifle though ^^

        There is a multiplayer mode, but it is average and I wont bother explaining it. lol :P

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        05.06.2009 15:20
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        A decent enough idea let down by the constant, uneventful travelling.

        I picked up Far Cry 2 for a bargain price late last year, and now that I have played it I understand why it was so cheap! While it had some interesting concepts and looked quite pretty, it ended up just being too boring for me to stick with. I enjoyed the fairly open world which does give a lot more freedom than most other FPSs, but I found the vehicles to be somewhat annoying. They controlled poorly and failed a LOT. OK guys, I get that we're out in the sticks with poorly maintained equipment, I really do, but Far Cry 2 takes it to extremes. You're breaking down all the time, but all you need is a quick twist of the spanner and things are up and running again. This wouldn't be so bad if Far Cry 2 didn't rely so heavily on vehicles, but the biggest flaw in the game is that the game makes you drive for about 5 minutes to find a mission, 5 more to do the mission, and another 5 to report that your mission is complete. After a few of these sequences I just got so bored that I couldn't continue. Perhaps someone who has more patience than I could forgive this and enjoy the game a bit more, but it's really not for me.

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          31.05.2009 00:03
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          A potentially good game let down by the dull repetition of the gameplay

          I've never played the original Far Cry, but I've heard it's a lot better than this one. I'd probably agree, because although this game shows great promise and starts fairly well, also has great graphics and a lush and bountiful open world, it still lacks something to bring all these aspects together... something that could potentially make it a truly great game. It's a huge shame because the developers obviously put a lot of time into this game, but it just doesn't pay off.

          As a mercenary in a fictional African state, the game plays out like Grand Theft Auto in the jungle, though not as good as it sounds. You do missions to collect money, to buy weapons, to shoot generic cannon fodder at checkpoint after checkpoint after checkpoint. The missions are on the whole dull, made interesting by the choice in manner in which to proceed upon accepting the mission, as well as being able to choose a "side" to fight for, to a limited extent.

          The open world is fantastically realised but at the same time can feel very samey. The aforementioned checkpoints mean getting around anywhere is a chore, unless you use a bus, then the game loses its open-ended appeal. It's a lose/lose situation.

          I am glad I only borrowed this game off my uncle instead of buying it myself.

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          12.05.2009 02:23

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          For Some Reason, I Really Loved This Game. Not For The Story Of The Graphics It Was Packing, But The Immersion. Immersion Plays A Big Part Of The Next Generation, Farcry 2 Was Pulling With All The Stops With The Immersion Game. 1st Person Surgery, Ripping Bullets From Gunshot Wounds, Relocating Broken Bones In The Leg From A Fall. All Of The Games Postives Marks From Me Are From The Immersion, That Said Visuals And Voicework Are Top Notch. Slow Story And Little Connection To The Character Your Playing Are The Only Thing Holding Back This From The Top Spot In My Eyes.

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          02.05.2009 21:29
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          A very good game but as trivial as it sounds the walking from place to place is soul destroying

          Far Cry is a typical example for me of a game that has arguably wasted the potential it had. The graphics quite frankly are amazing, the vastness of the landscape and the way it changes from day to night, the animals in the plain and the way the grass and the trees interact with fire, wind etc... is astonishing, the setting truely is an amazing achievement of the developers and whenever I play Far Cry 2 I am still impressed by it. As well as this the gameplay is great, I love the idea of being in control of things I do and having a totally non-linnear experience and the shooting element too is satisfying, none moreso than when you torch the base of the enemies and pepper them with bullets as they come running from their huts... However Far Cry 2 just falls short of being a truely great game, it is at times a bit too boring and time consuming... Nothing is more annoying than getting your car destroyed and being stuck in the middle of the bush with no transport and having to walk all the way to the nearest village till you can actually do anything fun or worthwhile, it sounds massively petty of me to make such a huge deal of this but it is a massive issue that interupts your enjoyment in such a massive way... To truely find out just how hair-pullingly frustrating it becomes you must play the game...

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          20.04.2009 21:45
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          Fun to play, but maigcally reappearing enermy tarnishes it a little

          I didn't expect much from this game and nearly didn't buy it. Well I'm glad I did, to an extent. The game is big, I mean huge you do feel like you're in Africa, and I mean the whole of Africa. The scenery is near on perfect, majestic waterfalls, zebra running past your Jeep, beautiful sunsets, and sandstorms that you can literally taste the sand in your mouth. This alone doesn't make a perfect game and unfortunately the size of the map can be annoying when nearly every mission makes you go from one end to the other. You can clear out the enemy as many times as you like but as soon as you drive round the corner and come back to the same point, puff like magic the enemy is back!. I would say this is the game's biggest let down; otherwise it's very good to play.
          The missions are not linear, so really good ideas, you have full control how to do the mission, sneak in steal an item, or go in like Rambo you decided.
          a lot of people don't like online, but these are the people who love arcadey FPS, this one makes you work for each kill, none of this one shot you're dead, you really have to empty a clip to bring the online player down, the kill is a lot more satisfying. again there is a downside, there just isn't enough online players, all playing COD4 and Halo which is criminal, because online is the best part of this game.
          If more people came online this would be a real contender for online gaming.

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            07.04.2009 13:58
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            Could have been brilliant, still recommended

            having played the original Far Cry on the PC (and loved it), I decided to give Far Cry 2 a go. At first I was hugely dissapointed in it, then I grew to love it, then I soon got bored of it.

            I'm usually not a fan of FPS games, only a few exceptions exist which can hold my attention, anyway back to the game.

            Far Cry 2 is NOTHING like Far Cry. They have only used the same name since the original was so popular that they thought they would use its name to boost sales. You control a random unknown character who isnt the same from the original game, and you arent fighting strange monster/alien/mutant things.

            The game is set in some generic African country, which is rife with corruption and opposing groups, and you appear with the job to find some guy and kill him. Things soon go pear shaped though and you find yourself stuck in this place with Malaria. This is roughly where the game begins, with its strange hybrid genre. The best way to explain this game is that it is a cross between Far Cry, Oblivion and Grand Theft Auto.

            You play in a huge expansive non linear environment and go about accepting jobs from people. The jobs usually consist of killing someone or blowing a vehicle up. Once you complete the mission you are paid in diamonds. Some of the missions are side-missions and others are part of the main story. Diamonds are the games currency and allow you to upgrade weapons and buy new weapons and accessories. You can also get diamonds by playing a treasure hunt style mini game. Throughout the game you also befriend 'Buddies' who sometimes join you for missions, give you special advice, and rescue you from sticky situations.

            Once I got the hang of this RPG-like FPS I soon grew to love it. This was a fleeting feeling though, and another few hours into the game I began to get frustrated. As I mentioned earlier, the game is designed with buddies in mind, yet there are no multiplayer co-op elements in the game. I stand by my opinion that this would have been possibly the greatest game ever if it allowed split screen or online co-op throughout the story mode.

            My second criticism is the amount of travelling you need to do in order to reach mission objectives or reach a save point. I found about two thirds of my time playing the game was spent doing ancillary chores. This isnt helped by the fact that the bad guys dotted around respawn at a ridiculously quick rate, and you find yourself having to secure an area again and again and again.

            I think it was brave of Ubisoft to create such a unique experience in Far Cry 2, unfortunately it was let down by a few key issues. I am however, eagerly awaiting Far Cry 3 in the hope that they expand this game into a modern classic.

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