Solid but flawed
If the recent release of Far Cry 4 has got you interested in earlier games in the series, then this collection of Far Cry 2 and an add-on pack might well be of interest to you. However, this second game in the open-world shooter series isn't the franchise's finest hour, while the add-on pack isn't much to write home about either. The base game finds the player thrown into an unnamed African country which is in the midst of the turmoil of civil war, and it's your job to seek out and eliminate the man behind the rebels. This is your only real goal, but as with other entries in the series, the means by which you achieve this are largely up to you. You're given a playground of around fifty square kilometers to explore, and within this area, there are loads of missions to pick up, and which range from escort quests to assassinations. There are of course plenty of weapons and vehicles to help you in your task and which add to the fun. The add-on pack brings in a couple of new weapons and vehicles as well as a handful of multi-player maps but unless you're able to play the game with friends, don't expect to really see the benefits. While Far Cry 2 is a pretty solid shooter, it's far from the best the series has to offer. The main problem is that the gameplay is strangely unexciting, with gunplay that just doesn't feel right and numerous other issues that prevent it from being all that it could have been. On the plus side, the visuals are superb with the environment really bringing the story to life, but without that satisfying gunplay, it's just not enough to wholeheartedly recommend this one.