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- Far Cry 6 is Ubisoft’s most anticipated game of the year, a first-person shooter with many hours of content.
- It’s an open-world game with a compelling story set on an island ruled by a tyrant.
- The game revisits old territory while also introducing a slew of new gameplay features.
Far Cry 6 is Ubisoft’s biggest release of the year, and the eagerly awaited sequel is certain to top the sales rankings on both PC and consoles, much like its predecessor. Normally, this would be the moment for us to release our review for the game, but since the vast open-world easily provides 100 hours of gameplay, we’re instead providing you with some hands-on first impressions.
*Clarification: I believe a review should be made after you’ve played through the game’s main storylines and the bulk of the side stuff. Before awarding a score to a title, I strive for near-perfect completion.
This article will go through the game’s initial environments, where you’ll learn the basics of gameplay, as well as the game’s first area. The good news is that we won’t be going into any major spoilers, so you can read this without fear of spoilers if you’re still intending on playing Far Cry 6.
Far Cry 6 is set in Yara, a fictitious island country that is eerily similar to Cuba. Antón Castillo, the once-elected leader portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito, well known for his performances in Breaking Bad and The Mandalorian, now reigns with an iron hand and has turned into an authoritarian tyrant.
Under his reign, Yara prospered economically, thanks to the discovery of cancer-curing tobacco that can only be produced there, but at the expense of the Yaran people. They are recruited into the military at random or, if they are unlucky, forced to work as slaves in the tobacco fields.
He’s also grooming his son Diego to be his successor (so much for elections), and he’s doing all he can to turn the soft-spoken youngster into a ruthless dictator.
The antagonists in Far Cry are only as excellent as the rest of the game.
A rally to recruit new employees has just begun at the opening of the game, and we’re introduced to our playable character, Dani Rojas. You get to choose the gender of your character right away, and I choose the female character since she looks badass and has excellent voice acting. At times, I felt like I was playing as Kassandra, one of my favorite female characters from another Ubisoft game, Assassins Creed Odyssey.
We barely make it out alive as Antón strikes the boat we were attempting to flee on and is shortly invited to join the guerrilla resistance. There’s a possibility we can dethrone the dreaded tyrant if we can get all the rebel groups together.
The Action of the Game
Far Cry 6 is an FPS with a lot of RPG elements that takes place in an open environment. While the majority of the core gameplay has always been on killing people, Ubisoft has progressively added more and more skinner box mechanics, resulting in a very addictive gameplay cycle.
While shooting opponents does not give you experience, a variety of activities will raise your rank, and you’ll discover lots of treasure chests with new gear or weapons. It’s difficult to put the game down for the night since there’s always a new treasure waiting around the corner.
Even while you’re on your way to a major quest or sidequest goal, you’ll see things to pick up out of the corner of your eye or a chest with resources on the minimap, tempting you to go off the beaten path and into the action for a reward.
It’s both a gift and a curse, since this need to feel accomplished is one of the reasons I keep returning to open-world Ubisoft games, which are like videogame comfort food, but it’s also one of the reasons I’m hesitant to begin them, knowing full well that I’ll be in it for the long haul.
The name of the game is variety.
While killing people in a videogame will almost certainly never get old, it’s good to switch things up now and again. Far Cry 6 offers a variety of different activities to keep you entertained, ranging from complex treasure hunts that have you diving through underwater tunnels and hanging from ropes to a full-fledged 1V1 cockfighting game.
Don’t let your arrogance get the best of you!
The whole game can be played in co-op, and I can see how playing it with a buddy or spouse might be a wonderful way to connect, particularly given how much time you’ll be spending together in the game.
It’s great, therefore, that you may compete against one another in minigame-style activities like this. Checkpoint racing, particularly on a jet ski, is definitely my favorite. I’ve been waiting for a new Wave Race game for years, and I’m happy they finally introduced it to the game.
The human factor
Far Cry 6 is a beautiful game, yet something about it irritated me while I was playing. I had unrealistic expectations since the Assassin’s Creed games, in particular, are renowned for pushing graphics limits and looking absolutely stunning. While it doesn’t look terrible in any way, particularly on Xbox Series X, where a 26GB HD texture pack was included, it falls short of impressing.
I couldn’t figure out what was troubling me about the game until it occurred to me that it wasn’t the visuals, but rather the robotic and off-putting human motions. NPC movement that isn’t natural and a lack of emotional expressions other than those seen in cutscenes may contribute to a sense of disconnection.
The bulk of the game will be spent exploring the environment and engaging with NPC people, as well as killing a large number of monsters. The world may lose its hold on you when the former don’t act organically and the latter are seldom more than braindead target practice.
Fortunately, the main character’s movements and interactions with your friends make up for it…
Pet friends return in Far Cry 6 and may play their most important role yet. There’s a lot to enjoy with a pet crocodile called Guapo joining you in your guerrilla battles practically right away and a charming dog named Chorizo distracting opponents for you. And, of course, you are welcome to pet them. If this hadn’t been the case, I would have been furious with the game.
Your Amigos have their own set of tasks to complete, which will give them new skills and encourage you to utilize them in a certain manner.
Chorizo is the cutest thing ever!
Action that is out of this world
I just stated how easy the opponents are no matter what level you’re playing on, but when they band together and attack you with helicopters or a tank drives into the fight, that’s when you have to start paying attention.
Fortunately, you have access to a bizarre armory of creative weaponry. From basic shotguns that burn your opponents on fire to disc-launching weapons that play the macarena, there’s something for everyone. Far Cry 6 is a better game since it doesn’t take itself too seriously, in my view.
Sure, you could play as a real guerrilla, with just the weapons and armor that seem appropriate for the character and environment. Alternatively, you may succumb to your loco instincts and transform into a half-cyborg with laser guns, a metallic robot-dog buddy, and an army’s worth of armaments in your bag.
The Ultimate version of Far Cry 3 includes the Blood Dragon set.
New sights, various kinds of ammo, and even aesthetic modifications like a new paint job or keychain ornament may all be added to any of those guns. The primary reason you’ll be looking for new resources is to upgrade your weaponry and base camps, although you can usually get by with fairly basic equipment.
You may even turn to a management-style minigame called Los Bandidos are a group of outlaws that live if you run out of Pesos or construction supplies. You may recruit leaders through completing Yaran tales during the main quest, or you can expand your regiment by releasing individuals who have been imprisoned by troops and sending them on daily tasks.
It’ll be familiar territory for those who spent a lot of time in Assassin’s Creed Black Flag building a fleet of ships, but this time you’ll be able to direct your crews through small missions, such as deciding whether to go undercover to increase their success rate or risk robbing a money truck to make some quick cash.
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Far Cry 6 is simple to recommend because of its huge quantity of content, particularly to those on a tight budget who want to get the most out of their games. Between the main narrative, sidequests, and free new updates that will come regularly, there is easily 80+ hours of material here.
*If you’re interested in learning more about the free and paid DLC for Far Cry 6, check out our in-depth article where we walk you through the post-launch content plan.
There will be much more to come!
Some problems detract from the enjoyment.
While I’ve had a lot of fun with Far Cry 6 so far (I’ve only played for about 15-20 hours and have barely scratched the surface), there have been a few annoyances.
Aside from the opponent AI not fighting back, the companion AI may also get in the way. Even on one occasion, a narrative character who was accompanying me on a task followed me up a guard tower and barred the only route back out: the ladder. It’s annoying to have to restart a game over something so little, but Far Cry 6 saves your progress with nearly every move, so you don’t have to go back far to pick up where you left off.
The mere act of picking up things, on the other hand, was something that troubled me continually. You’ll be performing this action nearly all of the time, but for some reason, you’ll have to slow down and wait a full second before interacting with bags, fuel canisters, and other items. It brings the game to a complete stop.
My patience is being put to the test.
Far Cry 6: First Impressions – Is it Worth It?
Pros A vast open universe will keep you occupied for hours. The gameplay is enjoyable, as it let you to try out various weapons, amigos, and cars. It features a lovable protagonist and a villain you’ll love to despise. Cons The enjoyment is hampered by a few small glitches. The AI of the opponent doesn’t put up much of a fight.
While I would have liked to give you a complete review with a score, I am not sufficiently invested in the game to do so. But I can answer one basic question: Is it worthwhile? And the answer is emphatically yes.
Far Cry 6 is an extremely enjoyable game with a large open environment in which you may explore. It’s like gaming comfort food, always ready to surprise you with something new around the corner but yet feeling quite familiar.
The narrative is tense at times, Antón is a terrifying adversary who steals every scene he’s in, and there’s so much to learn that you’ll be playing this game long into the new year. The most essential aspect of all, though, is that it is just an enjoyable game to play.
Juan Cortez, a world-famous guerrilla, once said: For the love of fuck, have some fun!
Far Cry 6 is available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox One S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Luna, and Stadia. The regular version costs $59.99, while the Gold Edition, which includes the Season Pass, costs $99.99. The Ultimate version costs $119.99 and contains three extra and unique gearsets.
*Disclaimer: This game was tested on an Xbox One S with the HD texture pack loaded. Ubisoft Belgium supplied a review copy.
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