Far Cry 2 Map Editor: “Uhh!”

By Jim Rossignol on October 16th, 2008 at 10:35 am.


Ubi’s latest trailer for their Far Cry 2 multiplayer map editor shows off some of the more radical possibilities for map creation that the tool offers: with big crazy maps with Eiffel Towers, Pyramids and vast rope-bridge mountain-islands. “Crazy” they’re calling it. Better still, however, is how the headshots and explosions of the trailer are timed to coincide with the “Uhh!” of the human beatbox soundtrack. There’s something wrong about that particular juxtaposition. Or maybe that’s just me.

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  1. Digit says:

    That was awesome. I was pretty much discounting multiplayer in this title as I believe it’s primary focus is on singleplayer, and whilst I do love a good multiplayer game to back that up, I wasn’t overly distraught given the quality I’ve seen so far. But that looks like it could open up for some fun. ^_^

  2. Paul says:

    Got to love the music of Daelim Industrial Company Ltd. An original band name to say the least, I’m sure they did a Peel session in the mid-nineties…

  3. Ian says:

    Really like the look of some of that and it could tempt me into trying the multiplayer as the editor looks simple enough that I might not be put off by it.

  4. Dante says:

    The map editor on Ubisoft’s Xbox Far Cry was remarkably easy to use and very flexible, so I imagine this one will be too.

  5. RiptoR says:

    OMG, WANT!!!!!111!11!1

    OK, I’m calm again, sorry…

  6. Confidence interval says:

    Daelim Industrial Company Ltd. is a Korean engineering and construction business. With a sideline in remixing classical music, it seems.

  7. cHeal says:

    Far Cry 2 will ship with SecuRom, online activation and limited installs. For this reason I won’t be buying it. C*nts.

  8. The Klugman Revolution says:

    Probably worth mentioning Ubisoft’s reluctance to release any title on Steam in Europe too.

    Again.

  9. teo says:

    Damn, that got me excited

  10. Monkfish says:

    @cHeal: At least they’re going to “refund” installs when you uninstall it. For this reason, I will be buying it.

  11. eyemessiah says:

    I guess people will never tire of canon in d.

    Of course we all know its best played on electric ROCK guitar with EoE playing the background. ROCK FOREVER

    And FC2 looks good too!

  12. eyemessiah says:

    Buy it, wait 13 days and crack it: everybody wins.

  13. eyemessiah says:

    Unless it checks your exe when you try to join multiplayer and your key gets banned ofc.

  14. Pavel says:

    Nice to see some PC editor in action. Good to know it will be much more powerful than the console one.

  15. Rei Onryou says:

    More multiplayer levels need giant rock statues in mid-battle!

  16. cHeal says:

    @cHeal: At least they’re going to “refund” installs when you uninstall it. For this reason, I will be buying it.

    They all allowed this. I can’t remember the last time I actually uninstalled a game, Hard drives are so cheap there is no need and the idea of uninstalling 20+ games just so that I can then format my computer is not appealing.

    I’m still waiting for RPS to report on the DRM with this game instead of just working people into a frenzy with these pointless videos. They like pcgamer, are becoming more part of the problem than part of the solution. Journalistic respect – 1

  17. andrewdoull says:

    Well, other than uninstalling, I’ve had to rebuild my laptop 3 times in the last 6 months. I guess that’ll cost a few activations.

  18. Ian says:

    Yeah, because RPS will be better if we have an article about DRM for every game that has it.

  19. phuzz says:

    @Rei Onryou, if you like maps with massive statues in, check out de_wanda.
    It’s a CS:S map but don’t let that put you off, because at the top of a very nicely mapped level, there’s an enormous statue of a Colossus (from Shadow of the Colossus) fighting some kind of tripod beast.

    Have to say, I’m getting pretty excited by FC2 now.

    (oh, and maybe the music from the trailer will be released on that Adult Swim compilation that John posted about the other day)

  20. Alec Meer says:

    You can lose as much respect for us as you like, but we just don’t want to be the site that talks about DRM all the damned time – it really been in danger of dominating this place of late, and all those angry threads were not a happy place to be. We’ll post about it when we have something particular to say about it, rest assured – and when we’ve actually experienced it firsthand.

  21. Radiant says:

    That looked liked GREAT fun.
    I love it when devs obviously seem to be having fun with their games; see this and the dead space dev videos.

  22. Ian says:

    Well said, Alec. Although I did expect RPS to crumble down around you after you lost one respect point.

  23. Alec Meer says:

    Also worth noting that giving you folks a chance to discuss stuff we haven’t posted about is one of the main reasons we created the forum.

  24. Kieron Gillen says:

    Ian: We don’t have many respect points to lose. SAD EMOTICON.

    KG

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    Down Rodeo says:

    Ok, that looks quite nice. Well done to them for such an impressive looking game (though to me, the combat looked vaguely CoD-like, not necessarily a bad thing).

  26. Becoming Drm Drm says:

    DRM drm. DRM drm drm drm drm. DRM! DRM?

    DRM.

  27. ZenArcade says:

    Now that’s a trailer

  28. Colthor says:

    I hate those pirates, they’re killing console gaming.

  29. The Shed says:

    I made a remake of the Battle Royale Island on the Xbox FarCry (seeing as the PC version, while better, had a more annoying map editor), and it was pretty effective. I feel a re-remake coming on.

  30. spd from Russia says:

    no SP sdk = no fun

  31. cHeal says:

    You can lose as much respect for us as you like, but we just don’t want to be the site that talks about DRM all the damned time – it really been in danger of dominating this place of late, and all those angry threads were not a happy place to be. We’ll post about it when we have something particular to say about it, rest assured – and when we’ve actually experienced it firsthand.

    I don’t really post in those angry threads because they are just a food fight of posts back and forth with no real discussion. Many people feel scorned over the issue and thus they are angry, I think these people would be less angry if the gaming media wasn’t such an industry mouth piece. This information has been kept relatively under wraps, purposely so. Games journalists should mention DRM in reviews, just as they mention system specs.

    Over the past 8 months this website has posted, I would estimate, atleast 2 features a month about this game. Pointless videos showing the same old, two vidoes on the editor and countless speculation features. You have actively hyped this game up for the benefit of it’s developer and publisher, which is great. However when asked to post a single feature on a something which may harm the sales of what is probably the biggest game of the year, you give excuses.

    Post the information, (block comment if you wish, directing people to the forum) and allow people to make an informed choice on this matter. Waiting to “experience” it first hand before making any comment will only feed the anger that people feel. The fact you chose to keep quiet about this issue while still posting industry sourced junk about the editor makes it even more insulting.

    DRM and piracy is big news in this industry, it is an important thing to many pc gamers. Stop been apologists on this, stop protecting publishers from the concerns of genuine consumers.

  32. Digit says:

    I am pretty ok with the DRM, to be honest I don’t really mind so long as I can play the game. If the DRM is not invasive – ie it works it’s magic and I get to play without having to DO something to make me get to play, that’s fine. It’s not ideal, but it’s by far one of the lesser evils of the software industry.

    With that said, and for all those wanting to get Far Cry 2 on Steam but it being locked, if you have friends in the US, they can ‘gift’ it to you, and it works perfectly. I’ve used this method before, as THQ also dislike letting the rest of the world play their games on Steam, and all I really want is to not have to cd-juggle each time I want to play a game. :)

  33. Digit says:

    Btw cHeal, I do hope you visit sites other than RPS, because they have all been going on about the DRM, and it’s also all over the Far Cry 2 forum which I frequent regularly. It’s not news, it’s just flamebait waiting to happy again.

  34. kreali says:

    It would make a lot more sense for someone to establish a database of DRM+System requirements we could check as and when needed. Gamerankings or IGN would be ideal people to do that as they already have just about every game on file. RPS, not so much.

  35. cHeal says:

    //Btw cHeal, I do hope you visit sites other than RPS, because they have all been going on about the DRM, and it’s also all over the Far Cry 2 forum which I frequent regularly. It’s not news, it’s just flamebait waiting to happy again.

    Not really, I go on a couple of other forums and such. Don’t have time to frequent 50 gaming sites a day. I had requested that RPS do a feature on it as it is such a huge release so I’m a little peeved that while they thought that the DRM issue was not news worthy, they thought a video showing the editor (again) and further hyping the game was news worthy. It would have been perfectly forgivable if not for this feature tbh.

  36. Alec Meer says:

    If you’re really convinced we’re colluding with the publisher/developer then I suspect you’re too outraged for me to convince you otherwise. RPS is transparently not that kind of site. While I personally agree we’ve posted an excessive amount of FC2 videos, it’s a result of Jim being genuinely excited about the game – it’s what he wants to talk about. Posting about what we’re interested in is the site’s only mandate. Until we having something particular to say about the FC2 DRM – yeah, it’s just flamebait. But it’s not like there hasn’t been discussion about it at length in the threads nonetheless. Honestly, I understand and appreciate the upset about the DRM, but RPS being a place where people come to be angry is a greater problem far as we’re concerned.

  37. Heliocentric says:

    Serious FC2 is secuf*cked?

    Ah, well its not EA, whats ubis social profile for complaints etc? As long as i can get pleanty of activations for the next few years and it costs me no money thats fine by me.

    But i demand the right to able to be complain about it on their forum. I happily got bioshock, but mass effect and spore i cant complain about or they’d brick my games.

    So ubi… your are an idiot but are you a bully too?

  38. Dante says:

    I’m going to be frank here, and probably make a lot of people very angry.

    I’ve never run into a problem with all this limited installs lark. I mean, I can see the point of the disagreement and all, but I’m a bit confused as to why this system has raised more ire than say that of Medieval: Total War, which required me to download a crack to get it to acknowledge a valid PC and to this day still doesn’t let me play online because it thinks I’ve stolen it.

  39. cHeal says:

    //If you’re really convinced we’re colluding with the publisher/developer then I suspect you’re to outraged for me too convince you otherwise.

    I don’t. I like this place because it feels far more independent and personal than other media outlets, that is the reason I felt comfortable requesting that such an article be posted, I just think it’s a little irresponsible to be posting further hype material without any mention of the DRM issue. I think you are been too protectionist of the industry and the format.

  40. Kieron Gillen says:

    I think Alec’s just a bit depressed at basically doing a post every time Ubisoft, EA or 2K release a major game saying the same thing. I admit, it doesn’t excite me that much either.

    I’d rather spend my effort on writing a post about some new indie game or rather than noting that a game has the DRM. And – really – it is a choice of one or the other.

    KG

  41. Ian says:

    I love how hyping Far Cry 2 makes you an “industry mouthpiece” and a thrall to THE MAN in spite of the fact that this site also talks a lot about games such as King’s Bounty and World of Goo.

    Clearly the RPS writing team are all victims of multiple personality disorder. One moment they’re writing nice features and telling us about cute little indy efforts and the world is full of rainbows and sunshine. The next moment the dark clouds of spinelessness cast a shadow over the site and they instantly start handing out freshly baked Hyperbole Cupcakes knocked up by Evil Games Devs Inc. to hide DRM issue from us poor, mindless proles.

    I suppose putting forward this kind of opinion is aided by talking about what gamers want and then complaining about the map editor video that… uh… the people who’ve replied to this article have responded to very well.

  42. Colthor says:

    @cHeal (more or less):
    As much as I agree with you about the DRM nonsense, and would prefer to see it mentioned as a footnote or something, I don’t think getting annoyed about a small four-man blog not mentioning it to avoid the fighting it causes in the comments is really worthwhile.

    I’d be much more annoyed about larger sites, like CVG or Eurogamer, not mentioning it at all.

  43. cHeal says:

    Yeah well even a footnote would be fine, but then they would run the risk of it over-riding the main focus of the article as has occurred here.

  44. Smurfy says:

    I’m not sure I like these kinds of map editors. It makes it seems like anyone can make a video game with a bit of spare time, and worse yet it lets everyone map. Every “lol cock shaped map” person.

  45. subedii says:

    I hate to jump on the DRM bandwagon at this stage, but I really and honestly was looking forward to getting this game until they announced the install limits.

    Five years later, they turn off the authentication servers (at that stage it’s no longer financially justifiable), don’t bother patching the game (no financial incentive to do so, might even detract from sales of their other products in the genre), and I’m left with a coaster. Sorry, there’s just too much other stuff out there that I could be buying.

    Having said all that, I appreciate that RPS doesn’t have to, nor should they, report on every DRM scheme as it emerges. This site is about PC gaming as a whole, not just one issue. Personally, I’d like to believe there’s still more to PC gaming than DRM, and if PC gaming does get to that stage, then I’m not going to be a PC gamer long beyond that unfortunately, so it would be a moot point.

  46. Butler` says:

    Hi,

    This editor looks good and makes me feel warm inside. I want to buy it.

    Yours sincerely,

    drmfan1337

  47. Leeks! says:

    Come on, man. If Ubi doesn’t patch it out if/when they decide to shut down the authentication servers (cackling and twirling their mustaches as they do, no doubt), then one of the countless clever programming-type-people who live on the Internet will.

  48. Noc says:

    Damnit, RPS! You’re Selling Out! Screw videos of interesting things, we need to get the word out about these Dee Arr Emms, because otherwise people won’t know what to whine about!

    You’re also sacrificing your Independent Journalist cred by thinking that something one of the Big Developers did is cool. You can’t do that! Ubisoft and EA and Actard are all The Man, and if you want to be anything but transparent, corporate tools, you need to give The Man hell at every opportunity.

    It’s either us or them, RPS. You can post your “Interesting Videos” about things that you’re “interested in” all you want, but you’re going to need to pick a side. Either you’re tools of the corporate Steam-hating DRM-mongering machine . . . or you’re properly Indie, and use every means at your disposal to muster outrage at the Man. Failure to do so only makes them stronger . . . and the Revolution can not stand by and let this happen.

    The time when you can safely chose the middle ground, and post about things that “interest you,” is coming to a close.

    You have to chose a side, RPS. It’s us, or it’s them.

    And the Angry Internet Men will not wait forever for an answer.

  49. Ghiest says:

    Quite amusing that both that sound track and the Mercs 2 promo vid are based of the same track … Pachebel, it god damn pops up everywhere these days.