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Far Cry 3

6 years ago

Feature: Williams Vs Yohalem Part The Last

Spec Ops, FC3 Writers On What’s Next, Futurism, BioShock

Who shoots the shooters? Well, I don't think Spec Ops: The Line and Far Cry 3 writers Walt Williams and Jeffrey Yohalem have ever shot anybody, but they are attempting to skewer gaming's shooter genre – or at least give it a good paddling. In the previous two installments of this gigantic chat, we discussed everything from the art of critique, to violence, to the…

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Feature: Williams Vs Yohalem, Pt 2: Blood Dragon

Spec Ops, FC3 Writers On Art, Treating Players Intelligently

When last we joined Spec Ops: The Line writer Walt Williams and Far Cry 3 writer Jeffrey Yohalem, they discussed everything from the problematic nature of modern escapism to Western culture's disturbing disconnection from real violence. Today: art! Or rather, the process of creating it using someone else's money when that's not really what they wanted in the first place. Also, we delve into the…

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Feature: Williams Vs Yohalem, Pt 1

Fire Away: Spec Ops, Far Cry 3 Writers On Criticizing FPS

The shooters! They've become self-aware! Now they're in the vents, skittering around menacingly and writing lengthy commentaries on why the very mechanics that make them tick might just be hyper problematic for, you know, society. Two games, especially, have claimed the forefront of this movement and have succeeded to - erm, depending on whom you talk to - varying degrees. If nothing else, however, Spec…

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Far-Fetched Cry: A Half Hour Of Blood Dragon Footage

Edit - bah, videos removed. If anyone's found another source please say so below. Edit2 - A new source for one of the vids is now in this post, but presumably it won't hang around for long. This half hour of purported footage from Far Cry 3 expandalone Blood Dragon is obviously fake. You can tell by the way the shader polarity is reversed at…

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Has Biehn: Far Cry 3 – Blood Dragon Out May 1st

I still can't quite believe that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon exists but as of this weekend, the standalone title not only has a release date, it also has Michael Biehn's voice. Actually, the Xbox Marketplace listing which reveals the May 1st release date doesn't specify 'voice', it says 'a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn…

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Is Totally Bonkers, An Actual Thing

On April 1st, a peculiar thing happened: a game company debuted a seemingly implausible spin-off that wasn't a gigantic, painfully obvious hoax. Now, notice I said "hoax," not "joke." Reason being, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon still seems incredibly, absurdly silly. The advantage it has over its smoke-and-mirrors peers, however, is that it's actually, you know, real. What began with a schlocky (though impressively elaborate) '80s-style…

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Cry Harder: Outpost Resets, More Coming To Far Cry 3

Confession time: I never quite finished Far Cry 3. I've put infinity-dozens of hours into it, but I eventually got bored because I downed most of the outposts. As a result, my once-thriving pirate-and-oppression-overrun utopia devolved into a hive of peace and friendly cooperation. Gross, right? So I moved on to other open worlds and left Far Cry 3 stranded on its own little closure-free island,…

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Feature: Also: Far Cry 3, preventing kingpins and the 'but is it a game?' debate

Rohrer On The Castle Doctrine, Guns & Chain World, Pt 2

In the first part of an extensive, illuminating and arguably controversial interview with Passage, Sleep is Death and Chain World creator Jason Rohrer, we discussed his new game, the fascinating but sinister home defence MMO The Castle Doctrine, making virtual possessions and people matter and why he chose to include only male protagonists. In this second and final part, we pick up mid-chat about issues…

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Oh Thank Goodness: Far Cry 3’s Interface Patch Is Out

The break's nearly upon us, and the news has already fled into its cozy hibernation hole to avoid the harsh shifts in weather and people caring. So now I'm going to tell you about some patch notes, because they're all that's left in this desolate winter wonderland. Fortunately, Far Cry 3's brought a fairly sizable bounty of improvements back from its latest bug hunt, and…

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7 years ago

Feature: Escape The Loop

Far Cry 3’s Jeffrey Yohalem On Racism, Torture And Satire

Having completed Far Cry 3 a while back, I found that so much of the game's story just didn't sit right with me. Not simply in the sense that it appeared to contain colonialist nonsense and clumsily handled rape plots, but that I felt I was missing something. That the game was trying to say something to me, perhaps partly through that which I found…

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Perhaps Ignoring Far Cry 3’s Multiplayer Was A Mistake

Far Cry 3 has multiplayer. Or at least, I'm relatively certain it does. I am, you see, somewhat guilty of scampering into single-player's wide open jungles - like a frightened tapir who doesn't want to become a backpack - seconds after start-up. I honestly haven't touched multiplayer in spite of my near-obsessive love for Ubisoft's wild, wild wilderness rumpus, but I now have a strong…

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Ubi Ending The Madness, Fixing Far Cry 3’s Pop-Ups

Far Cry 3 has opened its komodo-dragon-like terror maw and consumed the entire RPS staff. We're now naught but moldy bones littering the dimmest corners of its lair, wobbling on excitedly about that time we saved all those turtles from an out-of-control, highly turtle-unfriendly fire we started. But it's definitely not perfect. Obnoxious pop-ups swarm constantly in a ceaseless cycle of useless reminders. John, noble…

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Feature: Bad Tigers

What I Loathe About Far Cry 3

Yesterday I celebrated what is definitely a really fantastic game. A game that deserves celebration, a surprise treat from a series that never promised anything this involved, mad, and genre-busting. It is, overall, a very positive experience. And as I said yesterday, such experiences come at a price - when stuff is wrong, it looks very, very wrong. But in the case of Far Cry…

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Feature: Tigers!

What I Love About Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is a game of enormous juxtaposition. Overall it is undoubtedly an absolutely stunning game, ridiculously fun and utterly engrossing. And in there are some real extremes. I argue that Far Cry 3 contains some of the features for which we've spent our years screaming at the sky, a real understanding of why fun can be more worthwhile than realism, emergent play, and…

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Far Cry 3 Servers Down Already: Ubi, This Is A Mess

Update: Ubisoft have tweeted an apology, saying they're working as fast as they can to get the servers back online. So, like many others, I'm very excited to play Far Cry 3. After Jim's review, and many similar elsewhere, I've been dying to play it and finally have the chance. Today is my day off, hooray! And so far I've been treated to a horrible,…

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Isles Asunder: Far Cry 3 Map Editor

Do map editors normally have trailers nowadays? Far Cry 3's has one. I know that some trailers have trailers and it's only a matter of time until someone makes a trailer for a logo, so I guess something as functional as a map editor can appear in a video and say 'hello'. The most notable thing about the editor for Ubi's Jimpressing open island shooter…

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Thumping The Shark: Far Cry 3

What a difference words can make. If I'd seen this new Far Cry 3 video last week, my first reaction would probably have been to chortle about magical tattoo abilities. After reading Jim's thoughts on the game, I'm too giddily excited by watching those abilities in action to spend any time laughing at minor bits of silliness. Far Cry 2 was a mess but it…

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Feature: Crying, Not Crying

Far Cry 3 (Single-Player) review

The third game in the Far Cry series has arrived, bathed in sun, populated by sharks and murderers, driving too fast along a dirt track, with the grass on fire all around. But is this a holiday of a lifetime, or a trip to the wrong side of the tracks? I pulled on a scratched pair of aviators and scavenged a shotgun from the body…

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