Far Cry 4 is the successor to the critically beloved Far Cry 3, a game that people enjoyed for its premise and its open world design. However, can Far Cry 4 compete with its predecessor? Here is my review on the 2014 Ubisoft game, Far Cry 4:Story
Far Cry 4 takes place in the Himalayan nation of Kyrat, a country where traditions and violence reigns supreme. You take control of Ajay Ghale, a Kyrati-born American whose main goal is to send his mother's ashes to a place known as 'Lakshmana'. However, after meeting the self-acclaimed king of Kyrat Pagan Min, and being forced to escape captivity by a rebel group known as the Golden Path, it is the player's goal to fight for Kyrat's freedom with the Golden Path's two contrasting leaders - Amita & Sabal.
Overall, compared to Far Cry 3, the story in Far Cry 4 is not as interesting and in-your-face as the former. But it gives the player choice in what they think is right for the future of Kyrat.
I rate Far Cry 4's story-line a 7/10. Although it has its moments like Far Cry 3, it doesn't have an interesting enough premise to make the player care for Ajay and the world around him.Characters
Far Cry 4's cast is very extensive to say the least. Protagonist Ajay Ghale was born in the game's setting of Kyrat, but he is completely new to his surroundings and has just as much of a clue as you do on what's going on in Kyrat when you first play the game. However the issue with Ajay is that he seems to be a 'yes man' to the Golden Path, and the Royal Army are seen as the enemy with no clear motives set.
The main antagonist of the game is Pagan Min, who is played by Troy Baker. He is very charismatic but is also a sociopathic killer, he obviously has an ill temper but quite clearly cares for Ajay and treats him like a son. The relationship between Pagan Min and Ajay is one of the highlights of the game's story.
The other supporting characters in this game include Amita and Sabal - the leaders of the Golden Path group. They both have their own personalities and goals for Kyrat.
The characters in this game compared to Far Cry 4 are more distanced from Ajay, who doesn't know anyone well enough throughout the game to care about what's going on. In Far Cry 3, the main character Jason has more of a broader connection with the side characters. Which is something that you don't really see in Far Cry 4.
Overall the score of the characters in Far Cry 4 is a 7/10. While Pagan Min was the most interesting character not only in terms of personality, but background history, the other characters of Far Cry 4 don't fare well as you don't have enough time to connect with them.Gameplay
Far Cry 4 has the most enjoyable gameplay in the series to-date. I would go as far to say that it is more fun than Far Cry 5. Their is a multitude of things you can do in Far Cry 4, from hunting to taking down outposts. But it is up to you as the player on how you do these things. You might want to ride on an elephant to destroy an outpost, or you might want to use your bow and silently take down anyone who stands in your way. There is a plethora of side quests and things to do outside of the campaign, it seems to me that there is more to do in Far Cry 4 than in 3. There is also more added content in Far Cry 4 such as the gyrocopter, drive-by shooting in vehicles, and the grappling hook.
Although Far Cry 3 also had the same 'do it however you want' approach, Far Cry 4 feels more nuanced and gives the player more tools for destruction. Making it a more enjoyable and satisfying experience.
The score I give to the gameplay of Far Cry 4 is a 9/10. It is geniunely enjoyable and the map editor side of the game gives Far Cry 4 replay-ability. However, the gameplay can be ruined by the relentless attacks from the wildlife (mostly eagles and honey badgers) of Kyrat, who seem to want to attack you at all times, (a problem which is commonplace in the other Far Cry games).Graphics
The game is essentially a slightly better looking version of Far Cry 3, but on a standard Xbox One - the environments of Far Cry 4 look stunning. Character models look very detailed for the time and effects like fire look as good as ever when it comes to the Far Cry Franchise.
The graphics score a 8/10 in my opinion. They look slightly better than Far Cry 3, which is good because Far Cry 3 looked good enough on Xbox 360 anyways.Soundtrack
The overall score of the game is not as memorable as in Far Cry 3, but is good enough to stand up on its own, with a few decent tracks. However, the in-game radio is a mixture of good and bad. Kyrat has two radio stations that are dependant on the 18 radio towers scattered throughout the map: Radio Free Kyrat, which plays some radio excerpts from host Rabi Ray Rana with a number of Indian songs playing in the background. There is also the Royal Radio, which plays Pagan Min's propaganda as well as some WWII marching music.
In general, the music is average in Far Cry 4. But I prefer the tracks and licensed music on the radio in Far Cry 3.
I'd rate the soundtrack of Far Cry 4 a 4/10. The worst part about the soundtrack is the lack of music on the radio, and the constant repetition of Rabi Ray Rana (which you cannot skip over when riding in a vehicle).Achievements
If you've played Far Cry 3, then you shouldn't be expecting anything new with the achievements. The same few achievements from Far Cry 3 appear in 4 (such as distracting 30 enemies with rocks, and collecting X of an item). They are also generally quite easy to grab. Without DLC, I was able to get 910G alone from the main game.
Overall, the achievement set of Far Cry 4 gets a 4/10. It's what you'd expect from the Far Cry series from now. So don't expect anything new from the achievements.Conclusion - 4 OUT OF 5
Far Cry 4 takes everything that was good and flawed about the previous title and improves upon it with varying success. But overall Far Cry 4 is good for newcomers, and greats for hardcore fans of the series like yours truly!