Far Cry 3 Review

  • Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 12:11 EDT by Adam Dolge

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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.

We like

  • Terrific setting full of worthwhile things to do
  • Excellent singleplayer experience
  • First-person platforming at its best

We dislike

  • Occasional graphic issues
  • Mediocre multiplayer
  • Vehicle use is hit or miss

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(continued from previous page) ...jungle and water play a big part in Far Cry 3, and you'll definitely want to play this game with the volume up loud to hear for slithering snakes or the distant roar of a tiger or bear. On the presentation side, there are only some minor issues. For example, during a game of poker my opponents hands were not connected with his cards, making him look magical. Other visual issues include flickering shadows and low draw distance as the game saves or loads a new area.

Multiplayer includes a four-player co-op campaign that allows you to play in split-screen or online. You'll fight with friends against waves of enemies in various objective-based missions. This will certainly add more legs to an already massive game, but be sure to fill all four spots as the missions can get really tough. Competitive multiplayer includes all the traditional and required FPS modes. They all work just fine but aren't all that special. They do, however, come with options to upgrade your character as you go, which again is pretty standard these day.

There is so much to do in Far Cry 3 that doesn't feel like filler, and that's saying a lot for an open-world game. It's worth noting that some of the side missions feel extremely disconnected from the overall campaign, but I like to view that as something to do after the story is over. Outside those elements, players are rewarded in Far Cry 3 by an extremely connected experience. This is one of the most successful games and one that should be on the top of your must buy list. If you can deal with the insanity of the story, you will be rewarded with an absolutely brilliant experience where attention is paid to every inch of the setting, story, characters, and gameplay.

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