Far Cry Instincts is a shooter for the Microsoft Xbox developed by Crytek.
The story follows Jack Carver who has taken a tourist called Valerie Cortez to an island, you soon find all is not well and the island is far from a tropical paradise, you are captured and taken to a lab. On your way as you are transported somewhere else you manage to smash open the door, Jack doesn't seem to be entirely himself anymore! You must find out what on earth is going on, on this island and rescue Valerie. The game doesn't have a clever story but it is well told and quite engaging as you play.
The gameplay is a mix of stealth, driving vehicles and gunplay. The stealth portion of the game is rather weak and comes down to you setting a trap against a tree and then lobbing stones towards the foolish guards who will fail to spot you hiding just to the side of the tree and walk into the trap. There is only a single type of trap too which limits your abilities.
The gunplay is far better, you can only carry a main weapon and your pistols but they are all really satisfying to use, especially the sniper rifle which lets you see for great distances. You can also dual wield some weapons like sub machine guns and P90s which is a lot of fun firing each independently so you can make sure the bullets keep flowing!
You also get some cool feral powers, Jack can rip enemies to shreds with his claws, smell out where he needs to go and use an insane speed mode which lets him run through the jungles at breakneck speed. Your health also regenerates so that eliminates much of the games need for stealth, thankfully.
Vehicles are another problem with the game, the controls are limited to just one analog stick so they all control really awkwardly especially when you are trying to do some high speed turns, you can push the stick to the side for a sharp turn or up to get maximum speed, why couldn't they just let you use both sticks to control vehicles like every other game! The only vehicle I really enjoyed piloting was the hanglider which was amazing as you swoop by massive cliffs.
Graphics are excellent, water in particular is very impressive. The jungle environments are sharp and the in door bases you come across are dark and intimidating.
Far Cry Instincts is a mixed bag, the guns are fun to shoot and the feral powers are good, stealth is just rubbish and so are most of the vehicles.
Far Cry was a great game on the PC so when it arrived on the xbox as Far Cry Instincts I could not wait to get hold of it. What I had not realised was that the game had pretty much been built from new for the xbox however I have not been disappointed with the outcome.
I love shoot em up games and this is a great example of a fun and challenging game that is well designedand equally well presented.
You take on the role of former Navy commando Jack Carver, when your pleasure craft is attacked by mercenaries you awake on a strange island and have to fight your way through the jungle all the time being out numbered by your enemies.
One of the things I did like about this game is that it does take quite a bit of thought, it is not just a case of bashing the fire button the whole way through, you do need to apply a bit of the old grey matter especially with the need to set traps to try and take out your enemies and capture weapons.
The array of weapons at your disposal are pretty good, lots of M4 carbines, grenades and rocket launchers and you will need all of these to defeat your foes as it is not just humans you will battle against but a few monsters as well.
The whole game is played in the first person so you are eeing the action through Jake own eyes all of the time. I like this style of play as it tends to add to the tension.
One thing you soon discover is that the levels are huge and can take quite a bit of time to get your bearings however there are a few vehicles available to get you about and to help in the battles.
This is certainly a top game and has provided me with a fair few hours of gaming pleasure, definately one worth checking out.