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Recently I thought I will be stuck playing Fallout 3 till December. However, as fate would have it, Fallout 3 started crashing on me and I could not move anywhere outside of Megaton. If I loaded a savefile from prior to entering the town, I crash at random places in the Wasteland.
Thus this makes playing Fallout 3 a chore. When a game becomes a chore, I stop playing it. I’ll get back to it once a few patches come out to address the problems.
So I turned back to Far Cry 2, which I had installed a few days before Fallout 3. Unkowingly, Far Cry 2 is pretty addictive. I had the same “just 1 more mission” feeling when I am playing it, and don’t feel like stopping even if it’s 3am and I need to get up for work the next day.
One thing I don’t like about Far Cry 2 though – the “stealth” part of the game is almost non-existent. Check out the video below:
I went around behind the rocketeer, used a machete (or in local slang, a “parang”), and cut the guy down from behind. By all accounts, it was a silent take-down. Yet, a little further along in the video, you can see the alarm being raised.
This video is taken on my second character though. I restarted the game after I completed it the first round, and went on hardcore mode. In my previous game, I had the full complement of stealth gear – camo suit, MP5 with silencer, Dart sniper rifle (silenced) and a silenced pistol. Yet, when I go into a small town on a mission, and take a guy out, the alarm will always be raised.
Yes I even tried to take out a guy tucked away in a corner, usually a sniper up on a roof. Within a few minutes of the guy dying, someone will “know” that I’m nearby and everyone goes on alert.
This is even more apparent when you take a side-quest from a radio-tower, and the target is located inside a cease-fire zone. You walk around confidently, trail the target to a secluded spot, and then you kill him with the machete. Definitely a silent take-down. Yet, alarm will be raised and as soon as you exit that secluded corner, everyone is firing at you.
Overall though, Far Cry 2 is a fun game. Too bad about the stealth.