Excerpt: This generation has seen no lack of open-world games ever since The Elder Scrolls series showed devs the ropes with Oblivion. The biggest problem that open world games face is that the world often feels empty with only a few missions or a couple of side quests to do at any time. Ubisoft has tried to remedy that with its latest offering, Far Cry 3. Does it manage to succeed where many others, including the previous game in the series, have failed? Let’s find out.
Excerpt: It’s hard to think of a decade packed with more awesome action and sci-fi movies than the ’80s. This was the decade that had The Terminator , Aliens , Cobra , Predator , RoboCop , Commando , and two Rambo movies just to name a few, so it’s no coincidence that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon borrows so heavily from them, creating a bizarre sandbox shooter experience that somehow manages to be one of the best gaming experiences.
Conclusion: This is a downloadable game that dares to dream big and pulls it off by throwing caution to the wind and letting loose, but on a very solid base of gameplay mechanics. It’s Far Cry 3 with a cyborg hero, a new lick of paint and a heavy dose of imagination. Fans of the FPS genre and anyone with fond memories of the 1980’s owe it to themselves to experience the self-parody that is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Excerpt: What happens to a dream deferred? Something to do with dehydration and fruit… so, what happens to an April Fool’s joke becoming a reality? With the Far Cry series, you get a cybernetic-fist in your face, retro-raunchy, hyper-violent, cyber-clad bootleg VHS to the 1980’s R-rated action movie and marketing power house of yore. You get Blood Dragon. Pastiche or parody, we felt the dragon’s roar would be best assessed in a manner and method reflecting its own nature.
Conclusion: Far Cry 3 explores the world of Rook Island, a tropical locale that seems like a great vacation spot until you get there and have to fight for your life. It explores how a man can go from normal everyday living to a monster who relishes killing people, but in the back of his mind he’s doing it for a reason.
Excerpt: The Far Cry series has always been an interesting one in the game industry, known as much as a technical showcase for over-the-top beauty as anything else. The Far Cry games have also been known for some deep gameplay flaws that keep it from being thought of in the same light as say, Assassin's Creed or Halo. Far Cry 3 follows these same patterns, but the technical impressiveness is much greater and the flaws thankfully far less than before.
Excerpt: Despite some nasty bugs, I had a lot of love for Far Cry 2. Saying that, I can certainly understand why some didn’t take to its very dangerous Africa environment, with constant enemy attacks and little pause for breath. As sequels should, Far Cry 3 addresses many of the second games issues, and it can also be considered a return to the roots of the series.
Excerpt: Every holiday season publishers hurry to release their finest products almost all at once. Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, not to mention the launch of the Wii U, all took place within weeks of each other in November. It's easy for games released in December to get overlooked. Hopefully that is not the case with Far Cry 3 since it is a worthy contender for Game of the Year.