Weekend Confirmed 143 - Far Cry 3, The Walking Dead, Tera

By Jeff Mattas, Dec 14, 2012 11:00am PST

On today's episode of Weekend Confirmed, Garnett, Jeff, and Jeff are joined by Shacknews' John Keefer to spread some pre-holiday cheer. The crew spends some time chatting about Far Cry 3's multiplayer modes, opines about the success of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead adventure series, and there's also some MMO talk focusing on Tera and Guild Wars 2. Naturally, Finishing Moves--complete with a new holiday-themed, fan-made intro--closes the show out properly, followed by a quick, post-show NFL TailGate.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 143: 12/14/2012

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  • Jeff M. I love you to death but your killing me on the FarCry 3 multiplayer talk in this episode. It smacks of the same thing that has bothered me in a lot of the chatter on the game. When you say the Co-op mode would be good if it was the same thing as the single player is baffling and infuriating to hear. I would think your complaint is more that you wish the single player had a co-op element rather then saying the current co-op mode is missing something for not having the free ranging maps of the single player. I feel like a lot of the complaints about the story are the same thing of people saying essentially that they could have written a better story or because it didn't go the way they were expecting at the end it ruins what's come before. An unfortunate way to view entertainment in my opinion. I don't understand how something can be graded on what it didn't do. As if it was supposed to live up to your expectations. It seems so arrogant.

    I've run through the co-op in it's entirely a total of one time and I don't think I'm going back through it but I had a good time doing it. The comparison to Left 4 Dead is pretty accurate. The things you are asked to do and the way the levels are constructed is very similar. You share the character progression and the weapon unlocks with the multiplayer but each co-op experience gives you soooo much XP that you can gain five or more levels in the first few "episodes" that on your first play through you get a nice progression of weapons and component upgrades. The story is just as redic as the single player and the opening scenematic sets a tone for the content that was very popcorn and fun. But overall its just a nice icing on the cake of the game and something that's fun but not necessary. I don't see that as a negative.

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    • What I was getting at is that Far Cry 3's co-op (and its multiplayer, in general) is decent, but doesn't capitalize on what makes the single-player experience such a stand-out. The linearity of the co-op doesn't make it bad, but it certainly doesn't harness most of what makes SP so good (the open world, exploration, hunting, vehicles, or the ability to choose your next goal).

      It is what it is, but given how much I liked what the single-player game did, I was disappointed that the game's online modes completely throw most of that out the window. Like you, I had fun with co-op for one playthrough, but probably won't be going back to it. If you read my review of the multiplayer modes here on Shacknews, you'll see that I felt MP was some nice extra content on top of the single-player experience, but is pretty average at the end of the day. It feels like a missed opportunity to me.

      Also, I happen to like Far Cry 3's story a lot, and think there's quite a bit more going on thematically than the intentional dudebro-ness that most folks are latching onto.