on December 7, 2012
First off - I am on the last leg of the campagne, with approx 5 missions left till the game has been completed for the story line. I felt this was enough into the game to write a review that may actually do it justice in my thoughts of it. I was excited by Far Cry 3 after seeing it announced, and kept up with all the pushed release dates and what not, but I was ok because I would rather a game be held back and released working, than a release of a flawed game. So how did it hold up to expectations?
I was thoroughly pleased with this game. In fact, I dare say this is the most I have been into an actual campagne in a long time. This game is a mix of what plenty of games do right, but it gives it an edge. Free roam MASSIVE environment, Radar Towers to unlock map pieces (which is sort of like high points in assassin's creed). You have a wide variety of guns, a decent choice in vehicles, and loads of ways to play the game. You can speed through the missions as fast as you want, or take your time and complete side quest. You can capture rally points that allow you to restock there and use these strongholds as Fast Travel locations, and once you've unlocked a certain base, you can then complete wanted posters on the bulliten board which gives you a small break from the normal quest line as well. You can hanglide, wing suite / parachute (once you unlock it), walk around and stealth kill through the entire game, disable alarms, enable alarms to make things worse. There really is no one set way of completing the game - UNLESS you just go from one way point to the other, in which case there are two ways since your final quest line is a double ending with two potential out comes (Hint - when the game asks are you sure if you are warrior enough for your final challenge, create a second save slot in order to return to that part of the game and finish the alternative ending you did not choose). So that's the story but lets look at presentation.
This is where the game has some major flaws . . . enemys hidden in rocks yet able to blast you, you run through a water fall only to have your screen CONSTANTLY covered in water as you continue forward, and numerous other glitches in the game that are in my thoughts expected when you have so much going on. This is why I docked only one star, but it's such a good game its hard not to give it the full 5 even with these flaws, but once they produce some patches things will get better.
The game utility: OK, so this game utilizes ubisofts own game updater and interface to load the game, 4 times since I have started working on this game I have had to hard reset my laptop in order to get it to unfreeze (no ctrl, alt, delete even!). This is not an issue with the game as much as it is with the game loader. You can not use this download key provided from amazon on steam, which is a real shame in my mind. I'm not sure how well the access to the game is offline (if there even is an offline mode), so I can not comment on that. However, other than this terribly buggy interface, the rest of the games interface is well scripted, flawless with a 360 controller hooked up, and runs amazing on Ultra with my i7 and Nvidia GX650 2gb graphics card pushing it. I have seen no real lag issues, drop in frame rate, only those buggy moments which have not slowed down gameplay, just hindered it slightly.
The game also gives you a reason to go out and hunt. You need to kill plenty of wildlife to upgrade your carry compacity from everything from guns to medicine. When you get to the higher level items to craft, you will need to go into shark infested waters with a sniper rifle, and start skinning sharks. Just be warned that it is not as easy as it sounds. Sharks drop down to the floor over time, and do not suspend in the water. More sharks come into the area after you've killed one, so be prepared for some trial and error to see what works for you. You MUST be out of the water on a rock or boat to kill a shark.
Overall you're looking at:
Gameplay: 8.75 average
Replay Value: 9
If you enjoyed Far Cry 2, you will love Far cry 3. If you are new to the series, you will enjoy it if you have that exploration mode in you for gaming. Think Uncharted meets assassins creed meets borderlands meets dead island meets skyrum. And you pretty much have it.