It’s a very good sign when a publisher hands out review copies to press way before a game’s release. Reviews of Far Cry 3 surfaced last Tuesday – a whole ten days before this Friday’s release. No doubt this was in order to drum up a few extra pre-orders, fuelled by the steady string of 9s and 10s it has been getting.
“In the past, Far Cry’s vision of a first-person shooter RPG where you explore, master and then control your environment has always been more seductive on paper than any of its developers have managed to deliver on disc. Far Cry 3 changes all that. For me, this is the new apex predator of open-world shooters. Hunt it down as soon as you can,” said Eurogamer.
As is usually the way with big name releases, there’s a collector’s edition to consider. The Insane Edition doesn’t cost a great deal more than the standard and comes with a bobble-head toy, survival guide and an extra one hour long single-player mission.
A lot of retailers are doing midnight launches for Far Cry 3 but only, it would appear, because they’re opening at midnight for the Wii U launch. We’ve covered the launch line-up of Nintendo’s shiny new console in full here.
Zone of the Enders HD Collection also received some early reviews. Eurogamer gave it an 8/10 while IGN thought it was worth 7.0. Zone of the Enders 2 was incredibly underrated and released in limited numbers, making it hard to find. Fans of giant metal robots would do well to check it out. It also comes with a Metal Gear Rising demo. History is repeating itself, we feel.
Then there’s… oh, what’s this? FIFA 13: Bonus Edition? It would appear that EA are sneaking this out on the sly. It includes 2200 FIFA Points which can be used to purchase 22 gold packs in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Mode. As far as we can tell, that’s the only difference. £49.99 on Play, if you’re wondering.
Rise of the Guardians, Toy Story Mania and Ben 10 Omniverse are the only other games out. Rise of the Guardians is based on the Dreamworks movie which sees the tooth fairy, Easter bunny and Santa Claus join forces to defeat the boogeyman. Torus Games are responsible and the fact that most of their previous efforts have been Scooby Doo tie-ins doesn’t fill us with much confidence. It’s out on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS. Those are the same formats that Ben 10 Omniverse is arriving on. Available online for around £20, it may suffice as a stocking filler. It’s at least a more appealing than Toy Story Mania which, unless we’re mistaken, is a mere conversion of the 2009 Wii game, only with Kinect and PS Move support.
Next week: Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3), 007 Legends (Wii U), Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) and Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (PS3, 360, PC).