"Skyrim with guns" is the tagline but it's pretty fitting, absolutely the best open world shooter ever created, and one of the best open world games ever made. And it's arguably better than Skyrim, since there's really no glitches. A tribute to gamers, lots of fun sidequests with an actual REASON to do them (I'm looking at you, Assassins Creed games), a living world, decent shooting mechanics, a skill tree, great graphics, and a good story. The only potential downside is no competitive multiplayer, but personally, it's nice to see a developer leave that out in favor of developing the single player and co-op portion of the game.
In my opinion, this is the best game of 2012, and shouldn't be missed by any gamer who enjoys shooters and/or open-world games. Certainly worth a rent, but one of few games I'd recommend for purchase without playing.
I don't finish a lot of video games. The game has to be really good. Far Cry 3's opening scene grabbed me, so quick, and with such brilliant voice acting; becoming immersed in the deep jungle environment was far too easy. After an hour or two, when most games seem to fizzle out, it really "sneaks up" on you that the gameplay/guns in this game are on par with pinnacle FPS shooters like BF3 and COD. From there, a fairly good/solid storyline ensues and you find yourself 8+ hours into the game. Here almost any game gets repetitive, and this game does too. That said, the missions do start to refresh towards the end as it tests different aspects of the abilities you've chosen to hone. For example, I love sniping, and was able to get through most of the game with out being detected in most missions. But the story line will twist and make you do things like suddenly fire RPGs at trucks crossing a bridge while you are surrounded and undercover. The ending was also very powerful. The music throughout was so well done it gave me chills at times. Big ups to the audio engineer/musician. Very well done. Long story short, if you love video games, and even more so, if you love open-world games, this is a slam-dunk.