A couple of weeks ago I picked up Far Cry 3 pre owned along with some other titles that I never got the chance to play when they first released and I have to say that wait for Far Cry 3 is one of the best open world games I have played in a long time so on to the review and yes I know this game is slightly old now but I thought it would be a great addition to add to my reviews section.
Now Far Cry 3 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal in conjunction with other Ubisoft studios and also it was published by you guessed it Ubisoft for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and it was released in 2012 with different release dates for different countries with Australia getting the game on November 29th, Europe getting the game on November 30th and North America getting the game on December 4th.
The story of Far Cry 3 is rather straight forward, after a vacation goes awry on a tropical island between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the protagonist Jason Brody must fight to save his friends who have been kidnapped by pirates and escape from the island and its many unhinged inhabitants….yeah the worst holiday EVER in my opinion.
Far Cry 3 is open world and you have two huge islands to explore which is good because I like exploring and both are filled with a ton of things to do like racing, sharpshooting challenges, hunting and then it throws in three different kinds of collectible items to keep you playing and believe me some are a pain in the ass to get but worth it for reasons I will go into later.
Far Cry 3 has alot of unique and colorful characters ranging from sane to bat shit crazy and you will know crazy soon as you meet Vaas, one of the main bad guys but moving on, the main protagonist Jason is absolutely normal with nothing special about him but he grows as a character throughout the game and becomes not only a survivor but a fighter during his struggles to save his friends and escape the island.
There are quite a few interesting characters inhabiting Rook island like Hoyt, a infamous and incredibly dangerous slave trader who is way more psychopathic than Vaas, a unusual elderly doctor who has a thing for hallucination inducing plant life and finally the mysterious, charismatic and equally beautiful Citra who is the leader of the Rakyat warriors and a rebel that fights Hoyt’s and Vaas’ forces.
Take me into your heart. Accept me as your saviour. Nail me to the fucking cross and let me be REBORN! – Vaas Montenegro
Far Cry 3’s game play is great blend of FPS with RPG elements thrown in and it works really well and you know the phrase “you play one FPS, you have played them all” well you can play Far Cry 3 in two ways and it gives you plenty of options on how you approach combat situations and I absolutely love it when games do that.
You can “go loud” with assault rifles, sub machine guns, heavy machines guns and explosives or you can be a unseen and unheard killer with a machete, silenced weapons or a bow although I would playing this game the stealthy way because this game gets tough when you screw up.
The RPG gameplay comes in the form of skill points, upgrades and crafting and I will talk about those aspects now because you will be doing alot of crafting throughout the game so lets start with upgrade points and skills because this aspect of Far Cry 3 is really cool in my opinion.
Now the skill tree is divided into three paths: Heron, Shark, Spider and each of the trees cover specific things, for example the Heron skill tree has skills that focus on killing enemies over large distances, aerial attacks and prolonging the effectiveness of syringes you inject yourself with, the Spider path improves bow skills, faster switching/reloading of weapons and movement and finally the Shark path that has talents that increase your health bar, gives you the ability to chain take downs and many other brutal yet useful skills that you will need to survive Rook Island.
Experience points can be earned by completing missions but the game awards those who prefer the silent and stealthy play style for example, killing an armored enemy with the “Heavy Beatdown” skill (which you unlock mid to late in the game) will award you 500 experience points so my personal opinion is to play stealthy, focus on skills that award you for silent kills and pick up the rest later but here is where the upgrade aspect gets cool.
In the beginning of the game after the opening sequence, you awake to a man giving you a “tatau” aka tattoo in the shape of a band and this tattoo makes you a warrior of the Rakyat and the natives will trust you and for every upgrade you unlock, a tattoo will be added to the band and when you unlock all the skills you get a really badass looking tattoo sleeve.
So with skills out the way the next thing I shall cover is crafting and believe me you will be doing it quite a bit throughout the game for a number of reasons but I will get to that in a minute, now Jason can craft things like holsters which lets him carry more guns, pouches to carry more ammo and health and a few other things that will keep you alive a bit longer on twisted paradise that is Rook Island.
You need to hunt animals and skin them to be able to craft things and hunting is a big part of Far Cry 3 with there are side missions devoted to the activity and I spent a while preparing and upgrading my Jason, making sure he had all the weapon slots, could carry maximum ammo and well you get the idea.
Hunting aside another part of the game is climbing up rusting radio towers that let you see things on the map and there are alot of them so I hope you are a fan of heights because they are quite high and it’s a long drop if you screw up but moving on, there are also enemy camps scattered throughout the two islands that function as fast travel pointsaround the place once you have cleared out the enemies.
Doing these activities rewards the player with experience points and if you clear bases of enemies without being seen or tripping alarms then you get a huge 1500 experience points so clearing these bases are key to unlocking vital skills but moving on I think I should move on to graphics and voice acting.
The graphics are pretty good on 360 considering there is alot of green in this game with you being on a tropical island and such and there isn’t tearing or any low texture spots which is good but where this game shines is the voice acting because of one scene that is now considered a highlight of great voice acting and it is what made me buy Far Cry 3, the clip is below and you should really watch it.
Michael Mando who is Vaas’ voice actor along with being the guy responsible for motion capture for him is down right incredible and his performance as Vaas is easily the best thing and also my favorite thing about the game considering he was never even meant to exist in Far Cry 3.
The developers loved his audition so much they developed a completely new character for Michael and that character became the drugged up, psychopathic yet oddly likable pirate known as Vaas so that’s a cool bit of trivia for you guys just in case you didn’t know that but I am moving on to other things like replay value.
Far Cry 3 has 50 achievements worth a total of 1000 gamerscore if you are on xbox 360 like me with nearly all of those being in the main game and the other ones being in the co op mode which I will get into a bit later because it is rather quite good even though it is short.
Now I took my time with Far Cry 3 by finding collectibles, hunting and crafting things and farming experience points so I had all the basic skills unlocked so I could tackle the main story which took me about 3 days to complete on regular difficulty and I managed to get all the single player achievements in a single playthrough.
There is also a 6 mission mini story co operative mode that can be played online and offline and focuses on a group of people that was working on board a ship that was sold to pirates months before the main story of Far Cry 3 and it is pretty decent (the rest of the achievements involve completing this mode), it has some really “colorful” characters and even more “colorful” language with a character named Callum being the worst offender of this out of the lot.
There is also a online mutliplayer mode but it isn’t well that great and there isn’t really much of a incentive to play the mode considering the game has no achievements tied to that mode so I can only recommend buying Far Cry 3 for it’s awesome single player and it’s semi decent yet enjoyable co op modes.
Long story short Far Cry 3 is a great open world FPS game and it is a great addition to anyone’s library, I had a tonne of fun with the game and I would highly recommend it if you are a fan of open world games, shooters, games with tense and plot filled story and etc.
You can buy Far Cry 3 by itself for quite cheap second hand or get it in a collection along with the original Far Cry, Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3’s standalone game set in a science fiction inspired 2007 titled Blood Dragon which should also be quite cheap and honestly 4 games for one set price is an absolute steal in my opinion.
So that’s it from me, sorry it took so long to get this review out but I was without internet last weekend and can’t write anything if I can’t use my WordPress but anyway I am back and all is good so if you liked this review then please like, comment down below and share and maybe check out other posts so with that I am done….see you guys next time