E3 2012: Far Cry 3 Impressions
Ever since I first saw the infamous “Shoot me mother fucker!” video in 2011 I have been looking forward to seeing as much in-game footage of Far Cry 3 as possible. I am excited to see what Ubisoft can cook up with so much juicy potential, but I will not kid myself and ignore the fact that in recent years so many non-gameplay trailers have failed to live up to the hype. At the very least I think I can be forgiven for being a little hesitant that the original trailer may produce the same folly as Dead Island’s ‘backwards’ video. While Far Cry 3’s debut trailer was simultaneously gritty, dark, intriguing… if I am honest the older Far Cry games have never really quite hit the mark in terms of actual gameplay, and I think having reservations are understandable but perhaps, maybe… just maybe this will be the game that pushes the franchise into the limelight.
Returning to the more tropical settings of the first game, the introduction of the video starts with the protagonist Jason Brody being mounted by some voodoo zebra she-bitch which mysteriously enchants his arm. A few puzzling words, and a catchy speech later, and the video moved onto a small gameplay level that highlights some of the key features.
Jason is shown swimming and stalking his way through the jungle trying to find antagonist Vaas’ compound; with bow and arrow in hand silently taking down baddies with a fantastic looking quick close-kill maneuver which can be applied at either melee range or from aerial distances. The level then opens up to a larger scale balls-out combat section showcasing Far Cry 3’s FPS carnage. Although nothing too special or against the norm Jason does use a zipline and shoot the lock off a cage containing tigers – tigers, having no agenda, promptly eat everyone.
The final section the video highlights just how trippy FC3 is going to get; walking into a darkened room Jason is ambushed by apparent cyber-disco obsessed antagonist Vaas, and promptly stabbed with something shiny and weird. This sends young Jason into an adventure to prang-out city, which includes seeing images of Jason flick between himself and Vaas holding a gun to his head, and the aforementioned voodoo sex lady poll dancing which also flickers into images of Vaas… hot. The video climaxes with the real Vaas pulling Jason’s gun towards his face, telling him to pull the trigger whilst shouting “you are me… and I am you”.
From the outset of the new E3 trailer one thing is clearly evident: Fry Cry 3 will contain guns, boobs and freaky voodoo sex which gives people shit tribal tattoos enthralled with magical powers. To say that all three of the above intrigues me is an understatement, especially if done well and mixed to the correct proportions.
I think it’s been a long time coming that the Far Cry series finally becomes a must have title. Despite having the balls to take a new direction with every release the games have always just sat on the brink of being fully accessible to most gamers, and often require a bit too much forgiveness to fully enjoy what they have to offer. So far I have been pleasantly surprised with what I have seen with Far Cry 3, not just from a gameplay perspective but because Ubisoft have appeared to create an extremely interesting narrative. In short, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.