Far Cry 4 - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

November 18, 2014

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.
8.3

Summary:

In Far Cry 4 on the PlayStation 4, we get to follow a young man by the name of Ajaye Ghale. He is a Kyrati-American from Nepal who comes home to Kyrat in order to spread the ashes of his dead mother. Kyrat is a hyper fictionalized version of the Himalayas. On a simple trip to set his mother to rest, Ajay instead finds his home country in the midst of a deadly and disastrous civil war. Ajay is thrown right in the middle and has to make decisions almost immediately, knowing with every action there is a huge consequence throughout.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher(s):
    • Ubisoft
  • Release Date(s):
    • November 18, 2014
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
  • Online Player(s):
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • Far Cry
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 25GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Sound Engine:
    • Dolby Digital
  • Engine:
    • Dunia Engine 2
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 42 Hours
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2015-02-21

Jamie_Hall

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PS4

8.4

'Far Cry 4' on the PlayStation 4 is the next installment from Ubisoft Montreal in the storied 'Far Cry' series. This entry promises an open world full of action, improved graphics, and an almost cinematic element to its gameplay. The game came out with a ton of buzz but the question isn't about hype, it is about payoff. Does the team at Ubisoft continue to push the envelope or have they finally found themselves jumping the shark? Let's jump into the island world of 'Far Cry' and see just how well this title will pay off for its dedicated and passionate fanbase.

So what's it all about?

A good game will put you into the world of a disenfranchised hero. It is easy to root for the 'good guys', like Captain America, but it is harder for us to root for someone that doesn't fit the prototypical understanding of 'heroic'. In 'Far Cry 4' we get to follow a young man by the name of Ajaye Ghale. He is a Kyrati-American from Nepal who comes home to Kyrat in order to spread the ashes of his dead mother. Kyrat is a hyper fictionalized version of the Himalayas and it is there that most of the action takes place. On a simple trip to set his mother to rest, Ajay instead finds his home country in the midst of a deadly and disastrous civil war. The Royal Army of Kyrat takes on the helm of antagonist as they are led by an almost pirate like, insane, leader named Pagan Min. Min is set diametrically opposed to the 'rebel group' called the Golden Path. Ajay is thrown right in the middle of this war and forced to start making tough decisions almost immediately. What you do will help set the tone for how the game will unfold with every action having a huge consequence.

How does it improve upon Far Cry 3?

Director Mark Thompson loudly espoused his disappointment in how the narrative of the 'Far Cry' series clashed, initially, with the open world nature of the game. He felt that the open world aspect took away from the 'time critical' moments in the narrative and so there was always a clashing feeling. This has been corrected with the story of 'Far Cry 4'. While time is of the essence, you are never in a rush to accomplish your goals. The Civil War will continue whether you are actively fighting Min or not. And so it doesn't hurt you to take time out to explore and enjoy the scenery.

Outside of the narrative upgrade, which features a story based a ten year long insurgency in Nepal, the game itself plays a bit different geographically. While the map itself is roughly the size of 'Rook Island', it is much more mountainous and dense. There is no easy terrain to push through so you will always be trying to climb up or down, causing everything to add up on the clock. This isn't to say that the different lands are annoying. No, we found that the mountainous regions of Kyrat were an enjoyable upgrade over the tropical world of Rook Island. Fundamentally, though, they have a similar feel to one another. Lush green woods, big mountains, and bad guys with guns around every corner.

So how does it play on the PlayStation 4?

When you find yourself in the fictional world of Kyrat, you will almost immediately see that you are on your own in a world that wants to kill you. From the wildlife (Eagles?!) to the natives, everyone is out for your blood. That's the nature of life in a terrifying and violent sandbox game and it is something you'll have to live, or die, with. Fundamentally the controls of the game are similar and as easily used. You will still find your way shooting, stabbing, climbing, and grappling across the province of Kyrat. You'll do battle with enemies big and small while running into animals that are a little bit out of your league. The first time that you get killed by a giant tiger you'll laugh. The next seven times you get killed by an eagle you might instead want to throw your controller. Such is life, though.

How does it all look?

Almost every installment in the 'Far Cry' series has improved upon the one prior to it. There is no criticizing how 'Far Cry 4' looks. Upon booting up the game, and falling into the level, you will immediately find that you have something to see in every direction, for as far as your eyes can track. The deliciously sharp 1080p brings the world to life in front of you and the 30FPS mark holds up, even with the most exorbitant lighting and full screens worth of models and textures.

As you traverse the wild terrain of Kyrat you will see lush forests, climbing mountains, and prolonged expanses of desert. You'll run into beautiful giant elephants and a whole ecosystem's worth of animals. The view from your flying suit is simply admirable. It is one of the most enjoyable and most beautifully realized sandbox games in the entire genre. Many games of this style tend to repeat textures or recycle area styles. This isn't the case. With how detailed the production team got, you'd be convinced that this was a real life recreation.

It's your world, play in it.

One of the most admirable aspects to this entry into the 'Far Cry' series is that it offers you a true sandbox experience .There is no one way to accomplish much of anything. You have options and alternatives for every scenario. If you need help taking out an outpost then you can bait the place with raw meat to lure in the wild life. If you don't want to attack the base in broad daylight then go ahead and wait until the cover of night. Don't feel like being strategic? Hop on an elephant and roar your way through the outpost.

'Far Cry 4' is a complete gaming experience and it is one that PlayStation 4 gamers will want to partake in. From the beautiful graphics all the way to the compelling plot, there is something to keep you absorbed.

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