YEAHHH finally completed this game!!
i’ve decided to dedicate a blog post to FC3 cos i’ve just finished it a few minutes ago, and its ending, the entire storyline still resonates in my brain. my eyes are still kinda teary haha.
okay firstly i’ll confess that the only reason i decided to play this game was cos of its cover:
|honestly this guy just looks so damn badass. hard to resist. i mean the game.
yeah so apart from that he’s also damn freaking goodlooking walao i think they really did consider the fact that girls who game will be attracted by this guy? probably that’s why they didn’t even bother putting citra on the cover. in any case i think the gun and the half-buried head will suffice as the pull factor for guys.
|bonus close-up. omg *silent scream*
okay so the game. i noticed since i started playing that the environment of Rook Island that this game is based on seems really really familiar. it reminds me so badly of my ahma’s kampung area where i’d follow my dad to hunt wild boars. so yupp it’s either based on Malaysia or Indonesia’s landscape. you get kampungs like this:
not to mention that the main faction, the Rakyat, are a Malay-speaking native tribe. okay wait not really Malay. my (residual) proficiency in Malay tells me that for one, you do not say Selamat Tengahari to the village in the middle of the night. i guess they just threw in some Malay-sounding words here and there to add on to the native-tribe feel.
but all the more reason that this game would intrigue me, that all that hunting, the wildlife and the kampungs remind me so vividly of scenes from my childhood. and when you have on Ultra graphic settings and noise-cancelling earphones, it feels pretty surreal and awesome as you immerse yourself completely in the game. you can almost feel the breeze when the grass sways.
well that is, until a crocodile or rabid dog grabs hold of your leg (which is damn horrifying). or when evil pirates start shooting at you.
AND so as not to spoil the game for my fellow friends who’re still playing it, im just gonna list down the few general comments i have regarding the game:
graphics are awesome, voice acting for all the maniacal, unpredictable antagonists is reeeally awesome, blahblahblah all these are sort of a given since it was so highly anticipated, so skip.
2. MORAL ASPECT
it’s a struggle in the moral grey area, and the state where everything is fucked up becomes the norm. and i didn’t understand some really messed-up parts of the story and had to get someone else to explain to me. like the necrophilia. and the sexual assault on imprisoned teenage boys, etc. it’s kinda deep though. makes you think about all these things and wonder if there really are so many messed-up things going on in shady corners of the world.
they stand out in this game. cos the game designers so daringly smack it on screen in an artistic manner. doesn’t really appeal to me much; guess it’s still a guys game. i was actually rather appalled when the boobs suddenly appeared on my large monitor so kinda hard to even avert my gaze. and then.. well, as usual i just sighed and moved on.
|hers. complete with artistic tribal tattoos.
gotta love the weapons! my personal favourite, as with any other fps game, is the sniper rifle, the M93 to be specific. and the gorgeous paint jobs!! omg.
|oh and not forgetting the witty handbook entries. this one’s a personal favourite
my only complaint though is the money constraint. like how every time i barely have enough money to restock on ammo & armor, just because im too lazy to loot each of the enemies’ bodies for cash. also, i hate it that the looting prompt always overlaps with the switch weapon prompt. you always have to move to a very specific angle in order to loot & not exchange your damn nice weapon for a sucky one. which is basically why i gave up on looting bodies.
oh and, gotta love the self-service gun vending machines. and of course the badass old Malay aunties who smokes cigarettes while holding a LMG, asking which gun you wanna buy today.
well being the sucker for (in-game) animals that i am, and having played all the Zoo Tycoons and quite a few hunting games, i’d say that the hunting experience in FC3 is by far the most awesome one. why? idk, maybe cos of the beautifully-carved out details for each species in the game? or the rich variety of weapons to hunt the animals with? heck, you can even hunt ultra-mini crabs and small birds in the game. provided u’re fast enough to nail them to the ground with ur bullet.
i love how each of the characters are eccentric in their own way, and memorable as such. did i mention how much i love Vaas? hell i even love Citra. and Buck. and Sam. but maybe not Dennis. he reminds me too much of the Malay uncle who helps guard my dad’s plantations.
other than the looting rage that was mentioned earlier, i kinda hate the animals-skinning process too. that it actually takes a few seconds. same goes for plants gathering. i mean, for these kinds of stuff that you need to do so often in the game, why not make things easier for us, esp after the gruelling tough fight to put down the animal? and we get it, jason brody hates skinning animals. even after he’s killed countless people. just show the animation once or twice can alr pls.
|the “eww… gross.” or “f*ck!” every single time you skin an animal.
and omgomg that damned SAVE option!! firstly, it’s just there for show. and secondly, every time you die you respawn in the nearest safe house, but your inventory reverts back to a previous state. meaning if you skinned any animals, gathered any leaves, crafted anything, it all disappears. and the worst part of it is having to check ur inventory and tracking down what u’ve lost.
and when doing a mission, esp in an open world game, you can’t save at will. it’s a autosave checkpoint system and it’s a bitch. trust me when i say that. that’s what made the Doppelganger
mission absolutely horrible for me. also, when you accidentally enter a mission zone, it just autosaves and forces you to finish the mission. not to mention there’s only ONE
save slot. so each autosave or save overwrites the previous. well… it sucks
not gonna spoil it, but i was actually really tempted to pick the ‘bad‘ ending. then again, i went with the ‘good‘ one cos… well, im an annoyed girl gamer playing a guy’s game. those who’ve finished the game will know what i mean.
WELL EITHER WAY, it’s a damn awesome game. the graphics, the bad guys, the wildlife, the weapons, etc. are simply too awesome to be ignored. i was actually playing Dishonored and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood when FC3 came out.. and i veered from my original agenda for about 5 days while i hunted and gathered and sniped countless guys following the storyline.
all in all, Far Cry 3 is a must-play. i would rate it a 8 out of 10! (: