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Wot I Think: Far Cry 4

By Graham Smith on November 25th, 2014.

You can crouch on vehicles and not be slid off by physics glitches! 10/10, 100%.

Far Cry 4 is a funhouse mirror. I love pointing it in in different directions and seeing the way its design reflects the videogames around it. Angle it one way and the first thing you’ll see in its reflection the only slightly distorted visage of its predecessor, as Far Cry 3’s every idea turns formula: there’s an exotic setting; an extravagant and verbose villain; crafting by way of animal hunting; a mixture of linear campaign and dynamic missions. This sequel could be considered a lavishly made standalone expansion pack and, if you enjoyed the previous game as I did, its slavish devotion to existing structures is no bad thing.

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Why Far Cry 2 Is Still The Best In The Series

By Marsh Davies on November 20th, 2014.

Did you know the word barbecue is one of only a few surviving words from a lost Caribbean language (having since been filtered through Spanish)?

You shouldn’t always give people what they want. This is focus testing’s fatal flaw. It’s also the reason that Far Cry 2 – a game which doesn’t give you what you want and slaps you for asking – is the best game in the series by far.

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Far Cry 4 Is Out And Some Other Quick Thoughts

By Graham Smith on November 18th, 2014.

I’m only a couple of hours into Far Cry 4 – we didn’t receive any pre-release review code – and it is very Far Cry so far. In just that little play time I’ve scaled radio towers, ziplined down from radio towers, hang-glided off mountains, driven jeeps off mountains, delivered packages under a time limit, stabbed people in the throat with knives, shot people in the throat with arrows, baited a bear into killing a guy, and hunted and skinned different kinds of animals in order to make a fetching bag.

Are you playing it? Hop below for some very brief thoughts, and to leave your own impressions in the comments.

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Wot I Think – Assassin’s Creed Unity

By Alec Meer on November 14th, 2014.

stop crowding me. My processor's agoraphobic

Assassin’s Creed Unity is the latest in Ubisoft’s series of historical-set open world action-adventure games. It stars a French nobleman named Arno Dorian, who becomes an Assassin (stealthy free-running dude battling against an evil conspiracy theory) in 18th century Paris, around the time of the French revolution. It adds co-op and gear customisation to the seven-year-old formula. It’s been out for three days now, and I’ve been playing it for much of that time.

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In Case You Missed All Those Other Far Cry 4 Trailers

By Graham Smith on November 13th, 2014.

Perhaps you’ve missed Far Cry 4‘s hundreds of previous trailers, and want one single trailer which explains everything – the plot, the world, the characters, the weapons. Then I’ve got good news! Maybe you’d enjoy all of this information being delivered to you by an in-game radio host, for some reason. Then, oh wow, this eight-minute trailer was specifically made for you. That’s weird.

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An Exciting Post About AssCreed Unity’s PC Performance

By Alec Meer on November 12th, 2014.

Now that I’ve a) got code and b) got said code to run after a ton of tinkering, I’ve spent a couple of hours with gaming’s latest whipping boy, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Given yesterday’s web brouhaha about its shonky performance on console, it seems worth sharing my technical experiences with it on PC too.

Below are a bunch of numbers, if you like that sort of thing. TLDR: it’s not disastrous, but something sure ain’t right.
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No Assassin’s Creed Unity Review From Us Because…

By Alec Meer on November 11th, 2014.

AssBro denied

…Well, primarily because we didn’t receive code until today. It seems some multi-format sites have had console versions ahead of release, but no dice in PC-land, at least not here. Though folk in the US have been able to buy the game since 12am. Maybe I should have moved to America and pulled an all-nighter just for this.

Whether this is related to various reports today that Ubisoft jumpy-stabby sequel has a number of performance issues, particularly with regard to framefrate drops and pop-in, we can’t know. Just wanted to tell you why we won’t be holding forth one way or another for a few days yet, basically.
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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Gets A Leapy Launch Trailer

By Philippa Warr on November 11th, 2014.

The aftermath of the pillowfight was surprisingly intenseThere’s a new Assassin’s Creed Rogue trailer. Technically it’s a launch trailer but only in the sense that consoles exist and are getting a timed exclusive window in which their owners can gad about on rooftops and enjoy the power of eagles before the game saunters over to PC in early 2015 and is all:

“Hey you! Fancy some overly showy leaping and boats also?”

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New Ubi Games Vanish From Steam In More Countries

By Alice O'Connor on November 7th, 2014.

Hiiii

Update: “We are looking into it at the moment,” an Ubisoft representative has told us about the later vanishings outside the UK. Meanwhile, two dear readers in Finland and Germany comment that the games have disappeared from Steam for them too.

When Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Crew, and Far Cry 4 all vanished from Steam in the UK earlier this week, the publisher made cryptic mention of being “in discussions with Valve”. What’s so weird or special about the UK that our Steam wouldn’t get Ubisoft’s big fancy Christmas lineup? Turns out, we’re not so special any more. These games are vanishing from the US and Australian stores too, VG247 noted, suggesting something bigger than a regional quirk is afoot.

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Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed, The Crew Not On Steam In UK

By Graham Smith on November 6th, 2014.

U-boo-soft, more like. It looks like the developer of Far Cry 4, The Crew and Assassin’s Creed Unity won’t be releasing any of those games through Steam in the UK.

Speaking to PCGamesN, the publisher confirmed that they have been in discussions with Valve about Assassin’s Creed Unity, “but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK. In the meantime, UK customers wishing to purchase the game digitally can do so by visiting the Uplay store, our retail partners or other digital distributors.” The Crew and Far Cry 4, meanwhile, are listed on Steam throughout the world but not in the UK, suggesting they might befall the same fate.

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Far Cry 4 Story Trailer Reminds You There’s A Story

By Graham Smith on November 5th, 2014.

The latest Far Cry 4 trailer explains the game’s story, which is a good thing, because there’s very little chance I’m going to pay attention to what’s going on when I come round to actually playing it. “Do what you came here to do,” one character implores. ‘What, you mean you want me to wingsuit off of all these mountains and make rucksacks out of your endangered species?’ “Your mother’s dying wish will be fulfilled.” I think my mum wanted me to silently dispatch hundreds of people with a bow and arrow?

Come, watch the trailer, become dimly aware that there are characters other than Pagan Min and purpose to your character other than ooh-what’s-over-there.

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A Chat About Interior Design In Games, With Ubi’s Dan Cox

By Philippa Warr on October 31st, 2014.

You can see the yellow and black markers if you peer closely

For no reason other than “We were at the same conference and his work sounded interesting” I ended up scheduling a meeting with Dan Cox. He focuses on level art at Ubisoft Toronto and his work has most recently appeared in Splinter Cell: Blacklist. He was in Paris to give a talk about interior design in games so it turned out he was more than happy to answer some of my questions about how artists make sense of spaces in video games*.

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Elephant Man-Shooter: Far Cry 4 PvP

By Adam Smith on October 31st, 2014.

Far Cry 3 may not have been all things to all people, but it was many different things to many different people. For me, it was a game mostly about driving offroad and getting into various scrapes involving three-way battles between myself, a gathering of Komodo Dragons and a gang of gun-toting grunts. For some, it was a game in which they could hunt goats with a rocket launcher and maybe there were even some people who thought the story missions were the best bit as well. It’s essentially a game about vehicles and animals falling over.

The sequel, which is out in three weeks, should allow you to relive all of your favourite Far Cry memories while killing your friends. With an elephant. The three PvP modes are explained in the video below.

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