This Week In Games: Far Cry USA

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Finally: Far Cry 5 finally drops this week. Full of dogs that you can heal with belly rubs and quests about getting cows to mount each other, Ubisoft's open-world franchise takes to the plains of Montana.

If that's not your cup of tea, however, there's plenty else on offer. Console players get a retail re-release of Titan Quest this week, following its digital launch a few days back, while Surviving Mars drops on PS4 and XBO as well. Punch-Out is back (on the Switch), and if you like RPGs: Neverwinter Nights is back.

  • Neverwinter Nights (PC)
  • TT Isle of Man (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • MX vs ATV All Out (PS4, XBO)
  • Titan Quest (PS4, XBO)
  • How To Cope With Boredom And Loneliness (PC)
  • Lost In Space 2 (PC)
  • Shadowbug (Switch)
  • Gotcha Racing 2 (Switch)
  • Toki Tori (Switch)
  • Metropolis (PC)
  • Log Gone Days (PC)
  • Ready Player One: Rise of the Gunters (Vive/Rift/Mixed Reality)
  • Empires Apart (PC)
  • Through The Ages (PC)
  • Punch-Out!! Arcade Archives (Switch)
  • Outlast 2 (Switch)
  • Warp Shift (Switch)
  • Deep Ones (Switch)
  • The Charming Empire (Switch)
  • Metropolis: Lux Obscura (Switch)

Pretty straightforward week: Far Cry 5 is the main drawcard here. We'll have more to say about the game as the week rolls out, but it's worth reiterating: you can heal your pet dog with belly rubs.

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Something else worth pointing out is that the superb Through the Ages is getting a PC release this week. The game can be a bit slow on older phones - especially with multiple AI - but the core game is fantastic, and absolutely worth playing whether it's the physical version, mobile or Steam.

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Something else that stood out was Rise of the Gunters, which is basically a tie-in VR shooter for Ready Player One. I don't know if it looks any better or worse than the movie, mind you, and it's only one of 8 VR experiences that Vive Studios are publishing/producing for the movie.

Last but not least: How To Cope With Boredom And Loneliness. It's a game borne out of Ludum Dare #37, a game that lets you create a short film about a bloke who has been grounded for 33 years.

"You are tasked with choosing the relevant scenes to shoot for the show. Examine the objects in Harold's room and pick the ones that hold the most potential for hard hitting television," the description says.

And not to be forgotten: the Neverwinter Nights remaster from Beamdog. Gotta love those icicle triangles falling from the sky.

So that's it for this week. Anything stand out beyond Far Cry 5?


Comments

    The feel when you want a game but too poor to be able to afford it. :(

    Got FC5 pre-loaded on my PS4, gonna co-op with the GF from start to finish (ideally, anyway... if the game bloody lets us. We had this plan with MHW, too, and the game constantly prevented us from doing that).

    Of course, she's getting it retail, so tomorrow morning we might fire up the initial cut-scenes over coffee, hunt down that specific easter egg, and maybe get to the character customization screen, then when we get back from work, she can have her retail copy in-hand, and we can play properly.

    EXCITE.

      I was keen for Far Cry 5 co-op until I found out it only saves the progress of the host. Which implies as the game progresses the other player will get progressively under-powered. Maybe the game gives the 2nd player the same abilities as the host to keep things even? I haven't found info on that but it seems unlikely.

      I'll still get the game, but with no interest in co-op now I'm happy to wait for a sale.

        Sigh.

        I just read the official Ubi site's FAQ about co-op restrictions, and it turns out you're right. Well. Mostly. You still get all your equipment/ammo/experience/etc progression saved when you're a co-op guest, but if you want to play the full campaign co-op, you're going to have to fucking play it twice.

        For fuck's sake, guys.

    ... about getting cows to mount each other...

    "Cattle", surely. I mean, those things dangling under cows aren't multi-penises attached to a balloon-sized scrotum.

    Nothing for me this week, currently playing God of War II in the rush to get through the franchise before the new one hits next month.

      How do they hold up? I'm considering giving them a whirl since I've never played them.

        I'm enjoying them, I'm having my fair share of 'this is amazing for PS2' moments. Kratos is also a refreshingly evil character. I'm looking forward to going through GoWIII shortly.

    Pre ordered the gold edition of farcry 5 from Amazon a few weeks back and they just charged me. Looking forward to getting it tomorrow.

    Last edited 26/03/18 12:52 pm

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