Far Cry 2 Catch-All

Flamethrowers and bushfires will be fun, I'm sure. However I suspect the best bits of FC2 will be in the single player.

93_confirmed wrote:

Peep this Editor Hands-On

Wow, just wow. You've got to look at those screen shots. Islands floating in the air, 30-story mud monsters, Egyptian pyramids, even elegant freeform urban structures.

I think the most fun in the multiplayer maps will be along the lines of the freeplay mode in multiplayer GTA IV - the fun will be in coming up with your own games, but with the added bonus that you can create your own maps.

I can't wait for this - these videos turned my excitement level up to 11.

Probably my only disappointment is that the editor doesn't allow you to make singleplayer maps. This is the type of game that begs you for them.

Also, I hope someone is able to do benchmarks before it releases. Come next Wednesday, it'll be nice to know if a) the differences in DX10 are significant enough and b) whether the performance loss is worth it without having to waste my first evening of playing it figuring it out for myself.

Does anyone know when they plan on releasing a PC demo?

I'm really torn between picking this up or getting Fallout 3. Both look excellent, both look like a lot of fun, and the pre-release buzz on each is palpable. Of course, I could do the smart thing and work through the dozen or so games from the last two years that are on my pile o' shame ....

Not getting the pre order bonus missions is going to really, really bother my obsessive, completionist nature. Even though Far Cry 2 looks very cool, I have so many other games I need to play, I'm not even sure I can justify buying it at full price, much less pre-ordering it (which I've never done before). So in a weird way, those bonus missions might even cost them my purchase. Yeah, I know I should just enjoy what there is if it's good, but still...

Ah well, hopefully, they'll include them in the inevitable "game of the year" edition.

A few benchmarks of FC2 for those wondering what kind of performance they might get. Synopsis: expect between 20-30 fps on middle-range hardware at high settings (all depends on detail, AA, etc. of course).

I guess I'll play it on the 360 afterall.

I don't feel like upgrading my 8800GTX just yet, and it looks like it wouldn't be able to manage much better than 20 to 30fps at 1920x1080.

Keep in mind many of those benchmarks are with 4xAA enabled, which you really don't need at 1920 even if it is nice :P. Also, all those benchmarks are at very high settings, I'm almost certain the 360 will be using lower detail than that as well as far lower res, likely 1280x720. Also, check the FC2 videos on the 360 and notice the popup on the terrain. Never seems an issue in videos but is a huge part of immersion in actual gameplay.

93_confirmed wrote:

Welcome To The Jungle

How they failed to have a Guns N' Roses soundtrack to that video is something I can't fathom. Wasted opportunity there.

They probably didn't want to put off any potential customers that have ears.

Or they didn't want to pay the money to use the song.

Edge Magazine (usually gives harsh reviews) gave the PC version a 80/100. I can't find a link to the full review but here's the Metacritic snippet:

Combat is thrilling – each weapon packing a solid, vicious blast; movement suggesting heft and momentum. [Dec 2008, p.80]

I'm looking froward to get my hands on this. Seems like it would fit in perfectly after I finish Stalker. Farcry2, fallout 3 and left 4 dead; It's going to be a good couple months.

Dont tell anyone, but because of your guys chatter, my lifelong quest for 'The game to end all games', and no willpower whatsoever:

Irongut whispers in a very small voice, [size=9]I did a last minute pre-order on this one too. Shhhh[/size]

Alright, f*ck it. I pre-ordered on Steam.

Podunk wrote:

Alright, f*ck it. I pre-ordered on Steam.

Me too.

Certis wrote:
Podunk wrote:

Alright, f*ck it. I pre-ordered on Steam.

Me too.

Would if I could too, but hilariously enough Ubisoft (being a French company) naturally only release their games through Steam to North America?

Europe instead gets SecuROM happy fun times. Pffffffffff.

Certis wrote:
Podunk wrote:

Alright, f*ck it. I pre-ordered on Steam.

Me too.

I already did a while ago, although it looks like it's a pretty crummy deal if you're into playing a game the night of release. The countdown clock on Steam suggests I won't be able to download it until 8:00PM on Wednesday. Not that I'm the type of person who goes crazy for having a game the day of release, but it's still kind of dumb. I still don't understand this continuing aversion from third companies to the idea of pre-loading.

I just pre-ordered the game as well. I figured I would be buying it eventually, I might as well get it on Steam while it is 5 dollars off. Plus I'll need something to tide me over until Fallout 3 is released.

kuddles wrote:
Certis wrote:
Podunk wrote:

Alright, f*ck it. I pre-ordered on Steam.

Me too.

I already did a while ago, although it looks like it's a pretty crummy deal if you're into playing a game the night of release. The countdown clock on Steam suggests I won't be able to download it until 8:00PM on Wednesday. Not that I'm the type of person who goes crazy for having a game the day of release, but it's still kind of dumb. I still don't understand this continuing aversion from third companies to the idea of pre-loading.

I agree. If they are concerned about piracy, I don't see any harm in at least allowing a partial pre-load of the game. If I download 3GB of assets but don't have any executables, I'm not exactly going to get very far with it but am that much closer to being able to play when release day comes.

I think I'm going to go the disc route. After re-loading my computer and having to download all my games again through Steam, I would appreciate having a physical disc so I don't have to hammer my internet connection for 24 hours straight to get all my games back again. It was very tempting though, seeing the nice little "buy me" button on Steam however.

I am pretty stoked for this - it's been ages since I've played the original Far Cry's (PC and 360) but I dug them.

ApplepieChamploo wrote:

Europe instead gets SecuROM happy fun times. Pffffffffff.

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure there is some type of SecuROM in the Steam release as well.

I just preordered it on steam too.

Podunk wrote:
ApplepieChamploo wrote:

Europe instead gets SecuROM happy fun times. Pffffffffff.

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure there is some type of SecuROM in the Steam release as well.

Yes, I'm way late to the party, a filthy skimmer, and have the attention span of a mosquito right now, but how exactly will SecurROM bugger up my system. I'm assuming I'm already infested with it from games like Spore and Crysis, but everything seems to be working still. Is it dialing home? Disabling my torrent software?

Swat wrote:

Yes, I'm way late to the party, a filthy skimmer, and have the attention span of a mosquito right now, but how exactly will SecurROM bugger up my system. I'm assuming I'm already infested with it from games like Spore and Crysis, but everything seems to be working still. Is it dialing home? Disabling my torrent software?

No securom is actually a decent DRM programme as opposed to the older, buggier Starforce DRM programmes - not that i ever encountered any problems with those disc check programmes anyway. The current iteration of securom has the option to have an online authentication service with an install monitoring system which detects how many times the game has been installed to which device/system with an associated revoke tool that is used when uninstalling the game to regain one of your used installs.

Far Cry 2's implementation (because every game that's been on steam with DRM has been an identical system to the one at retail AFAIK) has the authentication service with limited installs and uninstall revoke tool.

Swat wrote:

Yes, I'm way late to the party, a filthy skimmer, and have the attention span of a mosquito right now, but how exactly will SecurROM bugger up my system. I'm assuming I'm already infested with it from games like Spore and Crysis, but everything seems to be working still. Is it dialing home? Disabling my torrent software?

It restricts the number of times you're allowed to install the software. I think it's 5 installs on 3 different computers at the moment, but I'm not 100% sure. It's essentially the same stuff as Spore and Crysis Warhead. I'm told that Valve has been working to integrate the SecuROM revoke tool into Steam, so when you remove an install in Steam it frees up an activation, so it shouldn't be a problem for you unless you plan to have the game installed on more than 3 PCs simultaneously. It's a deal breaker for some just out of principle, but SecuROM played nicely with my machine in Bioshock and Crysis:Warhead so what the hell.