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Far Cry 3

Rating: 9.3

Genre: Shooter
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Written by: Joe Urso



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Ah, the Pacific Islands, a tropical Heaven for anyone that can actually afford it. Although, what happens, when your vacation includes guns and contraband? Far Cry 3 will answer all of these questions in an immense story line that attracts even the most hardcore strategy gamers to indulge in this fun and beautiful game.

Single Player: The Far Cry series has been bringing about a fun and adventurous campaign since 2004, we’ve always loved it, and we always put off chores and homework for more of it. Far Cry 3 delivered more than I expected from the trailers and developer previews. I expected this awesome game, filled with adventure, but not the greatest thing since sliced bread. Man was I wrong. You play as a young adult by the name of Jason Brody; you came to the Pacific alongside your brothers, friends, and girlfriend. However, the gang decides to skydive onto an ‘abandoned’ island. They’ll find out it’s no so abandoned once they get captured by the secondary protagonist by the name of Vaas Montenegro. Essentially you escape and fight back against this group of pirates who hold your friends and family hostage, eventually challenging the main protagonist, Hoyt Volker, one of the most dangerous smuggling leaders in the world. If you’ve played any of the previous Far Cry games, expect this one to revolve around the same concept. You’re on this beautiful yet destroyed Pacific Island home to Natives being forced into submission by the Pirates and the Privateers; which brings us part of the main story line, to help free these people as well. The game is totally sandbox, so enjoy driving cars or riding jet skis around the island, and visiting friendly cities to have a beer and play some poker. Though the game has a main story, there are side quests you can do, such as supply drops or killing poachers. This adds to the intensity of the game, and really makes you feel like one with the jungle.  Overall the story is pretty well plotted, and will get more and more intense as you advance. Certain decisions will allow for one of two possible endings.
Rating: 9

Multiplayer: Far Cry multiplayer is something you need to question yourself on, is this really going to be good, or a total letdown? Well, Far Cry multiplayer is far from a letdown. There’s a small coop campaign on a small island off the coast of the main one you play on in the single player campaign. The coop isn’t very long yet allows you to play with up to 3 others, in an intense conflict basically bent on revenge. The back story is somewhat bland yet the actual campaign is short yet extremely fun. The shortness is probably due to the fact that the developers didn’t want you to stray too far from the main single player campaign. There are also your regular multiplayer modes. This is on an entirely new island, once again off the coast of the main one, where you have your generic team deathmatch, deathmatch, and etcetera. The connectivity is rather good, and the gameplay is immersive and addicting. For a sandbox game good multiplayer usually isn’t a must have, yet for Far Cry, it was rather phenomenal compared to those of other sandbox games.
Rating: 9

Gameplay: The gameplay mechanics of Far Cry 3 are endless to talk about. There’s so much material in the game that excites even those who hate aggressive games like this one. The graphics for one look amazing. The beautiful island really is quite a site to see. Everything looks good, including water and fire graphics. The character models and facial models of main characters are great, the lip sync is well done, and you really do get a sense that you’ve been on an island for a long time. The entire game runs in first person, even the cuts scenes; so do not expect to see yourself in the game. The game is totally yours to roam and explore as you may, with many caves and caverns with hidden relics and treasures. You may also liberate outposts as you wish, giving them back to the Natives by killing the guards. The game features enemy car patrols and small foot patrols around parts of the island that are currently in enemy hands. The Natives will do the same when a portion is liberated. Always keep in mind the patrols and be careful not to cross their path, or at least be prepared to do so. The game also features a role playing aspect, as you level up and unlock skills which can make your killing of enemies more deadly and efficient. Every time you unlock a new skill you also earn new tattoos that match the selection of your skills. By the end of the game you should have or at least be close to a full sleeve of tattoos. There are plenty of guns for the picking, they can be upgraded at stores, and ammo refilled. There are silent weapons for you stealthy folk, or assault weapons like RPGs for you tough folks. There is also a crafting system to utilize to your advantage. You can go to various hunting grounds, where a variety of animals exist, kill them and skin them for crafting. There’s everything from shoreline sharks to tigers to komodo dragons. Certain animals can be dangerous and attack back, while others simply run in fear. As you skin different animals, you can craft certain pieces of equipment that will help you to carry more ammo or healing syringes. Did I say syringes? Why yes, I did. You can also collect various colored leaves off of plants that you can mix together to create syringes that will enhance fighting, underwater breathing, or heal you in the midst of combat. Along with syringe crafting there’s also crafting of special ammo for certain weapons. For the recurve bow, you can craft fire arrows and explosive arrows (my favorite), to add some flavor to your fighting. Overall the gameplay mechanics of this game are not ordinary, they’re over the top and therefore deserves nothing less of a ten.
Rating: 10

Far Cry 3 Minimum System Requirements:
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6700 2.66GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3GHz or better
GPU RAM: 512 MB DirectX 9.0-compliant card with Shader Model 4.0 or higher
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 / Radeon HD 2900
DX: 9

Far Cry 3 Recommended System Requirements:
CPU: Intel Core i3-530 / AMD Phenom II X2 565 or better
GPU RAM: 1024 MB DirectX 11-compliant card with Shader Model 4.0 or higher
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 640 1GB / Radeon HD 4850
DX: 11

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