I don't know if you have had a chance to pick up Far Cry 3 yet, but if not you probably should. This game is outstanding in every aspect. This is the first game I have ever played that actually feels like it is a next gen game (Next gen as in post 360/ps3). Everything moves so fluidly in the game, and there are no lag issues or screen tearing which sometimes haunts such impressive games.
I was so blown away with the character animations. The NPC's both in cut scene and in game move so realistically that you feel as if you are watching an actual person on your screen. The voice acting is absolutely astounding. Such amazing voice actors and mocap in this game it is truly amazing.
The sound is fantastic too. Many times in games I find the sounds of the weapons can actually make or break a game. I never played Army of Two because all the guns sounded like cap guns with silencers on them, was terrible. But I also REALLY got into Soldier of Fortune: Double Helix. Not a great game at all, but the sound effects of the weapons made you feel like such a badass playing it, actually improved the game overall and I loved it.
I have noticed a few things that just blew my mind as well, little things, like I was hang gliding off the top of a mountain, and you can hear the wind blowing and nature sounds, and then I hear a hawk. I look around and there is a hawk flying in formation with me! Is this part of the game, or a random occurrence, I have no idea, but if felt so amazing, almost like the hawk thought I was another hawk and joined my hawk squadron. Another great little thing, I was racing around in a car and happened to go off the side of a mountain and splashing down into the ocean. The car was completely sideways, and I went to exit and I exited through the door closest to the water, the farthest door, not the drivers door like in many games. So realistic, the little things you notice really make it amazing.
The Music is fantastic and really gets into the groove when you are in battle, but even just walking around exploring, the background music is amazing and reminds me a lot of the ambiance on fallout 1,2, and 3.
One thing though.. the ONLY thing I have to say bad about this game, is what Ubisoft did. I hope it is only a temporary thing and gets either patched out or fixed, but Ubisoft implemented forced lag into my game. When I press the start button to access my crafting and skill trees etc, I am greeted with a nice message saying "attempting to contact ubisoft servers" or some shit. This stays on the screen for a good 20 seconds EVERY time it happens. After the time is up, it either connects or it gives a fail message, and then shows me the start menu.. It makes no fucking difference at all to be connected or not connected, and just forces a random 20 second time delay into my game at random opportunities. I was playing last night and became so frustrated that I almost threw my control against the wall. It happened at least once every 5 to 10 minutes.
Other than that though, man, what a great game. I think it feels like a true next gen game for sure, try it out if you haven't already. Happy new years.