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  • Summary: A tropical paradise seethes with hidden evil in Far Cry, a cunningly detailed action shooter that pushes the boundaries of combat to shocking new levels. Freelance mariner Jack Carver is cursing the day he ever came to this island. A week ago, a brash female reporter named Valerie hadA tropical paradise seethes with hidden evil in Far Cry, a cunningly detailed action shooter that pushes the boundaries of combat to shocking new levels. Freelance mariner Jack Carver is cursing the day he ever came to this island. A week ago, a brash female reporter named Valerie had offered him an incredible sum of cash to take her to this unspoiled paradise. Shortly after docking, however, Jack's boat was greeted by artillery fire from a mysterious militia group swarming about the island. With his boat destroyed, his money gone, and the gorgeous Valerie suddenly missing, Jack now finds himself facing an army of mercenaries amidst the wilds of the island, with nothing but a gun and his wits to survive. But the further he pushes into the lush jungle canopy, the stranger things become. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 68 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. The total package; outstanding gameplay, completely groundbreaking graphics, and a storyline and plot filled with surprises and heartpounding excitement. [5 1/2 "drips"]
  2. Superb in every way, technically, atmospherically, visually, sonically, it's got it all. One of the best games on the PC and one of the best games ever made full stop.
  3. We’re now thoroughly claustrophobic, agoraphobic and generally panophobic (afraid of everything). Far Cry has left us well and truly scarred, but after the experience it’s given us, we’re not ones to complain.
  4. On the one hand we have the brilliant graphics, excellent physics and devious AI, while on the other we have the disappointing sound department, a few glitches in the AI, the save system that will probably not be to everyone’s liking and the system requirements which can prove too great for some gamers out there.
  5. If you want a thrilling single-player FPS with the best looking graphics to date, then FarCry is for you.
  6. The shooting was fun and all, but it would have been much more satisfying had I felt like all of my murdering had been in service of something.
  7. Let me make this clear, through capitalization: ANY GAME THAT DOES NOT SAVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU KILL A BOSS AND SEE THE ENSUING CUTSCENE HAS A BROKEN SAVE-GAME SYSTEM. I don’t care if it’s supposed to make the game more intense, it’s stupid, moronic, ridiculous, pointless and otherwise detrimental to the overall quality of the game.

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  1. Negative: 26 out of 181
  1. StringerB.
    May 1, 2004
    10
    One bad-ass mother of a game. But you had better have one mother of a rig to play it right. Oh come on...take a bite, baby.
  2. KlausF.
    May 8, 2006
    10
    THIS GAME ROCKS! I mean where should I start. The A.I is the smartest, levels are HUGE! And it's actually challenging this game is one THIS GAME ROCKS! I mean where should I start. The A.I is the smartest, levels are HUGE! And it's actually challenging this game is one hell of a ride you'll never forget! Expand
  3. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    When this first came out it blew my mind. Levels so well designed you can choose how you want to complete them, game mechanics are fantastic.When this first came out it blew my mind. Levels so well designed you can choose how you want to complete them, game mechanics are fantastic. Sure the storyline is a bit weak, but who cares when you're having so much fun. Expand
  4. May 21, 2011
    9
    A very beautiful game, great story, with two interesting phases very different... extremely large environments, witch made an open game-play.A very beautiful game, great story, with two interesting phases very different... extremely large environments, witch made an open game-play. Just a very hard difficulty in the last levels... Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2011
    8
    Crytek is a developer that knows how to create near perfect first person shooters. Far Cry is another of those examples from their repertoire.Crytek is a developer that knows how to create near perfect first person shooters. Far Cry is another of those examples from their repertoire. This is some great, solid stuff, despite the bugs and glitches. A game to remember. Far Cry is hard. A true challenge even at the easier difficulty settings. Performance is an issue even for today's hardware standards. The game seems to need a fresh system restart to run at its full potential. There are plenty of bugs and glitches. Some were so major that I was forced to reload a save point several times. The game engine and physics is different than most other games, and this takes a little getting used to. The main character's voice acting is pretty bad. Almost to the point of making it sound like a comedy. For whatever idiotic reason, the game alters the Windows audio settings to its liking without setting them back to their original state. This is extremely annoying. Staying in the subject of sound, do a Google search and you will see the massive amount of sound problems people experience in this game. To access the multiplayer portion of the game, one is forced to register and create an account with Ubisoft, which is absolutely ridiculous. The developers clearly reward players who specialize in stealth and skill shots rather than running and gunning. The atmosphere, mood, and setting are superb; providing a tense and exciting experience almost every second of the game. The tension you will experience is not often produced by other games at this same level. There are many parts where you will be spooked and surprised by what comes around the corner or appears suddenly. It is all done very well. Level design in this game is outstanding. The AI is good, and there is always a challenge. Far Cry is all thriller, no filler. It took me about 17 hours to complete. Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2012
    6
    Far Cry is the classic example of a great idea with poor execution. At first glance and play-through it appears to be a fairly solid FPS withFar Cry is the classic example of a great idea with poor execution. At first glance and play-through it appears to be a fairly solid FPS with some beautiful locales, but the more you play the more you tarnish the original appearance. The main problem stems from some really bad enemy AI and a really difficult few levels that round off the end of the game. Even on the default difficulty setting (there are 5 in total) you can expect to die quite a bit. Your character can only sustain a small barrage of gunfire before buying the farm. This is not helped by the 1 hit kills from sniper rifle and rocket launcher wielding enemies.

    Also some of the final levels in the game are unfairly difficult, to the point of just being frustrating and not fun at all. It's a real shame because when the game falls into place and you're lying in the bushes, picking off a group of thugs with your sniper rifle, you'll no doubt love and enjoy Far Cry. It's just a shame that its shortcomings aren't as few and far between.
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  7. Dec 29, 2014
    0
    Unfortunately one of the worst first person shooters I've ever played and I really wanted to enjoy it!

    The AI is either insanely difficult
    Unfortunately one of the worst first person shooters I've ever played and I really wanted to enjoy it!

    The AI is either insanely difficult or incredibly dumb, pulling off such feats as discovering and then shooting you through walls, which was somehow never patched, and firing rounds at you from a mile away with what seems like aimbot accuracy to the opposite end of the scale, where soldiers slowly creep towards you in crouch mode, in broad daylight, out in the open, a few metres away while the butt of your gun stares them down.

    Monsters and snipers alike can one-shot you easily, which, coupled with the downright frustrating checkpoint saves mechanic, makes for a hell of a lot of repetition and general anger. If this game had savepoints (without the use of cheat consoles) it would be worth something, but that decision was just god-awful.

    I'll give an example. So I'm venturing down to a military campsite and the checkpoint save is triggered, so I reload my weapon and venture down, I take out the first few guards while crouching and go inside a building to grab an armour pack, but, after grabbing it, I get spotted and shot through the wall. Well bugger. Ok then, that sucks but no harm. Load again, reload my weapon again, because I can't save after I do that and I get a bit further, I inevitably die again ten more times because I chose Normal difficulty - which I realize now was a mistake. Finally I take them all out, grab the explosives and keycard, but the door is jammed shut and won't open even with the keycard. I go around the building looking for another way in but get shot by a soldier who is inside a building himself (with no windows or even light in it), shooting at me on the outside...

    Well now I'm just pissed off so I immediately launch down the hill, but I forgot to reload my weapon this time. And that's a perfect sum-up of what playing this game is like.

    I can admit that the graphics are quite nice, although not on the level of Half Life 2 which also came out in 2004 (an infinitely better game). The gun choices are just lacking, nothing new or interesting there. The creature designs are bleh, the voice acting is pretty laughable at times, charmingly bad but that could just be the style they were going for.

    I can see that there are some things to like about it and to you that might outweigh the many negatives, but I can't understand that any critic would give this more than an 8/10, there are some serious flaws in this game.
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