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  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

    Extended holiday weekends are my favorite time to revisit my favorite movies. I celebrate Thanksgiving break with a marathon of James Bond films, and always rewatch the best Christmas films ever, Die Hard and Home Alone , during the winter holidays. This Labor Day is a great opportunity for you to do... More
  • Blog Post: Why Narrative Disconnect Is Worth Talking About

    If Lara Croft is just a girl trying to survive, why is she so good at remorselessly mowing down bad guys? If Nathan Drake is a charming, relatable everyman, how should we feel about the fact that we control him as he kills hundreds? As video game storytelling has improved, the idea that gameplay design... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Xbox 360 Games

    Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, kicking off the last generation of gaming. This was the most successful period for the company to date; with its excellent Xbox Live service and deep support from third-party developers, the Xbox 360 in many ways became the defining console of the last generation... More
  • Blog Post: Far Out: Reflections On The Far Cry Series

    Video game series rarely stay the same over the decades. As a brand ages, it evolves. Far Cry is a perfect example. Crytek’s original shooter had players using their surroundings to lay traps and stalk opponents through a lush archipelago, but the series has grown into a larger open world experience... More
  • Blog Post: What's New In Far Cry 4

    With Far Cry 4, Ubisoft Montreal recruited a fresh creative director. Alex Hutchinson had just wrapped up Assassin's Creed III , and his passion for creating systemic, player-driven narrative meshed well with the interests of the Far Cry development team. While there was a lot to love about the gameplay... More
  • Blog Post: The Rise And Future Of Far Cry

    While the series has been around for ten years, 2012's Far Cry 3 caught a lot of people by surprise and roped in plenty of new fans. While our cover story this month focuses on Far Cry 4 , we wanted to speak with the developers about the bringing Far Cry back into the top tier of gaming releases... More
  • Blog Post: Embracing Chaos: Far Cry 4's New Approach To Narrative

    The team at Ubisoft Montreal is very proud of Far Cry 3 ( with good reason ), but the lead developers of Far Cry 4 are focused on improving this game's narrative. Far Cry 3 fell into controversy surrounding racial tropes and a significant disconnect between the player's experience and the motivations... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Open World Games

    Part of the thrill of gaming is being able to step into imaginative worlds that let us make our own marks in them. In an instant, we can be transported to virtually anywhere, such as places in history or fantastical lands. Therefore, we thought we'd celebrate some of the best, as we look forward... More
  • Blog Post: The ‘80s Strike Back: The Complete Story Behind Blood Dragon

    Nostalgia is a valuable currency in the video game industry. Nintendo’s biggest titles stick to decades-old formulas, and the indie scene is overflowing with pixelated throwbacks. Earlier this year, Ubisoft took a different approach to the ‘80s homage with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The standalone... More
  • Blog Post: How Wind Waker and Red Dead Redemption Informed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    While the gut reaction when seeing an Assassin's Creed game set during the golden age of piracy is to assume the team looked to the Pirates of the Caribbean for inspiration, but the team at Ubisoft Montreal is going for a much more grounded approach for Black Flag. With inspirations ranging from... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 1/11/13

    We made a substantial dent during the holiday break in our collective back logs, but it wasn't enough! This weekend we're still playing catch-up on all the amazing games from 2012. Reiner: For fear of the flu, I'm not going to visit the outside world this weekend. Kelly and I are going to... More
  • Blog Post: A Better Apocalypse: Our Open-World, Online Zombie Game Wish List

    Players have had their choice of zombie games for years now. But recent experiments like the ARMA II mod DayZ and the controversial The War Z have opened up the apocalyptic formula with an online, open-world design. Neither title is polished, but the concept itself has kept gamers enamored. Our time... More
  • Blog Post: 2012 Shooter Of The Year Awards

    With premier titles like Halo 4 and Borderlands 2 garnering headlines and the revenue juggernaut Call of Duty dominating the sales charts once again, the shooter genre turned in an impressive 2012. Naysayers view the category as lacking innovation or surprises, but nobody predicted the open-world greatness... More
  • Blog Post: Holiday Warrior 12/21/12

    We are getting the heck out the Game Informer offices because it's time to celebrate the holidays, and catch up on all those video games we have been putting off all year. Tim Turi: Over the holiday break I’m hoping to play both new and old favorites. I really want to get together with my cousin... More
  • Blog Post: How To Play Far Cry 3 Like A Professional

    Last year I gave gamers some priceless tips on how to play Skyrim like a professional . The guide may not have improved the skills of those who read it quite to the level of my own amazing expertise, but I'm sure it was invaluable to them nonetheless. Today I'm back with a list of how to handle... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 12/7/2012

    It's snowing here in Minneapolis. To most people that means icy roads, itchy scarves, and bad drivers, but to us it's just a great excuse to stay in and play video games. Andrew Reiner: If I don't shoot a handful of endangered animals in Far Cry 3, this weekend is a failure. If you haven't... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Far Cry 3

    UPDATE: One look at our comments sections here and on YouTube let us know loud and clear that you thought Jason blew it during the original video. We wanted to give him a chance at redemption, so we recorded a brand new episode. Check out the new look at the game, with Andrew Reiner and Dan Ryckert joining... More
  • Blog Post: A Survivor's Guide To Far Cry 3

    The Rook Islands look like a perfect location for a resort, but there is a reason Sandals and Wyndham have avoided the island altogether. With “attractions” like sharks, tigers, gun-toting pirates, and human trafficking, it has nightmare vacation written all over it. To help you navigate... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 11/30/12

    With last week’s food-induced comas behind us, it’s time to look onward and see what kind of games we will be spending our time with this weekend. Far Cry 3, Minecraft, Borderlands 2, and The Walking Dead are some of the games that will be getting the most attention this weekend, and don’t... More
  • Blog Post: What Makes Far Cry 3 One Of The Year's Most Exciting Releases

    In the latest issue of Game Informer ( that you can read digitally here ) senior associate editor Jeff Cork wrote a massive feature on the upcoming release of Far Cry 3 from Ubisoft. As a newcomer to the series, all that associate editor Tim Turi knew was that Jeff was incredibly excited for the game's... More
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