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Riding Africa on FarCry 2, the final review and thoughts

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(I know that this review doesnít have any nice pics of the game, you can get those anywhere else, also Iím not talking about multiplayer since I didnít play the MP).

I was very harsh in my last pre-review of the game, Iím playing it on the PC.
So what is this FarCry 2 thing anyway? Is a game, duhÖ and its set on Africa, for more info please read my last post about it since Iím going to explain some things that remain the same after playing the game a little bit more and another things that have changed. Mixing everything was a lot of work and right now Im on holidays.

Ok, the mission system could be better, but we will ride along with it, you can tell that it seems that they thought about a dumb console system, but maybe itís what it is because they wanted you to go one thing at the time. Itís not the best solution in such a big environment, but maybe it was the only solution.

Weapons. Dude I feel so bad about this, it could be so much fun that Iím going to complain all over againÖ I would love to have a rocket launcher, some explosives, a silenced handgun, a Uzi machinegun, a sniper rifle and then an assault rifle at the same timeÖ but no, I can only have three weapons at the time, and the places to switch between weapons are not only far apart (and itís a big map, have I told you that?), but you have to purchase ďcratesĒ to switch weaponsÖ not good Ubisoft, not good enough because is not fun.
At least now I have a jeep that carries grenades launchers and .50 caliber weapons and not only the standard machine gun, is a blast to take out enemies with those yelling: HERE COMES THE MILK MAN!!!

The A.I. remains as stupid as ever. And that is not cool in a game with so much openness. I lost one of my ďbuddiesĒ (a girl with big bewbs), thanks to that because the AI failed to recognize that we had completed the mission, I saved her from nothing once and then walk away in frustration, she gave me a call and say that she was surrounded and dead. Once your buddies are dead thatís it, you loose insight on some missions that they can give you a better deal, of course if you accept the deal you will increase your story about those buddies... but in this game I would be suprised if you care about the story so is the same.

So storyÖ Sorry but I donít get it, Iím trying to but is sort like: I donít care / bad storytelling. A good story or a solid story telling is a big part of any game, and this game has the story, but not the storytelling, so it fails. Maybe itís because is Africa and everything is supposed to be twisted, but if thatís the case then is bad storytelling. Maybe its because it just doesnít make sense to be looking for an arms dealer while making deals with arms dealers yourself and killing half of the population of Africa while working on assassination missionsÖ is ironic and stupid, they present you like the good guy but still you have to kill everything in sight and the main goal is hardly even there.

As I have said the game is a superior graphic engine, it looks great, the better your graphic card the better the experience gets, that has to count because fire looks amazing. But gameplay overall is repetitive and you will be on a jeep with a mounted weapon and a map with a GPS driving more and using navigation than enjoying the view. There is not such thing as ďdifferent approaches to the same situationĒ, you wonít find that you can play this game like the silent guy and get more rewarded than playing it Rambo style. Just blow everything, is the same and without all the waste of time. Maybe you want to try to approach from a hill and attack from the back: the map is big but you canít climb on small hills, is just a stupid gameplay decision that amounts to the limitations in gameplay.

If you ask me one thing that could make the gameplay of this game look less mutilated, then they should have let you carry more guns so you could experiment more in the same situation.
Fixing the story would be more difficult since everything is a mess.
Still is a rather large game with lots to do in it, I have been playing a lot and not even close to finish it, so I cant say nothing about how it ends.

So should you but this? Depends on your hardware if you have a PC and a solid one... for console and pc owners maybe if you are bored this is a good rental to try it out. For 25 bucks on STEAM I think is a good deal, but right now and until January 2 is on a discount that leaves it on 37 USD, and for this game is sort of expensive.

So this is my take on the game, is not bad, but it could be so much better that it gets irritating even to talk about it. Is an 8 out of 10 if you want a number, if you get frustrated then itís between 7.5 and 8. I want to be fair, at least Iím playing it, that why I gave it the 8 in the first place.
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About Veltone of us since 11:54 PM on 05.31.2007

Iam a gammer from the harsh uruguayan jungle (we dont even have a jungle down here, too cold, go and do some wikipedia of Uruguay). I used to do a podcast in spanish about videogames at Radio LevelUp but I dont do it anymore... anyway those guys are there still making it so you can give it a try if you understand spanish
And i can say "ÔŅĹaca ÔŅĹaca ÔŅĹaca" and i know how to pronoaunce it well since im a spanish speaker, so Im a superior race.
A couple of idiots may find funny that I dont have good english grammar, but again, they are probably idiots since they only speak/write one language...

Most of my time in the internet is because of games. I love videogames so much that i sleep with my girlfriend and my ds, at the same time... i call that a "threesome" and my humor doesnt get anything better than that.
Mostly im a PC gamer, i was going to buy a 360 but faulty crappy hardware told me not to since if it goes RRoD here I would have lost my money, and as a man Im entitled to the sweat of my brow. I want to fuck the Wii and I believe the PS3 is going to be the first console in space.

In the "real" life (come on, internet now is part of our lives anyway...), I study medicine (takes a lot of time and I cant spend enough of my time playing videogames). Is not what you would call a marriage made in heaven, if I wanted to game more I should have sutdy something related to pcÔŅĹs, but I grown surrounded by computers and stuff so I chose the bio stuff instead. Anyway, little time to play video games if you dont want my biographical shit.

And the main reasson I play games for the story behind them. I love well written stories like Half Life series, of course Portal (kind of a Valve fan). Other great games include World Of Warcraft (not currently playing, actually I was never hardcore, but I enjoyed the experience a lot), and of course the classics like System Shock 2. Other great titles had stuck with me over the years, classics adventure games like Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango.

So, best game experiences:
Half Life 2 (and the original Half Life of course).
System Shock 2
Grim Fandango
Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis
Monkey Island

Links:
My Picasa Web Album.
My videogame blog in spanish
Mii code:[email protected]


 

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