It’s a Farcry from what I’m used to…. Far Cry 2: Reviewed (360, PS3)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: Farcry 2 seems to be dividing people’s opinions right across the board from pole to pole, continent to continent and (just to make it sound like we’re keeping with US politics here) sea to shining sea. Indeed Ubisoft’s sequel to Crytek’s “it’s too big to transfer to a console” hit has been cocooned in a bubble whilst the hype machine powered up almost as much as MGS 4 in it’s sheer power. Thing is though, what is the damned things REALLY like?
Excerpt: Far Cry 2 was one of the first games I bought when I got my Xbox 360. A clerk recommended it and Army Of Two, which makes that day the single worst day of buying games that I’ve ever had, especially since he recommended both titles over the vastly superior Battlefield: Bad Company. Although Far Cry 2 isn’t as abysmally depressing and cynical as Army Of Two, it’s pretty damn close.
Excerpt: This is something I'd like to see more companies do. Instead of releasing a demo, which often winds up being a slightly repackaged version of whatever was running on the E3 demo kiosks, Capcom has released a short prologue to Dead Rising 2 . Case Zero is set from sunrise to sunup about a day before Dead Rising 2 starts, and gives a very clear idea of what's changed, what's the same, and what's better about DR2 .
Excerpt: There have been many different approaches to downloadable content so far this console generation, but nothing that has turned out quite like Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. This stand-alone snippet of the zombie-killing extravaganza feels almost like a demo for Dead Rising 2 rather than a miniature prequel. It comes out three weeks before the main game after all, and the limited scope gives you just a taste of what's to come.
Pros: Slaying zombies is as bloody and fun as ever, Weapon creation lets you concoct all sorts of sadistic toys, Multiple endings make replays rewarding, Character ranking can be carried over to Dead Rising 2, $5 price gives you plenty of content for your money
Conclusion: Dead Rising 2: Case Zero is a great snippet of back story to prepare gamers for the upcoming sequel. With the same arcade-like Zombie massacre as in the previous game, players will also be able to test out some of the new combo weapons that will be present in the sequel. Though the game's identity seems to be caught somewhere between a demo on steroids and a pint-sized full game, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero finds the perfect balance with its immensely cheap price tag with a...
Excerpt: If Far Cry 2 was an advert for holidays in Africa, then the sun, the heat, zebras and nice grass certainly proves to be appealing elements of a relaxing vacation. The deal breaker comes in the form of not being able to drive around without being pursued and shot at, but then again some people do like living on the knife edge, I don’t, so I’m certainly not planning to visit sunny Africa any time soon.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent and realistic shooter set in a war-torn African country. Players take the role of a hardboiled, morally grey mercenary who, when not plugging his enemies full of lead, setting them on fire, or blowing them up, is often seen jamming a knife in his leg to fish out shrapnel, sticking a pair of pliers in his arm to pull out a bullet, or injecting himself a medical stimulant. Simply put, it's plenty bloody.