Parents' Guide to

Far Cry 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

A violent but graphically superior shooter.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 15+

Storytelling Through Violence Done Right

Far Cry 2 is heavily inspired by themes of violence within the human mind, themes brought up in the novella "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Konrad and other books of its nature. So while Far Cry 2 is violent and has you doing mindless killing in an African civil war, there's a reason and theme behind the player's actions. The themes of what it's like to kill a man. Violence is bloody, but fairly short of any gore. Players have a decently wide range of weapons, from assault rifles to grenade launchers, flamethrowers and machetes. Spurts of blood is seen when characters are shot or stabbed. Enemies can be lit on fire. When players heal, their character will be seen taking bullets out of their arms, putting their fingers back in place and poking out bullets with a stick from leg wounds. Graphic, but not gory. Language is infrequent and sometimes strong. Occasional use of "f#!k" and "$h!t". Some foreign African slurs can also be heard. When players heal themselves, their character will be seen injecting themselves with syringes. Player characters will also need to take malaria pills to treat their disease. Other than that, use of drugs are mentioned.
age 14+

Honest Review

Far Cry 2 is a game where your entering the country Africa and you have some disease you enter a town to find a certain person but you get captured you wake up the town is having a war people are shooting etc a nan takes you and takes you back to his base you work for him Far Cry 2 Contains Some Strong Language the Violence is okay not too bad you can rip bullets out of you ... Far Cry 2 is a really good game a bit different from the first one it's not on a tropical island it's in Africa

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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It doesn't take long to figure out that the game's real star isn't any of its grisly military men, but rather its lush jungles, rolling deserts, and expansive savannahs. Zebras and wildebeest roam the plains, wind ruffles the leaves of trees and bushes, and the sun, moon, and stars rotate across the sky to create a wonderfully believable day/night cycle (we can actually see this happen in sped up photography whenever our avatar sleeps). It would probably take half an hour to walk across the game world from one corner to another, and you would never see a loading screen while doing it. Spend enough time with Far Cry 2, and you may well feel as though you've actually visited Africa.

Other elements help to extend the player's sense of immersion. Cars break down and have to be repaired with a wrench. When injured, our hero must fish out bullets from his flesh or pat out flames on his legs. Should he become gravely wounded, one of his buddies will come to his rescue and carry him away while fending off attackers -- an excellent alternative to the traditional die-and-respawn system found in most games. These unique tweaks combined with the game's gorgeous environments help Far Cry 2 overcome its semi-unlikable characters and give the game a flavor all its own.

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