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Far Cry 2

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
84
3.6
Windows
82
3.6
Xbox 360
84
3.0
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Description

The government in an unnamed African country has collapsed and the whole land has plummeted into a civil war with the two central factions UFLL (United Front for Liberation and Labour) and the APR (Alliance for Popular Resistance) at the front. Those who were not able to leave the land now hide in their homes while in the streets death reigns the day. But as bad as it has been, now it is even worse with shipments of modern weapons entering the land despite a weapons embargo. The player is sent into the country to find and eliminate the person responsible for it. Known only as "The Jackal", he has been successfully hiding from the federal agencies for years. Sadly, after the player enters the country he immediately infects himself with malaria. Now he has to fight two enemies at the same time.

The game puts the player in a 50 square kilometers big area in which he can do what he wants with only the goal to find and kill "The Jackal" and survive the disease. But to do so he needs weapons, vehicles and, most importantly, pills to hold the malaria in check. To get all that he gets missions like escort a weapons shipment or kill the head of police from the various factions and NPCs in the world which increase his reputation (access to better gear and missions) and gain the only currency in the game: diamonds. The world can be freely explored, but taking out certain enemies or visiting specific locations often only becomes relevant when the right quest has been triggered.

Weapons can be picked up from dead enemies but those are not in the best condition and may jam when the player least suspects it. If the weapon is too badly damaged, it will be destroyed. The player can only carry one of each of the four weapons categories. Vehicles take damage and stop working after a while but can be repaired anytime by the player. If there is no vehicle available to get across the land, the player can also just go to one of the many bus stops in the world to get through the country without being attacked.

The player is not alone on his shooting spree through the country. Other mercenaries roam the bars and lands and if the player does something for them, they will help him in his missions. Either by giving him tips for the current mission, coming with him and fight side-by-side or by expanding the scope of the current mission to increase the award at the end. These buddies always wait in one of the many safe-houses which can be unlocked by clearing them from enemies. They are also used for ammo storage, saving the game and to fast-forward time to a certain time of day.

Besides the single player campaign, the game also features a multiplayer-mode for up to 16 players in Deathmatch, Team-Deathmatch, Capture the Diamond (a Capture the Flag-variant) and Insurgence. In Insurgence two teams fight over capture points on the map. Once a team has control over all points, the enemy captain can be killed in order to win the round. Each of the game modes also uses a class-based system with six classes like sharp-shooter or rebel (uses weapons like the flamethrower) and different weapon load-outs for each class.

The different versions are identical, including the editor, except for the save system. In the Windows version the game can be saved at any point, while the console versions prompt to save at checkpoints.

Screenshots

Far Cry 2 Windows Need to wait till dark? Just turn the clock forward...
Far Cry 2 Windows Loading Screen
Far Cry 2 Windows It wasn't me! I swear!
Far Cry 2 Xbox 360 When you clear certain checkpoint of enemy guards, you can claim them as your safehouses where you can save your game, resupply, or take a nap.

Alternate Titles

  • "孤岛惊魂2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Mediocre shooter, set apart by its exotic locale Xbox 360 EboMike (3009)
I Dreamed Of Africa..." Xbox 360 MasterMegid (897)
Great action game, but a little rough on the edges. Windows Scytale (38)
Good idea, awful implementation Windows dorian grey (250)
Smile, show my your teeth, then I'll shoot em into splinters! Windows Thekwane Black (34)
Far Cry 2 may be a sequel only in name, but it is still a fun action game. Windows Kadath Bird (706)
Great idea. Not so well used. Windows nascarbr (10)
Only a sequel by name Windows Wormspinal (597)

The Press Says

The Review Busters Xbox 360 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Bit-Tech Windows Oct 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN Windows Oct 21, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89
Atomic Gamer Xbox 360 Oct 23, 2008 88 out of 100 88
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Nov 13, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamer.nl Windows Oct 23, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamesmania Windows Oct 27, 2008 79 out of 100 79
YouGamers Windows Oct 30, 2008 76 out of 100 76
Game Over Online Windows Nov 17, 2008 70 out of 100 70
Thunderbolt Games PlayStation 3 Jun 03, 2009 7 out of 10 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Who are you? 5 hydra9 (3853)
Jan 08, 2009
Is Really a Sequel? 11 Mobygamesisreanimated (10788)
Nov 04, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Far Cry 2 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Marketing

As part of the marketing for this game, the blog "War Unlimited: My journey through a warzone" was created at http://reubenblog.typepad.com/ . It was ostensibly created by a journalist called Reuben Oluwagembi, a fictional character you meet in the game. It contains a lot of background information for the game and some photos edited to look like they were taken of APR and UFLL militia. The 'Jackal Tapes' - a collectible item in Far Cry 2 enhancing the story by detailing the Jackal's history and motivation - are available on the site, all seventeen of them.

References

  • In the second part of the game you will find a small region named "Heart Of Darkness". This is a clear reference to the homonym short novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1899 and set in Africa.
  • When you meet Frank Bilders, one of the NPCs helping you when you're in serious health troubles, at the end of the first conversation he will say: "A bit of ultra-violence!". This is a reference to the movie A Clockwork Orange and the novel it was based on.

References to the game

Far Cry 2 was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 01/2009.

Awards

  • GamePro (Germany)
    • February 26, 2009 - Best Console First Person Shooter in 2008 (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by re fold

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