Far Cry Primal may have been released recently but it is worth going back to Far Cry 4 to see if it still holds up.
All of the Far Cry games have similarities but have different storylines and characters so they are all worth checking out separately to discover which your favourite is. So to start this review it is worth saying if you didn’t enjoy Far Cry 3 then there is no point giving the fourth instalment a go. But there is a lot more going in and some of the criticisms aimed at 3 have been resolved.
Firstly, the main character Ajay is better than Jason as he is deliberately downplayed, he is not a silent protagonist but he definitely doesn’t speak as much as his predecessor and because of this it is a more enjoyable story. The spotlight is taken away from your character and put on the supporting cast and this makes perfect sense as Kyrat is new to the player and the character so he won’t know everything about the place. The characters provide the depth with most given satisfying arcs and the fact that choosing different characters in different situations changes the story and gives access to different missions.
The real star of the show, which seems to be a recurring theme for the franchise, is the villain and this time it is Pagan Min. He is a villain worth pursuing and every time he is on the screen he is captivating and makes you pay attention. The story makes good use of him but once again he is underused, however he could become boring if he was continually pushed down your throat.
Core gameplay is virtually identical to Far Cry 3 but with a new coat of paint and with the massive draw distances, it does make it a real treat to look at and explore. Also there is so much more to do in this game and it is very easy to get distracted. There are outposts to attack, loads of collectibles to find, radio towers, extra quests and something that takes up a lot of your time that has clearly inspired the latest game, hunting the wildlife. The elephants are a particular highlight as they are fun to ride but they are even more fun when you set them free and watch them attack the enemy from distance.
The skill system is a bit of a let-down and is massively uninspiring and a lot of the options aren’t even worth picking. However, the karma system does work well with the local people reacting to you in different ways and will provide you with cheaper items if you are good to them.
Finally, the co-op experience doubles the fun and causing mayhem is hilarious. You can’t do the story missions but there is so much fun to be had here. More does not necessarily mean better than Far Cry 3 but diversity is one of its strongest assets.
8 out of 10.