Not a thorough as Cadian's but I still thought it sufficed.
Game: Far Cry 2
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playsation 3, PC
Ever wanted to go to Africa? For those of us that don’t want to make the trip, there is an alternative: Far Cry 2.
While the game play of Far Cry 2 can best be described as a realistic, first person shooter version of Grand Theft Auto (without the random acts of violence), the plot and setting can better be described as a blend of the popular films “Blood Diamond” and “Apocalypse Now” where the character you assume is sent to assassinate a dangerous arms dealer in a fictional African state that is based off of Sierra Leone during it’s struggle in the 90s. The game places the player in a beautiful and detailed world that stenches for virtual miles filled with conflict, African warlords, greedy mercenaries, and neglect from the world’s super powers. When coupled with a captivating sequence of events, it keeps the player on edge throughout the dozens of hours of satisfying play.
From the misty forests and swamps to the sunlit savannahs and deserts, Far Cry 2 shows it’s strongest aspect in its captivating environments. Despite the amazingly captured sense of African life, the biggest strength of the game ironically coincides with its biggest weakness- the amount of time spent getting from place to place. The developers of Far Cry 2 purposefully made the game so that you are forced to go out of your way so that you have time to appreciate the world they have created. This combined with the fact that there are no real time saves exploits what is probably the game’s biggest detriment. Even so, these setbacks are, in the larger scale of things, relatively small when put next to all the positives elements.
Although Far Cry 2 has similar structure to Grand Theft Auto, but the action is not only more dynamitic and enjoyable, it’s also much more realistic. The game’s weapons are unique and life-like; they’ll miss when spraying dozens of rounds without much care to aim and they’ll malfunction when they’ve seen their share of explosions and bloodshed. Other features like a dynamic weather system, and realistically spreading wildfires make the game all the more believable. However, to both the game and the player’s benefit, Far Cry 2 will sometimes rightfully forgo realism to bring an overall more enjoyable experience. The downside to this is that these occasional faults in the game’s logic can decrease the player’s immersion in what is otherwise a convincing reality.
By almost all standards, Far Cry 2 is not only an incredibly good-looking game, but is solid and creative all around. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed.