The upcoming game Far Cry 3 from Ubisoft looks to be one of the great games of our time. The Far Cry series has always been lauded for it's gameplay and graphics, and this one should be no different. The previous entry, Far Cry 2, ran on a modified Cryengine, dubbed the Dunia engine. While it didn't quite deliver the same level of fidelity as Cryengine did in Crysis, this may have been due to the setting of the game, the African savanna. Now that the series is returning to it's tropical roots, gamers can expect eye-popping visuals to be one of the foremost features of the game.
For Far Cry 3, Ubisoft has reworked the Dunia engine. Now called Dunia 2, we may see some of the features that come with a "new" engine, such as better tools and, hopefully, an SDK. It does bring with it an update to DirectX 11, which of course mean cutting edge graphics. In the meantime, we are only left with the tantalizing visuals of the pre-release screenshots, which do not disappoint. The trailer that has been released is also stunning. If you would like to see the trailer, simply go to the Far Cry 3 page here on Game Debate.
The story of Far Cry 3 also seems genuinely captivating and interesting. While it does feature the damsel-in-distress cliche, it also adds the element of insanity to the mix. This facet has yet to take center stage in a video game and should bring with it a memorable experience. Many video games have unimaginative storylines or are just rebrandings of over used plots. Hopefully Ubisoft doesn't disappoint with what looks to be one of the top releases of 2012.
The one thing that has yet to be addressed in the series is an SDK for modders. For many games, mods are what keep them afloat and popular. The best recent example of this is Skyrim. It would have been severely hurt if Bethesda hadn't released the Creation Kit. Far Cry 2 was a great game on it's own, but it could have been better if Ubisoft had released an SDK for it. An SDK promises the opportunity for graphical improvements, additional content, and a better gameplay experience. That is what Ubisoft must do for Far Cry 3 to make it as great as it can possibly be.
Overall, Far Cry 3 should be one of the top 3 releases this year, not so much in sales, although it could sell millions, but in terms of overall quality. The only thing that this game could possibly need if Ubisoft delivers on the gameplay and story, is an SDK. That would be the icing on the cake.
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