At Ubisoft‘s E3 presser, the company showed off a quick demo of Far Cry 3. Coming in at about 7 minutes, we get a bit of backstory and then a look at the island and some gameplay. I didn’t love Far Cry 2 but there’s a good deal of hype around this title, and most of it is positive. Frankly, I’m not all that impressed with what we see below but the game is still a long ways from being finished. It doesn’t have a firm release date but you can expect it in 2012.
Admittedly, the tech powering the game looks great and previews coming from E3 have stated that Battlefield 3 may have a new competitor for best looking game. To me though, it just doesn’t look like a whole lot of fun. I’ve never enjoyed the whole open world jungle setting of the game and Far Cry 3 looks very similar to Far Cry 2 in that sense. Also, a lot of the elements they added to the previous game to make it more real, actually just made it more of a hassle.
Things like repairing damaged vehicles, taking malaria pills, the fire mechanism where weather effects which way fire spreads and how fires spread etc. That’s not stuff I really want to have to think about when playing a game. I’d rather all that be handled for me. I’m not saying Far Cry 3 won’t be an impressive game, I just don’t think it’s for me.
Decide for yourself though and check out the plot summary and demo below.
With Far Cry 3, players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island. In this savage paradise, where lawlessness and violence are the only sure thing, players dictate how the story unfolds, from the battles they choose to fight to the allies or enemies they make along the way. As Jason Brody, players will slash, sneak and shoot their way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of morality.