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  • Summary: Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of your birth, the lush forests and harsh snow capped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This vast and unpredictableHidden in the towering Himalayas lies a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale, returning to the country of your birth, the lush forests and harsh snow capped summits of Kyrat, to fulfill your mother’s dying wish of spreading her ashes. This vast and unpredictable country offers visitors opportunity and danger. You quickly find yourself caught up in a rebellion to overthrow the oppressive regime of Pagan Min, a figure 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 determined by 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 take to 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 below in a controlled free fall with your wing suit. You’ll carry with you a truly unique arsenal of weaponry that lets you play your way, whether it’s sniping, sneaking or all-out assault. When all else fails, animals can be your biggest allies or your greatest peril, as Kyrat’s wilderness delivers on the promise of a true open world anecdote factory. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  1. Nov 14, 2014
    100
    Far Cry 4 truly shines in the almost bacchanalian sense of freedom it bestows on the player as they traverse through its environment.
  2. Nov 25, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 doesn't have the element of surprise afforded its praised predecessor but does more than enough to live outside its shadow, and thus stands alone as a great game in its own right.
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    90
    Everything Far Cry 3 did great Far Cry 4 does even better. [13/2014, p.38]
  4. Nov 14, 2014
    88
    Graphically appealing, Far Cry 4 reincarnates the gameplay of its marine old-gen form into the mystical and evocative Himalayan setting. The transmigration of Far Cry's soul into a new (re)generation body is successfully complete: the Nirvana of open world FPS is a step nearer.
  5. Nov 25, 2014
    81
    Despite all the flaws, Far Cry 4 pounds out an open-world FPS maelstrom of ridiculousness. It’s always in your face and it’s never afraid to throw numerous and diverse dangers in your path, just to see if you can adapt and survive.
  6. Nov 19, 2014
    80
    Sure, it's a calculated affair. But the well known formula still makes Far Cry 4 a very welcoming shooter-sandbox with a refreshing knack for chaos.
  7. Dec 21, 2014
    50
    Even if it had made serious strides over Far Cry 3, even if the gameplay held true to the series's core, even if its story weren't junk, even if it had been put together perfectly, I would still find Far Cry 4 annoying as hell. It's not just that Ubisoft can't execute; it seems like they can't design anymore. To compensate, they've just slapped whatever crap they can onto an open world in the desperate hope that large portions will make up for the flavorlessness of the meal. Instead, I got sick of chewing, and longed for the days when Far Cry just shut up and let me shoot some guns.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 362
  1. Nov 18, 2014
    10
    Breathtaking. I'm usually not playing shooters, but this one is an exception. The famed Far Cry chaos and stunning landscapes are soBreathtaking. I'm usually not playing shooters, but this one is an exception. The famed Far Cry chaos and stunning landscapes are so incredibly addicting! I simply love every tiny bit of it. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2018
    10
    I think this game is very solid. Very fun to explore, brilliant underlying plot with Shangri La and Yuma wanting to find the mysterious place.I think this game is very solid. Very fun to explore, brilliant underlying plot with Shangri La and Yuma wanting to find the mysterious place. All of the characters, (Pagin Min especially) are well characterized and enjoyable. The choices between Sabal and Amita offered some interesting ethical and moral questions you have to ask yourself.

    I think what's particularly good about having a protagonist who's really laid back and not outspoken, is that you can put your own characterization on him, and choose whatever you want to do without contradicting the characters morals or motivations. He just wants to spread his mother's ashes. Brilliant. I think they took that concept and fully implemented it into Far Cry 5, but that's another review.
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  3. Nov 23, 2014
    9
    This has been my very first experience with the Far Cry series, and I absolutely love it. Far Cry 4 brings many non-traditional elements toThis has been my very first experience with the Far Cry series, and I absolutely love it. Far Cry 4 brings many non-traditional elements to the fps genre, and the overall execution is almost flawless. The game is beautiful, featuring vibrant colors, fast gunplay and great detail. The game handles very solid, though there are moments where it feels a bit buggy. Overall, I love the gunplay. It definitely takes some getting use to, but when you do get the hang of things you just feel very engaged in the atmosphere. Far Cry 4's main antagonist, Pagan Min, is one of my favorite in video games history. Think Handsome Jack from Borderlands, only add an even greater metrosexual flare. Min is incredibly sarcastic, yet can snap at the blink of an eye revealing his darker, deadlier side. There are a many, many, many things to do in Kyrat, from rescuing hostages to destroying enemy propaganda, to spending hours hunting down animals to upgrade your equipment. It's almost overwhelming at first, and will easily distract you from the main story line, giving the game even greater longevity. I haven't been so enthralled and excited for a fps title since Call of Duty Black Ops first hit the market, and I can easily say that I have fully jumped on the Far Cry band wagon for iterations to come. This one is a MUST have for the 2014 holiday season. Expand
  4. Dec 15, 2014
    8
    Gameplay wise this is definitely a rehash of Far Cry 3. But because I enjoyed Far Cry 3 immensely, that doesn't really make it a bad thing.Gameplay wise this is definitely a rehash of Far Cry 3. But because I enjoyed Far Cry 3 immensely, that doesn't really make it a bad thing. The gameplay was still enjoyable and the graphics are great, but my problems are with the story. The plot of Far Cry 4 pales in comparison to it's predecessor and isn't nearly as interesting to see unravel. Nonetheless, there is still a good deal of fun to be had with Far Cry 4. Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2016
    8
    This truly feel like a sequel to Far Cry 3 alright, which isn't a bad thing. It's got the same feeling. The environement does look prettier,This truly feel like a sequel to Far Cry 3 alright, which isn't a bad thing. It's got the same feeling. The environement does look prettier, but they also look boring and pretty greyish. It's still fun to play and explore, but now, we've got new ways like the mini helicopter and the rope. We cand also (finally) shoot the enemies while driving with a handgun! As for the vilain, Pagan Min, he is very good and charismatic, but he is not Vaas. I recommend this game, It's good! Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2015
    7
    Quick and dirty:
    Play Farcry 3 instead if :
    -You got a dated computer and can't handle the latest graphics -You want a better story Play
    Quick and dirty:
    Play Farcry 3 instead if :
    -You got a dated computer and can't handle the latest graphics
    -You want a better story
    Play Farcry 4 instead:
    -You played Farcry 3 already and tired of it (although no guarantee that you gonna like FC4 if you got bored of FC3)
    -You got the hardware to run it.

    The game looks stunning. I wish Skryim look this good. Or an RPG similar to Skryim. Or the next Bethesda game. I would be all over it immediately!
    On the other hand, while I enjoyed FC3, and currently going through FC4 and I'm about half done, I'm already getting bored from the repetitious missions. So I'm about to mow across the game if I can, because tower liberating and animal skinning and base raiding can get tedious after the 100th time. 7 is a good score.
    But If Farcry5 is another graphics update, I won't be buying it. Good thing I bought this on a discount, because, personally I think, this game is worth no more than 30 dollars.
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  7. Feb 24, 2016
    0
    This is the fourth time the same game is being released with different skins and textures. Every year theres another Far Cry, which is theThis is the fourth time the same game is being released with different skins and textures. Every year theres another Far Cry, which is the same story, the same characters, the same engine, the same same. Expand

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