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Far Cry 2 Member Review for the PS3

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PLAYERS 1- 16 
DEVELOPER Ubisoft Montreal 
M Contains Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

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Like many of my user reviews, I don't really incorporate the online play because I don't play online. This review for Far Cry 2 is for single player only.

I'm one of the few people who never really played the original Far Cry game or any of its other games, like that one on the Wii, I forgot it's title but whatever. Far Cry 2 I heard from co-workers at work is a good game, and a lot of review sites seem to like it so I decided to give it a go.

Far Cry 2 is only Far Cry in name only. You play as one of the many silent protagonists you may select from at the beginning of the game, each basically being the same guy. You're a mercenary in Africa where two major sides are battling for control over pretty much everything while someone called "The Jackal" is supplying both sides with weaponry. Your job is simple. Kill the Jackal. Shortly upon your arrival in Africa you've come down with malaria, and throughout the game the player is forced to medicate it before they succumb to it.

The first thing you'll notice about Far Cry 2 is just how beautiful the game is. The environment is not only an absolutely huge open sandbox (think Grand Theft Auto IV or Oblivion) but it's incredibly detailed, as are character models and other things such as vehicles, buildings etc. It's an extremely good looking game, taking full advantage of next-gen technology.

Far Cry 2 is if you somehow did not know, a first person shooter like the game before it and plays similar to that of say Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. You can do precision aiming with your weapon's iron sights, you can sprint, slide across the ground and all that good stuff. Carry up to four weapons at a time (melee weapon, side arm, primary arm, special weapon) and you have two types of grenades, frag and molotov cocktails. It's the essentials of a shooter.

The game is mission based. You'll head to one contact, collect a mission from them, and then do it. Missions can progress the storyline as well as progress your history with your "buddies" (friends/allies you meet throughout the game) as well as receiving diamonds (form of currency) used to buy new things such as weapons and equipment. There are multiple mission types.

There's a lot of weapons in the game but picking up weapons from fallen enemies is a bad idea. All weapons have a condition rate which over time corrode and can jam, and even break on you in battle. It's important to regularly visit the weapon shop to buy fresh new weapons with your acquired diamonds as well as upgrade your weapon's reliability.

The environment may be huge but thankfully you don't have to use your feet all the time. The game offers a small variety of vehicles and even public transportation buses to get you from one side of the map to the other in an Oblivion style quick travel function. If you ever get lost you can whip out your map in real time and try and find out where you're going and where to go next, who knows, you might even find a hidden diamond case out there along the way thanks to the blinking green indicator on your GPS system.

The coolest thing about Far Cry 2 is you can do any mission you like, in any order. When conducting a mission, you choose how to operate it. Do you simply run in and gun down everyone? Do you bring in some explosives and start some fires? Or do you Solid Snake your way into the place and stealthily take out your opponents? The choice is yours and it's awesome.

Speaking of starting fires, the fire engine in this game is unlike anything we've seen before. Lots of stuff burns, fire spreads easily and quickly, it's really cool to see. Sure it looks a little unrealistic at times but it's quite impressive to see a game handle fire this way. Fire can even be used to a player's advantage, from trapping enemies to flushing them out or simply causing diversions. It's great.

Unfortunately though, Far Cry 2 is not without its flaws.

Throughout the game when you work for the major sides, they'll be telling you quite often that what you're doing is "secret" and soldiers will attack you. It's annoying because out in the wilderness of Africa, every single outpost has guards and will attack you, or jump in a jeep to follow and try and gun you down. Realistically it's not that annoying but the problem is enemies respawn fairly quickly, so if you leave the area and come back, they'll all be back!

Another strange issue is that while you're peacefully driving to your next mission in the middle of nowhere, you'll instantly be colliding with an enemy vehicle. They'll usually get out of the car and proceed to shoot you or they'll use a jeep's turret gun and well, you can imagine what happens next. It gets annoying too when an enemy comes out of their vehicle but suddenly disappears and reappears standing on top of their car. Very strange and very frustrating.

It's not much of an issue due to the subtitles but for some reason, every character in the game talks very fast. It's just very strange that EVERYONE talks at the speed of light.

I think the most frustrating thing of the game is at times, the distances you'll have to cross to get to missions, especially if buddies are involved. Sometimes you'll spend a long time just trying to get to a mission and you'll have used loads of ammo along the way fighting your way through random enemies and outposts.

Far Cry 2 is a good game but at the same time with these flaws you'll find it incredibly frustrating. When you actually get to do a mission, it's a lot of fun, but getting missions and then getting to your next mission? That's not so fun, unfortunately. It's worth a look regardless, highly recommended.

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