Ubisoft Montreal has unleashed Far Cry 4 in North America and the UK and the judges have agreed, it is nothing less than stunning. Excluding Japan, the rest of the world will get their hands on Far Cry 4 in only two days.
In the campaign the player takes on the role of Ajay Ghale, who returns to his homeland of Kyrat, which is a fictional location based upon the Himalayas of Nepal. Sent home to spread the ashes of his diseased mother, Ghale finds himself caught in the middle of a civil wat between rebel organization, the Golden Path and self-proclaimed King Pagan Min.
Following in the footsteps of Far Cry 3 is not an easy task, yet was one that the Ubisoft Montreal team wanted to outdo. Although the plot in some open world games urges the player to finish certain tasks in a time sensitive manner, the truth is usually that such tasks can be performed at the leisure of the player. After all, having an open world means that the player has a lot to do at any time. However, the team wanted to avoid such conflicts this time and focused on making the plot and open world compliment each other. They also really wanted to make the co-op experience as powerful as possible and players are loving it so far. Note, this video shows graphic gameplay and contains a few curse words.
It is true that Far Cry 3 featured the protagonist Jason Brody, someone new to the ferocious world he was thrust into, but he changed, adapted and learned from the environment, what he ultimately became was up to the player. Yet still the character was Jason Brody, it was not the person playing. This time Ubisoft Montreal wanted to hone in more on the player instead of the protagonist. It is true that Ajay Ghale is the main character, but he has been given less verbal interaction in hopes of creating a character more for the role of the person playing.
Reviewers have already been running through the wilderness and going on elephant rampages enough to determine that overall, Far Cry 4 is excellent. Venture beat gave it a 94 out of 100 and noted the open world playground feeling of the game as very well done. Destructoid gave it a 9 out of 10, Metacritic gave it an 86 out of 100, Games Radar gave it a 4 out of 5, and Joystiq awarded it a 4.5 out of 5 and called it the “undisputed king of the open-world shooter.”
The majority of reviewers have found faults within Far Cry 4, but still regard it as an amazing game overall. Many are not thrilled by the story and plot segments, preferring instead to scale the mountains with a friend and appreciate the powerful landscapes. One specific set of captivating sidequests that stunned reviewers involves entering the Shangri-La (after finding thangkas) and reliving the life of the Hindu warrior, Kallnag.
Many of the worst reviews Far Cry 4 received have still been good, most of which circulate around a score of 8 out of 10. Gamespot however did give the game a 7 out of 10 for having “awful story” and “awful characters.” They also noted that the title had some questionable themes and at times would pull the attention away from the freeform sandbox that is Kyrat.
Overall, Far Cry 4 has been stunning most reviews with excellent mechanics, co-op and landscapes that make exploring a fun and exciting journey. The title can be picked up on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. As a final note, leave the Honey Badgers alone.