The new standalone expansion for Far Cry 3 is here. It’s got neon weapons! It’s got Reece from The Terminator! It’s got robo-balls!
Take a neon-drenched nostalgia trip to the eighties with Ubisoft’s cyber-heart chomping new shooter, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It’s out today for Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 MSP and £11.99 on the PlayStation Network.
A retail version for you PC users out there will be available on May 3 2013. It even comes with a soundtrack AND a poster! An actual poster.
Check out the launch trailer below and keep the site bookmarked for our upcoming review.
I hate having no money. Or, more specifically, I hate being unable to buy the latest games, while my Twitter feed buzzes with the bloated happiness of the more financially endowed. I just love the feeling of buying a new game, the prospect of maybe – just maybe – falling in love with a game that makes you want to explore every part of it.
Last year was an expensive year for me in terms of games. I spent far too much and am paying for it dearly now. My love of special editions is perhaps bordering on the obsessive, so sinking £70 into a box of tricks multiple times is kind of a dumb decision by all accounts. Is a figurine and a small art book worthy of another £30? Will it enhance my gaming experience? The answer is a resounding no, and it’s something I have to tell myself when I see a pretty little box advertised online.
But for someone like me, poorer times can be just as exciting a prospect. With the prevalence of the (possibly soon to be outlawed) pre-owned market making games a much cheaper commodity, it’s left us all with a pile of games discarded to the bottom of a pile named ‘to do’.
Yes, I would love to be playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch right now, but I still have Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition to complete. Both are expansive RPGs, and both would provide a real time-sink in terms of beating the game and mopping up those achievements. It’s more a case of ignoring that desire to just go and buy a new game, and instead picking something in a forgotten pile that’s just waiting to hook you.
I had the same experience with Mass Effect 2 – a game that has since become one of my favourite games ever. The planetary exploration of the first ME kind of put me off, so when the sequel arrived I paid it little mind. But my love of all things sci-fi soon prevailed and I bought the prettier PS3 bundle when it arrived. But, somehow, I got 10 minutes in and found my attention, once again, drifting to other things. Almost a year later, after finishing the slightly disappointing Uncharted 3 I stumbled back into ME2 and immediately fell in love with it. Something just clicked, something that failed to find the same groove before, and fifty hours later I was filled with that same sense of achievement and satisfaction.
Playing through half finished, or barely started games in your collection is the perfect mantra for these ‘harsher’ times. Not only does it keep your gaming appetite sated, but it also gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling of success and another game that could be traded in or sold towards something new. With the new Tomb Raider now in circulation, I’ve been spending my time completing Tomb Raider Underworld and Lego Star Wars before I delve back into Far Cry 3. Yes, I have my issues with Ubisoft’s jungle gun romp, but I know that there’s plenty for me to love in there if I can delve deep enough.
Now, more than ever, I’m realising that there’s just as much satisfaction to be had from uncovering something special in your own collection than there is buying something new. So go blow some dust of a sad little game box and save some money!
Dom Reseigh-Lincoln is the content editor for Infinite Robots. He’s recently spent his free time collecting treasures in Tomb Raider Underworld, and swearing when he realises he’s missed one.
The tropical locales of Rook Island may look beautiful, but Ubisoft have made sure there’s more than enough danger lurking within its colourful forests. But fear ye not, for infinite robots has stalked the islands of Far Cry 3 (yes, we said islands) and faced the insanity of Vaas and his cheerful band of pirates. So before you delve into this FPS playground, be sure to pack the Infinite Robots guide to Survival in Far Cry the Third…
Use Your Surroundings to Your Advantage
Whilst built around an FPS template, there’s a surprisingly deep level of stealth written into the game play. The islands of Far Cry 3 are a dangerous place so understanding the lay of the land is key to becoming a master hunter. All enemies, from pirates & mercs to predators have AI based on line of sight – so if you break that line then you can escape or turn a one sided man-hunt into some deadly guerrilla warfare. Use the long grass, foliage, trees, rocks & huts of Rook Island & you’ll soon be the deadliest thing around.
Your Best Weapon…Is Your Camera
It might sound a little crazy (which would suit this game down to the ground) but protagonist Jason’s digital camera is by far his most useful piece of kit. By selecting the camera you can highlight any living thing on the island from pirates to pigs. Once tagged you can track each target with a live image that shows their movement straight through any scenery. Once tagged you can flip back to your weapons & pick of an outpost of mercs or hunt a tiger for its pelt. It’s an invaluable tool & one that’s godlike in the right hands.
It’s all about Recon
Even for the most experienced of Far Cry 3 players, the guns-blazing course of action will likely get you needlessly killed. Just like in Skyrim or any other open-world/RPG mash-up, scouting out an area is key to building a strategy for success. The island is littered with pirate outposts & packs of predators. Using your camera & the cover provided by the islands scenery will give you the chance to find the best route to surviving the dangers of Rook Island.
And, just like the dragon-obsessed Skyrim, there’s a fun & addictive crafting element to Far Cry 3. Whilst it’s neither as deep or complicated as many RPG crafting systems, the crafting element in Far Cry 3 is just as integral to your characters progression. Collecting the multi-coloured fauna located around the islands can be used to make syringes that replenish health & give you a burst adrenaline. By killing & skinning certain animals (be they herbivores or carnivores, the island has plenty of both) you can craft extra space for more syringes, more weapons & more space for the loot & plants you collect across your adventure. All this can be accessed in a few clicks from the pause menu so be sure to check each packs requirements.
Indulge Your Inner Magpie, Collect Everything
Everything has a value in Far Cry 3. You’ll need cash to buy new weapons & replenish your ammo so be sure to loot the body of every pirate or merc you take down. You’ll always find some cash & every now & then you’ll recover an item that can be sold on at one of the local gun-shops around the islands. Looting crates (which appear as diamonds on your minimap) will also net you ammo, cash & sellable trinkets. Be sure to scale the many radio towers across the island too as these will open up more items & weapons for sale at the handful of stores you’ll discover on your bloody travels.
Who needs Agent 47?
Take our advice, invest in a silenced weapon. A silenced MP5 or pistol as well as the curved bow are a must for successfully surviving Vaas’s tropical nightmare. Un-silenced weapons will almost always bring a ton of pirates on your six. Using your blade-centric takedowns with a silenced weapon will ensure you won’t have to battle any uneven hordes on your travels. Having such an arsenal will also help you take out enemies around outposts & missions areas with minimal fuss & attention.
Count Those Bullets
This is not Bulletstorm or Call of Duty. Pop your Dishonored head on & you’ll be heading in the right direction. Open fire fights will burn up ammo like fuse paper so line up your headshots or go on a hunt for goat or deerskins which are perfect for crafting into extra bullet pouches. One shot weapons like sniper rifles, pistols & the curved bow are perfect for tracking those all-important headshots.
Beware the Beasts of Rook Island
Remember, you’re just a man. And whilst carrying a gun may be as commonplace in gaming as jumping on platforms, it doesn’t make you the biggest threat on the island – at least not for a while anyhow. The islands are brimming with nasties just waiting to steal your health bars, from tigers & wild dogs to bull sharks, vipers & alligators. As you dive into the many rivers, lakes & estuaries on the islands the tell-tale growl of an alligator as it breaks the surface is a sound you’ll never grow comfortable with. Break out the camera, keep low & check your map for areas tagged as predator hotspots.
And finally…Know your Skill Tree
Like so many modern games, Far Cry 3 comes complete with its own XP system and it’s one that will shape your journey through the games single-player experience. As you gain more XP you’ll unlock skill points which can be used to purchase new abilities – these then appear as tattoos on Jason’s arms. Be sure to pick the skills that suit your burgeoning play style – play to your strengths not what’s conventional for others. Upgrading your health will help you survive longer whilst abilities such as Takedown & Drag & Grenade Takedown are perfect for silent hunters & insane pranksters alike.
So pick up a copy of Far Cry 3 & remember, keep it infinite!
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Far Cry 3 is available now for PlayStation 3, PC & Xbox 360. Check out our Amazon links for more info. Our review for Far Cry 3 will be dropping soon.