FAR CRY 3 Rating: 5/5

ESRB Rating: M
Platforms: PS3, 360, PC
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: 12/04/12

Note To Parents: This is not a game for children! The ESRB M rating (18+) on this game is not exaggerated!

You are on vacation with your friends in Bangkok partying and having fun. You all decide to go skydiving and land on the beautiful and exotic Rook Island with a gorgeous jungle environment, luxurious beaches, all kinds of wildlife, and controlled by INSANE PIRATES. You play as Jason Brody on vacation with a friend, your brothers, and your girlfriends when you are taken captive by pirates led by their insane leader Vaas. You escape and must rescue the others, but unfortunately you don’t have the necessary skills. A foreigner living on the island decides to teach you the ways of a warrior and your journey begins.

Far Cry 3 is an open world first person shooter that incorporates a randomizer for non-story related world events. This means that when roaming around the world hunting, taking over outposts, treasure hunting, or just driving around, the events that occur will never happen the same way twice. For example, while trying to take over an outpost a group of pirates arrive out of the blue in a jeep and threw off my strategy. I died. So I figured I would wait for them to pass before attempting a takeover again, but they never showed up because the events are randomized. This adds an extra level of difficulty that you can’t plan for and can be frustrating at times. But overall, it enhances the play experience.

The game has plenty of side quests, mini-games and secret locations to find while exploring the world outside of the storyline and all types of vehicles to get you where you want to go. You could literally spend an entire week just doing side quests, mini-games, and exploring. The graphics are great and gameplay is straight forward with an arsenal of weapons (once you activate radio towers) to fit all play styles. You can use a brute force frontal assault or take out enemies using stealth.

The storyline in Far Cry 3 is compelling, unique, and dark. It will take you on a journey into the depths and depravity of humanity. You will work with both tribal resistance to pirates and the CIA to rescue your friends and family from pirates involved in Human Trafficking and the international drug trade.

Overall this is great game and a must buy for fans of open world FPSs!