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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] Expand
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Far Cry Primal First Gameplay Trailer - The Game Awards 2015
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Apr 7, 2016
    90
    Far Cry Primal‘s map is absolutely huge, and is literally teeming with objective markers and missions. I challenge even the most ardently focused of players to travel to their intended location without getting sidetracked on the way.
  2. Feb 22, 2016
    90
    What shined in the story were the tribes’ cultures. It was great to see how Ubisoft created unique, fictional tribes and still made them feel natural and real within the game.
  3. Feb 25, 2016
    85
    While this is a different direction for the Far Cry series, Far Cry Primal is an excellent entry into the franchise. While it might not be the best introduction to the franchise, it’s certainly one the fans of Far Cry should definitely check out and those interested in the series will find something incredibly unique, action-packed, and a lot of fun.
  4. Feb 22, 2016
    80
    There's a fine balance between tension and fun that elevates the whole experience.
  5. Feb 22, 2016
    80
    I like Primal the most when it's many systems interact in interesting ways and when it forces me to think of new ways to deal with a powerful predator or a powerful group of enemies, but there are also moments when the entire experience feels to close to both Far Cry 4 and 3.
  6. Feb 22, 2016
    75
    It’s beautiful to look at, and the idea it’s based on is pretty interesting. Unfortunately the magnificent game world and the interesting beast taming mechanics are not enough to cushion the repetitiveness of the main campaign. An uninspired storyline is the last nail in the coffin, for a game that, while still having solid mechanics, is just not as fun as its predecessors.
  7. Feb 22, 2016
    60
    It feels like it has even less of a story than Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has, but that's because that story is spread incredibly thinly across a large world that's packed with cookie cutter content. There's nothing inherently wrong with Primal, and I found the game's combat systems to be pretty exciting at times, but the structure of the game and most of the tasks you're given are one-note. It's a monotonous grind that gets a good lift from its approach to combat and a handful of other tweaks to the formula, but it's still the formula.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 58
  2. Negative: 6 out of 58
  1. Feb 23, 2016
    10
    This game is really enjoyable . I love the whole stone age idea and this is something different from the previous installments . Ubisoft tookThis game is really enjoyable . I love the whole stone age idea and this is something different from the previous installments . Ubisoft took a risk but it was a risk well worth the taking . I love the animal taming and the scouting owl . The stealth is just magnificent and all the different ways to accomplish your task and to take outposts make this game pretty fun . I am enjoying every moment of this Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2016
    10
    10/10 if you rate other Far Cry games the same or similarly
    Why? Well, apart from beasts and flying around as an Owl whenever's clever, try
    10/10 if you rate other Far Cry games the same or similarly
    Why? Well, apart from beasts and flying around as an Owl whenever's clever, try
    Interface:
    Health indicator OFF
    Minimap OFF
    Crouch indicator OFF
    On Screen Controls OFF
    Objectives SMART
    Beast indicator OFF
    Tutorial updates OFF

    Cant figure out what to do? Press Menu
    Enjoy 10'000 BC!!!
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  3. Feb 23, 2016
    9
    Fantastic game , differentiates a bit from previous games, but still enjoyable , story can be better, but still was fun enough for a 9/10.Fantastic game , differentiates a bit from previous games, but still enjoyable , story can be better, but still was fun enough for a 9/10.

    Story 7/10
    Gameplay 10/10
    Graphics 10/10
    Port quality 10/10
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  4. Jun 7, 2017
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I actually really enjoyed this game. Idk why but I just do. an yea its a modded map of a section of Farcry4 but I honestly dont care. I really like the ability to "tame" animals. (Bloodfang is life and my lil buddy badger) I can understand why some ppl dont like this game like one reason is its "too grindy" which I can easily toleate since ive put a total of 3000+ hours into the entirety of the Monster Hunter series. Now the setting being 10,000 BC I really enjoy, very few games go to around this era of human history. (even if its fictional). I liked Farcry 3 and 4 (not much on 2) but I like Primal alot better than those 2., maybe bc ive played waaaaay too many modern era shooters, so something like this is a breath of fresh air. Now the Udam u capture to b apart of ur village, is honestly one of the more likable characters. imo I feel sad for him but I honestly enjoy his character. Now I know my opinion is "unpopular" and some ppl will call me an "idiot" nonetheless for liking it, but its one of those rare few games tht feel like im not playing another mediocre game, but make me feel good to play it. I recommend this game if ur used to "grindy" type of games and/or played way too many of the "similar" games in recent years when it comes to the setting of which a game takes place. (and gameplay)
    P.S. The world is just beautiful. It gives off like a "warm light" atmosphere tht just feels very calming and "happy" even with all the killing and gore.
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  5. Mar 1, 2016
    8
    Great fun, looks good, sounds better, is really just a generic collect 'em all" sandbox, but it works well regardless. The 10,000BC settingGreat fun, looks good, sounds better, is really just a generic collect 'em all" sandbox, but it works well regardless. The 10,000BC setting really appealed to me, perhaps it's not for everyone. It's high fantasy anyway, with bombs, weapons and so on that are not historically accurate. For a unnumbered FarCry, it's very good, more enjoyable than 4 in some ways, in my opinion. Expand
  6. Apr 1, 2017
    7
    I am a big fan of Far Cry 3 and 4. On the surface, Primal looked intriguing. Overall I would say it is a decent game, but to me not as goodI am a big fan of Far Cry 3 and 4. On the surface, Primal looked intriguing. Overall I would say it is a decent game, but to me not as good as 3 or 4.

    The game does pull off being a Far Cry game in neanderthal times. The bow / club / spear weapons are actually fun and I didn't find myself missing machine guns that much. The animal companions were kind of cool too.

    I didn't really care for the pitch black night aspect of the game and the looting / gathering seemed to get old rather quickly. Seems like it was always a rock, stick or pelt that I obtained.

    Overall a decent open world game, but I doubt I would play it again.
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  7. Feb 26, 2016
    0
    game is a rush job. The plot is nonexistent and the villain is lame and can't compare with the others from previous FC games. The game playgame is a rush job. The plot is nonexistent and the villain is lame and can't compare with the others from previous FC games. The game play mechanics and animations are shamelessly recycled from previous FC games - game play manages to be even more limited and even less fun than before ! Graphics are a step up but only barely - clearly they had to reduce the textures a bit to account for the lighting. They need to make the next FC from ground up with a new engine using new mechanics, fresh story and new art style to make it feel new. Expand

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