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The Far Cry series has hit the lofty heights of having four games now, each one getting progressively better than the last. Cumulating in last generation’s Far Cry 3 which is not only one of the best games you can get for the PS3 but one of my favourite games of all time.
So Far Cry 4 with all the extra power given by the PlayStation 4 has a lot to live up to. No pressure then.
I’m going to get this out from the off, get it over with, and try to explain my reasoning. I don’t like Far Cry 4. There, I said it. I’m not trying to grab headlines or be different from the crowd, I just don’t like it. Here’s why.
The first problem with Far Cry 4 is the location, Don’t get me wrong it’s a beautiful sight to behold, but every time I walk out of my hut and see the mountainous vistas in front me, I’m filled with dread. Why? because of the hideous relationship video game characters and mountains have. So I set off on a mission heading to a way point. It appears to be a fairly straight forward jaunt. In fact turns out to be a half hour slog because you can’t climb mountains or rocks or an elevation of any kind. When in a car you drive so slow so as not to tumble off the cliff face to plummet to the bottom and then start the slow monotonous trek back up, using the only, which turns out to be longest possible route to get from A to B just because you can’t climb a rock. or a hill. or a slope. Funny then that you can climb upon roofs and stumble up ramshackle bell towers with the greatest of ease!
It’s the most frustrating aspect of any game. Where as in Far Cry 3 you had a relatively flat terrain, and any mountains or rock faces you came across was easily navigated. No matter where you were 98% of the time you could see the sea, and everything in the distance, which gave you a sense of freedom, and an island that you felt you could explore in its entirety.
Kyrat on the other hand is surrounded by huge lovingly rendered (but very grey) mountains that makes you feel penned in, almost claustrophobic and that there is no world outside of this mountain range. Couple that with the difficulty of going0 anywhere you like thanks to the reasons explained above, you feel that this isn’t an open world adventure, and that Ubisoft are using smoke and mirrors to lead you along a set path. And this is the most disappointing fact. With Far Cry 3 I wanted to explore all the island, mainly on foot as it was so alluring. With Far Cry 4, I found my self fast travelling everywhere so as not to get bogged down with dull hiking around to find a way up the mountain.
Thankfully though, there are certain sections of mountain that you can grapple onto and climb up. and if you are in a car and set a way point, the mini map will show you the way to go. But that’s not the point is it? Surely that’s just a set path that Ubisoft are laying out for you to follow. Is that what open-world games are supposed to be?
The Second problem I found was familiarity. Seriously I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game so similar to its predecessor. It’s like Ubisoft, grabbed all the outposts, cars, animals, missions, everything from Far Cry3 and just threw them down in a brand new, less inspiring island. It is exactly the same, there is no other way of saying it. I’m not sure when I first heard about Far Cry 4 that I wanted to play the exact game again, I was hoping perhaps for more of an evolution like from FC2 to FC3. Alas this is not to be. To be honest, Why wouldn’t Ubisoft do this, I mean if it’s not broke, why fix it? They have added in some new features and missions (hostages being the best) and most are entertaining but really just variants of what we’ve already seen. There is a new type of enemy however – Hunters. These are people who can see through bushes and control animals, and can’t be permanently tagged with your camera. Yeah, these guys will make you rage quite instantly.
But I guess the biggest problem with Far Cry 4 is with the story. As in there really isn’t one. The success of the previous game was the story of a group of holiday makers who get into trouble and was left to Jason Brody to rescue his friends. This worked as the game showed his fear, and that he’s never fired a gun. It was an intriguing journey from coward to warrior. you could empathise with him, you were scared for his friends. It was Jason’s story.
Far Cry 4 however works like this. The hero Ajay Ghale is on a bus, he gets kidnapped for 5 mins, while we’re introduced to the main villain Pagan Min (voiced excellently as always by Troy Baker) Ajay escapes…and then that’s it. Straight away he’s a master of guns and killing. There is no story really, well, there is something about him being the prodigal son and the one to free Kyrat, but it didn’t strike a chord with me at all. Leaving me with an empty feeling throughout.
So, those are the reasons why I don’t like Far Cry 4. But take that away and of course you have another good Far Cry adventure, it’s not a bad game, not at all, it’s a very good game. It doesn’t feel rushed and a lot of work has gone into creating this world. Everything feels solid with the shooting being nice and tight and enjoyable. There is a good extension of the karma system whereby there are now two sides you can choose, both good sides, but each as a different outcome and missions. Naturally this leads to good replayability. The infiltration of encampments are as good as ever, and you can never get bored with firing an arrow into the hide of an elephant and watch it stampede through the camp. Just as you can never get enough of sneaking around the bushes to take out your enemy with the take down knife throw. It’s all there to be enjoyed. The levelling up system is near identical to that found in FC3 and is just as much fun learning the new skills on offer.
A big selling poing and an aweome addition for PS4 owners is the Keys to Kyrat, this allows you to invite friends to join a co-op game, even if they don’t own the original its a nice addition. Couple this with the level creating and sharing leaves you with a lot of game for your money. There is an adventure to be had, if you can put up with the extreme trekking and don’t mind a game that’s just changed it’s clothes rather than had a shower to wash the dirt off first . If you want to play Far Cry 3 again but on a different (and stunningly beautiful) island then you’ll love this. As for me, I left the game feeling a bit disappointed, essentially I could have pasted my Far Cry 3 review here and just changed the name.
For me this signifies a worrying trend with Ubisoft. They appear to have caught of Case of the EA’s by bringing out yearly updates of their big games. This isn’t working looking at, say, Assassin’s Creed Unity. And now we have Far Cry, a game so similar with no evolution at all. It’s worrying trend and one that Ubisoft would be wise to get out of.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Far Cry 3 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One
Disclosure: In order to complete this review we purchased a copy of the game.
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Remember when Far Cry 3 came out, and then the astonishingly good Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon came out. The 80’s spin-off that turned the paradise island into a futuristic prison like island full of awesome 80’s references. Think Escape from New York but on an island.
Far Cry 4 releases next week and it seems there won’t be a similar spin of for this latest open world-em-up. That is according to the games producer Alex Hutchinson. Speaking with IGN Australia Hutchinson made it quite clear when answering a fans question “No. The answer is no, you won’t get another one of those,” However he did leave the door open for something different
“But hopefully we’ll be able to come up with something that surprises you just as much. Because if we did another one then they’d be on my twitter saying, ‘Are we going to be having Blood Dragon every year? You’re just in a factory churning things out.'”
And I guess he has a point, as much as I loved Blood Dragon, it was a one-off, it was a piss take of all things 80’s and was a success because of it. If they bought the same thing out every year, then it would lose its charm, and therefore be relegated to ‘just yearly update’ affair which isn’t any good for anyone.
Far Cry 4 is out next week for PS4 (and other consoles) and looks amazing.
I’ve probably said this before, but one of the exciting things about a new open world game is actually how big the game is going to be. For me personally I’ve been looking at video game maps since Grand Theft Auto 3. And now with the advent of this current generation, and all the extra power it offers. It’s time to get excited by maps again. GTA V and Watch Dogs have been and gone. The next map to get excited about is that of Far Cry 4.
As you can see from the image below, the map in terms of size looks similar to the found in Far Cry 3, which is not a small map by any means. But I can bet you, that this FC 4 map will be far more detailed, with a more variety in landscapes. The map has 5 colour zones, it looks as thought these colours represent different factions that rule. I wouldn’t be surprised if these turned out to be different environments like forest, snow and mountains.
Other than that, the diversity on wildlife appears to have been increased, with likes of elephant and Rhino making for a mouth-watering outpost liberation missions.
Far Cry 4 launches on PS4 (and other consoles) on November 20
YES! Far Cry 4 is getting a Season Pass which means there is a whole lot more gaming greatness (one assumes) coming our way. The Season pass will extend players’ time in Kyrat and includes more missions that can be completed in both single player and co-op. Other content includes a Season Pass exclusive day-one mission, a prison break co-op mission, wild missions with the almighty Hurk (He’s not almighty at all, but his name sounds like it needs almighty in front of it) and his harpoon gun, a new PvP mode that will have friends teaming up to fight opposing forces and a chance to encounter the rarest beast in the Himalayas – yetis.
Here are all the details you need.
• The Syringe – Available from launch exclusively for Season Pass holders, players must keep a rare and potent recipe from falling into the hands of Pagan Min’s forces. Playable in single-player and co-op, players will need to ensure that he does not use its devastating effects on the rebel forces.
• Escape from Durgesh Prison – Ajay and Hurk have been rounded up and tortured in Yuma’s prison. Team up with a friend to escape and survive the hostile lands of Pagan Min’s Kyrat.
• Hurk Deluxe Pack – Five missions, playable in single-player and co-op, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s Redemption are available. Access an arsenal of new weapons including a harpoon gun for Hurk.
• Overrun – Team up as Rakshasa or Golden Path in this PvP mode and control a series of neutral locations across Kyrat’s countryside to protect them from being overrun by your opponents.
• Valley of the Yetis – Ajay’s helicopter has crashed on an unforgiving Himalayan ridge. Explore the frozen landscape and find tools to upgrade your camp and protect it from a dangerous cult when night falls. With single-player and co-op options, players will not be alone, but in the darkest caves players will have more to fear than just the cult as the yetis await their prey…
The Season Pass will set you back the not too expensive £23.99 and will be available at the launch of Far Cry 4 which is currently set to November 18
Once purchased, the Season Pass enables the download of all included Far Cry 4 add-on content packs once they become available. Additionally, players who pre-order Far Cry 4 Gold Edition, which includes both the game and the Season Pass, will benefit from a discount over buying them separately. This edition is only available as a digital product on PC via Uplay and other PC Digital retailers, and on consoles via PlayStation Network (PS4 and PS3) and Xbox Marketplace (Xbox One only).
Far Cry 4 is one game I cannot wait to get my hands on. Last generation Far Cry 3 was my ultimate game on PS3, that was until The Last of Us came along. Anyway, I loved it, and was one of the few games I went back to and played over again to get the different endings. This November Far Cry 4 is going to take you to Kyrat to ride elephants, liberate outposts and generally cause a lot of mischief. It looks stunning, as these four gameplay videos will prove. First we have a 25 minute long video about open-world gameplay, then we have some shorter videos about co-op, Arena mode and a Shangri-La mission video. Check them out below.
Open World Gameplay:
Far Cry 4 is heading to PS3 and PS4 on November 18
Mowing down armies of nameless henchmen will be a hell of a lot of fun in Far Cry 4 based on this new trailer, narrated by the games arm dealer Longinus.
Longinus has a large array of weaponry on offer including the SMG Vector .45, the brutal MG42 machine gun, mortars (YES!), the close range Kukri knife and the P462 assault rifle with which you can dispatch with Far Cry 4’s numerous enemies.
Far Cry 4 is arriving on November 18th for the PS4 (and Xbox One & PC) with Ubisoft behind the helm.
Check out the trailer and let us know why weapon you will be donning in Far Cry 4 in the comments.
One of the many many good things about Far Cry 3 was when you were trying to raid an enemy encampment, if you didn’t fancy going in all guns blazing, or wanted to create a suitable distraction, you could release some of the caged animals in the camp to do your dirty work for you. It was great fun seeing various militia getting mauled alive by a tiger.
Far Cry 4 is about to up the ante some what with the introduction of elephants. As you can see from the trailer below, they look almost unstoppable, (and beautifully rendered) get one of these bad boys on your team and you can’t fail to lose. There is a distinct possibility that gamers can also ride these giant beasts, as one shot in the trailer is from the first person perspective. If this is a the case, take my Money Ubisoft. I’m in.
Far Cry 4 releases on November 18