And Spoofe, FC2 was nothing like FC
That's what I hear, which is why I'll probably get it on a whim when it's uber-cheap at some point in the distant future. However, if I hear FC3 is awesome, I may give FC2 a try first just out of some minor anal-retention that makes me want to play a game series in release order (it's why I played Clear Sky between SoC and CoP, though I didn't finish it... not very good, even with the Complete mods. Still working through CoP though, and loving it).
remember that sweet waterfall scene in far cry 1?
Pretty much every part of the game that wasn't either A: an interior level, B: almost exclusively Trigen as enemies, or C: the last level or two (can't remember if it was all part of the same "level" or not, but basically when you're punted out of the chopper near the end and you wake up surrounded by Trigen with only one gun and way too few bullets... lame) was lots and lots of satisfying fun. I'll never forget when I first got to check out those insane (for the time, and still impressive today) draw distances.