I haven’t really updated the blog much on news from the gaming world in the past week or so, and so today I’m going to do a quick update on three games that really impressed me at E3 this year.
First off is Far Cry 3, Ubisoft Montreal’s gorgeous looking jungle based shooter. The headline news this week from the developers is that Far Cry 3 is going to be over 10 times the size of its predecessor, Far Cry 2. Now I would just like to point out at this moment that Far Cry 2 was bloody huge; over 50km of game area, and it took an age to get around due to the rather poor driving mechanic mixed with the respawning checkpoint guards. I have no doubt that Ubisoft can make a world that big; it’s just whether or not they can make a big world interesting. Take a leaf of out Just Cause 2’s book and feature something which allows me to get around a massive area with ease, and then I’ll consider putting my money to it.
The second game to discuss is another Ubisoft title, this time being Driver: San Francisco. The Driver franchise for a long time has been known for its lack of licensed cars (preferring instead generic looking muscle cars and the like), but for this instalment you will be able to get your mitts on quite a large range of licensed cars; 120 to be precise. And it’s not like in Gran Turismo or Forza where a lot of the cars are humdrum everyday models; Ubisoft have got the cream of the crop. There are Aston Martin’s, Corvette’s, Hummer’s, Lamborghini’s and all sorts of exotica. They have also included some quintessential cars from driving films, like the Gran Torino that Starsky and Hutch used, and Bullitt’s 1968 Ford Mustang. Being able to recreate that chase from Bullitt through the hills of San Francisco may be just too good to ignore. So long as this version of the city isn’t the Milton Keynes inspired version from the original Driver, this game should be ace. For the full list, check this post from Xbox360Achievements.org.
And finally, Bioshock Infinite. Felt by many journalists to be the star of E3, the public weren’t actually shown that much during the live coverage of the show. Game Trailers have finally made the full 15 minute demo available for everyone to watch. I’m guilty of using superlatives far too often, but the video footage is simply incredible. The city of Columbiais both beautiful and terrifying, and the action on show is absolutely non-stop and pulsating; the ride on the skylines are worthy of inducing vertigo. It seems that Irrational Games are on to yet another winner here. You can watch the video from Game Trailers here (Apologies for the incessant adverts, but it is so worth it for the demo).
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