I am an avid gamer. I enjoy FPS games but they have to bring something extra. I like: The Mass Effect Series (sort of not, sort of yes, an FPS), The Borderlands Series and The Halo Franchise. Mostly I like them on the XBox. I think the XBox controller feels right. I’m looking forward to Watch Dogs and Tom Clancy’s The Division.
So I bought Far Cry 3 on sale because I’d heard great things about it and indeed, there were great things. The way that violence just sort of happens to you in Far Cry 3, even if you are in a protected, friendly area, is really fascinating. I didn’t think I would like it and I sort of don’t, but as you get stronger that violence, while still jarring, can get kind of fun(?).
The storyline is brutal and the main missions are on plot rails even if your method to get from point A to point B can be maddeningly complex with lots of options and sometimes few of them very good. I had a couple storyline missions where I would die and die and die trying variations on a thematic approach until I did something truly original and then had immediate success.
Also beyond the violence and intimidation, the rampant sexism, racism and colonialism in the game is not to be missed. If it’d bother you, don’t play it, because it’s not avoidable. It’s not really enough that like South Park the violence happens to everyone. The sexism also happens to everyone and so does the colonialism and the racism. It seems like maybe the story could still be raw and not have all these isms in them, but I won’t second-guess the game’s creators too much. But suffice to say there is only ONE instance where your character questions what he is becoming (transforming from privileged white kid to savage violent monster).
This game taught me to enjoy the sneaky sniper’s role a lot more than I ever have before. And it also taught me that if sniping ain’t working it’s probably best to just go in Rambo style and wipe ’em out! And if that doesn’t work, sneak into the camp and take out the worst baddies and then sneak back out and take the rest out at long range. It taught me that having a non-silenced .50 cal sniper’s weapon that kills everything is better than a silenced smaller calibre weapon that doesn’t. It also taught me to shoot baddies in the back of the head if at all possible.
Far Cry 3 is one of the greatest games I’ve ever played and now that I’m done with one run through on easy? I probably won’t go back. Because it was too intense. Okay, maybe for the multiplayer co-op. Everyone seems to be really curious about that mode but I haven’t spoken to anyone who’s actually experienced it.
That said, I just picked up Assassin’s Creed 2 for free from the XBox Live Gold promotion and it’s all about sneaking. Maybe that. Maybe the intensity will actually turn into pleasure. Right?
The Bottom Line on Far Cry 3
- $19.99 during XBox Live July 4th, 2013 Promotion