Far Cry 2 Impressions: Part 2

It seems that most games on the market strive to provide a great single player experience or a deep and addictive multplayer mode. It’s uncommon you find both in the same title, but I think Far Cry 2 has pulled it off. This isn’t one of those games that will only take you 8-10 hours to complete and forget. Ubisoft is boasting anywhere from 25-50 hours of gameplay in the single player “campaign” alone. And since I recently completed the game, I can say that’s a very accuracte estimate. But it doesn’t end with single player.

The multiplayer mode has 14 maps, 4 different modes, and an addictive persistence system that’ll have you playing “one more round” for hours beyond your bedtime. Most exciting of all is the amazing map editor which will practically guarantee a fresh batch of maps everytime you login. We haven’t seen this kind of free-form user-created content in console gaming before, so it will be ineresting to see how it plays out. Of course, most of the maps will be complete garbage. But the team has already addressed that by implementing a ranking system. So in theory, the best maps will rise to the top. Still, we probably won’t see the really great maps until a few weeks after release. But until then, Ubisoft’s 14 maps should keep everyone plenty busy.

Overall, the amount of quality and content Ubisoft is giving us puts most other titles to shame. After Far Cry 2 it’ll be hard to play a 10 hour game and feel like you got your money’s worth.

Far Cry 2 Links:

  • Check out this awesome developer diary chronicling the development team’s trip to Kenya; it’s only part 1 with more to come.
  • Here’s another video of Clint showing off the map editor at the Leipzig a few weeks ago.

4 Responses to “Far Cry 2 Impressions: Part 2”

  1. 1 Mick
    September 27, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Hey Mabooza,
    thank you very much for your update!
    By the way, what platform did you complete the game on?
    Since “Far Cry 2” is supposed to be identical across platforms will your “Far Cry 2 Prima Official Game Guide” cover all versions (PC, 360, and PS3) in one volume?
    Will there be an excerpt available at http://www.primagames.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780761559337?
    If so, when?
    Thank you very much for your continued support!
    Game on,

  2. 2 mabooza
    September 28, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Mick,
    I played the game on the Xbox 360 version, but all platforms are identical. I had a chance to see the Playstation 3 and PC versions while visiting the Ubisoft offices last month and there is no discernable difference between platforms. In fact, the only way I could see a difference was by looking at what platform was connected. The only major difference is the map editor, where the PC has a few more advanced options. Plus, user-created maps cannot be shared across platforms. But in terms of gameplay (both SP and MP) the games are identical. And yes, all platforms are covered in the guide. But outside of the controls, there are no platform-specific differences. We probably will have an excerpt posted on the web site as we get closer to the publishing date in a few weeks. So keep checking back for updates.

  3. 3 Mick
    September 29, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Hey Mabooza,
    thank you very much for for answering my questions in such a detailed way! That was very helpful for me. You rock! 🙂
    Keep up your great work!
    Best wishes,

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