Ubisoft's stone age take in Far Cry Primal is apparently shaking up the series quite a bit. In this dev diary the team explains how this shift to the mesolithic, roughly 12,000 years ago, completely strips the series of staples like firearms and vehicles. The main character is an early modern human named Oros, who arrives essentially naked into a freshly thawed and fertile land right after the last ice age.
To their credit the Far Cry team has done a lot of research on our ancestors and how they survived during this brutal period, but naturally they've had to make some suppositions. Not much is known about the language and culture of these early peoples so I'm interested to see how the team extrapolates on what we do know. Also there's no word on how they will implement a Far Cry trademark ka-raaaazy villain like Vaas or Pagan Min into this stone age game. Maybe it will be the Great Gazoo?
Apparently those rumors of an arctic Far Cry were premature, as Ubisoft's next big entry in the series is Far Cry Primal. According to this launch trailer the game will take place in early modern human history during the last ice age. As you can imagine that involves a lot of woolly mammoth hunting and surprise saber tooth tiger attacks. The stinger at the end also implies skirmishes with rival human communities, which makes sense as humans have been killing each other since before...well, we were technically humans. Remember that scene at the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the australopiths?
Aside from how Ubisoft will implement the climb-a-tower-to-reveal-the-map mechanic they put in all of their games, Far Cry Primal raises some other questions. I have to wonder, does Patrice Desilets' game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey have anything to do with Far Cry going all Flintstones on us? I guess after unceremoniously firing the Assassin's Creed creator, twice, Ubisoft won't let him have his caveman game without a flint-knapped handaxe fight.
Far Cry Primal arrives February 23rd, 2016.
[I'm learning to play the guitar by committing to 30 Days of Rocksmith. Here's how I got started.]
My time was precious today. So, against my better judgment, I went straight into Learn a Song. No warmups. No revisiting old lessons. No plunking around in the Guitarcade. I wouldn’t have even tuned up my guitar if Rocksmith didn’t require it before I did anything.
So I visited an old flame: La Sera’s “Love That’s Gone.” Good old alternative indie rock. Rocksmith recommended that I practice a certain string of notes before digging back in, so I made that singular concession. My wife had just hopped into the shower, so I had a few minutes to play a certain riff over and over without being self-conscious of her being in the living room with me.
So I took my 40 percent mastery of the song and went into the riff repeater. Rocksmith hacks off a stretch of the song and takes the speed down a couple notches. It sounds like a “chopped and screwed” rap tape, with the snare drums snaking out into a trebled echo, and the notes coming down the highway at well under the speed limit. About half speed.
Mastertronic has recently released a trailer for their upcoming space shooter Blacksea Odyssey. In a vast chasm between space and time, a tournament takes place every decade to determine who's the greatest huntsman in the universe. How is this accomplished? Apparently by taking down giant space creatures. I mean when the trailer shows an old man harpooning giant space creatures and ripping out their teeth, it's really hard to follow that up. That said, I'll just let the trailer do the talking.
You can also sign up for the Alpha by heading over to www.blackseaodyssey.com.
Well, this is interesting.
Ubisoft's Youtube Channel is currently live streaming, but it's nothing but a background of what looks like some prehistoric cave drawings and some strange voices and growling in the background. The channel has been streaming live for over 3 hours now and there are over 10,000 people watching. So what's it gonna be? My guess would be either Far Cry 5 or next years Assassins Creed. Or they could surprise us all and it could be something brand new.
Either way, I assume if they are going live, that means the announcement will come soon enough.
October is here and I hope that everyone is ready to rock! The music and rhythm genre is making a big comeback this year after taking a few years off and it all starts with this week’s release of Rock Band 4. Nearly all of your old instruments and all of your DLC from the previous games are compatible, so fans of the series should be up and rocking in not time. If music isn’t your thing, you could always relive the days of the original Transformers cartoon with Platinum’s new action game set during Generation 1 of the classic series.
This week’s options:
So I was winding down a very busy day today of numerous errands that in the end took me to the Costco in Croydon, south of London. Over my shoulder I noticed a stack of Rock Band 4 Band-In-a-Box bundles for sale for I think £149.99, might have been £139.99. I thought to myself, "Huh, I didn't realize Rock Band 4 had even been released yet." It's been a pretty busy week for me so it's not unheard of that I would have missed it. But it kinda gnawed at me and when I got home I checked the release date and lo and behold, it doesn't come out until Tuesday, October 6th. I really regret not snapping a photo at the time but there you have it. Want Rock Band 4 a few days early? Have a Costco membership? Head over to Croydon and treat yo'self.
I am sure this is an honest mistake by the fine staff there at Costco and it may very well be corrected before Tuesday, but I can deliver a first hand account that Rock Band is on sale right now at the Croydon Costco.
[I'm learning to play the guitar by committing to 30 Days of Rocksmith. Here's how I got started.]
In all my years as a saxophonist, I held onto 1st chair. “1st chair” is the order you sit in band. Your top player is 1st chair, then the next is 2nd chair, then 3rd chair, and so on, until you get down to (typically) the least-skilled player in the row, however many chairs down that may be. If your band has an outrageous number of saxophones, you could be 12th or 20th chair, who knows?
Yes, I was the most technically skilled sax player in North Bend High School in North Bend, Oregon, from 1992 to 1996. You’ve probably never heard of my town or my high school. That’s not the point. But I say “technically skilled” because, at heart, I wasn’t much of a musician.
There were always better players than me. I can admit that, this many years down the road. But no one could really out practice me. I lived with my instrument. I took it home every night, carrying that heavy, black case over the two-mile country road I lived down. And, since I went to all the trouble of lugging that thing around, I figured I’d better put an hour or two into it. I brought it back to school every day and put another hour into it during band. So, I held onto 1st chair, if for no other reason than because I just played the dang thing a bunch.
Microsoft's PC and Xbox One game-creation tool, Project Spark, is free for the taking, starting October 5. Google offers its Cardboard-powered VR field trips to schools for free. But, if you get motion sickness while using VR, don't blame the hardware, blame the software developers.
What are you playing this weekend?
Nathan Carter, Staff Writer, @natedoggcata
I have been sick with the flu for the last couple of days. I will probably spend most of this weekend in bed with my PS Vita and my new addictions. First, I have discovered the greatness that is Persona 4 on the Vita. Only took me about 10 minutes to get hooked. I was never a fan of turned based RPGs, but the whole living-out-a-year-of-school thing is incredibly fun and I love hanging out with these characters. Second, Danganronpa. I already finished the main story of the original and Danganronpa 2. I finished both in less than a week because I was so hooked. But now I need to finish up these report cards so I can finish school mode. Hopefully, I won't be friendzoned by Junko this time around.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
I'm replaying Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood this weekend. I'll also dedicate some time to the original System Shock, which just rereleased on GOG. Still incredibly clunky, still way ahead of its time.
Chapel Collins, Staff Writer, @ChapelCollins
When Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was free with Games with Gold, I downloaded it immediately, because I knew at some point I would want to play that game again. Over last weekend, I had a bit of time to kill, so I decided to boot it up and check out the shiny new coat of paint on one of my favorite games of 2013. Before I knew it, I was several hours into it, enjoying it just as much if not more than I had the last time. I've decided that this time, I'm going to try and 100% it—aside from maybe the multiplayer achievements, gross.
Jeremy Duff, Senior Staff Writer, @Duff3c
Most of my time, lately—and likely this weekend—has me exploring the universe with a team of Guardians in Destiny. Between the major update and all of The Taken King content, I have been absolutely addicted to the game. This is the game that everyone wanted when Destiny launched. Aside from that, I am also taking a tip from Randy and testing the waters of Rocksmith. I ordered the game, which should be here for the weekend, and picked up a used guitar this week to see if I can actually make something melodic come out of the speakers.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, email@example.com
If your name is World of Warships, and you put a "play for free" button on your website, then I'm going to click on that play-for-free button. I'm old Navy. But my laptop was already mature when Windows 7 was an amateur, so wish me luck. Also, I'm finally making the leap into Destiny. I've got the vanilla campaign and three trigger-happy Guardians carrying over their time spent in the demo. I've got daily Rocksmith commitments to attend to. And The Talos Principle—a game I have for review on PS4—is dropping a Biblical ton of question marks into many things I've accepted as "existence" up to this point.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
I'm actually having a bit of trouble getting my career mode going in FIFA 16. I always start out as manager of UC Dublin, but they done got relegated last year and are no longer in the game. Now, I'm actually at a loss as to which team to take the helm of. Whether I sort that out or not, I'm at the very end of Metro: Last Light (or at least I think I am; the campaign feels like it's wrapping up), so I should be finishing that this weekend for sure.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
I thought I had finished Metal Gear Solid V, after sinking more than 70 hours into it. Turns out that was just chapter one. I've also got a review due for Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, which mish-mashes some of my favorite anime characters into one fighting game. And then there is the ever-present grind of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. The 3.1 patch is just a few weeks away. Need to make sure my iLevel is up to snuff.