Far Cry 3

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Far Cry 3

Developer:Ubisoft Montreal Genre:ActionShooter Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Far Cry 3 is a realistic shooter from UbiSoft Montreal. You’re playing as Jason Brody, a photographer who gets stranded on unspecified island in the Pacific Ocean and separated from his girlfriend. As if this isn’t bad enough, the island is beset by conflicts between various local militiamen, all of whom seem to be insane. The main antagonist, Vaas, is ranked up there with the craziest of ‘em, tying Jason to a concrete block and throwing him into a deep pool at the start of the game. After escaping, Jason finds himself some guns and sets out to kick some ass, rescue his girlfriend, and get the hell away from the craziest vacation of his life. Far Cry 3 is available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Game Features:

  • • Psychedelic adventure: mysterious psychotropic visions pepper highly realistic gameplay
  • • New “Takedown” combat system: use melee weapons attacks from above or below to stylishly and instantly incapacitate your foes
  • • Gorgeous graphics using the latest in CryEngine technology depict an insanely realistic experience on an island of madness
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Far Cry 3 Videos

Far Cry 3 - Stranded Trailer

Alone at the edge of the world, where nothing is what it seems, you must find a way to fight back and escape an island of insanity.

Far Cry 3 - Official Island Survival Guide

Join Agent Huntley, an ex-CIA operative, for an insider's tour of the insanity of Far Cry 3.

Far Cry 3 – Ubisoft E3 Press Conference, 2011

Footage from Ubisoft’s 2011 press conference on Far Cry 3’s development.

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 Review

By Gus McZeal |

Ubisoft’s Far Cry series is, admittedly, one I’ve had trouble engaging with. The protagonists are typically uninteresting, faceless dudes who seem to exist purely as virtual bodies for players to use to navigate the game’s astoundingly gorgeous environments. Far Cry’s “heroes” are merely avatars, in the purest sense of the word—until now, that is. Jason Brody is a little different from the original Far Cry’s Jack Carver and the myriad of boring heroes you could pick from in Far Cry 2. While I can’t say I liked Jason, I can say that in comparison to the last couple of games in the series, I enjoyed watching his story unfold over the course of the single-player campaign. Ubisoft’s latest title is an awesome first person shooter that succeeds in combining state-of-the art graphics technology with compelling gameplay and an entertaining narrative, a rarity in the increasingly overcrowded shooter genre. It’s worth your money.

Far Cry 3’s storyline is engaging if a little contrived. Jason Brody is an American yuppie vacationing on Rook Island with his girlfriend, brother, and a bunch of their dubstep-lovin’ bros—the last name “Brody” can’t be a coincidence. Jason and co. (bro?) came to Rook Island to get wasted, and in a way, they do get wasted, though not in the ways they likely expected (hey-o!). The obnoxious group is ambushed, captured, and sold into slavery by a group of pirates led by the insane and impulsive Vaas Montenegro and his boss Hoyt Volker, who makes Vaas look like a puppy in comparison—well, almost. Jason escapes after being tied to a cinderblock and thrown into a subterranean lagoon, and obviously, he sets out to rescue his friends and seek his revenge. What unfolds is a Conrad-esque adventure in which Jason is initially reticent to kill his enemies, but quickly gets over these anxieties and is soon whooping and hollering while plunging his machete into the throats of his bandit nemeses. It would be a profound transformation if Jason wasn’t so damned self-referential, always talking to himself, asking questions like “What am I becoming?” Bitch, please: this isn’t the way to establish pathos, but I applaud Ubisoft for trying. Bro-dy’s just lucky he’s the star of a really fun game.

There’s a ton to do in Far Cry 3. The missions are extraordinarily varied, creative, and most of all, entertaining. You can choose to follow the main storyline exclusively or wander around exploring the hostile jungle and surrounding ocean, where you’ll hunt for animals and herbs to increase things like your storage capacity, health levels and more. There’s a bunch of optional content, and while I definitely haven’t experienced all of it, I fully intend to spend a lot more time with this game because there’s so much to discover. Exploring is an absolute pleasure, whether you’re cruising through the jungle in a jeep, jet-skiing over the crystal-blue waves, or hang-gliding your way over Rook Island’s vast canopies after climbing a radio tower to reveal a portion of the map—a gameplay element taken from Assassin’s Creed 3 that, despite being a dreaded “first person platforming” experience, ends up working surprisingly well.

A couple of my favourite missions in the game  include one where you’re tasked with incinerating a field of marijuana plants using a flamethrower to the tune of Bob Marley’s “Make It Bun Dem”—unfortunately remixed by Skrillex—and another called “Down the Rabbit Hole” where you’re swimming around a series of underwater caverns collecting ‘shrooms while tripping balls. It’s obvious that Far Cry 3 has a profoundly psychedelic influence: this plays into the game’s final outcome, which I won’t spoil for you, but I will say, shit gets cray as Jason slowly succumbs to the madness affecting seemingly everyone existing in this apparently idyllic island setting. This slow degeneration is definitely the best part of the storyline.

The game has a host of RPG elements to compliment the first-person shooter gameplay. You’ll level up various skills within skill trees, and scour the jungle for artifacts and animal hides you can use to upgrade your equipment. As Jason grows more powerful his tribal tattoo—he’s a bro, remember?—grows increasingly ornate to signify his progression, kind of like the scarf in thatgamecompany’s Journey. These elements really add depth to the gameplay, even if they aren’t always logical: why do I need shark skin, specifically, to construct a holster for my second weapon? Either way, I had fun hunting the shark so in the end it isn’t a big deal.

As cohesive and polished as Far Cry 3’s single-player adventure is, it’s a pity that the game’s multiplayer fails to live up to the same standard. If you’ve played Call of Duty even once, you’ll know exactly what to expect: deathmatch and team deathmatch modes, killstreak rewards and the like. It’s a pity that a game delivering such a revolutionary single-player experience displays such a lack of imagination on the multiplayer front, because there’s huge potential here. Even the cooperative mode isn’t particularly special. It’s designed for four players but nothing scales with the number of people actually playing, so if you’re only playing with one of your buddies, you’re gonna be up against enemies who can take almost as many bullets as Trevelyan on the “Cradle” mission of GoldenEye 007. The playable co-op characters are mildly entertaining, if stereotypical, and include Callum, a foul-mouthed Scotsman who used to be addicted to heroin, and Mikhail, a taciturn Russian who loves his vodka. It is fun enough, but nothing compared to the singular glory of the game’s main campaign.

Far Cry 3 is a real success story. These games have always been popular, but if any of the Far Cry titles are truly deserving of their recognition, this is the one. While the multiplayer isn’t exactly spectacular, it’s also not horrible; it just fails to live up to the huge expectations set by the game’s single-player campaign. Far Cry 3 is available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, and earns a Z-Score of 94%.

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