Best of 2012: #5 - Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 is #5 in our Best of 2012.


Given Far Cry 2's polarizing reception, few could have expected late-arriving Far Cry 3 to be as astoundingly fun as it turned out to be.

Whereas most single-player first-person-shooters are tightly-scripted, linear crawls from A to B, Far Cry 3 gives players the run of two massive islands that can be explored and conquered as the player sees fit. Sure, shooting seedy human traffickers is mighty fun, but there's so much more you can do. One of Far Cry 3's most compelling sub-systems gives players the opportunity to hunt specific prey, the skins of which allow the crafting of bigger pouches, holsters, and the like.

Far Cry 3 also features some of this year's most compelling villains--chiefly, the amoral powderkeg, Vaas. There's few that deny that Vaas is one of the most compelling antagonists to grace video games in quite a while. He makes Far Cry 3 so compelling to journey through, even if it is a bit tough to identify with rich kid Jason Brody and his clique of spoiled Santa Monican friends.

The game's vast, unlockable arsenal and ability trees allow players to tailor their player to fit their personal style, whether it's stealthy, or a more guns-blazing approach. Vehicles, boats, hangliders, and even a wingsuit further empower the players island traversal. And the sense of progress one gets from clearing encampments (and therefore, the surrounding area) of enemies can't be overstated. Climbing rickety radio towers to make the surrounding area visible on your map handily trumps the satisfaction of tower-climbing in the Assassin's Creed series. Perhaps this was the open-world Ubisoft murder-simulator we should've been keeping our eyes on all along?

The Shacknews Best of 2012 Awards were determined by ballot voting across the entire Shacknews staff. Andrew, Garnett, John, Steve, and Tyler voted for Far Cry 3, with Jeff choosing it as his personal Game of the Year, earning it 300 points and the 5th place position on our list. Stay tuned all week as we reveal all our winners.

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    January 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Best of 2012: #5 - Far Cry 3.

    Far Cry 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 is #5 in our Best of 2012.

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      January 23, 2013 12:16 PM

      I thought it would be higher than #5. I'm having a ball playing it.

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        January 23, 2013 12:49 PM

        It came out very late in the year. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people just didn't have a chance to play it.

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        January 23, 2013 8:33 PM

        As did I but I'll take five.

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      January 23, 2013 12:49 PM

      The top 4 will be

      The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
      Star Wars: The Old Republic

      (according to the frontpage "Top Games" list.

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      January 23, 2013 6:54 PM

      I'm thinking about buying Miasmata. Could you put it on your top 10 list? I don't want to pay full price.

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        January 23, 2013 7:07 PM

        Scratch that. I want a sale on X-Com or Dishonored. Do not disappoint.

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      January 24, 2013 1:34 PM

      Pity the game runs like complete ass for the majority of people out there.

      Dishonored, everything on max settings = perfect
      Hitman Absolution, everything on max (apart from MSAA) = perfect
      Far Cry 3, no matter what settings I choose, and I get average 60fps = stuttering crap.

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      January 24, 2013 1:35 PM

      Oh and apparently, it mostly does this for the bought / legal version, and mostly doesn't do this for the cracked / illegal version. Hmmm

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