Alot of varied reviews for Far Cry 2, which seems to suggest this game is not the flawless masterpiece PCG would have you believe at 94%. I would turn that review score around.
I hope this is a balanced review.
If you are impressed with graphics, Far Cry 2 looks very good. perhaps not as good as Crysis, but it certainly runs much better on lower end PC's. The sounds are also of a very high standard, as is the lighting and day, night effects.
But for me graphics are secondary because we play games for the gameplay and if it looks damn good as well as being fun, then thats a bonus.
It is the gameplay that for me Far Cry 2 falls down on. I found it shallow, repetitive and boring. This game comprises of driving to places, shooting bad guys, then driving back to end the mission. In between the driving to places, you shoot more bad guys along the way. This is a simplisitic view of the game structure, and yes there is a story and side missions, but basically it is a very simple GTA in Africa with 1/3 of the options.
I love FPS, but this game is not rewarding. The AI is very slow to react, yet deadly accurate. They take inhuman amounts of bullets to die, yet only wear string vests. They run around like they have no idea to flank or even at times find you, but can see through wooden walls. As a result the combat is shallow and unrewarding. The weapons are very fun to fire, but the enemies are not fun to put down.
The game has tedious amounts of driving, in a very beautiful map, yet its largely a chore. Broken up with being chased by trigger happy mercs and checkpoints where no questions are asked, only guns fired - at first this is exhilierating, then it becomes repetitive and very dull.
To sum up
Great Sounds and Ambience
Attention to detail is very good
Great variety of weapons
Excellent fire effects
Simple Mission structure
Console find the diamond briefcases - tedious
Not as open planned as you would think
Overall 2/5 stars because whilst it is pretty and fun for a while, after 8 hours you will be convincing yourself you should play it rather than wanting to play it.