Originally Posted by TedSeattle
I finished the main storyline a couple nights ago. I will probably capture all the outposts and find the rest of the collectibles, but I don't think I'm going to go for the platinum; I tried one of the co-op missions last night, and found it too frustrating to do solo.
There are a lot of great things about this game -- the geography of the islands, the unscripted encounters, the variety of activities -- but for some reason I haven't enjoyed it as much as Sleeping Dogs -- which I platinumed even though I usually don't like melee combat -- or Red Dead Redemption -- where I couldn't rest until I got 100% on the single-player. I'm not sure why. Maybe my expectations were too high after reading people rank this as one of their favorites of this generation? Maybe because I wasn't particularly engaged by the storyline? I know the storyline is hardly the central feature of an open-world sandbox game, but I definitely cared about what happened to Wei Shen in Sleeping Dogs and John Marston in RDR. The storyline in FC3 is cartoonishly over the top, and I know that's deliberate, but I feel like it worked against my becoming invested in the game.
Perhaps, I give Far Cry 3 a bump because my expectations weren't that high, it was a last minute play, not a game I had been planning to get all along - and I really enjoyed it - between the exploration, crafting, hunting, side missions, and story. I have Sleeping Dogs but haven't started it. looking forward to it, but generally I prefer gunplay over melee/combat so we'll see.
I even enjoyed co-op once I got a good team online. Mode did seem tacked on, but I had fun with it getting the platinum. I tried a co-op mission by myself on split screen and taking out the heavies was no fun, so no I don't recommend that.