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Far Cry is the first game from German developers Cry Tek, like Valve did in 1998; they appeared from nowhere and released one of the most technically advanced, gripping, and downright fun games ever. So, can you really compare Far Cry to Half Life - a game that's considered by many as the greatest game on any format ever? Or could it even be even better?! The answer-no, but it comes closer then any game has done before in knocking Half Life off its throne.
For starters, you play Jack Carver, an ex-Navy SEAL now boat skipper who thought he'd seen all the south pacific had to offer. That is until he met Val, an American journalist who has hired him to take her to a small island in Micronesia so she can get photos of the WW2 ruins there. However Val seems a little too professional, and the armed mercenaries occupying the island suggest that all is not as it seems, and from there on a conspiracy unfolds that leads to a devastating climax.
When you play Far Cry for the first time, the first thing you'll notice is the visuals. Stunning is an understatement as this game has possibly the best graphics on PC for its time, the screenshots don't do the game justice. From the lush jungles, to the pixel shaded water, the shiny, blood stained corridors of the labs, and even the erupting volcano on the last level, this game never fails to impress with its visuals.
You're going to need a 2.5+ Ghz CPU, a GB of RAM and a Radeon 9800 pro to see it at its best although there are a lot a scalable options so everyone should be able to run this game with a fast frame rate.
The AI of the enemies is also superb; they work as a team, retreat and generally seem experts on evading your attacks and hunting you down, and when you kill them you get to see the rag doll physics in all their glory. The physics are the best in any game, ever! Never has shooting enemies been as rewarding as it is in Far Cry, bodies realistically slump to the ground and even float realistically in water!
The games weapons are suitably well balanced although the rocket launcher sometimes seems to be way too powerful, and with a 20 hour single player game, the game is not lacking in the size department.
The game also ships with the Sandbox editor, the tools used by the developers to create the game. The editor is simple and easy to use and tries to confuse you as little as possible. However, it's still quite buggy and can be very prone to crashes.
Unfortunately, the game falls down, way down on multiplayer. It's somewhat lacking and suffers from some very bad lag in places.
Overall Far Cry is an amazing, if sometimes frustrating game and is certainly one of the best FPS's since the original Half Life and I recommend it to everyone. It's multiplayer is sometimes insanely difficult and the inclusion of the trigen mutants (the main source of the games frustration and difficulty levels) that stop this game from getting a perfect score.
Far Cry is a first-person shooter game for the PC published by Ubisoft in 2004. It is the first game in the Far Cry series, and apart from some similarities in gameplay it bears little resemblance to the sequel, as the plot, characters and setting are entirely different. You play Jack Carver, and ex-Special Forces agent who is stranded on an island in the Pacific after his boat was destroyed by the mercenaries who occupy the island. Lost in the wilderness, you must find your way back to civilisation.
The main thing that stood out for me about Far Cry was the amazing graphics and the scenery in the game. The terrain varies greatly throughout the game, including jungle environments, beaches, underground mines, swamps and modern research laboratories. The locations are extremely well-designed with lots of intricate detail rendered and the game is extremely attractive and brightly-coloured. The storyline is really your run-of-the-mill action game plot, but it is entertaining nonetheless with one particular major development that I really did not see coming, although I won't spoil it for you.
The controls are very similar to most first-person shooters for the PC and it's very easy to get to grips with. A nice unique aspect of the game is that although it is not open-world and so is linear in terms of your missions, there are numerous different ways for you to play the game. There are numerous paths you can take and there are plenty of different weapons and vehicles you can take control of. You can choose to be stealthy and take out enemies silently or you can run in all guns blazing and kill everyone.
The game was extremely well-received on its release, and it is easy to see why. It is an extremely entertaining game with an entertaining story and great graphics and locations. In my opinion it is a better game than its sequel, Far Cry 2 which I found to be quite repetitive and did not have as good a storyline. It can be purchased on Amazon for the excellent price of £2.49 which is definitely really good value for money so I recommend it to anyone who has not yet played it.
Old games are uncool, old games have bad graphics and do not appeal to gamers today. This is not one of those games, with the recent release of a sequel you could say that this game has found a new wave of gamers that would not have played this title otherwise; none of which are disappointed.
Now unlike many of the others that now play this game, I bought this about four years ago, then my pc could barely handle this game; even with all settings on medium and a 15" screen this game was incredible. This day I'm playing on maximum settings using a 22" wide-screen monitor, this game is still glorious on all levels from the graphics right down to the level design.
If you've just finished this game then you may be thinking, what do I do with this now? Many will know already but there are mods for games, community created add ons that add both new levels and in some cases full new games. You will need to keep Far Cry installed in order to run mods and you will also need to manually patch the game.
So if you want to get stuck on an island with a good mix of action horror then grab this title, though personally I would look on Steam to avoid the somewhat tedious task of downloading and installing about 5 different patches.
Playing this game today, its hard to believe it is 5 years old. It's scalable quality and performance settings allowed me to play this when it was first released and when my hardware setup was upgraded, it was the first game I installed. At its lower settings it looks fine and provides a satisfying performance, move all the sliders to max and it looks fantastic.
How many other games released in 2004 are still worthy of such praise?
I had to put this section first. Five years on, it looks fantastic. The first level will blow you away as you view scenery that looks almost photographic in quality. From the tropical theme at the start, you move to slightly less grand interiors. Later on, you will find a good balance of the interior and exterior, the latter having day and night variations too. All of the levels benefit from excellent lighting effects and shadows. Even at it's lower settings, viewing distance is impressive.
Sound effects are crisp. The music is functional but as I usually turn it off in games, I won't unfairly comment on it here. I usually prefer to have my own music playing during games such as this. The enemies' voices can become fairly repetitive but never annoyingly so. They repeat a fair few phrases which are, for the most part, relevant to the situation. Animal and mutant noises are suitably dramatic.
This has clearly been play-tested to death. Everything works the way it should and most strategies and tactics you try will unfold in the way you would expect. Grenades bounce off walls and items pushed off ledges all behave the way they should.
One of the great things about this game, and something it shares with surprisingly few others, is the openness and freedom of it all. You can approach most targets and objectives along multiple routes. If it doesn't work, you can go another way or try something else. Whilst playing the exterior levels in particular, you can look at the world before you and wonder "I wonder if I could go up the side of that hill and come out behind the enemy" or "I wonder if I swam around that island, I could miss that checkpoint completely". This adds years (almost 5 now!) to it's playability and ensures you will return to it time and time again.
The enemies will challenge you on anything past difficulty level 3. I have yet to get very far on any level higher than this but am happy to be proved wrong.
At less than £5 this is, as they say, a steal. Avoid the disappointing sequel and give this a go first.
While many FPS games do not age very well, Far Cry, due to its extremely high technical specification upon release in 2004, still looks great, and in my opinion, is a far better game than its weak and uninspired sequel released almost a year ago. Schlock maestro also adapted it into a film recently (which was utterly dreadful), and thus the only thing connected to the series that was in fact any good was the original game.
You play Jack Carver who, if you can't guess from his name, is an ex-U.S. Special Forces operative who becomes miraculously stranded on an island, where numerous unnatural scientific experiments are taking place - chiefly murdering the island's citizens and turning them into hulking, slobbering monsters that would like nothing more than to rip you to shreds. Through numerous locations, from sun-kissed beaches, to creepy underground cellars, you'll have to fight for your life with an array of weaponry at your disposal, with little idea of every terrifying beastie that's just creeping around the corner.
The game is made by Crytek, who also produced the visually lavish game Crysis - therefore it's no surprise that this is a living, breathing world that's absolutely stunning visually, with no loading times needed due to some very advanced buffering techniques. Also, there's a huge draw distance as you stare out of the beach, meaning you get very minimal pop-in. The game also borrows a lot of ideas from films like Predator, such as allowing you to mask yourself in the vegetation to avoid detection from enemies. Also, the AI is among the most sophisticated ever devised in a game, as they will not needless fire at you, and instead retreat and wait for you to move forward, as they can also remember your last movements.
This is a smart, visually stunning game that still holds up incredibly well five years later. I say, leave the naff sequel where it is and stick with this - an impressive Doom-on-a-beach tale that's got plenty of brawn and some brains to boot!
This is quite an old game but PC Zone have claimed that it is the most exciting shooter since Half Life. This is a bold claim.
The story goes that you wash up on a tropical island after your ship crashes only to find that the island is swarming with armed mercenaries.
The graphics were really good at the time but now they look a bit dated compared to recent games but that's to be expected.
The gameplay mostly involves you trying to uncover what's going on. It is a free roaming game to an extent in the fact that you can create your own tactics. You could run in all guns blazing or you could drive behind a camp and sneak in. That brings me on to the enemies, they are clever and I found that even on the easy difficulty the game was very hard. This is mostly due to the enemies seemingly having super senses so that even though an enemy can't see you or hear you he knows you are there and you get killed, this has happened a few times.
There is also a multi-player mode but I haven't really played this so I cannot comment on it,
Earlier most first person games were boring as you have to shoot your enemies one after another through a fixed way. But when back in 2004 the FARCRY game was released , it changed that all . In this game you have to play as a freelance mercenary who trapped in a island. Far Cry will let you use a wide range of weapons and freedom to explore a wide area. That means you can go where you want , you can do anything you wanted. This game successfully set a trend and standard for modern first person shooting games. The graphics of this game is great and the sound quality is awesome. You will feel a true gaming experience while playing this game. It has a lot of levels and missions . The game will guide you through these missions with tips and maps. You can play these game in multilayer mood with your friends to have a more realistic fun. In my opinion this game is a must play for all shooting game lovers. Happy game playing.
Made back in 2004 Far Cry is a first person shooter made by Crytek. The game is set in the South Pacific and supports both single player and multiplayer. It was released for the Xbox in 2005 and a sequel was released in 2008.
The game has you playing as a freelance mercenary Jack Carver and has you working for a reporter Valerie Constantine who wants escorting to the uncharted island Micronesia. On the way you are attacked by mercenaries who capture the reporter and leave you barely alive, you manage to survive and make your way to the island cut of from any support you have to rescue Valerie Constantine from the mercenaries.
The AI is pretty good and the graphics are good with good detail and there is plenty of different levels to play and lots of missions with different objectives to complete.
A good game with plenty of missions and a good story, the single player is worth playing just for the story well worth playing
Far cry features incredible environments and graphics and it gives you a huge amount of freedom compared to other shooters as there are different routes you can take and you are left to choose how to go about your objectives.
There is also an incredible choice of weapons and vehicles from early on so you really do select the way you want to handle a fight.
The game doesn't set puzzles in the way half life does, it simply leaves you alone so you can choose your own route and strategy.
Overall it feels like you are in control and are at liberty to explore instead of following ABC like most shooters.
I prefer the earlier levels as this is where you have the most freedom; in later levels more takes place in doors so it is more rigid and can feel artificial (but still less so than the competition)
Also the enemies are more realistic in the first few levels.
Performance once the game starts is very good even on my PC which is low on memory, but the loading time can be quite long.
Every so often a game pops up that stands out from the others, a game that makes you appreciate all the details however small, a game that plays as well as it looks and i can say far cry is one of those games. With intense gameplay, gorgeous scenery and amazing graphics, far cry is a must buy for any first person shooter fan (like myself) it also comes with online play (however the single player is better)
Its set in the south pacific in a massive free roaming jungle that includes caves, lakes, rivers, mines, camps, bases, building complex's etc... so the landscape never gets boring. You can also drive around in vehicles which is great for if your travelling long distance. Plus the weapons are amazing and you get a huge variety of them. The sniper has to be my favourite (i love picking off enemys from a grave distance :) ) You can even go swimming in the water if you really want and explore many mini islands off the coasts throughout the game.
So there you have it, a great game that is a pure joy to play. If you are a fan of First person shooters you need to have this game in your collection as it really is highly enjoyable.
I give far cry a 9/10, the reason i didnt give a 10/10 is due to the online play as it could be better.
Crytek really astonished everyone with this great game. You play as Jack Carver, trapped on a tropical island where nearly everyone is your enemy. That itself is exciting.
What is so good about Far Cry is the graphics and physics of the game. Prepare for astonishing water effects, excellent lighting and realistic explosions. Exploring the jungle, either in the night or day is a lot of fun... especially when equipped with an MP5, sniper rifle, knife and a pistol. As well as that, you can set traps with tree branches and perform stealth kills.
The multiplayer was very active in its time and I remember making many custom maps with the Mapmaker feature which was a great addition. Although this game is old now, I still own and play it and when you can buy it as cheap as £1.50 it really is worth the buy.
The only two disappointing aspects about Far Cry is firstly, the game is far more linear than it makes out to be. You cannot really explore as much as you may want to and missions are done one after the other with no choice to the player. Secondly, in the second half of the game you will be fighting basically just mutants and this gets quite boring. Far Cry 2 is set to have no mutants and is open world, so look out for that.
Looking for intense gameplay, gorgeous scenery and graphics that make your eyes fill with tears of joy? Then grab a tissue and take a gander at Far Cry.
This first person shooter has everything you could want: the graphics are amazing, the levels are challenging, you can jump into vehicles (anything from Jeeps to Jet skis, Hang gliders to forklifts), and there are more bad guys than you can hurl grenades at.
This game was one of the best a few years back, and it's still more than capable of challenging more modern games. If you buy this game, you will be in for a ride like only Crytech studios can provide. So strap in and get to kicking the stuffing out of those baddies. Smiles included, tissues sold seperately.
On maximum settings this is a great game, the game is now a couple of years old but you wouldn't think that to play it.
Its a good first person shooter, It can get a bit boring and repetitive like most games, but you're driven trying to get further and further into the game as you do it gets more and more challenging!
Its not the greatest game but its certainly not the worst either, it can be picked up quite cheaply now second hand (and new) and is worth the money.
Single player would be compared to grand theft auto multiplayer to call of duty or counter strike.
If you dont compare this game to other games it is truly a good game, but once the ocomparisons start creeping in, it falls short.
In multiplayer mode you kill your opponents but its very cartoonish its not technical the gun doesnt have recoil etc etc like other games of its type.
In solo mode you are in a virtual wolrd basically pretty much free to do whatever you like within storyline boundaries.
In far cry you play as Jack carver who is a skipper of a charter boat service, he gets washed up on a mysterious chain of islands in micronesia. Here he discovers some very unusual secrets....
Although far cry appears to be huge and open ended it is actually quite linear but it gives a good illusion of freedom. There are several vehicles to commandeer such as: jeeps, hang gliders and patrol boats. At the start of the game you fight mercs but further on the game gets alot more tedious due to the enemies (i dont want to spoil it for people though) The physics engine can create some interesting ways to dispatch your enemies too. The enemy AI is also very intelligent and you will be quick loading often they will flank the player and use other smart tactics too.
There are pleanty of weapons on offer to help you dispatch your enemies, ranging from assault rifles with grenade launchers to high powered sniper rifles and pistols.
At the time (and even now) the graphics are astounding. Only the cryengine can bring lush tropical jungles to life. The water effects are brilliant and will reflect everything you can see. Indoors the dynamic lighting system really creates a spooky atmosphere with real time shadows dancing around the rooms.
Now that this game is more of a budget title there is no excuse to get it. It is one of the best games made in the past 5 years. In PCZONE magazine it is rated as one of the best FPS games ever.