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Friday, October 24, 2008

Far Cry 2 Review

As i've promised, here is my review for Far Cry 2 Collector's edition
I originally intended to purchase Dead Space, but by luck i came across a box full of undisplayed Far Cry 2! I wasn't aware of its actual release date, and since my hunt for it yesterday was fruitless, i assume that today is the official launch of the PC version...

So i hereby present to you without further ado, Far Cry 2.

Upon removing the plastic wrapping i realised that it was a CHEST!

More than you could ever bargain for.

Clockwise: Farcry 2 DVD, making of dvd, map, Art of Farcry and Farcry 2 Tshirt

The realism of FC2'S fire...

Not forgetting its realistic A.I.

I must emphasize on the truth that the collector's edition for Far Cry 2, is seriously unbelievably worthwhile, (every friggin' penny, mind you). At SGD$72.90, it comes packed with - the art of far cry 2, a hugeass map of the entire ingame world, making of far cry dvd with a nice sleeve, and a far cry 2 t shirt, last but not least the video game itself.
Going straight to it, Far Cry 2 bears NO continuity from its previous title, Far Cry. There will be no Trigens, mutagens, zombiegens, or whateveryoucallit-gens. No foul-breath, flesh eating monsters will be on this title.
However the vast, visually appealing marvel of a landscape, is still retained in this title. Only this time round, you're no longer in tropical paradise, but in the harsh plains of Africa. (It is not exactly specified that you're in africa though...or as far as i'm into the game*)
Pardon me because i'd be taking a moment to compare between both titles. Being one who follows games through its titles would generally allow/lead gamers to compare and constrast the improvements made through the titles and my very first impression of FAR CRY 2, though visually appealing, especially notable in its flame effects and pyro-visuals, and better shadows and other minute details, still somewhat retains the feel of its predecessor.
There are vast improvements in realism to the in-game world, thanks to the new engine built specifically FOR far cry 2, Dunia . For starters, the enviroment is completely destructable, from wooden bridges, to the foilage, shrubs and trees. Oh, and did i mention, they can be set ablaze! yes. Raze and burn it down to the grown. But likewise in the real world. Dry/dead grass burns best, whilst fresh leaves in constrast are much harder.
Other particular points to note are the details like the smoking effect coming from machine guns that have heated up..to even the barrels bursting into first. Flame effects on trees on fire look so real that you can even see the tree leaves disintergrate in ash. You could also use sleep to pass time or change the time of day. A very important strategy when attempting to infiltrate enemy camps to use the cover of night.
Enemies do not just die upon getting major wounds to arms, legs or stomachs, the groan on the floors and even are cappable of whipping out their pistols to take pot-shots at you. Added realism goes to the weapons, from the realistic gunfires and muzzle bursts and the audio for it. I seriously must hand it to the develops. From the solid thuds and clucks to the firing sounds. Those rifles and pistols and firearms pack a loaded punch.
Furthermore, weapons age! weapons picked from fallen enemies tend to be rusty, or old, and hence prone to weapon jams! how awesome is that. Yes, though it screws with your oneman on the world gungho gun totting action, it is true that weapons get jammed! * rifle I.A*
Fixing the jam would take some time but its in these minute details that Far Cry 2 scores.
Interesting to note also, would be the healing process, watching your character digging bullets out of of his arms and legs with a pair of pliers to prevent himself from bleeding to death is something to behold. Syringes are your replacement of the previous Far Cry's medkits.
What i felt seriously marred the game, was a simple err or not including bullet wounds to the enemies when they have been shot or killed. Where far cry scored in realism for being able to gawk at a corpse you've just blown away with a shotgun, and admire your personal handiwork, to a headshot with a sniper....Far Cry 2 lacks in this aspect. Which to me, was a serious downer.
another minor thing to note is the somewhat inelastic and stiff facial expression of the A.I when conversing with you. apparently they seem pretty reluctant to open their mouths....

The storyline for FC2 takes time to carry on, and the start could be a tad' draggy at first. The system incoporates other npcs as buddies, people you can count on later in the game ( i haven't gone that far yet *) they will be able to revive you when you are wounded and pull you from the jaws of death. and at times they will need you to revive them too. and you could...COULD make the choice of putting them out of their misery or save them. =D . good clean FUN!
all in all this title is one NOT to miss
On the Stormtrooper Effect's scale of awesomeness!
THIS title gets a whoopin' 8.5 out of 10.0
score count :
+ for realistic graphics and extensive island exploration known in FC
+ believable gunfire soundeffects, muzzle flashes and even weapon jams
+ for destructive enviroments!
+ realistic fire effects
- no bullet hole wounds on enemies ( deduction of 1 point )
- poor facial expression on A.I. during conversations ( deduction of 1/2 point )

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