I got a chance to play the game for a few hours last night and here are my first impressions: Speaking purely from an entertainment perspective, I think Far Cry 3's intro is fantastically well done. For the first 20 minutes the game dumped a large and exciting amount of exposition on me, and it's very memorable. Not Half-life-intro-amazing but it's definitely one of the best. It really got me excited to play. The amount of side stuff in this game is mind boggling. That in itself isn't awesome, what IS awesome if all of it seems to have some type of reward. Something you do will decrease prices or permanently remove bad guys from locations or net you some XP or money. Will it be too much and overwhelm people? Perhaps, but one could always just ignore it right? The real question: Can you beat the game without completing any of the side-missions and their rewards? Coup to nuts is fun, and that's something I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a drag hunting down animals, but you know what? I found chasing some of these little suckers around a nice break from the other action. Heck even trying to sneak up on them and taking them out silently was nice practice for the real thing. Every animals skin has some sort of benefit...eventually. Tagging is useful--much like it was in FC2--however you can now use anything with a lens. Plus it denotes what kind of enemy they are (rusher/sniper). So for instance I was able to tag out a whole camp, perched from a ledge above before taking everyone out with my sniper-scope. FarCry3 is gorgeous on the X360. So far I've had the frame rate take a few dips here and there but not to unplayable levels. You can tell this game is really really pushing the hardware. So yeah, it seems to be rendered fairly consistently at a decent rate, but it always feels like it's on the verge of...studder. Like, if one more pig runs into this scene it's screwed! fortunately that's usually not the case. I'm rambling at this point aren't I? Let me just end this bullet point with this: It's still spectacular considering it's running on hardware that's 7 years old. Not to start an argument because they're both gorgeous games, however I think some people will immediately declare Hitman Absolution a better looking game. It is indeed a damn good looking game but to me Far Cry 3 is more impressive. It's truly a massively open-world game and I contend the tech stuff in Far Cry 3 is incredibly more complicated and impressive. Moot point really. Shutting up now. The pseudo 'Autolog' (for a lack of a better term) stuff is great. For instance there's a side-game which essentially spawns you into a separate instance from the game proper, and the goal is to score as many points within a certain amount of time. Basically it's just a big forest killbox, and you're rewarded with more points for killing bad guys. The points vary considering the method (head shot, stealthy). So the game tracks your score + everyone on your buddy list & then ranks everyone. It's just silly-fun. Oh and whomever is on top gets their gamertag displayed in the game world where you access this content (it's a big boulder). The lead antagonist--Vaas--is unsuspectingly spectacular. His voice acting is fantastic, he's comically insane & super-imposing. I mean, he just feels like a real threat and totally out of his mind. The mocap is great because it doesn't stand out from the rest of the game world. It's not overly animated/annoyingly suggestive. There are a lot of weapons, skill points and....omg there's just a lot of stuff. Feel free to ask me any questions regarding the game and I'll try to answer them if I can.