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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: 28 out of 375
  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 21, 2014
    9
    Plays just like far cry 3, which was what I was hoping for. Too many games try to add new features that take away from the gameplay. UbisoftPlays just like far cry 3, which was what I was hoping for. Too many games try to add new features that take away from the gameplay. Ubisoft has a good thing going here. It's also great to play a game that works at launch. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2014
    8
    Some of you folks are handing out 10's and Zero's....What? This game certainly is closer to a 10 than a 0. What game actually get's a zero?Some of you folks are handing out 10's and Zero's....What? This game certainly is closer to a 10 than a 0. What game actually get's a zero? The original E.T. doesn't even deserve a zero! The scenery is incredible and the light effects are top notch! People are clamoring about the lack of a good story? The story is just as good as the previous in the series so if you liked the previous games you'll be right at home with this one. The story is detailed enough to keep your interest through the campaign yet hands off enough to allow you the feeling of a true sandbox game.

    I recommend to disregard the "keyboard warriors" that like to dole out zero's for a game that deserves much more. Is is a masterpiece? No, but any short comings that arise in the single player get extinguished when you play the online co-op with a friend. It is perfectly done and well worth the trip to Kyrat! 8/10
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  5. Jun 26, 2017
    8
    Far Cry 4 is set in a vast and open Himalayan world, with many things to do, and many things to see. The game has many strong points, with itsFar Cry 4 is set in a vast and open Himalayan world, with many things to do, and many things to see. The game has many strong points, with its sometimes fun missions, and diverse open world, and beautiful landscapes and animals to company it. However the game is let down by its story which is fairly good, but lacks the interesting characters it needs. The game has also been downgraded since its E3 showcase. Side quests are fun, but not very interesting. And, if another friend has Far Cry 4, you can play together and take down enemy outposts, which is very fun. Multiplayer is fun but no one plays it anymore. Valley Of The Yetis is fun, but has a disappointing ending. Overall, Far Cry 4 is a must have for FPS lovers. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2015
    7
    I don't usually play first person shooters, let alone finish them. Far Cry 4 holds the title of one of the only ones that i can say i playedI don't usually play first person shooters, let alone finish them. Far Cry 4 holds the title of one of the only ones that i can say i played all the way through and enjoyed. While it does not hold up to Far Cry 3 (another FPS that i finished.)

    The game starts off with the same cutscene that we saw in the reveal trailer. Here, i could tell that the graphics weren't exactly going to be this game's strong point. You could easily tell this was cross-gen. So the actual game starts, and it feels just like a far cry game. The way you can see the character's feet on the pedals as they drive, the way you can turn your head around to look behind you while driving. It just feels so immersive.

    The story is not too complicated. Something about a civil war between the dictator Pagan Min (voiced by troy Baker!) and the people of Kyrat. You play as Ajay Ghale who is the new martyr for the people, or something like that. The missions offer a nice variety, and are enough to keep you sticking around if you don't care for the story. My favorites include the arena mission, and some of the missions up in the Himalayas. There is a huge variety of guns to choose from, in which i enjoy a good, silenced, long range sniper rifle.

    Outside the story is is a whole lot to do. Maybe a little too much. I enjoy taking out the enemy outposts. (Once again, long range, silenced sniper rifle.) There are also hunting challenges, crafting challenges, convoys, drug trips, arena survival games, and a whole lot more. After he story i only had about 19 percent of the game done, including a few side things.

    A gripe of mine with the game is the characters. None of them are really interesting, including Ajay. Also, a good majority are really badly acted. Troy Baker is excellent as Min though. Oh, and concerning Pagan Min, he's not Vaas. I could really tell that they were trying to make a villain better and scarier, but in the end turned out like a copy. He was still entertaining though, although has a thin presence throughout the story.

    Far Cry 4 is most likely the best First Person shooter on the next gen systems. I would highly recommend it, granted it's flaws. 7/10
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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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