Far Cry 4 Hands On

Far Cry 4 Hands On

The third Far-Cry title was one of my favourite games of 2012. It offered a fun and accessible mix of open-world exploration, first-person shooter dynamics and a decent storyline with compelling characters. But now, watching a live demo of Far-Cry 4 in the Ubisoft booth at E3, the game suddenly seems so primitive and dated. Just seconds in, it is clear that the team at Ubisoft Montreal have completely outdone themselves this time around.

Far-Cry 4 has a similar setup, with an everyday character named Ajay Ghale being caught up in a anarchistic civil-war when he returns to his primitive home in Kyrat, a rural town in the Himalayas. The once peaceful town has been devastated by the regime of a despotic, power hungry self-appointed ruler by the name of Pagan Min (voiced by the brilliant Troy Baker of Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us fame).

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Before our hands-on experience with the game, we were shown a few of the features by Ubisoft’s Julian Laferriere, a producer on Far-Cry 4. Just like in the previous game, players are presented with a huge sand-box-like world to explore, except this time around a tropical island has been replaced with a picturesque Himalayan environment. Which includes jaw-dropping heights and snow encrusted mountains, but also lower altitude rice paddies and beautiful ruins to explore.

It is truly an epic location and despite the intimidating terrain - it’s incredibly inviting to explore at the same time. Players will be able to do so with a plethora of tools at their disposal too, including grappling hooks for scaling mountain sides, vehicles to traverse large distances and of course, the fan favourite glider makes a return as well, allowing you to launch yourself off mountain sides and swoop down for miles until you find a safe spot to land.

Along the way, you’ll witness captivating scenery such as villages perched alongside towering mountains, native wild-life including a random surprising encounter between an eagle and a rather unfortunate goat, and even religious and cultural pieces of art drawn directly into the rock face by the locals. Far-Cry 4 is simply breath-taking - both immersive and exciting at the same time.

The action is just as good too, as my brief hands-on time at E3 demonstrated. Players can chose a new weapon, the crossbow, for silent and stealthy take-downs. Scaling above enemies and taking them out one at a time. Or they can embark on a more ‘Michael Bay’ approach (as Ubi’s Laferriere liked to call it) and simply blow everything up. One particularly fun move was to attach a timed explosive onto a flammable barrel and send it rolling toward unsuspecting enemies.

It’s not just humans getting in on the murderous antics either. Animals will also get involved and there were certain times where we had allies in the form of elephants and yaks, who would trample and take down enemies purely because they got in their way. There is something quite remarkable about being in the middle of a gun-fight and seeing one of your enemies get picked up by an elephant and thrown across the map like he was a weightless rag-doll.

When not on foot, players can ride these wild beasts to get from place to place. But they can also drive vehicles too, which make a return from Far-Cry 3. Except the developers have ensured that the driving is more fun this time around, finally allowing players to shoot and drive at the same time. Coupled with narrow, high-altitude dirt roads and rocky terrain, the driving in Far-Cry 4 looks more exciting and treacherous than ever.

Just before the end of our time with Far-Cry 4, we also briefly witnessed two-player co-op play where a second player could enter the game and help take-down enemies in a stronghold. It began with the Ajay calling for back-up and a second, human controlled player arriving in a small flying gyrocopter to help from the air.

After hours of fun with Far-Cry 3, I’m pretty excited for this follow-up and my time with the game today has only elevated my expectations. Thankfully, considering the number of delayed titles this year, it appears that we’ll see Far-Cry 4 this November when it releases worldwide on the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Far Cry 4
+ A whole new adventure for fans of Far-Cry 3
- Not ideal for sufferers of vertigo
"A truly breath-taking experience so far "
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Comments Comments (24)

Posted by jtbthatsme
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 11:07 AM
If this is the step up you say it is this is going to friggin amazing, I can't wait to get this.
Posted by Timzone
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 11:32 AM
Can't wait!!
Posted by Romulus
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 11:43 AM
Looks amazing!
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 12:28 PM
It does look awesome, and no doubt i'll get it eventually however.... I'm more interested in a blood dragon 2 game with this game engine!
Posted by tom_nz
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 2:35 PM
This is going to be spectacular! I am itching to get my hands on it. I have recently figured out that I waaaaay prefer multiplayer over singleplayer so am stoked that I will be able to play the story with a mate. Very cool.
Posted by guido
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 2:36 PM
I couldn't be more hyped for this game! The gyrocopter cracks me up! A poor mans Apache gunship :-D My only question is how open will this world be? Will there be invisible walls or unscalable mountains providing a boundary to the play area? Will you be able to climb Mt Everest??
Posted by koyukon
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 2:54 PM
I already want to save the bearded guy.
Posted by fatbot
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 5:30 PM
They've done so many great things with this game. It's definitely going on the wish list
Posted by Gonzala
On Friday 13 Jun 2014 5:37 PM
Brilliant graphics
Posted by reavers
On Saturday 14 Jun 2014 2:56 AM
These visuals, are jaw dropping gorgeous! I would like to know the PC specs that is recommended to obtain this quality
Posted by Deanology
On Saturday 14 Jun 2014 3:13 AM
Geeeet some..
Pretty keen on this bad boy..
Posted by scotteffone
On Saturday 14 Jun 2014 1:13 PM
I borrowed Far Cry 3 from a friend and never finished it but throughly enjoyed it (Eat! Lets put some meat on this skinny bones.) This looks great!
Posted by Shoel
On Saturday 14 Jun 2014 6:27 PM
Hmm, a potentially awesome game eh? Well they had me when they announced that wicked CE. Another game to look forward to!
Posted by Rahulk
On Saturday 14 Jun 2014 9:11 PM
I've gotten into the far cry games, maybe this one could grab my attention, we'll just have to see.
Posted by Bappernz
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 6:49 AM
looking forward to getting my hands on this one
Posted by CoffeeAddict
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 8:08 AM
I cannot wait to send in the elephants!
Posted by thetechnition20
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 9:35 AM
This looks amazing!
Posted by stutank
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 10:47 AM
If it has co-op, then it gets my vote. And it looks incredible.
Posted by stutank
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 10:49 AM
13 June 2014, 02:35 PM Reply to tom_nz
This is going to be spectacular! I am itching to get my hands on it. I have recently figured out that I waaaaay prefer multiplayer over singleplayer so am stoked that I will be able to play the story with a mate. Very cool.
Same for me. As I've got older I'm not so into single player games. It's always more fun with a friend and if the game is terrible then you can make your own fun.
Posted by Sovereign
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 12:20 PM
Looks awesome!
Posted by Locky
On Sunday 15 Jun 2014 7:44 PM
When and where can I pre-order this game? I'm sold
Posted by sakuraba
On Monday 16 Jun 2014 8:43 PM
Looks awesome, i still have far cry 3 and haven. Beat it yet im bad at finishing games
Posted by RealmEnder
On Monday 16 Jun 2014 10:43 PM
I like the change of scenery, looks like a very inviting open world to explore.
Posted by Jermachi
On Tuesday 17 Jun 2014 11:21 AM
This was took game of the show for me. I loved Far Cry 3 and now they are going even bigger and badder? Awesome! And to top it off it looks fun as well. That's what a huge number of triple-A games are missing these days, fun.