Recently released Far Cry 5 has been welcomed with positive reviews and I'll be honest, I was really looking forward to giving it a go. Unfortunately my computer doesn't have the horse power to pull off a game that new so I scratched my head at what I could do to scratch that itch. I play a lot of MMOs and point and click type games that aren't FPS games, which wasn't the case growing up. I've been looking forward to getting my hands on a good shooter and Far Cry piqued my interest. I've played every game in the series and, one in particular, I wanted to revisit.
Far Cry 3 is held as the pinnacle of the Far Cry series, which in itself is an odd franchise when you consider its evolution. The original Far Cry was nothing like what the series would later become, including mutant enemies of all things. Far Cry 2 introduced the core of what the series would become but thank Christ the malaria mechanic was dropped moving forward. Far Cry 3 is looked fondly on for its roster of strong characters, especially Vaas, and the development of its protagonist Jason Brody who slowly looses himself in the violence of the island, starting his journey as a douche dude bro.
I'm happy to report Far Cry 3 holds up really well. It's not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but it's damn good. The only downer was that I'd forgotten the ending of the Vaas 'boss fight'. The build up to it and resolution left me a little deflated. To see him killed during a bizarre drug trip felt like a betrayal of a fantastically set up character. That aside the moment to moment gameplay is great. Despite the HUGE size of the island(s), moving from point to point is never boring. Running into the local wildlife or an enemy convoy is always entertaining and stalking a stronghold from overgrowth with a recurve bow and being able to take it without alerting anyone makes me feel unstoppable.
It's definitely worth a revisit, especially for those, like me, who haven't got access to the new iteration of the series. Have you got fond memories of Far Cry 3? Have you played it recently? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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