Far Cry 3

Playing on the 360, I received an obligatory 10 Gamerscore for doing something mandatory and easy, like surviving the tutorial. Immediately after the pop-up faded, I got "10 U-Play Points" from some weird U-Play score thing that attempted to look like the XBox Live score notification, only in blue.

Seriously, Ubisoft?

Uplay's cool (on consoles anyway), don't hate.

It's also been around since 2009 in literally every Ubisoft game, surprised this is the first time you've seen it.

BlackSabre wrote:

No, i got the steam version. Why, would that make you an idiot?

I thought I was an idiot for putting yet another client and a 3rd party between the game and myself.

So what happens when you click on play FC3 from inside steam? Mine launches uplay, asks me to log in, and takes me to my games page. From there, I'm lost as to what to do. Did you find a place to add a game to uplay?

This game sucked me in bad. Probably put about 5 or 6 hours in last night. Really enjoying it and feeling like I only scratched the surface. Playing on normal on the 360 and it's fine. I'm sure the PC version blows it away, but I haven't had any issues. I'm sure everyone has stories about animal attacks and other random stuff. I think my favorite moment so far happen while climbing a tower. It was a tower up on a ridge next to the beach. I was maybe halfway up and saw a couple pirates wandering on the beach, they were pretty far away. I pull out my bow to see if I could hit them at that distance. After a couple arrows, one goes down, plus I get an achievement. It felt like such a hail mary. Then after I finish the tower the zipline takes me to down right next to the other pirate looking for me. I pull out my shotgun and take him out, which causes about 2 or 3 jeeps of guys to show up and an extended fire fight. After I barely survive, I go to where the first pirate went down and retrieve my arrows. Felt like a badass.

Re: Steam and Uplay... I think nesting a gaming overlay on top of a gaming overlay is a profoundly thematic decision... part of the designers' attempt to make us contemplate the layers of artifice within our game worlds.

Seriously, though, I think it's strange for a game which boast so much tactical freedom to approach each mission in your own personal style to strip away so much freedom when it comes to the options. The lack of control over the HUD and mission/tutorial popups, but also very basic things like individual volume sliders for music, fx, and dialogue. One of the first things I do in a new game is slide the music volume down to 40-50%, especially in a game with stealth. Not possible here.

And the obnoxious "boom!" sound effect every time your "Mission Reminder" window pops up is unforgivable. It's made my heart skip a beat several times during a tense sneaky jungle stakeout. Maybe if I could just slide the sound fx volume down a tad... :-0

Blind_Evil wrote:

Uplay's cool (on consoles anyway), don't hate.

It's also been around since 2009 in literally every Ubisoft game, surprised this is the first time you've seen it.

I generally avoid Ubisoft titles. No interest in Assassin's Creed, music or licensed "experience" titles, or the modern Tom Clancy stuff.

(Why is UPlay cool? At best, it seems redundant and awkward, since I already have a score and a pop-up notification when I increase that score.)

chaosmos wrote:

And the obnoxious "boom!" sound effect every time your "Mission Reminder" window pops up is unforgivable. It's made my heart skip a beat several times during a tense sneaky jungle stakeout. Maybe if I could just slide the sound fx volume down a tad... :-0

Dear god, yes. The "Audio" menu is idiotically designed -- when your ONLY control is to let me turn down the "master volume", you have failed at implementing an audio menu.

On the PC, little things like alt-tabbing and volume adjustment matter to me more than maybe they should. It's a mixed bag with Far Cry 3. Alt-tabbing doesn't crash the game, but it puts it into windowed mode (at least for me), so I have to go back into the menu and change it back to fullscreen.

Also, the game now crashes about 20% of the time when selling things at a gun station. So I am now more afraid of selling leaves than I am of crocodiles or snakes. It's a strange bug.

On the 560Ti, everything at High, 1920x1200 I believe the framerate is acceptable/good. Hopefully those NVIDIA drivers will improve it even more once I get the chance to install them.

Otherwise, loving every minute. It's like Far Cry 2, Dead Island and Just Cause 2 had a baby.

Montalban wrote:

On the PC, little things like alt-tabbing and volume adjustment matter to me more than maybe they should. It's a mixed bag with Far Cry 3. Alt-tabbing doesn't crash the game, but it puts it into windowed mode (at least for me), so I have to go back into the menu and change it back to fullscreen.

You can hit Alt+Enter to enter fullscreen mode.

Ah yes, I foresee endless hunting yarns in the coming days...

I had a pretty hilarious moment last night when I was wasting a lot of time stalking a group of pigs (gotta craft that big wallet!). They were a bit twitchy, and kept running away so I crouched and carefully crept closer, finally corralling them in a little "pen" at the base of a tall cliff. I readied my not-so-stealthy assault rifle... got my favorite white piggy with brown spots in my iron sights... waiting... waiting... just a few inches closer... and then WOOF YAP YAP WOOF!

A pack of wild dogs comes barrelling into my prize pigs, and a chaotic noisy fight ensues, leaving two pigs dead as the dogs chase off a third. After all that time tracking my prey, it's over in seconds. OH well, I got that wallet. Now let's find some tapirs...

Only a couple hours in and having a lot of fun. I think I've spent more time hunting animals and picking flowers than anything else. Those guys with red shirts in the jeeps keep interrupting me though.

Also.. komodo dragons are a**holes.

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Oh, and just curious, what FOV are you guys running at? The default was bit close and made me feel really claustrophobic when going through doors. I pushed it out to 82.5 and it feels better, but was just wondering what anyone else set theirs at.

Vega wrote:

Oh, and just curious, what FOV are you guys running at? The default was bit close and made me feel really claustrophobic when going through doors. I pushed it out to 82.5 and it feels better, but was just wondering what anyone else set theirs at.

I pushed FOV up to 90-ish, but I'm thinking it might be a bit too wide now. Might experiment tonight.

So I understand that there's no toggle to turn off next objective notifications, but are they dialed back at all in frequency as you move past the opening tutorial sections of the game?

I can't fathom how the devs wanted to foster exploration and goodie-hunting when notifications for the next story mission pop up, what...every 45 seconds or so? I can't believe these incessant, annoying pop-ups made it through beta testing.

There really needs to be a patch to customize the HUD so this stuff can be turned off. I loved Far Cry 2 because I felt like I was traversing the world at my own pace. It encouraged immersion and discovery. Like Skyrim or Fallout 3, a world to get lost in. After playing a few hours last night I started feeling resentful that I was being reminded that I was playing a video game literally every minute.

Aaron D. wrote:

So I understand that there's no toggle to turn off next objective notifications, but are they dialed back at all in frequency as you move past the opening tutorial sections of the game?

I can't fathom how the devs wanted to foster exploration and goodie-hunting when notifications for the next story mission pop up, what...every 45 seconds or so? I can't believe these incessant, annoying pop-ups made it through beta testing.

There really needs to be a patch to customize the HUD so this stuff can be turned off. I loved Far Cry 2 because I felt like I was traversing the world at my own pace. It encouraged immersion and discovery. Like Skyrim or Fallout 3, world to get lost in. After playing a few hours last night I started feeling resentful that I was being reminded that I was playing a video game literally every minute.

Seconded, thirded, fiftiethed.

TheHipGamer wrote:

(Why is UPlay cool? At best, it seems redundant and awkward, since I already have a score and a pop-up notification when I increase that score.)

Uplay is Ubisoft's player reward system. When you get a Uplay achievement, you get credits to spend on items that unlock in the game. For Assassin's Creed it has usually been a costume (sometimes with unique traits that give you a boost/different gameplay experience) or an upgrade to one of your weapons/items.

Looking at the Far Cry 3 rewards on the Uplay site, it looks like you can choose:

- Far Cry 3 wallpaper for your PC/console
- tattoo customizations for multiplayer
- unique handgun for singleplayer
- single player mission: "Testing Unit"

http://uplay.ubi.com/en-US/game/far-...

And your Uplay points from any/all Ubisoft game goes into a big pot that you can spend on rewards from any game. I had a bunch of leftover points from previous AssCreed games as well at Splinter Cell: Conviction, so I was able to unlock a bunch of the rewards for ACIII right at the start.

nel e nel wrote:
TheHipGamer wrote:

(Why is UPlay cool? At best, it seems redundant and awkward, since I already have a score and a pop-up notification when I increase that score.)

Uplay is Ubisoft's player reward system. When you get a Uplay achievement, you get credits to spend on items that unlock in the game. For Assassin's Creed it has usually been a costume (sometimes with unique traits that give you a boost/different gameplay experience) or an upgrade to one of your weapons/items.

Looking at the Far Cry 3 rewards on the Uplay site, it looks like you can choose:

- Far Cry 3 wallpaper for your PC/console
- tattoo customizations for multiplayer
- unique handgun for singleplayer
- single player mission: "Testing Unit"

http://uplay.ubi.com/en-US/game/far-...

And your Uplay points from any/all Ubisoft game goes into a big pot that you can spend on rewards from any game. I had a bunch of leftover points from previous AssCreed games as well at Splinter Cell: Conviction, so I was able to unlock a bunch of the rewards for ACIII right at the start.

Ugh. I guess I'm just too curmudgeonly to want this Skinner-box crap in my singleplayer games.

TheHipGamer wrote:

Ugh. I guess I'm just too curmudgeonly to want this Skinner-box crap in my singleplayer games.

Except it's not conditioning you to do new behaviors. It's rewarding you for just playing the game as is and progressing naturally through the main storylines. I've never had to consciously seek out the Uplay rewards.

Really enjoying the game so far.

Random thoughts:
- I feel like the brother was supposed to be the protagonist. I picture the team developing for a year, realizing the mistake, shrugging their shoulders and going all in on Jason even though it makes no sense.
- Everything feels so good. The weapons, traversing and the vehicles have such great feedback.
- The random animal encounters are the best. C'mon whacky Dinosaur DLC!

Gripes:
- Unable to toggle the UI.
- The UI on PC having the 360/PS3 certification guidelines and being far from the edges.
- The constant pop-ups reminding me of the main mission.

PC stuff:
- Put shadows and post-processing on medium or below for huge performance boosts.
- If you bought the deluxe version on Steam, to get the goodies you need to right click Far Cry 3 in Steam, select "View CD Key", write it down, open Far Cry 3, click "Options", click "Exclusive Content"(or something like that) and enter your CD Key.

So, this game requires activation, right? Can you de-authorize a computer again, so you don't burn up activations forever?

As far as I can see, the key is tied to your Ubisoft account. I only needed to log in after reinstalling Windows.

BNice wrote:

Really enjoying the game so far.

Random thoughts:
- I feel like the brother was supposed to be the protagonist. I picture the team developing for a year, realizing the mistake, shrugging their shoulders and going all in on Jason even though it makes no sense.
- Everything feels so good. The weapons, traversing and the vehicles have such great feedback.
- The random animal encounters are the best. C'mon whacky Dinosaur DLC!

PC stuff:
- Put shadows and post-processing on medium or below for huge performance boosts.
- If you bought the deluxe version on Steam, to get the goodies you need to right click Far Cry 3 in Steam, select "View CD Key", write it down, open Far Cry 3, click "Options", click "Exclusive Content"(or something like that) and enter your CD Key.

THANK YOU! I didn't know about that deluxe content method!

Getting the game running was easy though, clicked play on steam and pasted the cd key...done.

I bought a PNY GTX660 yesterday and ran the game with fraps in background to put the frame counter on the screen. I set the game to ultra settings and put MSAA on 4 or something.

I'm getting constant over 30FPS, 40FPS is actually norm, very very smooth and beautiful....not bad for a 230$ graphics card!

And yes, the feel of the movement, guns, and vehicles is just outstanding!

Fuzzballx wrote:
BNice wrote:

Really enjoying the game so far.

Random thoughts:
- I feel like the brother was supposed to be the protagonist. I picture the team developing for a year, realizing the mistake, shrugging their shoulders and going all in on Jason even though it makes no sense.
- Everything feels so good. The weapons, traversing and the vehicles have such great feedback.
- The random animal encounters are the best. C'mon whacky Dinosaur DLC!

PC stuff:
- Put shadows and post-processing on medium or below for huge performance boosts.
- If you bought the deluxe version on Steam, to get the goodies you need to right click Far Cry 3 in Steam, select "View CD Key", write it down, open Far Cry 3, click "Options", click "Exclusive Content"(or something like that) and enter your CD Key.

THANK YOU! I didn't know about that deluxe content method!

Getting the game running was easy though, clicked play on steam and pasted the cd key...done.

I bought a PNY GTX660 yesterday and ran the game with fraps in background to put the frame counter on the screen. I set the game to ultra settings and put MSAA on 4 or something.

I'm getting constant over 30FPS, 40FPS is actually norm, very very smooth and beautiful....not bad for a 230$ graphics card!

And yes, the feel of the movement, guns, and vehicles is just outstanding!

If you want 60fps you should try putting MSAA to 2X as it causes a huge FPS hit.

BNice wrote:
Fuzzballx wrote:
BNice wrote:

Really enjoying the game so far.

Random thoughts:
- I feel like the brother was supposed to be the protagonist. I picture the team developing for a year, realizing the mistake, shrugging their shoulders and going all in on Jason even though it makes no sense.
- Everything feels so good. The weapons, traversing and the vehicles have such great feedback.
- The random animal encounters are the best. C'mon whacky Dinosaur DLC!

PC stuff:
- Put shadows and post-processing on medium or below for huge performance boosts.
- If you bought the deluxe version on Steam, to get the goodies you need to right click Far Cry 3 in Steam, select "View CD Key", write it down, open Far Cry 3, click "Options", click "Exclusive Content"(or something like that) and enter your CD Key.

THANK YOU! I didn't know about that deluxe content method!

Getting the game running was easy though, clicked play on steam and pasted the cd key...done.

I bought a PNY GTX660 yesterday and ran the game with fraps in background to put the frame counter on the screen. I set the game to ultra settings and put MSAA on 4 or something.

I'm getting constant over 30FPS, 40FPS is actually norm, very very smooth and beautiful....not bad for a 230$ graphics card!

And yes, the feel of the movement, guns, and vehicles is just outstanding!

If you want 60fps you should try putting MSAA to 2X as it causes a huge FPS hit.

Ok i tried putting my key into exclusive content in game, just says invalid key:(

Found this on ubi:

I have entered my code for Far Cry 3 deluxe edition content, but I don't know how to access it in the game.

Where can I find this content? How can I use this content?

Answer

From the Far Cry 3 main menu, select Options --> Exclusive Content. Enter your key in all CAPS and with the dashes to access the following content in your game.

Survival Guide and Game Soundtrack
- Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Far Cry 3
- Non Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\FarCry 3

Monkey Business Pack
- Monkey business missions will become Available after liberating the first outpost with Dennis
- End of Match Sequences can be found with the following steps:

1. Select Multiplayer on the main menu of Far Cry 3
2. On the following screen select Multiplayer
3. Choose My Setup
4. Choose Profile
5. Highlight and choose Select Final Move
6. Select Mercy or Punish
7. Your End of Match sequences will be listed as Bottoms Up and Monkey Business.

The Lost Expeditions
- Lost Expedition missions will become Available after liberating the first outpost with Dennis.
- The Type 10 Flare Gun can be located in the multiplayer loadout menu as a special weapon.

Warrior Pack
- Tribal dagger will be free in stores after activating the first radio tower.
- The Multiplayer tattoo editor can be located in the multiplayer My Setup menu.

Predator Pack
- Predator Rifle will be free in stores after activating the first radio tower.
- Predator Bow can be located in the Multiplayer loadout menu as a special weapon.
- The following rare animals can be found while randomly exploring the island.

1. Pumas
2. Thylacines
3. White Tigers
4. Red Vultures

That worked, i wasn't using caps the first time.....must use caps with the key.

BNice wrote:
Fuzzballx wrote:
BNice wrote:

Really enjoying the game so far.

Random thoughts:
- I feel like the brother was supposed to be the protagonist. I picture the team developing for a year, realizing the mistake, shrugging their shoulders and going all in on Jason even though it makes no sense.
- Everything feels so good. The weapons, traversing and the vehicles have such great feedback.
- The random animal encounters are the best. C'mon whacky Dinosaur DLC!

PC stuff:
- Put shadows and post-processing on medium or below for huge performance boosts.
- If you bought the deluxe version on Steam, to get the goodies you need to right click Far Cry 3 in Steam, select "View CD Key", write it down, open Far Cry 3, click "Options", click "Exclusive Content"(or something like that) and enter your CD Key.

THANK YOU! I didn't know about that deluxe content method!

Getting the game running was easy though, clicked play on steam and pasted the cd key...done.

I bought a PNY GTX660 yesterday and ran the game with fraps in background to put the frame counter on the screen. I set the game to ultra settings and put MSAA on 4 or something.

I'm getting constant over 30FPS, 40FPS is actually norm, very very smooth and beautiful....not bad for a 230$ graphics card!

And yes, the feel of the movement, guns, and vehicles is just outstanding!

If you want 60fps you should try putting MSAA to 2X as it causes a huge FPS hit.

I wonder, if I ever get it running, what it would take to do 120...

BNice wrote:

- If you bought the deluxe version on Steam, to get the goodies you need to right click Far Cry 3 in Steam, select "View CD Key", write it down, open Far Cry 3, click "Options", click "Exclusive Content"(or something like that) and enter your CD Key.

Wow, I feel stupid now. Been playing for close to 15 hours and I have the deluxe edition without any of that stuff. I'll enter my key when I get home. Thanks!

Hyetal wrote:

You can hit Alt+Enter to enter fullscreen mode.

Thanks for the tip! It's not quite as annoying now. Still getting crashes, but I haven't looked into that yet.

It's really hard to stop playing this game once I've started

It's stupid that the camera only rotates to the right when looking backwards in a car.

I spent way too much of my time tonight hunting goats. I don't have any long range weapons yet, so my "technique" involved running up to them, spraying wildly with my assault rifle, running out of bullets as I ran after them, switching to my silenced pistol, running out of handgun ammo, and finally knifing them.

It could probably use some work.

Aristophan wrote:

I spent way too much of my time tonight hunting goats. I don't have any long range weapons yet, so my "technique" involved running up to them, spraying wildly with my assault rifle, running out of bullets as I ran after them, switching to my silenced pistol, running out of handgun ammo, and finally knifing them.

It could probably use some work.

Try a grenade.

If you're not starting with the silenced pistol, you're doing it wrong.