Four years after Jack Carver’s mutated tropical exploits and the subsequent remakes and ports for the consoles, Ubisoft Montreal took the reigns from the original developers Crytek, for the latest instalment in the series that has always prided itself on overtly foliaged first person combat .
Set in a fictional African region divided into two lawless and ungoverned territories; the North, Leboa-Sako and the South, Bowa Seko, FC2 revolves around the ongoing power struggle between the UFFL (United Front for Liberation and Labour) and the APR (Alliance for Popular Resistance).
The mission structures of FC2 are relatively straightforward and tend to involve destroying a rival factions hardware, assassinating a target or eliminating a convoy carrying opposing goods. These are admittedly fairly basic and standard objective conventions but they often result in some stunning fire fights and explosive set pieces across the African terrain.
The game undoubtedly has its faults and frustrations that will require time and patience to overcome, yet it is also big (around 25 hours of campaign playing time), different, and once immersed in the scenery and extensive arsenal on offer to the player, immensely enjoyable and rewarding.
Invest time in Far cry 2 to fully appreciate its qualities, certainly worth purchasing for the cheap price tag alone.