The story is probably the only thing holding me back from saying "Hey guys, this game is great!"
I am clad that he gave this a 5. Not because I have played it and think it deserves a 5, though im sure it does and I am looking forward to playing it after reading this and hearing about it -- I loved the emergent nature of the world in FC2 and it sounds like they nailed that part, but because he had mentioned on the bombcast that he might knock it for the story being disappointing. Now, I think stories in games are generally garbage, and would be fine with that, except that brad also reviewed Diablo 3 this year, and that, while also a fun game, had probably the worst story and writing in any game I can think of/
Anyway, brad didn't do that, and didn't set up a double standard, and wrote a good review for a game I am looking forward to playing.
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME based on this review. I'm so disappointed. I bought this game based on Brad's excitement and I have never been so frustrated at dying at artificial limitations. Drop 10 feet? Die. Try and raid a base? Sorry, you only get 20 bullets when you start, can't kill more than half of a base, and you die. Try to find a boar hide to expand your ammo limit? If you can find a boar after the beginning, good luck killing one without attracting 10 guys and a tiger or a komodo dragon or 5. And you don't have the ammo to survive it. Of course, you could try running, but you can't outrun shit and, god forbid you hit a ledge, because, see complaint 1.
Biggest waste of $50 ever. Such a big regret of mine.
The internet seriously makes me hate humanity in every way. No matter what website I am on... The world really is 3/4th's stupid.
The things I mentioned are things that should be mentioned in this review. Without exception. If they don't bother you, go ahead and buy it. Looks like you should be doing some hating on yourself, too.
I stayed up all night playing FARCRY3 and I have to say it is a blast!! Soooo good! Love unlocking stuff
@Halabec: You have to play smart. Get a silencer for your gun or get a bow and arrow. As far as the raids go disable the alarm before you do anything so that they cant call in reinforcements. The game just makes you think alittle.
After listening to Brad and the gang sound so deflated and disappointed with this game on the Bombcast I couldn't help but chuckle at the perfect score it ultimately received. Don't get me wrong, I understand that part of their disappointment was based on the fact that an otherwise great/fun game is weighed down by the bad writing and that the game is just THAT much fun to play that it outweighs the negatives, but still you would think those negatives would ding the score a little by one star.
That said I don't really give a crap about scores. It's the content of the review that's most important. Still five out five makes me chuckle.
@MAST: Criticism improves quality, if you can't understand how things work please shut up. If you heard the guys talking about it, it sounds much more like a 4 star game. If you pair this with adverts in the background it could very well suggest that ad money has influenced their decision.
As for the GotY...the ending of Farcry 3 has to be pretty bad to beat out The Walking Dead's camera\
@Regular_Kirk: From the site FAQ regarding the criteria of a 5 star rating: "While we don't believe any game is perfect, we recommend this game without reservation."
Brad's review and his discussion on the podcast reflects that sentiment. I pretty much felt the same way about Far Cry 2, but instead of poor writing it was something along the lines "the parts don't fit together as well as they should." Otherwise, Far Cry 2 provided me with some of my favorite moments in a videogame, ever, all without heavy scripting. From the various discussions surrounding Far Cry 3, it sounds like they've streamlined that "great moment" device and that completely obliterates reservations concerning the narrative.
Love this game....bought it only because of your quick look. I thought I was going to pee my pants when the guy with the glasses jumped 20 feet in the air!!! Classic...
Did not quite like the consolepart regarding frame rate.. but I must have it.. The review convinced me.
Oh man! I think I might have to upgrade the gaming PC so I can play this. Hopefully Santa is nice to me!
So, I keep reading/hearing from the GB crew about how "if you have a gaming PC, that's the version to get" but I never know what sort of performance to expect on my ~2-3 year old Core2 Quad Q8300 system with 6GB RAM and an NVIDIA GTX460. SWTOR and GW2 run at about 40FPS @ 1920x1080. Yeah, it may look sharper but the framerate could end up being worse than on consoles.
Great review Brad, it really goes to show that game can still be fantastic without an in depth story line.
I've been having a ton of fun with the game on PC. I'm only about halfway through, but when I get tired of fetch quests there are always more side missions to partake in and (best of all) more outposts to conquer.
I'm having trouble dealing with dogs in outposts, though - they always seem to alert the pirates and screw me out of the 1500xp.
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME based on this review. I'm so disappointed. I bought this game based on Brad's excitement and I have never been so frustrated at dying at artificial limitations. Drop 10 feet? Die. Try and raid a base? Sorry, you only get 20 bullets when you start, can't kill more than half of a base, and you die. Try to find a boar hide to expand your ammo limit? If you can find a boar after the beginning, good luck killing one without attracting 10 guys and a tiger or a komodo dragon or 5. And you don't have the ammo to survive it. Of course, you could try running, but you can't outrun shit and, god forbid you hit a ledge, because, see complaint 1.Biggest waste of $50 ever. Such a big regret of mine.
I would have felt this way if I had only played the first hour, the game gets significantly better as you unlock new things, and you get better at it as you play it as well because of learning all the things the game offers. You say this as if you haven't played enough of it.
@Pastajensen: When you play it at first, you'll be like "Holy hell, this frame-rate is shit!" and be disappointed for a while, maybe even a little frustrated, but then later on, for some reason, it's either the frame-rate that gets a little better, or you'll simply stop minding it.
I'm playing on 360 and haven't had a single frame rate issue at all. I heard Brad mention this on the bombcast the day I picked up the game and was worried. So far I ha s unlocked and equipped every bag/holster/wallet/ammo pouch so I've been playing a while SMS not a single issue. I say this so that anyone who is on the fence or has trepidation about getting it for the 360, don't worry. It plays great.
@NTM: Iactually bougth a little later after commenting and I must say I find the frame rate to be ok. I can't say I have experinced any lag on the PS3 (atlesat I did not notice any after the introduction).
So after a few days of playing I find it challenging and fun (To take out a camp w/o alerting anyone is cool). Looking forward to give it a fwe more round when I get back home from work.
I think the developers made a mistake: it's not skinning but gulting.
* Spoiler Alert*
Played out the game: The first animal Jason 'skinned ' you heard his scardely line he's saying, so to let you know Jason is a real wuss in the beginning. That's why he is also afraid of climbing that first Watch tower. But when you progress through the main story, you will see that the further Jason is progressing in Citra's temple, the meaner and bloodier he becomes. So i disagree with the review here. You definitely see Jason having more fun killing. Heck, when his friends wants to leave the Island, Jason is upset and wants to kill some more ;)
The progress of some important characters i find boring. Killing them should have been made more difficult, more intense. It's just: meh..Also the ending should be killing Vaas, not Hoyt. Another thing: i heard there are signature weapons. That's a good thing :) Maybe play the game again and start doing things in another way gets you other signature wapons? Who knows? I really like this game dispite some minor ' flaws' (pop-up text thats screams you must do the main mission is soooo irritating and the 'you are leaving the mission zone, get back' in an open world....)
I really hope there will be FC4, instant buy!
ps: sorry for my language, not native speaking.
About Jason Brody, who suddenly transforms into a killer that can handle guns with almost no recoil: in the beginning of the game you get weapons with less accuracy then those wepons you can get later in the game. I think this is also a way of saying that Brody isn't all that good with weapons when he starts the game. ;) At least it's an arguable thing.
I literally cannot wait to get this into my eye holes through my PC :)
Hahaha Brad's 5-star splash is the best.
I found Sleeping Dogs a little more fresh, but this damn game is outstanding.
I know what you mean. The Chinese temple/artifact quest line with Buck seemed incredibly forced as a main quest. (Which arguably works for FC3's living-a-fantasy story). It could have have easily been a great side quest or even better, broken up into a few side quests while you unravel the hidden story.
Just got to Hoyt's island. This game is fucking awesome.
I am sad of the impending let down though, however Jason's spiral into being a cold blood killer is great. Even though there are not a lot of moments to showcase this, I can just feel it myself as each set gets bigger and bigger, get more upgrades, and then face whatever is in front of me with just a smile of what chaos I can create.
Stabbing a guy then throwing a knife and killing a guy from a bit away is still one of the best things ever.
The only problem I have had is the limitations of upgrades when you first start. I like to do side quests first to try and get as much money and experience as possible, but in order to "unlock" the next upgrade I was forced to play the story. Not a big deal as the story missions are fun, but I guess it makes sense in the terms of progression.
i love this game. i havent played any of the previous games but my god. it's insane how good it is.
Just finished this game and I absolutely agree with this review. My personal 2012 GOTY and one of my favorites of this entire generation. Just a really fantastic experience.
Why does every review say they're rich, preppy kids? Preppy kids live in the Northeast, yet Jason his friends live in Santa Monica. Also, the only ones that are close to rich are Keith and Oliver. Get your facts straight.
Just finished playing this. Hated the story, and the missions later on in the game were incredibly frustrating. I was constantly being overwhelmed by enemy fire and was hardly given a chance to recover and retaliate. The takedowns are a lot of fun to pull off but there were too many forced stealth sections in the game, even when stealth wasn't mandatory it was still encouraged. Anyway, the best part of this game is the freedom you're given, something I'll finally be able to experience more of after that miserable campaign.
Apparently, I'm one of the few people who enjoyed the story from beginning to end, and understood everything that was happening. It's a great game either way, but did people really not understand the story all that well?