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Far Cry 3 Review – A Descent Into Insanity

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Have I ever told you the definition of insanity?

Hands down the best game I’ve played all year, Far Cry 3 improves on everything that was great with the last game; all the while incorporating successful and proven game loops (mechanics) from open-world titles like Assassin’s Creed and  Red Dead Redemption to create a seamless game world as well as a story that  grabs players by the throat and never lets go, even after the game ends.

During a fun, responsibility-free vacation with his girlfriend, friends, and brothers, Far Cry 3’s protagonist Jason Brody gets captured by vicious slave-trading pirates. Led by the psychotic Vaas, these violent thugs separate Jason from his friends and force him to defend himself against his insane capturer and his crew whilst doing everything he can to survive not only the dangers of the island, but the local tribes and gangs within it.

It’s a simple hook, yet it’s also a perfect case study of the extremes humans are capable of doing for their loved ones. It’s not just another run-of-the-mill action filler, it’s a story of a man forced to rely on his most primal, predatory instincts to survive and save the lives of his friends and family in this island where kill-or-be-killed is a way of life. Read the rest of this entry

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Assassin’s Creed 3 Review

If history books were as interesting and as engaging as Assassin’s Creed 3 is in presenting a lifelike section of American history, then I would’ve spent more time reading them when I was younger. As soon as you step into the shoes of the brand new protagonist Connor, Assassin’s Creed 3 presents you with a believable simulation of life and times during pre-and-post Civil War America.

A big part of this is due to the game’s brand-new engine, the AnvilNext, which has the ability to produce some, if not the best visuals of this console generation. Add to that an engrossing story, literally thousands of things to do, as well as the addition of Naval warfare missions, and you’ve got yourself one of the best games of the year. It’s not perfect mind you, but you would be crazy to miss out on the title that rejuvenates the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Hit the jump for our full Assassin’s Creed 3 review. Read the rest of this entry

Far Cry 3 Hands-On Impressions

If you’ve ever seen Far Cry 3 in action, you’d think that you were in a deep a drug-induced game hallucination, filled with insane characters, insane open-world action, and even a more insane premise. Far Cry 3 ditches Africa from Far Cry 2 and brings the action back to its island roots, an idyllic paradise from the outside, though in reality is a lawless, gang/crazy-run land that’s the perfect background for an adventure as insane as its residents.

I recently had a chance to play through Far Cry 3‘s latest single-player build and was thoroughly impressed by the graphics, the sheer size of the island, and the amount of things players will be able to accomplish in the game. Check out my impressions of Far Cry 3 after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Watch Dogs Screenshots Feature Next Gen Sandbox Action

Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs live demo at E3 2012 came as a surprise to most of the gaming industry. While many came into the press conference ready to cover the upcoming sure fire mega-blockbuster Assassin’s Creed III, many more were blown away by Watch Dogs‘ gameplay demo. It was interactive, open-world, cyber-punk, hacking action that featured graphics that many consider as next-generation.

If you’re as excited about Watch Dogs as I am, you’ll appreciate the screenshots that we’ve got after the break.  Read the rest of this entry

Assassin’s Creed 3 Gameplay Rebuilt From Scratch

In a recent interview with NowGamer, Ubisoft Montreal’s creative director Alexander Hutchinson let out some massive changes to the gameplay formula for Assassin’s Creed 3. It seems that the game’s combat system is now completely redone, a brand-new camera system is in place, there’s different weapon types available for use, and – what’s sure to be a much debated change – a new regenerating health system.

Find out more about the gameplay and feature additions/changes to Assassin’s Creed 3 after the break. Read the rest of this entry

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