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POSTED 1/12/14


FAR CRY 4

Ubisoft



Kyrat calling to the faraway towns. Now war is declared, and battle come down.

Are you thinking, “What’s a ‘Kyrat’, and what have they done to The Clash?” Well, Kyrat’s a fictitious Himalayan region that’s done nothing to The Clash. But Ubisoft licenced ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’, which is more prophetic than perhaps first evident...

Anyway, Kyrat’s controlled by an unpredictable, merciless, quite eccentric, potty-mouthed despot named Pagan Min. He’s basically your typical Bond villain nut job.

Kyrat’s also your birthplace, although you’ve lived in the USA due to... certain circumstances. You’ve returned to respect your mother’s final wish, to scatter her ashes at home. It doesn’t take long to meet Min, and it doesn’t take much longer to decide whether to accept his hospitality or get the fuck out pronto. The latter yields more gameplay...

Plumping latterally sees you join a rebellious bunch calling themselves ‘Golden Path’. They were founded by your dad, so you feel kinda duty bound to enlist – plus they’ll help you find your mum’s village.

At this juncture it might be worth saving everybody some time and asking whether you played the quite excellent Far Cry 3. If you didn’t, you can get it cheap – go on, get it. We’ll wait.

While we’re waiting for the stragglers, those of you familiar with FC3 will flumpf into this like a pair of comfy slippers (pipe optional). It’s familiar first-person open worldliness with main and distraction missions – including, naturally, climbing towers. Ubisoft really dig towers. You’ll drive, fly, sneak, run, get gladiatorial, get spiritual, trip out, ride elephants and – almost forgot - shoot. Lots.

This includes murdering assorted exotic wild-wildlife in the name of crafting. We’ll never look at Mr Maker the same way again.

With added now-gen slickness, FC kin should pin this Min-spin win. Now, after all this, won’t you give me a smil- erm, grin?

take me back to the start...

 



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