On the surface, Blood Dragon should have been an impossible game reserved for the fevered minds of dedicated modders. It’s ludicrous, brash, unrelenting and unapologetic in its approach to crafting a standalone adventure that pays tribute to the B-grade films of yesteryear. It’s also the most fun that I’ve had all month.
Ok, maybe they don’t actually fight to the death. And it’s not really Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s Adam Jensen, or Far Cry 3’s Vaas. Instead, it’s their respective voice actors Elias Toufexis and Michael Mando doing a not-quite-impromptu interview at the Canadian video Game Awards. It’s fantastic watching, speaking volumes about their talent. It’s also quite funny how Elias’ actual voice is that of Jensen, while Mando pretty much is Vaas.
Ubisoft’s tongue-in-cheek, 80’s throwback Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon hasn't had much publicity from the publisher; most of its hype has been generated through leaked information, leaked videos and, well, wholly leaked copy of the game. As you’ve already seen, it’s completely mental;equal parts parody and homage to the clichés of the litany cookie-cutter 80’s action films. Here’s some official marketing, by way of a “reveal trailer.”
While we had our own bit of fun yesterday with an obvious April Fools joke, we weren’t the only folks around that decided to join in on that annual tradition of pretending to be the Daily Mirror. The gaming industry has had a long-standing habit of throwing a few bones our way over the year, and yesterday was no different. Here’s a look at what fooled who.
Life just isn’t fair. There are a great number of very real injustices in this world; Metallica losing to Jethro Tull for best heavy metal album at the Grammies; Ben Affleck being snubbed for the Oscars; Bafana Bafana losing to Mali in a penalty shootout and the fact that the Jersey Shore ever existed. It’s time to add another; the rather disappointing Assassin’s Creed 3 has outsold Far Cry 3 by nearly 3-to-1.
Glaring at you across the box of Far Cry 3’s cover, he sits in sand as if born from it. A human head – dead? Alive? Between? – is submerged next to him, as if he’s bored playing with it. The gaming world was in awe and fear of Vaas from the first time he narrated the definition of insanity. This madness and darkness and all-round Conradian horror pulsates out of every moment Vaas is on-screen. Delivered to us through the brilliance of Michael Mando, Vaas as a whole came into existence through Mando’s brilliance – not through original planning. As if he’d tapped into and did his summoning from some dark realm, Michael told me of his own journey into Far Cry 3’s background “insanity”, with the incredible clarity of focus that makes his performance in Far Cry 3 the best performance in any medium of 2012.
I don’t know why it is, but games, almost universally, seem to have terrible endings. The last few games I’ve completed have all disappointed with their conclusions; ZombiU is a fantastic survival horror with an unparalleled sense of tension – all of which gets pissed away in the final moments. Far Cry 3 is an amazing open-world experience, that builds up to…nothing – and the less we say about Assassin’s Creed 3’s abysmal denouement the better.
Gamers who own Far Cry 3 on PlayStation 3 will get a free DLC tomorrow. It has been confirmed to be a PlayStation exclusive, and for this my lovelies, I absolutely hate you.
Well what do you know? When Vaas, Far Cry 3’s not-quite-main antagonist was first designed he was half blind and bald. A very revealing article on IGN shows off the cycle of how Vaas, one of last year's most enigmatic video game characters came to be.
Shooters aren’t just about shooting (doh!), it’s about the sheer thrill of tactical gameplay and strategy. That head-shot from 300m away, that SMG rush, that AK-47 destruction, and then sometimes there’s a story in it or whatever. There’s been a great battle of the shooters this year, but whether you love it or hate it, the award goes to…
I know what you’re all going to say and NO it’s not Far Cry 3 okay! 2012 has delivered a great many nerdgasms with its awesome line-up of visually stunning games and not just on PC (looking at you Master Race). The best looking game award goes to...
The last couple of Assassin’s Creed games were pretty fantastic. that sort of thing has an effect on the perception of quality in future titles bearing the series name. It’s no surprise then that many, many people bought the very latest Assassin’s Creed.
The twelve deals of Christmas is back! Or, erm, actually, it’s been back for a few days now. And if you haven’t dropped by to check in on your Playstation 3 Network in a while now, you may have missed out on a few good deals. My bad. Anyway, there’s still quite a few games left to go until the sale ends. Let’s take a look shall we?
Ubisoft has confirmed that they are working on a patch to clean up Far Cry 3’s very unbelievably messy user interface.
References in comedy. Lazy. References in video games? Fan-bloody-tastic. Far Cry 3 is a big game, make no mistake, and it’s got quite a few secrets hidden inside of it, such as a dead McLovin. Here’s one that might just rapture your imagination. But of course, there’s a catch to all this.