Hello, and welcome to the final post in my Looking Ahead series. I was surprised that there isn't more titles dropping in the time leading up to Christmas, but at least I was able to find one I was interested in.
Far Cry 3 - December 4th
I've played every Far Cry game in the series, and I'm really excited to see where they go with Far Cry 3. Far Cry and Far Cry 2 were so different that there is no road map that might tell you where 3 will end up. Far Cry 2 was also (in my opinion) a big improvement over the original, so I'm anxious to see if there's a similar kind of betterment with this next iteration. However, that desire to see something new is a little marred by my hope certain elements that made Far Cry 2 awesome stick around. Of course, I'm talking about fire.
It seems like such as simple addition to a game, fire that actually spreads, but I don't think it's something we've ever gotten in a game with one potential exception
. It was kind of amazing to see an explosion catch a building on fire, which spread to neighboring buildings and dry grass. It added a whole new exploitable element to the environment; a tool that was never fully at our disposal before now. Being able to throw your last Molotov on the ground behind you to create a wall of flame between you and the literal army pursuing you was awesome and effective, and I hope there's more stuff like that to come.
Also worth noting, the Far Cry 3 booth at PAX probably had the best promotion of the expo. Each morning, they gave a free copy of the game away to the first 50 people to get a mohawk from a girl they had working at their booth. It's a bit of a price to pay, but it's also a free game. I hadn't seen a vendor do that for a long time, and I really appreciated it. So yeah, shout out to whoever at Ubisoft came up with that one.