Far Cry 2 Map Editor Gone Wild

Maps of the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids of Giza? Yes we can!

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It took 20 years of forced slave labor to build the Great Pyramid of Giza. Using the map creator in Far Cry 2, it will take only about an hour. Last time we saw this game in action at Ubisoft Montreal, we were introduced to the basics of the map-creator tool, which gives you the ability to create and alter terrain on the fly with the push of a button. This time around, we take a look at several user-created maps from the Montreal team to show just how crazy you can get. Be sure to check out the recent-image pages for even more looks at these maps. The pyramids are just the beginning.

Infinitely stack girders to re-create La Tour Eiffel.

The global icon of France has been painstakingly re-created using steel beams, concrete slabs, and a radio tower. By placing a spawn point at the top of the tower, you can afford yourself a striking view of the virtual Seine River, as well as the soon-to-be corpses of your enemies. But watch yourself: The surrounding trees in the Champs de Mars provide ample cover for ground-based snipers. You could spend hours creating this map yourself, or download a finished version and start from there. The original author will retain credit, however.

You can add up to six vehicles on any map, including a hang-glider atop the Stade Olympique.

The former home of the 1976 Summer Olympics and baseball team Montreal Expos also acts as a well-protected home base in team-based multiplayer matches. Nevertheless, an enemy positioned in the surrounding neighborhood could blow up anyone standing on the baseball diamond with a well-placed mortar strike. For a quick tour of the grounds, hop in one of the beat-up coups on the street. You can add up to six vehicles to every map, including a hang-glider at the top of the stadium.

Set the weather and time of day for each created map.

Reconstructing the necropolis at Giza makes for a great match of king of the hill. One nice feature of the map editor is a playability meter. If it's green, your map is easy to jump into and play. If it's red, you probably got trigger happy with the object tool and the map is so cluttered that you can't tell your right from left. This pyramid map is wide open. Although it doesn't provide much cover, it is green and ready to go. Also take note of the dazzling sunset; you can edit both the weather and time of day for each map you create.

A paint-texture tool allows you to instantly spray patterns in the sand, such as this ripple effect.

Just when you think you've had enough of World War II, here comes a map of Omaha Beach, or at least an Africanized Omaha Beach. Instead of Higgins landing boats, you can storm the beach with Far Cry 2's finest fishing trawlers. Instead of hunkering down in a cement bunker, you can defend the coast from a tin-roofed shack. You can use the mound tool to instantly create hills or, conversely, dig craters. The rippled sand effect is actually applied using a paint-texture tool that also includes patterns such as dried river bed.

The validation tool will ensure that intricate creations play by the rules.

In Far Cry 2, a picturesque boat ride in one of Venice's famous canals is far from romantic. Instead, it's a scene for a bloody battle. The use of bridges may seem like a logical choke point, but players are surprisingly mobile in the water, having the ability to dive down and quickly hide from danger. Just make sure the map plays by the rules. A validation tool will force you to have all the requisite spawn points and multiplayer objectives in place so the map can be played in every mode.

Orient objects anywhere you like, even in midair.

Who said that maps have to be based on reality? This sky castle floats in midair and is linked together by wooden suspension bridges. You could make a mad dash across one such bridge in a round of Capture the Diamond, or you could make a more risky move by running down the pipe in the center of the map. This map was created by adding a giant rock object, then moving to the edit object tool. From there, you can change the orientation and height, and then begin adding other objects on top.

The dig tool digs deep, creating massive ravines.

A wilderness-generator tool will start you out with a preset template such as savannah or desert oasis. You will have tools to create each of the environments in the single-player game, which also includes mountain, desert, forest, tropical, swamp, and urban areas. Here, suspension bridges zigzag across a deep, craggy ravine. Don't lose your step; it's a long way down.

Raising the water level can turn a forest into a swamp.

A quick and fun way to play with an existing map is to simply flood it. By raising the water level, you can instantly transform a forest village into a swamp village where high ground is a prized possession. To transform a wide-open map into a tense, close-quarters combat zone, try increasing mist and fog. Sniping from a distance will be transformed into a guessing game, at which point players might resort to using shotguns and machetes.

Creative maps will earn points with the community and featured more prominently for download.

These geological monstrosities were constructed by simply adding giant boulders on top of each other. If you take a look at the village below, you can see just how vertical these maps can get. To perfect your map, you can also set the playable borders and edit the background. This way, the area outside the playing zone will not be a giant gray mass of nothing.

Anything flammable remains at the mercy of the flamethrower, even these cute creations.

Just because Far Cry 2 is rated mature doesn't mean your map has to be. These cute creatures were assembled from village huts, craggy rocks, drainpipes, and road signs (for the eyes). When finished, you can instantly jump right into the map and start burning it down with the flamethrower. If you're not happy with the firing angles or spawn points or anything else, you can pull back into the editor. Once finished, you name your map and upload to the Far Cry 2 server for all to enjoy.

Discussion

315 comments
Sammojo
Sammojo

Can you download these maps or are they not actually playable? I've searched but can't seem to find them anywhere...

BrokenRemains
BrokenRemains

omg there are some pretty amazing maps out. i have the game and i tell you there are people who have no lives in that game. someone made helms deep and it looks exactly the same every tiny detail is included. its awesome but that guy has too much time on his hand if he does stuff like that

Ev0lutii0n
Ev0lutii0n

If more games had features like this...In general the Single Player game is a bit repetitive but online is comparable to the likes of Halo and COD....

mrexamm
mrexamm

what is sad is that in the wooden objects in the last picture aren't actually flammable even spraying hay stacks, trees, stacks of wood with the flamethrower it doesn't burn only grass

maddk
maddk

this is awesome... thats why i regret gettin a wii instead of a 360...

AlphaTrojan
AlphaTrojan

You can't compare halo 3 forge and far cry's map maker. Forge is a map editor, while in far cry you can actually make maps from the ground up. With this said I can't wait to test far cry's map maker out, could be fun.

crosis420
crosis420

Halo 3 forge vs Far Cry 1 map editor Far Cry wins.Far Cry 2 vs Halo 3 no contest FC2. ENOUGH SAID

durge666
durge666

That picture of the Pyramids of Giza is my new wallpaper. So beautiful:) I made a pyramid map too, it's got a river down the middle with palm trees on either side. On one side of the river is a pyramid with a giant ramp going up to the top and there's an entrance in the top with concrete stairs going down into it. There's scaffolds going around the inside of the pyramid all the way to the bottom so plays can go in and out at will. At the bottom there's an urban hotel with 4 towers, one on each side. One team spawns inside the pyramid (in the hotel or one of the towers) and the other team spawns in a fortress on the other side of the river. The fortress has 2 hangars, each with 3 trucks with grenade launchers and it has a big wall that goes all the way around it. There's a bridge that goes over the river so the team in the fortress can hop in some vehicles and rush the pyramid. I haven't played on it yet, but I want to. None of my friends have Far Cry 2 though. If anyone wants to try out the map, send me a message, my gamertag is "Eipok Kruden"

phil_777
phil_777

the best thing i could make on the map editor was a very tall hill, but this has inspired me. i still cant believe you managed to build all those things especially the olympic stadium, what could you use to build something like that?

TheMercMaster
TheMercMaster

I'd be cool if this was a ps2 game and it was rated T......

markimsoad
markimsoad

pyramids of giza... looks so amazing :)

thePhoenix13
thePhoenix13

do you know if you can download other peoples' maps on the xbox 360 version?

manofcars
manofcars

Along with the game, the map editor sounds cool!

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

That is very nice. It looks like I have 3 games now to pick this week.

360-OHIO-Gamer
360-OHIO-Gamer

Wow I thought this game was a shooter but now we get to create our own maps to play on. This is like the sims mixed with call of duty 4. And no gay spanglish to have to listen to.

GhostyMcboo
GhostyMcboo

They should call it Big Little Planet ;)

GhostyMcboo
GhostyMcboo

That's really really cool. I saw some parkour videos of the Stade Olympique recently... nice to know someone is using it for something ;)

snakeyes101
snakeyes101

Have to wait till Friday, DAMN YOU LIFE!!!!! (shakes fist)

Molezzi
Molezzi

LoL... JB2B... if its sucks you'll know before anynoe else... HAHAHAHAA (WHich it wont) LoL

JB2B
JB2B

Ha ha, I'll get Far Cry 2 today. It has been shipped to the store where my sister works. Hooray. So I have the game even before the IGN and Gamespot reviewers. Hahaha

Molezzi
Molezzi

I mean friday 24 OCTOBER..!!!>!>! haha ! DUH

Molezzi
Molezzi

I read them all too! even trebor-1000 lame egyptian history lesson! What has far cry got to do woth pyramids!!?! LoL! i havnt read any facts about the Eiffel Tower or Venice! haha! Anyway... I hope this game doesnt suck! LoL! South Africa has to wait till Friday 24 Nov.... :-( :-( WHY????? OH WHY ????!!!?!?!!

starmanuk50
starmanuk50

i read through every comment guess that means im hyped up for farcry 2 then lol

bennae66
bennae66

i wonder what the us election has to do with farcry.. im an aussie and i was happy to pass on farcry but i have always been a sucker for a level editor... in fact having a console preference (id probably pick this one up on 360) over a pc one when it comes to games, makes a good console map eiditor even more worthwhile

jazilla
jazilla

they say yes we can! i say McCain, even though i am not voting for him. Stop already with the subversive politics GameSpot. Does GameSpot need an Ombudsman? Yes They Do!

wroledan
wroledan

I doubt that console version will have MODs but the PC must have one for sure..Sucks I'm getting it on ps3,not on PC..I hope they provide downloadable maps on ps3 for multiplayer

darkzeroyosi2
darkzeroyosi2

The game of the year cheers!! people this well be the best FPS game out there with lots of features and map creator i wonder if this game support MOD so it well be more awsome!!

whocares9
whocares9

I have a feeling that the PC version once again will the the far cry to play.

trebor-1000
trebor-1000

The pyramids were not built using forced labour. Many of the reliefs show the family structures and pay system of the Egyptians who built the pyramids, and local villages have been uncovered which housed the workers which have carvings as elaborate as those in the great pyramid.

RiseAgainst12
RiseAgainst12

the map editor alone on this game is a big selling point, should have it last longer than most games that stick you with the same maps for months before DLC (if even)

Somian
Somian

far cry1 on consoles was terrible ;) this game is the successor of the CPv ersion of Far Cry, not the console ones with the same name.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I did not like the last far cry for the 360 much. But this one seems to be much better as you have more choices in how you attack the enemy. I will probably get this not long after it releases.

krisroe_213
krisroe_213

I was never a massive fun of the single player campaign of far cry but i must admit the multiplayer for far cry 2 looks amazing!! i might just get it for online play hmmmm

yoneoka
yoneoka

gosh i dont know what to do first play ou construct!! play ,construct ,play ,construct,play ,construct!!!! ahhhhhh

wroledan
wroledan

this game might be the foundation of great mods like the half-life to counter strike..I hope

Blazing_Beard
Blazing_Beard

far cry for PC was straight rippin, i expect great things from far cry 2, but game of the year? not so sure about that one with dead space, midnight club, and fallout 3 on the way

Emu_Head
Emu_Head

i had to watch the video twice just for the music, it's like an oriental remixed pachelbels canon lol genius

jstaguy
jstaguy

I never got into the Far Cry games of the past...but this one with its open world and map editor is one of the games I will be playing for a long time....I hope...

jajdr
jajdr

if more people knew about this game, it would have a good shot at game of the year

Molezzi
Molezzi

WAIT FOR BIOSHCOK 2!!!