Far Cry 4 has got to be one of the most beautifully well designed games of its time thanks to Ubisoft. Many of the reasons why I love this game are also the same reasons that make me have reservations about certain aspects of the game as well. When picking up this piece I did not know what to expect as I purposefully avoided following any of the advertisements or trailers for the title. Therefore, that made me fairly unbiased in checking it out and giving it a spin.
As with most games in the 21st century, Far Cry allows you to play with all of the features and controls you can possibly think of as many video game do these days. This includes the mega customization of how many skills you’d like your character Ajay to have throughout the game to survive, an array of different ways to get your enemies to the ground and leave them sleeping with the fishes, and a story that’ll leave you wanting to know more about the previously led life by your main character.
So let’s find out why this game was awesome. One of the undisputed best features of this game is the views of the scenery. I know that might not be what you’re expecting as the first comment about a game that involves ground warriors, tigers, and bears but it’s true the scenery is absolutely beautiful. As you continue to travel through this asiatic world you’re bound to see beautiful lake fronts, amazing mountain views, and wildly detailed landscapes.
Secondly, the diversity in the ways in which you character has to survive is pretty awesome as well. Not only can you get knocked off by some while refugees, theres a potential that you can be x’d by a wild bald eagle, mauled by a wild rhino and/or tiger as well. This game really pushes you to the limit of survival in the mean and rugged mountains of Shangri-La. There’s a ton of ways you can push yourself to the limit to be creative in how you take down your enemies and fight for a chance to keep discovering this Himalayan world which features fire bowing arrows, running enemies over with an elephant, and throwing meat at adversaries to lower tigers to maul them to death.
Lastly, one of the cool features of this game is the ongoing puzzles to gain closure and notoriety throughout the game. As you play you’ll see that you’ll have to go to the radio watch towers and partake in a puzzle like game to get to the top. This feature reminds me of Assassin’s Creed in a way because once you get to the top and unlock the clock tower it then becomes a fast travel point, which definitely does come in handy for such a robust game as this one.
As for the things that make this game a bit weak, it would definitely be the crazy landscaping and the inability to travel quickly without traveling through the rugged terrain or opening the map to get to a watch tower closes to your destination. If you live by the sword you die by the sword in this case because the main thing that makes this game beautiful kills it as well. As you play you’ll see how it’s almost like playing Grand Theft Auto trapped in a mountainous part of the city with no fast cars or ways to get around quickly. You’ll often find yourself running and or walking through trees, mountains, or dirt roads to get to your destinations. This was a total bust for me because you want to constantly dig in deep and just play a constant story rather than waste hours traveling through an unknown world.
Other than the traveling issue this might seem nitpicky but the load screen appears to be pixelated and as a former Digital Designer this makes me go, “How the hell did this slip past the creative team.” Another thing that stood out was the lack of realism in the character design with the software available these days. Having played titles like NBA2K where everyone looks real and you can see the sweat pouring and dropping off of people I’d have to say Far Cry 4 did not have that level of detail for their characters. This is understandable because of how much detail had to go into the wild life including a wild pack of wolves, elephants, wild tigers, boars, eagles, etc. If you’re looking for a real life-like look or style to the characters this is not the title for you.
Overall, Far Cry 4 is an awesome game to play if you have a lot of time to burn and this can easily be noted by the time tracker on the homepage. If you’re a gamer that likes to go through a story mode similar to a Call Of Duty title then this is not for you. But if you love to explore, discover new things, and take on the challenge of beating a never ending game. You’ll definitely want to go pick up this title and give it a shot.
Gameplay score 9
Graphics score 7
Music & SFX score 8