Far Cry 6 - Catch all (Can you whistle?)

I played Far Cry 2 through 4 but skipped FC5. Having had a good long break from the franchise and with this new setting I’m excited again to get up to some first person mayhem.

A break down of Ubisoft’s statements on politics from Alanna Pierce. I always like her cool headed approach.

The perspective of Navid Khavari, the narrative director, who talks about the politics in the game.

Edit: A new, rather kinetic trailer.

I recently played through 5 and New Dawn. I enjoyed both immensely. 6 looks good.

I hope they keep the action RPG nonsense from New Dawn out of 6.

I like the idea of the specialized loadouts but not if it means I have to grind ilvls or loot quality.

Far Cry is pure comfort food gaming for me, will be there day one.

AcidCat wrote:

Far Cry is pure comfort food gaming for me, will be there day one.

Normally, I'm never there day one. Except for Far Cry.

Love me some "comfort food gaming".

Roo wrote:
AcidCat wrote:

Far Cry is pure comfort food gaming for me, will be there day one.

Normally, I'm never there day one. Except for Far Cry.

Love me some "comfort food gaming". :)

I’m very much in the mood for some Far Cry. Love the look and feel of the world and the worn and battered look of the weapons. Also, you get to drive tanks which is always a plus to in my book.

Higgledy wrote:

I played Far Cry 2 through 4 but skipped FC5. Having had a good long break from the franchise and with this new setting I’m excited again to get up to some first person mayhem.

My history with Far Cry is similar to yours, Higgledy. I played, but did not finish Far Cry 2. The combination of the insta-respawning guard posts, the almost supernatural marksmanship of the enemies and weapon degradation made the game too much of a wade for me. I think my character is still stuck in shack somewhere, pinned down by enemies I can't actually see. The fire effects were genuinely first rate though.

I finished 3 and quite enjoyed it, though the second island was tedious. I skipped Far Cry 4, but returned for 5.
Far Cry 5 was a bit curate's egg. The game looked fantastic. And having the AI companions really gave the shooty bits real variety. But there were way too many enemies (given the in-game fiction), and they found the player character to regularly and easily. I found the roads pretty much unusable for much of the game.

So on balance, I'll sit on the sidelines for the first week after release of FC6. If the buzz from here and my trusted review sites are good, then I'll dive in. (I'm still gunshy after Cyberpunk.)

I adored Far Cry 2 (I think I resented Far Cry 3 because it wasn’t more like 2.) I never found the respawning check points too frequent but then I play games like that for the fights so they were just another opportunity for a good gun battle. The poorly telegraphed fast travel system and the waterways negated a lot of the enemy check points later in the game.

The fire was incredible and spread far and wide. On at least one occasion I managed to burn out every car in the vicinity including my own and had to walk to my next mission. I even enjoyed the weapon degradation because it added to the chaos and meant I had to scavenge on the fly and use whatever I found.

I won’t necessarily buy FC6 day one. I don’t tend to do that for any game other than The Last of Us or Dark Souls, etc. I want to play it on PS5 but I may not have one buy then. I’m hoping to pick one up in the middle of the year but we’ll see how stocks are.

Good point about playing this on a PS5. I don't know either when I'm likely to get one. The lack of 'must play' games has meant that I haven't even looked for one yet.

I've re-watched the trailer you posted, and I'm still a bit perplexed by this game, and - well - the franchise. I don't know that I know exactly what 'Far Cry' is any more. The setting and premise of Far Cry 5 felt like a real departure from what I understood it to be.

It introduced a level of zaniness that I hadn't see before (a murderous bear companion call 'Cheesburger', and comically overpowered helicopters?) The trailer for 6 focuses on crazy weapons.

I can live with that though. But what did give me pause was the line about "You're an army of one against an army of thousands." I have always struggled with this in games like this and 'Ghost Recon'. And it made absolutely no sense in Far Cry 5 where a small cult managed to mobilise thousands of well-trained, heavily-armed troops. But my bigger issue is the fact that the combat encounters are so numerous that they stop being memorable and exciting after a while,. Eventually, I just try to get through them as quickly as possible, so I stop experimenting with weapons and tactics, and just try to be effcient.

I played through FC2 and FC3 (and thought 2 was far superior to 3) sometime around when they came out. Is 4 or 5 worth playing at this point?

I wasn’t sure about the home made weapons at first but I’ve come around on them probably because of the aesthetics. I’ve heard many of those weapons are based on things made by actual rebel groups (CD firers not withstanding) which seems preposterous but then some of the weapons based on documentation in Battlefield 1 are equally zany.

I really enjoyed FC4. There are honey badgers and Indian elephants you can ride. You can ride the elephants not the honey badgers. I was getting burnt out on Far Cry by the time FC5 came along and it felt a little too GTA for me so I didn’t play it.

It was very liberating what I realised I could just skip games in franchises I enjoy.

I've just had a quick look and both games can be bought from Amazon for around $20 each. Those are almost bargain bin prices.

But if were my money, I'd buy the new game, 5. One of the reasons that I didn't buy FC4 was that reviews suggested that the series hadn't moved on much from FC3.

An Ars Technica review suggested that 5 contained more changes (and to the side quests in particular). There's also a really nice fishing game in there.

Higgledy wrote:

I wasn’t sure about the home made weapons at first but I’ve come around on them because of the aesthetics I think. I’ve heard many of those weapons are based on things made by actual rebel groups (CD firers not withstanding) which seems preposterous but then some of the weapons based on documentation in Battlefield 1 are equally zany.

I really enjoyed FC4. There are honey badgers and Indian elephants you can ride. You can ride the elephants not the honey badgers. I was getting burnt out on Far Cry by the time FC5 came along and it felt a little too GTA for me so I didn’t play it.

It was very liberating what I realised I could just skip games in franchises I enjoy.

I hadn't thought about it that way before, but you're right about Far Cry 5 being more GTA-like. But I think that was inevitable with the switch to the US setting.

You're right too about burnout. Dark Souls 2 soured me on that series, so I skipped 3. And I've probably ignored every other Call of Duty game.

My slight worry is that I'm burning out on gaming in general. I haven't played anything since completing Cyberpunk 2077 in January. I see trailers and read previews, and the thing that comes to mind is "I've played this game several times before."

Certainly for the last couple of years, I've looked at release schedules for big games and realised that I could have played a close relative of most games at any time in the last 15 years. Thinking back, I probably haven't been surprised and delighted by a game since I played Dishonored or Titanfall 2. My love for Red Dead Redemption 2 is well-known, but even I would claim to have been surprised by it and delighted by it.

detroit20 wrote:

I've just had a quick look and both games can be bought from Amazon for around $20 each. Those are almost bargain bin prices.

Epic Game Store has them for $6 and $9, respectively, as part of their current sale pricing. I'll give FC5 a shot. Thanks for the input, Higgledy and detroit20.

My biggest issue was 5 was that there were unavoidable narrative sections that pulled you of the game regardless of what you were doing at the moment. The story was just hot garbage and the villians were all pretty uninteresting.

The coop and gameplay was solid for the most part. Far Cry Arcade had some really good levels.

New Dawn was pretty whatever story wise. And it seemed to fall at a bad time in terms of Ubi projects. All their IP was shifting very hard to looter shooter action RPG stuff and it didn't translate well to Far Cry or Ghost Recon.

For me, 4 remains one of the best in the franchise.

I really enjoyed Far Cry 5, especially the ability to skip cut scenes. Far Cry 3..I would just go get a snack.
For me, Far Cry 5 was a big improvement over the things that became repetitive in Far Cry 4. I even like the player made maps arcade in Far Cry 5, so my threshold of liking it may be lower than other people.
The companions are great. The variety of extra stuff to do is pretty great. I liked the weapon progression/unlocks for the most part. Yeah, Far Cry 5 is cool. The map is divided into three big areas, so if you're not digging the story themes of an area, you can go to a (fairly? somewhat?) different area and go discover what's there.

I played FC5 as a violent walking Sim. I walked almost everywhere and never fast traveled. By walking you avoid almost all random combat.

Well, I just played through the tutorial island in FC5 (and a bit beyond). I really should have played this before. I'm enjoying the heck out of it. I especially liked the quip at the end of the island (paraphrased below):

Now go climb that radio tower, so you can activate it. Don't worry, I won't make you climb a bunch of towers all over the valley.

Yeah, I love that. They seemed very aware of not carrying over the overly repetitive stuff from Far Cry 4.

I suspect that my excitement for Far Cry 6 has prompted me to fire Far Cry: Primal back up. My stall out of Primal wasn’t really to do with it’s quality. I was, at that point, diagnosing a strong case of Far Cry burn out and I had the game set to hard survival, which was good for early game but frustrating later. I’m still on survival but normal difficulty.

Coming back in, after a long break from Far Cry, I’m rediscovering the fun and chaos that makes the series so good.

The more details I see about the game the more exciting I get. The make do and mend aesthetic for equipment, the countryside and rundown urban areas. An astonishing amount of work and care has gone into it all.

I’m also looking forward to riding horses.

Tagging, because just when I think I’m out, Far Cry drags me back in.

Higgledy wrote:

I suspect that my excitement for Far Cry 6 has prompted me to fire Far Cry: Primal back up. My stall out of Primal wasn’t really to do with it’s quality. I was, at that point, diagnosing a strong case of Far Cry burn out and I had the game set to hard survival, which was good for early game but frustrating later. I’m still on survival but normal difficulty.

Coming back in, after a long break from Far Cry, I’m rediscovering the fun and chaos that makes the series so good.

I was so into Primal, but at some point I hit a base which I just couldn't clear. I even dropped the difficulty down as far as it could go, but still no luck. I really enjoyed that game, until that point. I also give them kudos for going that route. Making a full-priced game of an already profitable franchise, that takes only the structure of previous games and forgets everything else, is kind of ballsy.

I’ve dropped the difficulty down to easy. Taking big bases was just an exercise in futility other wise. The incidents that happen out of the blue are so special. Being stalked by wolves at night and seeing their shining eyes ahead of you or walking past what you thought was a Yak only to realise it’s a woolly rhino (every single one of them is a complete bastard) and having a fight with it around trees with your pet bear giving as good as it gets.

I was thinking, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Primal team were the ones who did all the visual stuff in FC6. There is a similar attention to detail and flair for character and design.

You’re making me want to restart my own stalled run in Primal. That and FC4 are the only ones I haven’t completed, except for FC1 and I don’t think many people actually played that, relative to its successors.

And you all made me pre-order FC6. Thanks! Now I'm going to have to go back and play 5 again... again.

I’m torn on this game. From the previews it sounds like it’s going to be extremely similar to previous games and what they’ve introduced, health bars and enemies being susceptible to certain types of bullets, gets away from the ‘in the moment,’ thinking on your feet feel of the fights in previous games. On the other hand, every time I see the grunginess of the world and the home made weapons it looks closer to the atmosphere of my old favourite Far Cry 2. I just adore the atmosphere in the game. I’m still leaning towards getting it. I want to play on PS5 and it’s looking like I’m not going to find one any time soon so the decision might be out of my hands.

Reviews are starting to come in. Kinda Funny likes it.

I'm down for more Far Cry for sure, looking good.

FAR CRY 6 REVIEW "Buy, Wait for Sale, Never Touch?"

Only got an hour in last night on PS5, but as a FC fan I think it makes a great first impression. Digging the new setting, and 60fps is a fantastic upgrade for a long-time console player of this series. Also, Guapo rules.