Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

March 10, 2015

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PS4 Xbox One

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Summary:

Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis on the PlayStation 4 is a DLC add-on which expands on the popular title known as Far Cry 4, this game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Kiev and later published online by Ubisoft. The Far Cry series has long since established itself as one of the optimum action games in the genre. Far Cry is consistently known for its ability to delve into the truly bizarre with both its characters and its setting. We picked up the game for the PS4 and happily got our hands on its post release extension: Valley of the Yetis and happily dug in. We wanted more of Kyrat, and we got it.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher(s):
    • Ubisoft
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • March 10, 2015
  • Official Site(s):
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Mature
  • Player(s):
    • 1
  • Player(s) (Co-op):
    • 2 (Online)
  • Series:
    • Far Cry

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 1.5GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Engine:
    • Dunia Engine 2
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 19 Hours
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Posted:
2015-07-21

Steven_Shaw

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PS4

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Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis on the PlayStation 4 is a DLC add-on which expands on the popular title known as Far Cry 4, this game was developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Kiev and later published online by Ubisoft.

The Far Cry series has long since established itself as one of the optimum action games in the genre. Far Cry is consistently known for its ability to delve into the truly bizarre with both its characters and its setting. We picked up the game for the PS4 and happily got our hands on its post release extension: Valley of the Yetis and happily dug in. We wanted more of Kyrat, and we got it.

So in the initial game you are Ajay Ghale, a man on a mission in the fictional country of Kyrat. A land full of terror both human and natural, you have to weave in between dangers that would seek to end your life before your mission was complete. A modified version of Nepal and Thailand, the visuals of the game were heart breakingly beautiful. It is hard to imagine that a few decades ago any sort of 3D video game was simply unheard of. But here we are, taking the 60FPS in full 1080P HD for granted. It’s not fair nor is it right, but it is incredible.

The open world, sandbox stylized game prided itself on exploration and action destruction. The narrative was tighter than we expected it to be, if not completely original, and it held our attention long enough to willingly finish the game to completion. Once done, however, we wanted more. Enter Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis.

The Far Cry series is no stranger to DLC content and we are fortunate in that this release is the most substantial that we have gotten. Kyrat grows with a new mass of land to explore, new mechanics to employ, and even more story to flesh out Ajay Ghale. This isn’t DLC just so hawks can wear armor. There is actual meat on the bones of this download, instantly making it worth the purchase for those of us enamored with the original game. Once you finish your download the Valley of the Yetis will appear on your main menu.

So the game starts with your pilot crashing. The pilot is abducted and you are trapped. There will be no help coming from the Golden Path. Your survival is your own and you are suddenly in a land more unforgiving and strange than any you have encountered. Your goal is pretty simple: recover your abducted pilot, arm up, and survive getting the heck out of there. You start out with zero experience and have to power up your character from the very beginning, which serves as a nice change of pace for those of us who had grown familiar with how powerful our character was in the primary campaign.

The land itself is about 15% the total size, in terms of land mass, as the original map. That may sound small but it is actually quite sizable when you consider that this is just a DLC add on. Even though it isn’t huge, there is plenty to see and even more to do. You’ll hunt, dig up treasure chests, and defend your camp every night from those looking to take it from you. The relay station that you find must be taken over and then constantly protected as you wait for your friends to arrive to come get you out of there. As soon as you take it over you are able to start building up certain defenses that will help prevent The Awakened Ones from killing you. The mechanic is similar to Ghale’s homestead, but a little more all encompassing. Some of our favorite parts of this function came in the form of adding caged bears and explosive barrels to our property.

The tower defense style gameplay element doesn’t serve to make the game any less entertaining, though some might complain that it is a bit of a cop out. We really enjoyed digging into our relay station and turning it into something to be proud of, a defensive presence that could not be impregnated. As Ghale starts from 0 in this expansion the joy from leveling that you get is very similar to that of the relay station.

The gameplay itself isn’t simple or easy. Every night the hordes of Awakened Ones would attack, deftly getting by defenses that weren’t thought through. It is up to you, and you alone, to fend them off. Activating traps from concealed areas before jumping into the trenches was always exhilarating. Even more intense was when the Yetis began to pop up, swelling the ranks of the human attackers. Our first experience fighting a Yeti at the relay station was probably similar to your first time watching the Lord of the Rings and the troll fight scene in Moria. You will also run into Yetis out in the wild. These massive creatures are tough to kill and they force you to think strategically, like the Giants in Skyrim. You need to be composed behind the trigger and aim for their heads, weakening them enough to get a kill. You aren’t able to out run them. You are in for a fight every time that they see you.

When you aren’t fighting off would-be invaders, you are simply surviving in a hostile environment. Using the CB radio you will hear chatter, some of it from the antagonist from the primary story, and you will even get a few lines of dialogue which serve to further Ghale’s personality. Though these moments are few and far between, they do add depth to the game in that they actually expand upon the story.

At the end of the day what we wanted out of Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis on the PlayStation 4 was a feeling of satisfaction. All too often DLC packs end up feeling like cash ins. Fortunately Valley of the Yetis adds depth and texture to an already excellent game.

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