The latest installment of the Far Cry franchise has arrived. Get your arrows, clubs and spears ready because we are going back to prehistoric times! We travel back in time to the land of Oros, and play as Takkar to save the Wenja tribe. It’s a battle for survival against nature itself. Wooly mammoths, and saber-toothed tigers, and bears, OH MY!
Blue Ball Score: 19 out of 25 balls
What would a Far Cry game be without exploration, survival tactics, and hordes of nature’s creations ready to rip your flesh from your bones. Sound exciting? Well it is… for the most part. If you have ever played a Far Cry game in the past, then you will have no problems adjusting to the new game. All of the core elements have returned along with a handful of additional features. Hunting animal skins for upgrades? Check. Liberate camps to unlock fast travel points? Check. Gathering plants and materials for crafting? Check. Plenty of side missions to keep you busy? Check. Rifles and vehicles? C’mon, you’re a cave man now. Get used to it.
The core game mechanics and controls haven’t changed. You start out with a base camp and explore the map to unlock new areas. As a hunter, you can use your skills to gather materials and slaughter animals for upgrading. You can’t upgrade your items without raiding Bambi’s flesh bag, so get to it! Along the way, you’ll find plenty of enemies and the usual camps begging for some pre-American freedom. Upgrade your hunter’s skills and abilities using the all-too-familiar progression system to pump yourself up like Arnold [insert incorrect spelling of last name here].
Along with the old, we usher in the new. Primal brings in a few awesome additions. You can now tame the vicious beasts that you encounter, which you can use to assist in battle. Tame that saber-toothed tiger and send him in to do your dirty work. I felt like He-Man sending in Battle Cat, by the power of greyskull! Another new feature that I loved was the day-to-night transitions. At night, the animals on the map will switch to predators and you are now the prey. It creates a great change of pace and keeps the game feeling fresh. Scared of the dark? Sissy. Take a nap in one of your camps to turn the lights back on. Due to these new additions, gameplay gets 4/5 balls.
You play as Takkar, a hunter for the Wenja tribe. Takkar’s hunting party is attacked by a saber-toothed tiger and narrowly escapes death. The same cannot be said about his hunting party, as they meet their demise. He stumbles along and meets a woman named Sayla who leads him to Oros. From there, Takkar’s journey begins to raise the Wenja tribe to glory. While the story had vast potential from the very start, it seemed to just drag you along with it. The environment and setting make up for the lack of story just a tad, but not enough. Campaign earns an unwooly 2.5/5 balls.
As I just mentioned, keep your ears open. The sound in this game is an important aspect and it can be the difference between life and a gruesome death. Don’t let your guard down, predators are everywhere including animals and enemy tribesman. I found combat to be more difficult this time around due to the primitive weapons, so you’ll want to avoid combat when you aren’t looking for trouble.
All in all, amazing landscapes and great sound earn 4.5 balls.
Overall, this is a good addition to the series, minus the story which I believe I’ve covered at depth. In case I haven’t, the story wouldn’t be worth printing on recycled paper. Now that we’ve covered that again, Far Cry Primal gets a solid 19 balls out of 25.