Blast from the past
Primal takes the Far Cry franchise to the Mesozoic era, swapping guns and vehicles for clubs and tamed animals.
AT its core, Far Cry is a series that drops players into a beautiful setting, gives them tools to survive, and then lets them loose.
That’s been true whether you’re on the sands of a tropical island, hurtling down dirt roads on a jeep in Africa, or staying warm against the chill of a Himalayan snowstorm.
Far Cry Primal has its own setting, but it marks the most drastic change of venues that Ubisoft Montreal has concocted so far – including the 80s nostalgia- play expansion for Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon. It’s a gamble that pays off, providing some of the best immersive action that the series has to offer. hunting is as valuable to the cause thematically – and mechanically – as is mainlining the story missions.
Don’t expect any time- travel shenanigans; Takkar doesn’t stumble upon a crate filled with firearms or other highly anachronistic cheats. His arsenal is era- appropriate, consisting of upgradable clubs, spears, and bows that you craft by scouring the world for materials.
It’s bound to bum out players who enjoy driving C4- laden trucks at outposts in the other Far Cry games, but I didn’t miss the comparative lack of explosive action.
My favourite Far Cry moments centre on the feeling of hiding in the brush, armed with a bow as I size up a cluster of enemies or a base. That’s still here, even if your arrows don’t have aluminium shafts. deadly payloads on my behalf. The series’ so- called anecdote factory is still humming right along, even if some of its more familiar machines aren’t running.
Far Cry has had its share of memorable villains over the years, such as the maniacal Vaas and the honeytongued psychopath Pagan Min.
Primal’s heavies aren’t as memorable, but Takkar’s friends make up for the lack of a singular antagonist. I saw unexpected moments of sweetness and poignancy mixed in with the skull- smashing violence, and I loved watching my tribe grow from a couple of survivors huddled into a cave to a vibrant community teeming with music and life.