While there had been many Far Cry games released in the four-year period between the original and this game, this was the real sequel to Far Cry. Saying that is kind of weird as right from the second main game, Ubisoft set the tone for each game in the series being their own thing and not having anything to do with the previous game.
This time around the game is set in a waring part of North Africa. There is a warlord called The Jackal and you are trying to bring him down. There are two main factions that you will be dealing with, but in comparison to what we would get with Far Cry 3 and the later games, this is very linear and straightforward in its story.
The game looks fantastic with dynamic weather effects and fantastic use of lighting that look impressive even by today’s standards. The game sees you playing as a badass soldier, mercenary, or whatever you want to refer to yourself as. You get to pick from several characters and while it does not change your story, it changes the buddies that come with you.
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The Game Review
The buddy system that is in Far Cry 2 is pretty cool. You have two buddies that are with you and they do help add to the story, one can revive you and the other helps by giving you missions. It is a neat system and one that works pretty well. There are a lot of missions for you to do, but most of them are very similar, but to be fair that is to be expected.
Far Cry 2 would also start the trend of each game being set in a large open world. They were still working things out here as sometimes the open world is a tad too open. Getting from point a to b can sometimes feel like it takes forever. It is not game-breaking or anything like that, but I would bet you will be making use of the fast travel busses fairly frequently.
You have a large selection of weapons at your disposal and the way that the guns work is very satisfying. You can pick up the guns that the enemies drop, but these do not last long. You get diamonds in the game and this is what you use to purchase guns, upgrades, and so on. This system is fine, but I do wish that they were a bit more generous with the speed you get the diamonds at.
You can also get into the multiplayer here which is pretty stacked and a great deal of fun. I would not say that the multiplayer is changing the game or anything like that. However, the selection of game modes such as Capture the Diamond and Team Deathmatch are done well and a lot of fun.
The overall game is a lot of fun to play and at the time it was released I loved this game. However, as the game that would set the tone for what the Far Cry series would be, Far Cry 2 does feel a bit rough around the edges and more limited than the games that would come. Still, there is fun to be had here and I do feel it is worth playing through.
- The buddy system is cool and gives the story some replay value
- The game still looks good by today’s standards
- The gunplay is very satisfying
- There is a solid selection of multiplayer modes
- It really did set the tone for what the series would become
- It does feel rather basic compared to Far Cry 3 and the other later games
- It can take forever to get from one objective to the next