If you're a fan of first person shooters like us, you've probably spent most of this year waiting for the arrival of Far Cry 2. Last week was the release date for this expected sequel, so we jumped in right away and bought our copy. Instead of playing the single player mission from start to finish and then starting a multiplayer promotion, we've worked hard to bring you this article.
As usual, our in-depth performance review compares various ATI and Nvidia graphics cards based on this new first-person shooter title. Having recently completed a similar article with Crytek's Crysis Warhead, we were curious to see if Far Cry 2 is just as challenging.
You may recall that the original version of Far Cry was developed by Crytek using CryENGINE while it was actually published by Ubisoft. For Far Cry 2, Ubisoft's Montreal studios developed the game using their own Dunia engine. This game engine was developed for use with the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms, resulting in multiple platforms being released last week. The word Dunia means "world", "earth" or "life" in the Persian language. As current Far Cry 2 players will find out, Dunia has a number of impressive features like destructible environments, dynamic weather, dynamic fire spread, full day / night cycles, and many others.
In addition, the Dunia engine can use DirectX 10 under Windows Vista, but can also run on DirectX 9 platforms. Unlike the engine used for Crysis games, Dunia is said to have fewer hardware requirements, which might only be good news for PC gamers. If you look back at our recent Crysis Warhead performance article, you will find that this game takes a tremendous amount of GPU power to deliver playable performance.
It's clear that only those with the most advanced gaming rigs can enjoy Crysis Warhead in all of its visual glory, as we've found that even a top-of-the-range GeForce GTX 280 could have problems if pushed far enough. Far Cry 2, on the other hand, was released to work perfectly on today's mid-range graphics cards despite the impressive eye candy.
As we move forward, we'll use a number of previous and current generation graphics cards to find out exactly how Far Cry 2 behaves. Quality presets tested include Ultra High, Very High, and High, which are tested at resolutions of 1280 x 1024, 1680 x 1050, and 1920 x 1200. The built-in Far Cry 2 benchmark tool was used to test the various graphics cards so that you can accurately compare the performance of your system against ours.