Far Cry 2 Ships

Far Cry 2 Ships

Yes, Far Cry 2 has shipped. Another highly anticipated game, like Spore, but in this case a first-person shooter. And like Spore, you're going to be saddled with SecuROM DRM. However, they seem to have learned their lesson by watching the criticism EA took over Spore; here are the DRM details:

You have 5 activations on 3 separate PCs.
  • Uninstalling the game "refunds" an activation. This process is called "revoke", so as long as you complete proper uninstall you will be able to install the game an unlimited number of times on 3 systems.
  • You can upgrade your computer as many time as you want (using our revoke system)
  • Ubisoft is committed to the support of our games, and additional activations can be provided.
  • Ubisoft is committed to the long term support of our games: you’ll always be able to play Far Cry 2.

Not as bad as what Spore started with, right? Still, we hate SecuROM. In their press release, Tony Key, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Ubisoft said:

"From the beginning, we've set out to create a truly dynamic, open-world experience in Far Cry 2. Our team has focused on pulling players into the realistic African landscape to allow them to fully immerse themselves in the game's riveting conflict. We're confident that we've created not only one of the most remarkable shooters in recent years, but also one of the year's best games."
The game shipped Tuesday for the Xbox 360, the PS3 computer entertainment system, and the PC. Far Cry 2 has an ESRB of "M" for Mature (in case you couldn't guess) with an MSRP of $59.99 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and at $49.99 for Windows PC (see, PC gaming gets you $10). For those not in the know, Far Cry 2 was developed by Ubisoft Canada, not Crytek, developers of Far Cry (drat!). And the storyline is as follows:

Caught between two rival factions in war-torn Africa, you are sent to take out "The Jackal," a mysterious character who has rekindled the conflict between the warlords, jeopardizing thousands of lives. In order to fulfil your mission you will have to play the factions against each other, identify and exploit your their weaknesses, and neutralize their superior numbers and firepower with surprise, subversion, cunning and, of course, brute force.
System requirements are below, but realistically ... stick to recommended or higher if you really want to play the game the way it should be played.


In case you're wondering, there's only one review at Amazon.com right now, it's a 1 out of 5 and it's because of ... you guessed it, DRM.
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Less restrictive chains are still chains.

But... on to another subject:

Am I just too old, or are games getting hyped WAY too early nowadays? I thought FarCry2 came out six months ago, based on all the screenshots in mags and images all over the web. And this isn't the only game that I've found to be recently released that I thought came out up to or more than a year ago.

I know companies want to build word of mouth, but there's also such a thing as talking a topic to death. By the time your game comes out, everyone's probably talking about some game they saw on XPlay yesterday that will come out in 2010. Remember Spore? Will Wright was on talk shows hyping the game a year before the release. When I first heard the concept, I was in "I WANT THAT" mode. By the time it was released I was back down to "Meh.".

Do you want people lined up at midnight for your game? Do you want the buzz about your game to be akin to the last few moments of Alderaan? Then shut up about it while it's being made, and surprise everyone a three weeks before the release: DUKE NUKEM FOREVER - RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 4th.

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>> "...stick to recommended or higher if you really want to play the game the way it should be played."

>> "Operating System: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista."

I'm running Kubuntu 8.10, so *check!*

Oh come on.... you guys wouldn't even recognize me if I weren't the "Linux is better" guy.  Then again, if Microsoft stock gets below a certain point and my 401k sucks... I could become the Microsoft-plant guy.

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LOL 3vi1! Games are just taking forever to release now. I get all hyped about a game then forget all about it. I am excited about Farcry 2 though.

I'm glad there is another linux fanboy here for me to chat with. I'm going to get farcry 2 over steam next week so I'll see if it runs in crossover or wine.

Also to get totally of topic I tryed the new ATI linux drivers. Much improved. Totally satisfied. Running Compiz Fusion in all its glory on 2 monitors!

 

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>> Also to get totally of topic I tryed the new ATI linux drivers. Much improved.

That's great to hear! I had seen some statistics at Phoronix a while back that indicated they were now more in line with their Windows counterparts. I'll have to give them serious consideration on my next build.

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