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  • Summary: Concealed in the monstrous Himalayas lies a country ingrained in tradition and brutality. You become Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of his birth, the this forests and formidable snow capped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This bitter andConcealed in the monstrous Himalayas lies a country ingrained in tradition and brutality. You become Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of his birth, the this forests and formidable snow capped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This bitter and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and danger. You quickly find yourself ensnared in a rebellion to overthrow the thorny regime of Pagan Min, a statesman known as much for his sense of style and charisma as for his cruelty and naked brutality. Navigating the treacherous landscape, you find your fate increasingly linked to the choices you make because in Kyrat, and every second is a story. In Far Cry 4, you’ll conquer fortress outposts from the back of a 6-ton elephant and hit the skies as you rain down explosives from your moving perch in the gyrocopter. The vertical landscape of the Himalayas isn’t just a gorgeous backdrop, but a playground that encourages the player to fight, hunt and explore, grappling cliffs or launching into the air, plummeting to the valley underneath your feet in a controlled free fall with your wing suit. You’ll carry with you a unique arsenal of weaponry that lets you play as you will, whether it’s sniping, sneaking or all-out assault. When all else fails, animals can be your biggest allies or your greatest peril. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 24, 2014
    89
    An absurdly entertaining open world playground that’s at its best when it breaks away from script. Shame about those tailing missions.
  2. GameStar
    Nov 20, 2014
    87
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. Dec 1, 2014
    85
    A worthy purchase certainly, but only if you’re prepared to accept Far Cry 3.5 rather than Far Cry 4.
  4. Nov 18, 2014
    80
    It also runs great on PC, where the higher potential resolution and better image quality really stands out. That's the version to play, if you have a PC that's capable of running it properly.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    Dec 23, 2014
    80
    It's Far Cry 3 sporting a likable psychotic antagonist and a less douchy protagonist. Baby steps by Ubisoft, but steps none-the-less. [Jan 2015, p.60]
  6. Nov 24, 2014
    80
    It takes what the last game did, and makes it better, but at the same time it's because of this that it doesn't break new ground.
  7. Nov 23, 2014
    65
    For all its visual appeal, however, Far Cry 4 remains a shallow experience. It has loads of things in it, but having a lot of things is not the same thing as having depth. With a vapid story, activities that rely more on regurgitation than anything else, and a campaign that is exciting only for as long as you can ignore how insincere it all is, this is a game that affects a meaningful experience, rather than manage to be one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 357
  1. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    The game already gets downvoted. Most likely from people who don't own the game, as usual.

    The game is actually really good. It performs
    The game already gets downvoted. Most likely from people who don't own the game, as usual.

    The game is actually really good. It performs really well, and it is a lot of fun. If you enjoyed Far Cry 3, you will like this one aswell. And well, unlike AC Unity this one actually works. ;)
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  2. Aug 10, 2015
    10
    A vast open world action/shooter with plenty of stealth and so many things to do that you just lose yourself in the game's world (and that's aA vast open world action/shooter with plenty of stealth and so many things to do that you just lose yourself in the game's world (and that's a good thing). Expand
  3. Mar 29, 2020
    9
    Despite the fact that Far Cry 4 is just Far Cry 3, with a new story and a new location, the atmosphere of this game is one of the mostDespite the fact that Far Cry 4 is just Far Cry 3, with a new story and a new location, the atmosphere of this game is one of the most memorable of all the games I've played, making me perceive the reused elements from Far Cry 3 not necessarily as a lack of imagination, but as a preservation of quality. Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2015
    7
    I’ve rated this game relative to what I think of it as a stand-alone experience. But I have some rather scathing things to say when takingI’ve rated this game relative to what I think of it as a stand-alone experience. But I have some rather scathing things to say when taking history into account.

    There was a time when the word 'sequel' meant bigger, better, and more features, and implied innovation and a desire from both the developer and the consumer for the game to exceed the boundaries set by its predecessor.

    Well, now it's the 21st century, and Ubisoft has done away with such outdated and archaic notions as 'definitions' and 'innovation'. The number '4' in the title Far Cry 4 does not denote it's place in a series, only it's place in the chronology of releases, for Far Cry 4 is, for all intents and purposes, the exact same game as Far Cry 3. Ubisoft has internally redefined 'sequel' to mean 'a minor variation of the previous iteration in order to draw the game closer to being a mass-appealing cash factory'. And it found its mark with FC3. Returning in FC4 is the same gunplay, the same game mechanics, the same unnecessary upgrade system, the same graphics engine, the same 'everyman-cum-superhero' protagonist, the same enigmatic villain, the same fetch quests - albeit with a little more polish: the visuals are marginally prettier and utilise some nice new lighting effects, the gunplay is a little tighter and more enjoyable, and the menus are filled with more 'things' to spend your cash on. But it seems that Ubisoft has forgone the opportunity for innovation in favour of seeking to address the main complaints in the laziest possible way, for example: replacing FC3's unlikable protagonist with FC4's safe, bland one. And, as is typical with this game, this is a change, not an improvement. It's as if Ubisoft heard the complaints about the FC3 protagonist and instead of understanding that the real issue was a lack of depth and congruity within the character, they simply thought that people didn't like a guy that was a dick occasionally. So instead of making a deeper character, they sucked all the personality out of the protagonist - which would be fine if they hadn’t gone out of their way to give him a distinct presence in the game, which refuses the player the chance to imagine themselves as the character. Ajay Ghale isn’t faceless, he’s just empty within. And it’s not even as if they’ve given the player the courtesy of being self-aware about how lazy they’ve been. After stealthily slaughtering a dozen soldiers, one of your character’s first lines is ‘I’m not a soldier, but I want to help’. BAM - immediate incongruity. It’s insulting to your intelligence, and straight away it triggers the same disconnect you felt in FC3.

    Now, in saying all this - the game is FUN. And creating a fun, popcorn shooter that’s all-adventure all the time is a completely valid endeavour. In some ways I feel that FC4 has gone the way of Saints Row in that it seems to go out of its way to give you tonnes of vehicles and OP weapons from the very beginning, foregoing all restraint in order to maximise the raw FUN factor. But I can’t stand the fact that Ubisoft has, once again, gotten their hands on a series that I loved, assimilated it into their formulaic release equation, and once they get their hands on a money-making combination, churn out carbon copies with a successive numerical value slapped on the end.

    So should you buy it? Believe it or not, I do think that there is a genuine, no **** condition under which this is a good purchase. I read a review that stated that if you liked FC3, then you should buy FC4, which I feel has it all wrong, because if you like FC3 and buy FC4, you're paying money for what is essentially the same experience in a different setting, and that is a rip-off. I liked FC3, and after playing FC4 I was bored half an hour in because I’d done it all before, and I would not recommend buying it full price. *HOWEVER* if you don’t own FC3, then I think that FC4 is potentially a better game, if only ever so slightly.

    What do you like – mountains or islands? It’s basically the same experience.
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  5. Nov 20, 2014
    7
    If you are looking for a solid open world game with a lot of stuff to do: GOOD!
    If you played FarCry3: NOT SO GOOD!
    There are some good and
    If you are looking for a solid open world game with a lot of stuff to do: GOOD!
    If you played FarCry3: NOT SO GOOD!
    There are some good and bad things about this game. To stay positive, since they game is enjoyable for me, first the good.

    The scenery looks amazing. Tried playing on high and low and preferred low for the FPS, but on all settings, the game looks great for the settings. The big snowy mountains in the background are never dull and really add to the scenery. Character models are nice, faces of important characters are very well made and the terrain overall looks pretty fine, especially when you know that the requirements of the game are not that high. Combat and movement are fluent, the small helicopter is extremely fun to roam the skies and shoot nades from your Grenade Launcher and the game overall feel very solid. Not too suprising if you know that this is the exact same engine as FC3. Which immidiately brings me to the bad stuff:

    If you played FC3, you will almost think FC4 is a DLC of FC3. They might have called it FarCry 3.5 since almost all weapons made a return, a lot of vehicles made a return, ALL signature weapons made a return. Hell, the entire concept made a return. There is little innovation and new stuff in FC4. Although that is not a very bad thing, since it all worked in FC3, it shows some kind of lazyness not to change, or at least add, some stuff. A lot of new guns would be nice, different vehicles would be awesome and new types of enemies and missions cannot hurt. But you face the exact same type of enemies. Even the "heavies" are the same. There is also something kind of off about the combat.

    The PC version has a lot of port-issues, such as a ring for weapons (that is console stuff, PC has numbers) which is not a huge issue, but there appears to be very subtle, yet annoying mouse-acceleration, eventhough every accelleration was turned off. This makes (precise) aiming very annoying.

    FC4 also suffers from frame-drops when you move fast. Every 10 seconds your frames will half when you are racing. Not a huge problem, but annoying as well.
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  6. Dec 2, 2014
    5
    Far Cry 4 is an exceptional open world shooter. Pity then that it spends so much of its time trying NOT to be an open world shooter. HadFar Cry 4 is an exceptional open world shooter. Pity then that it spends so much of its time trying NOT to be an open world shooter. Had Ubisoft simply provided an opening cutscene and dropped the player into a large, open, hostile world to figure out how to get back at Pagan Min this game would easily have been a 9/10 or better.

    But Ubisoft had to have their scripted, linear narrative. It is, predictability, utterly forgettable. At best. Pagan Min does his best Handsome Jack impression - badly. Attempts to try and humanize the bad guys fall flat and even feel contrived. The writing is poor and the pacing worse. And those are just the main missions.

    The side missions are worse still. Utter filler material, bringing nothing of value to the game. Poor writing, uninteresting characters and contrived mission structure abound. Robbing you of gear, forcing stealth with auto fail, making you literally chase your belongings half way across the world. Stuff such as this inflates play time, but without respect to the player. It exists only as filler and adds nothing of quality to the game.

    Technically the game is sound. It stutters constantly even with a GTI 770 2GB and 8GB RAM on on a core i7 4770 machine. And that is on high. The game simply isn't sufficiently optimized to run on Ultra even with that machine.

    Far Cry 4 gets a high scores for its open world, shooting, outpost raids, climbing and free-form side missions. Then I venture into the realm of its mediocre plot and forced main missions - another game wherein my experience will be the same as everyone else's - and immediately the score begins its downhill skid.

    Far Cry 4 is a great open world shooter. When its allowed to be just that it shines. But the extras piled on - and getting in the way of - that open world, make this the last Ubi game I will ever purchase.
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  7. Jul 26, 2016
    0
    I didn't finish Far Cry 3. It was too easy and the hand holding was unbearable. I was going to skip Far Cry 4 and someone told me they QTEsI didn't finish Far Cry 3. It was too easy and the hand holding was unbearable. I was going to skip Far Cry 4 and someone told me they QTEs are gone and you can disable all the hand holding items (minimap, etc...).

    This game is WAY too easy, you can't make it hard. It's so easy, it's boring. I thought it might get better. Then it happened. I recovered some supplies and suddenly I have 2 minutes and 10 seconds to get them somewhere they needed to go.

    I uninstalled Uplay and both FC3 and FC4. I'll keep Far Cry 2, it was the best of the bunch.
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