I’m a big fan of the Far Cry series. I’m an even bigger fan now that Far Cry 3 has emerged on Xbox One via Backwards Compatibility. But as another title arrives and crosses the generation gap, the question still has to be asked – is it really worth the return?

Whilst there were many who could be found making claims of series repetition, any negativity has fallen on deaf ears. Why? Well, where else are you going to find a luscious tropical island, fantastic visuals, a massive open-world and a psychotic villain.

Far Cry 3 was very much of this formula. It had players take on the role of young, fun loving Jason Brody, a man on holiday with a group of friends in the Rook Islands in celebration of his younger brother getting his pilot license. It’s not joyful celebrations for long however as a skydiving trip sees them land on a pirate-infested island and kidnapped by the island boss, Vaas – a man who plans to extort as much ransom money from their devastated families as he can, before selling those kidnapped to the slave market. Of course, no game would let such a seemingly straightforward plan go down so easily and with the help of his older brother Grant, Jason escapes captivity, which sees Grant killed by psychotic Vaas in the escape. Jason finds help in the form of Dennis – part of the islands Rakyat. With the help of Dennis Jason goes on a quest to rescue his friends and find a way to truly escape but the island takes its toll on young Jason bringing some tough choices to the table.

The gameplay is played from a first-person perspective in Far Cry 3, and it goes without saying anyone who played this smashing title initially, will agree that Far Cry 3 is one of the best of the last generation’s first-person shooters. With a fantastic story, beautiful locations and fluid gameplay, there really isn’t much you can dislike about it. The newer adventures of Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal may already be available on Xbox One, but having the chance to return to this epic spectacle is certainly one that shouldn’t be missed by the masses. It is, without doubt, a game we are more than willing to welcome to the Xbox One.

Far Cry 3 may be the only new Backward Compatible arrival this time round, but with so many already making their way to Xbox One this week, there is certainly enough to choose from when it comes to re-living old titles. Will you be heading into the tropical lands of Far Cry 3 once more? Let us know in the comments below or via our usual social channels.

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