Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 is an open world, action-adventure, first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It is the third installment in the Far Cry series, although technically it's not a sequel to the first or second installment. The game was released on November 29, 2012 in Australia, November 30 in the UK, and December 4 in North America. A stand-alone expansion titled Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was released on April 30, 2013.
In order to celebrate his younger brother Riley getting his pilot's license, Jason Brody and his older brother Grant, along with Riley and a group of friends (Oliver, Liza, Daisy and Keith) go on vacation at the marvelous Rook Islands, an archipelago located near Indonesia and dance at a nightclub in Bangkok. Unfortunately, while on a skydiving trip, they land on an island, where they are kidnapped by Vaas Montenegro, a mentally unstable pirate leader who plans to sell them as slaves, until Vaas is interrupted by a man he works for who tells him to stop harassing the Brody brothers and to take care of "reject hostages". Fortunately, both Grant and Jason manage to break free from their bamboo-made cage after Grant, being a former member of the U.S. Army, kills a guard with ease as Vaas kills the four rejects because their families did not pay their ransoms in the enemy camp, but luckily he does not spot the two.
The two brothers manage to evade the pirates and reach the end of the camp, but unfortunately, the infuriated Vaas shoots Grant in the neck, killing him and orders Jason to flee from him.
Why It Rocks
- Great graphics.
- Likable characters, especially Vaas Montenegro and Dr. Earnhardt.
- Lots of hours of gameplay.
- Interesting storyline.
- The Rooks Island is huge with lots to explore.
- Awesome voice acting. Especially Michael Mando as Vaas Montenegro.
- Lots of side content, which includes 4 different side quests.
- "Path of the Hunter", which is where you have to hunt an animal with rare skin which can be used to make the highest tiers of crafting, like the extended loot rucksack or wallet.
- "Supply Drop"- You must drive through markers on a Quad Bike or other vehicle to deliver medical supplies in the time provided.
- "Trial of the Rakyat" — The trials force players to gun your way through waves of enemy troops within a time limit, with a fixed set of weapons.
- Wanted Dead — Players find a pirate commander and kill him with either a machete or a takedown. You can use any weapons to kill the remaining pirates.
- Expansive collection of weapons, ranging from old surplus arms to fresh out of the factory Desert Eagles and Vectors. Also, you can no longer suffer from weapon degradation and jamming featured in the prequel.
- Great soundtrack.
- Animals and the surrounding environmental items now acts as an important crafting materials, rather than just being a placeholder of nature.
- A number of new vehicles including jet skis, buggies, and hang gliders.
- For the first time in the series, the game now features the Wingsuit, which acts like a portable Hang Glider and allows you to perform a "Death From Above" takedown if you reach an enemy with perfect timing.
- Gets rid of the mechanics that were criticized in the second game, including the malaria attacks and randomly respawning enemy outposts.
- Impressive dialogue, especially the iconic line "Did I ever tell you the definition... of insanity?".
- Pleasurable easter eggs and references to other video games, as well as movies and TV shows, like when Vaas, after killing Grant, yells at Jason "Run, Forrest, run!", which is an iconic line from Forrest Gump.
- There's a Co-op story mode that takes place six months prior to the single-player campaign. It centers around four characters, Leonard, Mikhail, Callum and Tisha being scammed out of their money by Vaas' pirates while working to redeem themselves on a cruise ship.
- The Map Editor is improved from the previous games, allowing players to place down AI and wildlife of any type, however AI, weapons and vehicles can only be used for personal use.
- There's now a skill tree that can be upgraded through three trees:
- The Heron: Long-range takedowns and mobility.
- The Shark: Assault takedowns and healing.
- The Spider: Stealth takedowns and survival.
- The classic edition is a dumbed down port compared to the original, removing the Co-op, Multiplayer and even Map Editor, which looks better than the last-gen versions. The Classic Edition also lacks anti-aliasing (Except while playing on a PS4 Pro).
- Also, the Classic Edition is based the PC version of the game.
- In the PC and Xbox 360 versions, the audio is compressed, which sounds muffled and doesn't have this problem in the PS3 versions. Even Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon suffers this problem
- Several moments where you have to listen to long speeches filled with pretentious dialogue, and can't skip the cutscenes without missing important plot points.
- Some missions force you to play poker (even though being scripted to not either win or lose), which can be pretty tedious including a certain sidequest involving a stolen necklace (in which requires winning a certain amount of money to progress). If you're really bad at it, expect yourself having a rather hard time.
- The console versions suffer from low frame-rate and tons of frame drops, this is even worse in the PS3 version. Even after being patched, it still suffers from a choppy framerate, especially during the open world.
- Also the console versions have no V-Sync. Because of this, it will (at times) look like the screen is chopped in half.
- No 100% reward.
- As of early 2018, the Far Cry 3 Outpost App is no longer available for download on Google's Play Store or Apple's App Store. Even worse, You can't log into the app anymore and Ubisoft replaced the co-op site with the Far Cry 5 site, making the second decoder slot completely impossible to unlock.
- In actuality, there is an island simply known as Rook Island instead of Rook Islands (since it is not an archipelago) located near Papua New Guinea.
- Machinima’s review of the game spawned the Like Skyrim with Guns Meme.