Far Cry 3 Review
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Far Cry 3 is one of Ubisoft's best games ever and it nails the open world first-person shooter genre on the head. After playing through the crazy story, the addictive gameplay, and lush setting, you may wonder why more developers don't pay this much attention to the little details.
- Terrific setting full of worthwhile things to do
- Excellent singleplayer experience
- First-person platforming at its best
- Occasional graphic issues
- Mediocre multiplayer
- Vehicle use is hit or miss
I was tucked behind some tall tropical grass, taking aim with my camera to highlight the pirates of an enemy outposts. They were quickly marked, and after spotting a strategic opening, I slid from the tall grass to a pile of wood. I had the enemies' paths down, I could tell they were drunk (the swigs from random bottles followed by heaves of barf gave me a pretty good indication), and I knew exactly what to do next. I'd toss a rock to distract the closest guard, stab him in the back and quickly drag him so his inebriated companions wouldn't see his corpse. Then I'd sprint up to the highest vantage point and stab another pirate in the throat. I knew this wouldn't be an easy task considering this particular outpost was protected by guard dogs, plus the enemies could easily sound the alarm if something went wrong. In 30 seconds I'd be swarmed. Making my final calculations for the assault, I reloaded my SMG, double checked my medical synergies, and turned to make the move. But as I turned I heard that unmistakable grumble, soon accompanied by those haunting eyes. The plans quickly changed as a tiger sank his teeth into my arm, causing me to stab and flail around helplessly until I was free. The next thing I knew I was unloading bullets into the tiger and my cover was lost. This is how Far Cry 3 wants you to experience its tropical playground of a setting. The game begs you to find your own way, to explore, to figure out how to kill your targets, to find plants to craft medicine, and to skin animals to upgrade your ammo and weapon capacity. Just like that tiger that seemed to come out of nowhere, Far Cry 3 never lets you forget that this is a dangerous place full of surprises.
Ubisoft created one of the best open-world shooters and easily one of the strongest games of the year. It blows other shooters this year out of the water (with the exception of Borderlands 2) and, in my opinion, is Ubisoft's best game to date. That scenario described above is just a typical 20-30 minutes in Far Cry 3, yet you can easily get 30+ hours out of the single player campaign. Practically every element blends together to create an insanely powerful title, and that's not even talking about the story. That's because the setting is the real star of Far Cry 3. Sure, there's an interesting narrative filled with entertaining and quirky characters, and a story that deals with some heavy, heavy themes, but what's available outside the story missions is so vast, so enticing, and so entertaining that it's hard not to explore every cliff, every radio tower, every shanty town, every cave, and every inch of the vast islands and jungles.
Most protagonists in first-person shooters are super lame, but luckily the lead of Far Cry 3, Jason Brody, isn't a douchebag. In fact, you see him progress from a typical spoiled and shallow American into hero and a killing machine. His family and friends he attempts to rescue throughout the game are pretty lame, and players are likely not to care all that much about them. But Jason does care, and Ubisoft does a great job allowing the player to connect with the protagonist through a relatively natural evolution. Just about every tool is at his disposal--from typical guns, to bows, a speargun, mines, C4 charges, grenades, and a flamethrower. He is a forager, a hunter, and someone who cares about his overall mission and is clearly annoyed with those who seek to distract him.
Players can choose their unique style. Do you want to focus on stealth? Would you rather put all your attention into hunting and crafting? Or do you want to beef up your health and weapon skills? There's an upgrade system that gives you the advantage in the shadows, or you ... (continued on next page)