What can I say intelligently about the Far Cry series? Well, not much. Truth is that Far Cry 3 is the first game in the series that I played from start to finish. I know what you’re saying. How could this imposter of a Far Cry fan ever hope to capture the essence of the series in his review of one game!? The answer is simple. I don’t.
As much as I want to say I have, I really have never played Far Cry 1 or 2. The most I know of its roots stem from watching the miserable attempt at filmmaking that as the Far Cry movie, directed by Uwe Boll.
I’ve long since learned that I should never judge a game series based on it’s film or personal ignorance as to what the game is all about. Had I held on to my prejudice, I may have missed out on one of my greatest gaming experiences of all time!
Far Cry 3 puts you in the shoes of protagonist, Jason Brody. The idea from the start is to rescue your friends and escape the island. Over the course of the story you find the situation changes along with your hero
Normally in FPS games, the last thing I’d mention is the story. Probably a good chunk of the reason I don’t play many FPS games. Far Cry 3 weaves a very intricate and involving story throughout your journey. While it all seems too fantastical for reality, it fits perfectly in the confines of the game. It’s dark. Very dark. But it has enough humor to keep even the most jaded interested. I loved the story and that’s all I’ll say for fear of dropping spoilers.
The thing that stood out the most to me was it’s Assassin’s Creed style properties. Activating a communications tower isn’t any different from activating a viewpoint in Assassin’s Creed. It opens up a chunk of the map and gives you locations ypu didn’t know about before. Same goes for liberating outposts. That involves taking out every enemy however you see fit. Either stealth or brute force. Either way you always feel like you earned it. Plus once you liberate outposts, that region of the map becomes easier to travel as it replaces enemies with friendly personnel
It wouldn’t be Assassin’s Creed 3, if not for the skinning and hunting of animals. In most games this would be a side objective, but in Far Cry 3 it’s essential to survive. You may need a number of certain skins or plants to increase your ammo pouch, how many meds you can carry, or even how many weapons you can equip. Hunting, skinning, and gathering were so important that almost a third of my playing time was devoted to it. It was well worth the time!
One thing that makes games stand the test of time with cinema lovers such as myself is characters. Are the cast of the game worth caring about through my journey or should I just plow through and pick up whatever PSN trophies I can? One of the biggest surprises for me was how much I loved the characters. Especially the bad guys and how much the game made you wanna kill them! Vaas, in particular!
I’d like to point out that the game is riddled with side quests, collectibles, and other activities that will keep you occupied for hours upon hours even after the main story has ended. Whether it be finding lost relics or World War II letters to playing a few hands of poker or knife throwing contests… this game has enough to keep just about anyone occupied
Far Cry 3 is a masterpiece of both visual storytelling and gameplay. In a year where Assassin’s Creed 3 was so amazing, Far Cry 3 outdid Assassin’s Creed’s own very mechanics. Despite a few very minor annoyances, Far Cry 3 is 2013’s Game Of The Year and it’ll be tough to dethrone!
Graphics - 10
Audio - 10
Entertainment - 9.5
Control - 8.5
Replay Value - 9
Overall - 9.5