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First impressions are good...,
This review is from: Far Cry 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
The first Farcry game was one that bored me, but I thought as a game it had potential. So, when farcry two came out it was only natural to find out if it has improved. The answer in short, Yes, but in long, this may as well be a completely different game. instead of being some flashy gun toting charcter who gets chased by zombies, you choose from a range of grizzled veteran mercenaries and live in a war torn land in africa.
Once you've chosen your character you get a pretty impressive cut scene where you are a passenger in a taxi, he explains the land to you while propoganda is playedon the radio. At the end of the journey though, you contract malaria, and nearly die. It then becomes apparent why you are on war torn african country, and that is to kill an arms dealer. the second scene is with said arms dealer and yet again it's pretty well scripted and acted.
After said arms dealer has left you to die, the game really starts, he dissapeares and your old boss is unreachable. So, you start your job as a mercenary doing odd jobs. These come in four categories, blowing up a weapons crate, which conveniently drives round in a circle, until you blow it to hell. Jobs for one of the two factions who's leaders just happen to live in the same town. Assassination jobs which come from a tower or a job for a buddy that increases your reputation.
Buddy? I hear you ask, yes buddy throughout the game you meet the other mercenaries that were available to choose from at the beggining. What they are basically for is that if you die they act as a get out of jail free card, but apart from Josip, I've found them pretty pathetic shots, and every time I see Warren Clyde I want to shoot that Charlie Sheen look alike in the face. Anyway... All of this so far has impressed and the game has been playable for hours, but then doubt started kicking in, the repetition got to me, and my sense of achievement, that is all so important in a game was evaporated. Also, whenever I had to do a mission the enemies annoyed me, they managed to see you from 100 miles away even if you are hiding behind the largest tree, and they drop everything just to run you off the road. Forgot to mention, their are vehicles but all FPS's have vehicles now adays. As the game progresses the sense of achievment doesn't really come back until you finally meet up with the arms dealer again, the plot takes a massive twist, and I was both appaled and smiling with glee at it.
Whether or not to get the game. Yes, it was a nce experience and provided days of entertainment and after a break probably will do again. Though if you hate guns jamming and the idea of having to take malaria pills all the time, then maybe not because both things happen a lot. It is a vast improvement on the previous game and is a pretty excellent FPS. If you like this kind of game then get it.