Article first published as Playstation 3 Review: Far Cry 3 on Blogcritics.
Jason Brody is the middle kid from an upper middle class family in Santa Monica, California. He’s got an actress girlfriend and a tight circle of friends that includes his brothers. Though, the brothers lost their father and oldest of them serves in the military, Jason is pretty soft. When the group’s skydiving expedition results in being captured by pirates in South Pacific, Jason is in shock. Luckily his older brother has a plan for the two of them to escape. As they run through the camp, his brother is killed and you, playing as Jason are left to survive on your own and save your remaining brother and friends.
I normally don’t start reviews with the premise of a game but, for an open world game, Far Cry 3 has a pretty compelling narrative. It’s not that the story is ever present and that there’s a cut scene every ten minutes, it’s the acting there is, is really good. From talking with your group of friends to the drug induced psychotic ravings of Vaas, the animation and voicing is better than 99 percent of what you’ve ever seen. Only the sexy priestess Citra can come off a little over the top but, she is an island priestess after all.
Far Cry 3 is genre-bending if nothing else. You might imagine it as a shooter as the interface and control scheme suggest. It can appear a little Grand Theft Auto-ish as you speed around the dirt roads or jet around in a variety of watercraft. It is also very much an RPG. If you want a bigger backpack or a healing serum, you need to go kill the appropriate animal or find the right herbs to craft one. If you want to be able to jump down and take out baddies Assassin’s Creed style, you need to learn that skill. Even your weapon upgrades require purchases. The money to do that can be found chests, on your victims’ corpses or buy selling stuff you find.
Far Cry 3’s controls are very much like a first person shooter’s. The triggers serve to aim and shoot and the R1 throws grenades or the like. The L1 works kind of like the Mass Effect weapon wheel and lets you choose your instrument of death. Jason can also crouch, jump and slash with his knife. Stealth will make your life a lot easier in Far Cry 3 and pressing right analog stick will let you execute a stealth kill. If you’re seen killing someone or the bodies are discovered you’ll need to think fast. In enemy camps, once your presence is known, someone will run for the alarm to get reinforcements. Of course you can disable it beforehand.
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