Looking Back at the Best of the Far Cry Franchise

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Far Cry 4

A recent announcement from Ubisoft regarding the release of Far Cry 6 has fans of the franchise elated. Not only was the release date officially set for February 18, 2021, but spectators at the Ubisoft Forward event were also rewarded with a cinematic trailer. 

The trailer revealed the gritty content users can expect for the next high-octane mission. Far Cry 6 will see players thrown into a guerrilla-warfare revolution set in a paradisical island, which is likely a throwback to the mega-successful Far Cry 3

As of right now, multiple collector’s editions are available for purchase. The Ultimate Edition includes the base game and multiple packs that extend the play, like the Jungle Expedition, Croc Hunter, and Vice packs.

Looking forward to February, most diehard fans are busy revisiting their favorite game in the franchise. Since Far Cry’s first iteration in 2004, the first-person shooter games have helped revolutionize the industry.

Not only is each new addition to the series unique with high production from a narrative perspective, but there’s also ample freedom for players to pursue side quests and engage with minigames. Let’s take a look at the top Far Cry editions to date.

 Far Cry 3

The Best: Far Cry 3

Few video games have the moral dexterity and playability that Far Cry 3 does. The third installment of the series saw a truly horrifying villain, the pirate Vaas, threaten the main hero with everything from firefights to hand-to-hand combat. 

In addition to a solid, believable narrative and a lovably terrifying villain, Far Cry 3 surpasses other additions with its open-world survival blueprint. Though this is a starring feature throughout the series, Far Cry 3 manages to integrate the hero’s journey (or ‘dudebro’ journey, as some would have it) into a wild ride to survive.

In addition to an unforgettable villain, adrenaline-fueled combat, and a unique narrative, Far Cry 3 also features memorable minigames. Players can choose between tasks like target practice or memory games—though the poker minigames are the clear fan favorite.

While Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular variants of the game and appeals to players who also enjoy playing in a digital setting, each minigame has a specific purpose in Jason Brody’s mission on Rook Island that becomes relevant later on.

In fact, the minigames were so successful that Ubisoft dedicated ample attention to integrating minor gameplay features into the next two installations (with great success, as well).

Far Cry 4

Tied for Second Place: Far Cry Primal and Far Cry 4

Both Far Cry Primal and Far Cry 4 are close seconds to the first-place position held by the third installment. Primal delivers on the adrenaline-pumping action that players love about the franchise, but it also manages to tweak the setting enough to make ordinary missions feel novel and new.

Primal is set deep in the past and, rather than the cheeky or reckless antics of the standard Far Cry hero, players survive as a caveman. The only firefights are those that take place with rudimentary torches and companions (like enemies) are likely to be fanged.

On the other hand, Far Cry 4 was celebrated by critics and fans alike for its storytelling power. Set in a place reminiscent of India and Nepal, Far Cry 4 took a deep dive into the journey of hero Ajay Ghale.

Far Cry Primal

Unlike Far Cry’s other iterations, which feature delightfully morally-ambiguous heroes, it’s easy to identify and root for Ghale. Along the way, a slew of interesting adventures bridges a vibrant and exotic setting with a tooth-and-nail fight to overthrow villain Pagan Min. 

However, it’s important to note that Far Cry 4 has also received quite a bit of kickback regarding Ghale’s character. While some felt he was easy to play because he was much easier to like than, say, Jason Brody, others thought the character was mindless and a bit empty.

This harkens back to another reason players enjoyed Far Cry Primal so much. Stepping into the half-sewn moccasins of a caveman trying to survive presents a unique look at heroism, that’s free of the mind-bending politics of villains like Vaas or Pagan Min. 

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