I went with Far Cry 4 as my first next gen game on Playstation 4, and I’m glad I did! I’m not yet sure where exactly it stands, but it’s in my list of all-time top games. I haven’t played any previous Far Cry games, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I found was a fun blend of my favorite elements from Skyrim and Battlefield: a massive open world with beautiful scenery, an interesting storyline with plenty of side missions and random events, an arsenal of customizable weapons, and a range of vehicles for exploring.
My favorite aspect of the game was liberating outposts because it’s open-ended enough to allow the player space for strategy and creativity. Enemy outposts are scattered throughout the map, and the player can decide how to assault them, and choose a load out accordingly. Will you go in stealthily, or will you rampage through the camp riding on an elephant? I usually chose the stealth route, armed with high-powered silenced rifles and my knife. I then strategized the best position and order to clear the camp, moving bodies when necessary so as not to trigger the alarm.
I also appreciated Far Cry 4‘s verticality. Grappling hooks, wing suits, hang gliders, and gyrocopters make scaling and jumping off mountains a ton of fun!
With all of this said, there are still a few issues with Far Cry 4. The top issue is that XP, Karma, Loot, and Money are all essentially worthless. I was maxed out on all of these long before I completed the game. I bought and customized everything possible and my wallet was still full. These characteristics should have matched the length of the game so that it felt like I was developing my character as I completed the storyline. Part of the reason that I maxed out so quickly is that there are probably too many random events. That’s right, I said too many. It would take me forever to get from point A to point B because along the way I’d get attacked by three different types of animals, and encounter several detachments of enemy soldiers. From all of these I’d get XP, Karma, Loot, and Money, and I wasn’t even intending to. Other than that, there are some popping issues and a few bugs (e.g. undiscoverable locations), but these are minor and don’t really impact the experience.
Far Cry 4 is one of my favorite all-time games, and I highly recommend you put it on your next gen list!