|System: PS3, PC, Xbox 360|
|Release: December 4, 2012|
|Players: 1-4 Co-op, Online Multiplayer|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
As you can imagine, co-op play will include missions that can only be completed by working as a team. For example, one player will have to carry a bomb to a location while the other players cover him.
Co-op will be available both online and offline, although it appears that only two players will be able to play on any given split-screen. Not much has been revealed about the co-op story yet, but a trailer frames it as a sort of an Ocean's Eleven-type group: different killers with different pasts all teaming up to take on missions. There's a crooked cop, a Russian hitman, an ex soldier, and a Scottish thug. Oddly enough, these characters don't seem to be the ones that were played in the online stage demo. Even more to the point, these characters don't seem to fit at all with the Jason insanity narrative. Perhaps they will be integrated later.
Overall, my impressions from PAX haven't changed much. Far Cry 3 isn't re-inventing the wheel with its mechanics, and it heavily leans on the ADS shooter formula we have become familiar with. Still, in spite of all of this, it's undeniably fun. The graphics are beautiful, the story is interesting, and the missions and set pieces are incredibly well-done. I wouldn't call this the new multiplayer hit of the year, but the single-player could easily end up picking up the slack.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: July 18, 2012