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.
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 get you guys. I understand why you were upset when we named Claptrap the voice of gaming in 2012, instead of Michael Mando’s superb turn as the antagonistic Vaas in Far Cry 3. But here’s the thing: Michael Mando was far more than a mere voice behind a microphone. The man brought skill, talent and believability to a role that stretched beyond the audio, and into physical acting as well. So to address that injustice, our favourite contrarion Tauriq Moosa has gone and spoken to Mr Mando - and he revealed something interesting.
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.
I was not particularly enamoured with Far Cry 2. It had a ton of great concepts - but some pretty nasty execution, hampered even further by annoying little gameplay “features” like having to deal with malaria. Ubisoft seems to have fixed all of that for its island-bound sequel - and every time I look at the game it seems to draw me closer in to its lunacy. Here’s a new trailer that’s got my interests even more piqued - showing some of the game’s more mental characters. Savages, if you will. Oh, and tigers.
Most games make it pretty easy to become a hero. Get doused in chemicals or find your loved ones murdered, enroll in the montage academy of kicking ass and proceed to layeth the smackdown on numerous henchmen, sub-bosses and the end-game nemesis. But in reality, the toll of becoming Mr Paragon, is extraordinarily high and personal. Which is the approach that Far Cry 3 is taking with their protagonist.
CVG have posted up a feature of their latest outing with Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 and it has made me even more excited for a game that I have overly high hopes for. But this time my hopes haven’t been raised due to great gameplay or graphics but rather the actual story which sounds fantastic.
Despite not being the biggest fan of First Person Shooters, I’m really quite looking forward to Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3. Mostly to see if they’ve sorted out the problems that made Far Cry 2 - which would have otherwise been exceptional - a little on the tedious side. Increasing my excitement is the announcement of the game’s special edition - or “Insane Edition” as Ubisoft are calling it.
It’ll pack in all the all the digital content for the game; including an hour long single player mission called Monkey Business; as well as other extra single-player and multiplayer digital content. As far as physical extras go, you’ll get an essential island survival guide, really neat survival kit packaging and the insane Vaas Wahine bobblehead figure.
Sure, there are plenty of FPS games hitting us this year, from Apocalypse Now inspired shooter such as Spec Ops: The Line, to the gun-collectathon that is Borderlands 2, but one such high-profile title that has kept its details under a tight guard has to be Far Cry 3.
We’ve seen very little of the upcoming title from Ubisoft , with only glimpses shown of the main protagonist as he tries to survive lethal encounters with the severely disturbed Vaas.
Until now that is, as a slew of new information has just been revealed about the open-world shooter.