Far Cry: The Wild Expedition - Xbox 360

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Far Cry: The Wild Expedition (Xbox 360)
Also for: PC, PS3
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 21 Feb 2014 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 18+
Connectivity: Live Online Enabled


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Far Cry: The Wild Expedition nets you a real boatload of content, with Far Cr 1, 2 and 3, as well as the retro-futuristic Far Cry Blood Dragon.

Developed by Crytek, and built on the company's proprietary CryENGINE, the game Far Cry is a tactical FPS, which tells the story of one Jack Carver. Having left his mysterious and bitter past behind him and now resigned to running a boat charter business in the South Pacific, Jack is hired by Valerie Constantine to take her secretly to an uncharted island in Micronesia. After Valerie is delivered safely, Jack's boat is suddenly attacked by mercenaries, leaving him stranded in the middle of nowhere, and with a friend lost in the depths of the jungle.

And so the adventure begins, as you take on the role of Jack Carver (Jack Carver!) armed only with a gun and bestowed with the tasks of exploring a merc-filled island paradise, rescuing the aforementioned lady-friend and escaping alive. Oh, and shooting a hell of a lot of bad guys. Within not much time at all the plot takes an even more sinister twist, as Jack soon uncovers a whole load of Resi Evil-style experiments, bizarre mutations and hideous monsters.

Breaking away from the previous game, in Far Cry 2 players are whisked off to the wilds of Africa. The premise is simple - there's an arms dealer out and about going by the name of The Jackal. He's been playing local warring factions off against each other because... well, it's good for business. Your job is to take him out.

Two things stand out about Far Cry 2. The first is the sheer size of the game. Players are presented with an open world that's a massive 50 square kilometres in total, all resplendent with detail. Second is just how much effort has gone into the design. Things work as they're meant to work. Take fire, for instance. If you're approaching a settlement you need to attack and the wind's at your back, setting the dry grass alight will serve you well, because the flames will blow towards your opponent and get your attack nicely underway. Try it with the wind blowing the other way, however, and you'll find yourself getting singed at least.

Far Cry 3 takes you away from the role of a gung-ho super soldier, and into the shoes of everyday man Jason Brody - who just happens to be partying on the wrong island at the wrong time.

His vacation quickly turns into a horrifying adventure, as he tries to rescue his friends from a guerrilla army, led by unstable and dangerous leader Vaas. As he continues his journey, Jason will need to grow up pretty fast as he is forced to kill, hunt and survive the harsh elements of Rook Island. There is the necessity to survive on your own, using a combination of wits and island resources. You can hunt animals such as rabbits and boars, and skin their hides in order to build items using the extensive Craft menu through the pause screen. Various plants can be snatched up too, and combined to help contribute to the creation of weapons and potions. This world is about as open as they come, and there's a very impressive depth of content on offer.

Far Cry Blood Dragon changes things up massively. Using the same engine and loosely the same mechanics as FC3, the game is built on all your favourite cliches of '80s sci-fi. The year is 2007 and you're eye-patched cyborg, Sergeant Rex Power Colt. Going up against Colonel Sloan and the Omega Force, his cyborg army, it's down to you to save the day and get the girl.