Far Cry Primal
Reviewed on Xbox One
Buy Now for Xbox One and PS4 (PC on March 1st)
Publisher Ubisoft and their development team Ubisoft Montreal released the new installment in the beloved video game franchise Far Cry on Tuesday, February 23rd on both new-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with the PC port releasing next week. Far Cry Primal was a game I heard slim-to-nothing about, other than from a select few friends of mine raving about how amazing it sounded, so I went into this game with little to no expectations at all. It is the first in the series to leave the guns behind and go back to 10,000 BCE. I was astonished when I completed the first two missions and began to wander around the world. I noticed it felt very familiar, as i I had played it before, which I was very happy with. When I first started playing, I was afraid it would feel like an entirely new Ubisoft IP and not a Far Cry game like we all know and love. I was surrounded with a lot of familiar mechanics and gameplay styles just like in the earlier installments. I took a solid 5 or 6 hours to myself before starting the actual story to explore and open up the map so I could see how massive and fulfilling the new prehistoric open world would be. From lighting the bonfires and liberating enemy tribe outposts just like the radio towers and outposts from the older games, to hunting down sabretooth tigers and cave lions, it was all very fun. I was very uneasy about the combat aspect of Far Cry Primal at first since I’m used to the guns-blazing mechanics of the old ones. I was immediately satisfied when I went into the first outpost and shot a spear through someone's eyeball. It may not have been a bullet, but it was just as rewarding. I thought this game would lack something in stealth, but your clubs allow you to take just as great of a takedown on the enemies. I still have no clue what the story mode was even about, but it was a ton of fun. It had the same basis as any Far Cry title: there’s one huge bad guy that you have to kill in the end to save yourself and the people you meet throughout the game. You might be saying to yourself, “Well, he’s giving this game a lot of credit, but why is it not a solid 10 on the rating?” This game takes place in 10,000 BCE, but some of its wildlife did not properly exist at the time, which made it hard for me to forgive the game in that aspect. I also noticed that some of the taming aspects for the animals were slightly out of balance, but it’s something that can be fixed through a simple patch that will come soon, I guarantee. If you are a long-time Far Cry fan, then this game will soothe you, since it is a lot like the older installments with some new mechanics. I recommended it for an Open World FPS lover.
- Dakota G.