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International Women's Day: Far Cry Primal Review

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and to show that when it comes to gaming there is no gender dominance, we reached out to some of our customers to ask if they could provide us with a guest review of their favourite games. 

Far Cry Primal Review

Available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Far Cry Primal is the newest open world/first person shooter in the series from Ubisoft Montreal. Better summarised as a caveman action game with an open world backdrop, the latest entry in the Far Cry series takes the well-loved and known tools of the series and puts them in whole new, unique setting, allowing for a new game experience. With it stepping so far from its initial franchise it allows itself to be opened up to new players (like myself) and gives the series a fresh breath of life, allowing it to further evolve into something incredible. 

Set in 10, 000 BCE, you play as Takkar, a member of the Wenja tribe, who is tasked with exploring the new world of Oros and expanding your tribe. However, in the Mesolithic period, this is not easy to achieve: not only is the wildlife out to kill you, but two rival tribes to the north and east are also looking for blood. Far Cry Primal, like many of its predecessors is a desperate game of survival and making the transition between hunter and hunted, prey and predator and helping your tribe thrive in this brave new world. 

With each new main story quest and great beast hunt, you’re pushed further and further into the beautiful world of Oros. The game looks absolutely stunning, and the colours are rendered beautifully, with primary colours bursting like fireworks across your screen… But this can be one of its problems. At sunrise and sunset, it can be impossible to navigate, as the entire world looks like it’s stuck in the Lo-Fi filter of Instagram. Thankfully, this perma-glow doesn’t last long, but it can get annoying after a while. However, if you’re in the right spot, it makes for some incredible vistas and horizons. 

As far as open world/sandbox games go, this one is friggin’ huge! According to the Xbox’s game hub, I’ve been playing for upwards of 22 hours and I’m not come close to going everywhere. There are endless rolling hills, waterfalls, caves and winter wastelands to traverse and conquer, and it’s incredibly fun to do it all. On top of this, there a whopping 184 collectibles to gather across the world of Oros, but they’re not mandatory- there’s one single achievement for collecting a measly 80 of them, and given that they’re all marked on your map, it’s incredibly easy to do.

Primal excels at creating a vast, expansive world and the ways they’ve tweaked the formula to make it more dynamic and exciting. For example, while you’re exploring Oros, it’s possible to trigger nearby events where you help members of your tribe, with success meaning you either gain new members, gain resources or outright kill a large group of enemy tribespeople. This feature is completely voluntary, and not doing them doesn’t hinder you with penalties.

Being able to expand your village as you grow your tribe is reward in itself; each time you return to your village, you see it growing before your eyes. I love being able to wander through my vastly expanding village and see that the hard work I’m doing is actually getting a payoff.

The coolest, most entertaining part of the game by far is taming animals and taking them around Oros with you. Badgers? Tameable. Wolves? Tameable. Sabertooth tigers? Tameable. Let me say it again for those in the back: YOU CAN TAME SABERTOOTH TIGERS! AND RIDE THEM INTO BATTLE! HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!? The pets are invaluable in Oros; they add a new flavour to combat and allow you to bring new tactics to the fight. 

There’s a pretty large selection of pets to hunt down and tame, so you can choose according to what will complement your playstyle. One of the nicest, surprising features is being able to pet the animals you tame. It’s an otherwise charming moment in a game full of gore and violence, and it’s a feature that never gets old. You get nothing from it other than warm fuzzies, but it’s still nice to do.

The combat system is superb, but it’s not surprising- Far Cry combat has always been on point. There’s a huge array of weapons to suit your whims and coupled with the pets, you can fight any damn way you please. Your weapons can be upgraded and unlocked by gathering resources around Oros and by advancing the story, and both are well worth doing.
It’s not just your own weapons you can use to take out enemies; the environment has a bevy of danger to use to your advantage. Start a woolly mammoth rampage to take out a few Udam? One well-placed flaming arrow or spear should do the job- but you better get out of their way!
As you progress through the game you level up and learn new skills and get bonuses to damage, healing and the usual, which is a system that has worked well with Far Cry in the past but there’s one glaring omission… A dodge roll! A dodge roll would make the game feel much more fluid and would be a fantastic addition to the already fun combat. 

Far Cry Primal is so much more than just violence and blood; it’s the story of building a community and thriving against misfortune. Sure, you can hunt down a mammoth and kill and skin it, but you can then return to your village to upgrade the hut for one of your villagers, and then learn their story. Between the standard of video game violence, Primal allows you to be kind and caring in an environment that otherwise wouldn’t call for it, and being able to do this adds extra depth to the story. Overall, Primal is a polished version of what Far Cry is known for, and is a damn good place for new players to join.

Far Cry Primal is a riot of a game, and has such large, interactive world it’s impossible not to lose dozens of hours to it. It’s so easy to fall into the ‘one more side quest/collectible/fort etc’ trap and unlike other open worlds, you can actively see your progress when you return to your village, which is a really nice touch. The combat is a huge ball of fun with your tamed pets adding a new dimension to the already solid game. By no means is it for the faint of heart as blood and violence abound but if that’s what you go for in a game, you will not be disappointed.

About International women’s day 

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Find out more here


Edited On 03 Mar, 2016

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