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July 16 2008
Far Cry 2 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
23/10/2008UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Montreal
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-16$109.95 Std Ed.
$139.95 Collectors Ed.
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Causing some Far Cry 2 mayhem.
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Gliding above the destruction below.

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There are jungles, and it looks impressive.
Back in 2004 an upstart German company, Crytek, released a game through Ubisoft called Far Cry. It was an absolutely brilliant First Person Shooter which received praise for the lush jungle visuals on a tropical island, intense gameplay and solid online component. Following that game Crytek moved onto development of Crysis leaving any sequels to Far Cry up to publishers Ubisoft. That sequel is almost here and, as expected, Ubisoft are handling the development at their own Montreal studios. This looks very impressive, no doubt about it...

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Using the rocket launcher!
You are a gun for hire, trapped in a war-torn African state, stricken with malaria and forced to make deals with corrupt warlords on both sides of the conflict in order to make this country your home. You must identify and exploit your enemies' weaknesses, neutralizing their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and of course brute force. The ultimate goal is to take out a ruthless arms dealer known as "The Jackal".

The big change for this game over the original is that the location has moved from a tropical island to the savannahs of Africa. While the game has been in development for some time, many members of the team spent two weeks in a variety of locations in Africa (Kenya to be precise) in July 2007, and upon their return realised they had to modify the game to fit into the real location more closely.

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Targeting enemies in the jeep.
Far Cry 2 won't see you playing as Jack Carver, but rather gamers will be able to select from around a dozen characters at the start of the game. Ubisoft are promising that the single-player experience will last around 50 hours - certainly a lengthy FPS in anyone’s terms. Perhaps adding to this game time is the fact that the game will allow the player to go anywhere at any time in a very open world with over 50km2 of land recreated. All this will be handled without a second of loading when you are in the game.

One of the key elements to this game is the ability to use fire as a tool to find your enemies. Not only are Ubisoft claiming the have the most realistic fire ever in a video game but you will be able to use wind and propagation to surround and trap your enemies. Grab your Molotov cocktails or flamethrower and watch fire burn life out of all living beings. This should certainly add a new element to the gameplay.

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Watch out for the enemy in the shack!
As with any First Person Shooter multi-player should provide a considerable addition to the game time and Ubisoft are working hard to make this one of the best online experiences on the market today. To be honest we don't know what exactly will be included in the PS3 multi-player, at least 16-players should be a certainty. We also aren't sure if there will be any split-screen modes as yet.

Ubisoft have stated in their Fact Sheet for the game that we can expect 'all the modes people love to play and much more!'. Well, by that I would therefore expect to see Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and perhaps Domination. Any additional modes remain under wraps at this stage (here's hoping for an African hunting/safari mini-game!), but hopefully Ubisoft will detail this soon.

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Graphically, Far Cry 2 looks awesome.
Visually Far Cry 2 is quite astounding. Ubisoft's own Dunia Engine powers the game (apparently only 2-3% of code from Crysis is being re-used for this game!) and it allows dynamic fire and storm effects, real-time day and night cycle, dynamic music system and non-scripted enemy A.I. The game will also include plenty of destruction of both natural, and man-made objects. Certainly the explosions in the game look spectacular and we can only hope that the frame rate holds up well.

Ubisoft have set Far Cry 2 for release on October 23rd 2008, quite some time after the original release date of Q'2 2008. That's not a bad thing as it has given the develoeprs even more time to add more spit and polish. As well as the standalone game Ubisoft will be releasing a Collectors Edition for $139.95 which includes Exclusive wooden box, Original Far Cry 2 Game, Limited Edition Far Cry 2 t-shirt, "The Art of Far Cry 2" Art book, Collector map and a Making-of DVD. FPS fans should keep an eye out for this game.