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Platform 360, PSN, Win Publisher Ubisoft Developer Ubisoft Montreal Release Date 2013-05-01

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon review: cold war kids

Blood Dragon's plot is intentionally dumb. I think. The condensed version of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's — intentionally, I think — laughably convoluted plot goes something like this: In the "future" world of 2007, an extended Cold War has yielded full-on nuclear annihilation for most of the planet. Cyber commando Rex "Power" Colt has been sent to solve the mysteries of an island full of cyborgs, mutants and VHS tapes. Blood Dragon tries harder than just about any retro-flavored release I've ever played to fit in as much of its inspiration and, at times, points of ridicule as it can. It drips John Carpenter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McTiernan, cult action movies with audiences grown through mom and pop video stores, even the bizarre tough guy/tender emotions dichotomy that pushes so...

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Far Cry Compilation coming to the UK on Feb. 21

Far Cry: The Wild Expedition compilation, Ubisoft's 10th year anniversary compilation of the Far Cry franchise, is coming to the U.K. on Feb. 21 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms, the company announced today. Ubisoft first announced the bundle last month for its North American release on PS3, which becomes available today. The bundle includes Far Cry Classic, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and is priced in the U.K. at £29.99 on consoles and £24.99 for Windows PC. Additionally, the standalone downloadable title Far Cry Classic is available tomorrow on PlayStation Network for £7.99, with the addition of a new user interface, revamped cutscenes and other graphical enhancements. The title is already available for Xbox Live Arcade.

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Blood Dragon was one of creator Dean Evans' tamer ideas

"I am working on a project," Evans tells me excitedly. His enthusiasm is palpable; the strain in his voice sounds like he's going to burst. "I am in the process of building my dream team." Evans, who dared to dream with last year's Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, a standalone downloadable title that re-skinned the original Far Cry 3 into a neon laser paradise of cyborgs and dragons, is in the process of moving his team into a new studio in Montreal, offices formerly occupied by THQ. There, Evans says he and his dream team are glad to have a "new consecrated space they can play with." "This is the dream project," Evans says. "It's the one all of us have always wanted to make and it seems like they're gonna let us do it." Evans says he's working with Ubisoft's Darren Bartley — whose D...

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Far Cry Compilation coming next month

Ubisoft will release a compilation of its Far Cry games on Feb. 11 in North America, Far Cry Compilation, the company announced today. Far Cry Compilation will bundle 2008's Far Cry 2, 2012's Far Cry 3 and standalone Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The set will launch for PlayStation 3 and cost $39.99. Far Cry 2 will include the game's full single-player campaign as well as its multiplayer component and all patches. Far Cry 3 will include the title's story mode, multiplayer and co-op modes. In a press statement, Ubisoft noted the bundle's release is to commemorate the series' 10th anniversary. Currently there are no details on whether Ubisoft plans to launch the bundle for other platforms.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Dark Souls are 75 percent off on Xbox Live

The Xbox Live Cyber Monday sale features titles on Xbox Live Arcade and Games on Demand for up to 75 percent off, including Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Red Dead Redemption and Dark Souls. This brings an end to the 360's Game Store Black Friday sales, which include persistent week-long discounts that end tonight. A full list of sales ending Dec. 2 is here, showing each discount percentage. Check your local version of Xbox.com or your Dashboard for local currency pricing.

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DualShock 4 buyers test old games to create compatibility list

With DualShock 4 controllers now appearing on retail shelves, gamers are getting to grips with figuring out which PlayStation 3 games work with the new controller. A Reddit thread has been opened to handle the issue, offering an initial list of games. Users are being invited to add to the list. "I just got my DualShock 4 today, and have noticed some games work, and some don't," wrote thread organizer Lapwner. "So, let's try to create a list so people can see which games work and which games don't. Note that the motion sensing does not work, so even though some games work with the controller, if they are reliant on the motion sensing, then they probably aren't worth playing it with." The current list of compatible games includes: Working Call of Duty (MW2, MW3, Black Ops, Black Ops...

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'Drive' composer says he's working on Far Cry 4

American composer and former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez seems to have outed Far Cry 4, according to a recent interview with Lost in the Multiplex. In response to a question about what he is currently working on, Martinez replies that he is working on several projects, including the unannounced next title in the Far Cry series. "There's a secret mission that I'm not completely on yet, it looks like I'll also be doing a Soderbergh TV series called The Knick, and I'm working on a video game called Far Cry 4," he said. "So yeah, I'm popular all this week." In July, developer Ubisoft dropped several hints that a new Far Cry game was in the works. "We're totally psyched from [Far Cry 3]," senior vice president of marketing and sales Tony Key said at the time. "It's a...

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Call of Duty games discounted on Xbox Live this week

This week, Xbox Live's regular slate of sales includes discounts of up to 50 percent on Call of Duty titles, Microsoft's Major Nelson announced today. The Games on Demand versions of Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: World at War are available for 25 percent off; Call of Duty Classic, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are 33 percent off; Call of Duty: Black Ops is 40 percent off; and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (screenshot above) is 50 percent off. In addition, Microsoft is running a "back to school" sale with various deals. These offers are good from today through Sept. 9. Tomorrow, Sept. 4, will see the release of Pipeworks Software's Avatar-based poker game, World Series of Poker: Full House Pro, for free,...

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Star Wars Pinball joins Instant Game Collection alongside new sales Aug. 20

Star Wars Pinball and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower — both regularly $9.99 — will become free to PlayStation Plus subscribers with an update to the PlayStation Store tomorrow, Aug. 20. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, a timed trial for Payday 2 and the Killzone: Mercenary public beta are also headed to the PS Store tomorrow. Ms. Germinator, which was announced for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in late July, will be available for $9.99 or $7.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers Aug. 20 as well. In honor of Fan Expo Canada, Sony is discounting Canadian-made games. Those discounts start tomorrow and include: Critter Crunch, regularly $6.99, on sale for $3.49 or $1.75 for PlayStation Plus subscribers Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, regularly $14.99, on sale for...

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Back catalog, digital drive Ubisoft's better-than-expected sales

Ubisoft reported €76 million (approximately $99.5 million) in sales for the first fiscal quarter ending June 30, which the company said is slightly higher than its initial targets and was bolstered by sales of its back catalog and digital games. Despite overshooting initial estimates of €70 million ($91.6 million), first-quarter sales were down 42.2 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year, which brought in €131 million ($171.5 million) and included the launch of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The company also saw a 56 percent increase in back catalog game sales and attributed the increase to the "solid performance" of Assassin's Creed 3, Far Cry 3, Just Dance 4, Rocksmith and Rayman Origins. Ubisoft also reported "continued momentum" in the sales of digital...

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Conquer garrisons all over again with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon reset patch

A new patch available for retro-styled adventure Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon allows players to reset the game's garrison challenges for a second play-through, Ubisoft announced today. The patch introducing the outpost reset option to Far Cry 3 launched in February. Players who successfully overtook all outposts on the island had the option to reset them, rewinding them to before they were conquered and providing a second challenge. Players can now re-conquer the garrisons in Blood Dragon with a new option that resets them all to square one. The patch is available today for all versions of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon across PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a standalone downloadable title that takes the original game's perilous island and re-skins it as a...

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 05/01/2013
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • PlayStation Network
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Windows
    • Released 05/01/2013
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
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