Far Cry 3
On a separate note, 7 or 8 missions in on Far Cry 3 and I have to say, I'm enjoying myself. Even considering bumping it up from Adventurer, now that I'm starting to get something of a hang of it. Yes, the plot is ridiculous, but the voice acting's good and the feel of the open world is pretty amazing (even if tigers keep seeming to show up and cramp my style when I'm trying to recon enemy outposts). Despite my having started and rather liking Sleeping Dogs's environment, FC3's displaced it as I try and figure out where the hell the boars are (I still don't have even the most basic ammo pouch) or the best approach to getting to the various towers.
has actually become really
great. It's not in any danger of displacing XCOM
as my GOTY, but it's just ridiculously good fun. I especially like the way they clearly analysed what didn't work from FC2 and ditched it, and found those ideas that were good and expanded on them to make them work better. Having the allied tribe who aid you whilst out in the field, as well as random civilians wandering around, is a huge improvement from FC2 where every single person in the country wanted to kill you, even if you were working for them.
The game's treatment of wildlife and the whole crafting thing irritated me at the start, but has started to work quite well now. I cleared one outpost by releasing a tiger and then climbing up onto a nearby building and watching the carnage happily. This lasted until the flag-raising cinematic was over, when my allies showed up and the tiger attacked them
, forcing me to jump off the building and take it down (which I did, but not before it killed two guys. Whoops). I also had a memorable moment whilst scouting an enemy camp and hearing a grunting noise behind me. I turned round to be clawed in the face by a black bear. Due to some careless weapon-toggling I eventually had to kill it with a missile launcher at uncomfortably close range. Also, the pyromaniacs who attack you with a blizzard of molotovs (half the time killing their own men in the process, due to the brilliant
fire-spreading model) deserve some sort of recognition for both their stupidty and the fact that you can shoot their ammo, blowing up up as they're walking around.
Something I did find enormously helpful was putting aside a couple of hours to focus on hunting alone. Using the map, you can find the animals' hunting grounds fairly easily and it's simple enough to get what you need very early in the game. The only difficult ones are the sharks, mainly as others tend to show up whilst you're skinning them, resulting in some extremely hazardous moments as you try to scramble ashore or onto a boat in order to shoot them. Of course, focusing on hunting requires you to find and clear multiple radio towers, so you can end up chaining the different optional side-missions together (I've also combined them with outpost clearing, to give me more fast-travel and saving options across the map). Doing the optional stuff in FC3 is a hell of a lot of fun, as compared to FC2 where they were so terrible I simply stopped doing them after a while.