Conclusion: Snowblind, the developers of Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance have hooked up with Sony Online to create the best Diablo-esque console game in years. Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest takes the deep EverQuest mythology and sets it atop a hack and slash dungeon crawl. It's an amazing game... with a fairly bad camera.
Pros: Incredible blend of hack and slash with deep RPG elements, Clean graphics with lots of variety, Great voice overs and gorgeous music, Incredible blend of hack and slash with deep RPG elements, Clean graphics with lots of variety, Great voice overs and gorgeous music
Cons: Too bad you can't slay the camera person, Where's the EverQuest level-up ding?, Too bad you can't slay the camera person, Where's the EverQuest level-up ding?
Conclusion: Concept: Wander the deserts and grasslands of Africa in one of the largest first-person shooters ever made
Graphics: Breathtaking vistas and fantastic lighting effects make this a sight to behold
Sound: Evocative voice work weaves its way throughout the game, which is punctuated by an ever-adapting soundtrack that changes with the flow of action
Playability: Some complicated controls aren't always mapped in the most intuitive ways, but you'll have many hours to get the...
Excerpt: Ubisoft’s sequel Far Cry 2 is an open-ended First Person Shooter set in the vast areas of a fictional and modern east African nation. The nation itself has become a battlefield soaked in blood due to the raging civil war that takes place within its grounds. You as the player take control of a skilled mercenary on a lengthy journey in which he aims to locate and assassinate a mysterious and notorious arms dealer named ‘The Jackal.
Excerpt: What's best about Far Cry 2? Is it the astonishingly beautiful African environment, so alive with movement, sound and realistic reaction to your actions that it might just be the best shooter sandbox of all time? Is it that the potential for eye-popping explosions, flying vehicle chassis and spiralling wood splinters awaits around every corner, above every ridge and in every chasm of the huge 50km square open world?
Summary: I admire the ways Far Cry 2 differentiates itself from other first-person shooters. The lush open-world setting provides a cool sense of exploration, and the buddy system is an interesting way to provide alternative paths through missions. Despite these structural innovations, the basic gunplay remains decidedly average. The shooting mechanics are fine, but inconsistent enemy AI and few set-piece battles means every encounter starts to feel like the one before it.
Summary: It’s easy to be a bit disappointed at first, even overwhelmed. I was. At first, for the fist few hours of play, I debated whether I would have been better off with Call of Duty: World at War. But I stuck with this game and discovered how amazing it is. The open world setting makes you the real protagonist, because you can practically do what you want, when you want. Multiplayer was a total disappointment, but the single-player experience is a true shining star.
Conclusion: Even as a ‘major’ country, there are occasional bugs that mean your enjoyment is inhibited. When your enemies occupy certain countries, there is an annoying bug where every country conquered is immediately turned into a puppet state rather than being explicitly controlled, meaning that it’s not particularly historically accurate if Germany puppets every country it conquers.
Excerpt: Far Cry 2 is an ambitious title, and though it is not without its rough points, it manages to live up to the lofty goals it sets for itself. Perhaps the most ambitious of these goals is its scope. You are given nearly 50 square kilometers of open landscape to play around in. There's no shortage of things to see; trees sway in the African breeze and sunsets reflect light off bodies of water. You'll see a lot of those sunsets as you explore.
Excerpt: When the original Farcry came out, most people were amazed at the quality of the graphics, myself included. I know I was supposed to be shooting the mercenaries but I just wanted to walk around their sandy beaches and swim in the cool blue water. Today, even though we are more used to high levels of eye candy, Farcry still holds its own in terms of graphical quality.