Originally Posted by confidenceman
If it's any comfort, the second island doesn't have the same payoffs for exploring. None of those elaborate cave systems, etc., that you find when doing the idol hunting on the first island. Honestly, the game would have been a lot better without such a big second island altogether.
Right, I totally agree on all points. It doesn't help that you spend so much of the game on the first island. I finally finished the game with around 45 hours put into it, but 35 of those were on the first island.
The side missions and relic hunting were fun on the first island, but on the second I avoided all of them, since it was clear they really had no overall relevance on the game. Since the only thing tied to them was XP, and I maxed out on my XP on the first island, the relics served no purpose. Far better done was the "letters of the lost", since I enjoyed uncovering the mystery that went along with them. That could have been even cooler, but it least it had a purpose and character. The relics didn't tie into anything, and since all you found was #45 of 120, with nothing to it, it didn't keep you interested.
Now it's time to give public co-op a go. I'll see how that treats me.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
At the end of the game I chose the "good" option, for the same reasons others posted. To kill them would be to succumb to the madness of pride/hubris, and how could I kill someone in cold blood when they did nothing to anyone on the island? I looked up the alt ending online and found that to be fairly fitting.
Back to the point though, this game really should have just been one island. There was no reason to go into the second. The other huge problem I had is that
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I found Hoyt annoying, and I really had nothing against him. Vaas was awesome because he had a personal connection with you - he killed your family members, and was out right crazy. Again, spending 35 hours on the first island rescuing your friends and dealing with Vaas, why even introduce a second "main" bad guy? I never connected/cared about Hoyt, at this point I just wanted to finish up the game.
Anyway, I did enjoy the game. I'll probably give it a "realistic" attempt, but I can't picture myself finishing it a second time. Now it's on to Dishonored, which is already proving to be a tough transition from the "realism" of Far Cry 3 to the comic book style of Dishonored.