The best Far Cry game (no, not Far Cry 3, and definitely not Far Cry 6) is more brutal, gritty, violent, and realistic than ever thanks to a transformative new mod that remakes and remasters Ubisoft’s open-world FPS in something closer. until The Day Before or the next Road to Vostok.
2008’s Far Cry 2 remains the peak of the series, due to its stunning visuals, attention to detail, and strong, impactful story. The weapons sound terrifying, the violence is raw, and there’s a bold, mature sense of desolation throughout the narrative, starting on a cruel note when you contract malaria, and never rising from there. However, various technical and gameplay issues have undermined Far Cry 2’s reputation over the years, due to some clunky animations and questionable enemy AI. Some of these problems are small, others are big. This new mod project tries to address them all.
Far Cry 2: Realism and Redux is an ambitious combination of dozens of Far Cry 2 mods in one simple package. It improves the graphics, adds new textures, brings in more details like the bullet holes left in your cars, and also addresses that frustrating Far Cry 2 feature where enemies respawn at roadblocks five minutes after you hit them. have killed. But that’s just scratching the surface.
There are new difficulty modes, weapon rebalances, additional weapons and vehicles, new characters to play as, and much improved AI for both enemies and your fellow NPCs. Even the game’s first taxi ride, which is a nice introduction but takes too long, has been shortened, making it feel almost like a special edition or director’s cut of Far Cry 2.
Available now on ModDB, Far Cry 2: Realism and Redux takes one of the biggest and best open world games of the last 15 years and makes it better. You may also be interested to know that Clint Hocking, creative lead and director of Far Cry 2, is back to work with Ubisoft on the mysterious upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Hexe. Watch this space for more.
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