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Published February 8th 2013
My take on Far Cry 3
Having never played the other previous Far Cry games, I didn't quite know what to expect from Far Cry 3. As soon as the game started I was thrown into the action. Protagonist Jason Brody is kidnapped and held hostage but somehow breaks out. He is suddenly stranded on an island with a bunch of psycho locals and dangerous animals around (almost) every corner ready to strike.
This first-person shooter by Ubisoft is a real thrill and with its open world, there is plenty of exploring to be had. The plot is rich with the magical elements involving Brody becoming a Rakyat and the dirty realism of the human trafficking and drug dealing.
The animals are incredible in detail and movement; unfortunately for the player their attacks are just as realistic. The tigers, leopards and bears are terrifying when you only have a pistol to defend yourself. And don't get me started on the sharks; in the early stages I was too afraid to even jump in the ocean.
The locals are just as ruthless and just plain suicidal with their attacks. The missions are varied and impressive; with the drug-induced hallucinogenic levels a real stand out for visuals and general trippy nature.
The graphics are quite amazing in this game, with the scenery looking incredible and lush. The character's, particularly in the cut-scenes, look life-like and only add to the realism of the game. Far Cry 3's score is incredible and moving, and adds immensely to the missions and the game itself.
There is at least 50 hours of gameplay to enjoy and once you have clocked the game, there are plenty of side missions to complete and rare items to collect.
Overall, Far Cry 3 is a highly addictive game that will keep distracted from your own life. A must for fans of first-person shooters and people that love exploring vast open worlds in games.