Zamieszczono: 19 stycznia
As a fan of retro games, I grabbed this game on sale since friends said it was a good game. That nails it: it WAS a good game back in the days.
But first off, the good things: This game was simple, dumb fun most of the times. Let me tell you why.
Most importantly, shooting in this game is really fun since you get a nice load of guns, binoculars and a working stealth system. Pretty well done for a game of this age. There's some vehicles you can drive which is kinda fun, too. Your enemies aren't entirely stupid either and there's a whole lot of different enemy types, adding enough variety to keep you entertained.
The story is ridiculously dumb and cliché (yeah, this is a good thing IMO). The typical random guy who turns out to be a born killing machine and badass (you), the "hot" sidekick babe (unfortunately not as hot as the developers think she is) and of course, the ultimate antagonist: The German, crazy, narcissistic and ubermensch-creating Doctor Krieger. The plot is so dumb it's actually funny, so I guess it's alright as it is. Whoever buys this game can't possibly be expecting a deep story anyway, right?
Now to the bad things.
This game is old, and that means its mechanics are not too well balanced and can FRUSTRATING. So if you are not the patient type, just forget this game.
I'll give you some reasons as to why it gets so frustrating sometimes. First off, it doesn't have a health regenerating mechanic like most new shooters have. That means, you often get stuck with low health in very hard situations, making those even harder. You need armor pickups and health packs and both kinds are not being distributed in a regular order. Sometimes, you literally swim in pickups, sometimes, you don't get even a single one for what feels like five minutes of trying to survive literal rocket rains.
Oh, yeah. Second: ROCKETS. This is a game mechanic extremely frustrating since you cannot dodge them in certain situations and NPC's are too dumb to realize when the rocket is going to harm THEM as well so they just stay trigger happy even in meelee range. Also, there's a lot of enemy types using rockets, so it happens a lot.
Third: Enemies act pretty normal in close to medium range. At long range, they become ♥♥♥♥ING EAGLE EYED MLG SNIPERS. Okay, maybe not this bad, but still, enemies spot you from veeery far away and start shooting, resulting in you losing health to an enemy you cant even see with your bare eyes. Especially annoying if these enemies happen to have friggin' rockets with them.
Fourth: Game design. While this game has decent design (meaning having you knowing what to do, where to go and not being unfair) at most points, SOMETIMES IT ABSOLUTELY DOESN'T. While that is pretty common for old games, that doesn't really make it better. So be ready to face fights you will have to do at least ten times to figure out which kind of game mechanic or AI flaws you might abuse to actually win them (that's what I meant by patience).
If all that still doesn't bother you too much and you're okay with older graphics, wait for a sale and pick it up. It's a nice little shooter when you're bored and also the first Far Cry game, paving the way for the Crysis series and the newer Far Cry games. It's interesting to see how incredibly similiar the gameplay of Far Cry 1 was to its successors. Still, this is a very old game suffering from typical design flaws. Remember to be patient with it.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the game if you buy it. ;)