Far Cry 3
"Far Cry 3 is important for the same reason as Far Cry 2. It's a shooter that considers shooters thoughtfully, both in the way they're designed and the way we play them, and then asks us to do the same." - IGN.com
"All of it is entertaining, and it gives you a sense that the island is little more than your plaything- a feeling that's only emphasized as your skills increase and you become a badass cross between Turok and Rambo. It's for that reason that Far Cry 3 comes across as a fresh experience and ranks up there as one of the best shooters of 2012." - worthplaying.com
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Players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island cut off from civilization. In this savage paradise where lawlessness and violence are the only sure thing, players will dictate when, where and how the events of the game unfold. Players will slash, sneak, detonate and shoot their way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of right and wrong.
Unique and Fully-Realized World The island of Far Cry 3 will drop the player into a rich and stunningly well-realized environment, full of intriguing characters to meet, locations to explore and explosive fights to jump into.
Narrative-Driven Experience Alone on a tropical island, the player will have to confront the dark side of humanity. As Jason Brody, gamers will be impelled to act as he learns more about the horror and corruption that is taking place on the island.
Modern-Day Setting & Context Far Cry 3 exists within a world of conceivable reality, where the events could have been ripped straight from the headlines of the news.
Environment Rich with Opportunities The natural environment is a tool to be used for survival, improvising your attack or deception of the enemy. Gameplay will reflect the range of opportunities and variety only this type of environment could provide.
This jungle was massiveShoxy85 | June 11, 2013 | See all Shoxy85's reviews »
Having never played a Far Cry before I didn't have a clue what to expect when I got my hands on this. I was expecting it to be terrible as it was recommended to me by friends who like terrible games that I can't stand.
The game opens up with a video to show you the start of the story, about you and your friends being on an adventure holiday before it all went a tiny bit wrong. For a video only, it did have me entertained and really pulled me into the game to come. Which doesn't normally happen with opening videos, for me.
The story being that you play Jason Brody and along with 2 of your brothers and a couple of friends you get caught by what I can only presume are pirates.
You first get to play the game when you wake up in a cage with your brother in a camp full of all worlds of trouble. The graphics really blew me away! I know I was playing it on the PC and it's a lot to do with my computer but it just looked amazing. So many games try and just fail so badly to look so realistic.
Now I'm really into it!
You manage to get out of the cage and you get your Solid Snake stealth action on, slowly working your way out of the camp site before you finally escape and the game kicks on.
The main objective is to find as many of your friends as possible and along the way tracking down the man (and his boss) who imprisoned you and your friends and generally became quite the inconvenience to you.
But there are plenty of side-objectives to do as well. Including hunting and clearing campsites of enemies to give you more and more save locations. Although they got very repetitive after a while and sometimes just plain stupid. Nobody should ever be made to hunt and kill three leopards with a flamethrower!
With the game being set on two adjacent dessert islands you will find you have to share it with a whole host of creatures from goats to sharks to tigers! And if you're anything like me and like to take a vantage point before a mission to scout it out, then you'll find yourself jumping an awful lot when you're looking through your binoculars and bears or a tiger decide you look like their tea!
One part that really took me by surprise is how well they did with the vehicles (and there are plenty of them!) because they're all so easy to control without being just plain rubbish.
Apart from the hand-glider! I found jumping off the cliff and dying to be a more efficient way down a mountain as both methods seemed to have the same end result for me. I just floated to a slower death by taking the hand-glider into a tree or a mast.
You meet some absolute gems in the characters as part of the story. My personal favorites being Buck and Dr Earnhardt. I was laughing most times either of these appeared.
The game is pretty much set in two halves. Island one and then over to island two. Island one felt very easy and was great at getting you used to the whole game. Where island two seemed to get a lot more serious and you really needed to concentrate on that. But it didn't matter about concentrating because I just wanted to get done to see where the story was going to go next!
Almost every part of this game is brilliantly done. I really felt I was part of a story being told. The loading menus have an Alice In Wonderland association and I've never paid so much attention to any loading screens before. So even in those I was still giving the game my full attention.
Werdly it kind of reminded me of GTA. In that it's all open world, a million side missions to do and a story you only have to do, when you can be bothered to. And if you dont fancy any of that then you can always go and walk around the jungle stabbing wild boar! (Whatever floats your boat).
If you play this game for nothing else, play it for one of the last few missions where you're in a helicopter, manning the machine gun with Rise Of The Valkyries playing in the background!
Fun on a tropical islandElghinnarisa | June 7, 2013 | See all Elghinnarisa's reviews »
This is one of the games that I liked a lot. I spent as much time as I could on this game when I bought it. It did feel a bit short and the story is a bit dicey. However it's a lot of fun to play. I would very much like to see more of the story, a longer story with more options. The multiplayer part is decent. Its fun to run around and shoot other players however it does feel a bit stiff and "slow". Not as fluid as other games perhaps. Well worth the money (which was 40 something bucks when i bought it) and i would recommend it to almost any person who likes FPS games.
Shooting at it's finest!Plasros | June 3, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »
The game starts off amazingly, and sets a tone that wows you and makes you feel like it'll carry on until the very end. Sadly, this only lasts until a quarter of the way through, when the narrative just becomes ludicrous and sloppy, and has you questioning whether or not the writers were also kidnapped alongside your friends. And since all of the mayhem, and the reason for inflicting it, is carried by the story, this is a major eyesore in what is otherwise a very fun, and intense open-world game. I won't spoil anything for you, but let's just say there were many times where I had to just turn my brain off and force myself not to think about what just happened. The characters, and much of the voice acting, however, are top notch. I could write more about the game here, but long Metacritic user reviews look like crap and nobody wants to read a wall of text. So should you play this game? Yes. Absolutely. Just make sure you don't think too hard about it, and also make sure you crank the difficulty all the way, because the game is far too easy even on the highest difficulty. Like a Michael Bay film, Far Cry 3 isn't going to win your heart and stimulate you intellectually, but with the right hardware and a bag of popcorn, it's still a pretty darn good time. And damn if it doesn't have one of the greatest intros to a shooter I've played.
Imroves on it's predecessor in almost every waySeverinMK | June 1, 2013 | See all SeverinMK's reviews »
Long story short: this game is very good! The Gameplay is fun especially with the variety of melee takedowns, also your almost always given the option to either sneak or just mow through enemies with the lots and lots of weapons you can use in this game. Besides the decent main story line there are also a lot of side quest, hunting, collecting herbs or liberating outposts for example. The graphics look amazing though the performance could be a bit better. What I really like about the game though is the enviroment, not only does the island look great and offers a lot different places like old bunkers, temples, cliffs or simply beaches and villages, it also feels alive with civilians which do whatever they are doing, pirates who patrol the streets or the massive amount of wild animals you can find on the island. Definetly worth buying in my opinion.
An excellent remake of the farcry franchise.Chauci | May 31, 2013 | See all Chauci's reviews »
Farcry to left something to be desired but the developers have clearly upped their game with this one. It lets you loose in a sandbox experience on a beautiful tropical island where you with the use of your skills can kill pirates with the use of both stealth and frontal assault. The story is very good and will leave you wanting for more everytime you are forced to leave the game for a time. The combat feels good and you will enjoy planning ways to best dispatch of a camp of pirates. It even has tons of stuff for you to do and they even released a patch, which allows you to repeat much of the games content.