Trailer shows 14 minutes of Far Cry 3 gameplay

Far Cry 3 is one of many first-person shooters due out this holiday season. The game is scheduled for release on December 4 in North America, and you can get a sense of the action in a new, 14-minute gameplay video released by the developers. The video walks the player through a handful of different scenarios, explaining elements of the game along the way.

Lead designer Jamie Keen and level design director Mark Thompson provide narration, and their banter is one of the best parts of the video. The gameplay looks solid, too. Far Cry 3‘s open world lets the player approach combat with stealth or guns blazing. A fast-travel system has been implemented to cut down on the driving time between missions, and the ability to capture areas of the world should cut down on repetitive checkpoint combat—annoyances that really turned me off of the last Far Cry game.

Unlike Far Cry 2, which was primarily an outdoor affair, the latest chapter in the franchise will include a smattering of indoor and underground environments. A crafting system stirs in some RPG flavor, as well. There’s just one problem: jumping puzzles have been added as a gameplay element, and some of them are "a little bit mean," according to Keen. Looks like you’ll have to perform carefully timed leaps to disable the various GPS jammers that mess with the in-game map.

I didn’t expect Far Cry 3 to be on my short list of holiday titles to play, but the more I see of the game, the higher up the list it creeps. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.

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    • moose17145
    • 7 years ago

    Im sorry, but they lost me as soon as i saw it was for consoles and not PC. Yes i knowit wil also be released for pc… but i guess i was hoping for something exclusively for the pc, like far cey 1 was. Still one of the best games to come out imo.

      • CaptTomato
      • 7 years ago

      Huh…..as if that’s going to happen on a game like this!!!

      • Grape Flavor
      • 7 years ago

      We live in a multiplatform era, man. Whether you like it or not, that world where AAA action games are PC exclusive just plain doesn’t exist anymore. I’d advise that you adapt.

    • rrr
    • 7 years ago

    Another of the many games indistinguishable from each other. Meh.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Looks like Just Cause 2… That is a pretty terrible UI, especially the crafting portion of it.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a console UI. I expect it’ll suck on pc too, but i’m still looking forward to the game!

    • sli
    • 7 years ago

    The Farcry series should have ended with the first title.

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Are there any supernatural elements to the game or are you just murdering third world peasants again?

      • south side sammy
      • 7 years ago

      third world peasants with gunz……….. and please, enough games are ruined by hocus pocus…………… don’t give these guys any bad ideas.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 7 years ago

        why not? i want to drop my totems and unload with an m60 on some vietnamese gnomes. stoneskin totem is important in small arms fights.

          • south side sammy
          • 7 years ago

          I hope your thumbs fall off.

    • Noigel
    • 7 years ago

    I miss the trigens.

      • Grape Flavor
      • 7 years ago

      Trigens were underrated! I thought they gave the game a neat twist, don’t know why so many people objected to them.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        same here. i liked shooting them in their stupid giant faces.

          • Sargent Duck
          • 7 years ago

          I spent the entire game trying to fight them from afar and subsequently getting owned (and making the game much harder than it needed to be). It was only at the end I realized how fast they went down with a shotty to the face…

        • shaq_mobile
        • 7 years ago

        i definitely appreciated it at that point in the game. changed it up a tad. the part in the tri gen “park” reminded me of jurassic park, big time.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          Or the Island of Dr. Moreau, either way it was an interesting twist.

      • moose17145
      • 7 years ago

      Totally agree. The first far cry was such an original game with some neat twists. Honestly i have been extremely underwhelmed by every other far cry game that came after the it.

        • south side sammy
        • 7 years ago

        “every other far cry game that came after the it.”

        you mean like the ONLY other FarCry game to come out after it ?………. Quite unique from my standpoint……… disappointed other game devs still follow the linear type of play………… but there are those of us that still like to be lead around by the nose…………..

    • TravelMug
    • 7 years ago

    “Hears the call of duty and sees an opportunity for a medal of honor so he heads out into the battlefield to try and resolve the crisis in uncharted territory…”

    Not bad 🙂

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    this game actually looks great. i’m looking forward to it. the editor makes it WAY more fun.

      • Grape Flavor
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, I’m expecting big things from this game, too. Both the story and the gameplay look wild, and every screenshot gives me flashbacks to Far Cry 1, more so than Crysis did.

      I would be very surprised if this isn’t one of the best games of the year.

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    This is how it’s going to look on the consoles? Not bad….

      • TravelMug
      • 7 years ago

      I doubt that, I think this was the PC version and they are playing with an Xbox controller.

    • mph_Ragnarok
    • 7 years ago

    Why would I play Crysis if it arrived 5 and a half years late and without that super cool nanosuit?

      • xxxSakurachanxxx
      • 7 years ago
        • ludi
        • 7 years ago

        In Soviet Russia, 30 years hard labor for bad joke.

      • south side sammy
      • 7 years ago

      I must be the only one that never used the nano suit ( sans jumping because you needed it ) in Crysis. HAVING to use the nano suit in Crysis2 ruined the game… ( was one of the things that ruined the game )……………

      I ordered FarCry2 month’s ago. Looking forward to it. Hopefully they didn’t over saturate it as so many developers have done to other games.

      hope i can still use my number pad and other keyboard keys to customize it the way I like it ( PC’er here guys ) and not be stuck with too much xbox controller BS and not be able to customize.

      wish they would have released a qaulity video. A 1980’s cam corder would show better.
      still can’t holster weapons…. something they need to work on. be nice to look around without having the weapon in your face all the time.

      • Grape Flavor
      • 7 years ago

      I dunno, but this game isn’t Crysis, so you should be good.

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