...insanity calls home!
Far cry 3 opens with a concussive bang, amazing voice acting and a chilling scene. From the outset our main character is already in a dire situation, pirates/terrorists/mad men have captured you and your Abercrombie wearing friends, and it soon becomes up to you to save them and yourself. The rabbit hole you will descend down is rife with violence, fear, hallucinations, suspense and good old fashioned fun!
The game is excellently paced, from the start a sense of urgency abounds. You will need to master this island, or it will quickly become your shallow and sunny grave. Without going into too much detail, sufice it to say there will be people native to the island that are also in desperate situations, they will need your help. In exchange they will guide you to your friends and show you the ways of Rook island and help you to grow stronger, more cunning, and more ferocious.
The weapons in the game are diverse and excellently modeled, the recoil and weight to each is done perfectly, and the sound when you fire off a round is immense and splendid. The shooting mechanics are expertly crafted and feel authentic. If you were searching for a minor gripe, it could be that the a.i. is somewhat lackluster at times. As usually is the case with most shooters, enimies can be funneled into doorways or corridors and taken out two to three at a time.
Quite honestly though, this is a minor complaint, most encounters will occur in a vast open area, you will find yourself ducking for cover and praying for a spare moment to inject yourself with a healing herb syringe that you have crafted yourself....the firefights are epic and intense, and speaking of crafting...
Crafting in the game is simple, straightforward, but nessasary. Unlike many games that have a crafting element that is totally optional, in Far Cry 3, is is downright mandatory, that is, unless you want a wallet that only holds a few hundred dollars, a weapon holster that only allows you to carry one gun, or a backback that fills up within one or two missions. These items can be crafted by hunting the indigenous species of the island. Stalking the beautiful foothills in the setting sun, lining up the perfect shot. Using your own crafted hunters potions to mask your scent and veil you approach, this is NOT your average mash a few ingots together to make new boots affair.
No, this is Far Cry 3, a giant, beautiful sandbox that allows you to game the way you see fit. There are giant radio towers to decommision to gain access to new weapons, relics to be found for experience gains, wanted posters with assassinations to complete. As you progress through the game you will be awarded skill points, these translate into new tattoos that appear on your avatars body, signaling yet another right of passage. They range from simple speed increases, or holding your breath longer while aiming to more elaborate choices that will play into your gaming styles, like stealth killing an enemy from above, or dragging the bodies of your victims away from prying eyes.
The game rewards you for playing to your liking, exploration, precision and a slight case of ocd are all favored here, and you will be rewarded handsomely for them all.
The visuals of the game are 100% top tier, day and night cycle in and out with a gentle ebb and flow, thunderstorms roll in over the vast waterways, streams, lakes and estuaries. The sun glints through the trees with a warm, realistic glow. The animals are modeled excellently and the in game character models are truly a sight to behold. The draw distance in the game is jaw droppingly beautiful, sometimes you will find yourself pearched 100's of feet in the air on a giant radio tower, in sheer awe at the masterful world laid out before you, or hang-gliding over the misty foothills of some unexplored range.
As for the multiplayer, I only checked out about an hour or so, I am just having way too much fun exploring the vastness of the single player portion. What I did play of it struck me as very fun, yet very familiar. Though the amazing visuals and audio presentation still hold true in the MP portion of the game. After I have spent many, many more hours roaming the wildlands of the island, I am quite sure I will be back to give the MP a closer look.
Let me say this, as close as any vidoe game can get to perfection, this is it. The gunplay, the visuals, the audio, the voice acting, the rpg-like elements, the vast and wonderfully realized world, they all come together to form a glorious cornucopia of gaming awesomeness that, I believe, is unmatched this year, possibly this generation...
That is Far Cry 3, you owe it to yourself to get lost on this beautiful and terrifying island, jump on in, the longest part of a journey is the first step.
What are you waiting for?