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So I finished my first complete play-through of Far Cry 3 the other day and I must say I enjoyed it very much. It had a decent story with a couple twists, complicated characters that kept my interest and great gameplay with just a few hitches that annoyed me. As great of a game that it is though, can it really be compared to Skyrim and to go as far as to say that it’s Skyrim with guns? Well let’s look at different aspects of both games and see what we come up with. Far Cry 3 vs. Skyrim, let the battle commence!
Weapons and Equipment
Weapons and equipment will obvious differ since they are two different fantasy universes. Skyrim is set in a past reality before guns have been evented, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t similarities. Far Cry 3 has large emphasis on the recurve bow, which I must agree with most is the best weapon in the game or at least the most fun. FC3 also uses a melee attack with a machete or upgraded tanto which can be used for cool takedowns with “killcams” not dissimilar, yet not as elaborate, to Skyrim’s. There’s a large number of guns to choose from in FC3 but cannot compare to the vast amount of choices in TESV and same goes for armor since the only armor in FC3 is body armor, and that’s not even permanent.
Crafting and Enchanting
Skyrim has a vast crafting system that allows you to create weapons and armor for your character and you can then buff them with enchantments. FC3 has a crafting system as well though most of the crafting is to increase your capacity of storage and ammunition. FC3 also has “enchantments” in the form of weapon attachments, but of course is not as elaborate as Skyrim’s system. Are you seeing a trend yet?
Finding similarities between these games when it comes to combat really depends on how you play. Both games have a form of stealth or sneaking. Skyrim has a whole perk tree dedicated to it where FC3 has a simple method of crouching and hiding in shrubbery.
BOWS!!! The recurve bow takes some time to use well but gives you a break from the normal run and gun technique. Both games have different arrow types but here is where FC3 actually scores a point. The arrows in FC3 serve different purposes like exploding or setting things on fire. In Skyrim, they only differ in damage.
Skyrim has spells and FC3 has… um… drugs? I guess FC3 has mines and grenades so we will use that to lessen the gap there.
Map and UI
Both games offer a minimal UI that doesn’t distract from the beauty of both games. And let’s not forget that both of these games are quite beautifully rendered. The map in FC3 has to be unlocked by scaling radio towers and you can purchase loot and item locations through the store. Skyrim’s map is available to you at the get go but icons must be visited first before you can see them on the map.
Story and Questing
This is a big one since any RPG relies on a strong story to keep people interested. Both games have pretty linear story lines with decisions that slightly change the world around you. Both games also have side quests for your completion and caves and ruins to explore. So which story is more engaging? Well that’s for you to decide, but I’d have to say TESV wins this one since you’re saving the world and not just your friends.
I can go on and on, but I think we all know what we have here. There are many similarities between these games and I can see why people say Far Cry 3 is like Skyrim with guns; but in reality, Skyrim is much more advanced in almost every aspect. So my final verdict is Far Cry 3 is a very elementary version of Skyrim with guns.
If you haven’t played Far Cry 3 yet but have been considering it, don’t let this assessment keep you from trying it out. FC3 is still a great game with at least 20-30 hours of enjoyment if you stick to the main story. But if you really think it will be like Skyrim with guns, you may be let down. Happy gaming!