Far Cry 3 Review
Far Cry 3's intelligent and elegant open-world structure balances exciting action with the joys of free-form adventuring, making it one of the best shooters of the year.
- A huge tropical world stuffed with fun things to do
- Ecology and unpredictable creatures make the world come alive
- Stealth and action come together in rewarding ways
- Role-playing elements and difficulty curve give a sense of momentum
- Great structure leads you from one activity to the next.
- Some design quirks lead to minor frustrations
- Certain story elements break the immersion.
Far Cry 3 is a delightful and harsh tropical wonderland, crawling with wildlife and threatened by the pirates and drug runners that disrupt its peace. The troubled paradise you explore is colorful and wild, enticing you to investigate its ravines and discover new ways to enjoy the open-world playground sprawling in front of you. This is a game that ignites the desire to complete every last challenge and check out every last icon on your map. You gradually journey across the entirety of two sunny and sinful islands, hunting for rare game, speeding medicine to needy communities, and skinning sharks so that you might craft new wallets with their hides. Far Cry 3 is an excellent game, marred mainly by some irritating design elements and an inconsistent story that often defaults to generic "tribal" cliches to make an impact.
When the story leaves those cliches behind for deeper territory, however, it does manage to communicate ideas of substance. It takes many hours for its themes to come together in a coherent way--yet in certain aspects, the incoherence makes sense. As protagonist Jason Brody, your initial quest to rescue your friends from a chaotic and truly frightful pirate named Vaas turns into a personal journey blurred by drugs, and fueled by the desire to follow a new and exciting spiritual path. Those friends are too shallow for you to care much about them, which keeps the story at arm's length for a good half of the game. But his friends' shallowness ultimately allows Jason to take a guilt-free look inward, as he grows further mesmerized by the customs of the local Rakyat tribe that takes him under its wing. You might see the narrative curveballs coming after a while, but the trippy manner in which certain events unfold effectively blurs the lines between reality and Jason's occasionally drug-addled imagination.
Nonetheless, narrative oddities stand out. Some of Jason's friends are strangely unaffected by the horrors inflicted upon them. The game quickly glosses over an event that would make most of us emotional wrecks, making Jason's proclamations that the issue was harder to deal with than he expected ring hollow. Some moments seem made to be shocking for the sake of shock alone--not because they develop the world or its characters--but Far Cry 3 isn't so much about story as it is about its world, and the ways you exploit it for your own personal enjoyment. Story missions have you navigating caves and holding off enemies in modern shooter fashion, but out in the wild, you have an entire paradise to tame.
And it's that lush and menacing world that makes Far Cry 3 utterly enthralling. The game is big, certainly, but where Far Cry 2 could feel aimless, its sequel feels more focused without ever losing its sandbox appeal. One core activity may sound familiar to returning fans: you shoot up enemy outposts so that you may liberate them, turning them into safe zones where you can load up on ammo and other supplies. These camps also serve as quick-travel points, lessening the tedium of driving from one objective to the next. Early on, freeing an outpost can be remarkably easy: you shoot down a handful of pirates, and the flag is raised declaring the camp as the Rakyat's. Further in, however, you must put Far Cry 3's diverse possibilities to intelligent use.
One consideration: you must be aware of an outpost's alarm. Should a pirate trigger it, reinforcements arrive in a matter of seconds, so you might want to sneak in and deactivate the alarm system. Or, you could snipe the individual alarms, though shooting one does not deactivate others. Caged leopards and bears can be freed with a single shot, granting you a temporary ally in your quest for vengeance. Consider using a C4 charge and luring a small group of pirates to an explosive demise, or using a flamethrower to char evil henchmen to a crisp. That same flamethrower can lay waste to vegetation and effectively create moats of fire that can keep combatants at bay. (Well, some combatants, anyway.) Near the end of the game, your foes can put up quite a fight, and be great in number, so Far Cry 3 doesn't just give you the tools to be creative; it ultimately demands you use them to survive.
You don't have to conduct your business so loudly and dramatically, however: Far Cry 3 gives you ample opportunity to be stealthy and sometimes outright requires it. Forced stealth, such as that seen in a later-game mission that fails you the moment you are discovered, isn't that enjoyable. Fortunately, sneaking about is usually a blast, because it pays off in a brutal takedown of your unsuspecting target. Such moments are even greater once you have earned certain powerful abilities, such as the one that allows you to assassinate a pirate and toss a blade into another's skull in a single, effortless move.
Liberating outposts is only one of many activities to pursue in Far Cry 3. To reveal more of the map and gain access to free weapons, you climb radio towers and hack their transmitters. The entire concept is clearly inspired by the Assassin's Creed series, and no wonder, considering both games were created by the same development studio. First-person platforming is a frequent frustration in shooters--but Far Cry 3 makes it a delight. The tower creaks and groans as you climb ladders, make a few well-timed leaps, grasp some ledges, and ultimately arrive at the pinnacle. After you make a few hardware adjustments to the transmitter, the camera zooms to several points of interest, and you can make a breathless descent to the ground via zip line.
There's so much more out there: hunting missions that give you a bow and arrow or a shotgun, perhaps, and send you after rare creatures. You can jump on an ATV or behind the wheel of a truck for a timed medicine run that showcases Far Cry 3's bouncy vehicles--and how they respond authentically to the bumpy terrain. Some challenges compare your performance to other players via the game's online leaderboards; others require you to murder a specific target using your knife. These activities are tied together in smart ways, with one task often leading you to another hunting challenge, a vehicle to race, or even a cave to investigate.
I can't believe the hype this game got, makes no sense for me. Whats the deal with video games these days, were you got a 30 hs game, and 22 of those are side mission. Makes no fucking sense. Stop making all these stupid side-crap, and write a GOOD story with a GOOd fuckin ending, couse this one sucked, come on ubisoft. all your games are starting to look like.
@hihop_ss I agree....I got lost after 2 hours of playing, not knowing if I had to skin animals, save someone, go fishing, find mushrooms, buy stuff.... f...it. Visually is very good, and the chances of going pretty much anywhere are great, but, is very tricky to make an open world game like this and get lost in the main objective, I'm usually good at this games, but indeed, you loose track of what are you doing and it gets boring very quickly... I spent like 45 minutes looking for a retarded pig to make I cant even remember what.... I think I'll give it another try and that's it...
It has a better story than FC2 (not hard) but the visuals are poor in comparison, there are many bugs too. The plants are jagged with no textures and become 2D 'followers' at a certain height, grass can be found floating above the ground on every hill, holes can be found in the map, even found a creek that looks full of water but it doesn't react to you moving through it. It's ugly for a FC game but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.
I didn't find the game as intense as Farcry 2. I loved Farcry 2 and had no issues at all with it. I agree that once you take an outpost an area becomes too easy to travel through. What killed this game for me is those dreadful load times. I beat Farcry 2 on the hardest difficulty and did all the side stuff and it was brutal but fun. I don't know if I could handle playing this on a harder difficulty because it means sitting through more load times....painful.
Will you be able to have a ps3 and 360 coop game with Destiny where you are fighting the aliens together the save humans from exstintion ??
Too bad. It's close to a fantastic game but the difficulty is far too easy.Even playng on warrior level - I've stopped liberating outposts as an area gets very boring once that's done and theres no enemies around any more. That's a shame, as liberating outposts is really enjoyable but now I cant do it or the game gets boring lol. A lot of potential in this game but it's not nearly challenging enough. 6/10
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@troyhalo34 you have no taste. The dubstep and the trendy feminine characters and protagonist were the worst parts about the game. The psychotic jungle tribal drums of Farcry 2 was much better. This game did have cool wild life and great combat though. Too bad everything else was lame.
Great gameplay. Every move you make counts in this game. It feels like going through the Ranger Course all over again. Interesting walkthrough as you craft your medicine, your skills. Skill tree upgrade keeps the whole gameplay exciting. Graphics are good too. The weapons are a little bit cliche, but fun to meddle with each time. The only frustrating part is finding the relics lying around as the mountainous regions are almost impossible to infiltrate. All in all, the game is worth the rating.
I wonder...was this game reviewed before the first patch was released? Stupid question, I know, but I was just reading the version history and it came to mind that they added quite a few things. I just let my friend borrow this game from me because I beat it, and I'm hoping he doesn't encounter any bugs. He doesn't play online, so he will be playing the game exactly how it comes in the box. :(
With all the new games out right now it's hard to make a choice on which one to get. My top 5 list of must haves is 1. Dishonored, 2. Borderlands 2, 3. Far Cry 3, 4. Halo 4, 5. Black Ops 2.
I beat the game in one and half day on Warrior difficulty, Why is it not challenging like farcry 2?? OK great open world and stunning graphics...etc. But so easy pirates die quickly and all you have to do is carry the seringes and green leafs and heal everytime you are hit, this bothered me a lot since i finished farcry 2 on hardest difficutly and it was a real challenge and the way of saving was a challenge it self, IMO farcry 3 deserves 7 ot 7.5 maximum and farcry 2 is much much better.
@darksoul1968 far cry 2 the game with no hit detection was better and harder
im pretty sure it was harder because bullets don't register
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@Crimson_Erskine mmmmmmmm it seems you like easy games and hard games are too tough for you,i bet that you even play on lowest difficulty, if u r a true video gamer u would realize that a good open world game obliges you to explore in order to improve your self and beat the game such as diablo, borderlands, dragon age, divinity, demon and dark souls which are my favorites. Anyway go get educated and keep exploring the island in farcry 3, Good luck
After playing Far Cry 2, which I absolutely hated, I was hesitant to pick up Far Cry 3. I bought Far Cry 3 anyway after reading the positive reviews it got and I have to say I don't regret my purchase one bit. Far Cry 3 is fantastic and it fixed nearly everything wrong of Far Cry 2. Game Of The Year contender for sure.
@original_elite I fully agree with everything you just said. Far Cry 2 fails in comparison to this masterpiece.
@original_elite I couldn't agree more. I too, was on the fence with FC3 because of the things I disliked in FC2. I'm glad I looked past that. I have only played 4 hours so far, but loving every second of it. I am going to play through as much as this game as I can and enjoy the whole game for what the devs made it to be. GOTY nominee at the least.
@original_elite i still like far cry 2 though...the only problem i had in that game was probably the guns keep jamming and stuff..a little too realistic but challenging..both games are awesome but this ones way better then second one hands down..a 10 for me...FC2 a 9 :-)
Decent enough shooter but just a tad overrated - this game is more like a 7.5 than 9.0. While the game world itself is open and players are free to wander and do whatever they want, the main missions linked to the story are disappointingly constrained i.e. often players are forced to use a particular method to accomplish a mission goal (such as using a knife only for kills) - this IMO, is a bad design choice for a game that sells itself as an open world game and a game that has a history of allowing players to choose their own path to completing a mission. Really a step backwards - IMO, if you haven't played it already, go back to FC 2 which is a much better game than no. 3.
@Agent_47"the main missions linked to the story are disappointingly constrained i.e. often players are forced to use a particular method to accomplish a mission goal (such as using a knife only for kills) - this IMO, is a bad design choice for a game that sells itself as an open world game and a game that has a history of allowing players to choose their own path to completing a mission. Really a step backwards - IMO, if you haven't played it already, go back to FC 2 which is a much better game than no. 3."
no no no mate thats bullshit or well maybe just your opinion.
and yet halo 4, one of the most boring and repetative games is a 10?
Beat the game a few days ago, its good and worth a look but it lacks fun things to do after finishing the main story. The side quests are short and boring, Multiplayer is alright but seems like a missed opportunity, they could have made a large part of the island open to 50-100 people with all the elements of the SP open for use.
Looking foward to future Dlc, hopefully for SP.
nothing like fallout 3 at all. Far Cry 3 is a fps with some perks that can be unlocked with exp, more like Dead Island. Story wise FC3 is much better than FO3 but I still prefer fallout
@kingoflife9 no not rpg,it's just fps open world,there is no choice you can make during the game to change the story line or etc( just like Just Cause 2 but in fps style)the only choice you can make is at the last mission which lead you to another ending that's all.my opinion, it's a good fps with great visual but nothing new.8 of 10.
@kingoflife9 yah think of it like a kinda low budget fallout, its a big open world shooter but with the quality youd see from the games in the 10$ bin after a year
@waraga The Graphics looked way better and had smoother animations on pc
I'm a PC user and prefer PC controls, but in the case of Far Cry I can't see the advantage of playing on a PC unless you have a really high end system and can max out all the display sliders.
I thought waraga might have had another reason for making that comment, that was why I asked.
the grapics are spectacular. omg. i like how random the game is. u could be deep in a fight and things are not going urway and a wild animal may come out and turn the tide but at the same time u have to run for ur life lol. your very underpowered when u first start the game. i cant stand the resistance u fight with. they are never around until u take over a stronghold lol. but great game
I love this flipping game!!!!!! Every time I play it I see something new aNd the graphics look crisper and clearer ,more and more. This is one of the best games of all time! And I've played everything starting from the ColecoVision days!!! I know, pure experience!
People can someone help me with this strange bug....
There's a bug in the game that doesn't allow me use my weapons/granades etc I can only use syringes and throw rocks.... When I move i can't see the weapon that I'm holding... That bug appeared when I was for the first time on the second island. Since then i cannot proceed on the main quest....
I thoroughly enjoyed far cry 2 for what it did right (setting was great, the main "villain" was great and the gameplay minus travel was great) It had its fair share of faults mainly taking half an hour to get to a destination which got repetitive but this game changed that with a good fast travel system and while it is not perfect it is exemplary and I can say this is going to be my goty with halo 4 or borderlands 2 being the two following