I decided to try Far Cry 3 Classic Edition which was a huge decision because I'm an FPS noob and the only one I've ever beat is Halo 1.
I went with the easiest difficulty which seems to be a good decision because I still die quite a few times. The story goes something like this: you (Jason), your two brothers, and your friends are on vacation when they are captured by a gang of pirates led by Vaas while skydiving. You escape but your brother is killed and you have to save the rest of your friends.
Once you escape, you're found by Dennis who is your mentor for the rest of the game. Dennis escorts you to the nearest radio tower which has to be hacked to reveal more of the island map. By the way, there are 18 radio towers that each reveals part of the island. After hacking a tower, you're taken to a local outpost and asked to help claim it from enemy pirates for the Rakyat (an indigenous tribe). The island is littered with outposts that you should claim whenever you travel to new areas.
After this is when the story goes into full swing. You have to go to Doctor Earnhardt's mansion who found Liza ill and took her in to treat her and then you're off to find and rescue the rest of your friends.
There's a whole lot you can do on Rook Island. In addition to the story missions, there are eighteen radio towers to hack, many outposts to claim for the Rakyat, and a huge collect-a-thon where you acquire relics and letters. There are also special stones that let you play the Trials of the Rakyat which are special timed challenges where you have to kill as many pirates as you can. The island has a few surprises in store as well like the island racing league and hidden pirate bases for you to dive in to. I personally spend too much time going to random caves and distant corners of the map in search of relics.
In addition to all this, there is a crafting system. You kill animals and use their hides to increase just about everything from the number of guns you can hold to the size of your pack and the size of your wallet. But don't worry; you don't need to grind for crafting materials unlike other games. The majority of items only need one ingredient and the most I ever needed was three items. You don't have to be stealthy to hunt in Far Cry 3 as most of the time; you can just run up to animals and blow them up with a shotgun.
If you're not exploring the island, you'll probably be taking part in gunfights most of the time and I'm impressed with how much you're free to try out different fighting styles. If you can pay for it, you can buy whatever weapons you want right from the start of the game. There are many different kinds of guns from shotguns and sniper rifles to the trusty AK-47. You can also thin out groups of enemies with stealthy takedowns, try to dispatch them from a distance, or you can just rely on your shooting skills with a rifle. Finally, you can also make creative use of grenades, mines, or C4 explosives to kill enemies or bring them out of position.
So far, I've completed the first six story missions, collected sixteen relics, hacked ten radio towers, and liberated eight outposts in around twenty hours. I'm not very good but I still enjoy playing Far Cry 3 so I definitely plan on continuing where I left off.