Far Cry Instincts Predator Preview
Ubisoft are a dominant force in today’s videogame industry, especially when it comes to online gaming on the consoles, specifically on Microsoft’s turf. Having had success with the highly rated and highly popular Tom Clancy franchises (Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell), Ubisoft had a great success with Far Cry Instincts on the original Xbox, and now the time has come for Ubisoft to debut on the Xbox 360 with Far Cry Instincts Predator; featuring an enhanced version of Far Cry Instincts and Far Cry Instincts Next Chapter (working title).
As aforementioned, Far Cry Instincts will be an enhanced version of the Xbox version taking advantage of the Xbox 360’s multi-core next-generation engine for improved performance, as well as Far Cry Instincts Next Chapter doing so. Far Cry Instincts Predator will be in High-Definition and feature improved enemy and vehicle AI, Ubisoft also confirmed that a greater number of enemies will be on screen — very interesting to say the least, taking advantage of the Xbox 360 unlike some previous titles.
Those unaware of what Far Cry Instincts is, I’ll give you a brief description: Jack Carver is your name (well it isn’t, your name is your name, but Jack Carver is the man you play) and after escorting an inquisitive journalist to a remote tropical island, Jack finds himself stranded on this tropical island, but not only been stranded, Jack is being hunted by an unrelenting team of highly trained mercenaries, and you, Jack, will have to outwit hordes of cunning mercenaries through all manner of tactics. Make long-range assaults, set traps, commandeer vehicles – even develop new skills and abilities to outlast the island’s evils and escape with your life. Jack was injected with a substance which turns him into a part-time animal, making it possible for him to slash enemies, see what he smells and move like a predator using his (or its) instincts.
Far Cry Instincts key features are: Survive by any means, by setting traps, scouting ahead, sniping from afar, and commandeering all types of assault vehicles. Shoot to kill as the AI is actually intelligent. Enemies react in real-time and will take cover, call in reinforcements, and use advanced group-formation tactics to take you out. A Whole new world is available by discovering all-new locations including abandoned mines, aquatic labs, and a host of locations not found in the PC version. Wage War Online by competing on Xbox Live as play allows you to engage in island warfare in more than eight unique modes of multiplayer combat. Create a slice of paradise by building your own multiplayer maps for use on Xbox Live or in split-screen mode. This first-of-its-kind editor for the Xbox console is ultra-powerful and specially designed for the Xbox Controller which allows gamers to switch from editing to playing on the fly.
When it came to the talk about Next Chapter, there wasn’t much details released, but what we do know is that Next Chapter is more of an add-on (or extension if you wish) which includes 6 new maps in the single player mode, whilst in the multiplayer mode they’ll be 8 new maps. The majority of the game is set outside and is “tropical and mountainous” while the setting is “a little more Asiatic than Far Cry Instincts”. What we do know about the game is that it is set several years after Instincts and Jack is working for pirates local to a chain of island. Jack starts the game with a young lady who goes by the name of “femme fatale” and he’s going to meet her for some contract to be signed but as always things go pear-shaped and Jack finds himself running in to save the girl and see the pirate and the official have been killed by the rebels, but more importantly, Jack is the accused. Shortly after, Jack is reunited with CIA spook Doyle who sets him another task on-top of his previous task, to take out the rebel leader… “Easy” I hear you say, but not as easy as you think because you learn the rebel leader has the same abilities as you. Next Chapter is set to feature new weapons on top of the added levels, but there has been little information regarding them. We do know pipe-bombs are a new tool to use.
Far Cry Instincts Predator is set to be released March 31st in Europe on the Xbox 360, stick with 360Monster for a full-review once the game is released.