Azurephile gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
Azurephile gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
I reported earlier that Far Cry 6 (the latest in the series released last year) had a Free-To-Play Weekend going on. I knew about Far Cry 6 before it was released. I had some interest in it, but perhaps the most interesting thing to me is that the villain is portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. If that name doesn’t sound familiar then perhaps “Moff Giddeon” will (if you’ve seen The Mandalorian). I realize Moff Gideon isn’t his only role, but that is the only role I saw him in (before this game). His performance was outstanding!

The character looks just like Esposito. Something that incredibly impresses me is that he speaks very well with a Spanish accent. He isn’t of Spanish heritage, though. He is the son of an “African-American opera singer and an Italian carpenter” (according to a Google search). I read that he learned how to speak his lines, but isn’t fluent in Spanish. I find it amazing when actors can portray an accent that isn’t their own. Great examples of this are Tom Holland, Charlie Cox, and Hugh Jackman. Hearing them speak with their native accent is a shocker.

As for my Far Cry experience, I’ve only played through Far Cry Primal and I enjoyed it. I tried Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. I played very little of it because I just wasn’t into it. I later tried Far Cry 3, but I gave up after running out of ammo. This isn’t a problem in Far Cry 6, because you can refill your ammo by accessing the trunk of whatever car you’re driving. I plan to try Far Cry 3 again. I got it for free and I know it’s very popular.

Far Cry 6 seems to have many elements that are in every Far Cry game. It’s kind of an RPG as you gain experience and level (or rather “rank”) up. This gives you access to more weapons and things. Being an open-world game means that there are plenty of places to explore with plenty to do. Movement (or perhaps camera movement) is also one of those elements. It’s hard to explain, but to me it’s a unique thing I’ve seen in this series.

I’m disappointed that the free weekend is over. I was really enjoying it. It’s currently on sale for 50% off until the end of the month. Use the promo code "FRESH15" at checkout to get an extra 25% off. I bought the Gold Edition, which pretty much just contains the game and it's season pass. It was originally $100, but with the current sale and promo code I got it for almost $43.

The country this story takes place in is a fictional place called “Yara” and it’s real-life counterpart is Cuba. The country has been isolated from the rest of the world for 20 years since the execution of Presidente Antón Castillo’s father. Afterwards Antón Castillo was elected, but he’s running the country as a tyrannical fascist dictatorship. He’s has a blockade around the island so escape is pretty much impossible. He indiscriminately executes resistance and insubordinate citizens. He enslaves his people to work in tobacco fields. Proudly and on it’s own, the government has created a chemical called Vivrio, which is sprayed onto the tobacco fields. It’s supposedly the “cure for cancer,” but the people who work these fields end up getting sick (cancer?).

You play as Dani Rojas. When you start the game and get passed the cut scenes, you’ll be given the binary choice to choose your gender. Dani is trying to escape with others by boat, but they don’t get to leave as Castillo makes a surprise visit. His 13 year-old son, Diego, happens to be on the boat. He is grooming his son to take his place when he is gone, but Diego obviously isn’t enthusiastic about it. Dani’s the only one to make it out alive.

After escaping, Dani ends up on one of the country’s islands and joins a resistance called “Libertad.” Dani then has to go around the country to recruit resistant members and help support other resistance groups in the area. There are some great characters, but if “adult” language isn’t for you, then you might not want to play this. I like it, though.

The game reminds me of so many others that I’m not sure if I’ll remember all of them in this list I want to share with you. Driving around reminds me of Final Fantasy XV. The game also reminds me of the Batman: Arkham series. You could easily compare it to other open-world games though. Oddly, the loading screen reminds me of DOOM or DOOM Eternal.

I can’t speak much of other Far Cry games, but one thing I really enjoyed about Far Cry Primal was the ability to tame some animals and have them for support. This is also a feature in Far Cry 6, called “amigos.” During my 18 hours of game play I unlocked two of them, a crocodile, “Guapo,” and a dog named “Chorizo.” I continued to use Guapo, because I found it the most useful. It can heal itself during a fight or self-revive apparently. Amigos don’t permanently die. Instead the game tells you it’s “down” and you need to go to it to revive it, just as you would for teammates in co-op mode, which is similar to other games. Eventually it will revive, but this may be a specific ability for Guapo. You can command your amigo to go up to an enemy and do something, which is different for each amigo. Guapo will attack. Chorizo will distract enemies making it easier for you to sneak up for a silent takedown. Chorizo appears to be missing his hind legs and thus has a doggy wheel chair to help him get around. It’s adorable and can also find items for you.

You’ll find multiple items around the country. Some of these are materials you’ll see out in the open, like gasoline or metal scrap. There are also multiple containers around the country. Some of these containers will also give you weapons. As for weapons, there are a lot of them and a lot of types. There are pistols, rifles, rocket launchers, shot guns, bows, and more. Each weapon has slots for “mods,” which allow you to add something to the them such as a silencer or better scope. There are many options and you’re going to need materials to add these at a workbench, which you can find in camps.

One really interesting weapon is called the “Supremo.” You get this early in the game. It’s pretty much a very special backpack. The first one you get is basically a rocket launcher. It has a gauge that refills when you kill enemies, so it’s not always available, but it’s very helpful! You can use it to take out multiple enemies or even a helicopter (which is the best way to do this without a separate rocket launcher). There are upgrades and different ones that provide different abilities, although I only unlocked the first one. They also allow you to carry four other things like Molotov cocktails, baseballs (for distraction), EMP grenades, and more.

Some add-on content includes some kind of Stranger Things mash-up, but I’ve never seen that show, and it doesn’t seem to be something I’m interested in. There’s a Rambo misson, too. And, to almost no surprise, Danny Trejo also makes an appearance. I didn’t see him, I was given the mission, but didn’t follow it. It’s funny talking to the guy about Danny as they talk about his different roles, including the one that I first saw him play as Navajas in the movie “Desperado.” (BTW if you haven’t seen this movie from ‘95, I strongly recommend it. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it. I saw it on the “big screen” and I think I still own the VHS. It's only the second part of a trilogy, though.)

There are three different levels of difficulty and I chose Story Mode, because I like things to be easy (I get easily frustrated with difficulty). I think this is a game I’m interested in and I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of the series. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it seems like a good choice to jump in and check it out.

Be sure to check out the embedded video if you’re interested. It’s called an “overview trailer” and it’s nearly 7 minutes long, but definitely worth watching.

What do you think about this? Is it something you’re interested in? Have you played other Far Cry games? Lemme know!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 06/14/2022 at 04:29am

Sorry I didn't comment on this when you originally published this Greg.

> What do you think about this? Is it something you’re interested in? Have you played other Far Cry games? Lemme know!

So far I've played Far Cry, Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3, Blood Dragon and currently Far Cry 4. I think the Far Cry games are excellent open world shooters that are basically very similar but add new mechanics in each version that are nice but don't change the formula drastically. The biggest shift was when the series went open world with Far Cry 2 and then Far Cry 3 really sealed what the franchise is.

That said, I always am behind with the series because, frankly, it doesn't change that drastically and if you are several games behind you can buy them very cheaply. So right now I have Far Cry 4 and all DLC on my Series X and Far Cry 5 ready to go. So i'm playing through Far Cry 4 right now and I sort of take my time with it and play it a handful of hours per week, but nothing too focused.

For me, just taking each game a few hours at a time gives me more than enough joy and there is so much per game that I can take a year or so do actually complete it.

I honestly can't wait to get to Far Cry 6 because it looks so awesome but Far Cry 4 is so much fun to play so I'll get to it when all the DLC and such is cheap and I've completed each game in the middle. Which I think means I have to complete Far Cry 4 and all DLC, Far Cry 5 and all DLC Far Cry 5 expansions and Far Cry Primal?

Awesome. Might take me years, but sign me up. You can get all the Far Cry games in a bundle on XBox or PC cheap, so I recommend that if you want to jump into the franchise.

Azurephile   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 06/14/2022 at 05:30am

Thanks for replying, Jon! I now have FC 3, Blood Dragon, Primal, 6, and now 4, which I just recently got for free. I tried BD, but just wasn't into it. I enjoyed Primal. I enjoyed 6 while I played it, but I lost interest. Real life stuff was involved with that. I don't entirely blame the game, although the gameplay is a bit repetitive. That isn't necessarily or always a bad thing, especially if the gameplay is good. It's really cool. I've tried 3. The first time, I ran out of ammo and got disappointed. I tried it again, but didn't go very far with it. I'm not sure about the first time w/ 3, but the 2nd time and 1st and only time w/ 6, I've shamelessly played on easy.

I like the characters in the games. I like the interesting character models. I also like the auto movement, like automatically grabbing a ledge and pulling yourself up. I enjoyed my animal companions in Primal and 6. Right now in 6 I have Oluso the Panther (amigo) now., which is really cool! 6 also has a really cool weapon called the Primo, which is very effective against a group of enemies.

I have an interesting curiosity. I've been able to play 6 on pretty high quality settings. I don't recall my GPU or CPU fans getting very active while playing it, which surprised me. However, it doesn't take long for that to happen while playing 3 on the highest settings. I'm not sure which resolution I last played it on, but I think I at least tried 2K and didn't like that my FPS was dropped to half and looked a bit unacceptable. It's weird because 3 is older. My guess is that it isn't well optimized, but 6 is.

I've had all the FC games on my wish list for a while. I got 3, BD, and 4 for free, but I paid for Primal and 6, but not until they were out for some time. I got 6 for half off. I think I bought the Gold Edition (basically game plus season pass). I kind of think there was a 10% off coupon involved as well, I could be mistaken.

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