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Just over a year ago, I published a video presenting my theory on how all the Far Cry games might be connected.
Passing out isn't something people are meant to do very often - or at all, in fact - not that you'd know it from video games. Game protagonists, seemingly, like nothing more than sparking out for a while and then coming to later. I've been rendered unconscious twice in my life and I can't say either was a particularly fun experience, but that's certainly not stopping the games industry - Metal Gear Solid 5 made the latest contribution to the proud tradition just this week, in fact.
With the exception of a few characters from Far Cry 3 popping up in Far Cry 4's Kyrat, the general assumption is that each Far Cry game stands alone, lacking any significant narrative links. The thing is, I'm a massive Far Cry nerd and, after noticing numerous subtle details in Far Cry 4 that seemed to reference past games and characters, I decided to dig a bit deeper. After wading through the endless swamp of online speculation, I've got a pretty solid theory (I think) that not only ties the whole series together, but also points us toward a possible setting for Far Cry 5.
Ubisoft has confirmed Far Cry 4 will be released on 21st November in the UK for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Ubisoft has a penchant for including Easter eggs in its games that reference some of its other famous franchises - but last week the company went a step further and snuck a couple of cheeky hidden objects in a new trailer for Watch Dogs.
Far Cry 4 will be released in the first half of 2015 and be set around the snowy mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Eurogamer can confirm.
How much will it cost to rent a streamed PS3 game using upcoming service PlayStation Now? Possibly $4.99 for Uncharted 3, and $5.99 for Far Cry 3.
Far Cry 3 was, in critical terms, a bit of alright. A reboot of a reboot (it seems the Far Cry series will forever exist in a cycle that ignores what's gone before), Ubisoft Montreal's first person shooter found an open world sweet spot that made for one of 2012's most intoxicating treats. 10/10, basically.
Far Cry's had a long history of half-decent, half-imaginative and half-broken multiplayer. The mix of open-world mechanics and online firefights should work wonders, but Ubisoft's never quite managed to find the right balance: good ideas are swapped in for bafflingly wrong-headed ones, leaving a strange trail of multiplayer modes that are partly genius and partly mediocre.
UPDATE #2 11/02/14: Ubisoft has updated its release schedule for the upcoming Far Cry compilation, The Wild Expedition. The bundle will now launch a week later - on 21st February rather than the 14th.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution's leading voice actor Elias Toufexis claims to have lost his starring role in Far Cry 3 due to the popularity of his Deus Ex protagonist Adam Jensen.
It sounds like the composer of 2011 crime drama Drive is working on Far Cry 4.
Over at the EU PlayStation Blog Sony has announced the new games PlayStation Plus subscribers can download free for October - and it's an impressive list.
Ubisoft's redonkulous Far Cry 3 spin-off Blood Dragon has shifted more than 500,000 copies in its first two months on sale.
The neon 1980s-themed reskin launched as a standalone download for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the end of April.
Blood Dragon even helped drive sales of the main Far Cry 3 game, Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot revealed the news to Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry International.
There are three games we expect Ubisoft is making but has yet to reveal: a new Prince of Persia, Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Far Cry 4.
Far Cry 3 has received a new level editor based on assets from its amazing 80's-themed standalone DLC, Blood Dragon.
Today's Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon leak is by far the most substantial yet: more than half an hour of footage from the beginning of the game has appeared online.
Ubisoft's bonkers and still unannounced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon will star '80s action man Michael Biehn.
The downloadable PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 spin-off is due to launch on 1st May, its listing on Xbox.com has revealed.
Terminator and Aliens actor Biehn is likely voicing the game's eye-patched protagonist Sargent Rex Colt, whose mission it is to defeat a rogue cyborg army.
A website for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon went live yesterday while we were all laid low with chocolate-based bank holiday regret, but despite the timing this doesn't look like an April Fool's joke - it comes on the heels of various leaks and seems to be a downloadable game spinning off from last year's amazing Ubisoft Montreal open-world FPS.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - probably a spin-off downloadable game if the rumours are true - has been spotted again. And this time it's the Achievements that have leaked.
What could be a new Far Cry 3 spin-off has been uncovered by a number of leaks.
Ubisoft has previously teased a patch for Far Cry 3 that would allow players to reset outposts, tailor the HUD, and add an extra hard difficulty setting, but it was never clear when this would come out until today as the publisher just announced that the patch is out now on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.
All of these features are based on fan request, and now players can retackle the outpost missions - arguably the highlight of the game - in the uber challenging Master difficulty. And they'll be able to do it while looking at less screen clutter to boot with the newly customisable HUD.
New multiplayer features allow players to beta test their user-created maps to gain feedback on them before releasing them to everyone, maps are now searchable by author, the "idle kick" feature that removes idle players is removed from custom and private matches, and the Skip map voting system now has more visibility and allots players more time to cast their votes.
UPDATE: The 2013 BAFTA winners are in and they're a doozy. Dishonored took top honours, winning best game overall, which is odd as it didn't win in any other awards. Conversely, Journey received a whopping five awards in various other categories.
Ubisoft has revealed some of the new features and changes it will make to open world shooter Far Cry 3.
The nominees for the British Academy Games Awards 2013 (BAFTA) have been revealed.
All of Far Cry 3's pre-order DLC has been released today as part of the Deluxe Bundle priced at £7.99 / $9.99 / 800 Microsoft Points.
Ultimate compilations for the Far Cry and Splinter Cell series have been listed on GAME's online shop. The former appears on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, while the latter appears to be a PC exclusive.
You lot have your fun with this. And we do, too. So it's only fair that game developers, the people who smash the virtual hammers onto the virtual anvils, get their chance. What are the games of 2012 according to the likes of Ken Levine, Peter Molyneux and other game design luminaries? Read on to find out.
In Far Cry 3, I'm always driving to distraction. Rook Island has come to feel like a special kind of freedom, its looping roads and bumpy dust tracks criss-crossing with breadcrumb trails, always suggesting unplanned stop-offs. Freedom does, nevertheless, feel like an odd word for this achievement. What, in a virtual world, does freedom even mean? The freedom to execute a pre-programmed action? To take a road less travelled, but one built by a team of hundreds for just that purpose? The freedom to switch off?
Far Cry 3's questionable writing has often been criticised after writer Jeffrey Yohalem stated the game would be about "subverting video game clichés," when in fact the game seemed to be filled with regular old video game clichés.
Far Cry 3 may be a gorgeous, brilliant open-world adventure, but its mesmerizing visuals and exotic tigers are often obstructed by an obtrusive UI that impedes the immersion by mothering you with objectives and tips.
Ubisoft has responded to these criticisms by announcing that it's working on a patch that will allow players to tailor the HUD/UI to their liking.
"Based on feedback from both press and fans, the Far Cry 3 production team is working on a patch that will allow you to toggle most HUD/UI elements based on player preference," said Ubisoft in a statement to Kotaku.
I bet publishers love LinkedIn. This time an employee of Ubisoft Massive in Sweden - key studio involved in making Far Cry 3 - has blabbed about working on an "AAA Next-Gen Online RPG" (spotted by PlayStation Lifestyle).
PS3-exclusive Far Cry 3 DLC has just been announced. It's co-op themed and known as High Tides. It's due in January.
High Tides contains two new co-op chapters: Jailbreak and Redemption. They pick up where the original six co-op chapters left off.
"We've got new missions, tougher fights, bigger competitions, some great up-close time with your favourite characters, and explosive moments unlike anything you've seen before," wrote Meghan Watt from Massive Entertainment (the studio that handled Far Cry 3 online) on the US PlayStation blog.
The Wii U's three big software exclusives have missed the UK all-formats top 10, as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 claims another chart scalp.
Like-for-like scenes across cut-scenes and gameplay compared on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
An i5-powered PC with GTX 670 flexes its muscles against the more humble PS3.
Head-to-head, overall impressions are of a very close piece of cross-platform development work.
There are lots of things to celebrate in Far Cry 3, Ubisoft's best game since Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, but the thing I keep coming back to is Rook Island itself. There's often a lot of unremarkable space in open-world shooters, but this vast, mountainous patch of fictional grass and rock in the middle of the Pacific has been created by people who believe that every inch is important, and who have refused to compromise or sculpt any part of it with less than an artist's attention to detail.
There are 18 radio towers to scale as you make your way through the game, each of which highlights new objectives on your map and opens up new weapons to buy at local shops, and each tower is a unique first-person climbing challenge - a peaceful ascent through a creaking spiral of steel that's fraying at the edges, revealing beautiful panoramic views before sending you back down to earth on a thrilling zipline.
There are over 30 enemy outposts to stalk and reclaim, each of which gives you a new safehouse and reduces enemy influence and presence in the surrounding area, and while there's some familiarity in layout, each is woven carefully into its surroundings - recessed into the foot of a mountain surrounded by jungle, perhaps, or swaddled in corrugated iron at the top of a hill, or perched on a rock at the edge of a wide beach approach.
Villages! Helicopters! Towers! Crouching! Hats!
With Far Cry 3, Ubisoft Montreal leaves behind the dry African savannahs and muggy swamps of its bleak second entry, and brings the series straight back to the luscious blues and greens of the tropics. It makes sense too. This is, after all, the visual signature that made the original Far Cry such a breakthrough success for the technical pioneers at Crytek, who leveraged some much-needed sun, sea and sand into the gritty-grey FPS scene of 2003, before disappearing off into mid-life Crysis.
The sandbox island setting is back, then, but it's never been about skinny-dipping and sand castles. At the outset of the game, Ubisoft adds a splash of trouble to this paradise when our lead character, Jason Brody, finds pirates taking over control of the Rook Island resort he's at by cutthroat force. The downward spiral from silly teenage fun to abject misery is as sharp as any teen-slash flick, and within minutes Jason's boozy holiday transforms into a gruelling fight for survival. It gets pretty nasty, in fact, as the unhinged menace of the pirate leader, Vaas, provokes Jason into a desperate game of cat-and-mouse across the island.
Survival is the key word here. Once Jason escapes, he's advised to embrace his savage, instinctive drives in order to come out on top of the wilderness. This conceit weaves nicely into Far Cry 3's main gameplay objectives: territorial control and a crafting system predicated on hunting wildlife. It transpires that we're not the only ones bitter about the arrival of these unwanted guests, and the indigenous Rakyat tribe soon encourages Jason to recover its sabotaged villages. Dotted around the archipelago, ownership of these settlements is laid out in a clear video game language, with flags waving at the centre of each to show who has a claim to which region.
What is the difference between the island settings of Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Tomb Raider reboot and Ubisoft Montreal's Far Cry 3?
Elder Scrolls series: thou hast been a "huge" inspiration to gory tropical open world shooter Far Cry 3.
Pre-order Assassin's Creed 3 or Far Cry 3 at the Eurogamer Expo and you'll get a numbered, limited edition print you'll find nowhere else.
Both will only be available while supplies last (there are 500 for Assassin's Creed 3 and 750 for Far Cry 3).
The stunning Assassin's Creed 3 artwork comes courtesy of digital artist Russ Mills. I would totally have this on my wall.
Far Cry 3's minimum, recommended and high-performance system specs have been released for the PC version of Ubisoft's upcoming psychedelic open-world first-person shooter.
Here we go! I'm very happy to shade in a few of the remaining blocks on this year's Eurogamer Expo developer sessions page by revealing that Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist are all on the schedule for this year's event!
A new trailer for psychedelic open-world first-person shooter Far Cry 3 shows off its lush tropical setting of the Rook Islands.
Narrated by ex-CIA agent Huntley, the trailer depicts scenic terrain that "houses a thousand years of secrets," "hundreds of exotic creatures" and a tiger on bison attack at 1:59 that puts Tokyo Jungle to shame.
Not seen in this trailer is shark-punching, which will make a welcome return to this game after Batman whet our appetites for it in Arkham City last autumn.
The portrayal of violence in video games needs to fit with a game's story, Ubisoft has said, while discussing the prominent part that bloodshed plays in tropical shooter Far Cry 3.
Far Cry 3's hallucinogenic single-player campaign has been hogging plenty of the limelight recently. But there's more to the game than that.
Far Cry 3 has been delayed until 30th November in the UK for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, Ubisoft has announced.
With E3 finally out of the way, we're getting the point where we can start to announce some of the games and developers who will be making their way to this year's epic, four-day Eurogamer Expo, taking place at Earls Court from 27th-30th September 2012.
Back at the start of January, we wrote of our hope that 2012 would bring us more Actual New Games. As much as we like stuff like Diablo 3 (when we can play it), we also want games that "invent new styles and genres", as I said at the time.
You probably think you've got a pretty good handle on what to expect from the third entry in Ubisoft's Far Cry series. A lush jungle paradise to sneak around in, a rag-tag army of dangerous thugs to dispatch, some grounded, gritty dialogue to wrap your ears around - that all sounds about right.
But how about fourth-wall smashing psychotropia, Nietzchean commentary on the gamification of generation Y and a caustic dissection of the very fabric of the video game medium? Plus, a side-order of shark punching. No? Well, it's time to realign your expectations. If Ubisoft stays true to its word, it's about to deliver one of the oddest, most idiosyncratic AAA blockbusters of the current console generation.
The new demo on display at E3 this week offers a whole new angle on the title, following the relatively straight-laced scene-setting introduction we were offered this time last year. Whereas back then out-of-his-depth island castaway Jason was doing his utmost to escape the clutches of mohawked psychopath Vaas, now the tables have turned and he's on the offensive, attempting to flush the villain out of his shanty town meets circus high-top jungle hideout.
Ubisoft has revealed the Far Cry 3: Insane Edition with a new trailer.
It comes with all the digital content for the game, including Monkey Business (an exclusive one hour single-player mission) and extra single-player and multiplayer content (three packs: the Hunter Pack, Predator Pack and Warrior Pack, and the two bonus missions that come with the already announced Lost Expeditions single-player content).
On top of that you get an essential island survival guide, exclusive survival kit packaging and the insane Vaas Wahine bobblehead.
Far Cry 3's multiplayer modes get a beta dry run on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this Summer, publisher Ubisoft has announced.
It will run for two weeks, offering 16-player matches, six classes, and multiple maps and modes. Sorry PC gamers, it appears you're sitting this one out.
Full details of how you can grab an invitation have not yet been announced, however, US gamers can guarantee their inclusion by picking up Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from GameStop on 22nd May.
It always pans out the same way. You turn up a bit late and slightly sweaty, because in East London every street looks the bloody same. You then get shown a Powerpoint presentation extolling the virtues of 'Big Shooter Next' multiplayer, and soon after you and your fellow journalists are herded next door where sixteen glowing screens are humming in darkness waiting for you.
It's great, not least because you often get free posh sandwiches, but because it's a perfect way to judge a multiplayer game's potential. Online gaming is about shared enjoyment - so when you hear the gasps, the shouts, the swearing and have someone level an accusatory finger at you then call you an arsehole, you know a game has potential.
Far Cry 3 is going all out to encourage those yelps. Everything about it is being built to encourage teamplay - to keep your side fighting the good fight together. For example, myself and my cohorts were at one stage approaching a Domination point - a lonely spot caught halfway between a wrecked submarine that sits in a murky green dock and the dark interior of a network of jungle caves.
Players who pre-order Far Cry 3 will receive The Lost Expeditions Edition of the game. It contains two exclusive missions not available in the regular version.
Tropical shooter coming 6th September.
The Far Cry 3 release date has been revealed by a leaked trailer.
Website AllGamesBeta published the trailer under the headline: "Far Cry 3 Cinematic Trailer Leaked."
The German trailer, purely CGI, shows a group of happy-go-lucky adventurers frolicking on a far-away island. They drink and laugh with hardly a care in the world. Then something nasty happens. Bad people swear, and guns are fired.
Full trailer reveal coming tomorrow.
UPDATE: Ubisoft's unverified list of 2012 release dates is "inaccurate", the publisher has told Eurogamer.
Another glimpse of Ubi's tropical sequel.
Actual new game announcements were thin on the ground at E3 this year. These days it's only Nintendo that routinely shows up with substantial headlines to make - and Ubisoft. Thank heavens for the French publisher's theatrical side, which ensures that its dependably daft press conference is always a highlight of the week. Whilst 2011's showing was noticeably less barmy than last year's, it did include the genuine debut of a long-anticipated blockbuster shooter: Far Cry 3.
As it has done for the past few years, the FPS genre dominated E3 this month. However, as exemplified by the likes of Brothers In Arms: Furious 4, Far Cry 3, Rage and Modern Warfare 3, the class of 2011 seemed to boast a particularly brutal streak.
Far Cry 3 will take the series out of Africa and back to a tropical island, Ubisoft has announced.
The game will be developed for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 by Ubisoft Montreal with help from Ubisoft Shanghai and Massive Entertainment. A release is pencilled for 2012.
In Far Cry 3, gamers are Jason Brody, "a man alone at the edge of the world". He's stranded on a "mysterious" tropical island; a "savage paradise where lawlessness and violence are the only sure thing".
Evidence of Far Cry 3 mounts, and rumour suggests Ubisoft may reveal the new game at E3 next month.
New listings for a third instalment in the Far Cry series have been popping up on the websites of a couple of Swedish retailers.
An Ubisoft scriptwriter has confirmed to the UK's Official PlayStation magazine that Far Cry 3 is in development.
Kevin Shortt, speaking at an Avatar press event, was asked by the mag if he was working on a sequel to last year's sandbox shooter, (as reported by CVG).
"No I'm not," he said. "But I know the team are and what I've seen looks pretty exciting."