Gaming, you’ve come a long way. It used to be that selling a specific scene ina video game was a Herculean task, limited by a lack of audio and visual technology. These days though, we’ve got motion capture, professional voice actors and all kinds of new advances in gaming. But even then, we take those moments of acting for granted. Here’s ten of the best scenes, that combined all of the above to be truly outstanding works of art.
As we approach this year’s E3, rumours of new games to be announced there abound. Once such game that we’re likely to see shown off in Los Angeles this June is Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4. Previously, we’d heard it was going to be set in the Himalayas – and that appears to be the case, according to Eurogamer’s sources.
It’s the next bit of Lazygamer’s top 100 games of this generation. Once again, we have to reiterate that this list was compiled not just based on scores, or sales, or some sort of weird, magical metric. Rather, it’s a look at 100 games and franchises that shocked and amazed us, or made us stare out of the window, thinking about stuff. And honestly, some of us have pretty weird tastes, so you might see a thing or two that goes against the grain, or even pisses you off.
There’s really very little reason not be a PlayStation Plus subscriber provided you have uncapped internet and a heck of a lot of free storage space on your PS3 and/or PlayStation Vita. Or you just hate having a ton of games to play. Since it’s inception, it’s been providing
cheapskates gamers with a library of great games for very little money; an annual subscription that costs less than one new game at retail. October’s games don’t change that.
Ok, maybe it’s not technically a JRPG. Perhaps it’s a WJRPG? What it is though, is a beautiful, side-scrolling homage to JPRG’s with a turn-based combat system It’s built on the wonderful UbiArt Framework that makes Rayman Legends so damned beautiful and it’s brought top you by some guys who made…Far Cry 3?
Far Cry 3 dispensed with all of the annoying nonsense from Far Cry 2, put the whole thing back on a tropical island and added more than the healthy dose of insanity. It was also rather good, and managed to perform well enough at retail to warrant a sequel.
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.