Throughout my time spent with Far Cry 4, I found myself thrown into a chaotic war zone filled dangerous animals, two warring factions and drug trips. The Far Cry series is all about the insanity of the world that the player is thrown into. How is the insanity compared to previous installments? Keep reading to find out.
Far Cry 4 follows the story of Ahjay Ghale, a young man living in America. As her dying wish, Ahjay’s mother requests that he travels to their native country of Kyrat to scatter her ashes on the mountain. Once there Ahjay meets Pagan Min, a insane dictator who ruthlessly rules over Kyrat. Ahjay joins the resistance fighting Min, known as the Golden Path. Ahjay sets out to remove Min from his throne and scatter his mother’s ashes. The plot felt a bit weak at times compared to the excellent plot of Far Cry 3 and I found that the two main endings both left me with feeling a little less closure than I would have liked.
Far Cry is a first person shooter that combines both stealth and an assault style of gameplay. Players can also hunt animals for storage upgrades and gather herbs for syringes that can give special abilities and heal you. The game plays done very well and I was quite impressed with it as a next gen entry title.
There are plenty of side missions to do across Kyrat. From aiding villagers with wild animals, to capturing an enemy convoy to strength the Golden Path cause, there is a lot to do. Players can also capture fortresses, free outposts from enemy control and capture radio towers to widen Kyrat’s map visability.
Players will gain XP to level up and unlock skills. This is also a great gameplay mechanic that has been used in the Far Cry and was welcomed back with open arms. These skills can follow the path of the tiger which is more combat based, or the elephant which improves Ahjay’s health and durability.
There is also a karma system that is affected by hunting, completing random events and killing civilians. It’s nothing special, but it intergrates into the other ways to unlock things quite nicely.
Far Cry 4 has a map editor and it is awesome, players can create a scenario with plenty of options. In this map editor, players can then upload their creations and download others creations to take into their our world and let loose. It is an awesome feature that add countless hours of replayability to Far Cry 4.
Far Cry 4 offers a fairly unique multiplayer for players to enjoy. Players will play with the Rakshasa and the Golden Path factions. The Rakshasa are more spiritual and use bows and can ride elephants. The golden path use guns and can drive cars. This is a really cool addition to return with multiplayer that gives players something else to dive into when they are playing or complete the single player experience.
Far Cry 4 offers three different competitive multiplayer modes, all of which are 5 V 5 matches. The three game modes are Outpost, Demon Mask and Propaganda.
Outpost has players defending and attacking a flag to capture it. Demon Mask is a capture the flag type mode. Propaganda resembles demolition from Call of Duty, players will try to set bombs or defuse them across three propaganda stands.
I did have some issues with respawning and matchmaking though. Sometimes, I was unable to respawn after dying and would get kicked for being idle, which was incredibly frustrating.
Demon mask and Propaganda felt extremely slow paced and were kinda boring. Outpost however, is the definitive way to play the multiplayer, it was fun and pretty fast paced.
Far Cry 4 looks amazing and looks awesome especially on next gen. The land of Kyrat has great variety for exploration and discovery and was a lot of fun to traverse. The sound design was also spot on, everything was a truly great experience in this game. But in the control department, though the controls were very tight and fluent, a problem I encountered with the PS4 version was the touchpad was too sensitive. There were times when my finger would slightly touch the bottom corner of the pad and my weapon would swap.
Far Cry 4 was a awesome game. It was chaotic, but the good kind of chaotic. The amount of content in such a vast area was a joy to go through. Far Cry 4 has a great blend of “WTF” moments as well as “F*** Yeah!” moments and I deeply enjoyed it. Shooter fans should definitely pick this game up, however don’t expect too much out of the multiplayer.