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The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 22:00
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Far Cry 3

The announcement and first trailer of Far Cry 3, which is still in the pre-alpha stages of development, was shown at E3 2011 along with a hands-off gameplay demonstration. Like its predecessors, Far Cry 3 is a first-person shooter focused on an open world and a single-player campaign with multiple choices affecting the story. Sarah LeBoeuf watched the demo on the show floor and came away with a positive initial impression of the game.

Read Sarah's full preview of Far Cry 3 here. The game is due for release 2012 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Sarah LeBoeuf:
First of all, Far Cry 3 looks fantastic. When the demo started, the protagonist was tied up and struggling to free himself from a desperate situation where a painful death seemed likely in the immediate future. All I could think about, though, was how good everything onscreen looked, from the jungle backdrop to the seemingly crazy man barking at the screen. After a bit of rambling, he pushed the concrete block over the edge of a precipice, taking the protagonist over the edge and into the water below.

I also like the idea of a living, changing environment that encourages the player to go off the beaten path instead of just from point A to point B. As we watched, a gunfight ensued, starting with sniping from afar and moving to up-close shooting. Bodies were looted, new guns were acquired, and the protagonist made his way to a helicopter, hijacking it. Soon after taking off, the helicopter crashed dramatically; the character was faced with the same crazy man from the beginning of the demo, who asked, "Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?"

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