Shoot first, ask questions later. In Far Cry 3, players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island — players will slash, sneak and shoot their way across the island in a world that has lost all sense of morality. As Jason Brody, you'll notice that the visual quality of the game is pretty darn good, but very heavy on the GPU alright.
System requirements will vary greatly depending the graphics settings, but a modest PC will be required to run the game at medium settings or better. Far Cry 3 is built on the Dunia game engine, similar to the prequels but it certainly has been updated and is DirectX 11 compatible.
Okay, with frametime out of the way, we'll revert back to the most important measurement, graphics card performance. Far Cry 3 basically has four quality modes: LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH and ULTRA. Next to that you'll have settings and preferences you can choose from. The game however is VERY taxing on the GPU at times, even at HIGH quality settings. Our settings:
Very High-quality DX11 mode
2x MSAA (Anti-aliasing)
16x AF (Anisotropic Filtering)
The card manages just fine at 1600x1200, fdrop AA and 1920x1200 would be playable as well.
Far Cry 3 is pretty harsh with Very High image quality settings and MSAA enabled. Should you get into the problem of low performance, our advice would be to flick off AA levels which will result in a 20 to 30% performance increase.
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