Far Cry is one the four game that are regarded as pillars of First person Shooter (FPS) genre. Developed by Crytek, German game developers and published by Ubisoft, it hit the market on March 23, 2004 and within the period of four months is sold more than 730,000 units. A sequel to the game was released on October 23, 2008 and it changed the history of gaming. Instead of Crytek Far Cry 2 was developed and published by Ubisoft. Development of the game took place in the Montreal studio of Ubisoft which better known as Ubisoft Montreal. Although Ubisoft marked Far Cry 2 as a true sequel of the previous one, but there was no similarity in the two games, even the protagonist of the game was changed. Dunia and Havok Physics were used as the game engine. Dunia was developed specially for Far Cry 2 by Ubisoft Montreal. It was because of Dunia and Havok that the game is so unique about its graphics and dynamic weather. The game was released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Genres of the game are First person shooter, action and Sandbox. So it can be said that Far Cry 2 is played in first person shooter perspective with lot of action in sandbox style of gameplay.
Experts and game enthusiast often call Far Cry 2 as a GTA in jungle. As the Far Cry 2 is an open ended first person shooter. You can play with one or more mercenaries and factions. Sandbox style of gaming and progress in the game as you want, ensuing the sandbox style settings in the game. There many options for the weapons and vehicles in the game. You can use wide range of vehicles like boats, trucks, cars, and the above all hand gliders. Depending on the situation player can choose playing styles like stealthy infiltrations or head on assault. Far Cry 2 is a unique game because it takes place in an open world instead of maps like most of the FPS games. Background for the game is beautiful and dangerous Africa. Topography of the game includes savannah, jungle and desert with an total area of 20 sq miles. Actions performed by player will effect the environment. Soldiers will try to kill the player as soon as they saw him, in spite of the factions he is working with. Only firing free zones in the game are ceasefire zones near all the big towns in the game. The sci-fi creatures from the previous installment are replaced by human mercenaries.
Weapon inventory of Far Cry 2 is one of the largest of all, including weapons in set of primary, secondary and special. Other than weapons from these categories a machete is carried all times along with set number of grenades and Molotov cocktails. Battle rifle, an assault rifle, MP5, MGL grenade launcher and sniper rifles are depicted as primary weapons. Special weapons will include light machine guns, recoilless rifles, a mortar and a flame thrower and mortar. A gas powered tranquilizer is included in the game in order to control wild animals. In the secondary section semi-automatic pistols, SMG (submachine guns) and flare guns are included. The weapons will have an interesting feature of degradation, making the game more real and interesting. When weapons are used continuously they will get susceptible to jamming, dirty and ultimately leading to terribly fail becoming unusable. Weapons can be bought from various gun shops, in the exchange of money, gold and diamonds. Weapons in the gun shops will be brand new and will cam along manuals to use them. Weapons picked up from dead enemies will be found in bad conditions and can fire only for few time before going useless.
Far Cry 2 is based in a fictional troubled nation in Central Africa in the year 2008. The nation is involved in an civil war and many mercenaries have been called by the two main factions of the country fighting for power. Two faction in the game are APR (Alliance for Popular Resistance) lead by Oliver Tambossa and UFLL (United Front Liberation and Labour) lead by Addi Mbantuwe. Both of the factions are corrupt and their only interest is money and power. To win the war both sides have hired many mercenaries and protagonist of the game is one of them. Adding to the woes is the discovery of diamond mines with all the factions and foreign mercenaries without payment are fighting for them. Player has to fight against all these factions and soldiers and also the major villain of the game the Jackal. He is arm dealer providing weapons to both to the factions and increasing the war. Aim of then player in the game is to find Jackal and kill him. Most of the soldiers in the game will be enemies except few friends which will include mercenaries. The game is divided in 4 acts with each having two endings. Be a mercenary and fight for money, diamond and blood.