PALGN writes: "Cast your memory back to the year 2004 and the release of the original Far Cry on PC. Developers Crytek managed to fashion one of the most convincing and picturesque locales in all of gaming, and graced players with the freedom to to traverse the landscape and tackle enemies in almost any way they saw fit. The title was truly an epochal first-person shooter, and after various spin-offs, console-specific sequels, and a period of four years, Far Cry 2 is nearly upon us. The sequel, set to hit the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, promises to be bigger, bolder and prettier than its predecessor, but with Ubisoft Montreal filling in for Crytek, and the existence of a fiercely competitive FPS market, will Far Cry 2 flourish or wilt under the hot African sun?
The protagonist of the original game, Jack Carver, is nowhere to be found in Far Cry 2, as the title is more or less a reboot or do-over of the central conceit of the original game; namely, an enormous, convincing locale for the player to traverse in a non-linear fashion. Ubisoft Montreal have dispensed with the science fiction trappings and honed their laser-sights on providing a grittier, more down-to-earth scenario. The player assumes the role of one of nine different mercenaries who are embedded in the midst of a vicious civil war which rages in a fictional African nation."