So, I played through Far Cry 3 and it was a lot of fun. It’s an open world first person shooter where you’re on this tropical island constantly ducking into brush and taking out the enemy. Some compare it a first person shooter Skyrim, but it had no one where near the depth of Skyrim. Still, I spent a ton of time playing it and didn’t even do all the subquests (I have too little time and too many games to play to hundred percent games).
I heard some complaints about the story (and accusations of racism), but I thought the story of some young partier who never held a gun before gradually becoming a killing machine was pretty good, and the voice acting (and character models) were great. In fact, I was surprised there wasn’t any big name actors doing the voice acting, because it was all so well done.
So I really liked the game. But it was short of great so I’m just going to spend the rest of this post pointing out the flaws.
* The hunting aspect was neat where you hunt animals to craft new gear, but there was no depth to it and it was really early in the game I already did all the hunting I needed to craft the best gear.
* You do lots of things to get money, but it ended up being somewhat pointless since you could just wait and eventually unlock all the different weapons for free doing normal quest stuff.
* I loved the capturing outpost sidequest where you went to an enemy base and tried to quietly kill everyone there without being spotted (sometimes using wild animals like tigers against them), but I found out that was working against the fun of the game. Because when you captured an outpost, that meant enemy soldiers no longer appeared in the are. And to me, a lot of the fun of traveling around the island was randomly encountering enemies and then quickly slipping into the jungle and deciding whether you wanted to try and sneak up and kill them or not.
* The bow was cool, but kinda useless compared to silences sniper rifles where you don’t have to adjust for distance (had any game realistically portrayed a sniper rifle where you actually do have to adjust for wind and distance instead of just line up the crosshairs?).
* The bad guy, Vaas, was awesome, but not in the game nearly enough. The other bigger bad, Hoyt, wasn’t in it much and wasn’t that memorable.
* You could use a skill point to unlock the ability to fire a handgun while going down a zip line, but how was inaccurately firing a hand gun for a couple seconds while going down a zip line supposed to be very useful?
* I only played the multiplayer briefly, and it just seemed like bare bones version of what you’d get from Call of Duty. But, whatever, I only really cared about the single player part.
* While the main story quests were quite cool, the sidequests called story quests all seemed to be boring fetch quests. The non-story side quests where you had to sneak up and kill a pirate with a knife were much more fun.
* The game was very violent and thus playing it may make you want to shoot up a school.