Is it really a Far Cry from it's Xbox predecessor? Find out in this review.
FAR CRY INSTINCTS PREDATOR REVIEW:
We were first introduced to Far Cry: Instincts back on the original Xbox. It was a very well-received game and my personal choice for best FPS (single-player campaign) on the console. When I first got wind that Far Cry would be coming to 360, my first question was, "Will we get a TRUE sequel?" While Far Cry: Instincts Predator doesn't much deliver on that, it does deliver the best FPS experience on the 360 since Call of Duty 2. (IMO). Here's how this game breaks down:
Graphics: They were amazing on Xbox, and they're amazing on 360. I wouldn't say that you've seen it ALL done before in the first one, but alot of things do look similar. The most noticeable element to have a stand-out graphics enhancement is definitly the water. It looks about as real as you can get without diving in for real. Guns look good, there's an excellent use of shadowing, and the environments are, for the most part, crisp and detailed, a bit moreso than their original Xbox counterparts.
Sound: Guns sound very nice, and explosions from the hand grenades look and sound alot like C.O.D.2. Enemy chatter is alright but nothing new if you've already played through the game. Perhaps the best part of it all is the ambient sounds (environmental sounds, i.e. birds, etc.). You really feel like you're walking around on an island.
Control: Pick up and play for just about everyone. Anyone who's played a FPS has gotten used to this scheme. The only tricky part is using the right bumper to set traps, and even that becomes second nature with a little practice. Movement of your character is easy and responsive, as is aiming down the barrel of your weapons. With the sniper rifle, you can hold your breath for a limited amount of time to help you steady your aim.
Entertainment: If you're the kind of person who likes to create maps, this game will keep you entertained for a very long time. The map editor is awesome, and there's few things more rewarding than being able to customize your very own tropical paradise for battle. The single player campaign is a direct port from the Xbox version until you hit Evolution obviously, so you can set your bearings based on that information. Also, one thing that does kind of suck is that you HAVE to play through Instincts to get to Predator. I would love to know the train of thought behind that, since Ubisoft should know that 80% of the people who are going to buy this game have played it on the Xbox. For that, the game lost a couple of points. Also, be ready for a harder A.I. and more enemies in alot of areas. I found myself repeating a few spots multiple times before clearing them.
In short, if you like FPS games, you'll LOVE Far Cry: Instincts Predator. If you never played the old Far Cry, you simply can't miss this one. If you have, then your feelings towards that game will pretty much carry over to this one. It's been some time since I played the original and I am enjoying playing this version very much. In the end, I have no reason NOT to recommend this game as a purchase. If you're thinking of renting it first, I can also very highly recommend that as well. Bottom line: Excellent game worth a playthrough for anyone who loves a GREAT FPS.