how does the map compare to far cry 2? bigger? smaller? the same?
Good question. As far as I can remember, FC2 seems bigger due to the wide open savannahs and deserts etc, but I think FC3 has more accessible geography - FC2 has more inaccessible, mountainous areas, whereas in FC3 there are very few areas where you cannot reach.
Also the second island, is there loading going between the first and the second?
Yes there is a loading screen between the two parts - although they're not really islands :P
I sort of agree with you, however, in that fast travel 'shrinks' the geography somewhat, and at the risk of contradicting myself from a different thread, you're right, we do miss out on all the scenery in FC3 because of it.
In the beginning of playing FC2 though, I thought it was truly amazing, but I tired of it after a while - having to go through the same battles at the same outposts every time - it wore a little thin in the end. But it's true, they did force you to bring your 'A-game.'
This was something that didn't escape the devs for FC3 either, so they removed the re-spawning outposts. But then gamers complained that it was too easy, and lacked any re-playability, so they put them back!! (as an option) I almost feel a bit sorry for devs sometimes!!....almost!! LOL
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