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Genres: Open-world, FPS
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: 30/11/12
Far Cry 3 Singleplayer Review
Reviews are always easier to write when the game you have been playing has either been really good or really bad. I’m going to find this review really easy to write – luckily it’s because Far Cry 3 is one of the best games currently available. It’s funny because it wasn’t a game that was ever really on my radar. I haven’t played either of the previous Far Cry titles and I think that has probably helped my enjoyment of Far Cry 3. Anyway, enough with me saying that I think it’s great, let’s get to why.
For those unaware of the story of Far Cry 3 let me give you a quick catch up. While having a holiday with some jumped-up friends of yours you all get captured by a psychotic pirate called Vaas, who is trying to ransom you back to your rich Mummies and Daddies, or sell you off to the thriving slave trade in whatever area you happen to be in. The opening sees you playing as one of the group, Jason, as you try to escape the prison camp with your brother. All doesn’t go to plan, but you manage to escape after falling down a cliff side. You wake up being tattooed by a man named Dennis and then the real fun begins. This is one of the best openings to a game that I have played for a long time; it sets the scene perfectly, showing you not only a lot of the gorgeous scenery but also introduces you to the madman, Vaas, who is just a brilliant character bordering on the edge of crazy. It also sets up the ultimate goal of the game; get your friends back and get off the island… at least, that’s what the goal is at the start.
Far Cry 3 then opens up into a beautiful open-world adventure that lets you off the leash straight away. The island is open to you from the get go, although you won’t see too many details of it on the map. There are radio towers all around the island that Vaas and his band of pirates have added scramblers to. In order to uncover detailed map data on particular areas you must climb to the top of the radio towers and destroy the scrambler. Extra data on the map will show roads, enemy encampments and which animals live in which area so you can bludgeon them to death for skin (more on that later). It also opens up more free weapons available in your gun shop, which is nice!
The joy of Far Cry 3 is in the way that you can approach most of the missions and free roam areas. Yes, in some instances you will have to fight your way through a band of pissed off pirates, but usually there is the choice of how you want to approach certain situations. Personally I am a super stealthy bastard and like to take out my camera from afar, spot enemies that are in the camp ahead of me and figure out the best way of taking them all out without being seen. One standout moment for me was in one camp where there was a bear, locked up in a cage. I had managed to move in close to the camp without being seen and fired an arrow at the cage which opened it. The bear, realising he was now free, decided to run around the camp ripping pirates to shreds, as I circled around with my trusty bow and arrow picking off those who had crapped themselves. Camp taken down, no one spotted me – 1500xp!
Speaking of XP – completing missions and tasks, taking down enemies all result in XP that allow you to add extra skills, which in turn help create a bigger tattoo on your arm. Skills can be suited to game style, although I found I had so many skill points I could just dump them where I want and be awesome at everything. There are a couple of really great skills later on in the skill trees, one being after silently taking down an enemy with your machete you can take the knife from his pocket and wang it into the face of one of his buddies. Between that and pulling the pin on the guy’s grenade and kicking him I had a lot of fun. Instead of upgrading skills to allow you to carry more weapons, ammo and health medicine these are crafted by you after picking up items in the world. Want to carry an extra gun? You need to craft a holster from the skin of two deer. Want a health syringe? Go find a certain type of plant and craft it yourself. It’s a nice system as you aren’t reliant on levelling up to feel more powerful.
I’ve mentioned the animals previously and I have to say these are one thing that make Far Cry stand out. There’s a shed load of different animal types, from tapirs to tigers, sharks to goats and dogs to Komodo dragons. It can be genuinely unsettling when you are trekking through the jungle and you hear a slight growl, as you then spend the next few seconds doing a quick check around you to make sure you haven’t stumbled across a tiger that just happens to want to rip your face off. Occasionally I found myself fighting off a stray bear or leopard just as I was about to take down a camp and I was too busy scouting said camp. It just makes you stay on your toes.
The main draw for me of Far Cry 3 is that it is fun. It’s bloody fun. Open world games don’t usually grab me; I find myself getting bored half way through because I’m either off doing all the side missions as there doesn’t feel like a need to do the next story mission – there is nothing driving me from point A to point B. Whilst I have some issues with the characters of the American tourists, I found other characters and the situation intriguing enough to want to plough through the game and actually get to the end (I never completed GTA IV for those reasons).
I have an issue with the people you are trying to save – quite simply they are douchebags. They are jumped-up rich kids who all have cosy lives. After rescuing one girl from a burning house, being chased by pirates and blowing them up with a grenade launcher she then starts whinging about how she would rather be back in Hollywood and that she had a photo-shoot lined up. How are we supposed to relate to that? I wish she’d died in the fire. While I’m talking about things I don’t like, two minor things; while the missions are fun the fact that they threw in a ‘follow this man but don’t get to close or he’ll spot you’ mission, even if it was very short riled me up. There is no need for it in any game ever. Lastly, there’s a bloody Skrillex/reggae horror mix that plays during one of the levels. It’s a bloody fun level where you burn stuff… why ruin it with that?
Final thing to touch on. The game is pretty, it’s very pretty. There is some weird fuzzy detail-loading that happens with items occasionally, where they seem to materialise out of nowhere, but for ninety eight per cent of the time the game looks gorgeous. The island itself seems to be its own living, breathing monster that has control over those who are on it, and I like that feeling a lot. Weapons sound and look lovely, the fire and explosion effects especially really are some of the best I have seen on a console and I can only imagine how, if you were playing this on a PC, it would look even more spectacular.
The reason I enjoyed Far Cry 3 so much was because I had no expectations going into it. Like I said in my opening, it was off my radar. Nowadays we work ourselves up into a frenzy about certain titles and they will never, ever live up to the expectations. Far Cry is a genuine AAA experience from how it looks to how it plays. This is why we play video games, it’s fun, it’s involving and where you have a horrid group of characters in the role of the good guys you then have Vaas who is one of my favourite characters in any game. And ignore my little hate on Skrillex music, it’s personal taste, if that’s the kind of nit-picking I need to do to find a fault with Far Cry 3 then it has certainly done its job as a piece of entertainment.
- Beautiful Island that feels as if it controls everyone on it
- Choices of how you play; mental shooty bang bang or super stealthy bastard
- Animals add another factor to think about when traversing the island
- Vaas as a character is just fantastic
- An Open World that doesn’t get boring
- Lead group of characters just don’t resonate with you the player
- Bloody Skrillex music
Have you read the review? Three bad points and two of them are me just being grumpy. Far Cry 3 is an experience that everyone should experience. It’s gorgeous, fun and entertaining. As gamers we yearn for experiences like this and when we are presented with them we have to dive right into them and support them. If there is one game over the bumper three months we have just had that you MUST play, Far Cry 3 is it.
When I ventured into the Eurogamer Expo nice and early last Friday morning Far Cry 3 wasn’t one of the games at the top of my list to play. As stunning as the visuals have seemed in previously released trailers, the game seemed tipped to be quite edgy and borderline insane, which if I’m honest put me off. That was until I got to play it.
Maybe I had been ignorant, but from what I knew Far Cry 3 was a first-person shooter set an a secluded island. There are some messed up people with guns living there with drugs as the local cuisine and everybody owned a gun instead of a mobile phone. The trailers that showed off an incredible island setting with the best graphics current consoles can provide were backed up by the gameplay on show at the expo. Alongside Tomb Raider it was the best looking game that I saw. Grass parted as you moved through it; the terrain is wonderfully life-like and the time I got to spend with the game made me forget the trailers that had gone before and instead focus on the quality of what I was playing here and now.
You start off in a small encampment where you can’t take out your weapon, no doubt as you’re surrounded by friends and they would get pretty mad, so I quickly ventured out out onto the island. Instantly when I left the outskirts of the camp my pistol was drawn. Here I flicked through the few weapon choices available; a pistol or sub-machine gun and a pretty lethal looking scoped bow and arrow.
Naturally I took this bad boy out and started roaming; you have your usual HUD and radar at the bottom of the screen, though I had no mission or quest to embark on and so exploring became the name of the game. I quickly ran into a flashing motorbike that when selected started a quest to deliver a package in a certain time limit. This seems to be one way to pick up small quests in Far Cry 3. Handling the motorbike was an absolute nightmare, maybe because I’m an awful driver, or because it was near damn impossible. Either way I just about made it to the drop off in time. The guy I delivered to was most pleased and happened to have a nice looking hang-glider precariously placed at the edge of a cliff. I didn’t ask him if I could borrow it but sprinted ahead and launched myself off the cliff on it.
I glided my way down into a camp full of bad-ass mofos and landed right next to a chap with a sniper rifle. I quickly disposed of him with a brutal melee attack that was morbidly satisfying. Safe to say the other bad guys hadn’t noticed my flight into their camp, so I swapped in the sniper rifle and picked them off one by one. Re-enforcements arrived and I tried out my trusty bow and arrow which was a lot of fun to use. Once the camp was cleared of the bad guys it told me that the camp was cleared and could be used as a rest area.
It seems that should you die in the game you might be returned back to one of your liberated camps. I also found another quest here where I was told to kill another bad guy using just a knife. No problem I thought and sprinted down a nearby hill only to fall ass over tit to the bottom. I was told I needed to heal myself and as my character lifted his hands to inject me with ‘get well soon’ potion I noticed a few broken fingers from my fall. That is very cool.
It remains to be seen how the storyline to Far Cry 3 pans out but it’s already apparent there will be a large amount of free roaming to do. The game looks slick and plays smooth. Combat was fun and intense with melee a particular highlight. No doubt there will be plenty of side quests, but I also hope the main quests are gripping and exciting enough to complete the game. Driving was a little awkward but may just take some practice to master. I’ll definitely be picking it up when it’s released on November 30th and will try and make sure I don’t sprint too fast down a hill… or if I do make sure I bring some plasters. Another triumph by Ubisoft.Far Cry 3 Singleplayer Review,
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.Far Cry 3 Singleplayer Review,
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