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  • Summary: The era is the Stone Age, a time of imminent peril and limitless adventure, when giant mammoths and sabretooth tigers rule the globe, and humanity is at the low end of the food chain. As the last survivor of your hunting group, you will learn to build a deadly arsenal, fight off dangerousThe era is the Stone Age, a time of imminent peril and limitless adventure, when giant mammoths and sabretooth tigers rule the globe, and humanity is at the low end of the food chain. As the last survivor of your hunting group, you will learn to build a deadly arsenal, fight off dangerous predators, and outsmart enemy tribes to conquer the land of Oros and become the Apex Predator. You'll assume the role of Takkar, a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of your group. You have a single goal: survive in a world where you are the hunted. Grow your tribe and sharpen your skills to lead your people, conquer the land of Oros, and become the apex predator. Encounter a cast of memorable characters who can help push back the dangers of the wild. Face enemy tribes who will do anything to eradicate you and your allies. [Ubisoft]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 91
  2. Negative: 1 out of 91
  1. Feb 22, 2016
    95
    Far Cry Primal is a fantastic standalone title that also has enough historical research meat to keep history nerds happy.
  2. Feb 28, 2016
    85
    Far Cry Primal is a healthy, well-designed, immensely immersive experiment within an established franchise. Bottom line is we need more developers to take such risks. The result is indeed a fantastic experience due to the blending of multiple genres - survival, adventure, action, first-person, strategy, etc. - and the retaining of a familiar, tried-and-true formula.
  3. Feb 22, 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.
  4. Feb 22, 2016
    80
    Melee combat can be disorienting and the story isn’t all that memorable. Still, Far Cry Primal nails what it does right. Beast Mastery is a great new mechanic, the presentation is fantastic, and most importantly, it feels just like a Far Cry game. Woolly mammoths may have gone extinct, but Primal ensures that the Far Cry franchise won’t follow suit.
  5. Feb 22, 2016
    76
    When the freshness of a Far Cry in the Stone Age becomes rotten -and luckily that takes quite a few hours- you’ll realise you’re once again routinely finishing off copious amounts of icons on a huge map. With a little extra time and effort Far Cry Primal could’ve been better than part 4, but now it’s an enjoyable spin-off that feels somewhat like a mod.
  6. Feb 23, 2016
    70
    Far Cry: Primal is an example of how ambition doesn't always translate to success. It's overly familiar and overly safe, and it does little with its concept.
  7. Feb 23, 2016
    40
    Is it a good game? That’s the wrong question. The truest thing about Far Cry Primal is that above all else, and at the expense of all else, it’s an effective game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 153
  2. Negative: 22 out of 153
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    10
    I'm really happy Ubisoft decided to try something different with this one.

    This is the best Stone Age game ever done, makes you feel like
    I'm really happy Ubisoft decided to try something different with this one.

    This is the best Stone Age game ever done, makes you feel like you are back in time surrounded by this incredible nature and animals.

    The game looks great, and it sounds amazing, the open world is vast with tones of things to do.
    Another great and fresh addition to the Far Cry games!!
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  2. Jun 16, 2017
    10
    Very interesting title. As an archaeological researcher with a passion for the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, I really appreciated thisVery interesting title. As an archaeological researcher with a passion for the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, I really appreciated this game on several levels. Proto-indo-European was recreated just for the use of the game (with several regional variations too), and the developers really did try to get everything as close to Mesolithic Central Europe as possible (a few mistakes, but a worthy and much appreciated effort!).

    Historical bits aside, this is an excellent game. I can understand why fans of the regular Far Cry series might be a bit disappointed-- there are no guns and you have to find the story yourself-- but the game stands alone as a valued edition to the Far Cry family. The game is still in first person, there is still a gathering and crafting system, still open-world exploration, but the game really is just you, fire, your axe, and your bow. The game plays more like an RPG than it does an adventure game: there are levels and skills, points and ability trees, there's a home base and a party system or sorts, and there's beastmastery, which allows you to tame animals and use their abilities in combat.

    Overall, a highly enjoyable title. I don't know if you'll enjoy it if you like Far Cry 3/4, but if you enjoy action RPGs like Horizon, I recommend Primal to you.
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  3. Feb 24, 2016
    9
    The beginning is a tad slow but that said, once you are into it a couple hours you find yourself really immersed in the game. People areThe beginning is a tad slow but that said, once you are into it a couple hours you find yourself really immersed in the game. People are saying the story is a tad weak, I don't agree myself and found the game quite compelling. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2017
    8
    I bought Far Cry Primal with low expectations. It was in the used bin and I have never really enjoyed past Far Cry games. This title turned meI bought Far Cry Primal with low expectations. It was in the used bin and I have never really enjoyed past Far Cry games. This title turned me around. The beautiful open world format, combined with great aesthetics and truly enjoyable mechanics allowed me to get lost in this game for many hours. After a few dozen hours, aspects of the gameplay did become a little repetitive and something of a grind. The overly simple hunting comes to mind. It's not as deep as something like Red Dead or GTA, but it was an interesting enough experience to be in this world for me to give this a solid thumbs up. Expand
  5. Jun 26, 2016
    7
    It's fairly surprising to see Ubisoft take its number one shooter franchise and turn it completely on its head, ditching the guns and vehiclesIt's fairly surprising to see Ubisoft take its number one shooter franchise and turn it completely on its head, ditching the guns and vehicles and replacing them with clubs, spears, and prehistoric animals. It’s a new spin for the franchise, and while it doesn’t quite achieve the level of greatness it needed to justify the series’ change up, Primal still ends up being a solid game on its own merits.

    Primal takes place during the times of the caveman, where violence, hunting and general hostility are just par for the course in your daily life. You play as Takkar, a young caveman whose tribe is being threatened by a pair or rival tribes and their leaders. As the up and coming warrior and leader, it’s your responsibility to make sure neither of these tribes succeed in their takeover by taking out their leaders.

    Due to its new caveman setting, Primal embraces every aspect of the time. Hunting and gathering resources are all key to crafting new items and weapons, as well as building and improving your home tribe and adding new features. Basically, the standard crafting and hunting from the Far Cry franchise has been expanded and improved upon in order to better fit the new setting.

    With the new setting and the lack of features the modern Far Cry games provided, Primal instead adds new features to try and make up for their absence. The most prominent addition is the ability to tame animals, allowing you to use them as allies in battle or ride them across the land (if they’re big enough to ride).

    As for combat against enemies, stealth is still just as fun as it has always been. Sneaking up on enemies from behind to deliver the killing blow and nailing headshots with your bow is just as satisfying as it has always been. Plus, the addition of the owl (the replacement for your binoculars) allows you to get a great view of the layout and the placement of enemies beforehand. You can also bring your tamed allies into stealth sections with you, but this only served to get me caught more often than naught.

    However, it is a disappointment that Primal hasn’t built upon the melee combat in any significant way. Your only options in combat are to take your melee weapon, swing it, swing it harder, or throw it. While it feels and looks satisfying, the lack of variety in your attacks, as well as the lack of dashing or dodging makes melee combat feel too simple. Plus, once you unlock the strongest club, melee combat is little more than a waste of time since losing is impossible.

    However, this is something you’ll find across the board with Primal. Despite taking away features in order to create a game set in caveman times, Primal hasn’t done much to replace what’s been taken away. This is true in melee combat, stealth, and even the upgrade system. When it comes to upgrades, there aren’t many new additions. In fact, a lot of abilities you had by default in previous games have been locked behind an upgrade in an effort to cover up for the lack of new abilities, which is disappointing.

    In fact, it seems to affect Primal’s campaign and side content as well. Like every Ubisoft game, the world is filled to the brim with small side missions to do, and just like every Ubisoft game, very few of these missions are actually worth doing. Most side missions end up being little more than busywork, while certain missions like liberating outposts and hunting legendary creatures end up being the highlights. As for the game’s campaign, while the world of Primal has its fair share of interesting characters and story lines, the campaign missions themselves don’t feel very special. Most mission objectives feel very par for the course, while other missions feel completely unnecessary since they don’t actually drive the plot forward. It doesn’t help that Primal’s ending doesn’t exactly feel satisfying, and the two boss fights given to you at the end aren’t very fun.

    That’s the main problem with Far Cry Primal. In its prehistoric setting, Primal has stripped so many features and mechanics the modern Far Cry games have available but fails to make up for their absence. While the owl and animal taming are steps in the right direction, the lackluster side content, underwhelming campaign missions, simplified melee combat, and even a lack of new upgrades, Primal feels like it didn’t do enough to actually justify the travel back in time.

    The core of Far Cry Primal is still good, and still enjoyable for the most part, but it’s hard not to look at the lack of features present in Far Cry 3 and 4 and feel Primal comes up a little short. It’s still fun, but it doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it just because you’re a fan of Far Cry.
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  6. Jul 5, 2018
    6
    30 fps ruined all the experience, Ps4 Pro or not. It shoulded be a far better experience for that. The storyline is ok, but the characters30 fps ruined all the experience, Ps4 Pro or not. It shoulded be a far better experience for that. The storyline is ok, but the characters animation aren't that credible. I expecte a lot more Expand
  7. Oct 26, 2016
    0
    If I wanted to play Harvest Moon I'd buy Harvest Moon. I'll just burn this edition from my memory (and literally) and wait for them to getIf I wanted to play Harvest Moon I'd buy Harvest Moon. I'll just burn this edition from my memory (and literally) and wait for them to get back on point. "Hey, I've got an idea! Let's make the next Bond movie a comedy musical!" Expand

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