Get ready for yet another epic open-world adventure with Far Cry 4, arguably Ubisoft’s first legitimate next-gen game. As with all Far Cry games, the experience will be grand, but just what exactly should you be expecting? Simply put, a lot.
Fortunately for you, we have waded through all the information released for the game to bring you the biggest highlights. Our coverage is not complete, so keep coming back to this page for even more details and highlights:
A New World, Hero and Villain
While Far Cray 3 was set in dystopian tropical region in Africa, Far Cry 4 takes place in a wild, Tibet-like region in the Himalayas called Kyrat. You play as Ajay Ghale, a young lad who, after returning to the country of his birth to scatter his mother’s ashes, finds himself caught up in a civil between Kyrat’s citizens and despotic self-appointed king Pagan Min (played by Troy Baker).
Pagan Min is not a native Kyratese, but rather an outsider from Hong Kong who despises everything traditional about his adopted country. He has his own vision of how the place should look, function and progress, a vision his constituents oppose, hence the civil war.
As indicated in the trailer above, Ajay and Pagan Min are connected. The protagonist’s parents were the leaders of the rebellion in its early stages, so you can bet the villainous Pagan has something sinister planned for him.
Game Map Filled with Life and Activity
Far Cry 4‘s game map is actually the same size as that of Far Cry 3, a decision Ubisoft settled on in order to build a world that felt more alive. In other words, there will be more to do and see than in the previous games.
Considering you’re in the Himalayas, get ready for a breath-taking scenic environment filled with a panorama of white-peaked mountains, lush evergreen forestry, a large variety of Asiatic animals (the fearless Honey Badger being one), beautiful and lively Tibetan-styled towns and villages, and loads of exotic women.
Gameplay, Vehicles and Generous Co-op System
Ubisoft describes Far Cry 4 as being more vertical than its predecessor, which makes sense given that you’re high up in the mountains. In other words, you will be traversing up and down more than in past Far Cry games, and to help you do so, there are such new tools as a grappling hook, skies, a gyrocopter, and white-knuckle wing suits.
Of course, because this is Asia there are domesticated Elephants, which you can ride or use as a beefy weapons to take on outposts. And with the traditional modes of transportation, you can now fire your weapon while driving, say, a Jeep, as well as leap from vehicle to vehicle during road chases. You can even sabotage the enemy’s vehicle by cutting its brakes and engage in other disabling acts.
Far Cry 4‘s co-op system is interesting in that it allows gamers to play the game without owning it, so far as you get it for the PlayStation 4. All they have to do is to download an app that contains the entire game world, minus the single-player mission content, and then get invited by a ‘PlayStation Plus’ friend who actually owns the game. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though the same functionality will be offered to Xbox Live subscribers.
Those looking to give Far Cry 4 a go will need a Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 or PC. The fun begins on November 18th.