GC 2008: Far Cry 2 Console Impressions

We got to see a new mission from Ubisoft's promising open-world shooter, as well as the console version's level editor.

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Far Cry 2 has received its fair share of attention over the last 12 months, but with the game finally going into submission for the consoles this week, Leipzig may be its last major showing. For that reason, we couldn't help but swing by the Ubisoft booth at the Games Convention to see how the nearly finished game is looking. Thankfully it's more promising than ever, especially now that we've seen the level editor functionality as well.

Ubisoft booted up the Xbox 360 version to show off a mission labelled Andre, which apparently comes 20 percent of the way into the game. We saw a mission briefing take place, something that the developers say will change from player to player depending on their previous actions in the game. As an open-world shooter, you're free to tackle the core missions as you like, which means you're also free to take on side missions at any point. One such side mission was phoned in as we watched the developers playing, and a woman called Flora Guillen requested some help attacking a nearby base. The developers opened up their map, jumped in a boat, and headed down the river to meet her.

Most of the vehicles in Far Cry 2 will have mounted weapons, allowing you to stop whatever you're driving and take out any pursuers. While on foot you can carry up to three weapons plus your machete, and as weapons degrade over time you'll often need to swap them out. It helps to know where the ammo dumps are, so they're drawn out for you on the map, and you have the choice of using them to stock up or using explosives to blow them up. If you blow up a supply of rifle ammo, for example, the explosion will send bullets flying in all directions and killing any surrounding enemies.

While this demo didn't show us anything we hadn't seen before, it was an encouraging sign of how the console version is coming along. The developer says that the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions have been developed from the same core build, so they'll all share the same features. While we didn't see the PS3 version, it's claimed that the aliasing on Sony's machine outperforms that of the 360, while on the PC it's all dependent on the specifications of your machine. The minimum specs for the PC are high, but it's easily one of the benchmark titles for this coming year and, thankfully, holds up well on the 360.

Perhaps the most important thing we saw at Leipzig was the map editor, which will also ship on all versions. You're given a half a square kilometer plot of land from which you can shape hills, create roads, and scatter vegetation. It looked easy to do all three from the demo we were given, as the vegetation will automatically disappear if you place a road or other conflicting feature in the map. The custom maps will work in multiplayer games only, so you have to create spawn points for people. You'll apparently be able to share your creations on Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, and the PC, while players can rate how you did once they've played them. We also spotted one other juicy piece of information in the demo--there will be 'platform-specific content' coming in the future, so expect some Xbox 360 exclusives postrelease.

Far Cry 2 is shaping up as one of our most anticipated shooters of the year, and the map editor is sure to add to the game's appeal. The game was submitted to Sony this week for approval, and it will go through the same procedure for Microsoft next week. There's still no solid release date, but it's looking increasingly likely that we'll actually see the game before the year is out.

Discussion

53 comments
EnaVRi
EnaVRi

Too bad I'm no rich dude... This looks promising... But I already bought a game this month... And I could only afford 1 a month... Anyway I'm going to buy the PS3 version... Because I don't have an xbox 360...

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

Watching Fanboys is fun,,,

GrimTalos
GrimTalos

Cant wait for this game. I have a xbox 360 and a PS3 and going to have to get this game on the Xbox 360 just for live and I much prefer the controller for FPS games. I never really play my PS3, cant find any good games for it. I have all the supposed AAA titles and they are all a disappointment well not GT4 that game is sweet. Mgs4 is a very boring game I thought but then I never played any MSG game before.

Adrianberggreen
Adrianberggreen

no not true im sure there will be something on the playstation store..the xbox360 cant run mgs4 cuz it is way to weak...ps3 will outperform the xbox 360 way out in the kalahari :P

halo3freak0231
halo3freak0231

those sony lovers are wrong, the ps3 will not outpreform the xbox360 version and if it does it won't be by much, also we will get WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYyy more content the ps3 owners will so suck it@!!!!

systemfan1188
systemfan1188

"Just give it time, people, you will be begging your mommies for a PS3. Besides, look at MGS4. That looked and played a hundred times better than anything on the 360." How much more god**** time do they need? Gonna have to wait until 2010 before I get a PS3..maybe by then they will get something that "showsoff" the potential with it. MGS4 - Too bad it's 90% cinematics. Great game but what you said is going a little far.

JB2B
JB2B

A map editor. That convinced me to get this one. I love level editing and I don't mean how it's done in Halo 3, but real level editing. I hated MS for not allowing users to build maps on the PC and then export them to their 360 in games like the latest Unreal. And about the console wars between 360 and PS3. I'd usualy give PS3 a nickname, but that is not allowed here so we keep it to PS3. My expectations are that in time the PS3 will be slightly more powerful.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

lol if you read it just like navyguy21 it says aliasing not anti-aliasing it althoug it might be a game that looks better jaggy who knows

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

ok they will be exsacally the same what are you talking about full potential MGS4 yes it was good but you've never played the likes of gears of war or halo their excellent games. my argument is yes MGS is a cinimatic games too much cinimatics thats why Fable 2 has only has less than five minutes of game time yes the cinematic are good and pretty action packs but at the cost of getting board. THE GAME WILL BE NO DIFFERENT ON EACH CONSOLE THEY HAVE THE SAME HARDWARE SPECS THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS BLU-RAY (I KNOW THAT MY FRIENDS INCLUDING ME DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY BLU-RAY DVD SSO THE ONLY ADVANTAGE IS THAT YOU CAN FIT THE GAME ON ONE DISK) AND IS ALREADY WIRELESS. whilst the xbox has more adult games and a better online thing (does cost though :( _)... right now i've got that sorted out (like FatChuwawa said lame ps3 excuses) i never even knew that the console where getting this thing............. more aguments. guess who says that it might proform better on sonys machine let me geuss SONY said that!!!!.. wooow posibly xbox exclusive content. ps3 content will also be availiblr to xbox as well. i might sound like a xbox fan boy its just that i hate ps3 owners who are arrogent about the xbox not haveing blu-ray or not having free online

Nephilim83
Nephilim83

A console's only as good as the games you play for it. All you Xbox junkies only play the good games on Xbox so how the hell would you know how good they are on anything else? Besides all these games are coming out for various platforms so of course we're getting a bunch of ports. They are not gonna build two different games here just so PS3 will get a full potential experience. Thats why SONY is so focused on first party games that are being developed to match up with what PS3 has to offer. Just give it time, people, you will be begging your mommies for a PS3. Besides, look at MGS4. That looked and played a hundred times better than anything on the 360. SO that goes to show you that when developed properly you can make masterpieces on PS3.

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

ROFL, I've never seen so much damage control on a preview article. Like FatChuwawa said is this SW?? everyone of them has multiple paragraphs how a game that just might look better on the PS3 doesn't matter because _____ (insert defensive excuse). Come on ppl the game looks good and I'm sure it'll be good on both consoles and PC.

FatChuwawa
FatChuwawa

omg! everyone go to system wars! notice how this section is about far cry 2 and not which system is better? cant believe all of your lame excuses to why which console is better. btw this game looks awesome. only a month to go! i just hope the console versions look as good as the PC version.

Vasot
Vasot

Farcry 2 > Killzone 2

darkblade-321
darkblade-321

really I think that there is barely a difference in graphics for the ps3 or 360. i'd say that the only thing that is better is online play for the 360.whenever i go to my friends house and we play on his ps3 its very laggy and usually times us out of games. If u dont really care for online then this game seems to have enough of a good storyline and map editor to keep u going. i hope i can get this game in november after gears and fallout which i reserved.

mossongreens
mossongreens

The original farcry was amazing, and farcry 2 will be even better. Open world mayhem on a more realistic scale then merc2. And just like all online multiplayer games I'll be buying this for the 360. I own all 3 systems so while I can choose which system I want to play it on my decision isn't based on graphics or fanboy-ism it is however based on reliable online gaming. Maybe more 360 owners have better internet and ps3 owners don't. Because even with fios it doesn't matter because if everyone else is using DSL or something as slow or slower there is still lag. It sucks that you have to spend $50 a year for Live but the service is reliable. And to agree with pauldixon77 there are to many AAA games coming out at the same time. I mean let's say you own more than just an 360 or a ps3 but you own both. It seems like only the game stores realize that people don't have a continuos cash flow to spend on games with deals like double trade in credit when reserving an upcoming game. Who does the gaming industry think is playing there games? Sure the game companies have to make their money bit when you release games like mortal kombat vs DC at $60 who do you think you are. Believe me I'm all for the idea but you need to start realizing that some games aren't worth $60 or even $50. This is a rant so I'll stop there.

marvelx3
marvelx3

wow, this seriously sounds like a history in the making.finally i can forgive and be at peace with ubisoft for thier HAZE blunder and forget everything they did to true FPS gamers out there.Hype or no hype, Far cry 2 is destined for greatness.as for which console is better siuted for far cry....XBOX360 desrves the 'top platform for far cry' position.let me tell everyone here that wars are not won on paper and specs, apparently all sony is good at is showing of their exagerated specs(even if they are true) but when it comes down to which console leave a gamer wasted with sheer pleasure afer hours of gameplay is none other than is xbox.my bro's birthday is comin and i cant think of a better way to disapoint him than to getting him a ps3 for a gift.he'll soon realize that once he's done with MGS4 their is nothing else to show for the ps3.nuff said..

Smiley451
Smiley451

Wow, what a great time to be alive. This fall is going to have so many blockbuster movie releases, as well as about 5 or 6 games. However, PaulDixon77 made a good point. From a marketing stand point this is all pretty retarded. I'm a PC gamer, though I own a 360. The thing is, as much as I would like to buy Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, Far Cry 2, Fable II, Gears of War 2, and Stalker: Clear Skies, I just don't have the money! I'm puzzled as to why all these game publishers want to release their games in this specific time-slot. They could at least wait and release a few in December, before Christmas.

navyguy21
navyguy21

Doesnt aliasing mean jaggies and ANTI-aliasing mean no jaggies??? Just a thought from a software developer!!!;)

muzza93
muzza93

Some One Help Me::: help PS3 help Ever since system update 2.41 my buddy list has dissapeared, they are still on my list but it doesnt show them on it at all, i can go onto Battlefield bad company and it tells me what buddies are online, but the list is gone, CAN ANYONE HELP!?

GundamBlue
GundamBlue

Kno2morrow Good god u bash the ps3 and bashing all who like that system and call them fanboys? look in the mirror man...People like u give gaming a bad name...Grow up...

PaulDixon77
PaulDixon77

Tomatoes, tomatoes who gives a flying #uck if console a performs 1.2fps faster with 4xAA on than console b, I own an xbox360 and have since the original, but was a sony fan from ps1 days bought it on day 1 same with the ps2, but that all changed with the xbox and Halo sold my ps2 and have never looked back. My point is yes the Ps3 has more untapped potential than the xbox its tech is 14 mnths later on. My point is a console is not just about graphical prowess its different courses for different people and for me it games, games, games full stop. So can we all stop the cock bashing please and enjoy what is truly an epic time for computer entertainment software and enjoy. Anyway another point i wanted to address is that.......... Wow this looks good but please publishers Fable 2, Farcry 2 and Fallout 3 all out within 2weeks of each other. Ât £120 for three games i can only afford 1 maybe 2 at the most and thats not taking into account Bia: hells Highway 29sept and Gow2 on the 7th nov??????????? How do you expect your games to sell when 5AAA titles are released over a 6 week period how can you maximise your sales by market saturation of other amazing titles. How come I haven't bought a game since GTA4?, in april thats five months without a AAA title then you all bring out 5 in 6weeks, talk about shooting yourselves in the foot. I'm not a millionaire so at least three of these titles are going to have to fall by the wayside and i'll get them when they go platinium???????? Don't figure. Credit crunch anyone?

Kno2morrow
Kno2morrow

Here's what I think is hilarious: Sony and the fanboys still think this is about cosole gaming. "Which one has the better specs? Hmmm..." Even thinking about this anymore is so naive it's laughable. Sony is YEARS behind the online experience and, although it's free, PSN boasts only a fraction of the number of members on XBL. There's no arguing specs. They are what they are. But there's no arguing game lineups, online stability, community size, SALES (even in Japan now,) user interface or market strategy. Sony has had 3 generations spanning nearly two decades and all they've done is make bigger consoles with better specs. *1 hand clapping* Yay for them. Their mothers must be proud. Unless they're shareholders, in which case they're worried if they're paying attention. Hope the fanboys like the almost noticeably smoother curves. Yes, fanboys. It's the only reason you would spend any money at all on a console that is just a console. Particularly one with maybe 2 worthwile exclusives and a poor excuse for an online gaming network. Happy gaming!

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

Have both systems and I do hope that they polish the ps3 versions more with the visuals. I have more games for my 360 because they do not usually tap into the power of the ps3 when going multiplatform. Call of Duty 4 looks better on the 360 which makes no sense, mainly after playing Metal Gear I see no reason why games should not look better for the ps3. Still grapics take a backseat to actual gameplay so I will continue to support both systems regaurdless of graphics but I will pick the better one if I have a choice, then its going to come to if it supports achievements and trophes. Something sony has been slow to push and even though it is a gimmik and is just a score it does make me pick up a game I have not touched in months. So its doing its job by keeping the me playing a game and still enjoying it well after its time on my shelf.

Amir29
Amir29

No need to apologize to ANYONE beedouk. You have the right to your opinion (and misspellings :P). I am no fan boy either. I go by specifications of a system before deciding which to buy, and I DID choose the PS3. Sony's machines have always taken a long time for developers to adapt to, but here we can see they ARE getting better at it. I look forward to the same bright future in the PS3 that we've had with the PS1 and PS2. Crew_SK: Regardless of other people's opinions, maybe you should either compliment others or just stick to commenting on the game itself. Attacking others is simply pointless, especially when you don't type any facts in your debates. I think it's obvious who the fan boy is when it comes to the comments I've read. I'm excited about FarCry 2. It seems it's coming along nicely. A shareable level editor sounds great too. That should add a lot of replay value.

beedouk
beedouk

Crew_SK Sorry for my spelling i had somewhere to go and i had to rush. Im no fanboy i have 360 and PS3 but i do prefer gaming on my PS3 and if this aliasing means there is less "jaggies" then this proves that i was right the whole time about the PS3 having a superior GPU and if you dont belive me look at the specs on the internet the offical ones.The PS3 is an extremly powerfull machine and ever since i got it my 360 has been doing nothing but collecting dust.But personaly ill get it on the PC im building a new one next month but sorry if i came across as a fan boy cuz im not :)

beedouk
beedouk

Crew_SK Sorry for my spelling i had somewhere to go and i had to rush. Im no fanboy i have 360 and PS3 but i do prefer gaming on my PS3 and if this aliasing means there is less "jaggies" then this proves that i was right the whole time about the PS3 having a superior GPU and if you dont belive me look at the specs on the internet the offical ones.The PS3 is an extremly powerfull machine and ever since i got it my 360 has been doing nothing but collecting dust.But personaly ill get it on the PC im building a new one next month but sorry if i came across as a fan boy cuz im not :)

beedouk
beedouk

Crew_SK Sorry for my spelling i had somewhere to go and i had to rush. Im no fanboy i have 360 and PS3 but i do prefer gaming on my PS3 and if this aliasing means there is less "jaggies" then this proves that i was right the whole time about the PS3 having a superior GPU and if you dont belive me look at the specs on the internet the offical ones.The PS3 is an extremly powerfull machine and ever since i got it my 360 has been doing nothing but collecting dust.But personaly ill get it on the PC im building a new one next month but sorry if i came across as a fan boy cuz im not :)

beedouk
beedouk

Crew_SK Sorry for my spelling i had somewhere to go and i had to rush. Im no fanboy i have 360 and PS3 but i do prefer gaming on my PS3 and if this aliasing means there is less "jaggies" then this proves that i was right the whole time about the PS3 having a superior GPU and if you dont belive me look at the specs on the internet the offical ones.The PS3 is an extremly powerfull machine and ever since i got it my 360 has been doing nothing but collecting dust.But personaly ill get it on the PC im building a new one next month but sorry if i came across as a fan boy cuz im not :)

dmiisha_796
dmiisha_796

Who cares which platfform is better? There is no need to resolve to fanboysm comments. Far Cry 2 is bound to rock, Be it on the PS3 version or the 360 version

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

You listen to a Youtube game reviewer? Sad. How about learning what it is before you comment. "360 is the leading platform for FarCry" 360 fanboys will say anything so they feel better.

S0mEGuY12
S0mEGuY12

Seriously beedouk..Ive heard from an online reviewer named Armake21 tho and he says Aliasing or something like that is the most useless crap ever or something like that. It shouldnt matter. Anyways tho, this is a must buy for me, and this game is gonna rock.

Crew_SK
Crew_SK

beedouk it's sad that you can't even spell "version" but you jump to fanboysm conclusions. 360 is the leading platform for FarCry, so they'll just optimize it for the PS3 since they will be released at the same time. If the PS3 version was to say.. postponed for a month or two, we could have assumed that it would have been the better version. However, you should check English. It's the best yet and it's not platform related ;)

beedouk
beedouk

wonder what it means about the aliasing either theres more or less or it but either way it states taht the PS3 verson outperforms the 360 verson PS3 verson it is :)

Supaza
Supaza

I cannot wait for this game!

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

Would love too see what a high-end PC could do with this came... but for me, the most anticipated shooter remain Clear Sky:)

football_legend
football_legend

I am just they kept the visual quality almost on par with the PC. I also hope there be a splitscreen.

rift_zone
rift_zone

Please let there be local play as well as online. This game sounds great.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

i cant wait. its gta meets call of duty with so much more! i never played the first far cry, maybe i should. but this looks awesome.

JayyRadd08
JayyRadd08

what exactly does "better aliasing" mean?

arbiterspartan
arbiterspartan

CANT WAIT LOOKS SICK GETTIN IT FOR P.C. HOPE ITS GOOD FOR THAT

staticks
staticks

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staticks
staticks

What's funny is that, what the developer probably said was "there's more aliasing on the PS3 than 360," and the editor misinterpreted "more aliasing" to "better."