posted by burntice61 (APPLE VALLEY, CA) Dec 4, 2012
Member since Apr 2010
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Far Cry has always been a great shooter, but its never been a stand out. Far Cry 2 had some really innovative(and frustrating) features with the gun jamming and malaria. With Far Cry 3, it ditches those and adds in some Red Dead Redemption, Skyrim, Assassins Creed and Far Cry 1. This game is perfection of the shooter/RPG genre, let me break it down:
-Voice Acting/Mo-Cap: As soon as you start playing, you'll immediately see the incredible performances of Vaas, Grant(main characters brother) and Jason(You). The facial animations, the motions, are fluid and lifelike.
-Graphics: Outstanding, nuff said.
-The Path of the Warrior: The whole premise (basically) is to become a killing machine, and a Tatau(tattoo) charts your progress in the form of 3 skill trees(Long Range, Survivability, Stealth). Since there isn't a level cap, you can essentially get all the skills. Its really cool.
-"Down the rabbit hole": While at first you'd hate the whole rich kids getting stuck on an island premise, but bear with it, the story is very compelling and Jason's journey is one worth taking.
-Guns, lots of guns: You want a Bond inspired silenced pistol with red tiger stripes on it? Done. What about a .50 cal Sniper with night vision? You got it. You want em free? Go take the Radio Towers back!
-Its gonna be a long vacation: It took me roughly 20 hours to clear the story, alone. With the distractions like Hunting, Treasure finding, Poker, Knife Throwing, Sniping, Trial Of the Rakyat, Radio Towers, Outpost Takeovers, Racing, Gun Customization, random firefights, and Hang Gliding, it would have taken me countless hours!
-Checkpoints: While only during the story missions, they occur randomly, meaning you could've cleared a camp and died...but it didn't save after you cleared it. Doesn't happen TOO often though.
FarCry3 is one of those games that just stands out from the rest of the pack. It's challenging at times, but never too difficult, and it gives you options of how you want to approach your next goal: by using stealth (which earns you more XP) or by just going in and shooting everything in sight. Here's the breakdown:
Graphics 8/10 - At times, the game can be a little dark, pop-ups and other glitches can be seen (at least 3-4 enemies got stuck on staircases), and the enemies look a little generic. However, the main characters, environment, vehicles, set pieces look amazing and very detailed.
Sound 7.5/10 - Adequate tense music that fits the situation, vehicle sounds are pretty standard, and the explosions are nice and booming with some slight clipping.
Gameplay 9/10 - The gameplay is varied and very fun. All of the weapons are accurate and detailed. The hunting is fun and can be challenging later on. Finding radio towers is a fun way of discovering more of the land and new weapons. For me, the most fun I had (outside the main missions) was capturing enemy camps. The stealth and shoot-out aspects were very well done.
Story & Presentation 10/10 - By far, the best part of the game is the voice acting and the characters. Vaas is amazing, Citra is well done, and the game even got me over my initial hatred of Jason Brody. The story is well done and throws many surprises your way.
Overall, this was a fantastic game that was very addicting and filled with memorable moments. Definitely worth a purchase.