GOTY 2012 Best Shooter: Far Cry 3

Ubisoft's new game is a very competent first-person shooter

Lots of great shooters have appeared this year across all sorts of platforms. From first-person ones, like Borderlands 2, to third-person titles, like Mass Effect 3, if you wanted to shoot at things in a virtual manner, you had more than enough games from which to choose.

Among them, however, one game truly shined, in the form of Far Cry 3.

We already praised Ubisoft's glorious title in our Game of the Year awards, as it had the best graphics and the best gameplay.

Now, it's time to talk about a certain gameplay aspect, in the form of its shooting mechanics.

While Far Cry 3 offers a much more complex experience, thanks to top notch role-playing game aspects and pretty decent stealth mechanics, it's still a first-person shooter, so let's talk about that.

First up, the weapons feel really good, ranging from handguns, to sub-machine guns, assault rifles, snipers, shotguns, or even specialty items, like flame throwers, rocket launchers, or the really impressive bow.

What's more, you can modify them with special attachments, ranging from scopes to silencers and other such things, and you can buy signature weapons, which have built-in bonuses and attachments.

After getting your weapons, which can easily be received for free by taking over radio towers, you must then shoot them, which also feels quite good, no matter your choice.

A great piece of advice would be to upgrade your weapon holsters and carry the maximum of four guns with you. These should blend both silenced items, that keep you from being spotted by enemies, to powerful ones, like the grenade launcher, which are great for taking out groups of opponents or armored individuals.

Far Cry 3 urges players to experiment in all of its aspects. From the RPG-style progression system, to how you pick, customize, and match your weapons.

Because of this, it's the best shooter of 2012.

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