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Review: Far Cry 3

(A community member review)

The Good

Visually stunning/Good voice acting/Loads of side challenges and missions/Reasonable campaign.

The Bad

The story becomes predictable and the gameplay monotonous.

The Story

The opening scene in the game is a good indication of how the game is going to play out. The key thing for me was that from the start you realise just how deep you are in on the tropical island. You just know that you are alone in your quest, and that the only way to survive is to do things yourself and to muster enough courage to see it through.


The only issues I had with the story is that the main character, Jason, has no real experience using weapons, yet he easily handles the Assault and Sniper rifles like a Navy Seal. However, that is a minor issue. The other thing I found to be a problem was that you eventually realise the predictability of the story.  It was like playing detective but solving the case before it has the chance to play out.

That’s not to say that the game isn’t worth playing.  Many games have no story at all.  At least Far Cry draws you into the character, his path to “enlightenment” and his moral choices.  From the opening scene, the moment Jason has the chance to escape, you just feel the excitement and anticipation.

The story revolves around a group of friends who came to a tropical island to party like there's no tomorrow The video recording of their trip makes you feel like kicking it in Thailand or something. During the flashback scenes later on, you start to understand more about where the story was heading with these characters - who they are, what they do etc. But like all good parties, it had to end, although the details of their demise is unclear. The moment you meet one of the main bad guys, you immediately feel like “Dang I’m in big trouble”. Vaas is a psycho, and that is putting it mildly. This character could not have been acted better, and the way he is portrayed in the game is amazing. One of the finest bad guys I have ever seen.

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As the story goes along, Jason must find ways to rescue his friends. He find refuge in one of the camps, with the assistance and guidance of another character named Dennis. With help from Dennis, Jason starts his quest to rescue his friends from Vaas, and to get the hell off the island. In between the story quests, there are other side missions and quests to complete. To unlock areas of the map for instance, you need to shimmy and climb up towers and take control of them from Vaas. When you take control of a tower, the map opens up sections for you to see, including camps, caves, animals and more.  This is far better than driving around a blank map, so I would highly recommend you do them as quick as possible.

Without giving too much away, your main quest at the end is find and kill Vaas. Revenge becomes your purpose, and emotion is your burden. 

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My overall experience

The story plays out to about 15 hours depending on your difficulty setting. With side missions and quests, you could easily take about 25 hours to complete the game in full. If you played Far Cry 2 you would remember that it played out in the African savannah. There were Afrikaans mercenaries and you could hear them chatting in Afrikaans. Well, there is another uniquely South African flavour that you will pick up on near the end of the game when you enter the head protagonists camp. Listen out for the song playing in the background. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it.

I did feel as though the map was identical to Far Cry 2. Its was as though they took the same map, and added greenery to it. The only big difference was the ability to fast travel between more control points than in FC2. Although this similarity exists, new areas of exploration are there for you to enjoy. Like I said, this game is visually stunning. For most part I truly enjoyed playing the game.

Another thing I can recommend is making sure you skin animals to make bigger wallets and pouches. Make this one of your main objectives from the very beginning. You are going to need a bigger wallet to carry more cash, and most importantly make bigger pouches to carry more ammo. 

The game offers you quite a bit as you get involved in the story. You are engrossed in the main characters quest for revenge, and if you follow the story you will either love a character or simply want to put a bullet in their head. I would recommend the game, although if you are on a budget then rather stick to Borderlands 2 or maybe even Crysis 3 when it is released. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t give this a try. 

There is a lot more I could add about the game, but I think this is the jest of it, and should give you a clear understanding and idea of what to expect from the game. 


  • Gamespot: 9/10
  • IGN: 9.3/10
  • Me: 8.5/10

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not MWEB Connect (Pty) Ltd

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