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Planet Xbox 360: Far Cry 2 Review

Despite the drab dirt-brown and green color pallet, the game looks great. The vegetation behaves realistically given the situations and the rocky landscapes look as good up close as they do when gazing at the horizon. Taking a flamethrower to a patch of brown grass can turn on you in a hurry, since the fire spreads quickly in all directions. The buildings and vehicles look appropriately worn-down, with most of the structures made of nothing more than corrugated steel sheets. The game successfully drives home the themes of poverty and desperation. The voice acting is also up to task, delivering solid performances throughout to keep you engrossed in the story. The pounding rhythmic score, cranked-up when in battle, makes sure you never forget the setting. Far Cry 2 has a lot to love, but it is far from flawless. In the end, the solid story and open world experience make it worth dealing with the few frustrating issues.

Gameplay: 8.5
Graphics: 8.7
Sound: 8.9
Controls: 7.5
Replay: 9.8
Live Play: 8.5

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