My expectations were far too high for this game. I love open world games when they are done right. This game however screams lazy storytelling, gameplay, and graphics at every corner.
The opening mission had me excited. It was captivating and immersed me in the story and gameplay. It was unfortunately downhill after that. The characters are boring and I never really cared about them no matter how much I played.
The environment is merely copy and pasted code over and over again. The missions are repetitive at best, and being that they aren't well designed to begin with it makes the game extremely boring. My biggest complaint about the gameplay however is the completely unrealistic shooting mechanics. Animals take about all of your ammo to kill. I'm not saying that they should go down in one shot, but unless all of the jungle beasts in this game are somehow super-powered than I don't think that they should take 42 shots with a shotgun to go down.
I'm probably being too harsh, you may enjoy it. If your like me however, you'll be severely disappointed. Ubisoft has some really great open-world games, this is not one of them.
This may very well be the most entertained i have ever been playing a game...Wether it was taking over enemy camps or hunting game to craft gun holsters, i just never got tired of it...plenty of guns,missions,and sidequests to keep me entertained for a very long time...flying the handgliders and floating around in the parachute where especially enjoyable because the environments where beautiful...and then i drop down into a swamp,gut an alligator (because he attacked me first), hop on a four wheeler, fight off about a dozen pirates,then proceed to climb a radio tower to activate and open more of the massive map, oh and might even stop off to play some hold em on the way thanks to the fast travel system....i swear it would take an hour and a half to walk across the entire map from east to west...the variety in everything guns,animals,environements, vehicles....just kept me entertained for weeks...a must own!