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The only downside is - when you run out of things to do :-),
This review is from: Far Cry 3 (PS3) (Video Game)
The storyline - basically you're on a holiday on a tropical island with about 5 buddies including your brother and girlfriend. You get captured by pirates. The acting is second to none. The cut scenes delve straight in to game play, with the first mission offering a very tense beginning, where you must act stealthily. I won't say what happens after, but in essence you now wage a war against all the pirates and team up with the local clan. You must find all your friends, which is the main essence of the missions. Lots of things happen in between where you must help the local tribe, but it all builds up to getting close to the man in charge who controls the imports and exports into the island.
The environment is stunning, it's so realistic. There are so many types of animal - as you kill each one, you unlock an info sheet about it. You upgrade your wallet to carry more money, by hunting particular animals, culminating in hunting a rare animal where you reach your highest upgrade. Same with building a rucksack for more inventory, holdalls for more ammo etc. The island is vast and dense with trees, bushes, massive hills which you can jump off with you hang glider and glide for minutes (yes, minutes) including parachuting down if it's a high enough point.
I love the weapons. They are very realistic. There is a good selection, and you can only carry four. My favourite is the crossbow. I love aiming it higher than the target for far away shots and getting a stealth kill - so satisfying. They have amazing detail to them - and they're customisable!
The vehicles are pretty much the same - boats, jetskis, 4x4s, gliders and quadbikes. Different type of boats if I remember correctly. Some 4x4s have machine gun mounted like FC2 with quick switching to manning it.
OK, so one last thing I haven't mentioned. Music. It's so good, so emotional, that I got the soundtrack on my phone. You feel really attached to your friends, helping them etc, but you soon become more and more part of the tribe, so there's two aspects to the story in terms of who you feel more attached to. The tattoo system where you can upgrade you skills and health etc by performing certain tasks, like getting 2 stealth kills in a row (that's like one example out of about 50) adds realism and motivation to actually improve your skills.
That's it. I played the PC version. After completing the main story, you may feel a bit isolated in the game, e.g. nothing to do. But a great in-play continuous story is capturing all the villages. That's a great feat. Then you've got to collect all the weapons, upgraded all your skills and ammo holders, rucksack etc.