Far Cry 2 (commonly abbreviated as “FC2 or “fc2″) is an open-ended first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released on October 21, 2008 in North America and on October 23, 2008 in Europe and Australia. It was made available on Steam on October 22, 2008. Crytek, the developers of the original game, were not involved in the development of Far Cry 2.
Ubisoft has marketed Far Cry 2 as the true sequel to Far Cry, though the sequel has very few noticeable similarities to the original game. Instead, it features completely new characters and setting, as well as a new style of gameplay that allows the player greater freedom to explore different African landscapes such as deserts, jungles, and savannas. The game takes place in a modern-day East African nation in a state of anarchy and civil war. The player takes control of a mercenary on a lengthy journey to locate and assassinate “The Jackal,” a notorious arms dealer.
Far Cry 2 is still a popular game and the open world environment can be taxing on even the latest hardware available today.
First we tested in DX10 with the following settings.
Direct X 10
Settings: Demo(Ranch Small), 5760×1080 (60Hz), D3D10, Fixed Time Step(No), Disable Artificial Intelligence(No), Full Screen, Anti-Aliasing(None), VSync(No), Overall Quality(Optimal), Vegetation(High), Shading(High), Terrain(High), Geometry(High), Post FX(High), Texture(High), Shadow(High), Ambient(High), Hdr(Yes), Bloom(Yes), Fire(Very High), Physics(Very High), RealTrees(Very High)
The performance at 5760×1080 is surprisingly good however we noticed a few areas when the game would drop under the 25fps zone. We therefore decided to try it in DX9 – many people say they can’t see the differences so its a worthwhile second run to see if we can improve performance.
Direct X 9
Settings: Demo(Ranch Small), 5760×1080 (60Hz), D3D9, Fixed Time Step(No), Disable Artificial Intelligence(No), Full Screen, Anti-Aliasing(None), VSync(No), Overall Quality(Medium), Vegetation(Medium), Shading(Medium), Terrain(Medium), Geometry(Medium), Post FX(Medium), Texture(Medium), Shadow(Medium), Ambient(Medium), Hdr(No), Bloom(Yes), Fire(Very High), Physics(Very High), RealTrees(Very High)
Switching to Direct X 9 really helps boost performance at 5670×1080 on the HD5770 and this would be our chosen setting for three screen gaming with this particular engine.
We can see the impact that DX10 has with Far Cry 2 at such an amazingly high resolution. DX9 is the way to go in single card mode with the HD5770 Flex. Overall, still very impressive however with this particular engine.