This year promises to be a very good one for gaming, and last year was very good as well.
Late last year, a few good games, like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V for next gen, came out and were able to make full use of the next gen consoles. Another game which took full advantage of the abilities of the consoles is Far Cry 4.
Fay Cry 4 is released two years after publisher Ubisoft released Far Cry 3, which was wildly successful, and as far as I know, there is no correlation between the two games and are both standalone.
Far Cry 4 takes place in Kyrat, a fictional Asian state or principality near the Himalayas. You play as Ajay, a young man who has made a pilgrimage back to his native country from the US to spread his mother’s ashes, per her wishes.
When Ajay gets back to Kyrat, though, he finds out both his parents were very influential freedom fighters who wanted to overthrow the vicious and flamboyant leader, Pagan Min.
Far Cry 4 is a first person shooter with elements of an RPG. There is a skill tree for your character to learn new abilities and you have to hunt animals to craft equipment upgrades for the ability to carry more items, money, and weapons.
There is also an XP bar which, when filled, gives you points to use on upgrades, similar to the Batman: Arkham series.
The shooting mechanics in the game are top notch. The weapon feel is fantastic and they sound incredible. The control scheme is essentially the same as Call of Duty, so if you have never played a Far Cry game before, you will not feel lost.
There are a lot of customization options for the guns too that include paint finishes, scopes/sights, suppressors, and extended magazines. Some guns only allow for one or two customizations but many allow you to customize everything about the gun.
For example, my long range gun of choice was a .50 caliber sniper with a variable scope, a suppressor, and an extended mag- all three attachments were added by me.
The gameplay, along with the weapons, is completely customizable too. For instance, when raiding an outpost, which serves as a fast travel and trade point when conquered, there are several options for the player to take.
They can ambush the place, guns blazing, they can find a hill next to the area and pick off enemies with a sniper (my personal favorite), or do a combination of the two. This allows for all players to be able to play the game the way they want.
Graphically, this game is gorgeous. The gameplay is fluid and I never had any problems with glitches or pop up animations.
The vistas look amazing and everything looks picturesque. For being an open world game, there is usually a time where you move faster than the game is able to load, which usually means for a stop for the game to catch up but I never found that with Far Cry 4.
This might have been one of the best looking games I have ever played.
The story is, much like the rest of the game, completely up to the player. The decisions you make determine what happens in the rest of the game.
Without going into too much detail about the story, you can pick if characters live or die and what route your group takes to achieve its goal.
All this is awesome and allows for replay because you can pick a new way to do things the next time around. The story is a little straightforward and at least on my play-through, there were no surprises or twists, but that is not a huge knock against it as it still is a fairly compelling narrative.
Far Cry 4 is a gorgeous game that has great mechanics, a good story, and amazing options for players of all types. This is one of the best games I have played on the next gen consoles because it is such a complete game and the developers did not sacrifice anything to ensure the game looked as good as it did (cough.. NHL 15… cough).
My only knock against this game, again, is the lack of a truly exciting story, but maybe I’ll get one on my second play through.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10