The Far Cry series went through very different periods of appreciation from players and critics, but all of its numbered parts were commercially successful, as well as most of the addons. But to get the same "popular" love as Far Cry 3, even the super-successful fifth part could not - and there are objective reasons for that.
First of all, the threequel features a main character and the allocation of the main storyline to him in general. In subsequent parts of the series, the character will be the player himself, which significantly reduces the narrative intensity and the overall player interest in the story.
It is the combination of the classic "nothing extra" gameplay and great storyline that made Far Cry 3 such a beloved story. Also this game definitively "solidified" some gameplay elements in the series - hunting, inspecting towers and capturing outposts. Despite the fact that not all players liked them, the pluses of this part far exceeded the minuses, so the project went into the list of golden classics.
The advantages of the game:
This game is perfect for those, who want to have story adventure with inherent elements of such games, but have no time or desire to go deep into any universe. Far Cry 3 has no storyline connected with the next parts of the franchise, as well as with the previous ones.
The game's release date of 2012 doesn't feel like it at all. The world looks attractive and modern, and almost all the mechanics are intuitively familiar to the player - hence there are new fans of the game that is almost ten years old. Fans of the series deservedly call Far Cry 3 the best in the series, and many people outside the fan community played it only in the threequel, and they are glad that they found time for this accepted masterpiece.
You should play Far Cry 3 if you:
If you have ever played Far Cry games and passed them, then you will definitely like the trquel of the famous series from the first minutes.