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Live Far Cry 3 Demo At Ubi Conference

by Adam Biessener on Jun 06, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Ubisoft came out firing with an impressive live gameplay demo of Far Cry 3 at its E3 2011 press conference. The demo contained a mix of scripted in-engine cutscenes and proper gameplay, but the clear highlight was the array of new moves available to help players navigate the deadly jungle.

The segment shown was kicked off by a wild-eyed gentleman overseeing a group of (presumedly) mercenaries murdering the bejeezus out of a whole bunch of unarmed villagers. The player gets captured by this crazy dude's forces while apparently photographing the atrocities. When he comes to, the protagonist is treated to a rambling, vulgar monologue from the leader about how he's killed the hero once, and the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

After he kicks the main character and the chair he's bound to (and the weight tied to that chair) off a cliff into a deep pool, things get real.

Wriggling free of his bonds and clawing his way to the surface of the pool, the player starts a little murdering of his own. Between unarmed neck-breaking melee takedowns, a Bulletstorm-like slide move, and stealthy knife kills -- including jumping off of a cliff and driving a blade through a dudes chest, and stealing another enemy's knife only to kill that guy and then throw the knife at yet another enemy -- the player is a stealth-killing death machine.

Having stolen a gun and opened fire on a big group of enemies, the player demonstrates a blindfire ability during the ensuing firefight. He then hijacks a helicopter, which is taken down by RPG fire. The demo ends with the same crazy dude walking up as our hero regains woozy consciousness, asking if he ever explained to him the definition of insanity.

Not to mince words, but Far Cry 3 looks great. The huge draw distance shows off a crazy amount of the luscious jungle, and the waterfall was the best-looking one I've seen in a game to date (if watching it played at a press conference counts) I don't know that I'm buying the Ubisoft presenter calling it "the surprise of the show" quite yet, but so far I'm impressed.

Far Cry 3 lands next year.