Far Cry 2 Review
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Far Cry 2 meshes high-octane gunplay with open world gameplay, and it does a damn good job. There’s a lot of great games coming this holiday season, but don’t let this one go unnoticed.
- The remarkable depiction of Africa
- The versatile open-world gameplay
- The revolutionary map editor
- The shoddy A.I.
- The outdated save system
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Still, dying isn’t the worst thing, if only because you’ll get another chance to look at the world. To put it simply, this game is jaw dropping. While that’s an overused phrase, your jaw will rest squarely on the floor when you experience your first African sunrise, and approximately every 10 minutes thereafter. Far Cry 2 continues to impress throughout the entirety of the experience thanks to its revolutionary Dunia Engine. The list of features speaks for itself. Destructible environments? Check. Dynamic weather? Yes. Dynamic fire propagation that’s influenced by the weather system? Present. Dynamic vegetation, including growth and re-growth of vegetation? Indeed. Full day/night cycles? Absolutely. Radiosity (non-direct lighting)? Yep. And so on and so forth. All you need to know, however, is that it’s really, really pretty.
With such an intense single-player campaign, many people don’t even realize that Far Cry 2 has multiplayer. It’s clearly not the primary focus of the title, but it’s a decent distraction nonetheless. With four modes, 16 players, and upgradeable classes, it’s a worthy addition to the title, but will become even better over time due to the brilliant map editor built into the game. While not nearly as user-friendly as LittleBigPlanet’s ‘Create’ mode, Far Cry 2’s map editor appears to be of comparable power, and that alone says a large deal. It should be interesting to see what the community creates in the coming months.
Far Cry 2 is an explosive entry in the first person shooter genre. It meshes high-octane gunplay with open world gameplay, and it does a damn good job. Outside of a few minor quirks, Far Cry 2 proves that two oversaturated genres can be merged into one fresh experience. There’s a lot of great games coming this holiday season, but don’t let this one fall off your radar.
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