Want to Be in the Far Cry 3 Multiplayer Beta? Read This

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For two weeks this summer, Ubisoft will invite select PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers to a virtual tropical island to choose one of six character classes to shoot each other with in the Far Cry 3 multiplayer beta test. How to be involved? Let me count the ways.

1. Buy Ghost Recon: Future Soldier next week. Specifically, buy Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from GameStop and be a member of their PowerUp Rewards program. You'll be given a code that can be entered at a special website, which will lead directly to Ubisoft mailing you a code for the beta proper once it's about ready to go live.

2. Like the Far Cry 3 closed multiplayer beta Facebook page. You'll be entered for a chance to win access to the beta. What a wondrous way to use the world's largest social network!

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3. Keep an eye on Ubisoft social channels. That means the Far Cry 3 website, Twitter, Facebook, and people just standing around outside Ubisoft Montreal, shouting out codes.

4. Sleep with someone at Ubisoft. I have several recommendations.

Other than that, just hunt around for an invitation. You know how these things go. At first it's closed, and then suddenly VideoGameBunny.com winds up with 20,000 keys just sitting around.

Too late, I just registered it.

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kureiscott
The Logic and Rationale Police

Dear god....theres an awful lot of multiplayer shooter games out now..

How do you guys deal with it? I only play like 2 or 3 at a time and no more than that as it takes time to learn and get used to the mechanics, ins and outs, maps, weapon loadouts, etc.

Well even back in the day I limited my time to Soldier of Fortune 2, Medal of Honor AA, Unreal Tournament, Battlefield 1942 and a few others. But never more than 2 at a time.

But the thing is, all those are PC games, which essentially means you can basically play those games forever over lan parties or other servers. Although to be honest I've played lan parties with all of them and never went online except for 1 or 2 games like Unreal which involved LOTS of bunny0hopping and headshots.

Won't these servers die after a time? After that, what then? There are no mods right, and won't that a substantial amount of the game dead to you then if the online servers are dead?

I don't really play online console shooters as the controls don't work for me well and feel too slow(I think it was GoW1(the characters in this game felt to me like mack trucks disguised as human beings) and CoD2 the last online console games I played).

What do you guys think about this? And what do you think about those ex-CoD guys making a free-to-play fps? Is f2p shooters the future of shooting games since the monetary investment goes out the window after a few years?

Sorry if off-topic.