Sony's excellent collage of free games is poised to continue this coming month, with a flurry of new games entering the fray, including Ubisoft's highly praised Far Cry 3.
Sony's excellent collage of free games is poised to continue this coming month, with a flurry of new games entering the fray, including Ubisoft's highly praised Far Cry 3.
If you've been following the shooter scene over the past few weeks, you've doubtless heard the name Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon bandied about.
The catch here, however, is that Ubisoft has released virtually no press information on the game whatsoever.
On April 1st, a website was launched for something called Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The website looks like Tron meets a Wham! photoshoot, quite a far cry from the tropical paradise of...Far Cry.
Given that the site was launched on April Fool's Day, most everyone simply assumed that it was a gag - albeit a very elaborate one.
It wasn't, however, an April Fool's Day prank.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is happening, so we wanted to look back and gather up everything that we know about the game in one place. Here's a brief history of what we know about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Today, however, a listing was posted on Xbox.com suggesting that the game is real and that it's coming May 1st. Here's what we know:
THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil. Welcome to an 80’s VHS vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who’s fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world. Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals) collide.
We also have a decent amount of screenshots from the game that reinforce the neon-happy, 1980's pallete in the best way possible as well as the box art for the game which you can see at the top of this post. While it has only been confirmed on Xbox Live, it looks like the game will be coming to PlayStation 3 and PC as well.
Stay tuned for more on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and if you have something that we've missed, be sure to post up a comment so we can edit this story.
Ubisoft has released a patch for Far Cry 3, bringing some updates and features to the game but this update has a twist; all of the features and tweaks were added based on feedback taken from the community. In other words, today's patch was essentially dictated directly by community requests.
Included are updates to singleplayer and multiplayer, namely:
If you haven't checked out Far Cry 3 yet, make sure you visit our hub to learn more about what the game has to offer.
Far Cry 3's sociopathic villain Vaas Montenegro is one of the most memorable characters from a video game in recent years. Making his debut at E3 last year, Vaas was an instant hit as the charismatically insane island inhabitant, noted for his 'did I ever tell you the definition of insanity' scene.
But what we didn't know, is that Vaas was not originally planned as we know him in the game. That was actually an inspiriation from Michael Mando, the character who was ultimately cast to play Vaas. At his audition, Ubisoft wanted Vaas to be 'stoic and unemotional' but Mando delivered something quite different from what they were looking for. He was turned down and sent home from the audition without a job.
A couple weeks later, Mando got a call from Ubisoft. They liked his audition, so they wanted to plan a small character around him and that persona. As you know, of course, Vaas became a major hit and was much more than 'a small character'. IGN has revealed some early concept designs that show Vaas as a tall, barrel chested brute that reeks of thuggish clichés'.
The character evolved, however, and became the very unique and iconic Vaas Montenegro that we've come to know and desperately-hope-we-never-meet-alone-on-an-island.
Check out some concept art after the break, including a full version of the image at the top of this post.
Ubisoft has officially announced the Outpost app for Far Cry 3, a companion application that is available on select iOS and Android devices. The studio is announcing it today, but we've been using Outpost for a couple weeks on our Motorola XOOM so we're not sure what spawned today's announcement, but either way, here is some more information.
Outpost lets you:
If you have used Call of Duty's Elite app or Battlefield's Battlelog, you'll be right at home with Far Cry 3's Outpost companion app. Probably the best aspect of Outpost is that downloading it gives you access to a second decoder for unlocking encrypted data in multiplayer. It is the only way to unlock that second decoder and you're going to want it as you progress and earn more advanced encrypted devices.
FPS General received the following missive from the Rook Islands Tourism Board earlier this morning.
The world of Far Cry 3 and the Rook Islands is a beautiful, breathtaking and oft majestic place. If you learn to ignore the sociopathic killers come to meet the unique individuals who lead the islands inhabitants and the fact that just about everything is trying to kill you, the Rook Islands can prove to be a beautiful vacation spot for your family!
The Rook Islands boasts a wide array of tourist attractions, including natural wildlife observation (don't forget to bring your camera, you'll want to Instagram these photos for sure!). Note that there is currently no cell phone service on the Islands as our wireless tower was recently overrun and all of its operators killed and thrown into the watery depths of the Pacific Ocean (a great place to take the family for a swim this time of year, the water's great!)
To help travelers acquaint themselves with the wildlife, that will ultimately try and kill you, our team has put together a handy 'Animal Lover's Guide to Far Cry 3'. There is a wealth of creatures inhabiting the islands, including bears, wild dogs, deer, tapir, leopards, sharks and so much more. If one should keep their distance from these animals, you may even come out of these wildlife encounters unscathed! Please do not feed the animals, as they rely exclusively on a diet of stray travelers natural prey according to their status as bloodthirsty monsters on the foodchain. Thanks, Darwin!
We hope you survive enjoy your time here on the Rook Islands and look forward to seeing you here real soon!
Paid for and commissioned by the Rook Islands Tourism Board
Many gamers, myself included, have something called Attention Deficit Dis - look, a squirrel! And when ADD is coupled with something like the limitless possibilities of games like Grand Theft Auto 4 and Saints Row the 3rd, something terrible happens....We end up doing whatever the hell we want and the story falls by the wayside. How am I supposed to enjoy the rich narrative of Tony’s gayness if I can’t even drive two blocks without running over a hooker and attracting the attention of the police? And as for Saints Row… well I heard the story really isn’t that great anyway, but that’s beside the point.
I am writing this article because after years of remission I have recently fallen ill with “GTA Syndrome” in one of my favorite new shooters, Far Cry 3. There is simply too much to do; bandits must be killed, towers must be unlocked, animals must be skinned, bags must be made, and a fake game of poker with virtual natives DEMANDS my attention!!
Let me clarify, the story so far has been nothing but riveting, and the antagonist, Vaas, is one of the most interesting characters in all of gaming, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to make progress. I’ve sunk twelve hours into the game and have barley saved two of my pals…This wasn’t as issue in Far Cry 2, I enjoyed the wandering gameplay, but the repetitive nature of the game served as an excellent motivator to complete the storyline as soon as humanly possible. And don’t even get me started on Skyrim, I’m level fifty-two and I haven’t even learned my fus-do-rah.
You may think this article is a bit tongue-in-cheek and not meant to be taken seriously and while that is partly true, I do think there is a legitimate problem here. Too much player choice ultimately breaks narrative immersion. There, I said it. At the end of the day, when the player is running around skinning pigs to craft a new syringe belt, the main objective (saving your friends from kidnappers) seems neither urgent nor vital. Sure, call me crazy but you know as well as I do that at least three of the ten hours of your Mass Effect 3 play through were devoted solely to getting into Ashley’s pants, meanwhile planet Earth and the human race was getting glassed by a giant purple crab.
So, what strikes an appropriate balance between narrative and wanderlust?
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.
You can explore to your heart’s content but sooner or later you will run into an impassible obstacle that requires an item obtained from the main quest line to overcome. Before I wrap this up, I want to state that I am not saying that Grand Theft Auto 5 shouldn’t be made.
I’m merely stating that when that game does release, I am going to do the same thing that I have done for the past four installments; take a baseball bat to some pedestrians and go burn down a mall.
Far Cry 3's map editor is an excellent tool that Ubisoft is shipping alongside the game, letting players create custom maps and share them online with other players. Mod tools of this nature are not uncommon, particularly in the PC community, but such high-quality tools being shipped right alongside the game from day one is great.
Community modders have already been hard at work, not only creating some excellent original maps but also recreating some of our favorites from iconic first-person shooter franchises including Counter-Strike, Battlefield and Call of Duty.
Fan favorite maps like Dust from Counter-Strike or Wake Island from Battlefield are being faithfully recreated in Far Cry 3, as can be seen in the videos at the bottom of this page.
All of these projects were taken on by YouTube user ShadowZack, with some pretty amazing results. At the bottom of the page, you can see the following classic FPS maps in action:
Check out the maps below and visit ShadowZack on YouTube for even more maps, including Nosahr Canals from Battlefield 3 and Dust2 from Counter-Strike. These maps are only currently available on PC.
Ubisoft released Far Cry 3 earlier this month, to pretty much universal acclaim. The game is great and offers hundreds of hours of gameplay, but don't take our word for it. Take James' word for it; Far Cry 3 has the touch.
If you were on the fence about picking up Far Cry 3, James is here to change your mind and he can do it in three and a half minutes. Harnessing the might of rock 'n' roll, coupled with turtle-slaying mayhem, the video below probably should have been used as an official trailer for the game. Indeed, we're expecting a call from Ubisoft's public relations department any moment now, requesting the use of this video for promotional spots for Far Cry 3. Ubisoft PR, if you're reading, we'll say yes.
In all seriousness, Far Cry 3 is really good and if you're even remotely interested in first-person shooters, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Multiplayer is a ton of fun and has enough unique and classic aspects to make it worth sinking some time into and the solo campaign pretty much speaks for itself. When they say it's like Skyrim with guns, they mean it. There is so much to do in Far Cry 3's singleplayer story, beyond the core campaign, that you won't get bored easily.
Watch the video below to learn why you should check out Far Cry 3 and how you, too, can avenge the untimely death of Steve Irwin.
Far Cry 3 has been out for a week now, and strategies are slowly being formed on the best way to rack up kills and gather ammunition and weapons in the game. One of those strategies is going stealthy.
As YouTube user Beausafk illustrates in the above video, players in Far Cry 3 can use a simple approach to getting stealth kills for great results. The tactic is simple and easy, but yields great results. Using their inherent ability to throw rocks at things, players can lure in enemies to a nondescript location. Pick your spot wisely, make sure your back and sides are not exposed and be sure that you are in control of the engagement.
So, lure them in with the rocks while you lay in wait and attack them with your knife quickly and ruthlessly for the silent takedown. If you do it right, you will have lured them away from their partners resulting in a quick, clean death that nobody except you is aware of. Continue this process until you've eliminated the enemies in your area and proceed.
It's that simple!
In doing this you will be able to stockpile a much greater supply of ammunition, which you will want for future enemy encounters where stealth is not an option. Check out Beausafk's channel at http://www.youtube.com/beausafk for more great Far Cry 3 videos and much more.
Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3 both easily have a spot in my top 20 shooters of all time. That being said, there are some major differences between the two titles. I know fan boys have a tendency to whine at the slightest change, so to break the mold I will confess that I think a lot of the changes made are for the better, but I will definitely miss some things too.
First off the largest change has to be concerning ammunition. In Far Cry 2 when you unlocked a weapon it was available in any quantity from any safe house around the map with a full complement of mags. The weapon system is much the same in the sequel, however ammo is in extremely short supply - especially at the start of the game. You can refill a single magazine whenever you visit a store or swap out a weapon but that’s it. Don’t expect to stockpile three hundred rounds for the AK unless you have cash to spend and space to hold it.
This adds a very different dynamic to the game, one that definitely enhances the experience. Each shot carries a weight to it, you’re taking a calculated risk that you will be able bring down a foe with fewer bullets than you will loot from his corpse. The majority of enemies use assault rifles and as such drop AR ammunition, so using a sniper rifle (while devastating) is going to be a limited affair until you have the means to supply it more frequently. Another reason why this system works so well is because having ammo to spare makes you feel like a total badass. After picking your shots and using stealth to your advantage for an hour or so it’s nice to change up the pace by just rolling through an enemy outpost with sheer force. In the sort of way that Arnold Schwarzenegger did in the beginning of Predator.
Another change for the better is the hunting system; I suppose it’s not as much a change as it is just a pure addition. But let’s talk about some of the things that detract from the experience, well...there is really only one in my mind; the protagonist Jason. In Far Cry 2, you could choose from a plethora of stoic and silent heroes. It really let you get immersed in the experience and play the game you wanted to play it. You could imprint your own identity on your character and feel like a part of the story.
In Far Cry 3 however, Jason whines and moans his way through the first half of the campaign. However, the story is a drastic overall improvement from it’s predecessor if not for this minor oversight. He does “sack up” later in the story which I suppose is supposed to signify his passage into the life of a warrior, but it’s too little, too late in my opinion.
The final change in the game that I want to discuss (there are countless improvements I haven’t mentioned) are the enemies. The enemies in Far Cry 2 were definitely tenacious and devious, they would flank you and use other tactics to try and get the best of you. In Far Cry 3, each enemy is a trained killer. They will stalk you until there is no evidence of your existence anymore. You can kill hundreds of them and then run into one that will do something that surprises you, it really keeps you on your toes the entire way through the game and prevents it from feeling monotonous at any point.
If you’re a fan of the second game then the third is without a doubt the next logical step. Check out Far Cry 3 at http://far-cry.ubi.com/. The game is out now on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
One of the great aspects of Ubisoft's open-world shooter, Far Cry 3 - released this morning - is the ability to hunt animals and use their resources to enhance your experience the open-world game. Bringing down deer or goats will enable you to craft new items, including much needed storage options for weapons and equipment.
Before you jump headlong into Far Cry 3, however, it's time we introduced you to one of the last, great art forms of mankind; Grenade Hunting.
You see, the art of Grenade Hunting is a practice that we don't think gets enough credit. When you're looking to take down some big game in the jungles of Far Cry 3, you may try to do it with a traditional weapon. And the animalmay laugh in your face as it runs away from harm, unscathed.
A well placed grenade, however, will provide guaranteed results, 100% of the time (that you are not facing off against a turtle).
Check out James' quick and handy tutorial on Grenade Hunting above, and make sure you subscribe for more great videos at http://www.youtube.com/FPSGeneral!
Ubisoft has released a couple of really cool live-action trailers for Far Cry 3, in advance of the North American release of the game tomorrow.
We call them trailers for lack of a better term, as these videos are really something of a mix of behind-the-scenes features and live-action shorts. Clocking in at under 3 minutes, we can't call them short films but with the production level that Ubisoft has put into these, it seems a shame to call them 'behind-the-scenes' previews.
In the videos, Ubisoft gives players a look at what Vaas Montenegro and Dr. Earnhardt would look like in real life. If the characters impressions sound pretty good to you, that's because these are the actual voice actors that did the recorded dialogue in the game. These actors are nothing short of brilliant, and it is great to see the level of dedication they put into the characters by letting them act them out in front of the camera, as well as behind the microphone.
Far Cry 3 launches in North America tomorrow - December 4th, 2012. It has already released in Europe and folks across the pond seem to be really loving what the game has to offer. If you haven't pre-ordered yet, you still have a chance to do so at http://far-cry.ubi.com/.
Check out Vaas Montegro's feature above and take a look at Dr. Earnhardt's trailer after the break!
Ubisoft has released Far Cry 3 in Europe, with the North American launch just a few short days away. The game has been astounding critics so far and may very well be the sleeper hit of 2012. We knew the game would be great, but based on early reviews, the game is surpassing those expectations quite soundly.
When the game is finally in your hands, PC users will need to download a day one update that you really need to download to get the most out of Far Cry 3. The patch features tweaks to multiplayer, singleplayer, co-op and the map editor. Downloading the patch is pretty easy, but Ubisoft has gone ahead and put together some brief instructions on how you can get the patch downloaded and installed as quickly as possible to let you get into the game right away.
The details on installation can be found at http://far-cry.ubi.com/. Some highlights from the changelog include:
The map editor also had a couple bugs that are addressed with Patch 1.01. Check it out at http://far-cry.ubi.com/ to get started.
Hot on the heels of the map editor trailer that Ubisoft released yesterday, the team is previewing the cooperative campaign in Far Cry 3.
When the game ships next month, grab some friends online or get cozy on the couch as you tear your way through the insanity of the co-op campaign. The cooperative mode features four unique characters that you can play as which Ubisoft introduces in the trailer above. Be warned, however, that the trailer is mildly NSFW with the language - but it's Far Cry 3, right? It kind of comes with the territory.
Check out Far Cry 3 when it ships on December 4th, 2012 in North America.
Ubisoft has released a brand new trailer, showing off some of the features that the games native map editor will feature when Far Cry 3 ships next month.
With the map editor, players will be able to create totally custom multiplayer maps from scratch and share them online for other players to download and play for themselves. The sandbox tool has some incredible depth with a staggering 2000+ items and setpieces that you can place inside the map. Players will be able to randomly generate maps and can then customize them to their hearts content, as well.
Once you've built your map, including custom terrain objects like ruins, waterfalls, forests and more, you can select the time of day and weather patterns that the map should feature. Share your map online where other players can download and rate the map. Ultimately, your map may receive gold tier status which would see it played online alongside official Ubisoft-produced content.
The sandbox tools also carry over to singleplayer, where you can populate the game world with various elements and 'create your own insanity' as Ubisoft says.
Check out the trailer above and visit http://far-cry.ubi.com/ for more information on the game. Far Cry 3 arrives in North America on December 4th.
Today, we're meeting Citra and Dennis, two more inhabitants in this very unstable environment.
Check it out above and visit http://far-cry.ubi.com/ for more information on Far Cry 3, due out in North America on November 4th with all other markets receiving the game at the end of November.
First impressions are huge. When you meet someone for the first time, that initial encounter may ultimately shape how you perceive that individual for the rest of your relationship with them. A firm handshake and an honest smile can take you far, if only that first impression is a success.
When I first had the joy of meeting Vaas Montenegro from pushing him off a cliff into the river below. Oh, the memories!
From that first impression on, I was confident that Vaas Montenegro was completely insane and that I never wanted to meet him for as long as I should live.
Well, Vaas is back and he's brought company in the form of another...unique island inhabitant by the name of Buck. Check out the trailer embedded above to meet Vaas and Buck for yourself, if you haven't had the pleasure.
Far Cry 3 will be available on November 29th, 2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Agent Huntley, the ex-CIA operative who is getting us prepared for our foray into Rook Islands this December, is back with more information on what we can expect when we step foot onto these hostile islands.
In this episode of the Far Cry 3 Island Survival Guide, we will "discover the truth about the depraved drug & human trafficking on the island. Get tips on how to strategically use outposts to fight and survive. Engage in hunting, crafting, mini-games and side missions to earn cash for weapons and for leveling up."
Don't forget to check out the first part of the Far Cry 3 Island Survival Guide. By the looks of things, we're going to need all the help we can get if we want to make it out of this place alive.
Surviving in Far Cry 3's Rook Islands involves a whole lot more than unloading magazine after magazine of bullets into the dense foliage.
The island lives in complete chaos, with no law or order to speak of. The island inhabitants rule themselves, and most of them are not exactly...sane. In Far Cry 3, the player character awakes to find himself stuck on the island, 'caught in a bloody conflict between psychotic warlords and indigenous rebels. Struggling to survive, your only hope of escape is through the muzzle of a gun. Discover the island's dark secrets and take the fight to the enemy; improvise and use your environment to your advantage; and outwit its cast of ruthless, deranged inhabitants.'
Check out the video above for an insider's look at what one can expect when they wake up in this hostile environment.
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