Far Cry 2 was amazing. Even though it had about a million problems and the missions were basically get from one side of the map to the other (over and over and over again). Still a totally enjoyable experience with an incredible open world.
Sounds like they fixed just about everything for this release.
I picked it up today and gave it to my mom to give to me for christmas, haha, so I won't be playing it for awhile.
I heard the first one had mutants? Which is crazy because the 2nd was so "realistic."
Yes, the original Far Cry had mutants (probably worst aspect of the game) but also had the whole "island" atmosphere, which it would appear inspired Ubisoft to change the setting for number 3. Just so you know, Far Cry was developed by Crytek but published by Ubisoft. For whatever reason, Crytek split off afterwards and started the Crysis franchise (maybe you've heard of it), while Ubisoft has developed every other entry in the Far Cry franchise.
Far Cry 2 was, all in all, absolutely atrocious. Yes, it had some positive aspects such as the setting and the general lack of a HUD, but also so many horrible gameplay development decisions that completely killed all fun to be had in the game. There's a reason I did my second playthrough with god mode activated; I only finished the entire thing a second time because I don't like doing things halfway.
All that being said, I'm also looking forward to Far Cry 3, but will be waiting until the inevitable "Game of the Year" edition with all DLC included. Same with Borderlands 2. My backlog of games right now is large enough that there's pretty much no point buying new ones when I know I'll get a better deal on them in a year.