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Far Cry: Instincts Predator (Xbox 360)
Member Name: samueltyler
Far Cry: Instincts Predator (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Good online, solid game, good length
Disadvantages: Hello is there anyone there (online), gets samey, last gen feel
‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ is a prime example of a First Person Shooter (FPS) similar in nature to ‘Halo’. This genre came to dominate the Xbox and the sales are always good for these titles. Due to the large number of similar titles it is important that the makers create some unique selling points. The main dynamics of ‘Farcry Instincts’ are like every other FPS, but there are a couple of things that make the game stand out.
Firstly, the setting is a lot different from the majority of FPS. ‘Farcry’ was one of the first titles to come out of the land of dark corridors and set itself in an open and expansive jungle. The other new area was the introduction of Feral powers that your character Jack Carver gains in the game. These powers are slowly turning you into a beast, rather than a man. You learn to jump further, smell your enemies’ tracks and even become able to tear men to shreds with your claws. These powers, coupled with a very solid traditional FPS gameset means that the gameplay did prove to be better than average. (4 out of 5)
FPS’s are not known for their storylines or human emotion; the vast majority of games use a story to link the killing together. Therefore, it came as a pleasant surprise to have solid characters and stories in this game. You play Jack Carver and whilst most of the time you are killing people you actually get to learn a lot about him through dialogue with other characters over your earpiece. Crytek should be commended for bringing emotional depth to Carver as you real begin to feel for him as he slowly loses what makes him human.
The story that holds the game together is also pretty good. You must work your way across an island fighting a terrorist band and the game slowly reveals what is occurring. There is far more sinister matters afoot than just terrorism. An evil scientist is working hideous experiments that could change the face of the world. The story has a fast pace that really makes you want to move along (4 out of 5)
I owned the original version of ‘Farcry’ on the Xbox and was impressed that the game was a good length. It would seem pretty strange that I would want to rebuy the game, but ‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ actually contains both the original Farcry game and the additional levels that were released. Essentially you are buying two games for the price of one. However, to open the second set of missions and uncover the next part of the story you have to play through the first game. As someone who had already done this I thought this was a bit boring as I have seen it all before. Also I felt that the game became a bit too samey as I went on and I did not want to continue playing it indefinitely.
The achievements points in ‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ were also not the best, really only appearing if you play the game normally. They do not ask you to do anything exciting or out of the ordinary; just replay the game on different difficulty settings. I find this a bit of a fake way of extending lifespan. For people who have not owned the original game it will last a good length, however for those who have played the game, like myself, you may become bored before too long. (3 out of 5)
On it release ‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ had an online that was triumphed. You are able to partake in numerous multiplayer formats including death match and capture the flag. The LIVE aspect was also improved by the introduction of a level designer that anyone could use. This means that many people created their own maps that people are free to download – very impressive.
However, there is a major issue with this game online and that is that it is no longer popular enough. Having only gotton LIVE last month I found it difficult to find any other players online as people have now moved onto games such as ‘Gears of War’. This is not always the case with older games as I still play ‘Perfect Dark’ online with many other people. ‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ suffers online due to its initial poor sales meaning that few people play it – a shame as it must have been good for the first few months after its release. (3 out of 5)
‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ was released during the period just after the first games for the 360, but just before the really visually impressive games came out. I personally feel that is suffers from being a port of an old Xbox game and that it looks ok, but in a hi res Xbox way. Compared to the likes of ‘Gears of War’ there is little comparison. One area that they have managed to improve greatly on is the water effects. A lot of the game is spent in or near water so it was important that Crytek made the water look good. They succeeded here as it does look - well, wet. However, the improvements in this area actually highlight the fact that the flora has not been improved from the Xbox. A lot of the leaves are realised in sprite form, this gives them a flat appearance and is not acceptable in modern games. (3 out of 5)
This has to be the area of the game that I found the most flawed. The original ‘Farcry’ was a PC game that housed an open and expansive jungle location to work through. This allowed the designers to create a unique feel to the game. However, the Xbox did not have the capacity to deal with such open spaces so Crytek decided to redesign the game in a more linear fashion. Our tale ends on the 360 and rather than use the increased power to mimic the successful PC version of the game Crytek have copied over the Xbox games. This means that although the levels look open they are actually pretty linear forcing you down a particular path. I began to get bored of this far before the end as you seem to go through very similar locations over and over again. (2 out of 5)
There is little wrong with the music and sound in this game, but it is not particularly original. Like most modern titles the music kicks in during moments of action or suspense. The sounds of a tropical jungle as realised well and are particularly impressive in surround sound. A good job, without being particularly memorable (4 out of 5)
‘Farcry Instincts: Predator’ is not a bad game. It is just that the look and feel is slightly last gen, making it average. However, as it is now basically a budget title you should be able to get a copy for around £10. At this price the combined nature of Farcry 1 + 2 is very good value. I have not been overly impressed with the FPS on the 360 yet finding them all pretty average. Only ‘Call of Duty 2’ sticks out for me so ‘Farcry: Instincts’ is as good a buy as any at the moment – that is until the likes of ‘Bioshock’ are released. (3 out of 5)
Maker: Crytek Studios RRP £50
Amazon uk £22.47
Summary: An adequte FPS that is a must if seen for cheap enough