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Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 PAL box art
Developer(s) Ubisoft Montreal
additional work by
Ubisoft Massive
Ubisoft Red Storm
Ubisoft Shanghai
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Release Date November 29, 2012 (EU and AU)
November 30, 2012 (UK)


December 2, 2012 (U.S.)
December 4, 2012 (Canada)

Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Engine(s) Dunia Engine 2
Protagonist Jason Brody
Mode(s) Single-player, co-op and multiplayer
Genre(s) Action-Adventure, First-person shooter, Open world
Rating(s) ACB: MA+ (R16 violence and offensive language).
ESRB: M (17+)

Far Cry 3 is an open-world first-person shooter that was developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released on November 29, 2012 for Australia, November 30, 2012 for the Republic of Ireland and Europe, and December 2, 2012 for North America (December 4 in Canada) for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. It is the third main title in the Far Cry series, and its story takes place some time after the events of Far Cry 2. Despite this, it is not a direct sequel to it or the original Far Cry.

Far Cry 3 is set on a tropical Asian-Pacific archipelago called the Rook Islands.[1] The game's protagonist is a young American man named Jason Brody who is trying to save his imprisoned friends and escape the hostile islands after a vacation gone wrong. He gets involved with the Rakyat, the native people of the island, and in return for their assistance, sets out to help them reclaim the island from its pirate invaders.

The game also features a competitive multiplayer mode, a map designer for multiplayer, and for the first time in a Far Cry game, a 2–4 player cooperative campaign.

Plot

The game starts with a cinematic showing protagonist Jason Brody on vacation with a group of friends in Bangkok celebrating Jason's younger brother Riley on getting a pilot license. Also during the vacation they decide to take a skydiving trip. They land on a pirate-infested island, and are taken prisoner by a pirate lord named Vaas. Vaas plans to extort ransom money from their parents, then sell them into slavery. With the help of his older brother Grant, Jason breaks out of captivity, however Grant is killed by Vaas in the escape. Jason is rescued by a man named Dennis, who is part of the Rakyat, the island natives who suffer due to the activities of the pirates. Dennis recognizes Jason's potential as a warrior, and gives him the tattoos of a Rakyat warrior. Jason then helps the Rakyat in a number of missions, and ends up finding one of his friends, Daisy, at the house of Dr. Earnhardt. Impressed with Jason's prowess, the Rakyat allow him to be the second outsider to enter their sacred temple (Dennis was the first being born in Liberia) and their leader Citra initiates him into the tribe, after Jason finds the Dragon Knife, a dagger that is a relic for the Rakyat, having seen it in a previous dream of his. He runs a series of missions during which he rescues his captive friends Keith, Oliver and girlfriend Liza while simultaneously helping the Rakyat retake their island, helped at times by Dr. Earnhardt and Willis Huntley, a CIA agent. After a few run-ins with Vaas, Jason discovers that he is employed by Hoyt Volker, a slave trader, and that Vaas is Citra's brother. Throughout the adventure, Jason matures into a fearsome warrior and is revered by the Rakyat, starting to enjoy all the killing, and growing more distant from his friends, especially after receiving the information that Riley is dead. After Citra asks him to stay in the island, Jason returns to Dr. Earnhardt's house, where his friends are hiding and preparing their escape by boat, and tells them that he is staying, completely distant from his friends and family, leaving them disturbed. Meanwhile, Jason has an affair with Citra after she drugs him and has sex with him while he is in a hallucination.

After bidding goodbye to his friends, Jason goes to the pirates base where Vaas is. Believing that Jason was dead after a confrontation between the two, Vaas is celebrating Jason's death, but was actually waiting for him. After Jason kills numerous pirates and reaches a warehouse, he and Vaas fight, but Jason enters a delusional state, fighting multiple Vaas in his dream. He reaches to a final Vaas, and after a brief struggle, he impales him through the chest with the Dragon Knife, and collapses right besides him. He wakes up to Citra in the Rakyat's temple, and promises her that he will kill Hoyt for her. After Huntley helps him get into Hoyt's island, Jason infiltrates into Hoyt's personal army with Sam Becker, Huntley's fellow operative. Together, they grow close to Hoyt, who invites them into a poker night. During this time, Jason also finds that Riley is alive, but being a prisoner of Hoyt. After making a plan to kill Volker, Sam and Jason sit to play poker with him, but Sam is stabbed in the throat and killed, with Hoyt that they were both traitors. After Jason gets one of his fingers cut by Hoyt, he and Volker have a knife fight, with Jason emerging victorious and killing Hoyt. Jason then goes to rescue Riley, receiving a call from Liza, but the signal being cut before she can say anything. Jason rescues Riley and the two escape by Helicopter. After passing by Dr. Earnhardt house, they find the house burning, and the doctor lying on the ground. With his last words, he says to them that the house was attacked by the Rakyat, and that they have their friends.

Jason and Riley arrive at the Rakyat Temple. Jason asks Citra why his friends were captured, but she sprays him with a sleep powder, and Jason falls unconscious, while Riley is captured. Citra has fallen in love for Jason, believing him to be a powerful warrior of Rakyat legend, and the she will free him. He starts dreaming of walking a fiery path, with the Dragon Knife, and having Liza as a monster in his dream. He wakes up holding Liza at knife point with the Dragon Knife, and the player has the option to either kill Jason's friends or spare them.

If the player chooses to kill his friends, Jason will slice Liza's throat and then have sex with Citra in a ritual. Jason, however, gets stabbed in the chest by Citra, who says that his child will lead the Rakyat to glory. As Jason is nearing death, Citra says that he "won". If the player instead choses to spare his friends, Jason will stop the ritual and free his friends, telling the Rakyat and Citra that he is done with the killing. As Citra begs him to stay in the island, Dennis is outraged for what he considers an insult by Jason, and tries to stab him, only for Citra to stand in the way. As Citra lies in Jason's arms dying, she begs him to stay, but ends up dying. Dennis falls to the ground, not believing on what he did. Jason and his friends are seen leaving the island by boat, with Jason telling that despite becoming a monster due to all the killing, he still believes that in some place in his heart, he is still better than this. The game ends with a still image of the boat and the Dragon Knife in the beach while the credits roll.

Missions

There are several types of missions in Far Cry 3, similar to those of Far Cry 2.

  • Story Missions — These missions are to do with the storyline. They advance the player through the game.
  • Side Missions — The player can talk to locals and Rakyat members and help them with their problems, leading to some interesting rewards.
  • Path of the Hunter — These missions are unlocked by liberating Outposts. They ask you to hunt animals for their skin or avenge people they killed. Some animals can be used in crafting.
  • Supply Drop — These missions are also unlocked by activating Radio Towers. You must drive through markers on a Quad Bike or other vehicle to deliver medical supplies in the time provided.
  • Trial of the Rakyat — These survival-based missions are found on large red-coloured rocks. The trials force you to gun your way through waves of enemy troops within a time limit, with a fixed set of weapons.
  • Wanted Dead — In this mission you must find a pirate commander and kill him with either your machete or takedown. You can use any weapons to kill the remaining pirates.

Co-op

Far Cry 3 features a Co-Op story mode that takes place six months prior to the single-player campaign. It centres around four characters being scammed out of their money by pirates while working to redeem themselves on a cruise ship.

Map Editor

The map editor in Far Cry 3 is far more advanced than those of previous games, allowing players to place down AI and wildlife of any type, however AI, weapons and vehicles can only be used for personal use.

Major Characters

Protagonists

Antagonists

Factions

Location

The game is set on the Rook Islands, a tropical archipelago in the South Pacific.

Animals

The Rook Islands are filled with over 20 species of majestic and untamed animals, including Komodo dragons, sharks, tigers, leopards, pigs and more. The primary use for animals are their hides, which can be used for crafting.

Plants

Various types of plants can be found on the Rook Islands, serving the main purpose of crafting syringes to enhance player abilities.

Vehicles

There are a number of drivable vehicles in the game, including cars, buggies, boats, jet skis, and hang gliders. For a list of them, see here.

Weapons

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Most weapons in Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 includes 39 different weapons. Some weapons can be customized with paint and additions, such as an extended magazine. The player may equip up to four of these guns, all modelled after their real-life counterparts.

The player will also stumble upon 'Signature Weapons', these being generally the best weapon obtainable for each category and are unlocked upon meeting certain requirements.

For copyright reasons, the names of some weapons in Far Cry 3 were deliberately changed.

Handguns

Explosives

Knives

Light Machine Guns (LMGs)

Machine guns

Submachine Guns (SMGs)

Shotguns

Launchers

Miscellaneous/Specials

Assault Rifles

Sniper Rifles

  • SVD
  • M-700
  • Z93
  • M-700 Predator (DLC only)
  • Ultra-5000 (DLC only)

Skills

The game has many upgradable skills, which are unlocked by completing missions. These skills are categorized in three trees:

  • The Heron: Long-range takedowns and mobility.
  • The Shark: Assault takedowns and healing.
  • The Spider: Stealth takedowns and survival.

Soundtrack

The game's soundtrack is composed by Brian Tyler, who has also worked on numerous Hollywood movies as well as games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Need for Speed: The Run. The soundtrack was released on December 4, 2012 via digital download.

Far Cry 3 (Original Game Soundtrack) Tracklist

1. Far Cry 3
2. Heat
3. The Rakyat
4. Monsoon
5. Falling Into a Dream
6. Journey Into Madness
7. Rook Island
8. We Are Watching You
9. Treasure of Zhang He
10. Fever Dream
11. Call of the Wild
12. Bad Trip
13. Path of the Warrior
14. Lost Child
15. Broken Compass
16. The Giant's Head
17. Further (featuring Serena McKinney)

Along with the composed soundtrack, Far Cry 3 also features licensed songs that appear in the game itself or the game's trailers, listed below.

In-game

  • WAX — "Rosana" (During gameplay)
  • M.I.A. — "Paper Planes" (Played throughout the game's intro)
  • Skrillex & Damien Marley — "Make It Bun Dem" (Played throughout the mission "Kick the Hornet's Nest")
  • Die Antwoord — "I Fink You Freeky" (Played during drug-induced flashbacks of the club and at Vaas' compound)
  • Richard Wagner — "Ride of the Valkyries" (Played by Hoyt upon meeting Jason and as Riley and Jason escape on a helicopter)

In Trailers

  • Noisia — "Machine Gun (16bit Remix)" ('Stranded' trailer)
  • The Glitch Mob — "How to Be Eaten by a Woman" ('Co-op' trailer)
  • The Jezabels — "Prisoner" ('Savages' trailer)
  • Losers — "Azan (Call to Prayer)" ('Story' trailer)
  • Scuba — Talk Torque (In-Game Co-op Trailer)
  • Witchman - "Want" ('The Tyrant' trailer)

Multiple other licensed songs can be heard when driving certain vehicles in the game.

Trivia

  • The place where Jason kicks a coconut tree and catches the falling coconut in the introduction is in fact on the Rook Islands and can be visited at the coordinates (X:465.1 Y:793.5), approximately 270 metres east of the Welshore Wrecker's House outpost.

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Videos

Screenshots

Far Cry series
Games Far Cry (Classic) - Far Cry Instincts (Evolution, Predator) - Far Cry Vengeance - Far Cry 2 - Far Cry 3 (Blood Dragon)
Compilations Far Cry: Wild Expedition
Films Far Cry (film)


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