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Platform PS3, 360, Win Publisher Ubisoft Developer Ubisoft Montreal Release Date 2012-12-04

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Far Cry 3 review: human nature

Far Cry 3 swings back and forth comfortably between action and stealth Far Cry 3 places you in the desperate shoes of Jason, an aimless 20-something captured along with his friends to be ransomed and sold into slavery by Vaas, a psychotic sadist and leader of a band of modern-day pirates. Jason escapes and finds himself in the company of unexpected allies as he tries to find his friends and get off the island. It takes all of half an hour for Far Cry 3 to feel like the biggest game world of the year. Set on the fictional Rook archipelago, which appears to be situated somewhere near Thailand — though the native Rakyat resemble the Maori in New Zealand, even performing "haka" — there are no skyscrapers or massive structures. But there is a breathtaking amount of island beauty on...

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Child of Light trailer shows fairytale whimsy and co-op

Painterly platformer Child of Light has a new trailer, showing off its whimsical and poetic story. Set to launch on April 30 for all major consoles and Windows PC, the much-fancied Ubisoft Montreal game features a Victorian lass who finds herself in a mystical world of beauty and danger. The new trailer shows some of the game's cooperative mechanics and its fairytale world. Last year, project lead Patrick Plourde told Polygon the game is inspired by the golden age of children's illustrated stories and is aiming for a more "feminine" feel than his previous work, which includes Far Cry 3.

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Video games won't feature gay protagonists 'for a while,' says Far Cry 3 writer Lucien Soulban

The introduction of gay protagonists in AAA video games won't be "for a while," according to Ubisoft Montreal lead writer Lucien Soulban in an interview posted on the official Ubisoft blog. Soulban, whose work includes scripting Far Cry 3, notes that while game franchises like Mass Effect and Fable offer users the option to seek out relationships with the same sex, the current sales and marketing systems are the primary barrier to entry for the creation of gay protagonists in large-scale games. "...when are we going to see that gay protagonist in a AAA game?" asked Soulban in response to a question posted on the website. "Not for a while, I suspect, because of fears that it'll impact sales. "So either we'll see a bait-and-switch like the original Metroid with Samus Aran where we'll...

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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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Ubisoft Q3 earnings down 35 percent

Ubisoft reported a year-over-year decline in earnings for the third quarter of its 2013-14 fiscal year today, and blamed the "console transition" for the drop. The French publisher recorded sales of €520 million ($709.34 million) for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013, a decrease of 35.2 percent from the same period one year prior. Sales for the first nine months of the 2013-14 fiscal year were also down significantly, by 24.8 percent from revenue of €1.08 billion (April-December 2012) to €813 million (April-December 2013). The third-quarter sales came in right in the middle of Ubisoft's guidance for the quarter of between €500 million and €540 million. "Over the short term, the high quality of our titles — which is unanimously recognized by gamers — has enabled us to achieve our...

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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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Ubisoft reports improved fiscal performance thanks to Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3

Ubisoft maintained solid performance in the first half of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, with the increase in profits being attributed to titles like Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3, according to the company's most recent fiscal report ending September 2013. During the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the company earned €293 million ($393 million), up five percent from the same period in the previous year ($374 million). In the second quarter, the company's earnings jumped 46.6 percent from the previous year, totalling €217 million ($291 million) versus €148 million ($198 million) from the previous year. The company also attributed the sustained growth to its digital segment, with sales climbing 29 percent from last year to €71 million ($95 million). This was largely driven by...

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Deus Ex voice actor fired from lead in Far Cry 3 over voice confusion concerns

Voice Actor Elias Toufexis, known best for his role as Deux Ex: Human Revolution lead Adam Jensen, was fired from the starring role in Far Cry 3 as Ubisoft worried gamers would confuse both protagonists, Toufexis said during the MCM Comic Con in London. Toufexis worked on Far Cry 3 for two years while recording the voice of Jason Brody until the 2011 release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution when Ubisoft feared the voices between characters were too similar. According to Toufexis, the distinctive nature of his voice has "lost me jobs." "In fact, I shouldn't say this, but there's a game called Far Cry 3, which I'm sure you guys know, where I had played Jason Brody," said Toufexis. "I played him for two years, did the voice and when Deus Ex came out they replaced me because they were...

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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...

Far Cry 3 Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 12/04/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 12/04/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Windows
    • Released 12/04/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
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