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  • Summary: Seventeen years after a nuclear doomsday, Hope County, Montana, has changed in unexpected ways. Nuclear winter has given way to a "superbloom," creating a lush, colourful landscape that survivors have begun to re-populate with makeshift buildings. It's a lawless frontier where people areSeventeen years after a nuclear doomsday, Hope County, Montana, has changed in unexpected ways. Nuclear winter has given way to a "superbloom," creating a lush, colourful landscape that survivors have begun to re-populate with makeshift buildings. It's a lawless frontier where people are struggling to get by - and you'll be able to experience it all with a friend in co-op, or on your own as a lone gunslinger. After living through the apocalypse, the survivors in Hope County now face a new threat: the nihilistic Highwaymen, vicious scavengers intent on bleeding the county dry. When the survivors put out a call for help to combat this deadly threat, you are quickly thrust into the middle of a new battle for the future of Hope County. Since the nuclear apocalypse, survivors have been piecing their shelter, tools, and weapons together from the broken remnants of the old world. The results may look ramshackle, but they'll keep you alive in a fight. Your Homebase will let you construct powerful weapons and vehicles, giving you more options than ever for explosive, over-the-top action. When anything and everything can happen, it is never too much to have someone watching your back. Whether it's Hurk, a boar, or whoever you want, you can recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire to fight by your side. You can even play with a friend in co-op. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 70
  2. Negative: 1 out of 70
  1. 90
    Far Cry New Dawn shares a lot of great similarities with Far Cry 5, but it’s the minor tweaks that allow it to stand as its own title. With so much to do, so many places to explore, and a post-apocalyptic world that is grounded in realism, there is no shortage of entertainment to be had in Hope County. While Mickey and Lou may not seem as threatening as previous instalments’ villains, they and the Highwaymen with their vibrant neon graffiti and motocross-influenced gear are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Welcome back to Hope County – and good luck.
  2. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn might be a spinoff game, but it’s sure to have a lasting impact on what we think of when Far Cry comes to mind.
  3. Feb 15, 2019
    80
    Far Cry New Dawn is a worthy entry to the shooter franchise, but it’ll feel too familiar to fans, and not different enough to those who have been put off by the game’s most recent entries. It’s competently made, with flecks of dark humour and some great action sequences, but aside from a few interesting new mechanics and a fascinating new setting, Far Cry New Dawn is wider than it is deep, the kiss of death for shooter fans currently being swamped with new content.
  4. JeuxActu
    Feb 14, 2019
    70
    Ubisoft has to be careful not to exploit the Far Cry franchise too much. New Dawn is an intermediate Far Cry, which will satisfy the fans waiting for the next major part, but it's nothing exceptional. Nice to play, but clearly not a must-have.
  5. Mar 5, 2019
    70
    The replayable Outposts and Expeditions are a blast (even moreso in co-op) and the mild RPG mechanics of base building is a great start, even if it needs to be expanded upon. However, in a larger sense, the adventure is brought down by a comparatively small size and cookie-cutter bad guys. New Dawn isn’t a terrible experience, but it would have been better served by being delivered as DLC material, not passed off as a full game.
  6. Feb 14, 2019
    70
    This new Far Cry shines from its variety of side quests and a setup that gives a fresh taste to the formula. We would have loved a better scenario and a brand new AI system.
  7. Feb 21, 2019
    40
    If New Dawn is as mute and monotonous about the issues that led to the nuclear war and the philosophies that shape its vision of America, that’s because it’s only interested in serving up a gamified version of survival, logic be damned.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 120
  2. Negative: 56 out of 120
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    I love this game! Far Cry 5 was amazing and the story continues in New Dawn.
  2. Mar 18, 2019
    10
    It's an amazing and beautiful game, a direct sequel to Far Cry 5. It doesn't deserve the hate from users rating it zero.
  3. Feb 25, 2019
    8
    It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. It’s another Far Cry game…the big question on my lips was do we really REALLY need another one? FortunatelyIt’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. It’s another Far Cry game…the big question on my lips was do we really REALLY need another one? Fortunately the answer is YES! When a game is this good, more can never be enough. What could easily be shunned as a re-skinned Far Cry 5, has evolved into one of the most addictive Far Cry experiences since Primal (you can read my review of that game here)

    The apocalypse has happened and seventeen years later vegetation and animal life has taken over, but yet again a tyrannical ruler…well twins in this case is trying to control the world and its resources. The game serves as a continuation of Far Cry 5 and while does have the same map, the experiences and exploration are much more readily available in this iteration providing a Far Cry experience worth sinking your teeth into.

    Part of what made this game so engaging was the ability to craft and upgrade weapons, bases and items. By far the best weapon is the saw launcher that cuts right through enemies and also rebounds off surfaces for multiple kills. It is the most bloody and satisfying way to get through areas infested with enemies. The usual suspects of guns and bow and arrows do fill out the roster, it isn’t anything that you haven’t seen before but unlocking the level 2 and 3 items is great motivation to keep playing.

    The story line of your character being the “chosen one” who can eat fruit from Joseph’s tree, survive and kill a bear with a few punches does seem a bit out there for this title, when the Highway men announce their arrival with fireworks and an endless onslaught of attacks it does bring it back down to ridiculous enjoyment. This game seems to take itself a lot less seriously than the previous titles and does so in an incredibly entertaining way.

    Exploration is encouraged in the game and the main story missions never interfere if you don’t want to play them immediately. The game starts off in the bottom corner of the map and gradually reveals itself depending on which missions you play and who you recruit to your base. If you want to go and spend all day and night fishing and hunting animals you can, there is no forced play through that makes the game feel almost sand box like in some elements. Speaking of animals they are actually pretty entertaining in this game. You can be ambushed by the Highwaymen, struggling to stay alive and in runs a bear who will happily start taking them out and chase them away. You then have the option to pursue them and snag some sweet bear hide or continue on your way and recoup. This happened multiple times during my play through and sometimes the bear went for me resulting in a few re-spawns.

    Vehicle wise the game has the three levels like weapons and ultimately was a little disappointing with the choices offered up. There is also a Ubisoft club only buggy vehicle which looks cool, but if you are new to Ubisoft titles you can’t unlock immediately and need to play the game for a while before you can redeem. Driving around in cars can make it difficult to take enemies out with gunfire and don’t get me started on “DON’T KILL INNOCENT CIVILIANS” warning that constantly pop up when some idiot runs out in the middle of the road or walks into your gun fight and stands in front of enemies. It seems that art imitates life in this respect.

    The lighting and shadows in the art of this game really help set the mood. There is one mission in which you travel down a river and light torches along the way. There is something so chilling and creepy, yet beautiful and enchanting about this moment that solidified my love of this game. It is a quiet moment, a slow and eerie experience that took me by surprise and made me appreciate the rest of the design and beauty that this game offers. The pink and purple infusion of colour and light that permeates the environment is something rarely used in a post apocalyptic title and is used to great effect. The twinkling of a pinkish light streaming through the antlers of a massive deer is majestic. It looks even better on a PS4 Pro.

    Overall Far Cry New Dawn took me by complete surprise and gave me an addictive and beautiful game environment to play around in. The array of weapons, items and upgrades are fairly on par with other games yet the addition of the buzz saw launcher is pure genius. While the story may head to some really REALLY out there places, it never takes itself too seriously and its dedication to providing a sandbox like experience ultimately pays off. Far Cry New Dawn is the surprise of 2019 and worth playing.
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  4. Feb 20, 2019
    5
    This game could have been better, but it looks like a Saints Row 4 situation where a DLC is made into a full game. The story is short as hell,This game could have been better, but it looks like a Saints Row 4 situation where a DLC is made into a full game. The story is short as hell, the RPG element is kinda lazy and not really devoted enough, A huge reskin of Far Cry 5. There are some plus sides like online co-op to have fun with a buddy or well made custom weapons, but the microtransaction are to heavily enforced in the game that has no PVP multiplayer mode and is pretty much just a single player game with a co-op element to it. Bit of a rip off from a Far Cry game. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    3
    Pretty terrible. Short story. Annoying & uninteresting characters. Reused assets galore, poorly implemented. Shallow RPG elements. SmallPretty terrible. Short story. Annoying & uninteresting characters. Reused assets galore, poorly implemented. Shallow RPG elements. Small reused map & locations. Microtransactions. Terrible AI. Stale graphics engine & movement system that's not evolved in 5-6yrs.

    This game is nothing but a cash-grab pure & simple. A game nobody asked for.
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  6. Apr 5, 2019
    0
    Sure, I am used to playing open world games, but even Fallout 76 is better than this. Fall into a creek? Expect a nightmare of game play toSure, I am used to playing open world games, but even Fallout 76 is better than this. Fall into a creek? Expect a nightmare of game play to get out. Totally on 90's gameplay rails as far as experience goes. Terrible game.:{ Expand
  7. Feb 15, 2019
    0
    Re-used Far Cry 5 locations with sunny-rainbow post-apocalypse land. 40$ for re-used DLC? No, thank you.

    Racism, stupid story and bad
    Re-used Far Cry 5 locations with sunny-rainbow post-apocalypse land. 40$ for re-used DLC? No, thank you.

    Racism, stupid story and bad characters is included. Do not waste your money for this game.
    Ubisoft is just want to make some trash game under good franchise to make money on fans.
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