Platforms: PS4, PC, Xbox One
Reviewed On: PS4
Distributor: Megarom Interactive
Release Date: 23 February 2016
Far Cry Primal ties into the theory of man, who has survived millions of years through the different periods throughout time. The game takes place during 10,000 BC, also known as the Mesolithic period. Set in a fictional valley called Oros, which is set in Central Europe.
Far Cry Primal is very different from previous games in the series, however it shares certain similarities when it comes to its gameplay mechanics. A massive open world, settlements to take over, and its fluid traversing mechanics, which makes it a blessing to explore the world around you. You play as Takkar, who is stranded after an unfortunate hunting accident and now needs to use his survival instincts to try to get through the land of Oros. Takkar finds a tribe who has been harassed by the tribe called Udam, who believe that eating other humans will cure them of their sickness which morphs their skin. Takkar must now build his tribe, and with the help of some rather cool weapons, the ability to tame animals, and his tribe, take down Udam‘s leader, and end this torture.
The game is set in a beautiful world, with much detail, its own climate system, and fauna and flora. You are constantly exploring to find a new pond, mountain peak, or just a forest filled with cave lions. Getting around is quick and easy with unlimited sprint and the ability to fast travel to and from bonfires which you unlock as you explore the game. As much as I would love to say that survival is everything in the game, the environments are filled with so much, that you rarely find yourself scavenging for wood to make arrows, or meat to eat to heal. It would have made for one epic adventure if the game implemented some sort of extreme survival mode that saw us really going at it to find food and water. But the amount of resources, compliment the game’s flow of combat and exploration.
It all works extremely well, and the usual Far Cry mechanics make sure to keep you extremely busy at all times. As you upgrade your village there is a keen sense of an army forming, which is the idea surrounding the game. The characters you gather are all unique, and really come to life thanks to the unique language which they speak in the game. Animations are on point.
As you progress through the game you could feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of side quests to take on. This is a usual occurrence in any Far Cry game though. Your best bet is to just take it all slowly. There are hundreds of collectables to collect in the game which are all displayed in your very own cave that you can too upgrade, and there are a dozen strongholds to take over, similar to the outposts found in Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. Night time also brings a new spin to the game as beasts are more ferocious, and you cannot see, forcing you to set your club on fire while you explore the night. Keep in mind that it will burn out, which will then require more resources to craft a new.
Combat is one of the strongest features in Primal. Tossing a spear at an enemy to send him flying into a rock, or shooting an arrow from 50 feet away, timing the downfall perfectly. It all makes for a rather enjoyable experience. Hunting animals is even better as you chase after a bear who is on 10% health, leaping over logs to run into a bush and finish him from afar, silent but deadly. It all kind of gives you the feeling of what it must have been like thousands of years ago. There are obvious changes to make it more appealing to gamers like the owl which is used to fly ahead and tag enemies before you head into a stronghold. The owl can also toss bee bombs which scare and sometimes kill enemies.
Other than the owl, you have a dozen beasts which are tamable in the game, each with their own stealth, damage, and health rating, and each with their own unique set of skills.
It all comes down to the constant upgrade of items and your improvement of your village. It’s a circle which you keep going through and I have to say that even near the end game, I was still unlocking new weapons and skills that helped me along the way. So there are no guns, but it really feels like it makes for an extremely enjoyable experience without them. There are times where the world might feel a bit copy-and-paste, but thankfully each region is so diverse that it brings a new adventure to the table each time. Far Cry Primal is a casual survival game, with so much to see and do it will keep you busy for weeks on end. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the game, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is tired of the same old shooter.