Developed by the Crytek, and built on the company's proprietary CryENGINE, Far Cry is a tactical FPS, which tells the story of one Jack Carver (now you must read that name in the voice of the guy who narrates all the Hollywood film trailers). Having left his mysterious and bitter past behind him and now resigned to running a boat charter business in the South Pacific, Jack is hired by Valerie Constantine to take her secretly to an uncharted island in Micronesia. After Valerie is delivered safely, Jack's boat is suddenly attacked by mercenaries, leaving him stranded in the middle of nowhere, and with a friend lost in the depths of the jungle.
And so the adventure begins, as you take on the role of Jack Carver (Jack Carver!) armed only with a gun and bestowed with the tasks of exploring a merc-filled island paradise, rescuing the aforementioned lady-friend and escaping alive. Oh, and shooting a hell of a lot of bad guys. Within not much time at all the plot takes an even more sinister twist, as Jack soon uncovers a whole load of Resi Evil-style experiments, bizarre mutations and hideous monsters.
Far Cry 2
Breaking away from previous games in the series, players are whisked off to the wilds of Africa in Far Cry 2. The premise is simple - there's an arms dealer out and about going by the name of The Jackal. He's been playing local warring factions off against each other because... well, it's good for business. Your job is to take him out.
Two things stand out about Far Cry 2. The first is the sheer size of the game. Players are presented with an open world that's a massive 50 square kilometres in total, all resplendent with detail. Second is just how much effort has gone into the design. Things work as they're meant to work. Take fire, for instance. If you're approaching a settlement you need to attack and the wind's at your back, setting the dry grass alight will serve you well, because the flames will blow towards your opponent and get your attack nicely underway. Try it with the wind blowing the other way, however, and you'll find yourself getting singed at least.
All this comes complete with a full online multiplayer mode that packs all of the above into the opportunity to blow your mates' - and strangers - brains out.