Far Cry 2 Exclusive Multiplayer Hands-On -- Game Modes, Weapons, and Blood Diamonds

There's nothing civil about this war.

Diamonds are not forever in Far Cry 2, but they are persistent. In the single-player campaign, the precious stones are mined by the warring factions and sold to fund their civil war. In the multiplayer mode, blood diamonds are rewarded as persistent upgrades as you increase in rank and unlock new weapons. In both cases, diamonds fuel the explosive action of Ubisoft Montreal's upcoming shooter.

We recently paid a visit to Ubisoft Montreal to finally get our hands on the four multiplayer game modes in Far Cry 2. In addition to Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, you can also do battle in team-based Capture the Diamond--after all, if you had to choose between snatching a flag or a diamond, which would you go for? To win, you steal the enemy faction's briefcase of diamonds from its headquarters and bring it back to your base. You can score a point only if your own diamonds are secure in your headquarters. The diamond carrier is easily identified on the map because each briefcase gives off bright green or red smoke, depending on which faction you play for. After a point is scored, a new briefcase will spawn. There are a few interesting strategies that play into this mode. One player grabbed the diamonds and hightailed it back to his base, but instead of scoring the point, he hid in a nearby hut. While the opposing team was off trying to hunt down the diamond carrier, his teammate stealthily made his way to the enemy headquarters, and waited for the carrier to score so he could grab the new briefcase when it respawned--dirty!

Far Cry 2 is just as explosive in multiplayer.

The final mode, Uprising, is a hybrid of VIP and a Battlefield-style point capture. There are three control points that can be captured only by each team's captain. One team must capture all three points, after which the game will end when the other team's captain is assassinated. This mode takes the most coordination and teamwork to succeed. Points must be defended after they are captured, and grabbing new points requires a carefully organized attack. In either case, your team will be spread thin across the entire map.

Whereas vehicles are more of a simple mode of transportation in the single-player game, they play a strategic role in multiplayer. Most vehicles (including the officially licensed Jeeps) can carry multiple passengers. In Capture the Diamond, we preferred to drive a Jeep with a mounted machine gun. One teammate manned the gun as another fired from the front passenger seat. When we reached the enemy base, both passengers ran out to capture the diamond, while we smoothly executed a three-point turn to get the Jeep ready for the return trip. We popped the hood and applied the monkey wrench to repair the engine, then sped away, this time with diamond in tow. One desert map featured a one-passenger dune buggy, whereas a mountain map had hang gliders perched on cliffs, which were perfect for reaching a capture point quickly in Uprising. In any case, cars and Jeeps can be quickly dispatched with a grenade or RPG, and nothing earns experience points faster than an exploding car full of rebel insurgents.

You receive experience for capturing points, sharing vehicles with friends, stealing diamonds, healing teammates, and, of course, capping fools. This experience improves your rank and it rewards conflict diamonds that can be spent on upgrading six different player classes: the commando, rebel, guerilla, sharpshooter, gunner, and saboteur. The only real difference between each class is the weapon loadout. The saboteur can unlock remote-controlled IEDs, perfect for planting next to your briefcase of diamonds. As soon as someone steals it, you hit the button. The commando is a balanced character who uses machine guns, and the rebel starts out with the powerful flamethrower. Each class has three levels of upgrades, and each costs one conflict diamond. You can upgrade any class, regardless of which class you played as in the past. Unfortunately, there are no personal-customization options such as costumes or camouflage, but there are 30 ranks and plenty of powerful weapons to unlock, such as the six-pack grenade launcher. The more you use an individual weapon, the more proficiency you gain, eventually unlocking field manuals and bandoliers that increase weapon accuracy, reliability, and ammunition quantity. You can swap out your weapon loadout or class in-between each respawn. If you want to play with the more advanced weaponry sooner, you can host a player match with friends in which you level up much faster than in ranked matches. Alas, all upgrades in player matches are lost when you leave the server.

Diamonds are a rebel insurgent's best friend. Use them to buy new weapons.

The 14 maps represented all of the environments from the single-player game, including jungle, savannah, desert, urban areas, and mountains. Some maps are small and encourage close-quarters combat in enclosed areas, whereas others are huge and perfect for vehicles as well as sniping. A great touch is the ability to change the time of day and play under the blazing sun or the cover of darkness, which drastically changes the gameplay experience on each map. And if you don't like any of these maps, pop into the map editor and create your own. Each custom map will support all four game modes and up to 16 players.

As in the single-player campaign, you will have a health meter. Instead of using first-aid kits in multiplayer, you can hit a heal button that triggers a long-winded animation (for instance, digging a bullet out of your thigh with a knife). It's best to find cover whenever you heal because the animation will take you out of the action for several seconds. If you do fall in the heat of battle, a teammate will have several seconds to run over and heal you. It's always a fun strategy to shoot an enemy from cover, wait for his teammate to rush over, and then take them both out. It's even more fun using remote mines. If you don't have patience for such a maneuver, feel free to shoot a wounded player and kill him instantly.

In Far Cry 2, this is the only way to fly. Really.

Between the persistent upgrades and the map editor, multiplayer in Far Cry 2 is fairly deep. Be sure to check out our new video of multiplayer in action. We'll have more on Far Cry 2 as we approach the October 21 release date.

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328 comments
poopmaster369
poopmaster369

ratavaquera how do u change your gamer picture game looks good

pancreasjuice
pancreasjuice

blood darmynd!!!!! hahahahahahahahaha!!! that movie still cracks me up! anyway, looks like a great game, cant wait

ratavaquera
ratavaquera

i think ill get it, but im from mexico xD so.. release date isnt confirmed yet in my city :( Ill read reviews first b4 buying :P

nickfogal
nickfogal

I got a copy of this game from UBisoft two days ago. It is awesome. There are multiple character stories to go through. One of which starts the game with a flame thrower. At least 50 hours of single player game play. Hard to compare to other games. Very open world, sandbox, but also very stuctured with the missions. Great game, can't wait for multiplayer to be up and running. Shooter of the year for sure. Gears also will be sweet, but that's just a guess, FarCry is great for sure.

spat69
spat69

looks a bit like a combo of mercs 2 halo 3 and the original farcry instincts. all great games lets just hope that teh combination doesnt come out badly.

parvyb
parvyb

THIS GAME LOOKS AWESOME.

jp-gnr
jp-gnr

Looks awesome, feels like would be that kind of game that you could play over and over. Very promising Dunia engine is a big step in graphics technology

Crusader-Z
Crusader-Z

the video about the "multiplayer mayhem" was not good!....although I will go deeper about how multiplayer really is going to work...AWESOME or not

wroledan
wroledan

This game looks great I just hope it don't turn out be like Mercs2 which was overhyped disaster game.

wiz1000
wiz1000

Yeah FC2 kicks ass..

dev8stator_Ic9
dev8stator_Ic9

I hope the map editor isn't too complicated,so making awesome new multiplayer maps wont take a really long time.BTW did the Far Cry 1 editor have a steep learning curve?

dev8stator_Ic9
dev8stator_Ic9

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Cstav1
Cstav1

Man i can't wait for this game!! just hope its not like the few games lately that have been heard of over a year ago and are so hyped then fail upon release (looking at you BIA and SWTFU..) well not completely fail but yeah u get me.. this looks amazing oct 23 will be gr8 day for gaming, i pick up my pr-orders of FABLE2 and this at same time. Epic.

westsidesneo
westsidesneo

FarCry 2 for GOTY All the way! No freaking way is any other game gonna come close to FC2 in terms of quality, and multiplayer isn't gonna get old with that Map Editor...

jaffarooni
jaffarooni

Very looking forward to this game bumper packed October and November for gaming after a lacklustre summer. Bring on Fable 2 Farcry 2, Gears 2, Resistance 2, Motorstorm 2, Killzone 2 and COD:WOW and the rest. Some serious money to be spent on these me thinks.

thefaunaofwar
thefaunaofwar

damn, i cant wait till this shyza comes out..Ill be playing this for weeks on end!..next favorite shooter for sure!

COBHC117
COBHC117

Gamezter, you needn't worry too much, Far Cry isn't exactly renowned for being gory and ultra-violent lol

thedemon32
thedemon32

HAHAHAHA gamezter that sucks that u cant play gory games, this game looks really good cant wait for it

eeqwello
eeqwello

PC Gamers: If You Had Some Bolts On Your Chin, Would Those Be Chin Bolts.....Heck No Fool You'd Have A Wrench In Your Mouth

Dartadion
Dartadion

My opinion is COD will go out of business and every single shooter games in production and their companies will have to go back to the drawing board to start again. Not COD though they just leave all together. Perfect October. No but still sounds fun and I've been waiting since last year so it definetly looks worth it.

Gamezster
Gamezster

Is it going to be split screen? I need a slipt screen game. I only have one two player game. This looks interesting. Just hope it's not to gory. The bullet and knife thing has potential to stop my parents from letting me get this game.

ctburesch
ctburesch

Have fun playing your game with your pS3 on the PSN, Id rather hit my gallls with a monkey wrench...

jackarus
jackarus

my birthday is 24th october:D

xraystar
xraystar

there's a 20+min stage demo posted on youtube from some convention (sorry don't recall the name). just brilliant!

perrito59
perrito59

This is a good looking game but I do think that it will be overlooked from the COD:Waw and Fallout and R2 and socom. It will have to have some pretty awesome reviews for me to pick it up

cejay0813
cejay0813

Oh and another lame comment PC d***riders make is the fact that there are more ppl in an online match....??? I have tons of fun playing 18 ppl on COD4, hell I have loads of fun playing with 8 ppl in an FFA match on COD4 with some of the smallest maps in the history of FPSs (ie Kill House and Shipment)

cejay0813
cejay0813

Why do people feel the PC is such a god awesome gaming platform?? I've played plenty of PC games on $2000-3000 PCs and NEWSFLASH PC FANBOYS the graphics are the same if not crappier. The only good thing I can see about owning a "gaming" PC is the fact that patches are easy to come by, other than that why waste the money

dylan545
dylan545

this is gonna be SO awesome.. already pre orderd it, to bad it's coming out in europe on 24th of october... But the good thing it's my birthday the week before...:D

dev8stator_Ic9
dev8stator_Ic9

I'm happy that they're taking their time with FarCry2 because I'd rather wait a while for a game then play it and find out its plagued with bugs.But don't get me wrong waiting for this is getting irritating.

MaTr1Ce
MaTr1Ce

this will be better then Crysis, more realistic and more weapons :)

Vasot
Vasot

FarCry 2 > Killzone 2 + Resistance 2 And it is a multiplatform game !! Sony=PWNED ---------------- ravage9218....The only thing that sucks is your BRAIN PC version will have the best graphics BUT both Xbox360 and PS3 versions will look almost the same Now go sleep in bed with your PS3 besides you It's late...

Norseking
Norseking

What bugs me is the fact that you can't mod your weapon like in Crysis. I want to be able to attach a silencer to a weapon that can fit one. But nonetheless Ubisoft know their stuff. It's gonna rule 2008!

stormswrath
stormswrath

Everytime I see and hear something about this game I am blown away. This should be at the top everyones must have list along with Fable 2 and Fallout 3. This is the first real in depth report about the multiplayer I have seen and I am shocked that a game with such a robust and fleshed out single player mode will still have this awesome of a multiplayer mode. This game sounds like it could get serious consideration for game of the year.

Toxic8
Toxic8

This game is going to rock!

XxXDoggyManXxX
XxXDoggyManXxX

THORINATOR its way bigger 50+ square miles to explore in the game for as long as u want

BulletsnOctane
BulletsnOctane

I just got around to pre-ordering my copy. I can't wait to spend countless hours with the map editor.

xpelonx
xpelonx

ravage, have you ever seen any gamespot graphic comparison with ps3 and 360?? well... there u will see wich graphics sucks...

ravage9218
ravage9218

this game will be one of the best games ever. the original farcry for pc changed how fps shooters are made while focusing on an open world with missions and detailed graphics as well as awesome gameplay. this game will not let you down (unless u have a 360 because the graphics suck on 360) and you will enjoy it for months, especially map editor which is one of the most addicting things in pc games

ClayMeow
ClayMeow

Pre-ordered this game at Gamestop yesterday. Can't wait!

fightgarr
fightgarr

well it LOOKS good. But games always LOOK good. I want to know that it doesn't PLAY like a piece of sh*t. I don't care if the graphics are photorealistic if it plays like a sack of balls.

indierockers
indierockers

FArcry looks really great...looking forward to this one

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

Farcry 2 looks like it's gonna be cool...I just hope that the levels are much bigger than the first one! u need bigger & more open enviroments to explore!