My friends (and I use this expression genuinely and amicably), I've been playing Far Cry 3 lately and came to the conclusion that it's inevitable these two games be pitted against each other.
I hope you will find this comparison more or less logical and not irrational, even if these games represent two different perspectives (FPP vs TPP) and different structure (open-world vs. linear).
By Uncharted games, I mean all the games in the series, but as far as Far Cry is concerned, I think it is most fitting to pick the third installment).
I am not the most qualified person to judge these games, as I've only played the first Uncharted.
Which of these games excel at making you a part of an exciting adventure more?
I think Far Cry 3 might not be as tight and focused as Uncharted games but it has a lot more lasting appeal and variety. What is more, it provides a lot more control to the player. Moreover, its achievement structure doesn't force you to use any particular gameplay style, like for example Deus Ex: Human Revolution forced you to bo stealthy, so you can play any way you like, at any point - you can liberate Outposts stealthily but then you can blast the shit up using heavy weapons. Crafting is immensely satisfying and liberating Outposts and taking over the Radio Towers gives a sense of gradual fullfilment, coupled with some really naturalistic placement of Relics that you can collect, and explore some off-the-beaten track caves and temples leaves you in awe of the locale. Of course, the game might get a bit repetitive over time once you've unlocked most of the gear, but when there is still a lot of stuff to unlock, the game's at its most satisfying.
On the other hand, Uncharted's tightly scripted sequences might have seem bombastic at the time, but IMO their charm faded really quickly as this kind of gameplay has quickly become a cliche. Uncharted games feature really long pointless "movie-like" fragments with unnecessary amount of walking, plus scripted automated jumping fragments. This kind of gameplay is not exciting at all from the viewpoint of a gamer AD 2014, and in fact, is quite archaic if you ask me.
So, for me, Far Cry 3 wins. Not that I dislike games with cinematic flair or would prefer an open-world game over a linear one all the time, as I really liked 2013's Tomb Raider (however with some caveats as well).
Anyway, if you were to compare the games in terms of:
- gameplay and variety
- sense of exploration and fullfilment
What game would emerge as a winner?