Ubisoft on Tuesday released a new installment of hit videogame "Far Cry"
that turns a carefree island vacation young hipsters into tourist
nightmare on a lawless land.
In the opening moments of "Far Cry 3"
players go from swimming, dancing, skydiving and otherwise cavorting
with friends to escaping the clutches of vicious and arguably psychotic
"Far beyond the limits of civilization lies an island, a
lawless place ruled by violence and human suffering, where your only
escape is through drugs or the muzzle of a gun," Ubisoft said in a
description of the game setting.
"This is where you find yourself,
stranded in a place that has forgotten right from wrong, a place where
you must live by the principles of violence to survive."
reviews of the open-world, first-person shooter game quickly stacked up
at game evaluation website Metacritic.com, with GameSpy and The Escapist
each giving "Far Cry 3" ratings of 90 points out of 100.
Far Cry 3 invites you to come stay with it for a long vacation, take it
up on its offer," said a GameSpy review posted at Metacritic.
"This is a great example of how to do an open-world shooter right, and for me it's been one of the nicest surprises this year."
player reviews overall praised the game and the rich immersive graphics
but some expressed disappointed with glitches or the seeming lack of
smarts in artificial intelligence programmed into virtual enemies.
of "Far Cry 3" were available for play on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
videogame consoles and on computers powered by Windows software.
The console version was priced at $60 while the title for play on personal computers cost $10 less.
"Far Cry 3" was developed in the Montreal studio of France-based Ubisoft.