Far Cry 3: Benchmarks and Review - HotHardware

Far Cry 3: Benchmarks and Review

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We benchmarked Far Cry 3 on a Core i7-3770K with 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM. We used AMD's Catalyst 12.11 beta drivers for measuring Team Red's performance, while Team Green was tested using the 306.97 driver set. We tested the game at "High" and "Ultra" presets at 1920x1080 with 4x MSAA, Enhanced Alpha to Coverage, and HDAO enabled.

Our benchmark was a lengthy drive around the island, with pauses to hop out and fight various enemies that spawned along the way. Far Cry 3 randomly generates encounters as you explore; so we repeated the test multiple times on each card to ensure our frame rates were representative of the game's performance.



Far Cry 3 tolerates a low frame rate exceptionally well; the GTX 660's 28 fps is absolutely playable. The 7950 is significantly faster than the GTX 660, but the GTX 670 is the fastest card at High Detail. The Radeon 7950 seems to suffer from more texture pop-in than the GeForce cards, but that could be a problem on the software end. High detail levels with AA, AF, and DX11 are no problem.



At ultra-high detail, the GTX 660 starts to stagger a bit. This is most easily remedied by turning down water and shadow rendering a notch. Our benchmark path takes us past the open ocean and across a beach.

Given the way ambient occlusion is handled in game, we opted to test performance with that feature disabled via profile editing. Both the 7950 and the GTX 670 pick up a few frames here as a result.



Turning AO off improves game performance enough that the option to play without it really ought to be included. While we're on the topic of questionable design decisions, can we talk about the fact that buying the game on Steam forces you to install Uplay?

If I wanted to use Ubisoft's online store, I'd have bought the game through Ubisoft. Steam is nothing but a launch tool, it literally can't detect if the game executable is running, unless UPlay is. Talk about annoying.
 

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My first true love was the first Farcry. Farcry 2 unfortunately broke my heart. Now this one comes out, and I'm too scared to even attempt throwing my rig at it, for fear it will be unplayable. For now i'll hold out until these holidays pass over and I can pick up a new GPU.

I'd like to point out that the "lines" in the textures, like farcry 1, were very beneficial in the first farcry. Where there were lines is where you could climb, so people would climb way up in the mountains and sit up there and snipe. We even had competition's late at night to see who could climb the furthest. These spots were especially beneficial during tournaments, because most of the players didn't know how to "climb", so we'd often use these spots for our advantage.

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The first person driving really bugged me. I mean, I get that they're going for immersion, but there's a fine line between immersion and ruining fun, and for me it was the latter.

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No this is not what I wanted to hear for an entirely selfish reason!

Without a desktop at school I've been playing games on my Roommates Xbox 360 since mine is back home with my younger brother and I just purchased FarCry3 for the 360... -_____-

My justification behind it was a youtube video that showed not much of a difference between the two... My gut instinct told me to know better, but for some reason I believed youtube and was enticed by the fact it was a way for me to explore the FarCry series since I've never played any of the previous games.

In case anyone else is interested in the comparison:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz8paB0KOHQ

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Ouch, some aspects of the game are off-putting, like the crafting and poor humor, but open-world games are irresistible to me. If I can just get unaddicted from other games I'm playing at the moment, I'll get into this one, despite its issues.

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RWilliams:

Ouch, some aspects of the game are off-putting, like the crafting and poor humor, but open-world games are irresistible to me. If I can just get unaddicted from other games I'm playing at the moment, I'll get into this one, despite its issues.

I tried explaining this to my wife the other day, but she's not a gamer so she gave me the deer in the headlights look and a nod.

Ubisoft makes awesome games... in a sense.  Their games are gorgeous, and always are filled to the brim with potential.  Somehow though, they always seem to fall short somewhere, or all over the place.  Take Farcry 2 for instance, after you get used to the controls and such, it was a really fun game. 2 Hours later, and doing the same type of mission 20 times, you were bored.  But, if i were to show someone what computers can do versus a console, I'd pull up farcry 1,2, or 3 in a heartbeat.  It does seem that farcry 3 is better than the previous two, probably has something to do with crytek taking a break on this one. 

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LOL! "Deer In The Headlights Look"

My wife doesn't game either, but she sometimes banishes me to the PC room to game and stop bugging her about something.

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The best game of 2012, amazing!!

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Ive been playing this game for a few days now and I agree with Joel on the whole crafting issue. I hunted every bloody animal to find out that the last item in each set could only be crafted after completing a specific hunter quest. Thats annoying by itself but then you have to use a specific weapon to complete the quest. Who the hell wants to use bow and arrows to hunt leopards, i would rather use my sniper rifle and do it from a safe distance.

Ive also been doing a lot of side missions and they are fun for a bit, random poker games and knife tosses and shooting crows with a shotgun is just entertainment. thats basically what i want in a sandbox game and farcry 3 does deliver in spades so far.

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Oh and Vaas is an awesome character, just the right mix of psychotic and humorous.

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I like the part where they take all of your stuff but you still have that high dollar camera. I have played all three now and nothing has been able to beat the first Far Cry. The big cats and bears are tough to kill when you can't take one down with 30 rounds from a AK47. For the most part I love the game but it aint what I hoped it would be................

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