In Far Cry 2, the new first person shooter from Ubisoft players get immersed into an open world environment that is utterly beautiful as it is deadly.
As the game opens, players select the character they wish to play and are treated to a lavish visual presentation that sets up the game. It is learned that the player has been sent in to kill an individual who has been setting up war in the region by supplying weapons.
No sooner does the player arrive when he realizes something is not right, as Malaria leaves them wracked and helpless, as their target gloats over them.
A quick fight follows which gets the game into motion as you become hired by a local faction to run various missions. At this point, players are introduced to allies and various locales as they run missions for payments. The local currency is diamonds and they more you earn, then the better the weapons at your disposal.
In a clever twist, weapons can jam or become defective, so obtaining new weapons is vital. Unlike most 3D shooters, new weapons are not obtained by simply taking them from fallen enemies. Players must instead locate weapons supply areas and purchase or repair new weapons with their diamonds.
This new wrinkle drives the game as players have extra incentive not only to complete assigned missions but side missions and explore as well. There are Diamonds throughout the map, and by using your map and GPS, you can locate diamonds scattered throughout the map.
Aside from main missions, there are side missions that allow players to earn more diamonds, but add a great chance to explore the map. Ubisoft Montreal has paid great attention to the detail of the landscape and provide players with over 50 square Kilometers of stunningly detailed maps to explore.
There are vehicles throughout the game, as driving cars and boats allow for easier travel between locales as well as a quick escape during firefights.