The Next Generation
Far Cry 2 promises many small changes and improvements in the graphics and environment. The change from day to night is intended to have a greater effect on the gaming experience, and plant life will regenerate. If a section of forest is burned down, it will grow back.
Another enhancement is indirect lighting, where colored surfaces will cast color on objects if they reflect light. Dark places become darker, the environment will swallow up more light, and global illumination will be less dominant.
If you look at the screenshots for upcoming games, you can see stronger lighting and better shine effects due to HDR rendering; the level of detail for persons and the environment has been increased even further. Flying debris and violent explosions also suggest the first physics effects.
And this is what the coming generation of 3D games will look like.