Far Cry 2 was okay. The first half of the game was fine, but the other half of it was insulting because of how they repeated the same concepts with little effort to differentiate it.
I’m hoping Far Cry 3 turns out a whole lot better. This trailer released today shows off a lot of beautiful scenery, wildlife and brutality, but it’s all for nothing if they’re not going to design interesting missions around all of this.
I was looking through my pre-orders from the great E3 2010 pre-order spree I went on and it looks like I pre-ordered the Xbox 360 version of Far Cry 3. I hope it turns out alright. I guess this also means I get whatever special edition pre-order bonus they mentioned at the end of the trailer.
Far Cry 3 debuts September 4th, 2012 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Gone are the days where we are speculating what Apple will be calling their iPads. Like with their Macs and MacBook lines, from now on we will be referring to them as iPad <insert year here>.
It’s a smart move because they can now relieve themselves from the expectations of numerical increases. Remember the hoopla over iPhone 4S vs 5? Well now they don’t have to worry about iPad 2013 being a minor specifications bump or not including the cure for the common cold.
I pre-ordered one. A white 16GB Wi-fi only model should be enough, even if it’s just 14GB of actual space left over. That’s actually 1GB more than what an Xbox 360 20GB hard drive gives you after its formatting and junk. I’ll be streaming most of my media anyways.
The rush of new games will begin this Tuesday with the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I haven’t finished Yakuza 4 yet, but the end is nigh. I am hoping to have it wrapped up by Tuesday because this schedule below is relentless.
Asterix indicates titles I have pre-ordered while everything else is just what I have some interest in.
Week of August 21
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3, 360, PC) *
Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition (PSN, XBLA)
For me it was a nice E3 filled with pleasant titles and a steady year or so of gaming. Nintendo’s Wii U won’t be out until sometime in 2012 and with what they’ve shown, it’s a bit tough to get excited for it at the moment. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Vita seems to be in its own little world. Much of it was exciting from the mindset of a $250 handheld, but I didn’t see anything that would compel me to pre-order one as of yet.
The last game I pre-ordered was Metal Gear Solid 4 which came with a whole slew of bonuses that I eventually didn’t care about. Since then, I haven’t pre-ordered a single game unless there was some sort of deal.
Even though I’ll probably grow tired of Modern Warfare 3′s multiplayer and scoff at the campaign, I went ahead and pre-ordered it for $49.99 at FutureShop. The thing about Call of Duty games is that you’ll most likely get your money’s worth in return via trade in promotions like those found at GameStop. Most of the time, it’s a one for one trade towards a game. The trade in value is that high.
My next tale is one of regret. I assumed the Xbox 360 version of L.A Noire would be the one to get, but it turns out it isn’t. When GiantBomb goes out of their way to mention platform differences, it’s enough for me to switch platforms. Unfortunately for me, changing platforms wasn’t so easy.
I ordered my copy from BestBuy.ca for $50.99 before taxes. A decent discount considering it’s a new release. (I also got 800 Reward Zone points ($10), but that doesn’t really count.) So I noticed that my order status was still “In progress” so I rang BestBuy customer support and asked if I could simply change versions. I was disappointed to hear that wasn’t possible; not without voiding the discount.
Refusing to pay full price, I thought back to last Friday and Dell.ca’s L.A Noire promotion. It was a mere $5 off, but Dell.ca allowed me to use my $20 MasterCard that I received from a mail in rebate offer in conjunction with my regular BestBuy VISA. In the end I paid $62.14 for the PlayStation 3 version of L.A Noire which shipped out today.
That was quite a bit of fuss to get the “superior” version of a game, next time I’ll take my brother’s advice and buy both versions and cancel/return the one I don’t want.
This means new challenges at work, new fiscal goals for companies and brand new games for me. For one reason or another, three major releases are landing on April 19. Mortal Kombat, SOCOM 4 and Portal 2 are fighting for my dollars and time on that day.