Posted 3:31pm on Fri 30 November 2012
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The last time I did a thread like this was for COD4, 5 years ago.
But having picked up Far Cry 3 (360) earlier today I'm getting the same vibe, that this is something special. Having one of the best opening levels I've seen in years helps, as does the fact that everything so far works.
I've re-activated a radio tower, shot things in the head, sprayed and prayed, done a bit of stealth, thrown rocks to cause diversions, gone hunting, captured an outpost, used a safehouse, done a little crafting, yanked the handbrake a few times to test out drifting, done a little collecting, and each and every time I've done one of these things Far Cry 3 not only reacted just the way you'd hope and expect it to, it's thrown more stuff at me to do, so I just had to take a quick break to post this.
My pre-purchase opinion was something along the lines that Far Cry 3 would turn out to be the RPG equivalent of Skyrim set in a modern day tropical setting. My first few hours of playing it and that opinion is now set in concrete.
The big difference here of course is that my first impressions of COD4 were based on the roller-coaster ride of the singleplayer and I managed to post that previous thread after completing it. Far Cry 3 is a different beast where a few hours of gameplay will just scratch the surface of what the entire game has to offer, but nonetheless my first impressions have been formed by the sheer level of polish on everything seen so far.
I think the other important aspect to mention is that if you were dithering about Far Cry 3 because you didn't get to grips with Far Cry 2, don't worry about it, this game is so far removed from its predecessors they could have ditched the Far Cry label and called it anything, it's practically a new IP in itself.
So, in short, if you're looking for an open world playground, something of a cross between Just Cause 2 and Elderscrolls, a game where you can chew up more hours than you poured into either of the aforementioned, Far Cry 3 should be right up your street.
I've yet to touch challenges, head hunting, racing, poker, attacking friends' hi-scores on the ingame leaderboards or multiplayer itself, singleplayer has a solid grasp on me at present
Can't recommend this one highly enough!
Posted 3:37pm on Fri 30 November 2012
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"I think the other important aspect to mention is that if you were dithering about Far Cry 3 because you didn't get to grips with Far Cry 2, don't worry about it, this game is so far removed from its predecessors they could have ditched the Far Cry label and called it anything, it's practically a new IP in itself."
This kills off one doubt I have but this adds an even bigger one
"My pre-purchase opinion was something along the lines that Far Cry 3 would turn out to be the RPG equivalent of Skyrim set in a modern day tropical setting. My first few hours of playing it and that opinion is now set in concrete."
Posted 3:45pm on Fri 30 November 2012
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Hope this clarifies: "RPG-vibe", i.e. it's an FPS first and foremost, but the number of ways you can approach tasks (stealth, frontal assault, ranged) and the number of tools at your disposal via crafting, weapon attachments, body armor and so on allow you to find your gameplay niche no matter what it is. And to get those tools the methods used are all typical RPG (skin animals for materials, harvest plants, gain xp to level up, crafting has its own progression, certain skills unlock via missions), and there's lots of freedom in how you develop your skill trees (there are 3 of them all with multiple branches).
No snow or dragons, no conversation wheels as far as I can tell. But I'm looking forward to hearing what a pirate says when I shoot him in the knee with an arrow.
Posted 3:54pm on Fri 30 November 2012
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My copy didn't arrive today (or yesterday). Sad face. If it doesn't come tomorrow, I think the local Royal Mail depot may just be blown up overnight... (hey, if I can't live it out in-game, due to their ineptitude... )
Posted 4:07pm on Fri 30 November 2012
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Haha I just ordered mine via Mr Orry for MOTM I hope it'll be here some time next week If not there might be two royal mail depots gone up in flames XD
Posted 8:05am on Tue 4 December 2012
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And here I was hoping I'd finished spending all of my money on games this year.
Posted 12:43pm on Wed 5 December 2012
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I've now nearly got all my skills; I'm fast, deadly, stealthy, lots of high powered weapons, syringes that give me 4 extra health bars until they deplete, armour with 50% more damage resistance and a special herb mix that lets me have one-shot kills for 30 seconds.
So it's now kinda like Just Cause 2's endgame (Mercenary Mode), the main difference being I'm nowhere near the end of Far Cry 3 (about 40% of the whole map uncovered/cleared/explored).
This is an amazingly good thing, and my first impressions above haven't changed.
Posted 12:51pm on Wed 5 December 2012
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Completely agree, really good game so far and I've only just touched the surface.
Posted 1:03pm on Wed 5 December 2012
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Well... I *do* like the recourse bow... but they might as well have called the island 'Tiger Isle' with the population on my world... you can't turn without being mauled by some big cat or another!
Posted 5:48am on Fri 7 December 2012
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I finished the main storyline last night, from a gameplay perspective they got everything right (you get an End Game rather than Absolute Ending).
I already sent in my GOTY top 10 to the podcast and Far Cry 3 hasn't changed position, which was/is:
When the final mission started I was slightly worried because a game this good couldn't possibly end with a QTE, thankfully it didn't, the mission just got better, and better, and better, then insanely better.
I'm just doing some single player tidying up now, 6 outposts left, still have to kill 50 enemies with a flamethrower. Hmm...