Geplaatst: 27 januari
The main difference between this game and the newer versions is the perception of time. I have spent about 3 hours on both Far Cry and Far Cry 3. I have enoyed playing both but Far Cry has been more of a challenge all the way through. In 3 hours I feel like I have seen so much of the island and am about half-way through the game. In 3 hours on Far Cry 3 I feel like I have barely made a blip in the world. But this review is not about comparing games that were released 10 years apart!
I don't normally play shooters and this game is very much a shooter. The binocular mechanic is cool and there is enough story to pull me through. I have found many of the levels very challenging, some taking multiple attempts to clear a stage. Each attempt makes me think and plan ahead. What weapon should I use? How can I use the environment to my advantage? How can I be stealthy in a game with very poor stealth mechanics? These choices and thought processes I feel are absent from the modern shooter.
The gameplay and story is linear. It follows a protagonist who's name I can't remember but is the overly 'manly-man' (With some classic one-liners) as his private yaught is blow up and his girlfriend is captured by pirates? You are aided by a mysterious voice from the radio as you fight your way across the island in search of your girlfriend.
You can only alter the path slightly but you will always reach the same checkpoint. There is very little else to do other than the story. No money, collectibles etc. This feels refreshing for once. Most games have hundreds of achievements and collectibles that keep you in the game long after it is fun.
The graphics are pretty decent for a 10-year old game and the environments look nice when viewed at a distance.
The AI is dumb. The controls are okay.
For the $10 I paid for the franchise pack (1-Blood Dragon) it was a worthwhile purchase and I look forward to completing the game. You just can't go into the game expecting a modern shooter or something comparable to Far Cry 3.
On a side note:
I haven't played the multiplayer but apparently it's dead anyway. Not surprising for a 10 year old game really. Still worth the $1 or so I spent on it.