Far Cry instalment shows no great improvement
FAR Cry 4. Boiled down, its’s essentially Far Cry 3 with more collectible stuff and a storyline that doesn’t so much disappoint but crash and burn.
You are cast as Ajay Ghale, an American who has come to the fictional Himalayan nation of Kyrat. You then take up the cause of The Golden Path, which is the same rebel seperatist group founded by your departed mother.
You then embark on an embarassingly bad campaign that sees you deal with the same narrative issues that so plagued Far Cry 3, except so much worse this time around you would suspect Ubisoft may be having a bit of a laugh at us.
That being said, if you do your utmost best to ignore the storyline, the ludicrous similarities to other games in the Ubisoft family (like tearing propoganda off the walls - Assassin’s Creed) and the fact that it feels like a rework of the previous title, you’ll surely find many thrills in the Nepal-like Kyrat.
Breaking free from the hum-drum narrative and exploring the wilderness is an absolute must. You can never complain of having nothing to do in Far Cry 4. Perhaps you need to liberate an outpost from Min’s army.
You can sneak around stabbing foes and hurling knives into unsuspecting enemies, or you could throw a slap of meat in and invite along a deadly predator to the party. If your feeling particularly destructive, even riding an elephant into battle isn’t out of the question.
This ceaseless barrage of activities begins to grate after a while. You liberate an outpost and drive away, and you’re already being bombarded in ten seconds by notifications that it’s under attack. Should you dutifully protect your people, you may find that the same crowd are under attack again in the next breath.
For me, a sandbox with so much potential for roaming and chance encounters shouldn’t be ceaselessly pulling you back to the same grind.
It’s a problematic campaign, that is only made worse by awful characters, but the world itself is extraordinary.
When you circumvent Far Cry 4’s major thematic flaws, inconsistent missions, and incessant nagging you will find the game you came looking for. Far Cry 4 depicts the gamut of factors that decide both a video game’s success and its failure. Hard to recommend to a long-time fan, but certainly not the worst place to start your journey (Far Cry 2, im looking at you).
You Can never Complain of having nothing to do in Far Cry 4.