The first thing you may look at (besides the title) may be the date. You may find yourself saying “Now wait a minute didn’t this game come out in November”? Well the answer to that question is yes it did. So why am I writing this review now and not then? Well besides being sick for a week ( with the flu which is horrible by the way. I’m ok though thanks for asking 🙂 ), I wanted to really dive into this game and complete it. I wanted to get to the end. Sure I could have written this and given you all some information. But I don’t want to give you only half of my opinion. I wanted to give you a whole game opinion. And that is what we have here now. We have Far Cry 4. It is obviously the fourth installment in a very well written and designed Far Cry series. But your not here to have me talk about the past. You want a review of this game. And now. So with out farther adieu, let us go and see what makes this game tick and if it is worth your hard earned dollars. (Spoiler alert: It is!)
Story 10/10- So why did I give the story of Far Cry 4 a perfect score? Well listen to how this game starts out. You are Ajay Ghale a young man who has come back to Kyrat (where he was born) from America (where his mother, Ishwari, took him to raise him). Why has he come back? Well his mother has passed away and her last wish was for her ashes to be brought back to Kyrat and spread in Lakshmana (Kyrat is NOT a real country by the way). So we join Ajay as he is riding into Kyrat on a bus. He has his mother’s urn with him ready to get to Lakshmana and spread her ashes to complete her final wish. He is guided there by a man names Darpan. Well we are not on this bus long before things go south. They reach a checkpoint where some Royal Army soldiers become very suspicious of them. It not long after that it all goes wrong and a firefight breaks out between the soldiers and the people on the bus (weird the people on the bus have guns readily available right?). After this very brief firefight a helicopter arrives and a man steps out. This is where we are introduced to Pagan Min, the king of Kyrat. He takes care of some things with a soldier and then apologizes to Ajay for the way he was treated. He then puts a sack over Ajay and Darpan’s head and takes them away to his castle. Once they arrive some really weird conversation is had. We also learn what kind of King and man Pagan Min really is ( i won’t ruin this for you. Let’s just say its a bit disturbing). Darpan is taken away and you are left alone for a minute while Pagan Min attends to something. He tells you to stay right there and he will be right back. Yea right. This is where you get up to explore his castle. (Or stay at the table and wait for him to get back for a surprise ;)). You seems some interesting and disturbing things as you go farther into the castle. You will get to a door and open it to be greeted by gunfire. This is where you meet Sabal, one of the leaders of the resistance (called the Golden Path) against the Royal Army. He plays a pivotal role in this game as well as his sister, Amita (the other leader of the Golden Path), who you meet a little later on. Now back to the story at hand. Sabal lets you know that he is breaking you out of here and to get to the truck. This is as far as I will take you. As you can see the story is already compelling and this is just the first 20 minutes. I will let you discover the rest of the story and mystery of Kyrat for yourself.
Gameplay 10/10- Once again this section deserves a perfect score. Why? The controls are simply fantastic. All the controls, whether walking or firing your gun are seamless and feel very fluid. It makes you feel like you are Ajay Ghale. You can use the default controls or switch to a different configuration. It’s what works best for you. Another point I want to make that you probably know by now as well. Companies no longer give you a paper game manual with the game. You have to go online or in the game to view it. I love this idea as it helps the environment a ton. There will always be a part of me that misses having that manual right there in your hand. Moving on, the enemies in this game are some of the best I have seen in awhile. From your run of the mill Royal Army soldier to soldiers with heavy armor, the bad guys have it made in this game. There is also a enemy type in the game called a hunter. He will be able to summon animals to help him while firing at you with a bow. A bit unfair huh? The weapons in this game are also awesome. There are tons of weapons to get and collect from your typical handgun, to a bow and arrow, and even a flamethrower, these weapons are the most varied I have seen in a game. Make sure you collect them all! Speaking of collecting, the sheer amount of things you can collect, and for that matter do is astonishing. Let’s start with the collecting part. From removing Royal Army propaganda posters to destroying masks of a serial killer there is a ton of stuff to collect. The good news is you can purchase maps to reveal their locations on your map. Otherwise, you might be looking forever!!! Now on to the do part. The side quests in this game are amazing. From bomb defusing to saving hostages to doing quests for certain NPC’s, you will have your mind blown by the amount to do. I am sure I have missed something because there is so much to do. You will never, ever, get bored in this game. Don’t forget the downloadable content that adds even more to do. It will leave you saying WOW.
Graphics and Sound 10/10- There is not much for me to say here. The graphics are amazing and it is one of the best looking games on the Playstation 4 today. The sound is amazing as well. The soundtrack will get your heart pumping when it needs too. Other times it is beautiful and serene. There is also the added bonus of when you get into a vehicle, the radio works and offers a nice variety. Sometimes you will hear a song, others you will hear the local radio personality talking about one of the issues affecting their country. All around amazing, amazing and did I say amazing?
Far Cry 4 is rated M for Mature so this is not for young children. But this is an adventure for adults anyway. There is profanity, drug use and some other things that are right there for you on the back of the box. But all of it is not in excess. It is used perfectly to make the story more real and get you involved. This game easily took me over 60 hours to fully complete. It is massive as I said above. In the end, Far Cry 4 is an amazing story and time that will make you laugh, cry, get angry and so much more. By the end I felt like I was Ajay Ghale and I was fighting for my country. And i don’t think you could ask much more from a game than that.
MIDGETMOMMA.COM SCORE- 10 out of 10
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