10 Best No.3's In Gaming History

9. Far Cry 3

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Watching Ubisoft try to recreate the magic of Far Cry 3 across all their IP has been like watching a junkie try to recreate their first high - more than a little depressing, and leaving you wishing someone would stage an intervention to get them back on track.

Still, that doesn't change the fact that Ubisfot absolutely nailed the open-world formula first time round with Far Cry 3.

It's hard to overstate just how big a deal FC3 felt upon its launch in 2011. FPS games had dabbled with open-worlds before - most notably in Ubisoft's overly-punishing prequel Far Cry 2 - but Far Cry 3 was the first game to truly make its open-world sing.

Waging a one-man war against the psychopathic Vaas and his army of goons across the Rook Islands felt like a revelation back in the day, and it's no coincidence the number of open-world FPSes shot up in the years following FC 3's release.

It's a shame that Ubisoft have spent the past decade in thrall to the blueprint Far Cry 3 lay down, but that just shows how special a game it was.


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