Name game: Far Cry 3
Genre: FPS with RPG elements
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal / Massive / Reflections / Shanghai
Publisher / in Russia: Ubisoft / Buka
Similar games: the series Far Cry, Just Cause
Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: November 29, 2012
Official website: http://far-cry.ubi.com/fc-portal/ru-RU/home/
Despite the efforts of earlier attempts (rather numerous, it should be noted), it is the first part of the series Far Cry in 2004 masse fans of shooters released from the stuffy corridors of the fresh air of exotic tropics. Keepers Doom'ovskih traditions disapprovingly looked at the crowd of neophytes, frantically nosivshihsya among palm trees, but in fact it turned out that the arbitrary space of the green island for hurricane shootings no worse Martian corridors. The game has gained significant popularity and in 2008, it naturally followed by a sequel, but already from another developer.
Contrary to the hopes pinned on a sequel, he soon became disillusioned fans than pleased: become absolutely free world does not compensate for the absence of the actual plot, as well as not very interesting passage. In the third shooting in the jungle we invite all the same authors of the second part, so we have to FC3 came with some reasonable apprehension.
As you probably already realized, the protagonist of the game today do not favor special forces, not an agent of the special services, not a soldier flash appeal or even pioneer gap. Jason Brody, the will of fate (or rather, his own idiocy) entered with a group of friends on hand Island, is fluent in my father's credit card and has the skills in the all-around alcohol.
Virtuoso club gatherings and expensive holiday with a group of friends and family just decided to jump with a parachute away from popular tourist destinations, so that was something to boast in the photos on social networks. The jump was so-so: the entire flock of the "golden youth" was held captive by bandits who do not know fear of reproach or conscience. Heads employees knife and an ax large and respected (in the narrow course circles) slaver Hoyt Walker, but much more interesting personality is his deputy, you Montenegro. This cheerful lunatic with delusions of murder has become the hallmark of the new game, and for good reason: the nature of such relief, though not look particularly realistic, but it causes a lot of emotion and attracts attention from the very first appearance on the screen.
Now, the fate of your team decides it captive Vasya Montenegrin (let alone a free translation) and the fate of this, I confess, is unenviable. Since you want to get the maximum benefit, it means something like this: demand (and get) ransom from your parents, but you do not give them, and sold into slavery. Then, apparently, again sell, but on the bodies, and to put on the remains of bone meal and feed for chickens. Do not become an object of this utterly efficient management helps you big brother, not a dolt like Jason himself and, more importantly, serve in the army. It was he who first removes the guards, frees your hero, helping to run and once it disappears need, picturesque die at the hands of the villain (very convenient, say).
From sadness of the untimely deceased brothers, and, consequently, on the death of Jason rescues another "guardian angel" - Dennis Rogers, a member of the local Rakyat tribe and ardent opposition control of pirates, bandits. Rogers makes to hand Brodie intricate tattoo, inspiring speeches about his deeply hidden heroism and military spirit and voila: daveshny playboy already with a gun and machete cuts people no worse than the notorious Rambo.
I remember in an interview with "Igromir" which gave our editorial Anna Zhibo, referred to internal conflict, some experiences of the hero accompanying its transformation into a "killing machine", the gradual emergence of "survivalist". So: nothing. Just yesterday we were charging a credit card in the slot of the ATM, and now charge a single PKM. The differences, according to the authors of the game, no.
This is not the only time where the conventions in FC3 border on outright nonsense. And yet, I must admit that on the plot worked well, obviously taking into account the errors of the previous part. Around uncharted island swirling with serious events in which there is a place CIA agents, the ruins of the ancient Chinese, and even echoes of World War II. That's really what side quests coming from the Rakyat, very very monotonous: it is hunting or for the two-legged, four-legged or for livestock. In addition, the card can sometimes be found mission delivery of supplies in a given destination (often in a completely deserted area), but the source itself as something does not advertise.
Yes, the flora and fauna on the Island hand have not only an aesthetic function. Plants should pluck and animal can open unlimited hunting season, and not for meat (our hero harsh feeds exclusively on air), but for the sake of the skin, sometimes supplemented with hair, to put it simply - the skins. Unwilling to part with it, not all, so be prepared to fight for some trophies tigers and buffaloes can deliver a lot of problems hapless hunter, crocodiles and sharks they still preumnozhat. But they make wonderful items of equipment to facilitate the fight avenger liberator pirates, slavers.
The leaves and flowers are exotic plants for the manufacture of potions, the need for comfortable survival Arms Island. Chief among them becomes, of course, a therapeutic drug, but useful and combat stimulants, and "hunting tincture", improve reflexes and sharpens the senses.
It should be noted that in the making of objects game is not only reached the borders of insanity, but boldly crossed them, such as the case, allowing to carry with them as much as four units of weapons, it can be made entirely of sharkskin. No pork or buffalo hide here will not do - Give sharks. And two (if it is not abilities, allows you to take two skins with a beast). By the same token sew roomy bandolier we need a rare golden tiger skin (fur is to tickle the patrons, apparently), and for a large backpack have to track down and tear the immortal (yes, one) bear.
Unfortunately, the developers did not bother at least in general terms to explain why, for our purposes will not do less pretentious animals so surprised laugh, but continue to look for another mutant sew another fashionable purse. However, in spite of everything, the mere appearance hunting in a series of FC unspeakably happy. You'll see over time and to smooth sharp points.
By the way, the selection of animals (some of which, mind you, are listed as endangered) very clearly points to the geographic location "of some of the lost island."
Rook Island is not only inhabited by pirates and Rakyat, but relatively densely built up. Several towns and villages such as slum accommodate a locals shops and equipment, and a variety of ancient ruins make you feel like Indiana Jones. There are some free-standing structure, which become employees outposts hostile or friendly parties. Their capture - it arhinuzhnoe, because only in this way can be: first, to provide some stability in the region, and secondly - to get another point of rapid movement, which is very important given the size of the island. As a bonus to the occupied fortifications enclosed bulletin board with a couple of side quests and a vending machine with arms and ammunition.
No less than outposts are important and widely spaced radio towers (the lost wild island, you say?). Initially, they are pirates and therefore are equipped with encrypting device whose disabling promises you a lot of benefits. This discovery of a piece of card with marked side quests and habitats of native animals, and, most importantly, reduced prices on some weapons literally to zero in all shops of the island.
The assortment of weapons, by the way, is not very diverse. In several types of pistols, machine guns and submachine guns and sniper rifles, machine guns and shotguns at all in short supply - just a pair of samples. Plus "special meals" - a flamethrower, onion, yes bazooka. In principle, it is, perhaps, the right: all the weapons in the world detached from the island comes usually from the same pirate, but what variety they prefer simplicity and reliability (not all models in the game it applies, but oh well) .
In any case, pick up weapons for their style of play - no problem. His behavior is generally consistent with that of the other video games (see one of our previous articles on this subject), but the authors of ammunition nakosyachili big. The fact that the ammunition is strictly divided by class affiliation weapons. Thus, SVD and PKM in FC3 fed by different ammunition (in fact it is one and the same 7,62h54), but the same PKM appeared unified with Singaporean Ultimax-100 (in reality, having 5.56 mm.). It looks a little flaw, in fact, somewhat hampered play, so developers would be worth in the future, or share ammo for all the usual designation, or abandon the real models of weapons in favor of the fictional (in this case the claims are unlikely to occur).
As for the characters, here we Zhibo Anna did not disappoint - many of them are almost true identity. About maniac Vasya a psychologist could probably write a whole study, and there is Dennis Rogers, Dr. Earnhardt, friends Jason and many others. Detailed conceived NPC contributes greatly to the immersion in the game, and the shooter, he performed better than the other roleplayers. Yes, and the world looks to the best live pirates and arrange Rakyat rollicking shootout with each other predatory animals hunt herbivores, idyll, in general. Personally, you are not too interested in the game, which is probably for the best.
The system is tied to the development of FC3 mystical tattoo ryakyat-Tata and offers us a considerable set of skills in exchange for experience points. You can improve your skills to handle weapons, learn to deftly and quietly cut enemies, buy another cell health, develop their lungs for prolonged stay under water, say, or learn how to collect medicinal herbarium better than any student. All the acquired skills in a stylized form appear on your tattooed arm, so that by the end of the game there is formed a real "book of life". For the militants of the system is very rich, and came even some simple little RPG.
The gameplay remains dynamic and diverse. You can mow the jungle with machine gun fire (in the literal sense, can, by the way), you can quietly send their enemies to the light with a machete or a bow. In the story, no whip, spirit of inquiry can be satisfied before and after all missions. In the process, however, does not always succeed - in some cases, the game will not let you out of the designated mission territory. But this is the only restriction on freedom of the player, otherwise you are free to go wherever you wish. Or go - diverse transport in the game just break through. Even taking a surprise from a forgotten Indonesian island of such wealth. Cars, ATVs, boats and scooters persistently climb eyes every hundred meters, they are always open, always with the key in the ignition switch and always tucked. Another thing is that their use is not always desirable - at long distances easier transported through the system of rapid movement, and better to overcome a short walk, and attract less attention, and a lot of interesting things on the road can meet. But the firm "transport" feature series will not go away, do not worry.
Good old CryEngine, which showed us the beauty of even the first FC, major modification and is now called Dunia 2. Beauty and the swagger of "Dune" does not hold - a riot of tropical foliage impresses as bright, how did the very first FC eight years ago, as amended modern technology, of course. Slightly worse things with animation - especially animals, such as mechanical, they sometimes move, but it is perhaps forgivable. You can still remember the rare artifacts getting out on the screen (in the case of PS3, at least), but they are modest and do not rush into the eyes. Good graphic design, which is already there.
Well, the fears were unnecessary. New FC did not stay at the level of the second part of the series, and quite successfully, even surpassed the first. Despite a number of annoying bugs, especially related to going wild in some places the conventions, the game was exciting and interesting, not only that beautiful. So stock up sunblock, lots of ammo and forth on the result of the ongoing skirmishes tropical paradise.