Have you ever bought a video game just for the multiplayer? I haven't, but if I did buy this game for the multiplayer I wouldn't be disappointed!
Let's get one thing straight this is not like COD4, yes the menus and classes may be similar but not much else, the control scheme is the same too, but that's where it ends. If you play COD4 you may like this, but you probably won't be able to get used to enemies taking 600 million bullets to the chest before dying.
Your in a made up African state in which two factions: The UFLL and the APR are battling it out for control. You are thrown into one of them and battle others in a variety of different game modes from TDMs to Capture the Diamond (Capture the flag basically). If you play well enough you'll be given a diamond promotion in which you'll be able to upgrade a class to get a better gun. It works well until you punch the floor in fury as you get demoted. At the start of every battle you'll hear your leader inform you on the battle ahead and give you tips. The maps are often huge with many vantage points, hiding places and open land to go in head-on, another difference t COD4 are the weapons: You won't find any attachable scopes, silencers, n00b-tubes or dot sites, in fact, you won't find the last one at all! Far Cry 2 is all about cheap, gruesome war. Guns jam, explode and run out of ammo annoyingly quickly. So you'll have to find ammo piles frequently, however a few carefully placed bullets and the pile will explode sending bullets everywhere. If your being shot at by a bunch of dumb none-team players (everyone) you better find cover, and even if you do you'll have to hold down the L2 button to yank out the bullets/darts/nails and metal shards. If you don't your health'll stay low or you'll fall to the ground wounded. Every so often you'll fall wounded and other players have the option to heal you before you're 20 seconds run out, or you'll get shot or just give up by pressing triangle. The main feature here is the map editor. allowing you to build custom maps in under a few hours, with rivers, buildings and mountains, it should keep you occupied for a long time. However the absence of any tutorials: is seriously messed up.
Far Cry 2's gameplay is solid and works perfectly with the controls, using R1 to fire and L1 for iron sight, R2 for grenades, L3 for sprinting, circle to crouch and so on, what's also interesting and sometimes annoying, is that instead of tapping R3 to knife which is now used for swapping grenades, you tap up on the D-pad to equip it, instead of slash. The D-pad is used to select other weapons too. The sprinting is cool since you can see the gun at the bottom of the screen COD style and with pistols and machetes, you see your hands flying up into the air as they move back and forth, then there's also a fun run and duck to slide move, which you use if you want to look like John Woo in front of your mercenary buddies. The game encourages team play with the wounded system but it isn't essential. you'll be running around on your own, watching your buddies get pwned by angry kids on headset screaming "you suck!" for most of the time.
Another thing is the vehicles, tap triangle to enter a vehicle and if it's a 2/3/4 seater your mates can get in too and shoot out the window GTA style, even though this hardly ever happens Far Cry 2 kept the FPS view through the whole game giving you complete camera control even in the drivers seat. Hey and guess what! Sometimes turrets are attached! =D
The visuals in Far Cry 2 are one of its greatest draw backs and greatest achievements, when I say draw backs, I'm talking about texture popping, BIG TIME! You'll be pleased to know though that when it is
there, the scenery is amazingly detailed and even if it is just many shades of green and brown. You'll love the character models that your friends are around you since they all have cool clothes, hats and bandannas. The Texture popping's annoying but overall, the graphics are solid. Lag never comes into play much during the game.
If your looking for a game with great multiplayer capability, look no further, if your willing to overlook the texture popping and Long loading screens, you'll find it easy to love this game from the map builder to the game itself. It could do with a bit more polish but overall; it's a pretty good game
Stands King of its Genre but could be better.
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