Zero Punctuation: Far Cry 3

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bificommander:
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?

Funnily enough that was my major gripe with the Deus Ex series. Don't get me wrong, the first is one of my favorite games of all time. But it was a real break of immersion for me to believe that right from the very beginning JC Denton is supposed to be a billion dollar scientific miracle and trained as an elite super soldier. He started off in the game not even able shoot a human sized target 20 feet away or hold his breath underwater for more than 20 seconds. I recall exploiting a glitch during my first play through at the X51 base where using a keypad gave you experience points every time you right clicked, and maxed out my character. Likewise in Human Revolution why you needed to eat Energy Bars just to punch someone once.

It seems as if Far Cry and Deus Ex could swap their experience systems. But personally as someone who grew up in the Quake era, I prefer gaining experience through just learning through getting familiar with the game as opposed to a number value that you had to increase.

I've really enjoyed FC3, it's been a damn good experience. 32 hours in and I'm only half way (Hardest Difficulty).

PC users might get frustrated with the console optimised menu system. Great for a controller, pretty inefficient with a mouse and keyboard.

Recommended.

This is genius
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSm8LO5mEoI

I am glad Robbaz is getting better after having a break.

You know I was thinking the same thing about alot of games lately. By the time you get the cool gear the game is pretty much over.

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.

Flip box over:
"Gameinformer 9/10"
"IGN 9.5/10"
"Yahtzee: Its fine."

I would love to see that on the game

Every time Yahtzee said "banana" I thought of this:

GoddyofAus:
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.

Indeed. For me that moment came when I was scouting an enemy camp and got attacked by these large aggressive Ostrich-like birds (I know, doesn't sound very dangerous - but they were. Could take down a man in 2 hits) and whilst running away from them and noticing them chase me I lured them in to the enemy camp where they proceeded to peck the shit out of all the troops there.

Personally I love the story and the interactive cut-scenes. They are really well done and set the tone nicely. One of the few games where I was looking forward to the cut-scenes.
One of the best FPS stories I've played.

Duffeknol:

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.

I KNOW!! The wing suit changes the damn game! I spent more time looking for places to climb up so I could wingsuit over a checkpoint and land on a pearch mark everyone and then start picking them off. I did that more than anything else in the game beacuse it is a fantastic gameplay mechanic and makes the whole game more enjoyable.

GOD SPEED YOU MAD BASTARD GOD SPEED

The Youth Counselor:
Funnily enough that was my major gripe with the Deus Ex series. Don't get me wrong, the first is one of my favorite games of all time. But it was a real break of immersion for me to believe that right from the very beginning JC Denton is supposed to be a billion dollar scientific miracle and trained as an elite super soldier. He started off in the game not even able shoot a human sized target 20 feet away or hold his breath underwater for more than 20 seconds. I recall exploiting a glitch during my first play through at the X51 base where using a keypad gave you experience points every time you right clicked, and maxed out my character. Likewise in Human Revolution why you needed to eat Energy Bars just to punch someone once.

It seems as if Far Cry and Deus Ex could swap their experience systems. But personally as someone who grew up in the Quake era, I prefer gaining experience through just learning through getting familiar with the game as opposed to a number value that you had to increase.

I almost always do something like that. It's a good way to have the story and character interactions from an RPG without having to suffer through fake difficulty every time you want to replay as a different character or spend hours on dull XP-grinding quests.

FC2 is more bland FC3 tries a tiny bit harder to be better. Tho I'd still rather have SCI FI or fantasy sand box shooter and not realistic based wonkyness like Crysis. And for the record I still like FC1 more.

"grr I'm a wolf" made me LOL

Sheo_Dagana:

BloodRed Pixel:
Am I getting old or was this the most positive ZP review ever (since HL)?

Well, 'since Half Life' maybe, but his most positive review by far was Psychonauts.

"Lastly, there's Portal, and if you're a regular viewer you'll understand how insane these words feel coming out of my mouth, but I can't think of any criticism for it. /.../ Absolutely sublime from start to finish and I will jam forks into my eyes if I ever use those words to describe anything else ever again."

After not being impressed with FC1 or 2 (besides how good the first one looked), I too was rather impressed by 3. I did side missions/exploration/hunting because it was fun, not because I absolutely had to.

My one complaint: the "heavies" that take two headshots. GRAAAAHHHHHHH! Nothing will ever take more than one headshot from a high-power rifle round. STOP IT!

franksands:
He is indeed becoming soft, he did even call BLOPs and CoD shooters isntead of spunk gargle weewee

Hey, you're right! Although he did compare BLOPS II to "a cum bubble", however that works.
I remember an early trailer (from the VGA's or E3, not sure) for FarCry 3, opening on the player character making a big speech to a tribe of natives after getting up from a round of ritual sex with a woman with no hair, and Vaas leading you down a corridor lines with TV screens (maybe that was different trailer?) and I'm thinking "Dafuq did I just watch?" I hate it when game devs do that, unless the goal was to drive me as crazy as the main caharcter gets? Well played.

On another note, how are all the FarCry games connected? Each one seems to have almost nothing to do with the others, like Final Fantasy.

Seeing as I already kind of thought FC2 was alright, you know... Fine and everything, I was pretty sure I was going to like this one anyway.

But still... Thanks yous anyways, Mr. Banana.

I was pretty wary that this game was simply being overhyped, but hearing that it is geniunely engaging, I think I may pick this up now. I believe in Ben "Yatzhee the Banana" Croshaw.

Today's episode caused me to pause the video halfway through and close the tab it was in. Not having finished it may make my opinion seem less informed but fair enough. I'd rather seem like an idiot than watch the rest of it.

Yahtzee's unjustifiable bias against modern war shooters and his inane jokes/observations about them is one of the most glaring issues with his new episodes. He was never exactly "fair and balanced" before but it's a tough and jagged pill to swallow now, considering the relish he seems to take in possessing this bias. When he jerks off for 5 minutes about the perceived "flaws" of the genre, missing the point and using the most irrelevant traits possible, it's not informative or even entertaining. But at the very least in those episodes he had a context with which to dribble this bile into the ears of his sycophantic fans, but now he's taking time out of largely irrelevant episodes to continue to remind us of it. He's either desperate to be cancelled or far too proud of his vogue, trendy preferences than he should be.

If this rapidly unentertaining cultural drain doesn't cut the cancerous pus filled mass of his juvenile, misguided nonconformity from his reviews he's going to hit that shark ramp any day now. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt for just a moment and assume he's right, that modern war shooters in fact ARE the bane of good taste and the nadir of gaming as a media. Even then he's not justified in banging on about it to quite the grating degree he's been doing. Listening to the same joke over and over and over may be cool for fans of 'Allo 'Allo but everyone else deserves better.

A few years ago I often thought about how sad I'd be when Zero Punctuation ended. Now I'm feeling a cancellation might just be merciful, both for Croshaw and his viewers.

How would you compare Far Cry 3's "becoming badass and then badassing it up" to Red Steel's "You've learned the Tiger! Congratulations, the game is now over"

CrunkParty:
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I quite like how he hates the cancerous over-saturation of generic FPS's in the market today. If there was more stuff that tried to be original then we would have nothing to complain about, however since pretty much every second game that comes out nowadays is CoD4 clone #MMMDCCC there is quite a lot to complain about!

I actually liked this episode and I do find the continued deserved bashing of "spunkgargleweewee" quite entertaining

Uh, Yahtzee. I feel I should point out.
When you pronounced the name of the player character, Jason Brody, your "d" sounded a lot like an "n."
Surprised nobody picked it up, really.

I lured a tiger to an enemy camp. I felt so accomplished.

TwentyPercentCooler:
After not being impressed with FC1 or 2 (besides how good the first one looked), I too was rather impressed by 3. I did side missions/exploration/hunting because it was fun, not because I absolutely had to.

My one complaint: the "heavies" that take two headshots. GRAAAAHHHHHHH! Nothing will ever take more than one headshot from a high-power rifle round. STOP IT!

Well they are wearing industrial welding masks (Somehow not making them pass out in tropical sun/heat, and in what looks like Ned Kelly esque cast iron armor) and do sound like the Terminator. I was more miffed that they pop up in numerous story missions before you can get the takedown for them, kind of killing a stealth run.

What's this, Yahtzee? No ripping on the fact that you basically fight the same bloke in a red shirt all the time, and later on a bloke in a yellow shirt, spoiler alert? Not to mention the rather samey environments.

The game is a lot of fun, but also way too easy, even on hard.

My most memorable moment was when sniping a faraway outpost. One pirate thought it was a good idea to get in the nearest vehicle and drive towards my location, running over all of his buddies in the process, and down a steep cliff, exploding with a lovely display of ragdoll physics. Not exactly what you'd call outstanding A.I, but fucking funny :')
In the early stages of the game I was ten times more terrified to run into carnivorous wild life, particularly those sneaky crocodiles! And tigers/bears that can take 10 AK rounds to the face and still maul you..

TwentyPercentCooler:

My one complaint: the "heavies" that take two headshots. GRAAAAHHHHHHH! Nothing will ever take more than one headshot from a high-power rifle round. STOP IT!

The second most powerful sniper rifle solves this.. I prefer it over the signature sniper, that one has no silencer.

All men are equal.
All men are mortal.
Yahtzee is bannana, therefor Yahtzee is not a man.
Yhatzee is unequal and immortal.

(yeah, I know, denial of the antecedent)

josemlopes:
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.

This anoyed me too, would be cool if they patch in some kind of "roleplay"-mode.

I`m really having fun with this game. The only reason i`m doing story missions is that there`s not much to do now on the first island and i want to unlock the second.

I hadn't laughed as much as I did with the "strategic maulings" part of the video in a while.
The best I've seen so far has been a dog assault on an outpost though. It wasn't very effective unfortunately.

Starker:

Sheo_Dagana:

BloodRed Pixel:
Am I getting old or was this the most positive ZP review ever (since HL)?

Well, 'since Half Life' maybe, but his most positive review by far was Psychonauts.

"Lastly, there's Portal, and if you're a regular viewer you'll understand how insane these words feel coming out of my mouth, but I can't think of any criticism for it. /.../ Absolutely sublime from start to finish and I will jam forks into my eyes if I ever use those words to describe anything else ever again."

I missed the Psychonauts review, I have to admit. But I played the game!
And yeah Portal ranks with the Immortal (and it rhymes, too ;D )

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

I once had an entire pack of tigers overrun a camp. It was fun to watch... and then they killed all the rebels too. Needless to say I was wary about fast traveling there ever since.

gardian06:

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.

It's actually a short film mocking commercialism, not an actual series of rejected commercials.

Blood Brain Barrier:

Vaas should have been the main villain. I think the developers completed the storyline and realized it was too short and so tacked on a higher-up guy who was less interesting.

Seems like everybody is making that mistake recently. It really screws up the dramatic tension in the story-line when they introduce another villain half way into the game or movie. Writers really need to study more.

About the heavies, the mask only covers the front of their head. A shot in the back of their head does it for most of them. You just have to be careful.

Seth Carter:

TwentyPercentCooler:
After not being impressed with FC1 or 2 (besides how good the first one looked), I too was rather impressed by 3. I did side missions/exploration/hunting because it was fun, not because I absolutely had to.

My one complaint: the "heavies" that take two headshots. GRAAAAHHHHHHH! Nothing will ever take more than one headshot from a high-power rifle round. STOP IT!

Well they are wearing industrial welding masks (Somehow not making them pass out in tropical sun/heat, and in what looks like Ned Kelly esque cast iron armor) and do sound like the Terminator. I was more miffed that they pop up in numerous story missions before you can get the takedown for them, kind of killing a stealth run.

That really wouldn't help, a high powered rifle can penetrate up to 3/4 of an inch of hardened steel plating. I'm assuming the M700 in the game is using at least a .30-06 but it's probably based off the Iraq War M700 and is using a .338 Lapua Magnum sniper cartridge which is three times as energetic as a .30-06. Even a helmet up to an inch and a half thick would only serve to make the bullet bounce around on the inside.

I had to pause the video for five minutes because I was laughing so hard at "Butt Still"

I'm such a child.

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