13th January 2015 KingofMetal79
3) Far Cry 4 (PS4)
The game follows Ajay Ghale, a young Kirati-American of Nepali origin who returns to his native country Kyrat (presently in Nepal) to spread his deceased mother's ashes. On his arrival he soon becomes embroiled in a civil war being raged between the tyrannical Kyrat's Royal Army and Golden Path rebels. Apparently the story was inspired by the ten years long Maoist insurgency in Nepal.
The game is an open-world, adventure first person shooter.
I love Far Cry – FACT. It’s open world, violent action, adventure stylings are pretty much everything I look for in a game. In one hand it satisfies my hunger for big guns, comic book characters and violent, over-the-top-action and in the other it quenches my thirst for beautiful open worlds that are a joy to explore and easy to lose yourself in.
It's easy to see this as Far Cry ‘3.5’ due to the games seemingly short production time and similarities to its predecessor but the luscious graphics and addition of co-op gameplay, incorporated arena battles, Elephant mounts and micro lights means there is more than enough new stuff to draw the die-hards back in.
For me the setting is great (Snowy mountain vistas and ancient temples) but it’s the way the game plays and the freedom to do what you like, when you like that I love. Like Skyrim, I spent many hours simply driving round, hunting animals, exploring caverns and base jumping from the highest peaks I could find, with no or hardly any care for the main story – it’s not to say that i didn't care for it but i simply love experiencing, in my own time, the sumptuous world Ubisoft had created.
As discussed above, while this is in some respects 'more of the same' (if you have played previous entries in the franchise) it is done so well and is so much fun to play I don't think many gamers will mind too much. For long-time fans of the series they will be glad to see improved draw distances and denser vegetation. Players will also notice a definite ramp up in the aggression of the native wildlife - you will be constantly attacked by a menagerie of rabid animals as you attempt to explore every nook and cranny of Kyrat so be wary of your surroundings (damn you Honey Badgers to hell!!!).
One thing that I would also like to see in future entries is the inclusion of dynamic weather throughout the campaign (you do come across a handful of scripted blizzards in a handful of side missions based in the mountains but nothing more). The ability to Liberate a camp in the midst of a snow blizzard while utilising the reduce visibility or during a night storm using thunder claps to cover gunfire would be very cool.
I hope that any inevitable sequels retain the sense of fun and exploration but are able to bring new elements to the table and fresh settings to avoid any franchise fatigue that the other (once?) great game series owned by Ubisoft (can you guess which one?) seem to be suffering from....