26th Nov2021

‘Far Cry 6’ Review

by Chris Cummings

I’ve been a Far Cry fan for a long time, with Far Cry 2 being my personal introduction to the series. The games got better and better, with the forth being my favourite to date, and Far Cry 6 certainly follows in the footsteps of those games, taking a step back into reality and away from the cult-like stylings of Far Cry 5. Here, playing as Dani, you become a potential great liberator for Libertad, a revolutionary group who are fighting against the tyrannical, diabolical and sociopathic big-bad who is keeping the country under his thumb.

The gameplay is as smooth and satisfying as always, with the ability to upgrade weapons and your vehicles, as well as various other items. The story is solid and it’s still a blast picking off the cruel soldiers you encounter. Finding ways to take over bases and plant your flag in them once you’ve slaughtered every last one of those fools is great fun. Just try to disable those alarms first, because you’ll likely have tanks, helicopters and another army of gun-toting footmen to fight against.

The difficulty of this game is much-like other Far Cry titles, but I did feel like enemies swarmed in higher numbers this time around, and enemy back-up arrived a lot faster. You can go from stealthily wandering around the parameter of a base to being surrounded by choppers and flame-throwing dudes within seconds. It makes the idea of going in to situations “all guns blazing” a much more dangerous option, which is actually kinda cool. If you wanna test your strength against the best of the bad, then you can, or you can switch off the alarms and use your sniper to take out the opposition quietly.

Really, Far Cry 6 is a very strong addition to the franchise, with a story that is easy to get into, and gameplay that feels familiar yet updated enough to be interesting. Don’t go in expecting something completely new, though. This is a bread-and-butter Far Cry game, it doesn’t shy away from the traits that made the series so popular. It feels somewhat like a “greatest hits”, combining the things that were added through the years to create a deep, entertaining and crazy gaming experience.

The collectable aspect is still alive and well, opening the map up more and giving you more of a reason to go exploring on foot. You never know what you’re going to encounter. A checkpoint, a base, a cave full of treasures or a new weapon.

Far Cry 6 does what any Far Cry fan wants it to do, it’s a ballistic and wild ride with colourful characters and plenty to sink your teeth into. As a fan of this series, it’s a complete success for me. A strong recommend.

****½  4.5/5

Far Cry 6 is available now on Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, Amazon Luna, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, from Ubisoft.


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