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Everything you need to know about Far Cry 3

I’m currently waist-deep in Far Cry 3’s single-player campaign, and I’m loving every second of it. If you’ve yet to be convinced, however, Ubisoft’s latest trailer should get you off the fence. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes, ‘Revealed’ brings you up to speed on just about every aspect of Far Cry 3’s gameplay and story.

For those of you who prefer to head into a game with no knowledge of the setting or what might be in store, you should steer clear of this one. Those of you looking to get some info on Rook Island before you dive in, you’ve come to the right place.

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Drake v Cole v Kratos v Sackboy, only in the latest Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale trailer

Words I never thought I’d type, but that’s just a few of the potential match-ups available to you in PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale when it releases next month. As Sony’s elected to do a few times of late – most memorably with last year’s ‘Michael’ trailer – they’ve gone the live-action route, with the above result. Sony’s definitely got the character stable to make an awesome Smash Bros-type brawler, so here’s hoping they deliver.

14 minutes of Far Cry 3 gameplay just might bring you to your (shananananananananananana) knees (knees)

I know that most developers probably have a million better things to do than talk enthusiastically at a camera but damn, isn’t it just refreshing to listen to a couple of guys play a game and have some fun? Jamie Keen (lead game designer) and Mark Thompson (level design director), take a bow. Some fairly unsubtle name-dropping at 4:21 would be the highlight of a very watchable video. Or maybe the lighthearted joshing over a couple of suspiciously accurate shots, followed by constant sniping (no pun intended) about a woefully-wide arrow.

As enjoyable as the banter was, it wouldn’t mean scratch if the game wasn’t up to snuff. However, with every video I see, Far Cry 3 is looking more and more exciting. That dynamic open-world is the stuff life-destroying games are made of, and I can see myself losing quite a few hours to those islands. I’ve been down this road before, with Far Cry 2; and that didn’t quite work out, for any number of reasons. Far Cry 3, on the other hand, has done everything right so far and could just be the dark horse success in a very crowded release window.
Fun fact – before writing that title, I actually slowed down ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and tried to count the exact number of times that Axl says ‘na’. In between ‘sha’ and ‘knees’, of course; if you didn’t get that reference, you have absolutely no business looking at me like I’m a crazy person. Everybody else, feel free.

Hitman: Absolution walks the streets of Hope

It’s getting closer to the release of Hitman: Absolution, so I thought this might be an appropriate time to revisit one of the better level previews I’ve seen. This video was pretty much the reason that my attitude towards the upcoming Hitman: Absolution went from ‘meh’ to ‘holyshit!; it may be lengthy, but trust me, it’s well worth it.

Also, Agent 47 was not looking at explosions before it was cool.

New trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 kinda misses the point

Look, unnamed British narrator, we get that you’re just trying to keep your troops informed. We get that you’re sticking to that whole ‘know your enemy’ shtick. That said, have you considered that maybe, just maybe going into as much detail as you just did isn’t exactly going to boost your troops’ morale or fill them with confidence?

Not that morale or confidence ever helped much with a tomahawk to the face, I will concede.

Hitman: Absolution has a story to tell (and an Inception horn to blow)

Seriously, those damn horns are everywhere.

Anyway, Hitman: Absolution – a game I’m stoked enough about to actually use the word ‘stoked’ – has released the now-obligatory developer diary to talk about immersion and storytelling. While I may sound disparaging, I’m actually a pretty big fan of these sort of videos because of how they let us get a look behind the scenes; which, in turn, allows me to fully appreciate the experience that the game delivers. If you’re still not sold, check out the developer diaries/behind-the-scenes videos for any Uncharted game or Heavy Rain.

The rest of the video features the big-name Hollywood talent that IO Interactive’s brought in, such as Vivica Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day), Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale, fun to type) and Powers Boothe (the guy with the coolest name in Hollywood, and Deadwood). Also, at 6:22, if that’s a tip of the hat to one of my favourite movies…points, IO, definite points.

By the time you read this, it’ll be too late to stop Retro City Rampage

If you took around two decades worth of nostalgia and lovingly shaped it into something equal parts labour of love and tongue-in-cheek tribute, you’d have something almost as awesome as Retro City Rampage; which, after years and years of development, is finally out. This can either be seen as a victory for sheer willpower and the guts one guy had to make his vision a reality, or another opportunity to wreak havoc in an urban environment – perhaps in an old-school fashion? Joking aside, this is a legitimately spectacular achievement and it looks to be a pretty awesome game to boot!

Far Cry 3 introduces us to Citra and Dennis, from next door

From the looks of the above ‘Tribe’ trailer, Far Cry 3’s protagonist Jason Brody is going to take the phrase ‘going native’ to a whole new level. Drugs, women and sharp objects have historically not been a great mixture for a series of guys, from William Wallace right up to Walter White. Still, it’s looked terribly interesting ever since that amazing first trailer and we’re just over a month away from seeing how Brody’s story plays out.

Click on past the break for a more detailed look at Citra and Dennis – their hopes, their motivations, and what they really think about pears.

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Watch out, we’ve got an incoming Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole

 

Really, I could’ve just made an empty post with that title and I would’ve been happy.

Still, I suppose I should tell you – a deluxe edition of Stealth Bastard, described as a crazy love-child of Metal Gear Solid and Super Meat Boy, will be sneaking up on Steam this November. This edition will, at the very least, feature some brand-new stealth equipment that the freeware version doesn’t have. So who else is planning on picking up the self-described ‘game that injects a syringe-full-o’-adrenaline and a liberal dash of bastard-hardness into the hide-em-up’?

I’ll be honest, they had my attention at ‘bastard’ but they had my money at ‘arsehole’.

Assassin’s Creed III reminds us that today, they celebrate their independence day

Given that Assassin’s Creed III deals with the period of chaos surrounding the creation of the United States of America, it would have been practically treasonous to not have a trailer out on the 4th of July. ‘Independence’, that shiny bundle of patriotism up there, manages to do what every other trailer for Assassin’s Creed III has done till date – i.e., make October 31st seem even further away.