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Far Cry 4 Review


There certainly aren't a shortage of first person shooters to choose from at the moment, what with Halo, Call of Duty and Destiny. Now you can add another to that list, because Far Cry 4 is here too. It may have a different setting from the others and indeed a different premise, but it does have one thing in common, weapons, killing and lots of it. So if that's the case, what makes Far Cry 4 stand out from the crowd, if anything? 

Before getting into the what makes Far Cry 4 different, it's worth pointing out why you are here in the first place, so let's starts at the beginning. In the campaign you play as Ajay Ghale, an American who was originally born in Kyrat. At the beginning of the game you learn that he has returned to his Himalayan birthplace to scatter his mother’s ashes, although it isn't long before he becomes part of a civil war against the rather outlandish, self-appointed king, Pagan Min.

Far Cry 4 could be described as a survival FPS in many ways. Often you'll be staving off wildlife, the cold and of course the enemies themselves. To do so you'll need to scavenge for equipment, treasure and weapons in order to survive and pull off daring rescue missions. Luckily it's also more than just a shooter in that letters lie around, telling you more of the story you'll long to learn about, as you sneak around trying not to be killed by the many and versatile enemies.



You can take any approach to the story that you like, sneaking around, disabling alarms in order to prevent capture. You can even use bait to attract wildlife into your enemies path, before picking them off with your bow. Or, if you like, you can go in all guns blazing, making for a much more difficult fight as the enemy sets about you with guns, wildcats and molotov cocktails, before calling in reinforcements and giving you a reason to survive all over again. Yes the stealthy option sounds the more ideal of the two, although it all depends on the approach you like to take.

Unpredictability is certainly a key feature in Far Cry 4, for instance in one missions the enemies kept throwing molotov cocktails at bushes to try and burn me out of hiding, but on more than one occasion they set fire to themselves, causing them to run straight at me and forcing me to take them our before the flames spread to Ajay. Adding to its unpredictable nature, you'll also find yourself mounting elephants, taking flight in helicopters and para gliders and driving along the ground in trucks and quad bikes, all of which can lead to some interesting moments in combat and exploration. One things for sure, there are plenty of toys in Far Cry 4, and they are all fun to use.

If you think this game is all about combat then you are wrong, because there is also another whole side to Far Cry 4, which will see you hunting and skinning animals, which in turn allows you to craft holsters, wallets and other items. You'll also earn cash by taking over enemy occupied areas and destroying propaganda posters to unlock new missions. Gaining XP meanwhile will allow you to unlocks the new skills you'll need to take out the enemy in style, be that from an aerial takedown or from the top of an elephant. There's so much to unlock and such great progression that you'll really enjoy each moment spent earning these new rewards.

As far as the campaign goes, most of it has you trying to help the golden path rebels, while finding out more about Ajay's story. During the story you'll come across two characters known as Amita and Sabal, both have conflicting ideas, although both also have the goal of dethroning King Pagan Min. Often you'll find it hard to know who to agree with and because of this, missions will differ depending on your choice, but the end goal of removing Min from his throne is always the same.

Far Cry 4 does offer an interesting story at times, although at others it's quite forgettable. Still, there is plenty to do and explore in this vast, beautiful land, so it'll certainly keep you gripped long after you have completed the campaign.

An interesting part of Far Cry 4 is the new multiplayer functionality. First up is the co-op, where you can experience everything aside from the main missions. This mode offers plenty of reason to explore with a friend at your side and also makes it easier to take on the fortress areas which are packed with elite troops and many other challenges that are far too difficult to take on solo. It's actually quite a lot of fun going at Far Cry 4 with someone else by your side, although no less challenging.



In addition to the above, Far Cry 4 also includes a competitive mode, packed with variations of the usual multiplayer modes you'd find in an FPS game, although it's more of a distraction than a reason to actually play the game. Much more fun and interesting are both the campaign and co-op mode that accompanies it.

Graphically it's hard to argue with the game's quality. As usual I've captured some screens direct from the game so that you can see the level of detail involved. From the snowy mountains to the lush greens, it appears that there has been a lot of time spent perfecting the look of Kyrat. The same can be said for the characters themselves, which not only look great, but are accompanied by some terrific voice acting, especially Troy Baker's performance as Pagan Min, whom, if anything didn't appear often enough. 

There is likely a lot more I could say about Far Cry 4, such is the vast area of the open world and its opportunities to explore. It's fair to say that Ubisoft's survival/shooter is no doubt one of the best games in the series yet and one of the finest games of the year to date. You can't get much higher praise than that.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)

Pros

+ Vast open world to explore
+ Different ways to approach the game
+ Plenty of surprises
+ Fantastic action
+ Impressive presentation
+ Great Co-op 

Cons

- Competitive Mutliplayer feels a little throwaway


Edited On 17 Nov, 2014

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Old Timer's avatar
Old Timer 2 years ago
Great review there Joe, got mine pre-downloaded and ready for tomorrow :)
Joe2120's avatar
Joe2120 2 years ago
Thanks :)
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JoeToots 2 years ago
Joe under pros are both 'plenty of suprises' and 'lots of surpises' their to add emphasis?
Joe2120's avatar
Joe2120 2 years ago
I just never realised I wrote it twice, but yeah, what you said :D
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Spear 25 2 years ago
Just received my copy through the post. Good review joe.
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
Pagan Min looks like a tibetan Gok Wan
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
got mine about half hour ago woo, downside is so did gta5 turn up, so the other half has it till tonight
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Danny_936 2 years ago
Got mine today also really looking forward to playing it in a few hours time.
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PAULA 2 years ago
With the exception of Mr. Anderson, do any of you have jobs? When on earth do you find the time to play these games?
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Neil 2 years ago
Havent got mine yet....
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
i work for the child support agency, im also a carer for my disabled son, and i still find time for gaming lol
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
LittleBigPlanet 3 reviews still have not come out yet. I thought they would have come by today. The game comes out tomorrow in the u.s, it's a bit of a concern.
Joe2120's avatar
Joe2120 2 years ago
I wouldn't worry about the reviews they are likely due soon.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Why do you want reviews? It's LittleBigPlanet, you know what you're getting. That's the same as somebody waiting for reviews of a new Pokemon game, you just don't
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JoeToots 2 years ago
You want to make sure it's packed full of content. I'll have to disagree with you on this one Nox.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Fair enough. My point is with LittleBigPlanet was that it basically has all content from LBP1&2 as well as the new stuff that is being introduced. Hell even someone has entirely recreated Final Fantasy VII, granted for any of the current user content you can just use any of the games in the series
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JoeToots 2 years ago
It also has a story mode...
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Really? I actually never knew LBP had story modes. Anyhoo I assume it isn't the main attraction
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Light Heavensword 2 years ago
That's your way of thinking but not me. This one isn't made by MM this time so i wanted to know how well it would be received by reviewers since it's made by a different developer, i'm a fan of the series. I also wanted to know how the new characters and co-op is like and how long the story was...
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Well that's me told. I still can't believe LBP has a story, might need to dig out my copy's

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