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74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Mar 7, 2016
    86
    Primal, while not an FPS, is unmistakably a Far Cry. Ubisoft tried an experiment with this new setting and managed to refresh the franchise without altering its core.
  2. Feb 29, 2016
    83
    Given the fact that with its setting, Far Cry: Primal could’ve really been a breath of fresh air for the series, the actual game is somewhat of a disappointment. By no means is it a bad game though. Combat is still fun, the crafting-system is very well implemented and graphically it looks very good. But Ubisoft had a chance to break out of the same old same old formula that the Far Cry games suffer from and did not utilize it. Instead, we get the ever so similar Far Cry gameplay – but now it’s the stone age. Without a doubt fun, but all of the repetition is starting to become pretty tiresome.
  3. Mar 11, 2016
    82
    Solid, engaging and technically delicious, Far Cry Primal is a spin off that amuses the player even without firearms and vehicles, although the playful infrastructure is too conservative. On PC the only major differences are the sixty frames per second and a sharper image.
  4. Feb 29, 2016
    82
    Far Cry Primal brings the stone age to life like nothing else before, but the repetitive gameplay can't keep up with the great setting.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    Apr 7, 2016
    80
    The hackneyed story doesn't detract from the thrilling world and new challenges of 10,000BC. [Issue#249, p.45]
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 14, 2016
    80
    Primitive gameplay cycle of Far Cry, placed in primitive world, suddenly starts to make sense, and even story doesn’t feel as barebones and perfunctory as usual. Here, you’re not playing as a skinny frat boy who suddenly discovers a talent for killing hardened soldiers but ultimately just wants to get back to civilization – you’re a hunter who simply wants to become respectable leader of his tribe with a personal luxury cave. [Issue#207, p.46]
  7. Mar 7, 2016
    80
    The PC version of Far Cry Primal is the best of the pack, but Ubisoft could have squeezed some more power from the newest video cards.
  8. Mar 1, 2016
    80
    Far Cry Primal's setting is its greatest strength, and in its newest form on PC, it's still worth the many hours it takes to explore.
  9. Feb 29, 2016
    79
    A very decent Far Cry game, but its handful of genuinely fun, original ideas are overshadowed by an overriding feeling of familiarity.
  10. Mar 1, 2016
    75
    If you’re even remotely interested in the Far Cry games then you’ll be right at home with Far Cry Primal, but if you’re looking for a completely fresh experience you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
  11. Feb 29, 2016
    75
    Combat is simple but fun, and once the game brings a tameable animal companion in then Primal becomes entertaining enough to last you many hours. Unfortunately stealth gameplay is more problematic as enemies blend into the environment and Hunter Vision is useless, but worse is that the constant need to hunt and gather resources takes up the majority of Primal’s play-time and isn’t fun at all.
  12. Mar 7, 2016
    70
    Far Cry Primal on the PC looks like a well prepared conversion - stable, pretty and optimized. But these days that's not enough - a game running on a much more powerful hardware should be unique and FCP isn't. It's hard to justify spending money on a superb PC that will run the game in the highest settings when an equally good console version runs great on a cheaper machine. And you need to remember that Primal is just a visual overhaul of Far Cry 4.
  13. Feb 29, 2016
    70
    Far Cry Primal is instantly pleasing to the senses and great to play. Stone Age is a really interesting setting and the whole map offers a lot of content and some great supporting characters. The PC version is very similar to the consoles versions, its major defect being those blurred textures.
  14. Mar 7, 2016
    65
    If they had put another year of development toward it, maybe then we would've seen what we were hoping it would be.
  15. Apr 3, 2016
    60
    There is a seed of a fascinating game hidden somewhere in Far Cry: Primal, but, I’m afraid, someone else will have to find it and grow it.
  16. Feb 29, 2016
    60
    Far Cry Primal starts with a great premise and then falls into the same, increasingly-tedious groove as its predecessors.
  17. Feb 29, 2016
    60
    A decent game, but nothing more. Far Cry Primal tries to differentiate itself from past Far Cry games with mixed success, managing some clever new tricks, but losing a lot of what made Far Cry feel special in the process.
  18. Mar 10, 2016
    55
    Far Cry Primal is more and yet less of the same Far Cry we’ve been playing for the past few years, minus a few fun systems. It's not worth the asking price, and demands more of your time than it deserves.
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  1. I’ve had an enormous amount of fun playing this, obsessively clearing the map of icons, occasionally relenting and accepting I need to do one of the main quest threads to progress, riding around on the backs of mammoths, diving off cliffs into pools hundreds of feet below, wrestling crocodiles, being dazzled by sunsets, escaping labyrinthine caves, and using my “hunters vision” to track enormous beasts. It’s undeniably great fun, and unquestionably a huge achievement. Just a very, very recognisable one, for all the best and worst reasons.
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5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 743 Ratings

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  1. Mar 1, 2016
    4
    Kinda boring after a while, always grinding for stuff and there is a lack of weapons in my opinion. Anyone who says this is a great game is anKinda boring after a while, always grinding for stuff and there is a lack of weapons in my opinion. Anyone who says this is a great game is an idiot and you should check out his other reviews. One guy gave Star Wars Battlefront a 9. Of course that guy is going to love this one. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2016
    3
    Before I started writing this, I saw a Reddit post about the fact that FC4 and Primal use the same world map. It's literally identical, theyBefore I started writing this, I saw a Reddit post about the fact that FC4 and Primal use the same world map. It's literally identical, they just modded it, and the games supposedly don't even take place in the same continent. I didn't notice this while playing, and that's not a damning factor on its own, but it speaks volumes about the mentality with which the devs made this game. Primal is a FC4 spinoff in an interesting setting, but with most of the features missing.

    If you remember the FC4 missions where you have a tiger and you tell it to attack things, that's basically the entirety of Primal. Ubisoft do like taking parts of games that players found interesting and expanding on them, which is great. The problem is that they didn't expand on anything here. The tiger missions in FC4 lasted as long as they should without overstaying their welcome, and in no way can they support an entire game on their own. Not without adding a LOT of other gameplay. And no, that DOESN'T mean just padding and busywork, Ubisoft.

    I can't recommend Primal to anyone at full price. I would only recommend this at 50% sale, and again only to people who have already played FC3 and 4, want more, AND have a high tolerance for busywork. At least Blood Dragon had its own map.
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  3. Mar 1, 2016
    2
    Honestly it's becoming at that point where the Far Cry series are going to be milked out like the Assassin Creed series. Releasing a new gameHonestly it's becoming at that point where the Far Cry series are going to be milked out like the Assassin Creed series. Releasing a new game Far Cry game every year until Ubisoft loses money. That's what Far Cry has become now... a game which it's only purpose is going to be bench marked for computer rigs rather then just playing the game. Far Cry Primal does steer away away from their traditional story like from 1-4 but introduces a pre historic era of games. But it doesn't seem to work. There is nothing interesting about this game, it's not memorable, even the gameplay mechanics feel all the same. Shame on you Ubisoft... this is nothing more than a cash grab.

    This game will be forgotten in a few months, maybe even a few weeks. The only time people will use this game is for bench marking purposes and not for the actual story. Same that the franchise has come to this. This had a lot of potential.
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