Posts Tagged ‘Far Cry 3’

Now With More Jumping Puzzles: 14 Minutes Of Far Cry 3

Gaze upon its majesty. It beckons to you. Climb.

Yes, jumping puzzles. Far Cry 3 has them. Apparently as something you can do fairly often, no less. That’s one of the many revelations that spring up while two of the shooter/arrower/shanker/lawnmower’s leads play 14 minutes of their game and chit-chat. It’s an impressively illuminating look at many of Far Cry 3’s open-world aspects, including base capture and crafting. A lot of it reminds me of Assassin’s Creed, oddly enough. I mean, there’s jumping. And bears! That’s pretty much all of Assassin’s Creed III, guys.

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Minecryft: The Official Far Cry 3 Mod For Minecraft

Now you are the Creeper
Block by block, like an insidious cubist curse, Minecraft is taking over the gaming world. World of Warcraft was the most recent game to suffer assimilation, in a frightening 1-1 recreation. Usually this sort of labour of love is made by the fans, but Ubisoft are cutting out the post-launch months of people on forums suggesting that someone does it. They’ve hired Far Cry 3 Minecraft modder Michael Lambert to build it for them, creating a free map and texture pack that will be out before the game it’s based on.
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From Bad To Vaas: Far Cry 3

Brendan did a spot of de-scaling when he murdered his way through the opening hours of Far Cry 3. Providing a side dish to his words, Ubisoft have released four videos that show how the journey from holidaymaker to hardened warrior begins. It’s more tell than show, actually, with producer Dan Hay describing what the scenes are intended to do. The first couple are character-based and don’t contain a great deal of running and shooting, the third documents the takedown of an outpost and the fourth is the burning hotel setpiece which we’ve seen before.

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Hands-on: Far Cry 3 (Single-Player)


We sent Brendan to play Far Cry 3’s single-player. Here’s his report.

I’m halfway through skinning a dead Komodo dragon when all my suspicions about Far Cry 3 come to a head. I’m standing on the overhang of a massive cliff, just going to town on this corpse. Bunching its bloodied hide into a bundle like a supersize tortilla wrap drenched in red chilli sauce. And I’m thinking: ‘Man, that was one grumpy lizard. But it’s okay. I’m safe.’
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Far Cry 3’s Tribe Goes To War

Doesn't the side of her head get cold?

Oh man, you’re going to hate me so much for saying this. So much. But – I’m so sorry – now that I’ve finished playing Dishonored – I’M SO SORRY – and XCOM – I’M SO SO SO SORRY – for the time being, I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself in the approaching weeks. I’ve not played Torchlight 2, but I don’t feel in right state of mind for click-frenzy right now. FTL forever sings to me, but I should move on to new pastures. I do have a new build of Hotline Miami… Then I saw this latest, thankfully generously-lengthed trailer for Far Cry 3, and for the first time (for I am an idiot) released it was out this year rather than next. It’s a trailer that suggests something really… meaty. Wild. Strange. It’s also got some somewhat dubious exploitationy aspects I’m not quite so sure about, but hell – I’d pretty much resigned the remaining months of 2012 to CODMOH bleh, and this looks proper interesting.
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Far Cry 3’s Maddest Baddies Wax Diabolical


Far Cry 3‘s villains sure do like to talk. It seems to be something of a pattern: you fight, they tweak their mustaches and monologue ominously, and then you end up tied to a sinking cinder block or on fire or something along those lines. Yet you always live to fight another day and begin the cycle anew. It forces me to wonder: is it all intentional? Maybe Vaas and his strappingly Saxton-Hale-esque pal Buck just want someone to talk to. Or perhaps they just need someone to listen. Can you be that person? Can you give them the verbal hug their parents never did and then verbally attend their piano recital and play catch with them in the park? If not, Far Cry 3’s third villain – every tiger in the entire jungle – won’t talk, but will still try to kill you. So there’s something for everybody. Observe after the break.

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Jungle Diva: Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 continues to have trailers full of enjoyable activities, like shark-punching and diving out of jeeps just as they explode. It also continues to have trailers with voiceovers that say very silly things. Example: “His privateer army can do a lot more than walk and chew gum at the same time. They’ve been trained to kill!” Most armies are like the Terminator under the control of a Furlong on the cusp of puberty, of course, explicitly commanded not to kill under any circumstances. “This is the jungle. It gets under your skin. Your blood makes it grow.” I guess that probably might be true. Hear those lines and more below.

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A Postcard Soaked In Kerosene: Far Cry 3’s Side-Quests

Mission accomplished: have arm stolen by crocodile. $27 has been deposited into your account.

OK, so I’m starting to warm up to this “Agent Huntley” narrator guy Ubisoft’s got talking us through the most recent Far Cry 3 videos. He’s basically a more tropical Max Payne – which, given recent events in Max Payne’s life, means he’s basically just Max Payne. The above headline, for instance, is all Huntley – so strong is my love for his vaguely coherent, gleefully grim ruminations. If ever I have a child, they will be raised from day one on a steady diet of these slurry linguistic soups, such that they may one day have full command of their nonsensically noir-ish powers. But until then, let’s talking about Far Cry! There’s tons to do, as you’ll see below – including hallucinogenic drugs, gambling, and wildlife-slaying. This will be the first game I present to my hypothetical incoherent noir children, I think.

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Escape From Tiger Island: Far Cry 3’s Open World

What? My friends need rescuing? Sorry, can't hear you over all this awesome fun I'm having up in the sky.

Far Cry 3 definitely isn’t the second coming of Far Cry 2, but the more I see of it, the more I’m actually pretty OK with that. It’s big, loud, and over-the-top, but – to hear its lead writer tell it – with a nicely subversive point. Also, there are tigers. Last time I played a demo, I tried to turn them on my enemies, but instead, they traded our five-second-long allegiance for my jugular. Then I caught on fire and died. Which is a long-winded way of saying combat seems nicely open, and – if a new trailer’s any indication – the world itself will have a breadth of options to match.

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Behold: Far Cry 3’s Co-Op Revealed In Video Happening

Bagsie the man! Oh.
Far Cry 3 was shown in detail at the exciting E3 computer games fair in Los Angeles, back in June, and the focus of the attention there was the co-op aspect of the game: four folks fighting their way across a jungle island in search of revenge. The video of the E3 demo, which has been narrated by a helpful Ubisoftian, can be seen below, where it details some of the ways in which the four revengers can work together to defeat their greatest foe: other dudes.
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Big Slip: Far Cry 3’s Release Date A Far Cry From Reality

Well, everyone should expect it now.

Not that it will be a surprise to Rock, Paper, Shotgun readers, all familiar with my legacy, the Walker Principal*, but the release date for Far Cry 3 has just slipped by almost three months. It’s now at the end of November. Perhaps a touch ironic, after Nathan recently reported for us that the PC version would be launched alongside the consoles. It turns out what they meant by that was, “not at all, for a bit.”

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E3 Day Zero: When Game Violence Becomes Vile

One of the most striking scenes of yesterday’s E3 press conference gauntlet didn’t take place on a stage or a screen. It wasn’t rehearsed or pre-planned, and it most certainly wasn’t expected. I sat in a jam-packed arena-sized auditorium and watched a game demo unfold on a screen bigger than my hometown. OK, that wasn’t the surprising part. I’d been doing that all day. This one, though, came to a rather abrupt halt when – mere inches away from the camera – a man’s head erupted into a volcano of hyper-detailed gore after a point-blank shotgun blast. And then: deafening applause from hundreds of people.

This was the blaring exclamation point on the end of a day of gleefully grotesque neck-shanking, leg-severing, and – of course – man-shooting. I can honestly think of maybe five games – in four multiple-hour press conferences – that didn’t feature some sort of lovingly rendered death-dealing mechanic. And oh how show-goers cheered. So then, have we all become brainless barbarians with a lust for blood bordering on fetishistic? Hardly. That’d be a simple black-or-white (or, I suppose, red) answer, and this issue’s a whole lot messier than that.

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Ah, Sanity: Far Cry 3 Dodging Ubi PC Delay

Inspired by the events unfolding in this screenshot, I really hope I can throw empty ammo clips at enemies instead of wastefully casting them aside.

Good things come to those who wait. And admittedly, Assassin’s Creed II (and its assorted pseudo-sequels), Driver: San Francisco, and – based on what I’m hearing – Ghost Recon: Future Soldier are pretty solid, but were they worth the long, cold nights we endured in anticipation of their arrival? OK, yeah, probably. But the time-honored tradition that is the Ubidelay arguably serves little-to-no purpose, and much like its nearest cousin – an inflamed, seconds-from-bursting appendix – it’s a vestigial pain that needs to go. Fortunately, Far Cry 3 – at the very least – appears refreshingly willing to show it the door.

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Far Cry 3 Teaser Is Neat, Is Neat, Has Tiger Feet

Can I stroke him and make him be my friend? I don't want to kill him

And most of the rest of a tiger too! Yes, it’s Far Cry 3 footage time, in an excitable and heavily stylised trailer that offers snatches of what to expect on this new island other than shooting dudes. Includes a large tribe of angry-lookin’ natives, Indiana Jones-style temples, swearing, flamethrowers, a lady with a chin tattoo that looks like a beard, boats, more swearing and A TIGER.
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Fire In The Whole: Far Cry 3

This is JAAAASON Brody.

I was comfortable in being incorrect in my predictions that Far Cry 3 would involve some form of free roaming excellence coupled with a thousand irritations, like a sleek engine attached to a ship of fools, grinding down the tracks, lopsided and soon to be derailed. What I didn’t expect was quite so much railroading in the game, or at least in this segment of the game. In a clip found over at Gametrailers, a man named Jason rescues a lady from a burning building in a scene that resembles a section of Uncharted 3 taking place in first person far more than it resembles any of my predictions regarding the eventual shape of Far Cry 3.

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Benefits With Friends: Far Cry 3 Multiplayer

Dudes get kicked!
RPS hugbuddy Will Porter is giggling beside me. (“Hugbuddy”? – Incredulous Ed.) The guilt at what I was doing was not stopping me from doing it: I am a bad bad man and Will’s laughter drove me on. While we were waiting in the Far Cry 3 multiplayer lobby, I experimentally clicked the two thumbsticks down (the game was on PC, but it’s currently only tuned for joypad) and was informed I’d levelled up, and it showed me the new weapon I now had access to. Like the other people at this press event, I’d never before had the chance to plunge into the team-focused multiplayer, but with every guilty click I was giving myself an advantage. Click. Click. Click. I looked at the other screens and no-one was pulling the same trick. This was going to be easy.
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Why, That Must Be Another Far Cry 3 Trailer


Far Cry 2 was, you will recall, the game with the most individual trailers ever released. There was one a week for seventeen years before its launch, and by the end of them we were exhausted. EXHAUSTED. The same looks to be true for the third game, which brings us another trailer: here, NOW. And probably the same time next week. We shall see. That said, you can’t argue they’re not putting the effort in on these trailers, there’s really a lot to be said for the footage in this one, including the hang-glider, sharks, and drugs, Drugs! DRUGS!

Watch it below, by the news-horn of VG247.
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Massive Entertainment Building Far Cry 3’s Multiplayer

Like this for more stabs
Yup, that Massive: the Ground Control and World in Conflict devs have been disarmingly silent of late. But according to reports from the Ubisoft GDC event, they’re helping to create the Far Cry 3 multiplayer. “Huh?”, you might think, but hold that back for a moment – I have more. According to Vox Game’s Brian Crecente

In working on Far Cry 3’s “online universe” Ubisoft Massive is adding elements from the indie scene and social games, they say

Go on let it out now. I’ll join you.
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Ooh: Quite A Bit Of Far Cry 3 Footage


Nearly six minutes of the stuff! As you might expect, it shows dudes being shot with pistols and assault rifles, but there’s a bit hallucinating on drugs, too, which is slightly less common in these sorts of videos. It’s clearly using a lot of the Far Cry 2 tech, as you’d expect, and I don’t think it’ll actually fall too far from that tree. It’s 360 footage, by the way. Obviously.
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Far Out: A Safari Of Far Cry 3 Screenshots

Yes, that's the new DRM.
Listen, that trailer might have been a bit eyebrow-angling, but let’s just be careful with our expectations. They’re very delicate. The Far Cry games, while each not to everyone’s personal standards, have always been interesting. I don’t think the third one is going to fail on that count, either. Hell, if it’s open world enough it’ll make me happy. The images, too, cheer me up. I like a tropical island in my computer game, and this is looking far more vibrant than FC2’s surprisingly dreary Africa. Ten new images below. Actually nine. The one above makes ten, though.

You can click ’em for full size.
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