Monday, August 20, 2012

Far Cry 3's Open World

Far Cry 2 was one of those games that sounded great and seemed exciting until you got past the first five hours of the game. There were a great many things holding that game back from being top-tier and it looked like Far Cry 3 was going to suffer a similar fate, especially when I saw it at E3 and it looked like Call of Duty gameplay thrown into a jungle setting, but I will admit that I was wrong and there is are some really interesting aspects of the game. It is a first person shooter with very familiar and non-innovate mechanics, but the games co-op and open world both are promising.

At Gamescom Dan Hay, a producer for Far Cry 3, revealed a lot of information about the open world and how it is going to work in Far Cry 3. There will be outposts in the world and these are locations that you can take over and make into a little base of operations. Once you take it over you will be able to do quests out of these locations and buy weapons. Each Outpost is unique and aren't just cookie cutter copies placed all over the map. It does sound a little less genuine than I would like, meaning it could just be hype, but I'm definitely intrigued by their open world and how much better it sounds than the open world in Far Cry 2. Take a look at the video for VG 24/7 and see what the open world is all about.

Before Gamescom they had revealed co-op in a video as well. There will be four unique characters for co-op and there will actually be some kind of story. You can have various customizable load outs, which will be familiar to anyone who has played any modern multiplayer FPS. All of the co-op mechanics are fairly generic and regularly used by similar games, but levels look that they would be pretty fun with three other people. I absolutely wouldn't buy this game just for co-op, Borderlands 2 has that covered, but it does look like a substantial addition to the normal game. Now they just need to let players strike out into the open world together and do whatever they want, but that isn't as simple as it sounds. Check out the co-op trailer and if you want to check out more on Far Cry 3 take a look at their website. It is due on December on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

-Written by Sean Cargle


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