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Far Cry 3 Review

Far Cry 3 Review

The Far Cry series has always offered an experience that's much more than you would expect from your average first person shooter and this third iteration is no different. In fact, you can quite easily say that it goes beyond what most might expect. Gameplay continues to grow in depth with each game and with Far Cry 3 this is no exception. In short, Far Cry 3 offers one of the most memorable gaming experiences of 2012.

Before starting off, it's worth noting that previous experience with past Far Cry games isn't needed, as each main game does not tie into each other in regards to story. In Far Cry 3 you play as Jason Brody, your typical "bro" in his mid 20's and lives in California. Jason is with his two brothers and close friends as they take a vacation in the South Pacific. While all seems fine at first, a fateful skydiving trip to an uncharted island leads to Jason and his friends getting kidnapped by pirates. You are then thrown into the world of human trafficking and do whatever it takes to become stronger and escape with all of your friends.

This is easier said than done since there is nothing special about Jason and killing another human is easier said than done at first. As any commercial or trailer for the game will tell you, Far Cry 3 is about insanity and it nails this as you slowly progress down this path of murder. While most games act completely oblivious to your main character being a glorified psychopath, Far Cry 3 lets you get a realistic look at yourself as you become someone totally different by the end of the game.

From the moment you are kidnapped and start playing, you are introduced to Vaas. Vaas is one of the many odd characters you will meet as you travel through this tropical island and these characters help make the story as memorable as it is. The villains you try to stop are truly evil and the game does a great job at making not only Jason, but you the player hate them for the things they have done. Still the villains stand out not only because of fantastic writing, the voice actors do such a great job of becoming the character and rank up there with the instantly memorable villains in games.

Ignoring all of the side quest alone will give you a campaign that last well over 20 hours and the flow from mission to mission makes putting the game down the hardest part of the experience. Far Cry 3 feels like a first person survival simulator and immerses you in ways most shooters don't and can't. Instead of just feeling like a floating head who has guns to shoot with, Far Cry 3 takes the experience one step further and adds little touches that go a long way in getting wrapped up in the experience of playing.

Surviving will require you to not only know how to shoot, but how to sneak, craft, and traverse the massive island. The game starts off by showing you all of these features with simple tasks like, buying a gun, turning on a radio tower, and hunting a boar. While this sounds simple at first you will find these three tasks will show you what it takes to survive and progress. Still if taking your time and sneaking isn't your cup of tea, the game can also work by just running around all guns blazing.

No matter how you play, you will be rewarded with different benefits. In fact, mixing the two styles together works seamlessly. You gain XP for clearing missions, killing enemies, exploring and more and this XP can be used to improve your abilities. Each skill learned is represented by a new tattoo on your arm and this will grow in as you continue to learn new skills. Different skill trees let you unlock skills and play the way you want, but the unlocking every skill can be done with enough time. This way you are never locked down to one play type and can mix things up.

Quest variety brings a fresh breath of air with many of the story missions taking you all over the island. There are many notable missions that stand out and you'll wish you could replay them just for the memorable set piece moments. The side quest don't hold a candle, but are sure to keep you occupied if you're looking for more to do and highlight some parts of the island you may not see otherwise.

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