Far Cry 3

RATING M for Mature

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PLOT Shoot-'em-up and survival

DETAILS Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

BOTTOM LINE A must-own

You play as Jason Brody, as he and a group of friends on vacation get scooped up into a war among pirates, drug runners and tribal factions. While survival and rescuing your friends remains your primary focus, Far Cry 3 features a rich and expansive open world. No, really, it's huge. Thank goodness for fast-travel locations, because the islands are littered with side missions and activities ranging from shootouts with gangs to hunting rare animals. The main villain, Vaas, rarely disappoints in his quasi-insanity.