'Far Cry 3'
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 5.0 stars
"Far Cry" was an instant hit because it was one of the first open-world games set in an exotic locale that looked absolutely stunning. "Far Cry 2" introduced some great game mechanics, but the overall package was soured by poor design decisions. I wasn't expecting much from "Far Cry 3," but it has quickly become one of my favorite games this year!
Since the storyline is so interesting, I don't mind that it has nothing to do with previous installments. Players control Jason Brody, an adventurous young man who travels to Rook Island to dabble in extreme sports with his brothers and friends. After they're all captured by a militaristic group of human traffickers, it's up to Jason to become a hardened to save his cohorts.
Despite having a jungle setting, "Far Cry 3" plays like most urban open-world games. Activating radio towers opens up sections of the map, and clearing out enemy emplacements unlocks optional side missions that range from assassinations to vehicle races to hunting animals. Since Rook Island is massive and has a wide variety of locales to discover and explore, there's always something fun to do.
Players can choose between several useful skills when they level up, and each one is represented by a tribal tattoo on Jason's arm. Three skill trees offer a multitude of useful abilities that include: increasing health, performing chain takedowns, advanced knife throwing and much more! I also like how hunting and skinning wild animals provides players with better gear in a realistic manner.
Stealth plays an important role in this game while hunting animals and taking out humans. Both can be tagged using a high-tech camera, and this lets players see their prey through objects. Of course, it's up to each player to decide whether to eliminate enemies silently or with guns blazing!
Despite its mediocre multiplayer modes, "Far Cry 3" is still a fantastic open-world game that shouldn't be missed!'The Sims 3: Seasons'