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Far Cry 2 - Overlooked (review)
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Have you maybe seen the Far Cry 2 game on the shelf and thought that maybe it wasn't for you? Or have you played it for a couple of minutes and decided it was lame or lacking in areas? Well I did both in a sense. I rented the game from Blockbuster about a year ago, played it for a few minutes, decided I didn't like it, and took it back. Though recently, the Blockbuster near my house went out of business, and because the game was so cheap I went ahead and bought it. Weird logic I know, but something just told me to scoop it up. It wasn't a bad decision at all, read on and you'll find out why.

The game starts out with you riding as a passenger to an African cab driver through the landscapes of Africa as a mercenary on the hunt for a man they call the Jackal, The Jackal is introduced as the man that "Armed both sides". Suddenly your character (you have about 6 to choose from at the beginning of the game) becomes sick and passes out, soon to be awakened by the jackal himself reading your journal revealing your mission and giving a "Barking up the Wrong Tree" speech, and leaving you for dead. Turns out your character will be sick with malaria throughout the entire game and you'll have to make regular visits to underground doctors to recieve malaria meds. But that's not even the half of it.

You end up taking on missions for 2 separate African factions as a hired gun on a journey to find and kill the Jackal, the UFLL and the APR. One faction always ends up using you against the other faction. You also find "buddies" along the way which will also give you missions or add goals to your existing missions given to you by the factions. Your buddies also save you when they are "Rescue ready". There are also side missions available where you go up to a cell tower and recieve a phone call from an unknown person with a mark to assassinate. lastly you will be able to accept missions from the arms dealer at the gun shop to stop a shipment from coming in from his competitor.

Upon Accepting Missions from and the factions and completing hitman missions from the unknown caller from the cell towers you will get paid by diamond. Diamonds are the game's form of currency which you can use to buy weapons and upgrades from the gun shop. Doing jobs for the arms dealer will unlock other weapons and upgrades. You will also be able to buy weapon crates and vehicle repair upgrades from the weapon shop. You can also find diamonds hidden in cases all around the map.

There are many different ways to travel on Far Cry 2. There are 5 bus stations on each map that will take you from one part of the map to other bus stop locations. The bus stop is a good way to travel when you don't feel like driving and battling through multiple gaurd posts not to mention, all together it just saves you time. if you would rather drive though, you can drive the terrain by car, SUV, assault truck, swamp boat and fishing boat. The swamp boat, fishing boat, and assault truck all have an onboard gun, some have machine guns, other have grenade launchers. The SUV's (Jeep Wrangler, and Jeep Liberty) and the car are simply for travel, so if you get chased down, you would have to get out and shoot. if your vehicle get's damaged you can repair it simply by putting a socket wrench on it (oh if life was that easy). You can repair faster when you purchase repair upgrades from the gun shop. 

This game truly isn't for  weak to the stomache. There is more than enough blood shed through out the game and get this,  when you're critacally wounded you have to do one of 6 grusome things: 1. Pull out the bullet with a set of leatherman's pliers or a combat knife, 2. Straighten out your elbow pop out a peice of fragment wedged in your elbow joint, 3. stick your finger through a hole in your skin to pull out a bullet 4. snap a bone back into place, 5. (when on fire) simply pat whatever is on fire. when not critically wounded you can simply heal yourself with a "syrette" like a morphine syringe.

The weapons on Far Cry 2 include sniper rifles (My personal Favorite), Pistols, Bouy knife (Machette) Flame thrower, Grenade Launcher, Morter, Grenades, Motolovs, Heavy machine guns, RPG's, Rocket Launcher, and Sub machine guns. Your character can carry 6 weapons at a time. A bouy knife, a primary weapon (Sniper Rifles & Assault Rifles) a secondary weapon (Handguns & Submachine Guns) Grenades, Motolovs, and a special weapon (Grenade & Rocket Launcher, Machine Guns and flamethrower). Guns work better and have less of a chance of jamming when you buy them from the gun shop but you can also take them off of dead enemies. It get's really aggravating when a gun jams in the middle of a gunfight so your last resort should be taking them from dead enemies. Guns can be unjammed by beating on them.   

So that's it in a nutshell. I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys open world gaming and first person shooters. The Action is great, the Story line is great, the graphics are awesome, and I loved it though I overlooked it at first, but the second go-round' had me addicted. This game is available on XBOX 360 and Playstation 3.

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Gary2  

Hi Jason great Article yes this is a great game play it 3 times and like the different weapons you had to choose form,this is a keeper Gary

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