Far Cry 3 Review
Although Far Cry 3 was released all the way back in December, with new DLC on the way for the game, I think it is worth taking a look at for anyone who did not pick up the game. Far Cry 3 is an extremely action packed and exciting game with intense gameplay moments throughout the game. What is surprising is how story driven and powerful the gameplay becomes due to a perfectly crafted story.
In Far Cry 3, Jason Brody and his friends, skydive onto an island infested with pirates who specialize in capturing and selling tourists into the slave trade. This immediately regrettable decision leads Jason alone on the island with the goal of saving all of his friends from the pirates before they are sold into the slave trade. Jason becomes a part of the Rakyat tribe and gains the power of the tattoo. With every tattoo that Jason gains, he grows farther apart from his friends. The island and the power of the tattoo and the love for his friends will become a more challenging opponent then the deadly pirates on the island.
The gameplay is a fairly basic FPS style that many people are probably useful. However, what is more impressive about Far Cry 3 is the RPG elements that are infused into the gameplay. For example, you will level up and be able to choose the tattoos that you acquire, each with its own special ability that it grants Jason. The game also heavily rewards exploration by basing the weapon unlocks on unique collectibles throughout the game and through radio towers that need to be activated to acquire new weapons. Far Cry 3 fuses FPS and RPG elements into the gameplay to make an extremely satisfying gameplay experience. Far Cry 3 also includes a pretty interesting hunting mechanic that seemed to get a huge amount of attention on release. Jason can kill different animals on the island – many of which are endangered species – to make different ammo and weapon pouches. Aside from the hilarity associated with kill a rare black tiger to make an ammo pouch, the hunting in Far Cry 3 adds a fun new RPG elements to the game.
The island in Far Cry 3 looks truly amazing. It is so detailed it looks as though the art team designed each blade of grass individually. Every part of island looks perfect and the tropical island setting is perfect for this game. The characters are also amazingly created. The facial expression and design of the faces on the characters at each influential moments is truly impressive. The characters behave so realistically the cut scenes seem more like movies than video games. Every environment that the game throws at you is beautifully made. Whether it is the free flowing and lush jungle trees or the glistening waters of the ocean, the environments help put the player into the story of Jason Brody.
I am huge believer that sound is a huge part of a video game. Whether it is the music or voice acting, sound plays a massive rule in a video game. Far Cry 3 is probably the best sounding video game I have played in a very long time. I will even go as far to say that Far Cry 3 has the best voice acting I have ever played in a video game. I could not control my bodily functions when I hear Vass’s horrifyingly evil voice for the first time. Seriously, the voice acting just makes the characters come to life in such a meaningful way. Aside from the voice acting, the sound of the island itself is perfect. The wind through the trees and rushing water are minor details that just show how much time was put into making the island feel perfect for the players. One final thing I will say about the sound is that, the guns actually sound like guns. This is one of the few games I have played where you can actually feel the power of guns through the sound they make. Again, these minor details just add to experience of playing Far Cry 3.
Controls and Feel
This review is based on the PC version of the game.