Here is a Thread for each of us to divulge and discuss our own relationship with the Epic title - Far Cry 2!
I welcome you all to post here. Even if your testimony is similar to other accounts, we would really like to experience your perspective.
I'll get the ball rolling...
I have dabbled with the original Far Cry, predominantly the Single Player portion. I made a few maps and would play them split screen (no xbox live for me back in the day).
My brother and I had fun with OFC, although I distinctly recall being disappointed by the linear SP Campaign I was under the impression it was sandbox. I never even got to meet a Trigen...
Much later I played FC 'Instincts'. I quite enjoyed the experience, being able to jump like that and smell enemies was a refreshing treat. The FCI environment a good taste of what was to come...in terms of the open jungles and numerous Ai. Again 'Instincts' was still too linear for my liking.
I purchased Far Cry 2 the day it was launched, I had been greatly anticipating this day for many months... In this time prior to release of FC2, I watched all the trailers and admired the demonstrations.
The Open World aspect really perked my interest, the immersive feel and gritty realism had my jaw on the floor and mouth salivating...
The most intriguing aspect I observed in demos of FC2 was that; the Ai was dynamic, time of day and weather too. The setting is a living, breathing masterpiece!
Realism was at the core of FC2, in essence.
I could not wait to get my hands on this title! I fidgeted, tweaked and twitched untill the day came and the had moment arrived...
I rushed home, opened the disc tray to my console, took the FC2 disc out of the FC2 case, and carefully placed the media into the disc tray. I sat back and strapped myself in for the ride...
My first impression was that I liked the main menu screen, and music was appropriately emotionally charging.
I adjusted the options, then I selected to start a new Campaign.
My journey had begun!
After 30 minutes or so, I found the geology stifling, Ai hard to defeat and malaria was kicking my behind. I mistook malaria fits for an out of bounds restriction, I thought that if I went too far off track I would die.... If this was to be the case, free roaming was off the agenda and my heart broken. I also found the 'World' too quiet (it is still a bit, I tend to listen to radio/pod casts whilst playing).
I am ashamed to say I returned Far Cry 2 the day I bought it, sighting it's "boredom", I believed a stupid deck of cards mini game, or something to that effect other than to kill or be killed, may have made just enough difference.
(I published one map ((checkpoint zulu)) in the time I owned FC2 originally).
I spent about a year apart from FC2, resorting to all manner of activities to get my gaming fix. FC2 had been released at a tuff time for any game and had many contenders vying for game hours. I guess my decision to return the game had something to do with other titles that had also been recently released, I didnt give FC2 a fair chance.
I came to my senses and reacquired FC2, once it's price was much (much) lower, I would happily pay full whack knowing now how excellent FC2 is.
WOW!.. pleasant surprise!
It was as if a cloud had past and I could see clearly now... I could see clearly now that this adventure was all I had hoped for and more!
FC2, envelopes the senses, drawing me in, immersing me, drowning me in realism, pleasuring my eyes and ears...
The organic pace of FC2 that flows with the decisions and actions taken by the player character is a symphony!
I had often wondered what it would be like to survive in a War Zone, now I know...
Hostile checkpoints, loose friendships and violent rivalries, green zones and red zones, ect...
I found solice in the Jungle, I fell in love with the hunt, I learned to survive in the heat of battle and the Saharan Sun.
As my experience and pocket money grew I found myself in possession of some powerful hardware, the Springfield M1903 became my first buddy, a life saver as I am hell bent on completing FC2 on the insane difficulty... which is, not easy. I am currently at 92% and my best buddy is my Machete.
I am still playing FC2 through for the first time and I am yet to see where I will end up... what is to become of my new buddies and The Jackals fate.
I already intend to venture back into the war zone once my tour is complete, on a much more leisurely difficulty and at a more relaxed pace, a vacation if you will..
I feel the most important thing to realise in FC2 is that, the journey is the destination. We must become one with Nature, the jungle, the rocks, the river... We must use these forces of Nature to our advantage and dominate those who seek to destroy us!
I am still well and truly engrossed by FC2.
Recently I was pleased to witness both a demo and a trailer for The FC3.
I am, as I am sure you are, very excited to get my hands on the newest instalment of the Epic - Far Cry Universe!
I will be doing all I can to quench my appetite for FC3 with tid bits I can scavenge. I will be brushing up my skills on FC2 for the battles to come...
Thank you for your attention.
Please leave your own accounts of your relationship with the Far Cry Universe.