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Welcome to the jungle...
on 1 December 2014
...We've got fun and games! It's very hard to put a rating on this game. It's my first time playing a FPS and there is so much i loved about Far Cry 3 but the bad/annoying stuff prevents me from giving it a top rating. The only way i can describe the good and bad points is to list them so here we go!
***Spoilers ahead (not much story wise but characters wise)***
The Good = Vaas is absolutely brilliant, he is deranged but fantastic. Every time he was on screen i was glued to it. I can't stress enough how much i loved Vaas. - Animals were realistic and it was truly heart stopping if you heard them but couldn't see them and then they pounced, especially if you spent ages being stealthy around pirates to kill them only for a Tiger or a pesky Komodo Dragon to get you first. Sometimes if you were lucky animals would come and kill the bad guys for you, i loved this! It really felt unpredictable and dangerous like reality - The graphics i really liked I'm not into all this frame rate talk and such i don't pretend to know what the heck that is and then ramble on about it like some people do. The graphics were great as far as i'm concerned. - Outposts! There can be nothing in life that is as satisfying as stalking out an outpost, disabling the alarm, releasing a caged tiger, bear, leopard etc on the camp or going in stealthy if you can and winning the outpost back. These were my favourite things to do in the game i loved it so much. There is nothing more frustrating though if they see you first and hit the alarm for reinforcements! - Radio towers i enjoyed climbing these to reveal more of the map and each one was different and became more challenging which stopped it from getting dull so i liked doing this. - Weapons there were many to choose from and most became free when you opened up the towers which was great. The silenced sniper rifle was a godsend. The bow was something i looked forward to using but it was disappointing so the sniper saved me a lot! The guns felt good to shoot too, very solid and satisfying - Collectables there are many from relics to lost war letters to memory cards so this is another interesting thing to do on the side, the letters in particular as you can read them. - Side missions are plentiful and i spent one play session not even touching the main story just doing side quests and bulletin board quests. - Harvesting plants was fun, to be honest i barely used many i just went after the green ones to craft health syringes the other ones i barely bothered with but it was nice to have the option. - Looting bodies and crates, doesn't sound fun and usually gave you little money and a lot of rubbish to sell but it became quite addictive trying to locate the boxes and looting dead people.
The Bad = Vaas. Yes i loved him but he isn't in the game enough or long enough. I felt cheated as they gave you this fantastic bad guy but you barely see him and then he is gone before you are even halfway through the game and the way he goes leads you into what you think is going to be something epic and it was just so... flat. There really was no point putting him on the cover. - The story... it had the potential to be brilliant and it was just a lot of cliches. I don't think there was need for the Alice in Wonderland quotes they didn't add anything. Ok so i know Jason and his friends were rich spoilt kids but there was nothing likeable about them at all, the girls i came to really hate and Oliver was a stoner who didn't seem to comprehend the serious situation he was in and he was laughing and joking like it was one big party. You get flashbacks to before you were taken and Keith needed punching in all of them but i actually came to care about him the most out of all my friends, play and you will see why. But i felt the writers wanted you to hate them so Jason could see how shallow they were even after everything they went through so if that was the plan then they succeeded. So Jason... i wanted to like this guy i was playing as but every time he spoke i cringed. The voice and the cringey things he said just didn't fit with this guy i was supposed to be turning into, a lean mean killing machine warrior. I don't think they had the right voice actor or even script for Jason i couldn't take him seriously he just felt like he was playing at being a tough guy. And he was, he was a wimpy kid before this but you are in it now, say something to convince me you are changing and becoming this guy that people fear because i would just laugh if i met you. There are many other characters and only a few i liked. There is a tribal thing going on too which requires many weird drug concoctions to be drank which i didn't like, it felt like Jason needed to be high to actually accomplish major fights. Like even the developers knew he wasn't tough enough unless he was out of his head. It just felt like a bit of a cop out. - Hunting. You have to hunt animals to upgrade your loot bag, ammo bags, weapon holsters, wallets etc. I didn't enjoy this i don't like hunting at all even if it is just pixels. I did this but i didn't take on the hunting side missions. I hunted what i needed then left the animals alone. I also hated there was no marker on the map letting you know where the animal body is, sometimes it got lost in the foliage and it was a wasted kill, not to compare games but Red Dead Redemption got this so right. - Radio Stations! Nice to have in the car if the music is good but only one song was, the rest were annoying, it took a while to realize that holding "up" on the d pad turned it off. - Poker. Nice if you know how to play it, not so nice if you don't like me. Luckily it only appears in a couple of missions but it can be annoying just guessing. Yes it had a help button, i still don't understand it though.
I think those are my major points about the game. Some helpful hints that i learnt along the way though... You do need to hunt so do that as soon as possible, it really helps in missions. But mark on your map the nearest outposts to where you are going to hunt and take them out first. If the bad guys hear you hunting they come after you, it's so much easier roaming areas after the outposts are gone so put aside time to get those outposts it's worth it! I didn't rush the main missions i took my time and used them pretty much as interesting side stuff to everything else i can do in the game. Doing the main missions also felt like a nice break from the norm. I have completed the main story and i'm still under 60% complete and i have taken all the outposts and radio towers, done many wanted quests and villager side missions and collected all memory cards. But i don't feel like doing all the other stuff now the story is over so it's best to do all of this before the story is over i think. The game is quite literally huge and worth the money especially now it's cheap.
So to sum up even though Ubisoft had a diamond up their sleeve with Vaas but messed that up along with the story and some selfish spoilt characters and unconvincing, almost laughable main character this is still a great game that is really worthwhile playing. 3 1/2 stars.