Far Cry 4 Hands-on

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Far Cry 4 Hands-on
Far Cry 4 Hands-on

Far Cry 4 explores two tonal opposites: the icy, high-reaching peaks of the Himalayan mountains, and the warm, mythical memories of Shangri-La. Ubisoft recently showed off both of these environments — which make up just some of the many areas in its upcoming open-world shooter. In Far Cry 4, players face the despotic Pagan Min and his violent regime in the fictional region of Kyrat. But each player can make a near endless number of choices along the way, and enlist the help of both weapons and the wild to accomplish his or her goals and topple Min’s tyranny.

Far Cry 4’s hero Ajay Ghale — a Kyrat native — travels to Kyrat to spread his mother’s ashes. But he’s soon swept up in the bloody violence that plagues the country and its people. In the demo I played, Ajay makes his way through one of Min’s outposts to kill the area’s commander. This first section takes place amidst Himalayan peaks, with flurries of snow and slivers of rock accenting the crests and ridges. The developers at Ubisoft Montreal have gone to great lengths to capture the look and feel of the location and keep it as authentic as possible.

As the developers have explained, their goal is to stay out of a player’s way and allow everyone to approach Far Cry 4’s challenges in unique ways. From the obvious approaches, like guns blazing or stealth takedowns, to the more atypical tactics like using the local wildlife to do a player’s dirty work — all options are open.

I began, as I assume many players would, creeping between buildings and hiding behind rocks, tracking enemy patterns and marking soldiers with Ajay’s digital camera. Taking down a soldier from behind delivers the sort of satisfaction that only a stealth game can provide, with muffled grunts, gurgles, and a feeling of ninja transcendance. Ajay can also grapple up to building rooftops or snowy ledges to gain a height advantage, but be careful — when I tried this I was quickly spotted. Ninja transcendance vanished!

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Combat in Far Cry 4 feels tight and punchy, with the bark of automated weapons and the echoing blast of shotguns keeping each engagement energized. Of course, in this remote outpost Ajay doesn’t have access to as many weapons and vehicles as he would in the wider open world, but this limitation is a welcome challenge and varies Far Cry 4’s pacing.

After a brief intermission, Ubisoft revealed the second part of the demonstration: Shangri-La. As Ajay, players will stumble across a set of tapestries spread throughout Kyrat. These tapestries thrust Ajay into the memories of an ancient warrior of Kyrat’s past, to purge evil from the fabled soil of Shangri-La.

These sections of play provide a complete shift in feel, color, tone, and style. While the Himalayan peaks are cold, blue, and harsh, the Shangri-La portions are strangely warm and organic. Red petals drift through the air, rich colors lend a mythical quality to the memories, and players are joined by an ally — a guardian tiger.

This tiger stalks your enemies autonomously, but players can also direct its actions with the press of a button. Outnumbered? Hide behind a rocky outcrop and let your predatory ally thin out enemy ranks. Players also have access to a powerful bow that can govern the flow of time, enabling them to line up difficult shots with a well-timed dollop of slow-mo.

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These slices of play represent just small drops in the larger ocean of Far Cry 4’s world. With vehicular combat, animal companions, and co-op combat, Far Cry 4 has much more to offer. And with the PlayStation exclusive Keys to Kyrat, players can invite friends into the open world, even if they don’t own a copy of the game.

Far Cry 4 launches on November 18th for PS4 and PS3.

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  • Can’t wait for Far Cry 4! BEYOND!

  • Me too. It looks awesomely amazing

  • Looks like fun on a bun.
    Guess I should get around to playing Far Cry 3 someday soon. So many good games, such a big backlog, never enough time.
    First world problems.

  • Out of all the great games releasing this year, FarCry4 is the one I’m looking forward to the most. I absolutely loved the underrated FarCry3. It was my GOTY in 2012. With SharePlay coming this Fall and the Keys to Kyrat with this game, how are the different experiences? Are you unable to use SharePlay with this game? I have a few friends that are only into sports/COD games, so I think this will be a great way to get new people into the Franchise.

    And as always Mr. Clements BeYond!

  • I might rent this. I enjoyed Farcry 3 but it didn’t feel like a full price purchase. Ubisoft’s focus on making most of their games open world is kinda to their detriment because alot of the ones i’ve played (Farcry 3, Watch Dogs, AC) all have a genericly similiar approach to their sidequests and aren’t nearly as varied as in the GTA games. :(

  • Farcry 4 or LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4 on the same day. Dam I wish I can afford both. For the sake of marriage I’ll be getting LBP3 :/

    I’ll be willing to play with a friend cooperatively in Fry Cry 4 :)

  • Skater Ricky I won’t be using all my Keys for my friends, I only know 4 people with ps4s. If you add me, I’ll definitely send you a key to play co op with me. I’ll have the game at launch.

  • Looks so freakin’ great. Far Cry 4 can’t come any sooner! It’s so hard to believe it’s so close, yet so far away!

  • With the hype that’s surrounding this game I’m not still sure if I will buy this just yet since I didn’t play FC3 not sure if the stories are connected but I like to play in order. I will have to check this out more and then I’ll see.

  • So sweet. I can’t wait to get this on PS4. Looking forward to the game sharing feature via PSN too. We’re all a little broke around the holidays. Especially after October releases and Black Friday!

  • Gimme!

  • Will the Keys to Kyrat work with both the PS3 and PS4 version of the game? and can you play co-op cross console?

  • Actually hyped for this game. Look very promising. Only downfall is that Shangri-La is DLC…

  • Reaaaaaaally wish I didn’t know about Shangri-La portions until release, seems like something super awesome that we should be surprised with. That being said, my hype levels remain ever high.

  • I really really want this game for my PS4, and I also really wanted Watch Dogs for my PS4, was totally let down, especially with the short story line and bad driving, i really really really hope this games proves me wrong. As of now I dont like any PS4 titles really, as far as the PS4 goes, i cant say one bad thing about it.

  • I was fortunate enough to play test the multiplayer mode for Far Cry 4 back in March before it was ever announced…I’d been biting my nails waiting for the opportunity to tell my friends exactly how awesome this game is going to be! Can’t wait to see the final version and compare it to what I initially had hands on with!

  • Since I laid my eyes on the cover art for this game it’s been a go.

  • This game looks like such a blast. Can hardly wait.

  • I’m anstipating the debut of this video game title.
    I’m excited to see what this game brings to the table.
    The graphics as presented looks marvelous and would instantly sell.
    There are still some shady aspects of the game, but hopefully light will shine over.

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