I've been struggling of late to find an xbox game that I wanted to play. There is a game coming out shortly that I quite like the look of, Velvet Assassin, as it promises to bring something slightly different to the rather tired 1st person shooter genre and also appears to have a large element of stealth action it it. Oh, how I love a bit of skulking around in a video game. In the meantime, having re-played the stunning Dead Space and the good but slightly flawed Half Life 2, I needed to get something new.
Enter FarCry 2, intended as nothing more as a stop-gap until something better appears. I have to admit I disliked the original FarCry as I found it hugely frustrating. I kept getting stuck and eventually gave up about 2/3rds of the way through. This one though is different, completely different in fact as the developers have revamped it nearly beyond all recognition. First up, graphically it is amazing, with lush graphics and near video quality scenery. Although it is basically a first person shooter the pace is somewhat more relaxed with numerous side missions and a great deal more tact and planning needed to advance. You also get to level up weapons by finding the only currency that counts, diamonds and using them to buy upgrades and new stuff. It's set in Africa and you can take advantage of the huge open playfield by zooming around from zone to zone either using the numerous vehicles left lying around or using the transporter like "bus" system which gets you from A to B in a flash. I like the fact that so far, the game lets you play it how you want and does not force you down certain paths like most other xbox titles.
Yep, there's a lot to do and mucho planning needed. You can, for example, just barge into enemy camps with all guns blazing on a mission but that can get a bit messy. Scoping around looking for an alternative and less gung-ho approach can pay dividends and is more satisfying, for me at least.
So far, this has been a pretty deep game. There's lots to do and you can pick and choose missions to suit your approach. You get extra assistance by making "friends" who are there to help you out of scrapes. I've been playing it for nearly a week now and according to the info in my saved game, I have completed less than 4% of it! This tells you two things, firstly that it is a big game and secondly, that I am basically crap at these games.