Zero Punctuation: Far Cry 3

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Far Cry 3

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Far Cry 3.

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Well, that was a fun episode.

Yahtzee has proven that bananas can be funny without doubling as penis metaphors.

I've lost count how many times I've been scoping out an Enemy Outpost only to have the wildlife rush in and steal the show.

Awesome game.

Interesting to see him acknowledge his lessened animosity. That said, this sort of game sounds like fun times. And to think, I was enjoying having money in my wallet.

I could totally see a game putting "Even Yahtzee liked it!" on the back of the box.

That would actually make me think about buying it.

I find lovely in-game random events like a tiger taking over a rebel camp.

This game is definitely the surprise of the year for me, I spent so much hours exploring the island(s) and doing side content that there was a point where I had 14 Skill Points I couldn't spend on anything because the skills were locked, it's almost as if the game didn't want me to complete it.

So I guess we can guarantee that Spec Ops: The Line, Xcom: Enemy Unknown, and Far Cry 3 will all be on his Top 5 of the year.

Also, every time he said "I am a banana" I was reminded of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuOvqeABHvQ

I do believe we get the point now, Yahtzee, you don't like CoD and its' ilk.

I did enjoy what I'm assuming was a "Rejected Cartoons" reference.

Mamzelle_Kat:
I could totally see a game putting "Even Yahtzee liked it!" on the back of the box.

That would actually make me think about buying it.

the thing about that is that He would actually have to review a game before it came out.

OT: If the tiger takes out the enemy base, and then I kill the tiger do I get the experience that the tiger earned?

I figured that this would be the "Lord of the Flies" to Spec Ops "Heart of Darkness", and I'm glad it worked out that way.

Definitely going to have to buy this.

I'm enjoying this game a lot, I was a big fan of FarCry 1, and liked farcry2 with the same reservations that everyone else had, re-spaning enemies, malaria, etc...

The Farcry3 debs really seems like they took to heart the feedback and went to fix everything and then some...

it's a great game, and as with yatzie, I had moments when I been ninja tagging an enemy base with my binoculars, when a pack of wild dogs decided my ass stiking out of some bushes looked rather tasty, and lost the extra 1000 xp points because I freaked out and started shooting at them with guns.

well, it's a sandbox, shit happens :D

It's uncanny. I ordered the game in the mail last Friday and am expecting it any moment now. Been waiting for Yahtzee to review it and VOILA! The day I'm expecting it in the mail is the day he reviews it! Love these reviews Yahtzee. Keep up the good work.

gardian06:

Mamzelle_Kat:
I could totally see a game putting "Even Yahtzee liked it!" on the back of the box.

That would actually make me think about buying it.

the thing about that is that He would actually have to review a game before it came out.

OT: If the tiger takes out the enemy base, and then I kill the tiger do I get the experience that the tiger earned?

Not necessarily. They could just stick it on the GOTY edition. They already do it with other review things 'WON 84 AWARDS! BUY ME!'

Am I the only one who has had problems with the flamethrower? I seem to set myself on fire 99% of the time I pull the trigger (even in areas devoid of plants and wood), and the visual end-result of using the flamethrower ends up being... well, not very good.

gardian06:

Mamzelle_Kat:
I could totally see a game putting "Even Yahtzee liked it!" on the back of the box.

That would actually make me think about buying it.

the thing about that is that He would actually have to review a game before it came out.

Upon learning that Yahtzee enjoyed their game, they would obviously go to the presses and produce new covers featuring that sentence before sending them to all stores carrying the game so they could change them individually.

...what? What do you mean "unrealistic"?

I really am the only person who hated this game. I've never played a modern military shooter so maybe this is good by comparison. Skyrim with guns this game is not.

A tiger with ties to Al Quida, now there's a thought. lol!
This game actually sounds fun, now I wish I wasn't broke.

Heh. "Butt Still". Nice one.

So you're a banana? Good source of potassium.

"Flamethrower Bear Hunting?"

Dibs as the name for my new punk rock band!

Andy Shandy:
I do believe we get the point now, Yahtzee, you don't like CoD and its' ilk.

I did enjoy what I'm assuming was a "Rejected Cartoons" reference.

what?, how? NOOOOOOOOOO.
I can see why they were never aired, and I wouldn't be surprised if these contract creators wanted their money back if retainers were given.

Really Yahtzee? After specifically complaining about only getting a wingsuit in one mission in Blops 2 and then writing about it again in Extra Punctuation you make NO mention of the fact that this game gives you a fucking wingsuit to use WHENEVER YOU WANT? Really? Weak.

Glad you like the game, though. It's brilliant.

One thing that annoys me is how the character is already a "badass" (unless he opens his mouth) in terms of gameplay right at the start of the game. After they give you a weapon you can just go in a random killing spree and easily make out of it alive, I would have liked to have the guns sway more and have an increased recoil at the start of the game and having the character being slower and more easily tired, etc... Then with the upgrades he would become more like the character that he is.

I really didn't get there was much of a character arc with the milkshake protagonist, who was quite flat in the first place. Was slightly irritated at some of the violent bits in the tutorial and later on really really grew to hate Vaas, but then suddenly he proclaimed himself king of the sameface NPCs after some godzilla dreamsex and I just couldn't contain my laughter 'cuz the game attempted to play it all with a straight face.

Plus difficulty is nonexistent what with regen health and infinite medpacks and medpack plants growing everywhere. Really didn't feel like survival to me in any way or shape. Crafting more weapon holders made playing rambo more fun tho.

Shame you need to do campaign missions to unlock all of Ezio's cool tricks tho or I'd just ignore them altogether.

Oh yeah and speaking of Spec Ops, man did I feel like shit when Jamaican WUB WUB WUB played for the entirety of a mission where your character can't stop getting a massive erection over burning drugs and pirates alive.

Wow...sold.

I LOVED the first half of Farcry 1. Where the enemies actually flanked you, investigated gunfire and were generally not total dumbasses. I hated the 2nd half of Farcry 1 where they turned it into Doom: Planet of the Apes edition. And the end was completely impossible without god mode.

But yeah this sounds like a yummy Just Cause + Skyrim sandwich when means I'm going to eat it up.

Gawd help me, I kinda want to try the game as a result of this review.

Unfortunately, I loathe FPS games.

Maybe I'll give Redbox 4 bucks for a night rental and check it out... *ponder*

Well, whadaya know, a positive review. Cool. Might check it out during the winter steamsale, but my cash influx is a bit too low to buy it full-priced ATM.

I was surprised that Yatzhee didn't mention a point of critique I read in my game magazine, which is that while our hero gets a storyarc in which he becomes increasingly badass-yet-unhinged, the actual gameplay lets you mow down baddies from the word go. You may not have offscreen special forces training, but given how well the hero handles a kalashnikov at full auto he might as well. They made it sound like it would have been a good idea to implement the original Deus Ex's skill system.

Now I wonder if my game magazine was just whining or if Yathzee is really turning into a soft banana. Anyone here who played the game care to shed some light on this? Did you feel a disconnect between the protagonist's character and actions?

WOOKIE TIDDY:
It's uncanny. I ordered the game in the mail last Friday and am expecting it any moment now. Been waiting for Yahtzee to review it and VOILA! The day I'm expecting it in the mail is the day he reviews it! Love these reviews Yahtzee. Keep up the good work.

Not unlike my experience, actually. I just bought the game yesterday, and only got to put some time into it this morning before work. Then I check ZP on my lunch break and see this.

Anyway, 1.5 hours into the game, I'm finding it exceedingly good. My only complaint so far is the Mini-map not being optional. However, since I have it on the PC, there are already mods out to turn it off... And Ubi has announced they are working on a patch to make all the UI elements optional, I will soon have no complaints. For now.

Wow. That was as much of a full endorsement as I have ever heard from Yahtzee in recent memory. I was already planning to check this out once Red Box got around to stocking it, or maybe using one of those free gamefly trials to try it out, but maybe this will push me into "I might actually want to purchase this" territory. Not that all it takes is a Yahtzee endorsement to get me interested in a game, but it certainly helps.

Duffeknol:
Really Yahtzee? After complaining about only getting a wingsuit in one mission in Blops 2 and then writing about it again in Extra Punctuation you make NO mention of the fact that this game gives you a fucking wingsuit to use WHENEVER YOU WANT? Really? Weak.

Glad you like the game, though. It's brilliant.

...Wat?

Not only did he mention the glider and that he liked using it, he also said that where other games only gave you the best toys for one boss at the end, this one lets you play around with them all you want. And he makes multiple comparisons to CoD games... What more do you want?

ha ha ha, I never heard of a game where a random tiger can come in and essentially do a mission for you. That sounds awesome but I'm guessing you can't count on it...or can you? Maybe if you were willing to wait for several hours on a rock outcropping eventually a randomly generated tiger will just come in and eat everyone so you don't have to fire a single shot...I wonder if there's an achievement for that.

Mr.Tea:

Duffeknol:
Really Yahtzee? After complaining about only getting a wingsuit in one mission in Blops 2 and then writing about it again in Extra Punctuation you make NO mention of the fact that this game gives you a fucking wingsuit to use WHENEVER YOU WANT? Really? Weak.

Glad you like the game, though. It's brilliant.

...Wat?

Not only did he mention the glider and that he liked using it, he also said that where other games only gave you the best toys for one boss at the end, this one lets you play around with them all you want. And he makes multiple comparisons to CoD games... What more do you want?

I'm not talking about the glider. I'm specifically talking about the wingsuit. I was waiting for a mention of the wingsuit, because that exact thing has been mentioned by him many times now. When I noticed Far Cry 3 had one I thought it was funny because Yahtzee was complaining about how that exact thing was missing from Blops.

Meh.

After watching the Video Games Awesome guys play the game, I noticed a glaring flaw in the game that I kinda hoped Yahtzee would address: Every now and then, your cell phone will ring. Your character will immediately drop what he's doing, answer it, and agree to do whatever he's asked to do, which locks you into doing a mission. If, at any point after this, you set one foot outside the designated but unmarked "mission zone", you fail the mission. But it gets worse: Failing a mission has the same effect as dying, where the screen goes black and you reload at the last checkpoint with all your progress lost.

Maybe it's just me, but this seems unforgivable. I've never played any other sandbox game that forces you to follow the storyline at its designated pace without any sidetracking. It kind of defeats the whole purpose of being a sandbox game. I'd like to think Yahtzee would agree. Maybe he just never triggered it, but given his fondness for idly fucking around in sandbox games, that would surprise me.

Madmonk12345:
I figured that this would be the "Lord of the Flies" to Spec Ops "Heart of Darkness", and I'm glad it worked out that way.

Definitely going to have to buy this.

Well, given that Far Cry 2 was also Heart of Darkness, it would've been kinda redundant to go back and do it again. :p

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