With A Rebel Yell
At first I wasn’t really a fan of the Far Cry series. I didn’t play the original Far Cry but I did try Far Cry 2 but I just couldn’t get into it. It was the driving that put me off. I figured that if that was going to be my main form of transportation I didn’t want to go any further. When Far Cry 3 was announced fan boys (and girls) were creaming their pants but I honestly couldn’t care less about it. As soon as I saw the reviews about Far Cry 3 and further comments from my friends about how they were enjoying it despite them also not liking Far Cry 2, it piqued my interest. I’m happy to say I stuck it out because it’s a very enjoyable game but not without it’s flaws
The story feels like it’s pulled straight out of an 80’s action film staring Kurt Russell. You’re playing the part of a prissy American on a piss up trip with a couple of your mates doing all kinds of things; skydiving, snorkelling and of course, getting kidnapped by pirates. After your brother (who’s in the army) gets brutally murdered in front of you, you escape and get brought in by the local rebels who give you a mystical tattoo which magically allows you to become a ninja and expert marksman because of ‘reasons’. From there you’re set upon a journey of discovery full of thrills, love and revenge…or can you just blow crap up and gank the nearest native in the face.
Somebodies getting it in the face
People have called Far Cry 3 “Skyrim with guns” which isn’t entirely accurate but I can see where the similarities lie. It has the combat and first person of Skyrim (minus the magic), the hunting and skinning off Assassin’s Creed 3 and the liberation of camps and outposts from Just Cause 2. It’s a mishmash of different games and they all work really well together. Sneaking around and harpooning people with your bow then C4ing the corpse when people come around to investigate is always fun. You’ll get a kick from just wandering about and exploring the vast open world. I was playing for over 15 hours and I hadn’t even covered a quarter of the map and I only completed 4 missions.
I spent the vast majority making animals drop into the endangered list. I don’t know why but its fun just killing and skinning animals to make bigger and better things. Nothing goes to waste. The wordings on classes are a bit weird though. When you look through the camera animals are listed as predators and herbivores and when it should have been aggressive and non-aggressive. I noticed it when they were trying to tell me that the buffalo that was chasing me wasn’t trying to scare me away but trying to run me down to munch on my innards.
Komodo Dragon striking a dashing pose before it gets made into a pair of boots
The side quests are pretty fun as well, again, pretty much like the hunting quests in Assassins Creed 3 and racing from Just Cause 2 but they also have ‘Wanted’ missions where you have to kill a pirate general surrounded by his goons with just your knife. Manly stuff. You also have little missions as well called Rakyat Trials where you try and kill as many people using a certain gun in a specific time. I wasted countless hours on there trying to figure out the best route to take to get the best time. There’s plenty of stuff to keep you entertained from the main mission. One of the longest will be the large amount of collectable items in the game. Letters, relics and laptops are the main ones which will account for 160 of them and take a very long time to collect. Just don’t be a dip and decide to reset all of the outposts that you’ve captured until you’ve collected them all otherwise you’ll lose your fast-travel (I found that out the annoying way).
The overall aesthetics of the game are pretty decent in game; it’s when they get to the cut scenes where it turns a bit squiffy. In one of the first missions, when you’re in the doctor’s house, the shadows turn into massive squares and the background is blurred so much I had to check my display settings to see if it was me. Thankfully from what I could see it was only that one isolated incident and you spend the majority of the time in the open world where everything looks pretty damn good. There are a few pop in problems with the textures but you get used to them fairly quickly. It’s one of those games that just should be played on a PC to make the most out of it.
Your not so friendly neighbourhood psycho
“Did I ever tell you the definiation of insanity…?” Vass…why wasn’t there more of you?! Being one of the main antagonists I was expecting to see him a bit more but he’s only in a couple of cut scenes being a full on mentalist. The actor who voiced him was absolutely spot on. It’s a bit of a shame the way his time ended was a bit of a let down. Ubisoft made it seem like Vass was a coward rather than the baby killing, blood drinking loon he was. Hoyt was pretty good as a character, again a full on psychopath, but unfortunately he didn’t scratch the inside of my head like Vass did. Speaking of characters, I’m not sure why but every single person that I met on my journey was a complete and utter mentalist. There wasn’t a single ‘normal’ person there, it’s like it was a version of Australia but instead of convicts they sent the mentally deranged. It made for some interesting conversations though so I can’t complain.
Overall Far Cry 3 is a very solid game. Other than a couple of terrain hiccups and background loading problems it’s a very enjoyable game. The story is full on 80’s action, even to the extent of blurring out ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from a helicopter while you minigun the shit out of an airstrip as you make a dramatic escape. There are plenty of things to do outside of the main story though and overall I had about 20 hours of fun out of it. Considering it’s about £15 now from most used game stores it’s a bargain if you want something to pick up hand glide across an open plain, air assassinate two people at once then pick a grenade of their corpses and make their allies into red mist. Like I said, manly stuff.
“Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact… same fucking thing… over and over again, expecting… shit to change. That… is crazy; but the first time somebody told me that…I dunno, I thought they were bullshitting me, so boom — I shot him. The thing is, okay… He was right. And then I started seeing: everywhere I looked, everywhere I looked, all these fucking pricks, everywhere I looked, doing the exact same fucking thing… over and over and over and over again thinking: “This time, it’s gonna be different; no, no, no, no, no, please… This time it’s gonna be different.” …I am sorry, I don’t like the way you are looking at me… Okay, do you have a fucking problem in your head? Do you think I am bullshitting you? Do you think I am lying? Fuck you! Okay? FUCK YOU! It’s okay, man. I’m gonna chill, hermano. I’m gonna chill… The thing is… alright, the thing is: I killed you once already… and it’s not like I am fucking crazy. It’s okay… It’s like water under the bridge.
Did I ever tell you the definition… of insanity?“