Archive - Far Cry 3
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Join us for a slice of '80s nostalgia as remember what Show of the Week was like back in 1984, ponder the retro sci-fi spinoff Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and undertake the inaugural Outside Xbox Kill Quip Challenge.
Those of you who can remember as far back as January might remember the inaugural Outside Xbox Far Cryathlon, a trio of Far Cry 3 challenges that tested our mettle as electronic sportspersons. Now, thanks to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, the Far Cryathlon has been given a distinctly 80s makeover. Come join us for three more events: The FutureGlider Drop, The Jetski Jump (From The Future) and The Dragon Garrison Capture.
Blood Dragons are top of the food chain in the Far Cry 3 sci-fi spinoff of the same name: giant neon lizards that wreak havok when introduced to, say, an enemy garrison. In the words of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon creative director Dean Evans: "If you've ever played Far Cry 3, this is the equivalent of letting a tiger loose. But instead of jumping on people he shoots them with lasers." Watch Evans play and commentate his game in the eight-minute Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon gameplay video below the cut.
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is Far Cry 3 through the filter of an 80s action flick: a vision of the future year 2007, when a cyborg army rules an island of glowing neon outposts and cybernetic wildlife. Imagine a laser tag centre with robot cassowaries. Andy and I, fresh from a session with Blood Dragon, talk over this Far Cry 3 sci-fi spin-off.
I mean, really loves them. Your fondness for the decade of shoulder pads and Predator is as nothing to this trailer for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, a standalone, 80s-themed, sci-fi reworking of last year's best open-world shooter. Check out a Saturday morning cartoon tribute and some actual gameplay after the cut.
Having almost exhausted Far Cry 3's single-player mode for giggles, this week we've turned our attention to multiplayer - more specifically, the hundreds of custom maps built by Far Cry 3 fans in the game's map editor. In this video we raid the Bronze and Silver multiplayer playlists, which automatically download and rotate custom maps. There's some good stuff in there and some unutterable trash.
Watch the deciding event in the Far Cryathlon: a custom-built ski jump created in Far Cry 3's map editor and packed full of deadly animals. Who will triumph?
See Team OX take on a trio of Far Cry 3 challenges: the vehicular long jump, the animals-only outpost capture and the spectacular hang glider crash. Who will be Rook Island's champion Cryathlete?
A few weeks ago, Jane posted a video of her playing Far Cry 3, titled The Only Animal I Can't Kill. In it, she showed the game's majestic Galapagos tortoises, who retreat into their shells when approached - something she found so adorable that she was unable to kill them.
We're getting to that point in the console life cycle where not only is it possible to coax stunningly beautiful visuals out of the Xbox 360, developers are also finding time to create split screen modes like it ain't no thing. We could have played Far Cry 3's co-op over Live, but we thought we'd experiment with bisecting the screen and seeing how it holds up.
Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse, widely known as Superbad's McLovin, makes for a grim easter egg in Far Cry 3. He's also the object of its cryptic Say Hi to the Internet achievement, worth 10g, which requires you to "find the lost Hollywood star". You can find him on the beach, northwest of Broken Neck Home outpost, as shown in the video guide above.
Life's a beach, which sounds lovely until you find that beach is teeming with alligators, sharks and giant, vicious purple turkeys. Not to mention the gangs of pirates roaming Far Cry 3's Rook Island, who pack machine guns and grenades rather than cutlasses and peg legs. In this week's Show of the Week, Jane abandons the guys for just such a lifestyle, leaving them to fend for themselves against a safari park's worth of wildlife.
Watch Far Cry 3's day-night cycle whiz by in 90 seconds from a Rook Island clifftop and from inside the idyllic Amanaki Town. Look out for sunrise and sunset, thunderstorms, roaming monkeys and the Amanaki villagers' permanently roasting pig.
At first blush, Far Cry 3's is the shallowest of stories: on a tropical island, a young American is kidnapped with his brothers and girlfriend, escapes, then becomes a murderous badass to rescue his loved ones. Along the way, he is accepted by native warriors and fondles a topless tribeswoman.
Far Cry's mohawked pirate lord Vaas Montenegro is no ordinary villain. According to lead writer Jeffrey Yohalem, Vaas is the Cheshire Cat to protagonist Jason Brody's Alice in Wonderland, and definitely "not evil" - despite doing some mighty evil things.
And you thought the Shoryuken tattoo with the wrong buttons was bad. Check out the seven game character tats begging for a blast of laser removal surgery.
We really liked Far Cry 2: Cry Harder. It taught us about the African landscape, about African wildlife and that one of the symptoms of malaria is falling over. A lot. The best thing about it, though, was inching your way through the undergrowth towards an enemy encampment and introducing them all to the pointy end of a machete.
Oh my goodness, you guys, Gamescom is over! Well, technically it's going on throughout the weekend, but come on, we're only human.
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