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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent, but not perfect FPS, 6 Sep 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Far Cry 2 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I bought this game on a whim, as I had seen some decent adverts for it and liked the look of a FPS set in Africa.

At first, I hated this game! I wasn't too keen on the aiming, and it seemed like the bad guys always knew where you were and that they were invisible. I sacked it off for a while and then came back to it a few months later and got really into it.

To enjoy this game, you really need to approach each combat situation with a strategy. It's not the kind of game where you just wade in lobbing grenades and blasting everyone in site - it requires a bit of finesse.

If you're prepared to be patient and clever, then you'll be rewarded with an awesome immersive action shooter that will last you many hours. Far Cry 2 is not for ADHD afflicted casual gamers.

There are some flaws:

1. Enemies respawn in the same places whenever you back track through an area that you previously encountered. This can get a bit annoying when you have a few journeys to make.

2. Everyone wants to kill you! There are no neutrals or civilians in this game. Everywhere you go you'll be shot at.

3. The wildlife in the game are very fragile. A zebra walked into my parked car and just keeled over! Strange, but quite amusing in all fairness.

4. The glider is useless. Don't bother trying to use it. Enemies spot you a mile off and a few shots bring it down. Totally wasted concept.

But the benefits are plenty:

1. Graphically impressive - the African plains, deserts, and jungles are all very convincing. The weather and day/night usage is very cool and can be used to your advantage in combat.

2. The variety of weapons is impressive. You can really tailor your arsenal to suit your combat style. Each weapon is upgradable too.

3. Longevity - this game is huge and will keep you busy for many hours. The vastness of the environment means that there are many hidden things to find and unusual spots in the environment that come in handy when you're planning an ambush.

4. Buddy system - this can be very useful, but also a bit annoying at times. If you get too badly injured in a firefight, your buddy will show up and rescue you and help out a bit in combat. This is really useful if you're doing really well on a mission and offers you a second chance to complete it. The downside is that some of your buddy missions can end in their death, and it's sometimes too much hassle completing them only to result in having to put your buddy out of his or her misery...but I guess that's war for you.

5. Fire effects - the way fire spreads and consumes in this game is awesome! If you're clever, you can turn an enemy outpost into a raging inferno in seconds and get the enemies believing that they're under attack by a whole army. Very cool!

6. First aid scenes - I thought these were wicked! Some people hate them, but I found they added to the realism of the game. When your health is critically low, you have to find somewhere safe to perform a short first aid treatment. This can be anything from removing shrapnel from your arm, or putting out a flaming limb. A nice feature IMO.

Overall, you'll either love this game or hate it - there's not much middle ground. I can see the reasons why some people gave this game negative reviews, but I think that this game is definitely worth working with to get a whole lot of enjoyment out of. If you can rent or borrow this game first, give it a try - you might just be impressed.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2010 23:01:11 BDT
Tokobot says:
Well actually there are civilians in this game.

Posted on 18 Jan 2012 07:39:56 GMT
Haven't played it too much but I do have some gripes with it,there's no minimap,to see where you are/are going you have to pull out the big map and get shot by something it's obscuring,ruddy tourist!,having your gun jam is annoying but having it break is even worse,what's the point of malaria?,it does nothing,there's no benefit to having it just annoyance at having to have those pills,the vehicles are made of eggshell,everyone drives straight at you,safe houses don't unlock even though there's nobody near it,that monocular only registers objects you can plainly see anyway,not enemies,the machete must be a joke shop one as it's next to useless,must be made of rubber or something,getting downed by the last bloke in a patrol and being rescued by your buddy suddenly spawns about a dozen more bad guys,yes,I do have issues with the game,next to something like Bad Company,it feels too biased towards the computer not the player,but I'll stick with it though,until my save is corrupted!
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