Far Cry Primal is a game in the Far Cry series that completely differs from all the others. Instead of being an action based shooter, it’s an action based adventure game taking place during prehistoric times. You play as a prehistoric man whose tribe has been killed off, and your goal is to reestablish your tribe and bring order to the greater community once more.
The visuals in this game are amazing. Everything is beautifully colored. The landscapes and scenery is just top notch. And the design for both the people and the creatures is just very well done. When entering “Hunter Vision” everything becomes the same set of colors, yet the models are so well structured that it is fairly easy to differentiate objects/structures. The only negative thing I have to say about the visuals, and let me just say this could just be an issue with my vision and not a legitimate flaw, is that sometimes everything just seems a little too well textured. By this I mean objects are given so much texture that it blends in with other objects. Now again this may not be an issue that everyone is having, but it is an issue I have and I would assume that I am not the only person in the world that would experience this. So keeping into account this issue may just be with my vision and not an actual design issue, I won’t be grading too harshly as a result.
The controls and mechanics in this game work perfectly (at least as much as I’ve experienced). The overall concept of the game, in terms of objectives/goals, is very well planned and mapped out. The only thing I did have trouble with in terms of controls and mechanics is that the key mapping seemed a bit off for me, which isn’t such a big deal as it can be easily changed in the menu options. But the thing that makes this harder is that the ‘tooltips’ don’t remain visible for too long. So this may not be an issue for the physical controls, as they can be altered, but it does pose an issue for interacting with specific objects/locations. It is highly possible that I simply wasn’t paying attention long enough to the tooltip but it seemed like it disappeared before I could finish reading what it said was the proper use of something.
The ability to replay a game is very important to me, as I need to feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth. So for me, some of the best games are ones with immense storylines or unique customization that allows a player to have a different experience each time. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, Far Cry Primal is lacking that. The story is very singular so if a player is expecting a different outcome each playthrough, they will end up disappointed. The thing that Far Cry Primal does have going for it, is it is open world so there is a fair amount of area to explore and experience and discover. But given enough time this would lose its appeal as well. Granted there are many people who prefer games with a singular storyline that they can complete and move on without putting too much dedication into it. For those people, this game is right up their alley.
As somebody who likes to go back and discover new things, I would go back and replay this game just to see what I missed along the way, but that does have a limited time.
Is it Fun?
At the end of the day, everything else is completely irrelevant, what truly matters is how fun the game actually is. If you’re someone that plays these types of games just to experience the scenery, then you’ll have a different opinion than me. I personally enjoyed playing this game; the combat is straightforward, the tasks are semi-linear so there’s no wrong way to go, and there are a fair amount of side missions to do in between the main storyline.
Given everything I just talked about, the game has its ups and downs (in my opinion). The design that went into it (both visual and story) does not go unnoticed, there was a lot of effort put into the creation of this game, and it shows. The only thing I would’ve changed is putting a little more effort into adding a bit of randomness to the game so that it isn’t predictable, come the second or third time around.
OVERALL RATING: 8.9/10 B+
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