Far Cry 4 gives the player a lot of freedom and flexibility. Almost every situation can be handled in a variety of ways. Combat is varied and satisfying. You can go in guns blazing and strapped with explosives, stealth kill your way through while disabling alarms, or open a few cages and toss some bait to let the wildlife of Kyrat tear your enemies apart. You will spend a significant amount of your time traversing through Kyrat and travel is also varied. The game offers several different land vehicles including trucks, ATV’s and hovercrafts. Additionally there is a variety of options for air travel, from your trusty wing suit and hang glider to small gyrocopters that allow for quick and convenient travel through the mountains. Of course there are also fast travel points which can be unlocked by liberating outposts and load times are pleasantly short.
The characters of Far Cry 4 are compelling and interesting, though they mostly only serve to guide the player from quest to quest via cut scenes. The games most interesting character is the game’s antagonist, Pagan Minn. The current King of Kyrat, and voiced by Troy Baker, Pagan is the most important and most interesting character and it is a little disappointing that for the better part of the game he isn’t seen and is only heard over your walkie.
The campaign will have you leading the Golden Path, an army that was once formed by your Father in order to liberate Kyrat. Several times during the campaign you will be asked to make choices which will have different effects on your game and will result in completely different missions for you in the future. This helps you to connect more with the characters and give you a stake in the future of Kyrat. Beyond the main campaign missions, Kyrat has a lot to offer. There are a large variety of side missions which serve as good distractions as well as expand upon the life of Kyrat. From hunting animals, liberating enemy outposts and radio towers to recovering conflict diamonds and experiencing various drug induced hallucinations, there is always something to keep you busy.
Far Cry 4 also offers ways to play with others. The campaign can be played cooperatively with one other friend. The player who joins the game will play as Hurk, a comical companion who enjoys big guns and explosions. Only the player who hosts the game will make campaign progress, but both players can earn experience and weapons. Additionally the game offers competitive multiplayer with a few different game types and a map creator. While these work well, they aren’t nearly as enjoyable as the campaign and lack the liveliness that you experience in the open world.
Far Cry 4 is an excellent game with beautiful landscapes and lots of action. It stays true to the Far Cry formula and is one of the best open world games this year.
*reviewed on XboxOne