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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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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: 45 out of 66
  2. Negative: 6 out of 66
  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. Mar 15, 2017
    10
    Best single player game since Skyrim. Everything works, everything looks perfect, the story moves at a perfect pace, and all the missions flowBest single player game since Skyrim. Everything works, everything looks perfect, the story moves at a perfect pace, and all the missions flow together no matter the order. Perfect single player campaign. Expand
  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 24, 2019
    8
    What this game lacks in story it completely makes up for in a massive amount of single player content. You completely lose yourself exploringWhat this game lacks in story it completely makes up for in a massive amount of single player content. You completely lose yourself exploring the world in 10,000 B.C. hunting and taming all sorts of awesome animals. This game does a fantastic job making you feel like you're really there, and with so much fun things to do like building your village and fighting off enemy tribes, you end up like me logging over 40 hours into this adventure. Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2017
    7
    Far Cry Primal is an open world game set in 10,000 BCE. Because of it's unique prehistoric setting, I was hoping for an equally refreshingFar Cry Primal is an open world game set in 10,000 BCE. Because of it's unique prehistoric setting, I was hoping for an equally refreshing gameplay experience. In that regard, I was disappointed. That isn't to say it's a bad game - far from it - it's just that Far Cry Primal isn't otherwise anything special. This review is based on my playthrough on survivor mode with the expert difficulty level.
    THE GOOD
    - It looks amazing, with great graphics and varied environments. Cutscenes are gorgeous, textures are consistent, and nothing looks out of place. It also runs perfectly.
    - Visually and atmospherically, the setting is superb in execution. It lends itself well to a sense of exploration, which is especially prevalent at the start of the game when you are dropped into an unknown world to fend for yourself. Discovering the land of Oros was some of the most fun I had. It's such a diverse land full of animals and only sparsely populated with (usually hostile) humans. Everything looks, sounds and feels as it should.
    - Taming beasts is a very cool mechanic; having a sabretooth tiger by your side is always a good thing. I appreciated how the beasts each had different stats and abilities. Alongside other wildlife and fauna, the beasts added to the setting.
    - Moment to moment gameplay is fun and even exhilarating, at least to begin with. When you're still discovering everything Oros has to offer, and before you've seen the handful of mission archetypes repeated dozens of times, it's a great game. Combat is fun at first, but what you see is what you get, and it never develops into anything above mediocrity.
    - There are lots of difficulty settings, so the game can be tailored to your liking.
    - There are some genuinely interesting characters, and the two enemy tribes are also worthy of note for their differing cultures. These factors make the story worthwhile.
    THE BAD
    - It has it's fair share of bugs. I genuinely have no idea how a few of my tamed beasts died. Most recently, I was just walking around when my tiger just vanished. He can't have died in combat, because there was nothing near us and I was given no prompt to heal him. He just vanished and I couldn't summon him again. This wasn't a lone event, as similar things happened to a couple of my beasts that can only be obtained once, the best you can get, so this was extremely annoying. There were other bugs, such as when a mission didn't go to plan because the tall elk I was supposed to hunt didn't appear. I went into where it was supposed to spawn and it was just stood there. I killed it and it didn't even move. That was a very easy mission for me.
    - The AI can be appalling. There were plenty of instances where I could beat an enemy or beast to death without any resistance whatsoever. Enemies react slowly, and often just stand still and do nothing... this is all on the highest difficulty setting.
    - There's this one Izila enemy that kills you in one hit which is very frustrating. Some beasts can kill you in two hits so being surrounded by a pack of them is annoying too.
    - Tamed beasts are often unresponsive and don't do what you want.
    - Some of the animation is really clunky, such as that of tamed beasts when just walking around.
    - Character models are reused all the time. So many people look identical, which really impacts the suspension of disbelief.
    - Combat doesn't suit large groups at a time. The difficulty can feel artificial as it seems the game is just throwing too many enemies at you for you to deal with. It's never that hard, just monotonous having to deal with so many people.
    THE BORING
    - There is NO mission variety. It suffers from map mess, meaning there's always stuff to do everywhere, but everything follows the same structure. It gets very repetitive very quickly. There is no real content, only blatantly inflated game length via constant reuse of the same tired structures.
    - Quests are tediously formulaic, and have no story to them so I never knew why I was doing anything.
    - The combat is heavily restricted by a lack of weapons, enemy types, and repetitive enemy encounters.
    - There is quite a poor sense of progression. Weapon upgrades never feel that substantial.
    - Collectibles are utterly worthless and another example of blatantly inflated game length.
    - Although everywhere is beautiful and graphically impressive, there aren't many memorable locales because everywhere is filled with the same activities and structures (camps/bonfires/outposts).
    - Lots of the skills you can unlock are very dull, and just mildly improve an existing quality.
    CONCLUSION
    It's good, but not great. It drew me in with a beautiful setting, but let me down with shallow gameplay. It's fun most of the time, but it's really nothing special. You won't be missing out if you don't get it, but it's pretty easy to recommend as some mindless fun. I believe it deserves a 7, as I can't deny I had fun, which is what matters.
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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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