Far Cry

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A tropical paradise seethes with hidden evil in Far Cry, a cunningly detailed action shooter that pushed the boundaries of combat to shocking new levels.Freelance mariner Jack Carver is cursing the day he ever came to this island. A week ago, a brash female reporter named Valerie had offered him an incredible sum of cash to take her to this unspoiled paradise. Shortly after docking, however, Jack's boat was greeted by artillery fire from a mysterious militia group swarming about the island.

With his boat destroyed, his money gone, and the gorgeous Valerie suddenly missing, Jack now finds himself facing an army of mercenaries amidst the wilds of the island, with nothing but a gun and his wits to survive. But the further he pushes into the lush jungle canopy, the stranger things become.

Jack encounters an insider within the militia group who reveals the horrific details of the mercenaries' true intentions. He presents Jack with an unsettling choice: battle the deadliest mercenaries, or condemn the human race to a maniac's insidious agenda.

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I was surprised by how challenging this game ended up being, even on medium. With enemies that hit hard and hit fairly accurately and some that take insurmountable amounts of damage, the gunplay can be pretty tough but also very rewarding once you get through a more challenging portion. That being said, unavoidable damage can be an issue at times and can become incredibly frustrating, especially when enemies see you and are shooting you perfectly through the sides of tents and buildings. Far Cry's biggest positive goes towards its action through the strong variety of interesting settings and solid level design, getting the most out of its island setting and opening the door for multiple ways to tackle a level. Each environment feels unique and distinct and the levels don't feel like rehashes.

Perhaps the greatest downfall of Far Cry is its writing, perhaps purposely goofy and over the top. It comes across as incredibly awkward every time Jack Carver utters a hammy, strange and out of place one-liner. Nothing about the voice acting or dialogue brings any emotional involvement or investment to any of the elements of the story, with it all being so contrastingly goofy with the intensity and grit of the game. Another downfall is the total failure of the stealth elements, where the game seems to encourage you to sneak up on enemies to get the jump on them, only for them to hear you from seemingly miles away and blow you away.

Far Cry succeeds in offering a fine, challenging FPS experience. I would definitely recommend a lower difficulty to start unless you like a true challenge. Just don't expect anything real meaningful beyond fun gameplay and good level design.

A phenomenal atmospheric and artistic execution of deeply flawed and brutally difficult shooter. Crytek's graphics technology and atmosphere are top notch but it's clear their skill with modern game mechanics were still in their infancy. I'm very glad I finally took the time to finish this one but I don't ever want to touch this game again

i think as a kid i was scared of this game

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Idk why this one is so underrated.
I'm playing this for the second time. First time I was like "oh ok, maybe I'll go like stealthy action and try to pass unnoticed" and obviously that shit ain't possible with this game so you have to go guns blazing. At some point in the game you find the fort where you first find the mutants and I was like "nah, no way, I didn't sign up for this shit, I wanted stealthy action and now you got mercenaries fighting mutants fighting me". And the mutants were too much.
Now in the second time around I had already the mutants in mind and that this isn't a stealthy action game at all, so I'm going all balls out on everyone. Including the mutants. And damn this is fun af.
High nostalgia factor as well for this game, I remember being like 10 yo and playing a demo of this on my PC. Amazing times.

Far Cry has a very overlookable story. But map, leveldesign, KI, controls, pace, everything feels very well done.

Also a minus for controls of vehicles. This feels very clumsy.

But I enjoyed this actually way more than I thought I would

This hasn't aged very well, but I still enjoyed its gameplay (Even though it was stupidly hard at points), its story was cheesy in a good way, and overall it was pretty good.