Far Cry 3 takes place on a beautiful set of tropical islands. Unfortunately, you, Jason Brody, his 2 brothers, and 3 friends are captured by pirates while vacationing. Your elder brother, Grant, helps you escape, dying in the process. From punk party boy, to desperate killer Jason will evolve as the story goes on. What starts off as a rescue mission, depraves into a dark tale of revenge and carnage. Despite his “bro” outlook, Jason is a great character, backed by other well written, well acted comrades and enemies. Hands down, a fantastic voyage throughout.
This isn’t your typical 1st person shooter. By doing missions, killing enemies, skinning animals, and finding secrets you earn experience. Instead of gaining levels, experience goes into skill points, which can be allocated into abilities like steadier aim, extra health, and more. It’s nothing groundbreaking or magical, but it definitely makes you feel more invested in making Jason more badass. The shooting itself is sharp, offering a variety of weapons and upgrades for each. There’s a lot to do and unlike Ubisoft’s earlier Assassin’s Creed 3, I was actually compelled to do everything. The multiplayer options and CO-OP campaign are actually good, especially CO-OP.
The islands of Far Cry 3 are beyond gorgeous. Lush blues and greens haunt my mind, dreaming of a tropical paradise. The setting and characters all feel authentic, making this island and universe come to life. Given the huge layout, the accompaniment of fast travel is a thankful mechanic alongside the great variety of vehicles like hang gliders, Jet Skis, and more. The soundtrack’s electronic and dubstep beats get the blood pumping. Even the load times are pretty quick. From top to the bottom this game excels.
Far Cry 3 was definitely off my radar. I played a few hours of Far Cry 2 and wasn’t impressed. I decided to give it a shot given the great buzz it’s been getting and I’m glad I did. The story, music, gameplay, and breathtaking island are all amazing. There’s nothing else I can say. It’s just plain fun. Buy it.
Score: 5/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on February 11, 2013 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.