Far Cry 2: A wide opened game for those looking for a realistic sandbox game.
winnabago111 wrote this review on .
Story: As far as story goes, there is one but it wont keep you on the edge of your seat. It takes place in Africa in the middle of an arms war and it has an original story that fits well into the location but it isn't game changing. Although throughout you will have to make some tough decisions.
Graphics: When it comes to graphics this game really excels. Branches break off with explosions and grass will sway with the wind. Explosions look great and destroy wood, cars, and pretty much anything around. The landscape can get somewhat boring after a while. The main draw for me was the fire effects. Fire reacts as it would in real life, it spreads from grass to trees and moves in the direction the wind blows. Its always fun to watch fire spread into an encampment filled with enemy soldiers.
Requirements: This game doesn't have hefty requirements to get it to look good given I'm playing on my laptop with a: 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo, 4gb ddr2 ram, and 9600gt 512mb. It runs at native resolution on dx9 all high settings and dynamic lighting. I haven't experienced much slow down and it looks awesome.
Gameplay: The gameplay is very open ended an allows for variation. Due to the sandbox nature of the game there are multiple ways to accomplish objectives. You can go in with guns blazing and blow up everything and everyone or you can go in stealthy in the cover or night and take out enemies one by one. The AI is very good in this game, they will flank you and help wounded soldiers. Weapons have a very nice feel and it is a joy to use each weapon given that they are so different. In order to upgrade weapons and buy new ones you use diamonds which can be earned by completing missions and there are diamonds scattered throughout the landscape. There are also numerous vehicles which are necessary to traverse the large landscape.
Conclusion: This is a great game with a great atmosphere and a great feel for the weapons. My only complaint is that due to the large nature of the map (50 square km to be exact) it can start to feel like a hassle to travel everywhere, but this is a minor setback in a great game. I give it a 9.0.