Far Cry 4:

25 Jan


Released: November 2014

Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC

Age Certificate: 18+

Real Life Review GirlfriendGirlfriend test:

(The test considers how much the game allows you to play for an indeterminable amount of time while your girlfriend does her make-up. The ability to regularly save and autosave and the ability to pause are brought into question. It also rates how important sound is – will your girlfriend’s hairdryer or music be the matter of life and death for your character?)

There are many moments where Far Cry requires your full concentration, and very few moments where you can leave the game unattended. Even when you stand on top of a desolate mountain to admire the view, there is a chance an eagle is going to have a go at making a dinner out of your eyeballs.

Thankfully the ability to pause and/or save is with you pretty much all the time, apart from on some missions. You cannot pause or skip mission cut scenes, so I missed out on a bit of the story line when I got phoned during a cut scene then it autosaved straight after. I had to watch one long cut scene three times as I couldn’t save during the mission and I had to come off to attend to real life. Thankfully, you usually respawn pretty much right next to where you died or quit.

This is a game that is great to play for a quick ten minutes or for hours on end. If your girlfriend says you have to go in a minute but you clearly see her without makeup you can casually play and find a few collectibles and secret locations and save and turn off without any fear of having to redo anything.

As for sound… well, you are going to need it if you are aiming to go into the wilderness at any point. You don’t need it that much when you fight humans as they are well and truly screen prompted and mapped out (apart from the fairly rare hunters). When in a car, you will want to turn sound off to blank out the insanely repetitive radio show. However, when you are walking around in the wilderness after jamming your vehicle in a tree, you really need sound. Chances are that you’ll hear animals before you see them, as they must get super excited and let out an almighty roar/bellow/howl/growl before they charge. If you don’t have sound, chances are that a large portion of your game will be the button bashing screen associated with a predator biting your forearm. Your forearms really take a beating in this game, believe me.

When I played, animal sound effects were oddly broken. Elephants would let out loud trumpets which would suddenly cut out mid trumpet…

Score: 7/10

Girlfriend: “If I hear that game radio show one more time I am turning that TV off”

Me: “Yeah, OK put some music on”

*Series of animations of forearm being bitten by stealthy predators*

Pretty good game to play for short stints with the ability to save progress at pretty much any time. Sound in the game is both annoying and sometimes crucial.

Real Life Review GirlfriendMate test:

(You are playing the game and your housemate walks in. Apart from Fifa they are pretty much uneducated in gaming. This test is a mix of the coolness rating, pick-up-and-play-ability, and most importantly: same console multiplayer. Anything that could be called ‘gayyyyy’ loses points in this test.)

No same console multiplayer. Why is this such a rare thing these days? This would be so fun together on one console… At least online gameplay is OK.

The game looks so awesome to the uninitiated. The graphics probably the second most beautiful (after The Last of Us) I have seen and one of the most realistic. When you play for a while you get obsessed with collectables and missions, but when you first start you just look around in awe. It is great to watch a mate play, you can relax as it doesn’t really matter if you die or use all your ammo as resources are plentiful. It’s also pretty priceless to watch someone crap their pants when a croc bites their forearm.

It’s initially easy to pick up and play as aim and shoot controls are standard. Driving controls are clumsy but half the fun of the game is when you drive over cliffs and end up in the middle of nowhere. Non-gamer mates will struggle with the concept of healing and changing weapon with the wheel, so it can get super frustrating to watch…

Your mate might think the game is lame if they walk in and watch you just walking around caves. You can play for ten minutes with absolutely nothing happening.

The fun will wear off after a while though and you will end up getting out a same console game.

Score: 6/10

Mate: “Can I play your jungle game?”

Me: “Sure, but watch out for tigers, bears, wolves and crocodiles”

Mate: “Nah I am getting on this hanglider”

Me: “OK, just don’t press square when you are on”

Mate: “Too late”

It’s pretty fun to watch someone else play for a bit just to see what terrible things happen to them, but it will get boring after a bit.

Real life review Parent TestParent test:

(Imagine you have parents that are easily offended – especially by sexual themes and swearing; and at random intervals they invade your room.)

Far Cry 4 is surprisingly tame most of the time, but of course parents only walk in at the bad moments. You get to see ‘real’ CGI boobies in this game… which would be super awkward for your parents to see, may be even more awkward than real ones. Then there are the super trippy scenes, then there are drugs, drugs and more drugs and syringes festooned every where. I didn’t find the swearing that bad most of the time, but it gets pretty fruity.

Score: 4/10

Parent: “Why are you injecting yourself every ten seconds?”

Me: “To heal gun shot wounds and to see animals through walls”

Parent: “… Don’t do drugs”

As long as your parents don’t suspect you are a drug addict you should be alright. Most of the time the game is just you walking in a Himalayan paradise. The boobs can take you by surprise though.

Real life review inner rageThe Inner Rage Test:

(You have had a bad day and you want to feel a sense of achievement. This section talks about how frustrating them game is.)

Far Cry 4 is great for that feeling of achievement, as there are so many collectables that sometimes give you a reward. The game is easy most of the time, but just challenging enough in some of the missions to make you feel like true gamer. If you do happen to die you don’t get punished for it as you respawn in close proximity to your fresh grave.

I got really fed up with eagles. My forearm got attacked at least once every couple of hours and they are suprisingly hard to shoot down.

I really like the main part of the game, but for me the drug/demon quests are a bit of an unnecessary ordeal. This is a big part of Far Cry though so I guess I signed up for it from the start.

My main cause of death has been jumping out a buzzer mid flight. This was mainly because I had been playing another game with different driving controls and, well… I stopped that eventually.

Overall, the physics and controls are great and it is pretty fun to blow up bad guys. The difficulty curve is actually very smooth too.

Score: 8/10

Pretty satisfying, and the bits I didn’t like are relatively short.

real life review overallOverall:

(I briefly rate games on a number of factors such as graphics, storyline, entertainment and longevity irrespective of the other tests.)

Far Cry games are amazing value, as there is so much detail and so much to do. I have a feeling that many people don’t get to the end as it is such a big game. I feel like people in the game should have been given more attention. There are very few character models or phrases. Most homes you arrive at have no one in them, despite having a well tended garden. If you do find people, they know who you are, even if they are in the absolute middle of no where. I flew to a nomadic camp at the top of a mountain, and I was greeted with “hey Ahjay!”

Another main selling point of the game is the pretty sizable armoury. I have a feeling many like me choose a few guns and stick to them and wonder what the point is in the bulk of the underpowered weapons.

I love the way the game tests your moral convictions. The choice between Amita and Sabal is pretty hard… what is worse, underage marriage or drugs? I think drugs are worse but I don’t feel certain about it.

Score: 8/10

Very good graphics, OK realism, good storyline, very fun gameplay.


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