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Stories in open world games

Exploring in Open World Games is usually the reason for picking it up in the first place, however the genre really seems to be struggling when it comes to creating an involving and meaningful story, regardless of writing talent.

In this video, I’m going to try and analyse why that is and suggest possible room for improvement.

Far Cry 4 – #XboxGamesCom

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Far Cry 3 albeit released late in December 2012 was a commercial success for Ubisoft, and although we’ve had Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon since then, fans of the series are excited to get their hands on the latest open world shooter. We at ThisisXbox are amongst those fans and were lucky enough to gets hands on with one of the missions showcased at Gamescom 2014.

In Far Cry 4 Ubisoft have gone big and are pushing the boundaries of the serious further than they have before. Far Cry 4 is set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat ruled over by an evil dictator called Pagan Min. Players will take up the story of protagonist Ajay Ghile as he fights to remove Pagan Min from power.

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At Gamescom 2014 Ubisoft brought with them 2 different playable missions for people to get stuck into. First was the stronghold mission and the second that centred on the mythical Shangri-La. We got stuck into the first and from the outset, the stronghold mission drops you immediately into the action. We were dropped outside of our stronghold and left with two choices; storm the front gate or use stealth tactics to fulfil our objective. I choose to go with stealth, at least to begin with…

The objective during the mission was to assassinate an enemy Lieutenant using a knife which is always easier said than done. As we made our way through the stronghold, using our crossbow to pick off guards we couldn’t help but notice the level of detail and impressive graphics on display. The stronghold was alive, the foliage around the buildings swayed and moved naturally as you brushed passed them whilst creeping to cover. Shadows cast from cloud above you moved realistically. It was all rather impressive and I couldn’t help but chuckle when our fearless TiX leader @XboxJay himself commented on how he may have been wrong about this latest Ubisoft Montreal title.

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One of the cool things I didn’t get to try out (being too busy admiring the foliage) was the all new bait items which can be used to draw in wild animals from the surrounding countryside who will with the right push do your killing for you. Should they fail to and actually be taken down by your enemies they at least provide a good diversion whilst you get on with the job at hand.

The level we didn’t get to try due to time constraints, was the Shangri-La demo. I did manage to catch a few minutes of the level being demonstrated on the main Xbox stage on the big screen. The level looks impressive with some unique features and encounters. During the main campaign we can expect to stumble across mystical items that tell the story of a powerful warrior who banished an ancient evil. Whilst then meditating our protagonist Ajay can take control of said warrior and take on various humanoid monsters.

During GamesCom 2014 Ubisoft also released a new trailer for Far Cry 4; A Glimpse into Kyrat. The trailer welcomes players to Kyrat, a country on the roof of the world in the legendary Himalayas. We take a glimpse into Kyrat, from the lush forests and rivers, up to the highest mountain peaks and back down, through the depths of its mythological past.

Far Cry 4 launches on the 21st November this year on Xbox One & 360. Keep your eyes on ThisisXbox for more news as the release date approached and of course our review to come too.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – Garrison Reset Patch Now LIVE

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Ubisoft has released a new patch for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, introducing a garrison Reset option which is now live across the Xbox LIVE marketplace as soon as you boot up the game.

Once players have conquered every garrison in their first run, they can reset them, and face the challenge all over again. Based on the success of FC3’s Outpost reset patch, this similar patch will give players another reason to revisit the year 2007 and re-take the garrisons once more.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is the game where you kill the baddies, get the girl and save the world, in a VHS-era vision of the future. As Sergeant Rex Colt, you are part man, part machine all American, a state-of-the art Mark IV cyber-commando on a mission… of vengeance. He is out to bring down his old commanding officer and his battalion of ruthless killer cyborgs, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the job done.

ThisisXbox.com rated Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 7.5/10 in our review:

Blood Dragon is constantly coming at you with reminders that it is an homage to every bad action film that you had seen in the 80s and early 90s. Every piece of dialogue in the game is penned to perfection. Every line coming with a barrage of dated clichés that will slap you in the face with a fist full of nostalgia. They even secured the extremely appropriate voice acting talents of Michael Biehn, who played Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Alien and Kyle Reese in The Terminator. Every line delivered by Biehn feels like an open apology for the bland and frankly upsetting nature of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

FarCry 3: Blood Dragon Review

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone that didn’t enjoy Far Cry 3. It’s totally understandable; the game was a non-stop thrill ride that could keep you entertained for the longest time. So when Ubisoft announced Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, it was perceived as a bit of a joke. It didn’t help that the game’s announcement came on April 1st either. But we soon found out that Blood Dragon was indeed very real. We also saw that it was a satirical retro take on Far Cry 3 and 80’s action flicks. It could’ve proven to be risky, but did it work out in the end? Read on and we’ll see.

You have to understand something from the get-go. Blood Dragon is something of a joke. That’s not to say it’s bad. It’s just the least obvious follow up to the intensely serious Far Cry 3. The blend of the mass hysteria that was 80s machismo and the neon glow that has been added to the easily playable Far Cry engine seems genius for the most part and works extremely well.

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In a desolate future, the year 2007 (hilarity in itself) finds the planet being a hollow shell of itself due to the outbreak of nuclear war. An entirely new kind of super soldier known as the Cyber Commandos have been born. They are genetically altered bionic humans who are sent out to do the missions that no ordinary man can do. The Cyber Commando that you take control of is known as Sergeant Rex ‘Power’ Colt.  He descends onto an island filled with cyber soldiers that are controlled by yet another cyborg. Rex Colt will have to do everything within his power to overcome great odds and come out alive.

Blood Dragon is constantly coming at you with reminders that it is an homage to every bad action film that you had seen in the 80s and early 90s. Every piece of dialogue in the game is penned to perfection. Every line coming with a barrage of dated clichés that will slap you in the face with a fist full of nostalgia. They even secured the extremely appropriate voice acting talents of Michael Biehn, who played Corporal Dwayne Hicks in Alien and Kyle Reese in The Terminator. Every line delivered by Biehn feels like an open apology for the bland and frankly upsetting nature of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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So we’ve set the retro tone that the game displays, let’s talk about how it handles. Precisely like Far Cry 3. Not a thing changed, each button is assigned exactly where it was with its predecessor. It feels just as smooth and easy to play as Far Cry 3 as well. Therefore, you know that this arcade game already has a head start on several others. It’s strange to say as it is essentially just a re-skin of Far Cry 3, but Blood Dragon just might be the most well-made game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade. Like Far Cry 3, there are many ways to ‘skin a cat’. You can take it stealthily, cutting alarms so that your foes cannot call reinforcements to stop you. Or you can charge in all guns blazing, taking names and kicking ass. You don’t take any damage from big drops due to your bionic legs, and you can completely breathe underwater now. But you will still need a hint of strategy to succeed in this game. Taking out alarms, marking enemies, and silently killing them is the best way to advance here.

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We’ve come all this way and we’ve not even mentioned the Blood Dragons. They are huge mechanical beasts shoot lasers from their eyes and mercilessly hunt you down. You can use them to take out your enemies though, if you’re smart enough. You can lure them to certain areas by throwing cyber hearts that you pilfer from dead enemies in your desired direction. The AI on the dragons is pretty bad, and they look a bit more like mutated T-Rex’s than dragons. But it is fun watching them tear apart and dine on enemy infantry.

The game map isn’t as big as Far Cry 3. That’s almost a given, but it is still large enough for you to have plenty of endeavours all around. There are still towers to liberate around the island. Liberating these towers will unlock extra side missions for you to waste time on.

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The sound in the game is top-notch. As I’ve already mentioned, the acting talents of Michael Biehn are ever present and pretty damn funny. The soundtrack itself is amazing, showing off plenty of guitar riffs, power ballads, synth, with a hint of hard rock and metal. The voice acting and the score and soundtrack almost transforms you into the realm of these cheesy action flicks. Hell, the phaser guns even fire with that much heard ‘pew-pew’ noise that we’ve all heard in sci-fi films.

The game will only take you around 5 hours if you power through the story missions. Although there is quite a lot to do on the side. There are strongholds and towers for you to liberate, as well as side missions to be done.

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In short, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a hilarious game that is damn fun to play. It has succeeded where Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever had failed. They were successful in recapturing an era and personifying it. It’s well worth playing this if you’ve never played Far Cry 3 and are just wondering what the gameplay is like. It’s a barrel of laughs and a it’ll open up a can of retro on your ass. Basically, if you like Far Cry 3 and you like to laugh, buy this game.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is currently available on the Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points.

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INSANE Bargain Alert – Far Cry 3 Reduced on UK Games on Demand

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Not only is Xbox LIVE Gold ‘Free’ this weekend in the UK for non-subscribers, but it includes Double XP on Gears of War: Judgment, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 3. If that’s not enough – if you’re yet to even own Far Cry 3 (or you shamefully traded it in) it has been marked down this weekend on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace to £14.99. Shockingly much cheaper than buying new at retail this weekend!

ThisisXbox rated Far Cry 3 9/10 in our review last year:

Ubisoft delivers an intense and action-packed open world first-person-shooter with the recently released Far Cry 3. Straight from the offset you are thrown into a turmoil environment where your survival instincts are tested against a deadly pirate warlord – your goal is primarily just to escape, and then the deeper, more consequential story begins as you pack yourself off on a journey of discovery.

Even though Far Cry 3 has Double XP this weekend, multiplayer functionality will be unlocked across all Xbox games, including recent releases…

…Have a great weekend ahead and look out for our review of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon which is out now on the Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Official Trailer

Check out the first official cinematic and gameplay trailer for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, an 80s-styled standalone shooter that is set for release on May 1st 2013 from Ubisoft. Looking like a mash-up of an 80’s cartoon series and sci-fi action adventure, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is said to include up to six to eight hours game time.

From Eurogamer:

Rook Island’s replacement in Blood Dragon is a little smaller – it’s said to be around the same size as the South Island in Far Cry 3 – and it’s dotted with garrisons, shield-protected forts that are the equivalent of the original game’s outposts. Attacking them presents the same type of open-ended play, but there’s a lurid twist, with the option to coax in trundling laser-spewing dragons to finish off the job once the shields are down.

And now from CVG:

There was a nice mixture of normal and special enemy types in our skirmishes. Standard cyborgs were thrown at us in waves, with the occasional heavy or flamer thrown in to keep us on our toes. Miniguns, bows and flamethrower will be available, but for our demo we stuck to the standard assault rifle, which suited us just fine since it was well-suited for headshots. Nail a cyborg in with a bullet to the face and you’ll get a satisfying explosion of blue juice as a reward.

There will also be plenty of side quests; rare animal hunting is back, and wanted quests have been tweaked so they’re hostage rescue missions.

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon – The year is 2007 – Trailer

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Ubisoft has released a trailer today (albeit) a very short one that actually confirms from them the long-rumoured ‘Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon’ – likely to hit the PSN Network sometime soon. We can’t wait to deliver the news to you from our favourite Playstation Store.

We’re seriously trying not to wet our pants here at thisisxbox, we have our PSN Network Points cards tied to our ankles in anticipation.

The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.

Here’s the trailer:

Via: http://fc3blooddragon.uk.ubi.com/index.php

XBLA: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Spotted

Twitter user @LifeLower who runs a really great Xbox LIVE Arcade Release Schedule operation on Google Sites has posted an image of an unannounced title called: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. His find suggests that the title has its logo’s posted on the Xbox servers and is therefor pending an announcement soon from the developers and/or likely publishers Ubisoft.

Here is the image:

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Further investigation reveals that the title has been rated 18 by the Brazilian Ratings Board during January 2013 and detailed Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon as a “First Person Shooter”.

When official announcements are in, expect us to keep you updated.

Far Cry 3 Deluxe Bundle DLC Pack Unlocks Insane Edition Content

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Ubisoft has forwarded us the news today that they have released a Deluxe Bundle DLC pack for Far Cry 3. It’s available now on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 MS Points and offers players the opportunity to unlock the bonus content previously only available in the Insane Edition of Far Cry 3. Continue reading Far Cry 3 Deluxe Bundle DLC Pack Unlocks Insane Edition Content