Well the RPS review is a hell of a lot more informative than the PCG review, but there are still huge questions for anyone who loved the original Farcry, but who thought FC2 sucked. Here are my thoughts:
1.Technical. Circa 15% of people posting in the tech support section of the FC2 web site could never play the game due to hardware conflicts. The game would hang on the first cut scene. The developer eventually admitted that the problem existed, having spent nearly 2 months denying that there was a problem, but they never managed to fix it. FC3 is apparently crashing on some machines, and that is a concern, because whatever conflicts it has on launch may well never be fixed. The tech support attitude with FC2 was that it was a console port and that they had already moved onto to other games as soon as FC2 was shipped, so don't expect any help if your game constantly hangs or crashes.
2. AI was unpredictable. Sometimes you could hide from them in vegetation,but nine times out of 10 they had x-ray vision and 100% accuracy as soon as you came close enough, even if they couldn't see you. Stealth combat was therefore annoying and frustrating.
3. Design issues. Respawning enemy at checkpoints, malaria tablets, the colour brown, gamey high sided valleys with invisible barriers, console style glow on anything you could interact with, (doors, weapons on ground, etc), 100% hostility from every NPC you met, very unimmersive open game world with little incentive to explore, etc. I can't remember the entire list of things that annoyed the crap out of me with FC2, but it was a very long list. Basically FC2 was a good kiddie console game but a really crap PC FPS.
FC2 was never the game it was hyped up to be by the developer and the professional games media who reviewed it, and it was a classic case of the Emperor not having any clothes for many of us who played it. Ultimately it turned into a love it or hate it marmite game, as evidenced by PCG awarding it 94% and players on Metacritic awarding it 55%.
The original Farcry is in my top 10 list of FPS games, so I would really like FC3 to be a huge improvement over FC2, but I just don't know whether or not it is, and won't until I can read a range of different player reviews.
The RPS review states that it is better, and if players confirm that in due course, then I willl happily buy it after release, but I am not pre-ordering it, as there are just to many questions still left unanswered and hanging in the air.
Regards - Mr P