While we spent most of the week focusing on games at sounded interesting, we left the poor FPS sequels out in the dark. It’s time to rectify that with some information on Far Cry 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
These trailers, by the by, are NSFW.
Far Cry 3
Beyond the reach of civilization lies a lawless island ruled by violence. This is where you find yourself stranded, caught in a bloody conflict between psychotic warlords and indigenous rebels. Struggling to survive, your only hope of escape is through the muzzle of a gun. Discover the island’s dark secrets and take the fight to the enemy; improvise and use your environment to your advantage; and outwit its cast of ruthless, deranged inhabitants. Beware the beauty and mystery of this island of insanity… You’ll need more than luck to escape alive.
The next video is pre-rendered footage and explains how your character came to the island. Apparently, you and two friends find an island that is not on the map, and because you are young and stupid, you decide to go exploring. You invariably get captured by renegades on the island. They kill your dude friend and kidnap your girl, and you have to find out how to escape.
This last trailer showcases the fact that the inhabitants of the island probably are not as sane as you might want them to be. It seems as though this is largely the result of hypnotic drugs provided by the local flora.
Far Cry 3 will be available September 4, 2012 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Oh, Call of Duty, you have a new game out pretty much every year now, and every other game is made by alternating developers (this time it happens to be Treyarch’s turn). This year, the warfare gets even more moderner because the game is set in the future.
The future, Conan? Why yes, Andy, all the way to year…2025. China and the United States are upset at each other once again, and a cold war erupts between the two nations. Raul Menendez, who just sounds like a bad guy, is hell bent on getting these super powers to start up a hot war because, you know, he’s a bad guy.
As you might expect, there will be a range of futuristic weapons and technologies that we haven’t seen in previous CoD titles with unmanned machines and other robotics, but the game will still maintain its shoot first, ask questions later feel. One of the more interesting inclusions is the ability to “leap out” above the battlefield and set waypoints, as seen in this video.
Unlike any other Call of Duty, Black Ops II will have branching story lines that can affect the outcome of the cold war. Also, in special Strike Force missions, you death is final for that mission, and completing or not completing the mission will affect the overall story. At certain points in the game, you are offered a choice to play one of these types of missions over others, and choosing one will make you unable to play the others until you start a new campaign. It’s an ingesting way to make players want to the play the story more than once because let’s be honest: we all play CoD single player once and then usually move on.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is schedule to hit stores on November 13 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.