FAR CRY 4 REVIEW

This game is by Ubisoft Montreal, and in this case I am certainly proud to be a Canadian. Ubisoft can be hit and miss for me, but luckily this game is downright addicting in comparison to other disappointments like Watchdogs & Assassin’s Creed III. Far Cry 4 is the fourth installment in this series, and like its predecessors it is an open world action-adventure first person shooter game.

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In this game you play as Ajay Ghale, a man traveling to the fictional country of Kyrat in the Himalayan region to spread his recently deceased mother’s ashes. Of course in true video game fashion this plan goes horribly wrong when his bus is bombed and he is captured by the country’s dictator “Pagan Min”. Ajay manages to escape from his kidnapper, and joins the rebel group known as the “Golden Path” in order to fight this Totalitarian government.

Things You’ll Like

 The graphics in this game are insane. I have never seen the Himalayas, but I don’t even feel like I need to after playing this game (well not really, but its pretty darn close!). There is everything from water to massive mountains to jungle-landscapes, and the visual jump from Far Cry 3 is massive. This game truly shows what the PS4 is capable of, and I guarantee it will impress any gamer.

Ajay can build up a massive inventory of weapons. There is everything from sniper rifles to grenade launchers to side arm guns to pistols to quivers to shotguns, all of which have their own benefits. You can craft weapon holsters by collecting different animal skins, which allows you to have up to four different weapons equipped at a time. This is great as you can quick equip stealth weapons like a bow or sniper rifle, but also have aggressive bombs and SMG’s on hand for quick attacks.

The plot in this game is really interesting; I wish they would make it into a movie. Once Ajay joins the rebel group known as the “Golden Path”, he can choose to side with one of two people. He can support a woman named “Amina” who believes in a progressive and modern Kyrat (and also wants to reap the benefits of the drug business), or he can side with the more traditional Sabal, who is more interested in saving Kyrat’s traditions & people (and will execute anyone who doesn’t believe in his ideals). Both leaders have their own pros and cons, and depending who you side with you are given different missions to complete. The ending of the game is also determined by your decisions, and there are three different versions depending on what you choose to do. I like games that give you different options, allowing you to play a slightly different game every play through.

Far Cry 4 has about a million missions, and they are all pretty unique. In particular I love the outpost missions where you try to claim an outpost for the Golden Path against Pagan Min’s men. If you can capture an outpost without being detected and without triggering any alarms, you are awarded more XP points – and thus your character can learn more skills and become stronger. If you don’t feel like doing a main mission there is always an option to do something else in the area to gain money and XP.

Finally my last favourite part of this game is the variety of transportation your character can use. He can drive bikes, cars, go hang-gliding, fly a mini helicopter, and even ride an elephant! If you have a long distance to go, you can fast travel if you have captured a nearby outpost, or you can use a type of vehicle to get there. It makes it pretty easy, especially compared to other Ubisoft games when you are more likely to only be traveling on foot.

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Things You Won’t Like

Far Cry 4 is totally fun and very addictive, but if you have played Far Cry 3 you aren’t really in for any surprises. It has a different plot and improved graphics, but other than that the systems are nearly identically to earlier games. Basically not much has changed, but I guess you shouldn’t fix something that isn’t broken – right?

There are these weird missions in this game where Ajay is drugged and goes to this dream world called “Shangri-La” to fight these freaky demon things. I LOATHED these parts, as they are really long and also just downright creepy. You have to fight monsters along with your pet tiger (which I guess is kind of cool), but I just wish these weren’t in the game at all. They are pretty difficult, scary & not enjoyable at all for me – a serious downside to an otherwise spectacular game.

I mentioned before the large amount of missions that are available to the player, but this can also be a downside.   It can be completely overwhelming how many options are available to you, and unless you want to put a ton of time into this game you probably won’t complete everything. I found I would do a story mission, then a few side missions, and then get back to the story. Which led me to being done the full storyline with only about 50% of the game’s missions completed. However having the plot concluded made me not really want to continue with any other side missions, as I felt finished with this game. I think there is just too much to do in Far Cry 4, which is something that seems to happen in a lot of Ubisoft games. Having said that, people who like the 100+ hour Skyrim type games might love the sheer amount of things to do in Far Cry 4.

Like most Ubisoft games, you have to visit towers or buildings to unlock areas on your world map. Good idea? Yes. But After the 20th tower I am just done! Plus they are quite finicky and difficult to get to the top of. Sounds a bit like Watchdogs eh? I found a bit of a loophole for this, as I would use this small helicopter called a “buzzer”, and honestly I just flew it on to the top of the tower to unlock them. I guess this is kind of cheating, but who’s counting really?

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Verdict

 Far Cry 4 is absolutely addictive. I found myself getting lost in this game and although the intense amount of work & tedious missions can become frustrating, overall I still am slightly obsessed with this game. The graphics are unbelievable and really shows how far gaming has come in a short amount of time.

7.5/10