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Far Cry Instincts Review

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal/Crytek Studios Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: September 27, 2005 Also On: None

It’s sometimes hard to look at a game from Ubi Soft have it not be part of Tom Clancy’s game franchise. Far Cry is a great example of what Ubi Soft can really do without the help of Clancy writing out the story. Starting life on the PC in 2004, Far Cry was redesigned into a new game for the Xbox and is almost as good as the PC version. The unique story and game play keep you guessing what will happen next.

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A tropical hell could not look any better than this. The environment is outstanding and really gives a good fell of fighting your way through the jungle. While bushes and shrubs don’t bend around you as you walk through them, there is still a lot to love about the scenery. Water effects are outstanding and explosions and vehicles are a terrific touch to the engine. Character models are on par with most shooters and the solid frame rate helps you to enjoy your play slow down free. Just stand on the edge of a cliff and praise the magnificence of the backdrop you get to roam around in.

The voice talents really aren’t the greatest. The writers must have had an obsession with cursing since you hear Jack Carver (the main character) dropping the FUs throughout the game. Environmental ambience immerses you deep into the lush jungle setting. You can hear footsteps coming nearby, giving you ample time to hide from the oncoming threats. Gun sounds are what you expect from any Ubi Soft shooter; clean and clear. Bullets whip passed your head and bushes ruffle as you walk through. The surround sound system you spent hundreds on will not go to waste by any means.

Far Cry plays like any typical shooter at first. There are plenty of different guns that you can wield that ranges from a pistol, assault rifle, shotgun, sniper rifle, and rocket launcher. You are able to carry three weapons at a time, but are limited in what you carry. The three slots you have open are set for a pistol, a medium weapon, and a heavy weapon. You’re able to dual wield the pistol and medium weapons, but can only carry double of the same weapon you have. No mix matching of an assault rifle and a pistol here. You can go prone and roll onto your back to sneak under a hut and shoot enemies through the floorboards. There are over ten vehicles to drive ranging from hummers, ATVs, boats, and hang gliders. All of these allow you to control your gun by use of the right thumb stick, but I must admit that driving and shooting is quite difficult when you’re shooting at something not directly in front of you. Setting traps for your enemies is fun at first, though you only get to use a swing branch and it gets repetitive quickly.

After you complete the first few levels, you gain feral instincts that make you more of a beast than a man. With these powers, you will be able to run extremely fast, jump canyons, regenerate health, and sniff out your enemies. You can still carry guns and drive vehicles, but you now have a melee attack that is a one hit kill on most enemies. But even with you having these superhuman abilities, it seems that your enemies have x-ray vision that allows them to see you no matter how well hidden you are. At least they run right at you and get mowed down by your gunfire…

The multiplayer is extremely balanced; maybe too balanced. It seems that no matter what weapon you have, you can mow down an opponent. Sure, a sniper rifle is a better weapon, but only because you can shoot your enemies from a further distance. But when you can dual wield pistols and get in the face of someone who has a shotgun and kill him is a bit of a problem. There is a lot of fun to be had on one of the dozen maps packed with the game, but there is also an easy to use map editor for future game creators alike to go crazy and develop an excellent map. The best part about this is being able to share your maps with people you play with on system link and Xbox Live. Once you finish playing, you keep the map you just played and is stored on your hard drive. Even though there are only four basic modes to play, it is a good change of pace for shooter fans.

With the single player campaign rather easy and short, you won’t find yourself playing long. If you are going to enjoy the multiplayer fun, then there is much to love about Far Cry. This isn’t a Halo killer, but is a fun change up for players who want something new to play. If you have Xbox Live, I highly recommend Far Cry Instincts for all you crazed shooter fans out there. If offline is more your style, you may just want to rent this one.

Graphics: 9
Sound: 8
Gameplay: 8.5
Creativity: 8.5
Replay Value/Game Length: 8.5
Final: 8.5
Written by Shawn Review Guide