Gaming Roundup: Ready your Bows for Crysis 3


EA has released the first substantial gameplay trailer for their latest entry in the Crysis series, Crysis 3. Set in a futuristic New York overgrown by rainforests, and encased within a nanodome by a corrupt billion-dollar corporation intent on world domination, the player is thrust into the role of Prophet, a recurring character in the series, who makes his way through the city looking for vengeance and, of course, kicking some alien ass along the way.

In keeping with the standard set by the first two games of the series, Crysis 3 looks gorgeous — indeed, an extremely convincing argument can be made that developer Crytek’s CryENGINE currently boasts the best graphics in the industry, bar none. However, many fans of the original Crysis were put off by Crysis 2, viewing it as too much of a departure from the first game in terms of setting and gameplay style (specifically, the open sandbox gameplay of Crysis versus the more conventional, linear style of Crysis 2). Thus far, early signs from the developer indicate that these concerns were addressed, with Crysis 3 inheriting a hybrid style that borrows from both its predecessors, incorporating both open-world and linear set piece gameplay. Crysis 3 is tentatively scheduled to release in early 2013.

In other gaming news this week, IGN does a nice preview of the Game of Thrones RPG, Elijah Wood becomes an A.I., Jane Jensen dishes on her studio’s new game,  and (drumroll please) Steam for Linux users. Read on!

  • IGN has a preview of Game of Thrones and the process of adapting the epic novels into a satisfying game.
  • It seems that Telltale Games has learned from the error of their Jurassic Park ways, and has hit one out of the park with The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode 1.
  • Ever walk down 5th Ave. in NYC and think to yourself, “Boy, this street would make a killer level in Frogger?” If so, then 5th Ave. Frogger is the game for you. Very cool concept — the game constantly changes based on the real-time traffic flow of 5th Ave., thanks to code that captures and translates the position of cars into data.

  • The Uncharted series is famed for bringing gaming exponentially closer to the medium of interactive cinema. Now, a fan has cut out the middleman, cropping and splicing together footage (both cinematic and in-game) from the Uncharted series in order to create 3 feature-length films telling the story of each of the 3 games. If you want all the story without having to wade through the gameplay, they’re worth a watch.

  • Rooster Teeth snagged Elijah Wood for its next season of Red vs. Blue. The LOTR actor will voice a sentient and shifty computer program.
  • Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen is working on a new “metaphysical, sci-fi thriller” entitled Moebius, starring antiquities dealer Malachi Rector. Jensen describes the game as being of the same family as GK, which is welcome news to fans of 90s gaming.
  • Attention Star Trek Online and Champions Online players! 2010 called this morning and told us that Cryptic Studios had a security breach and your accounts may have been compromised.
  • If you’ve ever wondered what it’d be like to work at Valve, here’s a small taste, acquired via their new employee handbook, which leaked to the masses last week.
  • Finally, in bigger Valve-related news, the developer is reportedly developing Steam for Linux — a major step forward in bringing gaming to the Linux masses. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this story as it progresses.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.


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