The world of Kryat is both massive and beautiful. This is the first thing you need to know about Far Cry 4, the component that makes a good game great. If you play Ubisoft’s latest open-world trek into the wild jungle, you’ll play it because of this world, because there’s so much to do that it actually masks some of the game’s other flaws.
Far Cry 4 isn’t a perfect game by any means, not with its strange narrative, and its dull protagonist and a baddie who spends far too much time as nothing more than a voice. But it’s worth visiting Kryat, a fictional country near the Himalayas that’s as living and breathing as any in gaming, with animals to hunt and outposts to stealthily overtake, and graphically lush areas to admire as you stand atop radio towers. It’s a world that’s enjoyable enough to make you forget about the inconsistent narrative and the boring hero, Ajay Ghale, and the evil but sometimes-nonexistent Pagan Min.
The tale itself has Ghale serving as the unassuming hero, in this land solely to let go of his mother’s ashes. But his mother started a group called the Golden Path, a group that is fighting against the evil dictator Pagan Min, and Ghale is naturally draw into the conflict. You meet Min early, and he has all the earmarks of a quality ruthless villain, but soon enough, he disappears, turning into a Handsome Jack voice on your radio and nothing more.
For too long, he’s a non-factor in the story, and Ghale, with his strange motivations, isn’t nearly interesting enough to carry the tale. He seems so concerned with simply getting rid of his mother’s ashes, yet you’re concerned with going nuts in Kryat, a disconcerting disconnect that you’re reminded of almost every time Ghale opens his mouth.
But then you focus on Kryat, and so much of that is forgotten. The open jungle world is entirely accessible to you from the very start. There’s a world map pointing out various things to do and you can get lost simply doing this, trying to take down Pagan Min’s outposts or working to silence all his radio towers.
The best part: nearly all the activities you can do in Kryat are engaging. Sure, ripping down propaganda posters is a glorified fetch quest, but you won’t say the same when you’re working to eliminate all of Min’s soldiers at an outpost, or when you’re climbing the heights of a radio tower.
Bored with all that? Just explore the countryside, looking for hidden masks, or inject yourself with a hunting syringe and take down the leopards or tigers or rhinos you need to upgrade your wallets or your loot bag or your explosives bag. There’s fun to be had all over Kryat, which is so vast that you could easily spend 20 hours in one small area, then realize that you’ve barely scratched the surface of the world map.
There are myriad ways to approach each challenge, Far Cry’s gameplay reaches new heights here. Stealthy has long been best, but now, you can do so much more than simply skulk the shadows. There’s bait to be thrown into frays, drawing a leopard or a pack of wolves (or, in some useless cases, a honey badger), or you could skulk about, set strategic C4, then watch an entire encampment explode. It’s Far Cry at its open-ended finest.
And it’s never felt this natural. Strong first-person mechanics back the experience, drawing from everything Ubisoft has learned in games like Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed. But you’re far more powerful in Far Cry, given the weaponry for a stealth approach yet also equipped to wreak mayhem when you choose. The guns blazing approach has its risks, though, as too many explosions and you’ll kill the innocent civilians of Kryat, losing karma points along the way.
Those karma points, and several decisions you’ll make in the game, create some morality in a title that could easily turn into mayhem, trying to create a more “real” world. So you may leave a liberated outpost, only to be drawn right back because it’s under attack. Or you’ll be driving along to your next waypoint, then see an opportunity to earn karma, getting to jump into a fight and help some Golden Path members. Or you’ll have to choose between the two leaders of the Golden Path, following the plan of one and alienating another.
By and large, these things work, giving you some agency in the story, but they are not perfect. After a while, it grows annoying to leave an outpost and have to return to defend it, and the chances for karma points are so frequent that you’ll ignore more than a few skirmishes between the Golden Path and Min. It’s nice to have never-ending opportunities for karma points, though, providing a margin for error when you kill Golden Path members.
And Far Cry 4 adds a strong cooperative component as well and it’s quite fun to take down the larger strongholds with a friend. The game stays just as open-ended as it is in single-player, but tactics grow more interesting, and new ways to play emerge. You can take turns sniping your enemies from afar, perhaps, drawing them in different directions, or have one player lure all your enemies into a tragic explosion. There’s a solid competitive multiplayer as well.
The PlayStation 4 is supposed to have an edge over the Xbox One here, with Far Cry 4 offering a chance for you to invite a friend to play off your copy of the game, but SharePlay this is not. The person has to download the demo and then you can only play with them for an hour, barely even enough to scratch the surface of a game this vast.
And that’s still the thing about Far Cry 4: the lasting impression of this game is its sheer size and scope. It’s a game world good enough to compensate for other imperfections, a world that’s full of adventure.
So check out Kryat. Because boy, is it fun.
Reviewed on Xbox One and PlayStation 4
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