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85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 83 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
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  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 17, 2014
    94
    Far Cry 4 is the furthest thing from a mere upgrade. As developers struggle to decide how much a sequel should be similar or different from its predecessor, Ubisoft shows immense skill in finding a happy medium in Far Cry 4.
  3. Nov 14, 2014
    92
    Far Cry 4 takes its place as one of the most enjoyable games of the year. Ubisoft Montreal repeats its formula in order to offer a game that is "more and better" than the last one. Co-op mode is an absolute success, and the change in the competitive mode make it different than others offering similar features.
  4. Nov 14, 2014
    92
    The surprise Far Cry 3 is gone, but this time is bigger and better, and we still loved playing it. If you like first-person action games, you shouldn't miss this one.
  5. Games Master UK
    Dec 30, 2014
    91
    With so much variety on offer, you owe it to yourself to take a hike into the mountains. [Jan 2015, p.58]
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Dec 15, 2014
    91
    Doesn’t deserve a lot of points for creativity as the game is basically just a rehash of Far Cry 3. The good thing is that Far Cry 3 was a terrific open-world first person shooter. Far Cry 4 makes minor improvements here and there but most importantly it manages to add some variety to the enemy camps. There’s just enough stealth to keep things interesting. [Dec 2014]
  7. Dec 5, 2014
    91
    So seriously, when I claimed that Far Cry 4 is Ubisoft’s best release this year, I wasn't kidding. At times it can feel a little like Far Cry 3 in a new region with a different main character, and the co-op isn't as seamless as expected, but the journey is certainly an enjoyable one that is very much worth taking.
  8. Jan 13, 2015
    90
    An overwhelming adventure full of violence, warring factions, exploration and the craziest badgers you’ll ever see.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jan 13, 2015
    90
    A wild and varied sandbox shooter that dazzles with sublime scenery and delights with a thriving animal ecosystem. Frosty fun guaranteed. [Jan 2015, p.75]
  10. Edge Magazine
    Jan 9, 2015
    90
    Far Cry 3 asked for the definition of insanity, and its sequel answers it. [Jan 2014, p.100]
  11. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    90
    Everything Far Cry 3 did great Far Cry 4 does even better. [13/2014, p.38]
  12. Dec 22, 2014
    90
    By any means necessary, experience the fps thrill that is Far Cry 4.
  13. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Dec 16, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 3 was a truly outstanding game. Far Cry 4 is even better. It introduces one of the most enjoyable open worlds on new- gen, looks gorgeous and features a protagonist we don’t want to bitch slap. Kryat may not be a vacationer’s dream, but it does demand your attention. [January 2015, p62]
  14. Dec 3, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 dressed up the old corpse with number of new features you may not notice at first, but after a closer examination you will find out that the developers did a really good job. And you don´t need to be Bear Grylls to enjoy fully this fierce struggle for survival in the shadow of the Himalayas.
  15. Dec 3, 2014
    90
    Technically fantastic, a joy to play for the most part and an awful lot of game for your money.
  16. Dec 1, 2014
    90
    It would take far more than a disappointing and rushed climax to taint the otherwise astonishing visual accomplishments made here by Ubisoft, which are right on par with those of the remastered Grand Theft Auto V.
  17. Dec 1, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 doesn’t differ from Far Cry 3 greatly aside from it’s obviously brand new story and setting and that’s just fine for me.
  18. Nov 28, 2014
    90
    The changes from Far Cry 3 are quite hard to find here, but don't get fooled. Everything in Far Cry 4 works like a charm, offering superb gunplay, a beautiful world to explore and hours of great online play.
  19. Nov 27, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 is an excellent game. Smaller or bigger changes since the previous game create an image of a more dynamic and more expertly crafted product. We get great shooting mechanic, tons of weapons, decent AI and a cool co-op mode in the campaign. I wish snowy peaks were more prominent in the game and the storyline was as good as everything else. But if you put that aside, you get an almost perfect open world game.
  20. Nov 26, 2014
    90
    It is hard to hide from the fact though, that this is more of the same, a retread of previous games in the series, just with improved visuals. Now at this time that isn’t a bad thing, it is still a fantastic experience but at the same time this also feels like this should be it.
  21. 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.
  22. Nov 23, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 is an enjoyable, exhilarating thrill ride full of enough entertainment to keep you happy... just be nice to the elephants!
  23. Nov 21, 2014
    90
    From a very cynical perspective, Far Cry 4 is "more Far Cry," but it's delivered in such a sophisticated fashion that I can’t really see how that's a negative. If each iteration is this smart and silly and beautiful and ridiculous, I don't see this series wearing out its welcome with me anytime soon.
  24. Nov 19, 2014
    90
    Welcome to Kyrat, a sprawling and beautiful country by the Himalayas. As Ajay Ghale, you are let loose in the vast wilderness with a variety of places to venture and missions to accomplish. It builds on the successful formula of its predecessor and takes it to another level.
  25. Nov 19, 2014
    90
    It may not be deep, nor entirely original, but it’s ridiculously fun.
  26. Nov 19, 2014
    90
    While Far Cry 4 doesn’t feel like a major upgrade over its predecessor – except on the graphical front – the series still manages to retain its crown as the finest open world first-person shooter.
  27. Nov 19, 2014
    90
    Kyrat is one of the most beautiful game worlds ever. It is so full of adventure that you will probably not even notice that the storytelling is not very strong.
  28. Nov 17, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 is a stunning iteration in the series that manages to bring forth great gameplay, superb visuals, and a pretty good story with a fabulous villain. While the competitive multiplayer may not feel all that great and there are some lackluster story missions, overall you'll have a great time with the first-person shooter.
  29. Nov 17, 2014
    90
    The best way to describe Far Cry 4 is that it's Far Cry 3 set in the Himalayas. There are not many new things, but Ubisoft has done well not greatly changing a formula that still works great.
  30. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Snow instead of sand, mountains instead of beach, but the same concept of a dark paradise, Far Cry 4 takes us on a journey through an exotic land in civil war. We choose who are our allies and who our enemies in a game with the same mechanics and gameplay as Far Cry 3, only expanded and polished in a bigger environment and with a vast array of side quests. Add a great multiplayer cooperative and competitive and one of those charismatic villains, and you have a new journey to paradise that fans of FPS, sandbox and the Far Cry series should embark on.
  31. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 feels like its predecessor, but that's more a good move than a fail. Changing story, setting, environment ad missions is enough to create a fantastic game. A passport to fun.
  32. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Insane moments are blended with genuine, heartfelt ones, and the juxtaposition doesn’t diminish either, but instead serves to emphasise them. Visit Kyrat and you won’t regret it.
  33. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    It may not bring many new ideas to the table but this is a hugely enjoyable open world shooter, with the best co-op options in the genre.
  34. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 may have installed a despot, but it's still the undisputed king of the open-world shooter.
  35. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Far Cry 4 could have all of the multiplayer elements stripped away and it would still be a very strong game. If you enjoyed its predecessor and didn't grow tired of Ubisoft Montreal's open world formula, you'll have a blast living the experience again.
  36. Nov 28, 2014
    89
    At the end of the day, you are absolutely getting every dollar of value from Far Cry 4, and I’m nowhere close to being bored of it after roughly thirty hours. If you enjoyed Far Cry 3, do yourself a favour and pick up FC4.
  37. Nov 14, 2014
    89
    Far Cry 4 is not the best game to come out this year, but definitely one of the more enjoyable ones. A blind purchase if you enjoyed Far Cry 3. Just don’t expect much in the way of originality.
  38. Nov 24, 2014
    88
    A bigger and more beautiful Far Cry 3.
  39. Far Cry 4 is a polished version of the third game. It gives players a lot of missions to complete and a huge game world to explore. Graphics are cutting edge as well. But, all in all, the game feels like a huge DLC for Far Cry 3.
  40. Nov 18, 2014
    88
    The half-baked co-op is disappointing and the game sticks to the conventions of its direct predecessor almost to a fault, but the wondrous Himalayan setting packed with activities still makes Far Cry 4 a trip worth punching your passport. Come for the gunfights, and stay for the viscous honey badger hunts.
  41. Nov 15, 2014
    88
    Far Cry 4 is everything that made Far Cry 3 great, but it does put some new elements to it that make this game feel fresh. The game world is designed beautifully and we are astonished by the unique and colorful locations that guarantee tens of hours of fun.
  42. 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.
  43. Nov 21, 2014
    86
    Far Cry 4 will enchant you with its lush forests, scenic vistas, and hostile wildlife but it’s the mission and combat variety that will keep you exploring.
  44. Nov 18, 2014
    86
    There’s nothing to make it not an enjoyable experience, but for those that lovedFar Cry 3, for all of its beautiful distractions, will find hours upon hours of glorious gameplay waiting for you.
  45. Dec 1, 2014
    85
    Just remember, if you do decide to hang out in the Himalayas, stop and enjoy the scenery. The environments are absolutely breathtaking.
  46. 85
    Even though its plotline fails to engage and grappling play gets repetitive and boring, Far Cry 4’s game-world and multitude of engaging missions and tasks draw you in. There’s so much fun stuff to do in Kryat that you could get lost here for some time. Oh, and you can ride an elephant and flip over vehicles with its trunk.
  47. Nov 20, 2014
    85
    There was heavy skepticism arising when it comes to Ubisoft Montreal being able to top Far Cry 3. Not only was Far Cry 3 a very impressive game with excellent gameplay, it was not even two years ago when it hit store shelves. Despite that, Far Cry 4 tops Far Cry 3 in every single way imaginable.
  48. Nov 19, 2014
    85
    Diversity is one of Far Cry 4’s strongest assets, and it overwhelms the mostly disappointing story with countless opportunities for free-form adventure and fun.
  49. Nov 18, 2014
    85
    Far Cry 4 is a well devised more of the same. Unfortunately the story lacks punch, what is not missing are a huge amount of contents, a long and enjoyable free roaming experience and obviously fun.
  50. Nov 17, 2014
    85
    Far Cry 4 takes everything that made its predecessor one of 2012's best games and improves upon it. A true sandbox, most of its fun comes from the stories you create as opposed to its lacklustre narrative. If you loved Far Cry 3, you'll love what its sequel has to offer.
  51. Nov 14, 2014
    85
    Far Cry 4 is one of the best solo /coop first-person shooters we've come across lately with massive content, a vast open world filled with life, and some truly awesome graphics on the PS4 version we reviewed. Just don't expect a revolution, but more of a Far Cry 3.5.
  52. 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.
  53. Jan 14, 2015
    80
    For enthusiast of pure fun and open world shooting. Everything's in its right place and perfectly arranged, with added bonus of cooperative adventures.
  54. Play UK
    Dec 18, 2014
    80
    I enhances the template in all the right ways. [Issue#251, p.66]
  55. Dec 10, 2014
    80
    While more could be done to make the world feel believable – thereby making you feel more responsible for the choices you make – Ubisoft is just trying to play it safe with its latest in the series, and at this point more of the same is just enough to make Far Cry 4 a valid purchase.
  56. Nov 26, 2014
    80
    There's almost everything you liked (or dislike) from its predecessor, and that could be a selling point for some, or a drawback for others. In the end, it's a very well crafted more of the same, where the change in the setting delivers some interesting landscapes and cultural aspects in the narrative.
  57. 80
    Far Cry 4 is a good game, but the lack of any real significant improvements or advancements over its predecessor may be enough to turn some people away. The major difference here is the Himalayan setting, which looks absolutely stunning and is a joy to explore using the Far Cry mechanics.
  58. Nov 22, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4's lavish environment and solid shooting mechanics are stifled by a mediocre story-world that's a hair too serious and an iterative design that's a bit too obvious.
  59. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Despite having a lot of flaws, Far Cry 4 is a lot of fun.
  60. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    The story isn’t always fantastic, but when it hits the mark (read: when Pagan Min shows up), it can be absolutely wonderful. In this game, there’s tons to do, and you’ll really enjoy doing all of it, particularly if you’re riding an elephant as you go.
  61. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4 may not be a huge departure from its predecessor, but it does take the familiar open-world formula to a new height of madness.
  62. 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.
  63. Nov 19, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4 essentially boils down to a retread of the last game in the series with a different setting, a more polished story, and a handful of new traversal mechanics. It’s a strong gameplay template to follow, but one that’s much less compelling the second time around.
  64. Nov 18, 2014
    80
    It's a well-rendered world with a good draw distance and foliage that is as fun to hide in as it is to burn. It runs well on both PS4 and Xbox One.
  65. Nov 18, 2014
    80
    Although the stealth missions can be annoying--as is the fact that cut scenes can't be skipped and how there's only one save slot for the campaign--I can see myself returning to Kyrat despite its faults. There's so much to explore, and the world has so much detail that it's hard not to be drawn back.
  66. Nov 16, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4 isn't a masterpiece. It's not going to rock any boats or blow any minds. It's a brilliant toy, a fantastic tool for players to screw around within when they feel like some lighthearted fun.
  67. Nov 15, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4 is quite similar to the third installment of the series, both from a narrative perspective and gameplay wise. That said it is hard not to enjoy the many activities that the game offers, making us wanting to dive deep in the wonderful and breathing Kirat.
  68. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    The biggest flaw of Far Cry 4 is not risking enough and using too much of the formula of Far Cry 3. But it’s a game full of content and with a unique identity.
  69. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4 is a logical successor to the third. Don't expect any ground-breaking, overwhelming visuals or a completely different story, but a shooter that does almost everything better than the competition.
  70. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 3 remains the series’ peak, but Far Cry 4 is a lovely-looking, accomplished offering that suffers from lacklustre writing and an odd lack of purpose.
  71. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    A lot of games are about killing. Far Cry is about hunting. They're not the same thing, and it is as disquieting as it is enjoyable.
  72. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Far Cry 4 is well worth a visit, but it's more a backpacker's delight than a five-star island paradise.
  73. Nov 25, 2014
    76
    Far Cry 4 is radiant with opportunities to both seize and indulge in its power. This speaks to its fondness for connected progression systems, an insistence on emblazoning its geography with scores of content, and meaningful improvements to the blueprint laid out by Far Cry 3.
  74. Nov 24, 2014
    75
    While still being a fun game, Far Cry 4 at times feels a bit too much like an extended edition of Far Cry 3 to really impress.
  75. Far Cry 4 is filled with crazy action sequences and harbours a deep disregard for political correctness that dares players to complain about its depiction of bare-breasted women wielding machine guns and jokes about maxi pads used as bandages...However, if you’ve played Far Cry 3, it’s all going to seem pretty familiar. Routine, even.
  76. Jan 7, 2015
    74
    However inflated its stakes, however serious or seriously unserious it may want to be taken, whatever its successes and failures as adventure, tragedy or tragicomedy, Far Cry 4’s primary storyline is itself incidental.
  77. Dec 5, 2014
    70
    It’s just so cluttered by other stuff that it ends up being a slog to get through once you’re nearing the home stretch.
  78. Dec 1, 2014
    70
    The tactical as well as explosive action delivers and gives me loads of options. I am changing the skirmish with my behavior, I can play it to suit my play style, from straightforward attacks to sneaky head shots. But I also find myself in the middle of a mountain range theme park with animals more fierce than any herpetologist could imagine while the map throws places at me that I rather want to discover myself.
  79. 70
    Still, the beautifully crafted world teaming with life and and almost never-ending sequence of quests is an alluring hook to keep players coming back, in the same way that it doesn't seem to matter how empty a Hollywood blockbuster is, so long as the explosions get bigger and better every time, the audiences will keep flocking back to them.
  80. Nov 25, 2014
    70
    Far Cry 4 certainly features a lot to love, but Ubi's continued buffet-style approach to content has the game wearing out its welcome far earlier than it should. Still, if you're willing to adopt a pick-and-choose approach to its unbelievable amount of stuff to do, you should have a good time—just don't expect to digest everything it has to offer.
  81. Nov 18, 2014
    70
    Far Cry 4 recites the lesson from the glorious previous episode. Kyrat is a beautiful place to explore and there is a lot of action, stealth and exploration waiting for players. But it doesn't bring anything new to the formula and its story and characters are mostly disappointing.
  82. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    Like the terrain if depicts, Far Cry 4 travels both high and low, representing the good, the bad, and ugly of video games all at once. It's awesome and messy and dumb and fun and annoying and gross and beautiful. Take any given adjective in your vocabulary, and chances are, it will in some way describe Far Cry 4.
  83. 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.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2245 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2014
    0
    Way too much like far cry 3, really weak story. I wished they had changed up some things but they play most of it too safe. Maybe next yearWay too much like far cry 3, really weak story. I wished they had changed up some things but they play most of it too safe. Maybe next year far cry, ubisoft has been a disappointment so far Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    9
    Great game,after unity i thought that far cry 4 wasn't good,instead it surprised me a lot.longevity,graphics,story are excellent,the only bugGreat game,after unity i thought that far cry 4 wasn't good,instead it surprised me a lot.longevity,graphics,story are excellent,the only bug is that this game is too similar to far cry 3 but for this time ok.Far cry 5 must innovate. Full Review »