Far Cry 4’s Announcement Makes Me Happy

Hopefully it doesn’t get delayed.

When I saw that Far Cry 4 had been announced this morning, I was very happy. The last game in the franchise (Far Cry 3) was one of the best experiences I had ever had in my years of gaming, so naturally the next game in the franchise will be on my gaming hit list.

Far Cry 4 will be set in Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan mountain region, and it sees you take on a “despotic self appointed king”. Similar kind of storyline as the last no doubt, you are thrown onto an island riddled with bad men and scary creatures all wanting a piece of your flesh. Animals will feature in the game as I said, but hopefully no scary reptiles although I am sure they will be there too. It wouldn’t be Far Cry without scary crocs and freaky lizards now would it?

Apparently players will also be able to ride elephants in the game too. This is exciting to me.

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Far Cry 4 is set to release November 18th in America, and November 20th in Europe. Although this date is up in the air, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if the game got pushed back to 2015.

With all the hard work that is involved in studying a Bachelor of Media Arts degree at Wintec, times for things like PlayStation isn’t as readily available as it once was. But I have found time for the odd play session.

Just last night I was playing Infamous Second Son for the first time, and I spent the better part of last weekend having a go with Trails Fusion, that cray cray motorbike racing platforming game. I tried a bit of South Park The Stick Of Truth, and I hope to get a lot of Infamous Second Son in this weekend and maybe even finish it.

Watch Dogs comes out on May 27th, and right now that is one of the big games that I want to get my hands on this year, as well as DriveClub, Project Cars, Abe Odyssey, and of course Far Cry 4.

Chris, my flatmate, said it well yesterday when he guessed that Watch Dogs could be just as good as GTA, but the hacking mechanic/storyline both confuses me and excites me. It looks like a great game and Ubisoft have a brilliant track record, and it appears on the surface that it could become a regular installment, with a game added to the series every couple of years.

Once again, it is an exciting time to be a gamer.

Regards,

Mike

Does The Cricket Game We’ve Been Waiting For Arrive Tomorrow?

I think its been the same with every cricket game that has ever released. I’ve always gotten excited, and while the possibility that Don Bradman Cricket 14 will be just as big a disappointment as any of those past titles which ALL failed, I have been VERY impressed with what I’ve read and seen from the game.

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It was meant to be out in November, so now that we have reached April, you’d have to think that Big Ant Studios had big reasons to delay the game. Trickstar absolutely flopped with Ashes 13, in fact the game was removed from sale altogether because it was so bad. Reviewers called it the worst game ever made, so Big Ant Studios now find themselves in both a good and bad position to be in heading into tomorrow’s launch of Don Bradman Cricket 14. With all the positive press the game has been getting, Big Ant will make big sales when they launch, but due to the history of poor and extremely disappointing cricket games the market has thrown out in the past, no matter how good Don Bradman Cricket 14 is, the public will always be quite skeptical and will judge it harshly in most cases.

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When I really stop and think about it, the only cricket games that were any good were Shane Warne Cricket 99 (PS1), Cricket 2002 (PS2), and EA Cricket 07 (PS2).

It is high time a cricket game that is challenging, realistic, and a long term success was put into the hands of a niche audience that’s been crying out for something special which everything points towards Don Bradman Cricket 14 being.

What excites me is how much Don Bradman Cricket 14 has going for it. Graphically it looks good, not great, but the level of dedication that has gone into the representation of cricket realism has got me interested. Don Bradman Cricket 14 LOOKS like the game that captures the essence of cricket better than any other.

A career mode for the first time ever, the Cricket Academy allowing for downloads of all official players and kits from nearly every international, domestic, and best of teams from around the world, and bowling/batting gameplay that hasn’t been used in previous versions of cricket in games, Don Bradman Cricket does look seriously impressive. I am excited that this time there is no pitch marker, no HUD, and a far greater challenge on both batting and bowling than previous titles. Games like Rugby League Live were serious wins for Big Ant, sure they weren’t perfect, but they were enjoyable for the most part, can the same be done with the studios first entry in cricket?

Yes I think it can.

Sure, Don Bradman Cricket 14 could be one almighty disappointment when it releases tomorrow, but I think that this game has such a better chance of being successful based on what has been shown and talked about so far.

You can pick up Don Bradman Cricket 14 from tomorrow at a RRP between $80 and $100 in New Zealand.

Regards,

Mike