It’s rare that a game resonates with me as much as Far Cry 3. Not only was it one of the best games I’ve ever played, I enjoyed it so much that I just recently tried to give it a second go around making different choices and playing on a harder difficulty level. I can honestly say that other than a few plot twists that you obviously already know about, the game loses nothing.
I’m not huge on the multiplayer games, but with huge maps and a massive userbase playing semi-consistently, I can certainly understand why some gamers are such big fans. For me, it’s like Halo or Battlefield 3, only at half speed. I don’t know, I’m biased I supposed, but it’s just not for me. Story mode is where it’s at.
I never get tired of sneaking through the woods, and picking off pirates one-by-one with stealth moves and the bow and arrow or a silenced sniper rifle. This is the kind of thing I can do for hours on end, and then look up and see that it’s 3am and I haven’t advanced the storyline at all since I started playing at 6pm. It’s all worth it though.
So here’s what I loved most about my second play-through of one of the greatest games ever.
The storyline is still entertaining, even though I know what’s going to happen. It’s like taking your best credit card bonus (movie tickets for me), and buying tickets to a movie that you’ve seen a million times. Yeah, you’ve seen it a million times, but how many times in your life do you get to see The Matrix on an IMAX screen? Worth it.
This feels as good as it looks. Player movement is fluid, if not a bit touchy at times. There aren’t a ton of glitches in the physics and overall the game just feels solid. Things happen when you want them to, and guns, vehicles and interactions with the environment happen just the way you’d expect.
Holy amazing, Batman. This is one of the best graphical games I’ve seen in my life. The maps are massive. I’m talking so massive that you could spend the better part of an hour to get from one side to the other (taking in the stoppages for the occasional – or not so occasional firefight along the way). Not only is it huge, it’s beautiful to look at. Stand atop one of the many cell towers and just look around. It’s a place that I’d definitely visit if I had the chance. Well, assuming there weren’t insane pirates running around.
I’m not sure what else this game can offer. A great selection of guns, fantastic storyline, infinite replay-ability (especially if you’re into multi-player) and just a fun overall experience that will leave you saying “wow” after the first time you beat it.
Here’s what I recommend. Take out your credit card… the one that still has a bit of usable credit, and buy this game immediately. If you haven’t played it, you’re missing out on one of the greatest gaming experiences money can buy. It’s worth the credit card interest payments, just get the game. You can thank me later.