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ephman97 6 years ago#1
By now, many of you have played Far Cry 3 – one of the most highly acclaimed games of 2012. But for those of you who have not (or who want to experience some nostalgia), here are some suggestions to make the game more enjoyable.

1. Embrace the insanity. The boss fights and ending are literally crazy, as well as much of the rest of the game (e.g., how the hell is Buck finding Jason so easily?). Two possible explanations: Jason is insane and hallucinating some or all of his experience, or there is actual magic at work. I prefer the second option, which nicely explains Citra’s god complex and her belief in The Warrior spirit that empowers Jason. Either way, embrace the insanity, and don’t question it!

2. Take the red pills. In Dr Earnhardt’s cave, there is a glowing bowl of red pills that you can consume for three playable flashback scenes. These scenes help provide some backstory and flesh out the characters. Speaking of the characters, I know that some players found Jason unlikable and unrealistic, but I saw him as a stand in for the player (since he has no real personality of his own). Actually reminded me of Spec Ops: The Line in terms of social commentary, but more subtly handled.

3. Say hi to the internet. Check out “The Far Cry Experience” on youtube and then go to these coordinates on the map (X: 619, Y: 559.4) and look for two bodies hanging from a tree and a man buried in the sand up to his neck. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s pretty freaking amazing.

4. Free roam freely. Far Cry 3 has some amazing random encounters, so free roaming can be pretty enjoyable. Plus, free roaming is a nice way to acquire loot (including relics and letters of the lost, more on this later), find new side missions that can increase your xp, unlock fast travel markers, etc. Also, for the most part everything you encounter can be opened or defeated when you initially encounter it (for example, most of the stone doors guarding the relics can be broken with grenades or a shotgun). If you die you will respawn at the closest outpost or radio tower. Just beware that if you die after a checkpoint you can continue from the checkpoint, but your progress will not be saved until you finish the mission. So if you hit a checkpoint and then turn off your PS3, you will have to start the mission again from the beginning.

5. Choose your own adventure, er…difficulty. There are no differences, trophies, or bonuses associated with harder difficulties towers other than the fact that you take more damage. I recommend starting at “normal” and then gradually increasing as you become more powerful to keep the challenge constant. Be warned that there are difficulty spikes at certain occasions, such as when you land on the second island. If you find things too difficult, try crafting (in particular, prioritize making a larger weapon holster, a bigger rucksack, and a larger syringe kit).
PSN ephman97. Recent favorites: The Wisdom of Crowds (Joe Abercrombie novel), Arkham Origins (PS3), The Magnus Archives (podcast), Vanguard (fund)
ephman97 6 years ago#2
6. Gotta collect ‘em all. There are a ton of extra things to keep you busy, including story quests, path of the hunter quests, trials of the rakyat, assassination missions, collectibles (letters of the lost, relics, misc loot, animal pelts, etc.), medicine delivery missions, racing challenges, knife throwing challenges, gun challenges, etc. There’s no need to finish them all, although most are generally fun. You can unlock signature weapons by accomplishing certain of these side quests. http://farcry.wikia.com/wiki/Signature_Weapons The story quests are generally fetch quests that add some backstory to the island, but generally don’t add much (although one of them will let you unlock an extra syringe recipe). Btw, if you are searching unsuccessfully on the map for a particular icon (for example, you are seeking a rare animal pelt from a "path of the hunter" quest), note that sometimes the map can display certain icons on top of other icons -- it can help to zoom in to make sure that all icons are visible.

7. Understand the mechanics. Some miscellaneous tips: Activating radio towers will allow you to see areas of the map and will make certain weapons available for free, weapons you purchase will be permanently available for free in weapon lockers even if you lose or unequip them, alarms in outposts can be disabled manually (which will shut off all alarms in the outpost) or by shooting them (which will just disable that specific alarm), cameras are useful for tagging enemies (but taking photos are not useful for anything except a few special missions), syringes and special arrows can be set to the d-pad for quick use, and weapons are automatically holstered and unholstered.

8. Endgame. There is a “point of no return,” but you can continue to free roam and complete side quests after finishing the game. However, when it was released, the game was criticized for having a poor endgame, in part because the lack of respawning enemies in cleared areas made the islands too safe and also made it difficult to obtain certain trophies involving enemies. A patch was later released that allowed outposts to be reset after all missions have been accomplished, together with a new “Master” difficulty setting. Both of those features make the endgame more satisfying. That being said, you may want to make a save right after the “point of no return” mission is completed, because it will allow you to replay the last decision and unlock both the good and bad endings.

9. Coop. Yes, the servers are still up in 2016! The game features a coop campaign that includes new characters with backstories, new cutscenes, and new mechanics. It’s not as polished as the single player game, but still worth playing. There are also certain trophies associated with the coop, to the extent you’re interested. The main downside is that you will probably wind up playing the coop chapters out of sequence if you randomly just join an ongoing coop session. Plus, since the number of enemies is based on how many players are playing, if a player quits the entire coop session is terminated for everyone, which can be annoying if you’re playing with random people who quit frequently.

10. PVP. For the most part it’s pretty standard fare (team deathmatch, king of the hill, etc), but there are some original game modes (firestorm involves setting fire to certain areas controlled by your enemy). The real gem though IMHO is the map editor. Incredibly detailed and beautiful, with some amazing features. The main downside though is that the hosting and publishing of player created maps seems to be wonky, but you should definitely check out the map editor all the same.

That’s it for now! I’d be curious to hear the thoughts of other players who have played Far Cry 3 or who are playing it now. And if you haven’t played it yet, definitely give it a try!
PSN ephman97. Recent favorites: The Wisdom of Crowds (Joe Abercrombie novel), Arkham Origins (PS3), The Magnus Archives (podcast), Vanguard (fund)
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