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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Both the Jackal and the player character are heavily subject to this, particularly during the endings. For example, did the player really agree with the Jackal in the "Diamond Delivery" ending and commit suicide after his job was done... or did he just do that to trick the Jackal into killing himself with the bomb, thus finally accomplishing his mission to assassinate him? Conversely, did the Jackal fool the player into executing himself while he made a clean getaway in the "Set Off Bomb" ending or was he genuine in his desire to help the refugees and give Africa a chance at recovering?
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    • The Jackal in general has a lot of this, especially in regards to The Reveal that he is helping the refugees and innocent civilians escape the country, and that him selling his weapons to the factions at a cheap price is an attempt at preventing the factions from potentially exploiting and/or hurting the people he is trying to help.
    • If you believe that The Jackal is truly motivated by altruism, was this his m.o. for every civil war he got involved in? Or did his rumoured terminal illness cause him to have a Heel Realisation and lead him to attempt to atone for his past actions.
    • It’s possible that The Jackal is a Manipulative Bastard playing everything he comes into contact with for chumps. If so, are his Villain Has a Point moments and Hidden Depths just him making himself appear sympathetic to Reuben and the Player Character, in order to ensure he makes it out of the civil war alive? If this is the case, was this his m.o. everything he got involved in a civil war in Africa (manipulating a random mercenary with a conscience into helping him escape, and then starting the cycle anew in a different area of Africa?)
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    • And what of his ultimate fate? Was the fact that his body was never found an implication that he never truly intended on committing suicide after fulfilling his objective? Did he make sure that there was no body left to find? Did whoever hired the Player Character to assassinate him have an ulterior motive for wanting him dead, and concealed any information on his true fate (background dialogue in the fifth game reveals that the file on The Jackal was heavily classified and wouldn’t be made public until three decades after the events of this game). Or is The Jackal just that much of an implacable badass that he managed to survive his Heroic Suicide and just decided that attempting to off himself wasn’t worth the trouble. The latter two options only create more questions if you subscribe to the theory that The Jackal is the mutagen altered Jack Carver from the first game.
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    • The more altruistic buddies crossing the Moral Event Horizon by stealing the diamonds needed to ensure the refugees’ safe escape. Did the time spent in the country cause them to grow more cynical and selfish, leading to them deciding that self-preservation was more important than helping the innocent? Were they always self-serving bastards whose previous Pet the Dog moments were just them trying to feel good about themselves or an attempt to manipulate the Player Character? Are they even aware of what the Player Character intends to use the diamonds for? Or are their actions in the final stretch of the game just the result of the game being played the way it was made by the developers, regardless of what choices you made previously?
  • Critical Dissonance: At the time of its release, Far Cry 2 enjoyed a highly positive reception by many critics. However, reception from the general playerbase was much more polarized.
  • Cult Classic: 2 was sandwiched four years after Far Cry, four years before Far Cry 3 and was released in the wake of both Crysis & Stalker: Shadow Of Chernobyl. It still managed to find a cult fan-base that appreciated the atmosphere, the novel technology as well as the characters & story they told. It is not uncommon to find old gamers who reject the rest of the games in the series as being too fantastical and prefer Far Cry 2. Being a cult classic was perhaps the inevitable ceiling for those taking a look back with the benefit of hindsight, and it was one that saw the game be successful enough to push Ubisoft to keep making games using the name.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The game opens with the main character entering a war-torn hellhole filled with backstabbing warlords, psychopathic soldiers and profiteering mercs while being infected with malaria. From that point onward the game only gets darker and more brutal with the player being forced to balance gun maintenance, medicine retrieval and faction loyalties, all while making choices that don't seem to amount to anything. Add in the many frustrating mechanics, the way the storyline develops, the lack of supernatural elements present in other titles in the series and general gritty bleakness of the world and it's hard to feel the game is worth bothering with at all.
  • Demonic Spiders: Mortar operators in Act 2. Also, the soldiers. They soak up ammo, do a huge amount of damage, and have the tendency to try and run you down with their cars, an instant One-Hit Kill.
  • Evil Is Cool: While more morally grey than evil, the Jackal is regarded as one of the best parts of the game by fans. While not as flamboyant or larger-than-life as future Far Cry villains, the Jackal's creepy mannerisms, personal philosophy and surprisingly well-founded self-justifications for his actions has led to him being seen by fans as an interesting character perfectly fitting the style of the game.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • The M-79 Grenade Launcher. Very reliable, powerful, capable to kill multiple enemies in a single blow, and counts as a sidearm. While it can be used in a similar way to the Type 63 Mortar, the only drawback is its reloading speed, though. Its cousin, MGL-140 can be this, specially for its rate of fire and the ability to hold four grenades.
    • For those who own the Fortune's Edition DLC, the Explosive Crossbow can become this early in the game. Despite its rate of fire, lowest blast radius and average reliability, it's a massive upgrade for the RPG-7 in hands of a skilled player, since it features a combat scope in which gives you the advantage to perform an accurate shot while trying to take down convoys.
    • Even though being the weakest sniper rifle in the game, the SVD Dragunov is an excellent choice while paired with a MAC-10/Uzi and any Special type weapon such as the PKM. Its high rate of fire can allow you to quickly dispatch enemies even at point-blank range thanks to its quick sharpshooting capabilities.
    • The Dart Rifle is also pretty damn powerful regardless which body part you hit, which always results in a One-Hit Kill as long its low reliability doesn't let it down.
    • A glitch involving the Golden AK-47 causes it to become fully restored to perfect condition if done correctly (see Good Bad Bugs section below).
  • Goddamned Bats: The enemy jeeps spawned at checkpoints are relentless and fighting them quickly gets tedious.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • It's rather amusing watching a bison walk head-first into an open car door or even a parked ATV and spontaneously drop dead.
    • If you crouch into a shallow part of a lake and let yourself drown, using the Heal Thyself button produces amusing results, such as your character setting a broken arm in three places to pulling spontaneously-appearing rebar out of his torso, all of that from just swimming. Observe!
    • There's a little-known glitch involving the Golden AK-47. If you have bought the standard AK from the arms dealer and you have the golden version as your primary gun, you can abuse this glitch by accessing the armoury next to the shop at any map it's on and switch to the standard AK. Then when your golden version has been dropped in favour of the standard version, pick up the golden version and then exit the armoury. Your Golden AK is as good as new like it was when you first picked it up from its original location. With this, you'll never need another assault rifle again and saving up precious diamonds. The only thing to keep in mind is that the golden version cannot receive upgrades from the weapons shop as those are its only drawbacks.
  • Hell Is That Noise: You will quickly grow to dread the sound of engines revving up as it means there's an enemy in a vehicle who's about to ram into you and killing you instantly. It's even worse when you don't initially see where the car is coming from, and before you know it, you turn around and saw the enemy vehicle dead right in front of you, leaving you seconds to get out of the way or be squashed flat.
  • He's Just Hiding!: Both the Jackal and the player character get this with several fans believing that one or even both managed to somehow survive at the end of the story. The fact that the game cuts away before either is shown dying and the fact that the Jackal is explicitly mentioned as a case of Never Found the Body afterwards has only fueled fan theories on how they could have survived.
  • Hype Backlash: The game was widely praised at the time of the 2008 release, but like many games of its vintage, once looked back at retroactively the flaws can be quite brutal in comparison to more polished and linear modern shooters. Like many games from the The 2000s it suffers when looked back at retroactively with but the general consensus today amongst the general gaming public seems to be that in hindsight it actually had significant flaws and game mechanics that are a detraction from the core gameplay & story. It does remain a Cult Classic, with a number of industry insiders who cite the game, the interface & design as inspirational and a major influence on their own work. A player with an open mind and suitably warned about the downsides will find it an immersive and deeply atmospheric game that stands well alongside the later games in the series.
  • Memetic Mutation: Deadly africanized water Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Everyone in the game commits or attempts one, with the exception of Reuben and the Underground.
    • The Faction leaders once the other faction is weakened, will order their followers to rape, pillage and murder those they consider their enemies or threats to their hold in the region.
    • By the end of the game, both sides decide to negotiate a ceasefire... in order to massacre a fleeing population of would-be refugees.
    • Your M.I.A buddies from Act I alongside your current best buddy will team up to steal the diamonds needed to save the would-be refugees by the end of Act III.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Older Than They Think: The "revolutionary" Wide Open Sandbox gameworld of Far Cry 2 was actually done a couple years earlier in Boiling Point: Road to Hell, a revolutionary game done in by a buggy pre-patch release and its non-big-name publisher/developer and their lack of publicity. There's also STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl, which came out a year before Far Cry 2 and was in development even before the engine for the first Far Cry was created.
  • Porting Disaster: The PC version started out locked to the same "fake" widescreen mode as the console versions (ie, cutting the top and bottom off a 4:3 image to make a 16:10 image instead of extending the field of view left and right). This was eventually patched due to complaints that players with multiple monitors were dealing with a field of view so vertically compressed they couldn't see anything.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The malaria mechanic forces the player to occasionally undertake a Fetch Quest to get pills, as the attacks will happen during every 30-40 real-life minutes.
    • Also, the respawning checkpoints. The game is divided into nine grid squares in each of the two maps, and only remembers what the player has done in the current grid to save RAM. Unfortunately, some checkpoints are right next to grid boundaries, so walking a short distance away will instantly respawn all the soldiers at the checkpoint, sometimes while they're still in sight of the player. Those checkpoint also almost always sends a pair of chasers with machine gun mounted offroader after you.
    • Thankfully, there's at least two mods that reduces checkpoint chaser frequency, as well as delaying the Malaria attacks to a rather realistic extent.
    • Two words for casual FPS players: Weapon. Jamming. This wouldn't be that bad of a mechanic, except that most guns in the game start breaking down and malfunctioning after only one or two dozen shots, forcing the player to constantly resupply at arms dealers or risk having their gun jam in the middle of a fight or even blow up in their face if its condition decays enough. This makes gun juggling a must during some of the longer missions as sticking to one favorite is a good way to eat a facefull of lead in the middle of a firefight due to your firearm jamming at the worst possible moment. No scavenging spares from enemy corpses either, since their guns are always in poor condition and usually not worth dropping what you already have. Unsurprisingly, this feature was outright removed in later games.
  • Scrappy Weapon: Barely anyone uses the USAS-12 due to its very poor reliability and being very prone to jamming compared to the other shotguns despite its firepower, for example: the Franchi SPAS-12 and Homeland 37 (as both of them are alot more reliable than the latter from Act 2). Some weapons such as the G3KA4 and M1903 fall into this once better weapons like the SVD Dragunov, AK-47 and AR-16 are available to purchase.
    • Regarding stealth being unforgiving in the game, the Silenced Makarov and MP5 are this to the Silenced Shotgun from Fortune's Edition DLC and the Dart Rifle itself.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: The game is noticeably easier than the original Far Cry (especially the Nintendo Hard PC version), due to the addition of Regenerating Health combined with being able to carry several syrettes that can be used to instantly restore all your health. In Easy difficulty, even new players could easily finish the game in ~15 hours with less than a half dozen deaths. Yet still dying far more than most 'easy' FPS games. The console versions balance this out with a very unforgiving save system (no automatic checkpoints, manual saves only allowed at safehouses), although the result is generally more an exercise in frustration (having to drive 15 minutes every time you get killed) rather than a test of skill.
  • Squick: Some of the ways you perform an emergency heal on yourself can be pretty gross, like pulling a bullet out of your palm with pliers, or pushing a bullet out the other side of your arm, or resetting your arm with a loud cracking noise.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "You're a terminal case... same as me". Also, the ending, though it might also count as Heartwarming Moment.
    • The "Good Night, Sweet Prince" achievement can be this, depending on how attached you are to your buddies.
    • Your missing buddies from the Northern region betraying you for the diamonds, forcing you to gun them down one by one.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Far Cry 2 seems to have a substantial amount of retroactive popularity when it comes to the "Games as Art" topic, due to the relentlessly grim tone and the often cruel and (supposedly) deliberately frustrating gameplay mechanics that make it seem the game itself actively hates the player.
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