Product Type: Ubisoft PC games
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Far Cry (PC)
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Far Cry (PC)
Advantages: Ships with editor, long lasting
Disadvantages: Multiplayer leaves something to be desired
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.
Summary: A good allround FPS