• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. The visuals of the game are nothing short of stunning. We don't think we're being overly optimistic in saying this game is one of the best looking games you will ever play.
  2. Nigh on perfect. There's no other way to put it. Words simply cannot do this game the justice it so admirably deserves. It's the most original, involving and technically astounding first person shooter since Halo 2 finally emerged and barged its way into every Xbox owner's home, and it puts most of its competitors to absolute shame.
  3. In this reviewers opinion it meets or exceeds Halo 2 in every category.
  4. The rich visuals are some of the best on the Xbox this year, the multiplayer games are there if you've got an Xbox Live itch that needs scratching and the Map Editor is definitely the best on the console.
  5. Big, brash, unashamedly daft in parts, this is Stephen Dorff's best role in ages, but he's still upstaged by the beautiful scenery and teeth-grinding action of this masterful shooter. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  6. The best first person shooter I've played on the XBOX to date.
  7. The single player game is great for those who want a somewhat stealthy FPS, and the multiplayer has enough variety to keep action hounds howling for more.
  8. Most of the mojo comes in the in game feeling of being the hunted then into the predator, it's exhilarating running through the jungle like a wild beast on the hunt, loose and intense.
  9. 89
    Far Cry Instincts offers something new to the FPS genre with its feral abilities and expertly-crafted open level design. Combined with the map editor and creative multiplayer modes it comes highly recommended.
  10. Ubisoft Montreal has done a bang up job tailoring this release with all the bells and whistles that will keep the Xbox faithful salivating for months on end. [Nov 2005, p.164]
  11. 90
    The overall combination of shooting, stealth, primal abilities, vehicles, great level design, storyline, and amazing graphics and sound add up to a must have game.
  12. It's tough, it's grueling, but it's so damn worth it that you'll never really have much of a problem getting into the game from the minute you load the disc into your Xbox.
  13. The multiplayer aspect is staggering.
  14. The island setting is realistic enough to make you start to sweat from the heat, and the advanced AI makes for some exciting action. It's just one of those games that is experienced as much as it is played.
  15. Awesome in every sense of the word. This is a big game, with a lengthy single-player story, a full multiplayer suite, and a level editor thrown in for kicks. Graphically, it pushes the Xbox to its limits and delivers some jaw-dropping visuals as it immerses you in lush jungles with sweeping vistas.
  16. 90
    As is usually the case with Ubisoft's games on Xbox Live, the netcode is solid, so you shouldn't see much lag.
  17. If there is one Xbox game you should not miss this year it is Far Cry Instincts. It is one of those genuinely original and completely engrossing first-person shooters that joins Halo as the Xbox's finest games.
  18. Far Cry Instincts is just another example of how bloody marvelous UbiSoft can be, and how good a console shooter can be without needing to distract us with aliens and shiny green space suits.
  19. With incredible graphics, stellar gameplay, and an engaging story, Far Cry: Instincts stands proud as a testament to how good a game can be.
  20. 90
    A must-play for anyone with a remote interest in shooters. The new feral abilities and completely redesigned single player experience mean that even gamers who played the heck out of the PC version will find value in this title.
  21. The most immersive and beautiful FPS yet to appear on a console. The single player has great pacing, challenge and satisfaction, while the multiplayer is accessible and fun.
  22. A terrific game and probably one of the best produced Xbox games in terms of graphics. The single player story is engaging and will keep you up into the wee hours of the night and maybe even until the sun comes up.
  23. Far Cry offers an extensive single player that begs to be played more than once despite not having a difficulty select from the offset. The game is as tough or as easy as you make it depending on how you decide to play.
  24. With only small problems here and there, it's hard to imagine a person not liking this game.
  25. It really is like the developers played every PC shooter from "Doom" through "Quake" and "Half-Life," even "Sin" and "Soldier of Fortune," and applied cool elements from them all into this package. [Nov 2005, p.112]
  26. I was expecting a lot from Instincts, and boy, I got it. Smooth as silk, pretty as a picture and as vicious as an angry lion, Jack Carver's second title is as good as his first, and is pretty much a must-own for any fan of the FPS or stealth genres. Top notch.
  27. 90
    Hiding in the bushes and setting "whip" traps with branches, then watching guards walk into them is old-fashioned, sadistic fun. But the game doesn't really hit its stride until its second half, when your inner wild-child side surfaces, and you start tearing ass around the jungle like the wolfman after guzzling a keg of hard cider.
  28. The gameplay is packed with features, the visuals and atmospheric feel is exceptional, and its control system is magnificent.
  29. Far Cry Instincts not only equals its PC cousin but actually manages to better it.
  30. Far Cry: Instincts on the Xbox is a much more balanced and fun game than the PC version.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Nick
    Jul 25, 2006
    Ok so the game has quite impressive visuals, but it is also bugged and offers nothing new. It comes nowhere near Half Life 2 and certainly doesn't touch either of the Halos. Annoying and random difficulty make this an entirley average game. Full Review »
  2. EfeB.
    Jul 4, 2006
    very fine game, one of xbox's best. insane graphics, great action, allright story...good transition from the hunted to the hunter with your new animal abilities. sloppy rag-doll effects, a bit feels weightless all around, sometimes you need to pump like 10 bullets into a guy before he dies...but hey, they cramped in lots of cool things in this game, i feel bad complaining. kind of feels like turok in some areas, well...i cannot say that this is THE best fps there is...after playing half-life 2...far cry seems like pong, but...okay, its the second best. Full Review »
  3. IamNlCK
    Jun 25, 2006
    Fun game. I like Shooters like this much more than mundane Halo-esque games where you shoot your way through hordes of identical aliens for hours. Very cool storyline, intense action. The only complaints I have are..when i sneak up on someone stealthfully....sometimes after a couple machine gun blasts to the head, they are still alive. The enemy AI has some room to improve also. Full Review »