On a Whim: Far Cry 2

Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -

From time to time I'll buy a game on a whim. Steam makes it a little too easy to purchase on demand. Usually I'll be bored, look through my Steam game list, and then move on to see what's on sale. This time I noticed Far Cry 2 for $10. It's been out for a little while now and I don't really remember much about it from the reviews and what not, but I remember a friend liking it. Or at least I think I do. So what the heck, no real expectations going in. 
 
Here are some thoughts after roughly 20 minutes of play. It's pretty. I know it's a couple of years old now, but scenery, lighting, textures still look pretty good. Unfortunately, the frame rate can get pretty choppy in some parts. Now I would never claim that I have an awesome gaming PC or anything, I consider it to be mid-range, but for whatever reason, the auto detection on the game decided to put all the settings at high and very high so I left them there. Walking around is typically alright, but when I start driving through forested areas, my computer has a hard time keeping up with all the shadows and things. 
 
The gun play is pretty unsatisfying. Granted I've only shot a few people, but the AI doesn't seem all that great. It seems like people will typically just run around a corner to be gunned down by you. One guy ran up behind me before declaring that he was calling for backup. I watched him shoot a flare up into the sky before shooting him. No backup ever came. 
 
I don't have a strong desire to keep playing, we'll see what happens, but after 20 minutes it looks like Steam wins this time.
#1 Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -

From time to time I'll buy a game on a whim. Steam makes it a little too easy to purchase on demand. Usually I'll be bored, look through my Steam game list, and then move on to see what's on sale. This time I noticed Far Cry 2 for $10. It's been out for a little while now and I don't really remember much about it from the reviews and what not, but I remember a friend liking it. Or at least I think I do. So what the heck, no real expectations going in. 
 
Here are some thoughts after roughly 20 minutes of play. It's pretty. I know it's a couple of years old now, but scenery, lighting, textures still look pretty good. Unfortunately, the frame rate can get pretty choppy in some parts. Now I would never claim that I have an awesome gaming PC or anything, I consider it to be mid-range, but for whatever reason, the auto detection on the game decided to put all the settings at high and very high so I left them there. Walking around is typically alright, but when I start driving through forested areas, my computer has a hard time keeping up with all the shadows and things. 
 
The gun play is pretty unsatisfying. Granted I've only shot a few people, but the AI doesn't seem all that great. It seems like people will typically just run around a corner to be gunned down by you. One guy ran up behind me before declaring that he was calling for backup. I watched him shoot a flare up into the sky before shooting him. No backup ever came. 
 
I don't have a strong desire to keep playing, we'll see what happens, but after 20 minutes it looks like Steam wins this time.
#2 Posted by Rayfield (2097 posts) -

Stick with it. Weapons vendor missions = better guns = more fun.
#3 Posted by LackLuster (721 posts) -

I actually really liked that game

#4 Posted by greedotherodian (14 posts) -

Sooooooo much driving!!!! Not to mention all of the respawning guards... oh and its like a 20 hour game, have fun! :)
#5 Posted by Driadon (2998 posts) -

Keep at it. The game doesn't leave a great first impression, but as you go you notice little important details such as using time of day and basic geography to figure out where you are going without even looking at your map. It has a lot of elements of immersion, but it's subtle.

#6 Posted by Furyjoell (260 posts) -

I found it a grind if I'm honest, stupid guard posts.

#7 Posted by Bubahula (2197 posts) -

keep playin dude. i really liked that game.

#8 Posted by pause422 (6188 posts) -

I liked that game for about an hour or so...after that, no. There's so many problems with it.

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