Comparing Far Cry 4 On The Old & New Systems

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Comparing Far Cry 4 On The Old & New Systems

Everything you've seen so far regarding Far Cry 4 has been taken from the new-gen or PC versions of the game – a no-brainer when you want to show off the game in its best visual light. However, there will still be plenty of gamers getting the title on their Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. If you're one of them, here's a look at what you're getting into.

Note: The footage from the video below was taken from the very beginning of the game. If you consider this spoiler territory, don't watch the video or read this story! The footage was taken from the Xbox One and PS3 versions of the game. Both allow you to adjust the brightness level to your liking.

Although the game's opening cutscenes looks similar between the two versions, once Ajay is taken prisoner and Pagan Min sits before him at the dinner table (about six minutes in), you can see that flapping banners have been added to the Xbox One edition that creates a real-time lighting effect on Min as he talks. In this cutscene in particular, you can also see differences in the versions' framerate, as well as a depth of focus used in the new-gen version. Once Ajay escapes Min's compound in the truck, more background details are evident in the chase scene, and it ends with a more fiery crash than on the PS3.

Get Lost – Why Losing Your Way Can Make Games More Fun

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It’s really easy to get lost in Mother. The NES predecessor to Earthbound is set in a large, strangely plotted map that serves to disorient and engage the player at the same time. And I don’t mind that one bit.

I haven’t made too much progress in the game since I picked it up a few weeks ago, mostly because of its lack of direction. (I’m stuck at Queen Mary’s castle with no idea where to go – and what’s with that bard in the woods, anyway?) Sure, I could Google where to go next, but I don’t want to. It’s easily shrugged off as a weakness of the game – and it might be, especially given the game’s age – but I find getting lost an important part of the experience in Mother, as well as in a lot of other games. Far Cry, Shadow of Mordor, and other free-roaming games rely on the environment to distract the player and add longevity to the game, but there's another facet that those games don't touch: character.

Freeform Chaos: Hands-On With Just Cause 3

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Some games craft a tight narrative experience and then usher players through the story like it was a ride at Disneyland. Avalanche Studios' Just Cause series, on the other hand, opts to drop players into tropical islands without artificial borders and then hands players the tools to start blowing things up. Games like this have to be experienced before they can be judged. Fortunately, two GI editors had the opportunity to jump into Just Cause 3’s open world and cause some havoc. Here is their tale.

Ben: Bryan, we both just got back from a trip to New York, where we sat down with the Avalanche staff and got to play their game. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast. The first thing I did was grapple a member of the militia to a flagpole and watch him fly into the air using the new tension feature that pulls two grappled objects together. Less than a minute after getting my hands on the controller, I was using passing cars to parasail through the air and dodging gunfire from a grumpy police force.

Busting Up Boredom: Warlords Of Draenor's Quest Success

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Busting Up Boredom: Warlords Of Draenor's Quest Success

The World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor leveling loop is the best we’ve seen in the game so far, designed to keep the player continually engaged while participating in the same style of quest the game has had for years. The revolution isn’t in the form of standard quests – they’re still kill ten blobs or collect seven widgets, but the way zones are designed with new features creates a compelling reward loop that makes the sometimes grindy task of questing feel consistently fresh and fun.

One of the major systems behind this is the inclusion of “silver” rare monsters in Draenor. There are a lot of them, and they’ll often show up on the minimap when you’re headed off to kill some bees or orcs. These monsters have fast respawn timers, drop special loot and garrison resources, and are shared kills, so anyone that hits them is going to get a kill and loot credit. Each character can only get credit for the special kill once, then they are just a regular monster. This keeps you craving a bit of exploration when you’re moving through the humdrum “standard” quests, because you never quite know what you’re going to run into.

[New Videos Added] How To Play As A Bird, Dog & Cow In Grand Theft Auto V

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[New Videos Added] How To Play As A Bird, Dog & Cow In Grand Theft Auto V

Bran Stark from Game of Thrones isn't the only character who can enter the mind of a bird. To accomplish this feat, you need to track down one of 27 pieces of peyote hidden across San Andreas in the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of the game. After consuming this drug, Franklin, Trevor, or Michael will transform into a bird. We don't know what type of transformations or hallucinations the other peyote pieces bring.

Since the peyote is a collectible, it's a one-time use item. I soared through the sky as a bird for a minute before ending its life by crashing it into the ground. I unfortunately didn't get video of it, but I can show you exactly where to go to get your first piece of peyote. Take the gondola to the top of the mountain, veer off to the side, and go to the two red flags shown in the video below. As soon as you approach the flags, it will prompt you to take the peyote. No, I am not making this up. Let us know if you find any more peyote locations.

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Test Chamber – Escape Dead Island

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Test Chamber – Escape Dead Island

Developer Fatshark's Escape Dead Island is one of the worst games I've reviewed. Despite my protests, my coworkers dragged me into the recording studio for another look at this cel-shaded stealth mess.

Kyle Hilliard, Andrew Reiner, intern Jason Dafnis, and I sit down for a look at the game taking place a few hours in. The despicable protagonist Cliff is on the hunt for some exotic keycards, and there are plenty of jittery, ill-programmed zombies ready to clumsily interrupt his progress.

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Play As A Bird In Grand Theft Auto V

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Play As A Bird In Grand Theft Auto V

Bran Stark from Game of Thrones isn't the only character who can enter the mind of a bird. To accomplish this feat, you need to track down one of 27 pieces of peyote hidden across San Andreas in the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of the game. After consuming this drug, Franklin, Trevor, or Michael will transform into a bird. We don't know what type of transformations or hallucinations the other peyote pieces bring.

Since the peyote is a collectible, it's a one-time use item. I soared through the sky as a bird for a minute before ending it's life by crashing it into the ground. I unfortunately didn't get video of it, but I can show you exactly where to go to get your first piece of peyote. Take the gondola to the top of the mountain, veer off to the side, and go to the two red flags shown in the video below. As soon as you approach the flags, it will prompt you to take the peyote. No, I am not making this up. Let us know if you find any more peyote locations.

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Grind Time Returns With A Special Dragon Age: Inquisition Stream Today

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Grind Time Returns With A Special Dragon Age: Inquisition Stream Today

Happy Dragon Age: Inquisition launch day! What kind of RPG fans would we be if we weren't celebrating the release with a live stream?

I have some great news for RPG diehards. If you remember, we started a little show called Grind Time: The RPG Live Show a while back. We're still dedicated to it, and now that we have our new video producer, Wade Wojcik, we're back to making it a regular occurrence with monthly episodes and special streams when new RPGs hit town. This, of course, involves taking a look at the highly anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition. 

In case you missed it, we had an episode on our Extra Life live stream dedicated the Dragon Age series, but Inquisition wasn't out at that time to discuss it. We're remedying that now. The stream starts at 2:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Pacific on 11/18. We'll be streaming for around two hours to discuss BioWare, the game, and more. We already showed you the first 45 minutes, so we'll be picking up right after that. This doesn't contain any major spoilers. If anything, we're hoping to give you a better look at the world and the combat. We'll also be taking your questions, so it's your chance to ask us what you want to know about the game and our thoughts about the series in general. 

How To Find Grand Theft Auto V's First Stock Car Race

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Stock car races are one of the new additions to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Grand Theft Auto V. Each race rewards the player with a new muscle car painted with logos of popular brands in San Andreas.

You won't be able to jump into these new events from the outset of play. You'll first need to unlock Trevor as a playable character and complete his first mission.

Next, bring up your map and locate the desert-based airfield. Just south of it you'll see the marker for the first stock car race. Trevor's truck cannot be used in this race. You'll need a race or muscle car, which are fairly common in this region.