Far Cry is one of the greatest first-person shooters ever made. Sure: it looks a little simplistic now, but at the time of release (2004) it was a revelation.
What was so good about it was: the jungle environment (it felt so alive); the AI of the single-player opponents (even on the easier skill levels they were a challenge to beat); the vehicles (boats and jeeps are so much fun), and the weapons and combat options. Not only that, but the melding of modern combat with sci-fi and horror elements in the story made the game stand out from the rest. And indeed: the game spawned a number of successful sequels, and also made a name for developer Crytek too.
These screenshots I took in my first playthrough, way back in 2004. At the time I was living in the United States and bought the game to play while I was there. It came on four (or maybe five) CDs. Pretty sure I played it all the way to the end as well. And, typing this, I feel like I want to go back to it. Is it on Steam? Yes it is. Mmmm…
Update: I did go back to it, and – wow – Far Cry is still incredible! Here’s a new set of screenshots to remind us of that fact.