Far Cry Primal is an upcoming sandbox action adventure FPS video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is scheduled to be released on February 23rd, 2016 for PS 4 and Xbox One, March 2016 for the Microsoft Windows version.
Far Cry Primal is not released yet. But, the enthusiasm level people have for the game are high. Don’t believe me? Just check Ubisoft’s trailer in YouTube. The trailer has almost 3 million viewers and is liked by more than 35,000 people.
So, what is so special about this game? Let’s review it.
The background story is that you, the player, will play as Takkar, a hunter who lives during Mesolithic Period 12,000 years ago in a prehistoric world land called Oros (and yes, you will meet mammoth and saber tooth in this game). As Takkar, your primary objective is one: to survive. Sounds simple, right? Well, not really. At this time, the human is not yet at the top of food chains. Human is in constant threat from other predators. And in this game, you have to fight animals and even another human from other tribes with whatever weapons you have in your disposal to ensure your survival.
Next, is the gameplay. Unlike the previous Far Cry games, in Far Cry Primal you will not have guns, vehicles, and explosives, obviously. Instead, your weapons will be a spear, bow and arrow, clubs and axes. Mesolithic Period, remember? (Yes, you will meet mammoth and saber tooth too in this game)
Hunting is a very vital aspect in this game. By hunting, you can get vital resources for your survival, including getting the items necessary to make a weapon.
Although your choice of weapon is limited, in this game, you can tame beasts as well to help you hunt. And how you tame beasts is relatively simple. If you find one of them, just throw meat bait. While the beast is distracted, you should move closer and push the necessary button. If done correctly, the beast will be your companion. Pretty easy, isn’t it? Well, storyline wise, Takkar is said to be the first beast tamer, after all.
There are a lot of beasts you can tame and each beast has different abilities. For example, if you want to hunt or attack stealthily, the best beast you could use will be a jaguar, as they will crouch when you do so, leaving you undetected. Or you can use the owl to scout nearby areas. This is really convenient because you can see where your enemies are stationed and devising a strategy based on that. Not only the beasts are useful for hunting and attacking, you can also ride some of them (e.g. young mammoth) too for mobility.
As I mentioned earlier, in this game, your enemies are not only animals but also humans. You have to compete with other tribes to survive and capture as much area as you can. Ubisoft staff said that there are three tribes in this game. The first is Takkar’s tribe, the second is the primitive and cannibalistic tribe and the last one is the most advanced tribe compared to the previous two.
This game also has day and night cycle. And this cycle will affect the gameplay, you will find some of the enemies become more dangerous and aggressive, for example.
Interestingly, the distance in this game is not measured by miles or kilometers. Instead, the distance will be measured in footsteps.
Graphics and Sound
Based on what I’ve seen from trailer and preview, Far Cry Primal has really awesome graphic and sound. The graphic lets you enjoy the beautiful landscape of Oros. The sound is really realistic. You can listen to sounds like strange barks of deer, bird, warning purrs from your beast companion and so on. It feels like you’re really inside Oros.
That is my review of Far Cry Primal. Its setting, gameplay, graphic and sound is really awesome. Overall, Far Cry Primal shows promise. And this game is somewhat realistic too though of course not all of it is. Remember, this is a game, not a historical fact. For those who want to taste action adventure game with the prehistoric setting, this game might be the thing for them.