Video Games Releases: December 2012
| by Nachiket Mhatre
After bleeding gamers dry through the very busy months of October and November that witnessed a crazy amount of AAA title releases, December gives a respite to bruised wallets and bungled expenses. When I say respite, I mean no notable video game releases save for three. That's a rather uncharacteristic lull in what's otherwise supposed to be a holiday season elsewhere in the world characterised by an unabashedly materialistic pursuit of electronics and all sorts of expensive stuff that one does not need. I guess that's the video game industry's way of telling you to go out and get some vitamin D.
After parting ways with Crytek and buying the rights to the Far Cry brand, the Ubisoft-produced sequel couldn't really pull off the same magic; even as Crytek went on to make a successful spiritual successor to Far Cry's legacy in the form of Crysis. After the malaria-riddled mess of Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3 goes back to the roots of the original with its combination of open-world and stealth. The only difference is that this time the world has been touted to be 10-times larger, with additional sandbox elements incorporated into the franchise. Throw in an island teeming with psychopathic pirates, an unwilling hero, and a strong survival themed gameplay replete with open-world goodness and you have a winning combination on your hands.
The most notable addition to the DLC is the new Scavenger multiplayer mode. It's a battle of attrition characterised with a marked dearth of weapons and ammo, even as you seize control of bases and try to bleed the enemy dry of "reinforcement cards". The DLC also includes a new crossbow dubbed XBOW, featuring various types of bolts and a customisable scope. The expansion comes with its own assignments as well, and while this may not sound much on paper, the sheer size of the maps and the potential for multiplayer anarchy makes this worth checking out.
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