Far Cry 3 MultiplayerIf the assassination and racing missions can be a little repetitive however, then an alternative cure to that could be the multiplayer, which is as robust as any we've seen. There's the standard competitive modes for starters - deathmatch and the like - but it's the co-operative campaign which is the main draw in our opinion.
Supporting up to four players online, the co-operative campaign tells a wholly standalone story with new characters, objectives and content for you to wade through. It also forms a subtle prequel for the single player game, with the plot orientating around four mercenaries on a holiday cruise who are betrayed by the captain and left for the pirates to enslave. Needless to say, things don't go to plan for the captain and the foursome end up pursuing him across the island.
What makes the co-op so notable though is that as well as offering a social aspect to the game, it also changes the way you'll approach the game in a functional sense. Enemies are much harder to defeat in co-op and the more focused mission design means there's fewer options on the table too, though that's compensated for in the presentation. Our experience of co-op was that we spent less time being creative with the supplied range of hand gliders and jeeps, but far more time charging into battle and laughing with friends.
Well, laughing and yelling, actually. Teamwork is key in Far Cry 3 and one of the key ways this is supported is in a feature called 'Battlecry', which sees one player let out a yell that buffs up the skills of nearby allies.
The co-operative campaign is still far from being technically smart, however. The storyline is, like that of the single player, childishly framed trash for the most part and trying to co-ordinate complex tactics isn't made easy for those without a microphone, but so what.
Far Cry 3 VerdictFar Cry 3 may be a trash game with more literary pretensions than actual smarts, but it's still hugely entertaining - like a more intimately presented Just Cause 2, in a way. What's more, between the basic fun of the competitive multiplayer, the freedom of the single player and the socialness of co-operative, Far Cry 3 offers a breadth that's unmatched by anything else this year.
Sure, the driving missions might be a bit boring and the potty-mouth might be a bit try-hard, but those points don't detract from the fact that Far Cry 3 offers something for everyone. Something brilliant.