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FarCry Instincts review

Welcome to the Jungle

Pros

  • Mostly gorgeous visuals
  • Fantastic multiplayer setup
  • Nice map editor

Cons

  • Stupid enemies with super vision
  • Graphic glitches and pop-up
  • Too easy near the end

While still clearly a big success, a lot of folks would probably agree that the PC version of the first-person shooter FarCry was less a great game and more a great tech demo. This was thanks mostly to lush visuals and massive, go-virtually-anywhere levels that often far overshadowed the gameplay itself.

It's no surprise then that this console-only, enhanced port actually feels like the better game, thanks to a number of tweaks that remind players that you're not here to gawk at the scenery - you're here to punctuate that scenery with smoldering craters and gory mutant body parts.

True, while still intact, those mutant bodies still suffers from extreme stupidity yet benefit from super-human sight - so not everything is fixed. But the levels, while still pretty wide open, feel more focused thanks to slightly less freedom to go anywhere and do anything. This makes the flow and pace better. And the feral abilities main character Jack Carver earns later in the game - special attacks, super speed, night vision - lock and load some much-needed "Hey, that's actually kind of not typical" ammo into this generally by-the-numbers shooter.

More Info

GenreShooter
DescriptionA top-notch first person shooter with a unique blend of grotesque monsters, heavy weaponry, and a pina colada-scented island location.
PlatformXbox, Xbox 360
US censor ratingMature
Release date27 September 2005 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)