Graphics are obviously the first thing that will grab your attention about Far Cry
. The game is simply stunning and could easily go toe to toe with what we've seen from the current graphical golden child, Half-Life 2
. The island is huge and filled with all kinds of realistic looking flora and fauna that sway in the gentle island breezes. Water looks just as incredible as it gently laps the sand and sun soaked beaches. Far Cry
would be paradise if it weren't for the detailed, fluidly animated mercenaries who were out to kill you. Just a like a ticket to a real life paradise, the graphics in Far Cry
come at a cost -- literally. The recommended specs to experience the game at it's fullest are pretty pricey, so unless you happen to have a really high-end machine or a couple hundred dollars hanging around, don't expect to see everything at its fullest. However, Far Cry
still looks good, even on a system that meets the minimum requirements. The engine scales nicely and even at lower levels still looks great.
Sound is good, but the voice work is a little silly. The complete aural presentation is akin to that of an action movie with loud explosions, wild cracks of gun fire and a rousing, orchestral score.