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Meet Shangri-La: the mystical and fantastical land of Far Cry 4

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Meet Shangri-La: the mystical and fantastical land of Far Cry 4

If you thought Far Cry 4 was just more men with guns embroiled in a savage civil war, you’d only be half right. Outside of Krayt lies the majestic land of Shangri-La, but it’s a land that’s under captivity by an evil demonic force. 

Here you’ll toss aside your boomsticks, instead opting for a more natural attire of dagger and bow. And with the help of powerful ancient guardians - notably that of an armoured white tiger - you’ll help cleanse Shangri-La one voodoo-like cultist at a time.

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Far Cry 4's first trailer makes the case for returning hang-gliders without showing any UPDATE: it's also a fake

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Far Cry 4's first trailer makes the case for returning hang-gliders without showing any UPDATE: it's also a fake

UPDATE: It's a fake - sorry, gang. Turns out the windswept peaks were nicked from a BBC Winter Olympics advert. Sigh.

Far Cry 4 was announced last week. Not because a nondescript Thursday evening is the most visible time to announce a game, because it isn’t. Nor because it was E3, because it wasn’t. But Ubisoft were about to ring their investors, and really wanted to tell them about how well Far Cry is doing.

This moment can be ours, though - Far Cry 4’s first trailer.

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Far Cry: The Wild Expedition compilation is cheaper on PC, out February 21 in the UK

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Far Cry: The Wild Expedition compilation is cheaper on PC, out February 21 in the UK

What if I told you that Ubisoft had decided to expedite the release of their Far Cry compilation? Haha! Actually, we’ve no reason to suspect that The Wild Expedition was ever intended for anyhing other than a February 21 UK release. We mustn't allow humour to cloud the facts, in this, The News.

It’s a grudgingly great deal: all four Far Crys to date, including a prettier version of the Crytek one, for £24.99. That’s a fiver less than on the consoles.

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Far Cry 4 really very likely to exist, with a little help from Ubisoft Shanghai

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Far Cry 4 really very likely to exist, with a little help from Ubisoft Shanghai

Shanghai by night. It’s raining. Everywhere’s a film noir set in January. A slender figure, framed against neon, runs as if pulled by his nose. He reaches the postbox, thrusts something inside, and slumps; assailants close over him like a venus fly trap.

Four days later, a dossier falls across my desk. From our man in China, it spills the beans on a Far Cry sequel. The case, it is blown wide open.

Oh, alright. It was a LinkedIn profile.

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Assassin's Creed IV owes more to "comments about Far Cry 3" than Assassin's Creed III

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Assassin's Creed IV owes more to "comments about Far Cry 3" than Assassin's Creed III

As every employee at Abstergo Entertainment knows, you can tell great stories if only you’re willing to fudge history a little. It would be easy to weave a narrative in which Assassin’s Creed 3 saw Ubisoft Montreal recognise their own hubris, and Black Flag display their newfound humility - but the truth is that the two projects were in the works simultaneously.

In fact, Black Flag learned its strongest lessons from its more lately successful sister series - Far Cry.

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'More on Far Cry 4 soon', teases Ubisoft exec

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon never has to end thanks to new garrison reset button

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon never has to end thanks to new garrison reset button

Do you ever get garrison guilt? You know - when you liberate all of a region’s bases from their cyborg occupiers, and then wish you’d saved a few heads to crack later? What if you feel the need to wind down after a long jeep ride with dragon-wrestling in a confined space? What if you come to realise that you’re here to chew gum and kick down garrisons, and you’re all out of garry gum?

Thankfully, Ubisoft Montreal have something they can prescribe for that.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon content has been added to level editor for consoles. What about PC?

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon content has been added to level editor for consoles. What about PC?

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon tickled the strings of nostalgia with its straight-to-VHS-styled action movie romp conversion of Ubisoft’s island shooter. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough of it. Thankfully. Ubisoft have seen fit to release the assets to the Far Cry 3 map-making community, allowing them to fashion their own levels in the Far Cry 3 editor.

One issue: it’s only been released to the console audience so far.

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt goes all Arnie and Julian becomes the puppet master

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The Weekly Playlist: the one where Matt goes all Arnie and Julian becomes the puppet master

This week's playlist has death, intrigue, and cuddly little villagers. Rob's returned to League of Legends where he finds the reward for training hard and honing your skills. Jeremy taken to the streets and rooftops of Dunwall to enact his voyeuristic desires. Matt's discovering the problems of injecting the 80s into a tactical island shooter. And Julian plays the puppet master in indie god game Reus. He also has a problem with his stoats.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon video has Michael Biehn say swears. A lot.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon video has Michael Biehn say swears. A lot.

Ubisoft’s latest Far Cry 3: Blood dragon video shows the game’s creative director, Dean Evans, sit down with Terminator actor Michael Biehn, voice of Sergeant Rex Power Colt, to talk about the actor’s passion for the project.

Dean Evans: “What do you think of games? Do you play games?"

Michael Biehn: “No. I don’t, er, I’m here for a pay cheque. Nothing else. I reckon that’s about it.

Dean Evans: “Well you weren’t the first choice anyway but we couldn’t get Kevin Bacon.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon trailer says goodbye to LA, hello to cyborg sword-fighting

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon trailer says goodbye to LA, hello to cyborg sword-fighting

If you’ve read the premise for Blood Dragon, it’s likely your brain initiated automatic HAHAHAH protocol long before you reached the bit about a “rogue cyborg army". If not, and if one of your remaining questions about the game before its May 1 release is, “Precisely how does a cyborg army go rogue?", you’re in luck.

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Hands on with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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Hands on with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Blood Dragon is a standalone Far Cry 3 total conversion available to download on May 1st. It’s an explosive parody of 80s sci-fi action movies and videogames, a neon-infused send up of the likes of Terminator 2 and Bionic Commando that also pokes fun at modern FPS tropes. It features a silly, laboured tutorial, an overly macho cyborg protagonist, an overbearing AI sidekick and a blacklit island terrorised by giant lizards who shoot lasers from their eyes. It’s stupid, but a very enjoyable sort of stupid.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon leaked following uPlay hack

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon leaked following uPlay hack

This morning’s leaked footage of Blood Dragon (now pulled from Youtube), the awesome 80s action movie-inspired expandalone for Far Cry 3, was not the only thing to escape from Ubisoft’s vaults: Russian hackers managed to trick Ubisoft’s digital shopfront, UPlay, into thinking they already owned the unreleased game and allowed them to download it DRM-free. 

Copies of the game, which isn’t due for release till 1 May, are already appearing on torrent sites.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon footage seeps colourfully into the eyes and ears of the waiting internet

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon footage seeps colourfully into the eyes and ears of the waiting internet

Somehow, someway, a release-state 15-minute intro sequence for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been filched from an electro-drawer at Ubisoft Montreal and tranferred to the hive mind via a Flash Gordon drive. The video is precisely long enough to confirm that the summer belongs to openly parodic ‘80s-future cyborg commandoing. 

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