It had to be, didn't it? I can't think of a game that I've loved playing more this year than Far Cry 3.
From my point of view, it's flawless. Granted, I'm slightly biased as I loved the previous two games, but still, it's an absolutely incredible game and you're definitely missing out if you've not played it.
The game's easily one of the most picturesque I've played and the fact that it's set on a tropical island is new to me too. It's got to be one of the best looking games of the year regardless of whether you like the game or not.
The gameplay is marvellous. The campaign's storyline is in-depth and had me gripped from start to finish. The methods of gradually unlocking pieces of the game are great and the tatau (tattoo) ranking up system is novel also.
The idea of having to hunt specific animals to create extra ammo pouches, inventory space and syringe slots sounds like a chore but it's really the opposite. I've never actually feared for my life while swimming in a river in a game before. Far Cry 3 changed that. Stupid crocodiles.
Simple things such as the way fire spreads and the way enemies react to it increase the game's satisfaction level exponentially. The way you can choose how you wish to approach a mission and have different outcomes depending on it is incredible too.