The Far Cry franchise has always been a benchmark for FPS games. The original title, released in 2004, was developed by Crytek, published by Ubisoft and had one of the most gorgeous tropical island settings ever seen in a video game. The sequel Far Cry 2 was released in 2008 moved the setting to the African savannah and was developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The result, while a completely different location, was equally impressive. Now four years later Ubisoft are putting the finishing touches on Far Cry 3 and, to put it bluntly, it looks phenomenal.
This is Citra from Ubisoft's Far Cry 3.
Far beyond the limits of civilisation lies an island, a lawless place ruled by violence and human suffering. You're Jason Brody, backpacking with your friends around Asia, looking for fun and adventure. You end up on this beautiful island that's not on the map... You quickly find out that this place has forgotten right from wrong. It's a place where you must live by the principles of violence to survive.
As with previous games in the franchise Far Cry 3 is an open world First Person Shooter with RPG elements now added into the mix including experience points, skill trees and a crafting system. Playing the role of Jason Brody, there is a wide range of weapons on offer including a range of firearms and even a blade.
Sneaking up to take out an enemy in Far Cry 3.
The islands upon which this game is based includes jungles, sandy beaches, caves, swampy grasslands, temples, cliff faces, river ports and villages to explore, but it isn't just humans that inhabit the island with Jason able to hunt animals including sharks, tigers, buffalo, boars, and komodo dragons to name a few.
Multiplayer is a key element in any shooter these days and we don't expect Far Cry 3 to disappoint. In fact, this is an integral aspect to this shooter with multiplayer rewarding up to 4-player co-op team play. It was also announced at E3 2012 that Far Cry 3 would be receiving some exclusive DLC on the PS3. What exactly this is remains to be revealed.
Sliding along the cable into the gunfight.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots Far Cry 3 is a gorgeous looking title and that's thanks to the developers using the new Dunia Engine 2. This engine expands on that used in Far Cry 2 with improved Water Technology, Weather Systems, AI Technology, Animation and Facial Systems and Global Illumination. While the PS3 is starting to get a little long in the tooth it's fair to say that this game looks the goods with gorgeous jungle locations (which in our opinion are so much nicer to explore then the outback featured in Far Cry 2. Character design looks superb and the animations and explosions look equal to the task. Hopefully the final product retains a solid frame rate.
Far Cry 3 is out on PS3 in late November.
Music for the game is being composed by Brian Tyler who has worked on films including The Expendables, Fast Five, and Battle: Los Angeles, TV shows including Terra Nova and another small video game you may have heard of called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Needless to say Brian has an extensive history with composing music, and primarily for action titles so we expect this effort to be pretty impressive.
Far Cry 3 is certain to be at, or near the top, of every FPS fans list this Christmas. With gorgeous visuals, great mechanics and an engrossing story this could be the shooter to own this Christmas - yes, above EA and Activision's titles. We'll know how this game turns out upon release in late November.
Right below you'll find a pretty cool trailer for Far Cry 3 called "The Tribe : Meet Citra and Dennis" which introduces the characters, and then shows off some gameplay.