Far Cry Instincts Reader Review
Let me start out by saying that this game is beautiful. In fact, I don't have any qualms in saying that it is the most visually stunning game to appear on any of the 'last' generation consoles.
From the density of the forest foliage to the views from atop a mountain, no game has taken my breath away quite like this one.
As any self respecting 'gamer' can tell you though, itís not just the graphics that count, but far cry shines in the game play department too. From the stealth aspects at the beginning of the game through to the run and gun aspects near the end, this game rarely disappoints. The vehicles included on some levels also add a change of pace to the game. The decision by the designers to omit a third person view from the vehicles does make these brief sections artificially hard however.
The amount of weapons in the game is also astonishing, but is it really necessary to have so many different types of what are essentially the same weapons. For example, later on in the game you find the most powerful pistol (the Desert Eagle) but by that time it is useless as ammunition for the more powerful machine guns is plentiful.
The story of Far Cry starts promisingly at first, but soon descends into usual FPS fare. Granted, itís passable, but you never really get attached to the characters as you do in games like Half Life 2. Some have also blasted the games shocking plot twist, personally I think it was an inspired idea and some of the enemies you face later on are both terrifying and a challenge to face.
Itís not just the single player missions that shine in this game however. The multiplayer aspects of this game are a joy, and the 'predator' mode of the game gave me the most fun in a multiplayer match since Halo 2. The beauty of the game isn't as noticeable in multiplayer though, and I have often noticed slowdown during some of the more hectic battles. The inability to drive vehicles from a third person view also makes them near unusable when playing split screen.
The most unusual inclusion in the game is a fully featured map maker mode. In the few games I've played that include this feature (Timesplitters and erm...) none have captivated me as much as this one. Designing and play testing a level is unbelievably addictive. I've spent countless hours trying to create levels perfect for the death match or predator modes.
Overall this game is perhaps the best I have played all year, and although the story is at times disappointing and the multiplayer modes perhaps not quite as fun as competitors on the console this game is near the top of my FPS top 5 list.
9 / 10