Far Cry® 2, developed by Ubisoft Montreal, takes many of the great ideas from the previous game and improves upon them, making a pulse-pounding, high-speed shooter that roars through the beautiful, if sere, environments of Central Africa. With stunning visuals and deep gameplay, this game takes everything you liked about Far Cry® and ramps it up to 11.
You are a gun for hire, trapped in a war-torn African state, stricken with malaria and forced to make deals with corrupt warlords on both sides of the conflict in order to do what it takes to take down the Jackal, a dirty arms merchant who has made your new homeland a war-torn hell.
You must identify and exploit your enemies’ weaknesses, neutralizing their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning, and of course, brute force.
This is the Fortune's Edition of Far Cry® 2, which is patched up (like every GOG.com game) to the most recent version which includes the Fortunes Pack DLC that added three new weapons and two new vehicles to the game, as well as several new multiplayer maps.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Bad Language, Violence, Online gameplay.
Minimum system requirements: Supported OS: Windows® XP / Vista® / Windows® 7 Processor: Dual-core processor 2.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+ RAM: 1 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista Video Card: 256 MB DirectX® 10.0–compliant video card or DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 or 10.0–compliant sound card (5.1 sound card recommended) Hard Drive Space: 12 GB
Posted on 2012-05-17 07:53:04 by Herzalot:
Farcry 2 suffers from a big unforgivable problem. It's boring. There are many neat ideas. Many cool features. Many things to look for in the game's big map. ( Diamonds, Jackal tapes, guard posts, safe houses ) But none of them helps the fact that the game is boring and repetitive. You mostly drive in your car in a big map, going from point A to B to C to D and so on and shootingread more some enemies along the way. Unfortunately, they respawn fast and become very annoying after a while. ( especially in higher difficulties ) You just have to try and avoid them. But they follow in cars and really don't give up on you. In other words, they slow you down which makes the game more repetitive than it should be. Although repetitiveness of the game is not bad enough to prevent you from finishing the game ( at least not for me ) but it really prevents the game to become anything superb. Although it had the potential.
But I said something about cool features and neat ideas, right? Well, the thing is Farcry 2 has a certain Deus ex-ness (!) to it. It means that you can do the combat the way you like. If you grab a flame thrower and a sub machine gun, your combat strategy differs from the time when you pick up a sniper rifle and a shotgun. You are free to kill the enemies the way you like and the good thing is none of these ways have any advantage over each other and it all depends on your taste. This is the redeeming aspect of Farcry 2 and unfortunately, I don't see many people talk about it. I think it's the best part that was implemented in the game.
Most people I know hated the story of F2 or didn't care about it, but I found it very unique and interesting. It's mostly about the greed, deception and betrayal of the two groups who are in charge of the African country which the game takes place in and the game and your role as a mercenary in the matter and does a good job showing how low and hopeless their goals are. Also dialogues of the game were short and funny and I remember finding them extremely amusing.
Farcry 2 visuals are technically good, but due to use of the same textures, it loses its attractiveness real fast. But the fire effects were some of the best in their time.
Overall, Farcry 2 is not for gamers who are not very patient or want non-stop action in their FPS. But if you appreciate freedom in the way you can approach problems, Farcry 2 definitely delivers/
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Posted on 2012-05-17 07:27:48 by trusteft:
One of the few open world FPS games. There is a central plot line you will need to follow if you want to finish the game, but you don't have to do only that all of the time. There are many side missions you can do which are not integral to the plot and they are not needed to finish the game, but provide various rewards, be it unlocking of weapons, extra diamonds (the currencyread more in the game used to purchase weapons,equipment, manuals and upgrades for weapons and equipment, and a couple more things), etc.
The setting of the game is an almost lawless country in Africa where senseless violence prevails all. You need to find one person and...deal with him. To do that you will need to find him and reach him. To achieve that you will need to complete storyline missions for one or the other main warring factions in this country. Most of the time of the kill/destroy variety. Doing so you get closer to your main objective and also get paid in rough diamonds which as I already mentioned, is the currency in the game. The missions are anything from not that hard to "are you kidding me? I can't possibly do that!" level of difficulty. There are always at least 2 ways to complete a mission. As you were asked by the leader of the faction, or as a buddy asks you to do it. Buddies are some NPCs who not only provide you with these alternative ways of completing missions, but also with what is basically a second chance when you are (almost) dead, saving you the time to replay the part of the game since you last saved.
To explore the huge world you can use either public transportation, bus, or one of the freely available in various places vehicles. From ATVs to SUVs, to various 4x4s and trucks. From various engine propelled boats, to flying contraptions. There is no lack of ways to travel.
The world is filled with patrols and checkpoints of troops. All of them hostile, no matter what. Depending on the section, they respawn every X amount of time as long as you are not in the area. This provides either an extra challenge, excuse to use your weapons, or something you will hate to have to do. I have gone through all phases, from liking it to hating it, to loving it lol.
In the end, you will learn to accept it, or of course give up the game.
For me, it is an unfortunate necessary evil which doesn't take away from the game that much to not want to play the game, most of the time.
The graphics are superb, if your system can handle them, set them to max and enjoy. Better than Crysis IMO. The sounds are really good too. The weapon selection is good, though it could have been better. One minor issue is that each weapon falls into a category, and you can only carry one of each. The free DLC provides extra weapons which kinda help with this.
You can play the game stealth, but you have to be seriously stealthy because once the enemy is aware of you, they will not stop looking for you. Oh and something that is not seen in most FPS. The enemy AI troops will try to flank you and surround you. Watch out!
Overall a very good FPS, well worth the asking price of 9.99 here. I bought it full price the week it was released and I never regretted it.
It has it's quirks, but as long as you accept them, you will have a great time. If not, then you are missing on one of the best FPS of the decade.
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Posted on 2012-05-17 07:21:13 by xbeanx3000:
Yes, yes, yes! The only gripe I've ever had with this game was its DRM when it was released many moons ago, but now it's gone! I'm starting to fall back in love with Ubisoft again! Continue to release their semi-modern games minus the DRM.
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