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WARNING: Far Cry 2 is still a broken game

After reading those posts we can discern: a representative from Ubisoft reported on the issue being fixed in a post dated March 5. The post indicates that the patch (which would hopefully fix the broken game) was being held from release, so as to incorporate it into a title update for the system. A week later on March 12, an update about the patch/title update indicated major changes to the game and that a release date would be shared soon.

Why would a patch that would fix a game be held from release? Why not release the patch now and the title update later? Why a simultaneous release? Actually, this release leads us to think that Ubisoft may plan on charging for the update. After reading this article, we shouldn’t have to tell you to be appalled by that thought.

But something else is fishy here: how come the reviews (including our very own score of 9) don’t mention any outstanding bugs like those mentioned? To be honest, we're willing to bet everyone who reviewed the game never experienced the bugs we mentioned. And to be fair, the bugs don’t occur in every single copy of the game. But based on these findings we propose a post-launch reduction of the score across all platforms and all publications.

Other precedents of faulty hardware and software include: Microsoft spending over a billion dollars in pre-tax money to up everyone’s Xbox 360 warranties to 3 years after the red ring of death issues (took 18 months) and Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess cannon room glitch, which was fixed by replacing the discs (took 5 months). May we suggest a similar call on Ubisoft’s part?

We know many talented people sunk months into making a great game. We just want to be able to see that great game and not get screwed over like so many gamers have already.

Apr 7, 2009


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86 comments

  • simone-winders - January 31, 2013 1:52 a.m.

    Mine glitches out at 20% With saving of someone in the slaughter house i kill everyone but the door wont unlock. :L
  • martyisking - January 19, 2010 12:45 p.m.

    OK, to start, DjDue, your a moron. I am, sorry, WAS, playing Farcry2. And the glitches, or 'bug' is extremely bloody real in the single-player mode. i have 76% of the trophies, and wanted to finish it on infamous. yet, when the barge is dead in the water and you have to help the respective 'buddy', instead of being upstairs on the barge, she is down stairs, and i cannot interact with her. i have tried every avenue of attack to try and stop this happening, but nothing works. so hence, i am stuck in the game, mid-mission, with no way to finish the dam thing. so this 'bug'is VERY real. and very effing annoying. like your ignorance.
  • BOBSTER - April 27, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    Never thought a game could contain a glitch until I played Farcry 2.At first,thought it was something to do with the memory card because it froze during save.Memory card was near full so purchased new one with more memory.[yes,cheaper 360 using cards].Tried the game again ending with same result.3/4 the way through,freezes during save.Pissed me off because I like the game and want to finish it.Had the same problem with Bioshock.
  • ShAnWOW - April 12, 2009 5:13 a.m.

    i bought it, and the first time i played through, i found a huge glitch at exatcly 14% the glitch was that when you must kill the king of northern africa or go to Oasis, the king was not even there! you could here him talking to you from close up but he was invisible. and then i decided to go to Oasis instead, but the place marked on the map was a BLACK HOLE! i had to restart the game. currently at 56% with no glitched
  • machellx - April 11, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    people keep saying this holocaust thing happened but i wasn't killed during then so i guess it was a lie
  • Armyofnone - April 11, 2009 1:53 a.m.

    Very indepth step by step look over the patches of Farcry. Thanks for the article, even though I already bought and enjoy the game. Rawk on, GR.
  • JohnnyMaverik - April 10, 2009 9:43 p.m.

    meant to be* excuse me.
  • gbiZZle08 - April 10, 2009 6:46 a.m.

    that's why i can't buy weapons!
  • lovinmyps3 - April 10, 2009 12:41 a.m.

    i had the vanishing NPC glitch and the buddy killing me glitch happen numerous times and by the way, i thought the online sucked ass simply cause the respawn times were so effing LONG!!!
  • djdue - April 8, 2009 7:52 p.m.

    Mr. Patterson let me retract that statement, you've already done your work in that regard.(360 broken) My regrets for implying otherwise. If you stand by the title of the article because you believe that to be the definition of broken then I have no gripes.
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - April 8, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    I'm very comfortable in saying that bugs and glitches keeping people from finishing the game is equal to the game being broken. What's a common problem in journalism? Writing a headline that makes sense and gets you to read the article? Or did you think it was too sensational? "If you stand by it then your next article should be xbox 360 broken- its well documented to have a higher failure rating than this bug in this game." I have written about the xbox 360 being broken... many times in fact. Not only did I write about it in this article, I also wrote about it in "Biggest Unfulfilled Promises in Gaming." http://www.gamesradar.com/f/biggest-unfulfilled-promises-in-gaming/a-2009012193834852054 The difference is that Microsoft rectified the problem by owning up to the mistake eventually and changing their warranty policy. Granted it took a long time, but they did. Ubisoft has not.
  • super-saint - April 8, 2009 6:51 p.m.

    holy shit? its busted? works perfectly for me... i never finished it though...
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 8, 2009 5:47 p.m.

    I 'downloaded' it, and it was fine; mad generic though. That ending was way more touching than I thought. reCaptcha: Nardon t9
  • Cra-Z-Jake - April 8, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    You owned a Mustang? I own a 1959 Edsel. Oh look! That was a completely irrelevant statement by both of us! Turns out, the GR fellow who posted said scenario-example was referring to a 5-10% rate of failure in a car model, yes? So you had to work on a Mustang... whoopie. Change the oil in it or something? What the scenario was stating was that if 5-10% of a specific model had a serious problem (wheel falling off?), it wouldn't matter if the remaining 90-95% were fine. Same with the game mentioned. You may be able to complete it, but the 5-10% that do not are going to get rather annoyed by it. Let's go back to the car, shall we? If the wheel of your car were to fall off - would you buy another model from that company? I sure wouldn't. If the game you thought would be awesome turns out to glitch like crazy - would you buy another from same developer? I doubt that, as well. To disclaim that the PlayStation 3 is flawless running this game is a huge misconception. Why would anyone make a game, let it work on "God's console of choice", and then give the bird to anyone who doesn't own said console? I believe your 'points' are very loose and could do with some tightening up. Like others' have said, a glitch is not a "Let's f*ck with our gamers and make the game freeze.... here!" No. It is a hit-or-miss thing that only occurs if something specific happens. As it turns out, our target is an elephant and we're twenty meters away - much higher hit than miss rate. It's all just a matter of luck, really. If/when this word spreads to these peoples' friends (as I know I'll tell mine), their friends are going to be looking at the game shelf in a store thinking "Will this copy screw me over, or will it be a rare, non-glitched one?" No one wants that kind of thought going through them when they buy something! "Will this vehicle fall apart while I'm driving like I've heard, or will it be a decent vehicle?" There. I did another example for you. This is my last paragraph! Woo! The only point in this one is fairly simple - If you try to argue with me, I'll be ignoring you. Just go back and play the console that Christ supposedly has given to you. END TRANSMISSION
  • Red - April 8, 2009 1:56 p.m.

    I have Far Cry 2 for my PS3 and after three, (count'm) three attempts to play through the game, I quit completely. So many glitches I put up with just to get completely screwed. I'll never play a Ubisoft game again.
  • jar-head - April 8, 2009 4:26 a.m.

    Please follow this until the problem is solved GR, thanks
  • frag - April 8, 2009 3:11 a.m.

    even at 20$, they still sell you broken game. Would you pay for a TV that only shows in black and white? Would you buy a bike with one missing wheel? no. How can a major game company pull out this kind of crap? We dont pay for mediocrity, but for playable games. Get your money right. Play fallout 3.
  • ELpork - April 8, 2009 2:45 a.m.

    Maybe that's why its $20
  • djdue - April 8, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    I owned a Mustang so I know something about crappy cars. I never knew anyone who didn't have to get their Mustang fixed. Doesn't mean its a broken car model. Here we have a game you say is broken but lots of people like me have played through it with no problems. Works pretty well for a broken game.
  • GearsofRabies - April 8, 2009 1:37 a.m.

    hmmm I finished the game all the way through and played it long afterwards and I haven't experienced one bug or crash. color me lucky I guess.

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