I saw this video "Far Cry series rated from the worst to the best": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ4cisw6I6c
SPOILER ALERT to the rating:
To my positive surprise, he rated Far Cry 2 as the second best game in the series, right after Far Cry 3, even saying that FC2 is actually his favorite in the series, but he still rates FC3 as a better, more polished version of the game. (The original FC was also rated pretty high in the list, but was also considered not having aged that particularly well).
I knew it that I am not alone in this world enjoying Far Cry 2 a lot! It always seemed at least in this forum that everyone else hates the game, but not me. As he said, it is mainly the atmosphere that makes the game, and you just have to get over the MINOR quibbles like enemies (and supplies, mind you) respawning if you re-enter the map area.
I guess I need to play Far Cry 3 at some point too. I presume it can be bought for a deep discount nowadays. And ýeah I've been meaning to replay Far Cry 2 too.