8.2/10

Your Own Personal Playground

Have you ever wanted to blow up a bear while riding an elephant, shooting at a foreign army with a grenade launcher? That may be an unnecessary question because the answer is definitely yes. The highly anticipated Far Cry 4 puts that power (and more) in your hands as you fight to free a nation from tyrannical rule.

The Good

Any one who has played Far Cry 3 will recognise some very familiar patterns, which for fans of the series is a very good thing. Far Cry 3 is an extremely good game, and 4 manages to take those great elements and polish them even further. The open world of Kyrat is enormous and beautiful, allowing you to spend hours of time getting lost in the rolling hills, snowy peaks and hundreds of hidden caves. It’s simply gorgeous and is a varied landscape, so it never becomes t boring to look at.

While many first person shooters may be limited by their world, Far Cry 4 has given you free reign, turning Kyrat into a playground for you to enjoy yourself. A deadly, murderous playground. Not only will you encounter random groups of enemies, you will also be the target of the local animals, including bears, tigers, leopards and rhinos, all of which provide materials for various gear upgrades. Another new feature is the option to play co-op with a buddy, so you can tear your way through Kyrat together.

The Bad

If you have played Far Cry 3, this may not be the game for you as there are more similarities than differences between the two games. While Kyrat is a new area with new stories and few new features, it is largely the same game. It’s fun, but fans of the previous game will notice the repetitiveness.

Far Cry 4 also falls short in one key area: the story and characters. Far Cry 3 was full of dynamic characters and choices that made you more desperate and took you on a journey from college kid to killing machine. 4 fails in this, making you play as a character with less dimensions than a piece of paper and doesn’t have a logical character development. There are some interested supporting characters, but they don’t have enough screen time to save the story.

The Bottom Line

If you played Far Cry 3 and wanted more of that experience, play Far Cry 4. If you have never played a Far Cry game, play Far Cry 4. But if you had your fill with any of the previous games in the series, you would be forgiven for letting this one pass by the wayside. But you will never get to fulfil your dream of overrunning a hostile fortress with a stamped of elephants.

A Little Extra

In Far Cry 4, you’ll conquer fortress outposts from the back of a six-ton elephant and take to the skies as you rain down explosives from the seat of your gyrocopter. The vertical landscape of the Himalayas isn’t just a pretty backdrop, but a playground that encourages the player to fight, hunt and explore, grappling up cliffs or launching into the air, plummeting to the valley below in a controlled free fall with your wing suit. You’ll carry with you a truly unique arsenal of weaponry that lets you play your way, whether it’s sniping, sneaking or all-out assault. When all else fails, animals can be your biggest allies or your greatest danger, as Kyrat’s wilderness delivers on the promise of a true open world anecdote factory.