Why I’m Still Playing Far Cry 3

More than a year after launch, here’s why one gamer is still playing Far Cry 3.

I can already hear what you’re thinking; Far Cry 3 is an old game. Well, realistically Far Cry 3 isn’t that old of a game. Besides, as the recent revamp of Lara Croft’s latest adventure shows us, some games don’t really age much. Far Cry 3 is definitely one of those games, and after having spent most of the holiday season playing the game, I still can’t put it down.

Far Cry 3 isn’t a new game, but I recently repurchased it on the PC from yet another brilliant Steam Winter Sale. My gaming rig is pretty powerful to say the least. If you thought that Far Cry 3 looked good on the Xbox 360 or the PS3, then you’ll be amazed at how good it looks on a decent PC. Let’s just say the difference is more than noticeable.

 So, why is it that I can’t stop playing Far Cry 3? Below are some reasons.

 Rook Island Is Gorgeous and Full of Life

Without even taking into account the story of Far Cry 3, its setting is one of the best things to come out of video gaming in years. Far Cry has been to an island or a tropical setting in the first two games, but with Far Cry 3 and Rook Island, they nailed it. With great lighting, believable oceans and so much life, Rook Island truly feels alive.

Everything is rendered well, weapons feel meaty like they should and the whole package comes together with an overall unique presentation. There might not be a true road system or anything like that, but after spending 10 or so hours playing, you’ll feel like a resident on the island who knows all the shortcuts.

Wildlife on the Island is both realistic and fascinating. With tigers that hunt other animal actively and bears that scare the hell out of you, Rook Island tries pretty hard to kill you. Hunting isn’t as simple as running around with a machine gun either; you’ve got to sneak and creep throughout the fauna in order to claim your prize.

You Can (Almost) Do What You Want, How You Want

Far Cry 3 might feature a somewhat linear story, but with so much freedom given to the player, it doesn’t feel like that. You can storm bases all-guns blazing like a madman or you can approach them softly and take your time. Many games offer this same sort of approach, but you can only really understand why it feels like you can do what you want when you’re actually playing the game.

If you wanted to, you could go hunting for hours, stage a fight against pirates for a day or two and the game wouldn’t care in the slightest. In fact, exploration is very much encouraged and you wouldn’t get the most out of the game without spending hours exploring the Island to its fullest.

There’s a certain pattern to a lot of the things you need to do in Far Cry 3, but they are by no means boring. The satisfaction you get in being able to take over outposts quickly makes the thirtieth outpost feel as much fun as the first. Certain missions will force you into a certain play style, but the game doesn’t fail a mission if you go your own way. Missions that try and turn you into James Bond will be just as happy with you if you steal some weapons and blow everything up.

It’s Just As Addictive As All of the Drugs in the Game

If you’re reading this, then you might not have played Far Cry 3 and you won’t realize that there’s a lot of drug use involved in the game, most of which facilitates the strange visions you have throughout. If you’ve yet to play the game, let me tell you that it’s just as addictive as the drugs mentioned in the game.

I’ve already played the game once and now I’m playing it again as if I never finished it. There’s just so much to do! Outposts, relics, loot, shooting challenges, races, trials – you name it, it’s in Far Cry 3. The game’s charming rhythm and pattern to objectives is what keeps me coming back for more and I’m sure that I’ll have something to keep me occupied right up until the next Far Cry game comes out.

Will I Ever Stop Playing Far Cry 3?

By now, you’ve probably realized that I have nothing but good things to say about Far Cry 3. So, the question is, will I ever stop playing it? Of course I will; I’ll have to in order to play other games that are coming out (and to finish my online classes). The point is though; I don’t want to. I don’t want to have to stop playing Far Cry 3 or exhaust the game. It’s simply that good a video game and everyone should give it a try if they haven’t done already.

James is a freelance writer and photographer who works part time for Envisupply and full time as a gamer. Read more articles from James on his blog Infobros.com or follow him on Twitter @JGtheSavage.

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  • Kevin Mulder

    This man speaks the truth.
    Far Cry 3 is the best game I have ever played.

    Amazing setting, story, gameplay, freedom.
    We can only hope that Far Cry 4 will be as amazing as it’s predecessor,

    and that Ubisoft will continue to focus on bringing us High Quality,
    rather than stealing our money the EA-way.