I must say at first I was a bit skeptical of playing it because I had never played any of the previous installments,but a friend told me to rent it and so I did.This game is by far one of the best games I have ever played!And I have a short list of great games I've played. This was definitely worth my time.There is so much to do ;exploring,hunting,killing,sneaking,driving and so much more!To have that all in one packs a considerable amount of replay value. Campaign is great as well and all in all a solid 9/10.I would rate a 10 but I have not tried any of the multiplayer game modes.
Farcry 3 was one of thes best single player FPS campaigns I've played on the 360. And I hated Farcry 2 for in all its buggy glory. F3 puts you in the shoes of a guy who fell on the wrong island during a skydiving trip with his adrenaline junkie friends.
You land on this island and are immediately held captive by the crazy mohawk dude named Vaas on the game's cover art. He's basically like a pirate terrorist, and your story gets entangled in his hallucination of a perfect world.
The open world tropical paradise looks fantastic, and it reminds me of a perfect blend of Assassins Creed and Red Dead Redemption. You can explore at will and unlock new areas to the world map by climbing radio towers (like AC's eagle structures). You also capture enemy command posts to gain control of the land and regain check points and fast travel spots.
I loved exploring to collect tons of plants to create potions, hunt for rare game to collect fur to create new pouches, etc. and just roam around as I pleased. To capture command posts, you can use stealth, guns blazing, or maybe release a caged tiger upon your foes to create chaos.
But they really got rid of the horrible enemy respawn and other bugs, so I didn't encounter any at all actually. I loved exploring the giant tropical island, collecting loot & treasures, navigating caves, and of course killing tons of crazy island pirates.
I did not have the online pass the Ubisoft usually requires, but I hear the co-op campaign short stories are fun but not open world like the campaign. And online multiplayer I heard is a bit buggy with poor hit detection and not the polish of a COD or Halo. I'd be happy with just the story, but it's a perfect rental from GF, probably not worth buying though. Farcry has redeemed itself in my mind.