6 Moments from Far Cry 4’s Open World

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6 Moments from Far Cry 4’s Open World

Let loose in Kyrat, I was immediately overwhelmed by the volume of play built into this open world space. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Far Cry 4 invites players back into a first-person exploration of quiet villages, dangerous tyranny, and majestic views. It’s packed with emergent missions that can hook players into gunfights and high-speed chases. It has laughs and bitter choices.

Far Cry 4 tells the story of Ajay Ghale, a native of Kyrat who has returned to its war-torn valleys to spread his mother’s ashes. Ajay is pulled into the civil unrest plaguing the area thanks to the sociopathic despot Pagan Min and his violent regime.

I asked Game Director Pat Methe to share five of his favorite moments from Far Cry 4. Watch the video below and follow along. As a bonus, I sat down and played Far Cry 4 myself and picked out six things that caught my eye during a three-hour binge session.


6 Moments from Far Cry 4’s Open World

1.) Emergent Missions

Far Cry 4 tells its story through various mission types, but many of the most interesting moments in Ubisoft Montreal’s open world emerge from interactions with Pagan Min’s troops in the wild. Driving from one point of interest to another? You might stumble upon one of Min’s patrols — suddenly, you’re waging a desperate gunfight on a rocky cliff.

There’s no official goal with these fights other than survival. But they tell their own stories, and enable Ajay to scavenge for supplies along the way.

2.) Side-quests, Sights, and Collectibles

Pagan Min’s troops have caused terrible damage to Kyrat and its people. While exploring villages and temples, you’ll find ample opportunities to push the tyrant back, from rescuing hostages to tearing down propaganda posters in peaceful villages.

There’s also a host of collectibles to be found for those craving completion, and make sure you take a moment to enjoy Kyrat’s expansive vistas when the dust settles after a fight.

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3.) Go Racing

Early in Ajay’s journey, he’ll encounter an aggressive (and passionate) filmmaker who has set up races across Kyrat for filming purposes (and money making). Find these races and you’ll be speeding down dirt roads and in between trees on an ATV, hitting checkpoints along the way.

Will these thrilling diversions weaken Min’s grasp on Kyrat? Maybe not. But filmmakers need to make a living, people!

4.) Skill Trees

As Ajay gains experience, you can unlock his most powerful abilities by spending points across two different skill trees. Themed after the tiger and the elephant, these skills improve Ajay’s battle prowess and his ability to interact with the world around him.

The tiger skill tree is focused on combat, gunplay, and raw aggression. Dealing with Min’s troops does tend to involve some bloodshed, after all. The elephant skill tree, alternatively, focuses on more defensive abilities, like bandaging up Ajay’s wounds. A mixture of both trees seems appropriate, though you’re welcome to focus on whatever abilities best suit your style.

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5.) Killer Goats

During my session, I was tasked with clearing a village of Min’s men while keeping the hostages held there alive. I ditched my vehicle outside the village so I wouldn’t attract any attention, and used Ajay’s camera to survey the landscape and mark possible targets. Three innocent villagers were being held at gunpoint, but I spotted a route into the village that would let me stealthily take out the guards.

Upon approach, I came close to a pair of goats milling outside the village — too close, actually. The goats attacked and killed Ajay before he could complete the mission. A deadly lesson in how dangerous Kyrat can be, even when you have the upper hand.

Note: I eventually saved the hostages. But I had to kill the goats.

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6.) Defending the Divine

Long after my tragic encounter with the goats, Ajay gained access to some of Min’s intel, which revealed the next target of the tyrant’s forces: a peaceful temple. This began one of my favorite missions in Far Cry 4 thus far, which saw Ajay setting up defenses for the temple and preventing Min’s soldiers from destroying the holy artifacts within.

The mission combined frantic gunplay with a touch of improvised explosives, as Ajay sprinted back and forth across the temple grounds to stop the attacking soldiers. This mission illustrates how Far Cry 4 ties play together with Ajay’s story — a man discovering his ancestry and his spiritual connection to the land.

Fortunately for me, no goats were present during this mission. Far Cry 4 launches on PS4 and PS3 on November 18th.

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  • Can’t wait for Far Cry 4. It looks completely mind-blowing. All hail Ubisoft!

  • Looks great, can’t wait!

  • I’ve pre-ordered the bundle with the season pass, can’t wait!

  • Preordered and absolutely ready for Nov. 18! :D

  • No real animals were harmed during the making of that video. :3

  • Oh man I can’t wait for Far Cry 4! It looks great. I loved Far Cry 3, and I’m sure Far Cry 4 will be even better. And with Assassin’s Creed a week before, Ubisoft is definitely one of my favorite developers.

  • The far cry 4 game in the store is the limited edition?

  • Is this in 1080p

  • What a great article! That was a very fun watch! I love the location and it looks better than FC3. I am going to have to preorder this for $15 PSN credit. Was waiting for a Lords of the Fallen review but I don’t see anything thus far. Oh well, this looks like a winner with a ton of game play!

  • ok please be real. Far cry 3 was a visual improvement over Far cry 2 yea,but the multiplayer set up was not. Im only talking about the multi and the most important thing to alot of people the editor. Both had isuues but Fc3 should have been more than what it was. It felt like a after thought when it should be top of the list after solo. The physics engine sucked the sandbox mode is worthless give us back deathmatch and force launch,fix the servers they suck on fc3 big time but there is little talk about the editor at all alot of rumors but even during interviews its not a talking point why? thats what makes far cry not another fps

  • any word on the gta san andreas remaster? thanks, johnny.

  • looks great but unfortunately i will not be getting it due to ubisofts greed with that overpriced season pass.

    i’ll wait for the definitive edition that has ALL the content.

  • Ryan, sorry to post this here, not sure where else to ask, but for the Buy $100, Get $15 back deal, it says on purchases *through* October 28th. Does that *include* October 28th? Thanks. :)

  • Can’t wait for far cry 4 and call of duty aw.

  • Game looks fun. Too bad PS4 is not worth purchasing yet.

  • I wish they wouldn’t have changed the cover art for this game.

  • “Game looks fun. Too bad PS4 is not worth purchasing yet.”

    So play it on your PS3? Can’t say that system isn’t worth buying.

  • I hope ubisoft doesn’t disappoint us for 2015 like they did for 2014, with Watch Dogs and AC Black Flag, but I have hope that they will do better ?

  • @ 15 if the PS4 is not worth purchasing yet, then I don’t know what is

  • The game looks amazing!!!!

  • I can’t understand why you would choose to release this the same day as Gta5? If anything maybe a week sooner, I know cod:aw is out next week and a lot are getting it but you guys should have dropped this month or the week before gta5.

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