Far Cry 3Far Cry 3 is an open world first-person shooter video game developed mainly by Ubisoft Montreal in conjunction with Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Shanghai, published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game was released on November 29, 2012 in Australia, November 30 in Europe, and December 4 in North America. A stand-alone expansion titled Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was released on April 30, 2013.
Far Cry 3 is set on a tropical island between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. After a vacation goes awry, protagonist Jason Brody must save his friends, who have been kidnapped by pirates and escape from the island and its unhinged inhabitants.
Far Cry 3 PlotThe game starts with a cinematic showing protagonist Jason Brody on vacation with a group of friends in Bangkok celebrating Jason's younger brother Riley on getting a pilot license. During their vacation they decide to take a skydiving trip. They land on a pirate-infested island, and are taken prisoner by Vaas, their leader. Vaas plans to extort ransom money from their parents, then sell them into slavery. With the help of his older brother Grant, Jason breaks out of captivity, however Grant is killed by Vaas in the escape. Jason is rescued by Dennis, who is part of the Rakyat, the island natives who suffer due to the activities of the pirates. Dennis, seeing great potential in Jason, convinces him that the only way to save his friends is to become a warrior. Jason agrees and Dennis gives him the tattoos of a Rakyat warrior. Then Dennis asks Jason to help the Rakyat in their fight against the pirates arguing that this will also lead him to finding and freeing his friends. Jason then runs a number of missions for the Rakyat and ends up finding one of his friends, Daisy, at the house of Dr. Earnhardt. Impressed with Jason's prowess, the Rakyat allow him enter their sacred temple. Their leader Citra initiates him into the tribe, after Jason finds the Dragon Knife, a dagger that is a relic for the Rakyat. Dennis then sends him to more missions for the Rakyat. During this second mission streak, Jason is helped at times by Dr. Earnhardt and Willis Huntley, a CIA agent. He finally succeeds in rescuing his captive friends Keith, Oliver and his girlfriend Liza, but not his younger brother Riley. He also discovers that Vaas, who turns out to be Citra's brother, is employed by Hoyt Volker, a slave trader. As the adventure progresses, Jason gradually overcomes his initial reluctance in using violence and becomes more eager to accept missions from Dennis, filled with anger against Vaas and now Hoyt. The Rakyat start to revere him as a fearsome warrior. When he is told that Riley is dead, he refuses to join his friends in their escape from the island, preferring to stay and fight with the Rakyat, with the hope that he will eventually kill Vaas and Hoyt.
After bidding goodbye to his friends, Jason joins the Rakyat in an assault to the pirate's base. After a bloody confrontation with the pirates, Jason encounters Vaas. Vaas drugs him and he enters a delusional state, fighting multiple versions of Vaas in his hallucination. He finally reaches to the true Vaas, and after a brief struggle, he stabs him through the chest with the Dragon Knife, and collapses right besides him. He wakes up in the Rakyat's temple next to Citra who blames Hoyt for turning her brother Vaas into a pirate. Jason then becomes even more determined in killing Hoyt. He contacts CIA agent Huntley who tells him about Sam Becker, an undercover operative acting as a privateer for Hoyt's personal army. Huntley helps him reach the nearby island that Hoyt controls and get in touch with Sam. From this point on Jason works closely with Sam with the plan to gain Hoyt's trust, get close to him, and assassinate him. They slowly uncover a planned conspiracy against Hoyt and after Jason collects the evidence and kills the conspirators, Sam presents him to Hoyt. Hoyt is very pleased and invites both Jason and Sam to a poker night. He also requests Jason to torture a prisoner, who turns out to be his brother Riley. On the way to poker night, Sam and Jason destroy Hoyt's communication center and fuel station. They finally meet Hoyt at the poker night, but Sam is stabbed in the throat and killed, with Hoyt all the while knowing that they are both traitors. Jason and Hoyt have a lengthy knife fight, and Hoyt is killed. Jason then searches for and rescues Riley. The two escape to the Rakyat island with one of Hoyt's helicopters. They stop by Dr. Earnhardt's house where they find the house burning, and the doctor lying on the ground. With his last words, he says to them that the house was attacked by the Rakyat, and that they have their friends.
Jason and Riley arrive at the Rakyat Temple where they find a big crowd of Rakyat people along with Citra and Dennis. Citra drugs Jason and tries to convince him to slay his friends in a ritual and join her so that he can lead the long-suffering Rakyat to glory. The player must then decide to save his friends or join Citra, after which an ending cinematic plays. If Jason saves his friends, Dennis tries to murder him with a machete only for Citra to stand in the way, receiving the fatal wound. Citra is then shown dying in Jason's hands whispering that she loves him. If Jason slays his friends he is then shown finishing copulating with Citra in a ritual. After copulation Citra stabs him and while Jason dies she tells him that he dies like a warrior and that their child will become a leader of the Rakyat. In both cases the story ends with a picture of the ancient knife stuck in the sand at the beach, but if the player decides to save his friends, a boat will also be seen leaving the island.
Far Cry 3 GameplayFar Cry 3 is a first-person shooter, which also features role-playing game elements including experience points, skill trees, and a crafting system. The player has the ability to take cover behind objects to break enemies' lines of sight and to peek around and over cover and blindfire. The player has the ability to perform silent takedowns by performing melee attacks from above, below, or close behind. The game's narrative director, Jason Vandenberghe, said that the story mode map is around ten times larger than the game's previous installments. Players are given the ability to survey and plan out their attacks with stealth takedown combinations and tag enemies with the camera in order to track their movement once they break the player's line of sight.
Equipment is controlled by a simple system. As missions are completed, new items are unlocked to be purchased or crafted by Jason, using the pelts of various animals found around the island. When scramblers on radio towers are removed, areas of the map are opened and weapons in the shop are made free. As outposts of Vaas' pirate group are attacked and retaken, the vicinity around the outpost becomes safer, it unlocks new side quests for that area.
Skills are collected by gaining experience from completing missions and killing enemies, and are unlocked in three skill trees, which correspond to the Spider, the Heron, and the Shark. Each skill tree upgrades different aspects of Jason's abilities, with the Spider upgrading his stealth takedowns and hunting skills, Shark for assault takedowns and health, with the Heron upgrading his long-range takedowns and mobility. As skills are collected, the tattoo on Jason's forearm grows which is made up of several different tribal designs resembling the three animal skill trees.
The game also includes a variety of side-quests. One such side-quest involves the player hunting the many different wildlife species on the island for upgrading purposes. There are some rare hunts that the player must undertake to reach the highest level hunt upgrades.
ReceptionFar Cry 3 received widespread critical acclaim from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 89.18% and 90/100, the Xbox 360 version 89.14% and 90/100 and the PC version 88.12% and 88/100.
The game was highly praised by Eurogamer, who awarded it a 10/10, claiming that "Far Cry 3 is all the best things about open-world gaming". Edge also added to the praise, calling the game "wild, reactive and unpredictable," giving Far Cry 3 an 8/10. G4TV gave the game a 5/5, praising the game's open world, long and satisfying campaign missions, solid gunplay with a variety of weapons to unlock and customize, and a compelling story. Game Informer gave the game a score of 9.0/10, praising the game's story, characters, open world exploration, and gameplay. GameTrailers gave the game an 8.6/10, criticizing the repetitive feel of the island, but praising the story, characters and its likeness to Assassin's Creed. IGN gave the game a 9.0/10, praising the game's excellent cast of characters, unpredictable enemy encounters, and its open world environment.
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